Tuesday, 3 December 2013

Berkley Belongings

Ahrends Burton Koralek’s Berkeley Library was the backdrop for our latest shoot which showcases pieces from Natalie B Coleman's AW13 collection 'I Belong to me'NATALIEBCOLEMAN studied fashion at the Limerick School of Art & Design and completed the MA course at Central St. Martins, London, before establishing her own womenswear label in 2010. We fell head over heels for her digital printed suits (as seen in Elle 2013) and her streamlined jumpsuits (with pockets!).
Trinity College Library was the building that kick-started the architectural practice Ahrends Burton Koralek. Richard Burton, Peter Ahrends and Paul Koralek studied together at the Architectural Association and when Koralek won first place in the competition for a new library at Trinity College he contacted the pair to set up a practice together. We love it when a college pact comes to fruition!

The building was completed in 1967, the first to be built at Trinity College since the 1930s and the largest since the 19th century. Now a protected structure, the simple surfaces of the reinforced concrete (made with white cement and light coloured sand) and large bay windows of curved glass in bronze frames have weathered beautifully.

Each season Natalie creates strong narratives inspired by women's stories, secrets and their longing for individuality. She has worked in New York and Iceland and her travels resonate in each collection.   We can vouch for the beautifully sophisticated finishing and attention to detail.

We just love the juxtaposition of the in-situ concrete, the granite and the liquid qualities of the glass against the bold prints and vibrant palette of Natalie's latest collection.
Thank you kindly to Natalie B Coleman for her collection, to Coldlilies for the wonderful jewellery and to Arnotts for supplying the beautiful shoes for this shoot. Special thanks to photographer Jason Branagan,  make-up artist and hair stylist Andie Pierce and Ciara Donnelly, both at LA College of Creative Arts.

All styling is our own.
Ciana wears:
First Look 
Digital print suit by NATALIEBCOLEMAN
Black platforms by Kurt Geiger(worn throughout)
Mary J Earrings by Kirsten Goss (worn throughout)

Second Look
Digital print maxi dress by NATALIEBCOLEMAN
Hex Zigzag Ring in Gold by Anna Byers
Black platforms by Kurt Geiger

Third Look
Black leather dress by NATALIEBCOLEMAN
Black platforms by Kurt Geiger

Becky wears:

First Look
Pink silk shirt by NATALIEBCOLEMAN
Blue leather pants by NATALIEBCOLEMAN
Starlet Aurora Cocktail Ring in Gold by Sonal Talgeri Bhaskaran 
Gold and perspex platforms by Jeffrey Campbell for Buffalo 

Second Look
Hammered Oval Ring in Gold by Tawny Phillips 
Isosceles Gilded Bangle by Niamh Spain
Black platforms by Kurt Geiger

Third Look
Black silk shirt by NATALIEBCOLEMAN
Red leather pants by NATALIEBCOLEMAN
Black platforms by Kurt Geiger

Monday, 2 December 2013

Grandad Lionel X Concrete Collar

Lionel March, Ciana's grandad, is a mathematician, architect and digital artist. Grandad March sent us on this picture of his 'concrete collar moment' and we just had to share!

Lionel wears a long man shirt by Canadian designer, Neeve Gayle on the steps of Casa Solaris in Puerto Rico designed by her husband, architect John Hix

In the late 1960s, Hix and his students at Cambridge University set up the 'The Autonomous House Team'. Since then the architect has devoted himself to the exploration of energy efficiency, solar architecture, the integration of climate and the natural environment and conservation. The house is the first off-grid guesthouse in the Caribbean and has us yearning for warmer months already.