Paolo Roversi has been impossible to shake from my mind. His work is ethereal, otherworldly, gripping and almost uncomfortable to look at as he delves so deeply into the soul of his subjects. I wanted to experiment with this sense of emotion, giving each model a story to tell. His work captures more than just an image, it captures a moment in time and I see it as more of a historical and personal record than just a photo on the page of a magazine.
When I laid out all my sources of inspiration, from Paolo and beyond, there was an overarching direction towards darkness and an intense mood. I feel it was a reaction to my 2013 Hair Expo shoot, Superfreak, the brightness and hyper real imagery from last year eventually led me to rebel against it. The brashness of last year has been replaced with something dark and evocative. I wanted people to question what is going on inside my head, how did that happen for me, how did I develop that? I wanted to keep them guessing.
Paolo’s “Modern Life is Rubbish” shoot for Dazed and Confused formed the key inspiration for my collection. I wanted to emulate the use of light to highlight certain features in a unique and confronting way. It wasn’t so much about the structure of the clothes, it was more about the skin, working with textures and using lots of draping, with subtle hints of skin and intricate lingerie revealed from behind the capes.
Most integral was highlighting reflection through the use of glitter and metallics and working with a special technique to block the light in the photos with a special stop start technique.
HAIR: Maria Unali
MAKEUP: Kylie O'Toole
STYLING: Emma Cotterill
PHOTOGRAPHER: Andrew O'Toole