'Monet rejected the traditional approach to landscape painting and instead of copying old masters he had been learning from his friends And the nature itself.
Monet's ambition of documenting the French country side led him to adopt a method of painting the same scene many times in order to capture the changing of light and the passing of the seasons.'Why did we do choose a Monet inspired story? Because his work is like no other.
A few weeks ago I got contacted by Laura Cherry Grove, a film photographer from Berlin, which work I adore. Her work consist of real people. Her images are full of colour, sparkles, dreamy glow and of course very much 70's inspired. As you can imagine, its like we've known each other for years and got planning straight away! Laura had her heart set on Hill Garden in Hampstead Heath for location. As much as I would like to say the trip was all glam and dreamy just like one of Monet's paintings... well... I would lie if I said so. After an intense walk with suitcase in hand, scorching heat, small walk ways and glam heels on dusty roads, we finally made it to our destination. And wow, it was all worth it!
After entering the big gates, followed by a spiral staircase we knew this is the perfect location for our Monet inspired story. Big pillars overgrown with vines and flowers, set on a raised walkway overlooking a garden stretching for miles.
Which garments did I have in mind for our story? Long flowy dresses with dramatic shoulders, blouses with embroidered patterns, high frilled collars, lace with sheer, french skirts and bib collars. Dramatic right? Where do you find these elements for the perfect story? Blitz Vintage, based in Bricklane, a shop filled with all the fashion era's you can imagine! Blouses from the 50's to sequin dresses from the 90's. The team was kind and generous enough to allow me source these garments.
We chose bright colors mixed with pastels. In this look I wore a 50's high waisted skirt matched with a bib blouse. Paired up with my red go-go boots and a pink beret for a pop of color. And of course my Gucci sunglasses to complete the look.
The second look was a look I could relate and actually often wear minus the red boots. A mint green vintage night gown layered with a sheer blouse with embroidered patterns and a high frilled collar, my straw hat and my Gucci glasses to keep a modern element. We'e added some fun props to it. Could every day be like a Monet painting, relaxed in nature while sipping on some sparkly water? Peaceful and quiet, very much the opposite of the every day London buzz.
In my last look I chose a dramatic long victorian style dress with cut out detail and puffy sleeves. A matching belt and my big old straw hat. It was lots of fun playing a different character, creating a story in such a beautiful location and collaborating with the talented Laura.
I would recommend The Hill garden if you haven't been, its not too late! We have a few summer days left. Take a book, some snacks and enjoy the calmness this place has to offer.
Photography - Laura Cherry Grove
Styling and modelling - Me
Clothes - Blitz Vintage and Madseventies
Thank you for reading!