On the two hottest days of our soggy summer, team Grazia (28 strong) headed to Gaddesden Place in Hertfordshire to shoot our humungous 34 page fashion special, the biggest story we’ve ever attempted. Our brave models struggled under bulky layers of double cashmere and knee boots, whilst our makeup team kept faces glow free with bucket loads of Chanel powder (unlike team Grazia, melting into puddles even though dressed in slightly more appropriate outfits).
We wanted to showcase the high drama looks of AW12 in a way that combined them with more practical outfits, so decided to shoot as if we were filming our own costume drama. Easier said than done, but with the most amazing technical crew and Ben, our genius photographer, we whizzed through the shots, feeling more and more thrilled with each one. Special thanks to our beautiful Lusitano horse, Saloia - even though she caused palpitations when she decided to bolt whilst wearing a £12k Hermes saddle. Calls of "never mind the horse, save the saddle" echoed around the valley – no names mentioned.
Highlights included feeble urbanites getting hives from sitting in such fresh grass; Nika eating bacon rolls in hand beaded Giles; Andrew our New York fashion editor trying to sneak Gyp the dog into his luggage; Flaviana doing the Dougie dressed in Vanessa Bruno; and Anastasiya, Sam and Alex diving straight into the pool after 2 hard days ofshooting. The Grazia team were tempted to join them, but seeing their model physiques – ermm… not so much!
Watch the video below!
By Marc Morgan