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Wednesday, 8 February 2012

When thinking about my favourite past era, in terms of culture, and more so, fashion I'd always say the 60's. Despite having a soft spot for fifties prom dresses, nineties graphic prints and the sophisticated ladylike shapes of the forties- there's something 'quirky' and fun about the beatnik styles of the sixties that I can never quite put my finger on. Perhaps it's the fact that throughout that particular period, trends could diverge from a chic and simple a-line mini to androgynous drain pipe jeans teamed with bulky Chelsea boots (and not forgetting a Lambretta- the accessory of the times). There was such an enormous contrast that whether you were tipped out in monochrome prints or masculine tailoring, you were sure to be getting something right.

So, when my friend Lucy and I decided to get together to take some photos it wasn't difficult to come up with a flexible and exciting theme. We wanted something that combined today's trends with that of the past- without making the images appear too theatrical or cliché. With the BBC's recently broadcasted 'We'll take Manhattan' as a prime source of inspiration, as well as the animation and vitality of the eras photography we certainly had a good time shooting some snaps together!

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With Lucy behind the camera and me (hopefully not too awkwardly) in front, we braved the snowy conditions and began to snap. Using a local town as our main source of inspiration and the community feel of our surroundings, we tried to create something as authentic, and fun as we could- without freezing out fingers off!

The thing I like most about Lucy's photography is her ease to inspire and set up some really interesting and playful shots. From the moment I arrived at hers this morning (and since we'd been messaging earlier this week) she was brimming with ideas, having researched photographs, photographers and fashion images of the time she had a clear image of what she was after, meaning her photo taking oozed a somewhat fearless streak and she knew exactly what kind of locations would work (bar an impromptu visit to the local butchers!).

I strongly recommend you pay a visit to Lucy's portfolio here and even drop her an email if you like what you see! Being a hugely talented and budding new photographer she's hugely interested in getting as much experience as possible, so if you'd like some photos taking then you are definitely in safe hands...

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Which eras inspire you the most? What do you make of our attempt to re-live Britain's most swinging year?

x

69 comments:

  1. Ohh Gosh|!! the trousers are stunning..and your hair LOOVE :)

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  2. Bloody hell, these pics are lovely, but that 3rd picture looks so effortless, it's amazing xx

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  3. I absolutely love those trousers! Your whole outfit is great and the photos are lovely x

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  4. These photos are so gorgeous! Your friend is so so talented. The outfit you're wearing is lovely too, the trousers are amazing! I really love the sixties, the fashion is definitely my favourite xx

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  5. These are lovely photos, well done to both of you!

    Loving the 'hive too :)

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  6. You really pull this off! Your gorgeous!

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  7. These pictures are wonderful! The 60s are by far my favourite era too,

    XO, Catherine.

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  8. Oh my, these pictures are beautiful. The 60s are definitely my favourite era too. I love those trousers so much xo

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  9. Such a cute and fun theme! Those polka dotted trousers are absolutely darling. x

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  10. Absolutely beautiful photos - love the colours, the settings, everything! And I can't tell you how jealous I am of those trousers.

    Emily Wears Things
    xxx

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  11. Your photoshoot was a success! I love the 1920s! Wish I could have been there


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  12. Great styling and amazing photos!

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  13. amazing outfit! (:

    xx

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  14. the photo of you jumping is wonderful!

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  15. These photo's are just beautiful! as are you! & that photo of you jumping is just lovely x

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  16. Love the photos!
    Claudia xxx
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  17. These photos of you are gorgeous! Love the spotty trousers and your hair is lovely. Took a look at your photographer's portfolio and she is amazing! I'm sure she has a big future ahead of her. I have my favourite parts of every decade from the 20's to the 90's. But my favourite era has to be a tie between then 40's and 50's. I love how everyone dressed so smartly in dresses and suits xx

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  18. Your outfit is so adorable! I checked out the photographers website and she is really great! Well done to both of you.

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  19. The photos look wonderful! I love 60's music, but for clothes, I flit between the feminine Fifties or punk-edge Eighties with lots of denim :)
    R xx

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  20. Love the spots! And the beehive! :)

    Olivia xx

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  21. Love these! Especially the last one :D x

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  22. Love the outfit and especially the hair! Gorgeous.

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  23. Big fan of the photos, you look lovely! I adore the polka dot trousers with the white ankle socks and those gorgeous shoes!

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  24. This is such a fantastic feature. You're pictures are ace and the outfit is spot on. My favourite of yours yet xx

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  25. Your hair is amazing! The sixties has to be my favourite style too! Julie Christie, Jean Shrimpton, Twiggy, Edie Sedgwick! LOVE. And I love the picture with the butcher...obv dead casual! HOW cute are your socks too!?

    Gemma x

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  26. Love your trousers! I really like the 60s, but it doesn't like my hourglass body. It's all about the 50s and 70s for me. :) xx

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  27. Absolutely stunning shoot! xx

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  28. These photos are awesome and you look absolutely gorgeous. Lucy is really good at phtography, I also just checked out her portfolio, her work is amazing xx

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  29. Love this outfit on you. I love the 40s & 50s xoxo
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  30. aaa i'm so in love with the one where you're in the air!!! hahaha oh wow and with the suitcase it gave me a flashback to like mary poppins...so great! thanks for sharing :)
    xoxo Stephi
    http://chiikalivelovelaugh.blogspot.com

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  31. Olivia these are such stunning photographs! How on earth did you manage to do you hair, let me in on your secret please ;) I have been trying to create the perfect beehive for yonks!
    Sophie
    x

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  32. This is outfit is awesome!!!! Love the shoes and trousers especially.

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  33. wow, i love these pics! great styling, choice of scenery and of course photography

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  34. Your trousers are stunning! I'm a big fan of the 60's too.

    Shona. x
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  35. Oh, I fell in love with the third photo!

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  36. Such a good idea, I love it! 60s are a fave of mine too, also the 40s!

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    x

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  37. Love these photos so much!
    Please can you check out my blog, just starting out,
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  38. These photos are stunning. I'm definitely a lover of the sixties as well x

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  39. Gorgeous photos and your whole look is stunning. Gosh I really am lost for words, stunning!!
    Katie x

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  40. I adore these images!! They encapsulate everything you talked about in your opening paragraph.
    Also particularly enjoyed 'We'll Take Manhattan' and can see this shoot as an extension yet personal interpretation of what the feature length film was all about.

    Rosie x

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  41. oh you are so pretty :O following darling!

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  42. you have a lovely style :)

    I'm definitely following*

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  43. It is a great outfit, this pants are very beautiful and funny, with the dots! Yana x

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  44. these photographs are so cool! love the one in the fish shop!X

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  45. i love so many different eras especially 30s or 60s!

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  46. These pictures are awesome Olivia! And you look insanely pretty with your hair up.

    xx

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  47. amazing photoshoot! 60s style was just so different to that of any other decade, i think its something we'll always try to replicate. love the trousers & you look so good with a beehive! xx

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  48. These are so lovely! Very glad I just found your blog - this looks like a gorgeous editorial! I'm a 20's/30's girl myself, though I do love a bit of 60's Brit Mod style now and then:)

    The Blossom Shed

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  49. Woww love the emotion these photos have. It really looks like you are from the other time :)xxx

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  50. Lovely photos, and the outfit is perfect!

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  51. i love these photos so much, especially the second one! and your outfit looks amazing per usual.

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  52. Loving it! especially the 3rd photo :')

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  53. Would LOVE to do a shoot like this, it looks like you had fun. I especially like the last image.
    I'd image taking these photos was just as fun as posing, and you don't look at all awkward :)

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  54. Your jeans are SO cute!! Beautiful as always :)
    Tor @ That's Peachy fashion blog xx

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  55. These are so good! They're the kind I'd have framed on my wall in black and white! Really look good! And loving. The shoes and socks combo!xxx

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  56. You look picture perfect. Jel! Loving the blog Hun. Xx

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  57. These are so awesome, I really like how you've done your hair x

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  58. These photos are absolutely amazing, love the one in the fish and chip shop [?] - I've just looked at her portfolio, what a talented lady! xxx

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  59. Amazing photos - a very talented photographer!

    I'm also loving your outfit! Especially the trousers! <3

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  60. This look is so perfect on you. The photoshoot is also amazing.
    Well done.

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  61. Beautiful photo's I love the 50's and the 60's the most the Clothes were amazing!

    Jazz xo

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  62. The photos are amazing!
    Also your clothes and hair <3

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  63. Love your blog!
    Just found it by chance some minutes ago and I love your style!!!
    Follow you on Bloglovin'!
    We wait for u in marimorena.wordpress.com
    Have a nice week!

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  64. Love Love Love! Great shoot! And a lovely blog! Started following you :-)
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  65. amazing amazing photos!! such a fun photoshoot and lucy is clearly a v talented photographer!! you look amazing hun :) xx

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  66. You look amazing!! The one of you mid-air is just brilliant. You gorgeous creature, you xxx

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