Olga first contacted me to carry out the production of her spring / summer 2015 prop styling photo shoot. After the success of the photos, Olga contacted me once again to prepare the photo shoot and prop styling for her autumn / winter 2015-16 collection of L’He Fet hats.
Olga Ibars with her cute brand L’He Fet specialises in making simple and useful hats for modern life. Born from the necessity to protect her skin from the blazing Barcelona sun, each Lhe Fet hat is reversible, presenting two different fabrics to quickly change styles; completely adjustable to fit any size; and easy to transport, just roll the hat up and pop in your bag. All fabrics are sourced in Barcelona and the entire production is carried out by Olga right here in the Catalan capital.
After seeing the new fabrics, so warm and cosy, I immediately decided on a theme inspired by Berlin in the 1940s. Olga is very proactive and was able to provide a model and a great location, a grey and burgundy apartment located in the Raval neighbourhood in Barcelona. I love working with photographer Anna Morago and she had done such a great job with the summer photos that I immediately included her in the team. This time around the shoot was more challenging as we wanted to achieve a chiaroscuro effect, dark and mysterious with a touch of melancholy. A sweet girl waiting for her beau to return from the war.
I sourced all the necessary elements and on the day of the shoot created still-lifes aiming for a concept similar to Flemish paintings, mixing dried autumnal leaves, berries, and pine cones with books, coffee, and other props. The results are far better than we could ever have hoped for: brooding and mysterious, a magical warmth in a time of cold and uncertainty. Here you can see a selection!