Behind the scenes…SS16

June 6th: Valour & Valkyrie shoot spring/ summer 2016 collection,

Brixton, London.

DSC_0585Summer 2015 advanced forward one year to future warmth and sunshine, with the photographing of Valour & Valkyrie’s spring/summer 2016 collection titled “ “. Inspiration, courtesy of the late, great Alexander McQueen and the films ’Sirens’ and ‘Snow White and the Huntsmen’ has produced the labels most exquisite collection to date.

The location for the shoot was a dance studio in Brixton; surrounded by streaming traffic, antiques stores, supermarkets and coffee shops, the Valour & Valkyrie team sought solace in the quiet and calm of the mirrored studio, the perfect foil for the light, airy shots that summer collections require. Elegantly statuesque among rails of sumptuous fabrics and flashes of colour, model Izzy wore each outfit with a playful coquettishness that photographer Lee captured perfectly.

Inspiration behind the collection is the notion of good versus bad, the angel represented here by the innocence of a delicate cream embroidered dress offset against the more devilish leather-look jacket, all hard lines and dark, tough fabric. The dip dye print in beautiful, soft greys and the use of layering and draping are key elements in the collection, which is imagined in the Sirens’ (from the film of the same name) emerging from water. Sequins playfully enhance this idea by adding a touch of mermaid-esque shimmer, akin to the ripple of early morning sunlight across water.

Shooting Valour & Valkyrie’s spring/summer ’16 collection: the shoot kickstarts with a simple white T off set with an intricate patterned tube-skirt.

Below left: samples from spring/summer ’16 highlight the sumptuous mix of fabrics and colours that make up the ‘Snow White’ collection; model Izzy relaxes in-between takes. DSC_0608DSC_0588Below right, bare footed simplicity is the perfect accompaniment for this pretty cream shift with delicate lace detailing.

DSC_0642The Key colour for spring/summer 2016 is deep green, which Valour & Valkyrie have incorporated into their collection by adding digital floral green prints which layer a stunning depth of green, reminiscent of a luscious forest canopy. The dip dye theme continues forward to high summer, emblazoning vivid dashes of lilac and shards of turquoise offset against a midnight black background. This is a stunning way of working another key colour trend for s/s 2016, lilac, into your wardrobe.

With the shoot quickly wrapped, it was time to depart in a flurry of silk, leather and sequins; heads whirling with romance and feminine playfulness.

This post has been written and photographs contributed courtesy of Claire Brazer our lovely Guest Blogger

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