Photographed by Chris Nicholls and styled by FLARE‘s Associate Fashion Editor Fiona Green, December’s royalty-themed shoot was a whirlwind of romance mixed with a gothic edge. The epic two-day shoot, produced at Nicholls’ studio, was replete with painted backdrops and props sourced from all over the city – from colourful foliage to plumed helmets that appeared borrowed from the Knights of the Round Table themselves.
Behind the camera, the studio was abuzz with activity. Models Emily Fox and Dani became truly noble with the help of plum-coloured lips that accentuated their porcelain skin, exotic wigs (the clever handiwork of Tony Masciangelo), crowns made of heavy metals and stunning headpieces.
As for the clothes, there were digital prints by Akris, intricately embroidered tulle by Marchesa, voluminous ball gowns by J. Mendel and Bottega Veneta, and a perfectly tailored admiral jacket by Alexander McQueen.
And the shoot wasn’t without its guest appearances. Fashion Television popped in to get some dramatic footage of the production and to interview Green and Nicholls about their inspiration and method. They also managed to snag a star interview from first-time model Findlay, eight-year-old daughter of Nicholls himself. Stepping into a sensational scarf-print dress by Comme des Garçons, the youngster closed out the day with a phenomenal final shot. Perhaps a modeling career is in her future, but for now, she’ll grace the pages of FLARE.