BACKSTAGE PASS…the lowdown


imageRemember lovely Arlie and the shoot Navaz and I did in Bristol a few weeks ago? On our West Country travels we were introduced to the nicest cafe in St Paul’s (my love of a good cafe is well documented on this blog). We arrived, chilly, under slept and slightly dampened of spirits to be greeted with a warm welcome and a super fry up.

Now that’s what I’m talking about.

We even took a couple of shots in there plus, obviously, had a good jaw about local shopping, musical mash ups and what makes a good night out. You know, the important stuff.

EMMA MIRANDA MOORE How’s your smoothie?


EMM So is this your favourite cafe? Do you come here with your mates?

AO Yeah like, it’s good for breakfast, lunch and like in the evening as well.

EMM Do you come here in the evening?

AO Sometimes yeah

EMM They had music on last night when we were walking past, do they have bands in here?

AO Sometimes, they do but I like the music they play in here anyway, in the day

EMM I’ve got too many layers on now. Where else do you go on Gloucester Road then?

AO Shopping wise I like going to RE-PHSYCO because it’s not all generic and a chain, it’s not a charity shop but all the stuff is second hand. Some of it is like reworked as well, made into new things.

NAVAZ BATLIWALLA What have you bought from there that you liked?

AO Oh I was going through a phase of, you know Fresh Prince style clothes?

EMM Yes I remember it well..

AO Well I got this mental jacket which was like, covered in patterns. And then I bought a pair of docs in there before but at Loves Saves The Day festival they got completely wrecked

EMM You did well to wreck DMs, they’re normally pretty indestructible

AO I know I wore them to a gig and like all the lacings came out and they were ruined, I lost the whole lace too

EMM You went for it at that gig didn’t you?

AO Yeah

EMM You were just right in there (everyone laughing) I like that though, if you destroy a pair of shoes you know you’ve had a good night. I’ve always worn DMs.

AO When my family and me go out, we all look kind of similar, we’ll all be in Converse and a blue jumper or whatever

NB Unintentionally?

AO Yeah

EMM Don’t you think that’s quite nice though, it’s like you belong together?

CO Er, sort of (laughs)

EMM Oh I think it’s sweet. We should do a story where the whole family is dressed the same

NB It does happen though, it’s an organic thing where you all merge into one another

EMM So you like RE PHSYCO and you come here, where else do you go?

AO Well, on a Saturday I usually head up towards town, like Cabort (the big shopping centre in Bristol) and then I’d wander up Park Street and then wander down here. At the very top of Gloucester Road there’s three floored charity shop and it’s got like a retro section, a shoe section, records, it’s really cool. It’s a Cancer Research charity shop but they’ve cottoned on that people like going to charity shops more so they’ve really made the most of it. It’s really good.

NB Clever

AO There’s another really good shop called Dutty and it sells really cool like earrings and stuff.

NB I think there’s one in Kensal Rise, near me. I think they’ve opened one in London, it’s like Dutty Girl, that’s interesting that you go there

EMM It’s vintage is it?

AO They have an underground bit which does all the vintage shirts and stuff, but the main store they sell spray paint and they do massive gold hoops but wrapped in fabric. At the time I couldn’t afford them so I made my own pair (sounds of approval all round)

EMM so much more interesting to do that

AO then I started selling them at school because everyone was like can I have a pair? But at Dutty they sell really cool patterned leggings and patterned jumpers and patterned crop tops and all that.

NB Do they sell music and stuff as well?

AO Yeah and they do events as well, like oh what’s it called, My Bad Sister it’s two sisters and they just dress absolutely mental and they do shows at the Dutty shop and stuff.

EMM What’s their music like?

AO Mental (serious face)

EMM Mental enough to ruin a pair of DMs to?

AO (giggles) Yeah. They mix like gypsy music with hip hop but then like techno and it’s just a mix of everything.

EMM Don’t tell me it’s folk core, because I’m off that

NB Are there any markets round here?

AO Yeah there’s the St Nicks market which has all the good food stalls, falafels and stuff

EMM (Starts adjusting Arlie’s hair) I look like a really over attentive mother now, fiddling with your hair in a cafe, like come on darling be a beautiful princess, and you’re like ugh mum!

WAITRESS Hi, large breakfast with fried bread?

ARLIE (grateful) Yes please

Thank you Cafe Kino for restoring our equilibrium





A short piece of video here from a recent shoot with the beautiful Eleanor Davis at Models 1. It ended up having quite the nineties vibe (er, hmmm, no surprise there then) with lovely styling by Navaz Batliwalla and a big mustard coloured sofa that none of us wanted to get up from.

Such hard work my job.

LOOK BOTH WAYS…eyes wide shut


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Rifling through my back catalogue (well a cupboard full of stuff, that sounded like I had an actual archive lurking around here somewhere) looking for inspiration for a mood board.

Came across this one. I’m taking from it:
1. Sunshine, always.
2. Dungarees, always.
3. The fact that it’s terribly easy to get distracted from your work by opening up old cupboards. Always.

BOOKMARK…Jane & Serge


Oh, treats.
Anyone who knows me knows that the whole Jane thing I got going on is not necessarily healthy but it’s real, ok? Yes, thanking you, I am aware that she is everyone’s favourite now. And perhaps always was, but still.
She and Serge are, like, the best fake mum and dad ever and the repeated reference I come back to again and again for my work. God, they looked cool. Well, she still does to be fair, that beautiful nonchalance she carries about her person just shines out from pretty much every picture I have ever seen of her. Which is a lot.

But hang on, what’s this? Well I’ll tell you what it is, it’s enough to make me want to say, in a Ferrero Rocher voice “Oh Mr Taschen Ambassador, you are really spoiling us”.
Just published by Taschen is this gorgeous anthology of pictures of Jane and Serge, just, you know, hanging out and making the rest of us feel like leaden mortals while they float like gods, even when they are just doing regular things like bathe their kids and buy ice cream. But that’s not all, oooooh no. We got extra prints in here, tucked inside the book like someone just left then there by accident. We got your basic huge massive poster going on, for the teen queen fans amongst you. We got an essay, written by Andrew Birkin, detailing his experience as Jane’s brother through their childhood together and beyond. We got a little booklet with contact sheets marked up with shots. Dammit, we even got stickers (and who, honestly, can resist a sticker?) and a sew on patch to pop on our duffel coat.

We got a whole heap of fandom, in order words. But fandom put together in a suitably cool and stunning presentation.
I love it. And I’m reeeeally fussy.
If you were stuck on what to ask the large chap with the big white beard for this Christmas, you could honestly do a lot worse than this.
Me? I just couldn’t wait that long.

Click the arrows to scroll through the pictures.

Tell Santa he can find a copy for you here

CRUSHING ON…crushing in


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Fun times last night at the preview of Isabel Marant’s collaboration with H&M.
Having been offered a ticket, I thought I’d pop down and see what was on offer ahead of the crowds.

Right, well, now that I’ve picked myself up off the floor laughing at my own naivety, I can tell you that I was in no way ahead of nothing no siree.
I strolled into the Regent Street store, blithely unaware of the chaos inside to find…
Empty shelves.
Lots and lots of beautiful and focussed women (and just a few beautiful and focussed men) but no stock on the shelves.
It had all been swiped up in seconds.
The crowds were out in force and they were not messing about.

I do love the way that British people are so polite though, even when they’re nearly in tears at the thought that they might not get a slubby linen T at a bargain price. They’ll still offer you the things they’ve already tried, or laugh with you at the absurdity of the situation in hand.

My friend commented that I wasn’t prepared enough for the fight, I take the attitude that if it’s meant to be it will be.
What about you? What’s your strategy in these kinds of events?
Do you go? Would you queue? Are you crazy for it or is it just bonkers?

I’ll just be in the corner with a glass of champagne if you need me.

LOOK BOTH WAYS…hide and seek


Drumroll please…a new category for this rather grey and soggy Friday. What better way to cheer things up?
Look Both Ways will be showing upcoming work and some really old from the vaults stuff that it’s nice to revisit sometimes and laugh at think about. It will also serve as a reminder to please be careful when you cross the road. Only joking. But, no, really, be careful out there.

Today we are looking forward, a fresh shoot I did with beautiful new face Ella Crockett at Models 1. I’ve almost finished editing the stills and will pop it into one of the portfolios very soon, but meanwhile, how about a little bit of moving image.
Oh, and a rather gorgeous 1940’s tune called Stardust. Your Friday’s improving already isn’t it?
Have a lovely day.