Creating an editorial spread for L’Officiel India July 2015
Playing up on colours and silhouettes in a monsoon inspired story
Long Tie dye jacket – Stephany | Short neon green dress – James Ferreira | Hair piece – Bebel | Printed Maxi Dress – Mona Jawandha | Printed Top – Mona Jawandha | Pink Cape – Stephany | Starfish Earrings – Bebel | DIY Scarf | Feather Earrings – (Old) | White Blouse – Pia Pauro | Pink Dress – Stephany | Necklace – Bebel | Jacket – Pia Pauro | Pastel Skirt – James Ferreira
All garments sourced from Bebel in Calagute, Goa
All shoots for FUSS are always worked on with a very small team, and by small I mean a maximum of two people. Rarely extending to three or four. I usually play multiple roles during a shoot and multitasking has become second nature. Since I work so closely with my photographers, I have grown really close to them and very fond of them. I really value their effort, talent and enthusiasm. After working with them repeatedly, it is so easy to communicate our ideas and to strive relentlessly until we get the perfect shot. I couldn’t be happier to have Rema fly down for one super exhausting day to Goa for this shoot. This story could not have turned out this way without her behind the lens, laughing as we wadded through waist deep ice cold water to shoot at a spot closer to the waterfall, not missing a single frame as I threw the jacket in the air for the hundredth time, keeping high spirits when we thought we would have to wrap up the shoot as, first, a horde of tourists landed at this spot and second, when the rain started raging onto us. I think the most memorable shoots are those where even in the face of adversity you pull through only with the common goal of getting the best shot.
I was also very lucky to have one of my closest friends staying over at my place during the timeline of this shoot. Ankita is an artist, illustrator and graphic designer. After having sourced the clothes, I knew the theme of this shoot was going to be colorful, a bit wild with a definite reference to bohemian. However, I wanted to add another interesting element to the mix. Since I had a plan of what I wanted the hair to look like and I knew the makeup was going to be au naturel, some hints of white seemed to draw a beautiful contrast between the bright color scheme and natural makeup. I asked Ankita if she would be interested in working on some contemporary body art for the shoot and she was equally excited to come onboard. It was so great to have her as she was such a pro, who didn’t require to erase a single line once drawn, each one with machine-like precision when it came to straightness and accuracy.
Special thanks to the lovely Isabelle, of Bebel Boutique, for having me over at her shop to source all these beautiful designer pieces from her store. Any of you visiting Goa and looking for some beautiful designerwear, this definitely is the place to walk into. Do pick up a copy of the magazine from a newsstand nearest to you and for my readers who aren’t from India, you can check out the issue online.