I made a silent promise to myself when I first started CATGK (I guess now not so silent) that I would work with people and brands that inspire me or that I connect with. To do a job that I am truly proud of I have to be excited about the product. Would I dress my children in that brand? The answer has to be yes. When Kelly approached me about being the creative consultant for Feather Drum’s first campaign to be launched alongside the website it was an instant yes. She sent me only line drawings at this stage but instantly I could see it. I could see it on my children and I could see it in the store. It wasn’t just another brand in a long list of others, it was a brand I knew mother’s would be asking for.
It was a CRAZY cold day of the shoot and we shot in the very cool but not so warm Wild Things Gallery. Pania and her family warmed things up with their spirited attitudes and Ali the Great Dane chipped in by going to the bathroom on my mates office floor. Sorrrry Leah. The day had that feeling of something creatively real and new in the early stages of something great.
When I asked Kelly how it all came about she shared with me a story that I thought might strike a chord with some of you so she was kind enough to let me share it…. KEEP TALKING
Over the years my career has been kind enough to lead me to some of my closest friends. I met the father of my children while fitting samples and one of my best friends while casting for a campaign. Meeting Liz is no exception. We met on the job so to speak and instantly I couldn’t stop buzzing around her like a pesty fly. Anyone that has met Liz or worked with her will agree about her powers of enchantment. Actually enchantment is not the right word you see because her magnetism has allot to do with her insanely funny sense of humour and quick wittiness delivered in her ridiculously charming accent. Add in a good lashing of kindness, her ability to tell a damn good story (again that accent) and package it in the sweetest wrapping of blonde loveliness and a razor sharp minimalist style with edge. Oh and I forgot to mention her unbelievable skills as one of the world’s best makeup artists. Yes, the world’s I tell you. Proof is in the pudding when you look at her current client list of Nicole Kidman, Cate Blanchett, Jennifer Aniston, Hugh Jackman, Rihanna, Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen… KEEP TALKING
DOLL HOUSE: Karl Lagerfeld’s latest collaboration involves what must be the world’s smallest pair of fingerless gloves. They’re to fit the dainty hands of Barbie Lagerfeld, a limited-edition doll being launched this fall by American toy giant Mattel Inc. and the iconic, Paris-based designer.Part of the Barbie Collector series, the doll is dressed according to the German couturier’s custom: in a tailored black jacket, a white shirt with a high collar and skinny black jeans. Accessories are key, including a fat necktie, dark sunglasses and black ankle boots.
Commented Kim Culmone, global vice president of Barbie product design: “It’s not everyday that Barbie dresses like the world’s most famous fashion designer.”The outfit also recalls items in the women’s Karl Lagerfeld collection, hinged on the namesake designer’s graphic, rock ’n’ roll-influenced style.Additional details about the figurine and its distribution are to be released at a later date. Mattel is marking Barbie’s 55th birthday this year.
Model-of-the-moment Edie Campbell is in Lanvin’s fall campaign with her entire family — a spin on the mother-daughter logo of the French fashion house, which is marking its 125th anniversary this year.
While the print campaign breaks in a range of September fashion magazines, the pièce de résistance is a playful three-minutevideo that shows family members dancing, hugging, kicking around a soccer ball and dressing up for nights on the town. Campbell’s mother, architect Sophie Hicks, dons a statement fur; father Roddy ambles through doorways on crutches, while brother Arthur shows off braided and free-hanging versions of his mullet hairstyle.
Spoiler alert: There are surprise cameos by Dolly, Campbell’s horse, and Lanvin creative director Alber Elbaz and his men’s wear wingman Lucas Ossendrijver.
Tim Walker shot the campaign, and Guy Stephens the film, with creative direction by Ronnie Cooke Newhouse and Stephen Wolstenholme of House + Holme.
Family, beautiful clothes and Molly the makeup artist……. Who wouldn’t want to spend the day putting a CATGK spin on Witchery’s spring/summer 14 collection. When the lovely ladies over at HQ came up with the genius idea for CATGK to join the Style Collective it was an easy decision. I believed in what they were doing. An offering of go to essentials that hadn’t compromised on style and quality. Still seasonally relevant but not trend obsessed. Witchery allows me to do this without sacrifice and I guess thats what I wanted to share with you. That and the fact that they have taken the above approach and applied it to Witchery Kids which is excellent news for mothers everywhere. I have translated this approach through a series of photographic editorials featuring mothers with their children. My hope is that you feel inspired by this new collection and these wonderful women and children for both you and your own families. That you can be who you are within the freedom of style that Witchery is offering this Spring/Summer.
People are always asking me how does a CATGK Gyp-Zine shoot actually work. What does it really look like on the other side. Well, in a nutshell, chaos. A CATGK family shoot is complete and utter organised chaos. No glamour here folks. It is a crazy mix of kids, sometimes animals, unpredictable weather, cots, snacks, toys, steamers, racks, cameras, props, family, makeup, music, computers and love.
These images are outtakes from a special collaboration being launched next week with Witchery. A perfect place to share with you all the madness it takes and a few home truths.
1. A CATGK shoot does not come to life without family. That is the number one ingredient. People you can count on and trust. People that bring a smile to your children’s faces and make the experience about adventure and curiosity. Fun and love. When this stops so do we.
2. Imagine the glamour of a Vogue shoot on location then break it down with a scene from a kindergarten or daycare centre. Add in music playing from the movie FROZEN with racks of Witchery’s spring/summer collection mixed amongst portacots and small bicycles.
3. On hand must be loads of interesting snacks and food. To keep them happy and me from falling asleep. Also to take the crew’s mind of the fact that they are clearly not on a Vogue shoot.
4 A team of friends that are understanding and easy going. Shooting children can definitely send people over the edge. I need folk who go with the flow, embrace the noise and calamity and see it as something great. Folk who don’t mind having to stop everything so mummy can take a little someone to the potty to do a poo!