JAMES STOPFORTH & MHAIRI GRAHAM16.12.11
Photographer James Stopforth is the creative mastermind behind our festive guest stylist. Forgoing the usual glitz and sparkle of the season for a far more magical and other-worldly take on Christmas.
Here's what James says about the inspiration behind his beautiful Reiss shoot:
Creating a scene loosely tied in with Christmas can be destined for baubles and giant snowflakes but instead of a more ornamental studio set, I designed pictures which theme around a human snowman/woodland creature and its encounter with a girl.
I grew up in Dorset and for this project I took everyone back to a remote Dorset village where we used a beautiful cottage with its own wood. The idea was that the girl transforms from warm tones into an icy version of herself as the presence of the snow creature is felt but not seen.
It was inspired by an image in one of my sketchbooks featuring the ceremonial body painting of a tribal warrior. The Make-Up artist Sarah became more of a sculptor as the male model was transformed with moss and paint cracking over his body.
I’m rarely inspired directly by fashion photography so it was great to incorporate the Reiss A/W collection into a more creative scenario fresh from the sketches and show just how well it fits. The combination of tailored coats, winter knits and oversized faux fur, juxtaposed alongside delicate silks, velvets and a touch of festive sparkle provided the perfect winter wardrobe for the story. Mhairi also incorporated Reiss menswear in the form of houndstooth print trousers and woollen coats.
Photographer: James Stopforth
Stylist: Mhairi Graham
Make Up and Hair Stylist: Sarah Nuth
Make-Up and Hair Styling Assistant : Sam Denyer
Male Model: Michael Robbins
Girl Model: Emily Steel — Storm
Dorset Woodland Location: Abi Perry
Lighting: Direct photographic C/O Paul Walsh
Snow Effects: Snow Business C/O Julie Bentley