|Photos and Styling by me|
|A self portrait Jazz took.|
For everyone's wardrobe, I think at least one pair of classic red shoes is needed. The perfect shade for such shoes being cherry or hot red. Whether they are thrown on casually with jeans and a shirt, or tucked away and only brought out on special occasions and donned at parties. While the only red shoes in my possession are the ones worn above, ideally I'd have about ten pairs - making sure red gumboots, converse and pointy-toed pumps are included in the mix, and of course, red dancing shoes. I can't think of red shoes without provoking the images of full skirts, tea dresses, tulle, dancing girls and swishing underskirts too. As well as the line of lyrics "put on your red shoes and dance the blues" from David Bowie's song 'Let's Dance.' And not to forget the gruesome tale 'The Red Shoes' by Hans Christian Andersen (which gave me the title for this post.)
The above photos are from the second shoot I did with my beautiful god-sister, Jazz, when she stayed over. After all the shoots my room was such a mess - clothes everywhere! My entire collection of silk spread out on my bed - we both have an obsession with silk. And my silk hoard is ever-growing in size (the other day I picked up a gorgeous lilac silk slip with a rayon lace bodice for $4 from a charity shop, in great condition, and afterwards I discovered it's YSL!)
In this second shoot she's wearing a vintage (seventies?) sun-dress, a vintage cream silk scarf (worn as a sash) from my large hoard of silk, the faux pearl bracelet is from a charity shop, a flower headband from a cosmetics store, and of course, red shoes.
Big thanks to Jazz for being my willing model, I hope she didn't suffer too much! It's always a tough job being my photography subject; I can be very bossy! With my demands to jump, look up, lie down in the grass, run, twirl, 'stand over there', 'chin up and put your shoulders back' - poor Jazz was so tired after all the shoots! But she didn't seem to mind.
The third shoot (possibly my favourite) will be shown in either the next post or the one after that, I'm really happy with the photos as we had some glorious afternoon light to play with.