This season is all about combining one or more trends into a truly unique outfit, and what better way to do it than take the more conservative elements of the Victorian style and mix it up with the khaki utility wear of the safari theme. The end result is an eclectic mix of the two that perfectly encapsulates what a global wanderer is all about.
There is something quite eternal about the safari trend; it comes around at least once every year and continually pays homage to the African continent in its prints, patterns and colours. In a way I don’t know of another trend that’s as enduring as this one, and it all harkens back to an ancient love of faraway lands and exotic places. Nothing could be more vibrant and exotic than Africa, so I really shouldn’t be surprised it keeps coming back year after year.
Though we live in a global age, where information and technology is so entwined in our day-to-day lives, where you can get instant news updates on events happening on the other side of the world, it’s hard to imagine that there are parts of our planet that were once remote, strange and exotic. We can get pictures and live video feeds from remote islands in the Philippines, documentaries about indigenous peoples in the Amazon basin and live twitter feeds from students in Sub-Saharan Africa. As a result it’s sometimes lost on us how diverse and magical some parts of the world are, and that was what I was trying to capture with this shoot.
Though it was shot in a forest on the outskirts of London, a place very close to home, I wanted to create a shoot that harked back to the days of adventuring into remote worlds at the turn of the century, when technology had advanced just far enough to allow us to fly to remote islands and faraway jungles.
This shoot is a mixture of the utilitarian aspects of the safari theme and the romanticism and frilled detailing of the Victorian trend. The neckline is high and conservative, the dress is long with a fishtail skirt and heavy detailing and it’s all tied together with a khaki shirt, leather belt and utilitarian canvas backpack. The perfect ensemble for a global wanderer out to explore our world.
Black lace fishtail maxi dress: Jarlo London, found here and here – Cream lace high necked blouse: Zara, found here – Khaki utility shirt: New Look, found here – Khaki canvas backpack: Mango, found here – Brown leather belt: similar one found here – Black ankle boots: Dorothy Perkins, similar one found here