You know for someone living in London for almost five years, I’ve never actually done a shoot at Buckingham Palace. Considering the palace is such a monumentally iconic landmark within London, it’s a bit odd I never done a shoot at it before.
It might have something to do with me not wanting to be too obvious and cliché, but I’m increasingly falling in love with the over-the-top tourist traps of London. Go there at something like 6 am on a weekday when no-one else is around and suddenly all the reasons you usually avoid the place like too many tourists don’t matter. Have you ever examined the fountain in front of the palace and marvelled at the soft marble and beautiful carvings, or examined the gold-leaf on the Canada Gate? I got a chance to do it the morning this shoot was done and it made me love the place quite a bit.
So the idea behind this shoot was my obsession with Gucci’s spring/summer 2016 collection and this 70’s geek chic trend that’s been going for a few seasons now. I loved Gucci’s mixture of bright colours and lots of frills so I tried to replicate it with this shoot.
Originally it was meant to be much more geek-chic than it is now but in the end I decided to tone it down and just focus on the combination of the bright orange frill dress with the pleated fuchsia blouse underneath. I think it the end it worked out as the bright colours works well with the marble and stonework in the background, the gold-gilt gates and the ceremonial flag posts.