This is probably my favourite dress from H&M’s new Conscious Exclusive collection, fronted by the beautiful Olivia Wilde. So where better to showcase such a stunning piece, from a collection all about sustainable resources and recycled material than the closest we Londoners are ever going to get to the rainforest, the Palm House at Kew Gardens. It seemed only right to showcase the dress in the very rainforest plants this collection is trying to preserve.
I have been meaning to do a shoot in Kew Gardens and their iconic Palm House ever since I moved to London four years ago. Somehow I never got around to it, so on a recent visit from my mum, a woman in love with gardening, we made an early trip out to Kew Gardens in the freezing cold and she managed to snap these pictures for me. I do love it when my mum does the photography, because they somehow come out more dramatic and wonderful than anything I usually do. So, thank you very much Mammy! 🙂
As for the outfit and the setting, with such a beautiful black and red dress, I only needed a couple of bracelets, my trusty Christian Louboutin pigalle heels and that would be enough for such a dramatic location. And I’m glad I scaled it down at bit as the images came out absolutely gorgeous. This is definitely one of my favourite shoots done in quite a while!