The Shoot: Wuthering Heath

Step out onto the Heath for autumn’s ochre colours, natural fabrics and the wilderness of the grassy terrain as the Gothic romance plays out on the plains of Richmond Park.

I fell in love with the epic love story of Wuthering Heights and how it was set in the moors of Dartmoor; which ended up being used as symbolism for the heroine’s emotions and feelings of repression. I was inspired by three editorials that took on the gothic romance and the love for the wilderness in their own way and was set on recreating this shoot. Considering it was one of the last shoots to be thought up and was second shot, this shoot probably had the least amount of time for planning. I knew I wanted a gothic romance with the heath, but how I was going to style that took a bit of time and thinking. We went through three different dresses before we settled on this Zara number, but once it was chosen the rest just seemed to fall into place.

There was also a location change involved, from the very beautiful Hampstead Heath in the north of London, to Richmond Park in the south west. But I’m glad we did make that change, because this rugged terrain would not have been found in Hampstead and the end result would have been vastly different.

The styling, though gothic in its original idea, actually reflects the current trends for autumn/winter much more. The leather bag is pure 1970’s hippie chic, the burnt sienna shading of the dress just screams 70’s working mother and the blanket is an ode to Boho being back in fashion. Overall it ties rather well together and sets the tone for autumn.

I’m very proud of this shoot, which is why I’ve uploaded so many images of it. Without really knowing how to capture my original theme, I think I’ve pulled it off very well and I’m ridiculously happy with the end result, which is really all that matters.

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Ochre midi dress: Zara, found here – Striped blanket: Topshop, found here – Leather retro saddle bag: River Island, found here – Gold geometric bracelet: Zara, found here – Grey boots: Dorothy Perkins, similar one found here

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