Black Beauty & Hair Beauty Dec 17 / Jan Editorial

Excited to see our AW17 beauty editorial story published online for Black Beauty and Hair today shot by photographer Iulia David. It’s always a good feeling to see your work published especially when you actually completed the job several months ago. Particularly proud to see my copy attached to the images. Worked with a great team of creatives including the gorgeous Margarita Lievano whose face just lights up the page!

Posted on 20 Nov in: General | Share on Facebook or Twitter

Starworks Group SS18 Press Day

Next stop, Starworks Group . Home to global clients such as Gareth Pugh, Nicholas Kirkwood, IVY PARK & Richard Malone to name but a few. Here are a few of my favourite picks from their SS18 offerings:

ANOUKI

KENZO

PINKO

GARETH PUGH

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HILLIER BARTLEY

HOGAN

KATE SPADE

PRISM

ZIMMERMAN

Posted on 25 Oct in: Dawnn of A New Day, General, Press Days | Share on Facebook or Twitter

SS18 Press Days – HPR

It’s that time again. SS18 press days have begun and I’m excited to get up close and personal with some of the collections that graced the catwalks and presentation spaces as part of London Fashion Week last month. My first stop was to see the lovely team at HPR in east London. HPR never fail to impress with their eclectic & stylish roster of fashion clients. Always made to feel welcome with a lovely smile on arrival & accompanying nibbles to choose from while you take your time to look over the array of designers collections.

 

Here are some of my favourite pieces for next season from their showroom:

Elissa Poppy Latex Lingerie

Zeynep Kartal 

Ong Oaj Pairam

Zeynep Tosun

Paul & Joe

Love Hearts & Teacups

Spring Summer 18 promises us a variety of trends from pastels & pleats, florals & fringe, beading & pearls, satin & silk,  to leather, lace & latex! A little something for everyone 😉

Posted on 25 Oct in: Dawnn of A New Day, General, Press Days | Share on Facebook or Twitter

Soul of a Nation – Art In The Age Of Black Power

 

 

My best friend is in town from overseas and today was our day, just the two of us. I have a few special things planned for the limited time that’s she’s over here in London and so the day started off with a visit to the Tate Modern , Bankside. We were so excited to see the highly anticipated and recommended Soul of a Nation – The Art of Black Power. The exhibition has been running since the 12th of July and did not disappoint. “Celebrating the work of Black artists” from the turbulent times of the civil rights era through to 2 decades later, the artists expressed their points of view and emotions regarding the political and cultural mood at the time through various mediums of art.

 

Elizabeth Catlett, Black Unity 1968

 

Barkley Hendrick’s 1969 Icon for My Superman (Superman Never Saved any Black People – Bobby Seale

 

Soul of a Nation explores the juxtaposition between African-American artists speaking directly to a “Black audience” &/or a “Universal one”. Depicting a strong sense of pride and identity within the African-American community, you can feel the emotive tone and tensions of the time through the eyes of photographers, painters, sculptors, poets and political activists to name a few. The many artworks display what it meant to be a Black artist at the racially charged era of the 1960s & onwards. Beginning at the height of the civil rights movement, we were treated to archived footage of poignant moments in Black history specifically paying homage to Dr Martin Luther with his 1963 “I have a dream” speech in Washington D.C, Writer & social critic James Baldwin, the prominent Stokely Carmichael, the eloquent human rights activist Malcom X and an interview with academic, author & political activist Angela Davis.

We entered the main room and were inspired, humbled and filled with cultural pride to see photos, literature and sculptures that may at first seem a long time gone by but in reality it really isn’t. My friend and I glided from one room to the other taking it all in; the images bringing us to each particularly documented point in time with every spoken word, click of the camera, stroke of a paint brush. From inspirational iconic video footage, intimate interviews and historical speeches from prominent Black icons from the civil rights era to powerful art work from LA to Chicago to Harlem, “era-defining artworks that changed the face of art in America.

 

Wadsworth Jarrell’s Revolutionary 1972

 

David Hammons’ Injustice Case 1970 – this picture refers to the trial of Black Panther co-founder Bobby Seale for conspiracy to incite violence

 

1978 Acrylic paint and screenprint of Muhammad Ali by Andy Warhol

 

Dana C Chandler‘s 1975 recreation of Black Panther Fred Hampton’s bullet-ridden door after he was shot in his bed by the LAPD.

 

David Hammon’s Untitled 1976 double body print collage

 

After exiting the exhibition, we had lunch in the 9th floor restaurant with views overlooking St. Paul’s. Our Cajun inspired 2 course meal and great conversation over glass of wine (for me, vodka & tonic for her), an hour or so later we left the tranquility of the Tate Modern heading to the shops to treat ourselves to dessert & cocktails.

The exhibition runs until 22nd October. I definitely recommend a visit (take advantage of the exhibition & lunch offer that they have running at the moment). I have always believed that one should look back now and then to learn from your past experiences in order to move forward in your future.

“If one wants to know the future, they must study the past” – Confucius.

 

Posted on 22 Sep in: Dawnn of A New Day, General | Share on Facebook or Twitter

Vogue Italia Dec 2015 “PIGMENTATION”

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So incredibly proud to see my latest work published on the Vogue Italia website as part of their PhotoVogue! The best Christmas present ever this year (professionally speaking)! This was a passionate collaboration between myself, photographer Stella Morais, MUA Coco Hirani and model Julie Dumont. Definitely a career high to end the year and begin a new one.

Thank you Vogue Italia! Xx

 

Posted on 10 Dec in: Dawnn of A New Day, Editorial, General | Share on Facebook or Twitter

My Favourite Kathryn Rene SS16 Looks

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Look 5b

 

Look 4

 

Kathryn Rene SS16 Look Book styled by Dawnn Lee Mitchell

Posted on 06 Nov in: Dawnn of A New Day, General | Share on Facebook or Twitter