Taking its inspiration from 1960s Rome, this stunning Italian bridalwear collection was styled for a photoshoot by a Stevenage designer and milliner, with help from Hertfordshire friends
Lisa Jayne Styles is a fashion stylist based in Stevenage who has created often avantgarde and futuristic lookbooks, editorials, product shots, campaigns and catwalk shows. Her favourite kind of styling is when she is creative director, such as this bridal shoot.
Italian brand Lineadiluna asked Lisa to style its new 1960s inspired bridal collection. Lisa says the brand is epitomised by ‘ vintage design meets elegance and feminine style’. Its fabrics are sourced globally from Italy to the Middle East, including finest silks and decorative lace. The company is based in London but hand makes its designs in a picturesque couture country house in north Italy, where it offers a bespoke service to clients.
This 1960s collection, entitled Piper, was inspired by the bridalwear worn by the mother of the founders of Lineadiluna, and the infamous ’60s Piper Club in Rome, where many singers started out. One in particular was Patty Pravo who became an icon and was one of the first ‘Piper’s girls’.
Lisa says she has great contacts in Hertfordshire, and tries to use them in her work wherever possible. While this shoot took place in Suffolk, she wanted to use companies she had worked with before as she knew they would provide what was needed to make the images come to life.
‘My initial idea was to do the shoot on location, rather than in a studio, as I wanted to create the right atmosphere. I contacted Alison McKenny, a fine art photographer I had worked with before, who specialises in a range of photographic genres and who shoots from her studio based on her family farm in Stoke by Clare, Suffolk. I asked how she felt about shooting on location, she said we could do the photo shoot in and around her barn, her husband kindly got some bales of hay to decorate it. I then called Jenny from Green House Market in Letchworth, who has a treasure trove of new
‘The collection was inspired by Rome’s infamous Piper Club’
and vintage, retro and upcycled items. I have worked with her on several shoots, she always seems to have just what I need, and if she doesn’t she can usually source it. Jenny gave me free reign to borrow what I needed. I came away with a decorative white screen, antique books, candlesticks, bird cages and some vintage bottles to put flowers in, plus items I hadn’t even thought I needed. It’s an Aladdin’s cave for a photo shoot or to decorate your home. They even offer workshops for furniture restoration.’
Lisa says the hair and make-up were key in creating the ’60s look, so went with winged eyeliner and bouffant hair, created by Danielle Baker of Butterfly hair and design in Suffolk.
A bridal shoot is not a bridal shoot without bouquets, and Lisa approached her favourite Herts florist, Lucas May. Owner Catherine Gypps, who opened her Knebworth shop in 2015, was keen to be involved. ‘She knew immediately what I wanted,’ Lisa explains. ‘And she produced beautiful bouquets. Her shop is a cute mix of gifts and flowers, and it smells heavenly with her vast array of candles and oils.’
For the shoes Lisa found a company online which makes beautiful lace boots. ‘I knew immediately I would love to use their footwear. I approached Nicole Stachowiak at House of Elliot Collection with my mood