I’ve been developing the idea of a kimono as a statement piece in the Kirsty Doyle collection. I became set on this particular piece because it’s so versatile. It can dress up or dress down an outfit, can be worn on a night out, casual day or even on the beach as a cover-up. I found a 1950’s vintage pattern for a loose fitted jacket and changed it to make the sleeves wider and make it longer so that it almost touched the floor. This added more glamour to the style and it looked great made up with a belt around the waist. We decided it would be a good idea to include this piece somewhere in the shoot.
I started the day by cutting and making the statement kimono from the tribal print fabric to match the previously made wide leg trousers. I only had a couple of hours to do this before the models arrived for the shoot, but I loved working with a bit of pressure! It made me realise how much can get done in such a short space of time.
I got the piece finished in time for the shoot and it was amazing to see it on the model Carly. It looked fab styled with the black bodycon dress and it’s given me loads of ideas for how I can adapt the pattern in different ways to make the sleeves more dramatic and add details in places. Also different colour ways and prints that could be used. Seeing the kimono styled on the model gave me an idea of adapting the pattern block to maybe make a wrap dress.
I think it’s really inspiring when people are involved in the shoot because everyone had their own ideas of what accessories worked best with each outfit. Sometimes people suggested things you wouldn’t initially think would work, but when they are put together look amazing.
In the afternoon, me and Lyn went outside with model Beth to shoot the rose gold sequin trousers. I haven’t been involved in many outdoor shoots so this was a great thing to experience. The trousers looked even more glam in the sunshine and really shone against the brick wall background. I think they look great styled with the grey jumper on these street style shots.
After shooting in the studio, we went to Love Thy Neighbour on Bold Street as they let us use the basement space to take photos of some of the outfits. We decided to focus mainly on the mint green sequin trousers and mini skirt because these looked so glam especially with the neon lights and the palm tree wallpaper. These photos worked really well and it was the perfect space to shoot in especially for these outfits.
I couldn’t believe how much we actually got done in the end from making the pieces, doing make up and hair vlogs, shooting outside, in the studio and on location. It was a bit chaotic at times trying to fit all the outfits in but I enjoyed this and sometimes think it’s the best way to work and push yourself. I also find it really rewarding seeing something I made in the photoshoot.
- Sarah Jones
Last week was a crazy busy day for all of us in the KD studio. Our main focus was to shoot the new Spring Summer collection along with making videos on hair and make up and taking outside shots to showcase the collection.
My first job of the day was to quickly pop into high street stores to pick up grey sweatshirts and a few bits for our photoshoot in the afternoon. When I got to the studio, Kirsty asked me to set up a little backdrop for our vlogs, so I decided to opt for our cute little white table and chair and I added in plants and some decor and a few magazines.
When the make up artist and hairdresser arrived, they got straight to work on our models Beth and Carly. I especially loved seeing and learning about creating the perfect, super dewy and summer skin glow by April Kitchen. The make up was natural and bronzy, highlighting all the models gorgeous features. The Laura Geller highlighter was my fave product – I am obsessed with highlighter and she created an unreal look. We also had the pleasure of seeing Lacey work her magic on hair focusing on how to create simple and stylish hairstyles that people could easily do themselves or have a friend help them do. One of the hairstyles that I absolutely loved was the slick pony with loose curls and a middle part. Such a simple but effortless and glam look as all you need to add detail is a hair wrap. Whether it’s a piece of fabric or suede wrap, I was fascinated by how easy the look came to life and added a touch of elegance and sparkle.
Time went so fast and the most funniest but nerve wracking part was the fact that the seamstresses and Kirsty were still making most of the collection up to the 4pm deadline (don’t worry, you’ll be happy to know that all the pieces were made for our shoot). As our photographer Chloe arrived at 4pm, we still wanted to do some outside shots with a few key pieces of the new collection. So me and Sarah went outside and lucky for us, we had about two minutes of sun which was enough to capture a few shots of the must-have rose gold sequin trousers which we paired with a grey sweatshirt, creating a more relaxed street style. The sun done it's job and the trousers sparkled! We quickly came back to the studio and assisted with shooting the collection in just a few hours. I was impressed with how well we actually accomplished and we literally flew through the shots, accessorising the looks from star and moon earrings to statement chokers from Self Same.
After this hectic whirlwind of running back and forth of completing many tasks of the day, our final thing to box off was to do a location shoot in Love Thy Neighbour on Bold Street. Not only does the restaurant serve delicious and super amazing food and smoothies but we got the opportunity to shoot in their basement. I loved the décor in there, the palm tree wallpaper, tall mirrors, plants and cushions gave us Miami vibes and it was the perfect location to do a few campaign shots. What I loved the most was how much the mermaid trousers and skirt suited the backdrop and made them pop. A huge job well done by Chloe who must have been exhausted but it was definitely worth it for the shots!
The day may have been long and definitely crazy but I had the most gorgeous day working with an amazing team and meeting our goals. Absolutely UNREAL! I loved how much we pushed on and how good our work ethic was - Girl power all the way!
- Lyn Nguyen
This weekend marks the biggest shopping event in the KD calendar, we will have a full site FLASH FRIDAY weekend with up 60% off the entire site. The sale starts at 00.01 on Friday morning so make sure you are either main lining coffee for an all night shopping session or you went to sleep at tea time on Thursday. Make sure your phone is 100% on battery and that the alarm is set.
We think this picture sums us up entirely.
(picture via Pinterest)
Our advice is to shop the collection now, window shop if you like. Put everything in your size in your basket or on your wishlist and then click BUY on Friday. This means you are super organised and will have checked out by the time the snooze button goes off on your phone.
Christmas Date Night. The Tailored Red Crepe Jumpsuit features cigarette style trousers cut to graze the ankle and a plunge style bodice.
Work Christmas Party. Super elegant but still a touch daring with a front split in the skirt and dramatic flared sleeves this dress is a head-turner.
Black-tie event. The Strapless Gold Sequin Dress is a fluid dream of a dress that flatters the figure in our classic fishtail shape.
Girls night out. A cut away neckline is always so on point as it frames the shoulder and flatters the upper arms. Update your LBD and shop the Black Super Fit Dress in textured black jersey.
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