IN HER ELEMENT

DAUGHTER OF THE RAIN & SUN, SHE FINDS HERSELF IN HER ELEMENT WHEN ROOTED TO THE EARTHY SPECTRUM OF SOIL & STONE, AMONG WHISPERS OF WIND THAT ROUSE THE FLORA, BENEATH AN EMERALD SKY. SHE IS A GODDESS. SHE IS A WARRIOR. SHE IS A PRIMORDIAL WOMAN IN NEOTERIC TIMES, COMPELLED BY INSTINCT & INTUITION, ATTUNED TO THE WORLD WITHIN & WITHOUT. Stepping into Style Tribute’s warehouse was daunting. It was my first time loaning clothes (I had always styled shoots in the past with clothes borrowed from friends) and I had no idea what kind of photos I wanted to take. Wandering through a clothing-rack-maze of eye-popping designerwear was overwhelming. Imagine stepping into Harrods, with all the Puccis and Guccis compressed into one room – perhaps this is what heaven looks like. My uncertainty was quickly replaced by excitement as I started recognising pieces I’d seen on the runways of Balenciaga, Chanel and Dior. And then I saw it – a mustard-meets-sienna coloured dress from Prada’s F/W 2009 show, one of my all time favourite collections. Immediately inspired by the nymph-like Prada warrior-women of that season, the direction for my shoot with Philaé became clear. Who is Philaé, you ask? Other than being an incredibly sweet girl from France, she’s the embodiment of the word ‘model’. She is both the noun and the verb – she, by the grace of good genes, is a model [noun] and, likely due to her training in ballet and Bharatanatyam (she lived in India for several years), can model [verb] pretty damn well. It’s like she jumped out of the pages of Vogue Italia. This lovechild of Enikő Mihalik and Lorde is...
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