Article Archive: May 2012

Twenty Goddess Moments

I love talking with girls backstage. They know so much stuff, always telling me the best things and we could talk for hours and hours but I’m there with a passion to take photographs and so here are twenty moments that have one thing in common. Can you tell what it is?

Barefoot with a silk onesie…

or a whisper thin shirt…

Can be shut or open…

And will toughen up a pretty dress…

From the back…

The front…

The side…

Can be worn alone as armor…

Or worn with finger armour…

Alone like good foundation…

Or kissed with other garments like colour kisses a face…

It can be wrapped in warmth…

Held close like a lover…

Or relied on like a close friend…

Throw it on with a deep red lip…

Or remove all make-up and just…

Grab and dash…

Perfect for just hanging out…

It can quiet easily become like a very best friend. Have you guessed what it is yet???? Do you have one?

Goddess Guide Tip #1 – Just Turn Up

There I was, looking to file away a whole load of shots and trying to pick out a really nice few for you, when this photo of a shirt stopped me dead in my tracks. And then I thought, well it’s Friday afternoon and who wants to read an essay on a shirt G before the weekend (and you all know how I tend to write essays if you’ll let me). So instead here are some pictures and a few words about a beautifully styled shirt cuff on the French model Suzie Bird.

Yes, I know, she’s a model, yes I know it’s not fair, yes I know her shirt is turned up in that clever fashion way that only seems to work in fashion shoots, I know, I KNOW…

But for one brief moment this shirt looked as uncooperative backstage at the Paul Smith Spring Summer 2012 show as my shirt sleeves do normally and then just a few moments later…

…and look with just a few simple twists and turns and it came alive. Paul Smith has made several of his shirts this season with a double (button) cuff and turn-uppable cuffs which can be turned into what I like to expertly call “the French way” (as in you see it on the streets of Paris a lot – a simple shirt sleeve turned up in this way). This Paul Smith shirt here is the one with the double cuff for turning up.

I’ve been practicing the effortless sleeve turn up myself recently and find that adding a little starch when ironing the cuffs helps the turn up stay a little longer (did I just hear a groan?) OK.. I’ve got so much more to say about these photos I feel like I’m going to explode but don’t worry I promised I’d keep it short and I think if I say one more word I’ll somehow ruin these pictures.