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

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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

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