8 June 2011

Photo-shoots and Smiles...

So, I don't get to say very this often: I was recently invited to feature in a Photo-shoot about cycling & fashion in London!

I was contacted by Internationally renowned Photographer Horst A. Freidrichs, to feature in a book he is working on which focuses on the fashion culture of cyclists in the City. To say I was excited would be an understatement! The First thing on my agenda: decide the outfits. With it being June and there was blazing sunshine last Saturday, I'd decided on these for a summer-cyclist feel:

Vest Top: Topshop
Floral Hot Pant Shorts: Topshop
Ballet Pumps: Topshop
"LadyVélo" Name Necklace: Tatty Devine
Earrings: Chanel

Vest Top: Dorothy Perkins
Wide Belt: Oasis
Skirt: Dorothy Perkins
Necklace: Tatty Devine
Sandals: Accessorize

The location Horst chose for us was was Jones' Diary, just off Columbia Rd Flower Market (which is one of my favourite Markets in London). Now remember I said that last Saturday was "blazing" Sunshine? Well, Sunday didn't quite follow that weather pattern. It rained...
... and rained
...and rained
... but we ended up having one of the nicest Sunday afternoons!

Despite the downpour, our spirits were high - there was great energy surrounding the shoot, and we were still hopeful of a break in the rain. We didn't know it at the time, but the shelter we took on Ezra Street was next to Lily Vanilli, who opened their Bakery for the first time that day. Watching from their shop & feeling sorry for us waiting in the Courtyard, they came out and gave us delicious Cupcakes to keep us going!
... how sweet of them was that?!

The rain didn't really ease up, but we decided to get some test shots of the day. Natural light was beginning to fade (mainly behind more black clouds) so dashing out from the dry, we set up and did a few shots...

None of the outfit changes happened - it was way too wet for summer shorts & skirts... but I guess what I had on became my cycle wardrobe for the day, right?
Jacket: Gap
Breton Stripe Top: Topshop
Jeans: Topshop
"Lady Leigh" Necklace & Earrings Set: Tatty Devine
Ring: Dorothy Perkins
Lady & Dog Brooch: Tatty Devine

Another session has been penciled into the diary with Horst - fingers crossed the Sun will be shining for that. Wardrobe planning is in process for this one, and the whole thing will be blogged about when it happens. 
Massive Thank you to Horst for asking me to take part in this & for making it so much fun, and to The Boy, for taking the photos of me and Horst in action for my blog.... it's appreciated :)


Anonymous said...

That looks like so much fun! I love Columbia Road.

Kara said...

Fashion! Photoshoots! Cupcakes! What a fab life you lead. You are so cute and I am sure you made a fantastic model.

tog_girl said...

cupcakes were good :)

Tatty Devine said...

Despite the rain this looks like a really fun day - loving the outfits. Thank you for wearing your Tatty Devine with pride as you ride! x

Lady Vélo said...

@ monkey typist: Hello you! Columbia Rd is lovely, isn't it? The flowers always make me smile x

@Kara: Thank you! I wish that were my life all the time - really! I still feel gawky infront of a camera, but this is gonna be fun x

@tog_girl - return trip on biked (minus the rain) for flowers, your fave Bagels and Cupcakes after - deal? (you know the answer is "YES" to that proposal woman!) x

@Tatty Devine: It was total fun - Horst is lovely and those cupcakes... YUM. I'll always wear my Tatty with Pride, innit? ;) x

Anonymous said...

I've only been once or twice but the flowers are beautiful. Moved back home from london six years ago and I really miss it!

Commuter Bikes said...

Mmmm....cupcakes. Makes up for the rain.

She Rides a Bike said...

This is the first time I've visited your blog and you are a living doll! Love it all. The shots of rainy London are beautiful and make me want to buy a plane ticket right now.

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