PROJECTS & COLLABORATIONS
Styling by Rebecca Ruby
Talented stylist and creative Rebecca Ruby (@rebeccarubycat) borrowed by graduate collection and produced this amazing and colourful shoot.
As a designer, it’s so exciting to see how different stylists and photographers interpret my collection. The styling on this shoot is so fun, and I love the bright blue backdrop and hand-drawn elements in the final images.
Rebecca collaborated with photographer Kate Mackelvie (@katemackelvie), make-up artist Patrice Halligan (@patrice_halligan) and hair stylist Essi Karjalainen.
Graduate Collection Photoshoot
In May 2019, I collaborated with photographer Kayleigh Pace and Speos Photography School to photograph the outfits from my graduate collection. Working with models Ruby, Marcelle, Jada and makeup artists Rosana, we brought the ‘Windrush Collection’ to life.
Inspired by the initial research for my final collection, the bright and vibrant garments were photographed against a South London backdrop, reminiscent of the music, culture and ‘sunshine’ that the Windrush generation brought to the UK. Read more about the photoshoot here.
Along with my Granddad, I was interviewed by Charlie Brinkhurst-Cuff and featured in the book ‘Mother Country: Real Stories of the Windrush Children’ published in 2018. My Granddad’s story is told in the chapter ‘Charming For England’:
“Lazare Sylvestre is a former mechanic and amateur/professional boxer from St Lucia. His granddaughter, Tihara Smith, presented her collection inspired by her grandfather and the Windrush generation at the Graduate Fashion Week in 2018.” See the book.
Black History Month with GFW
Featured on the Graduate Fashion Week website during Black History Month, I was interviewed by Annabel Waterhouse-Biggins. Discussing the importance of Black History Month, the Windrush generation and the inspiration behind my graduate collection.
“You Called We Came' […] This slogan was intended to serve as a powerful statement to say that the Windrush Generation is a huge part of British culture and highlight the massive contribution that they have made to British society.” Read more here.
Photography by Nathaniel Telemaque
Collaboration with photographer Nathaniel Telemaque, creating a collection of images featuring the accessories from my Graduate Collection. Notting Hill is the backdrop, the home of Notting Hill Carnival and the first home of many of the Windrush Generation when they first arrived in London.