Sustainable Beauty

To complete the Chanel Haute Couture SS16 series I wanted to create a beauty look. The detailing of this top and dress looked so amazing close up, that it just made sense to use them for this part of the story. Set against the high shine of the solar panels, everything radiated.

As I mentioned before, I had to wake-up at the crack of dawn to create this look before we left for the location. I did a test of the whole thing before hand so I hoped I would be better equipped to do it half asleep! Looking at the catwalk presentation of the collection, I took inspiration for the beauty look. For the hair I decided I wanted something a little smaller so that I could do more with the make up. So I reduced the size of the bun. Then with the make up I wanted to reference the graphic eyeliner but I didn’t want it to feel like a direct copy, so instead I made it sharper and added crystals to create some texture and detail. To draw the eyeliner I used tape to guide the lines. The crystals were attached with eyelash glue, and on the lip, I used two colours to create a matt ombre, from pink to a nude tone. All the products I used were Chanel (you can see the full list below), because I wanted to create a completely Chanel experience for the editorial.


Dress Chanel Couture SS16

All Make-up Chanel

Foundation, Perfection Lumiere
Concealer, Correcteur Perfection
Setting Powder, Poudre Universelle Compacte
Bronzer, Les Beiges Healthy Glow Sheer Powder
Blush, Sunkiss Ribbon
Highlighter, Joules Contraste Lumiere
Mascara, Le Volume
Eyeliner, Ligne Graphique De Chanel
Eye Shadow, Les 4 Ombres
Eye Cream Shadow, Illusion D’Ombre
Lipstick, Rouge Allure Velvet
Lip Liner, Le Crayon Levres
Brow Powder, La Palette Sourcils De Chanel

When the theme of this collection was announced, I knew I wanted create a really special shoot around it. Protecting the world we know and love is at the heart of this story, so when looking for a location I wanted to make sure it had as much to say as the collection did.

Culworth Ground’s Farm was suggested to me by a friend. This beautiful 500 acre estate of rolling fields, hedge rows, woods and water, sing of England’s beauty. The farm is run by the charming Buckley family. They balance progressive and diverse commercial rural farming with preservation and enhancement of the natural landscape and wildlife they are surrounded by. The key to this is sustainability. Using cutting edge agricultural technology, they produce barley (for beer), pigs (for bacon) and solar based electricity. The straw from the cereal crops is used as bedding for the horses, pigs and cattle in the winter, and is then spread back over the fields as natural fertiliser in the spring.  Some of this was featured in Make Hay. There are also 20,000 solar panels, generating enough power for 1000 homes in the surrounding villages. These are seen here and in Solar Sunrise. The work of young families like this, can change how we all live.

I wanted to say a huge Thank you to the Buckely’s not only for having me for the shoot but also for all the hard work they have put in to creating this amazing place.

Culworth Grounds Farm

Thorpe Mandeville OX17 2HW, United Kingdom

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