Friday, 2 September 2011

Ciara for Grazia.it

Miss Ciara Flood for Grazia.it

The Assistant Buyer for Net-a-Porter's menswear site, Mr Porter, beautiful Ciara was a dream to photograph. On a day when it had poured with rain the entire morning, arriving at Ciara's converted warehouse apartment just as the sun was reemerging (yes!) to a warm welcome in her gorgeous, soft Irish lilt was a relief. I met Ciara very briefly at Paris men's fashion week in June outside the Lanvin show when she was wearing a sublime white dress from Richard Nicoll. As soon as she said her name was Ciara and she worked for Mr Porter, my brain started whirring. Some time before, my editor at Grazia, Tamu, had suggested that I might like to photograph a girl called Ciara who worked for Net-a-Porter and was really sweet and super beautiful. Hellllllllllllooooo and here she was! How had I not bumped into her before?
So in July I headed on over to Ciara's apartment to take these photos. As you might expect from a buyer (she assists the Senior Buyer on Designer, Shoes and Designer Accessories), Ciara is incredibly well organised. As soon as we were done chatting, Ciara wheeled out a rail from behind a large, white curtained-off space (her boyfriend is a furniture designer so everything in their apartment is design conscious) to reveal her selects for our shoot. Her style? Fresh, simple pieces that focus on colour, shape and proportion. Ciara was telling me that for her sister's wedding her bridesmaid's dress was the Chloé ballerina dress: how perfect and chic! As for accessories, she is never without a fabulous pair of shoes, bag (her most recent purchase was this Coach navy duffel bag) and 8 rose gold bangles which are on permanent loan from her mama!
Since Ciara started at Mr Porter (she was previously with the womenswear team at Net-a-Porter) more boyish pieces have crept into her wardrobe. As she says "looking at menswear every day is bound to have some influence". Dressing for special occasions (it is wedding season in Europe!) is also something Ciara is embracing. The exquisite cream dress Ciara is wearing in the first photographs is from Imitation by Tara Subkoff which she is in the process of dyeing navy "it's pretty hard to wear a long lace cream dress" and she has just acquired this Alexander Wang asymmetric dress.
Read more about Ciara, how her mum influences her style choices and her favourite places to shop for flowers and body products (Australian label Aesop!) in the Grazia.it article here.

Ciara's outfits? White Shirt (Equipment), red shorts (Acne), beige ankle strap sandals (Stella McCartney);
White t-shirt (American Apparel), green trousers (Acne);
Yellow anorak (Aubin and Wills), navy shorts (Maje), wedges (Stella McCartney);
Denim shirt (Stella McCartney), denim jeans (Theyskens Theory), sandals (Clarks Originals).

36 comments:

  1. Oh my goodness she is gorgeous! I want to steal every single one of those outfits!!
    x

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  2. nice post!!!!great photos!her style is so effortlessly chic!




    xxxx

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  3. gorgeous!

    Bises,
    monkeyshines
    http://monkeyshines-monkeyshines.blogspot.com/

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  4. How stylish are the Net a P girls - just seen Holly in the Elle - so inspirational - i love your pics for Grazia IT they always look so natural yet so editiorial if that makes any sense! fab x

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  5. These are all gorgeous. How beautiful and romantic is that lace dress, huh? The first raincoat shot is downright brilliant!

    The Styleseer

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  6. Thanks so much everyone. I know that Ciara will appreciate your kind comments.

    @Fashion and Frank- ooooo is that in the new Elle???? Mine (the weight of a brick!) just got delivered. I love Holly as well....she always looks gorgeous during the fashion weeks.
    And thanks so much for the Grazia.it encouragement....they are something I absolutely love doing.

    @Lauren- that raincoat one (which you certainly need in the UK!) is one of my fav's as well!

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  7. wow. amazing pics. personally I love the final one! denim on denim! lovE!

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  8. I absolutely LOVE the yellow rain jacket outfit.

    Elizabeth
    layeredblack.com

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  9. Love the green pants!!! She is beautiful and her hair is great!!! www.stylepicture.blogspot.com

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  10. @Karin- I think she has a touch of the Michelle Pfeiffer about her?

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  11. She's such an undeniable beauty! I remember her from Tamu's 'Is it legal' shot at last year's London fashion week. The flowy green trousers are highly covetable!

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  12. Vanessa this is my favourite one yet - and I know I say that about all of your sets, but I mean it this time!! She has great style, so simple and refined and clean. It makes me happy looking at it. I'm trying to dress more like this at the moment. :)

    I can't wait to see your FW photos. Please say hi to Pete and Frances and Peony for me!

    XXX

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  13. @Hannah Rose- hey miss Hannah! How is uni going?? Will say hi to Peony- she and Frances are going to NYC this week for fashion week. I am "anticipatory exhausted" already :) Thanks so much re the photos of Ciara xox.

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  14. I love elegance and simplicity when put together. beautiful photos ans looks!

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  15. She's really beautiful! Angelic face!


    DIARY OF A FASHION STYLIST...
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  16. Love the lace dress its gorgeous!

    Great blog too...

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  17. Oh my, she's such a cutie. Lovely lovely shots! x

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  18. Love her style, and she's so gorgeous to boot! I'm in love with that yellow anorak, too cute!
    xx
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  19. PERFECT!!! Is the word that came to my mind, after checking it out.Very stylish...

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  20. Wow, that lace dress is stunning. I love it!

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  21. LOVE the lace dress
    i have the stella mccartney's too! looking good

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  22. beautiful xx

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  23. these portrait series youve been doing are so beautiful and inspiring! keep sharing! x

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  24. This is beautiful, both girl and photographs. I was just wondering where you got that bicycle from. It's so pretty.

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  25. Like, this is fabulous!!

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  26. All the outfits are amazing, so simple and minimalistic. I love the shoes especially

    http://styleastronaut.blogspot.com

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  27. quelle beauté,quelle douceur et en même temps de détermination dans ce regard!!

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  28. oh my oh my, she is stunning! those green pants are wondrous.

    xo zebra and meerkat

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  29. beautiful. i am so insanely jealous of that first lace dress. i want!

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  30. Beautiful Ciara :)

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  31. She's no natural - absolutely stunning. And the clothes are lovely, simple and sophisticated. It's very romantique...

    xoxo Dusty
    http://dustycouch.blogspot.com/

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  32. Her eyes are divine. Can you tell me what eye makeup she is wearing?

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