If you’re struggling for killer fashion gift ideas, allow me to make a recommendation.
I’ve just received my copy of Rebel Stylist*, a fantastic delve into the story of fashion styling straight from the lips (and visual archive) of the lady who invented it all, Caroline Baker. Caroline is a legend in the industry. She has worked for everyone, from Nova magazine to The Face, Vogue and i-D, as well as with iconic designers and brands including Benetton (the Toscani ads), Katharine Hamnett and Vivienne Westwood. Not to mention photographers – HelmutNewton, Hari Peccinotti, SarahMoon, GuyBourdin, SaulLeiter. Every mainstream trend you can think of – layering, military surplus, power dressing, underwear-as-outerwear – she was there first, trailblazing well before most of us were in nappies. (more…)
The SS22 fashion weeks are almost upon us and with them, the return of IRL street style.
I’m reminded of these old shots from the September 1969 issue of Nova magazine, by the sadly departed Steve Hiett, who captured fashion editors in the wild, in the days before they were the main attraction.
What I like about these editors is they look like they’re dressed to work, rather than to be photographed. (more…)
“I started putting girls in men’s clothes. Yves Saint Laurent had just produced the tuxedo, but who could afford Yves Saint Laurent? So I went to Moss Brothers, where they had a great second-hand department. It didn’t have to fit, just put a gold belt around it and then wear high heels.”
The inimitable Godmother of Styling, Caroline Baker on styling the 70s*, 10 Magazine
One of my oldest shoots, these pictures* were taken on a freezing November day in an Epping airfield. I don’t remember the exact year, but definitely over ten years ago. We had been invited to submit a shoot for a Japanese exhibition and the photographer had an idea. “I thought we could do nudes.” (more…)