Rain’s in fashion

Sep-CoverThe Windmill on Wimbledon Common was the perfect location for our Elys AW17 fashion shoot. With long meadow grass and late summer sun light we were aiming for 70s retro vibe for this transitional season with it’s earthy tones, layering and cosy knits. Only a month’s worth of rain in 36 hours could have prevented this shoot from being utterly gorgeous, but not even that could hold back our crack team.

The opening shot was our priority, the rain satellite showed a ten minute break in the torrential rain so we geared up to nail this shot.

The iconic windmill looks majestic in it’s 200th year, dominating the landscape. The Windmill Museum have done an impressive job restoring the sales in time for this year’s bicentenary celebrations and we are extremely grateful to Asif Malik who generously hosted us for the day.

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ELSYS-SEPT-2017-44704It was bucketing down for the rest of the day so we had to ‘work’ with the rain, using the  tree canopy as a natural of umbrella. John took a killer shot of this vampy look which ended up as the opening shot for the story.

Luckily we were able to step back in time using the interior of the Windmill Museum. The original artefacts dating back to the working windmill were fascinating.

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The team were so up for every suggestion, traipsing through the mud and rain, or climbing onto the windmill roof. The original vision for the shoot inevitably changed due to the weather conditions but the final images have a super Autumnal feel, perfect for the September edition.

Thank you to my exceptional team:

  • Photographer: John McMurtrie
  • Model: Leticia Herod
  • Stylist: Helen Ford Canning
  • Assistant: Emily Mitchell
  • Hair: Sean Hanna
  • Makeup: Bare Mineral by Dee Vasey
  • Nanny: Veronika from Wimbledon Nannies*

*Renate from Wimbledon Nannies was amazing and found the perfect nanny for me for the day. The process was so easy, I was put in touch with Veronika so we could chat and meet up before the day. Veronika was brilliant on the day and just fitted in – nothing was a problem and my little 5 month old son thought she was ace.

How to direct a fashion shoot in the rain

Don’t panic, devise plan b in the day(s) before

  • Create a strong back-up plan and communicate with your team as early as possible
  • Find the nearest indoor locations either for shelter or alternative scenes
  • Send out your call sheet with weather forecast & instructions for wet weather gear
  • Be flexible with your story, either create a new one or work with your photographer to make the most of the conditions on the day

On the day

  • Wellies and spares for the model just in case
  • Bring plastic bags, see-through ones for camera equipment, black plastic for model to stand on if needed
  • Bring lots of golf umbrellas, you can’t have enough!
  • Keep the model under umbrellas until the second before shooting starts
  • If you have time do some practise shots with the umbrellas so you can get it just right for when the umbrellas disappear
  • Check live satellite weather conditions on your mobile for rain breaks
  • Keep the team focussed on the end goal
  • Hot drinks and bacon sandwiches to stop spirits being dampened





Exquisitely Equine page layout

Exquisitely Equine

The May edition of Time & Leisure is all about Racing – a fabulously stylish guide to the Races including Louis Mariner’s look for the Derby. In the race to meet our deadline I helped the design team past the post by laying out this Exquisitely Equine interiors page.

Don’t miss your essential Racing Guide in the May edition – out this Friday


Exquisitely Equine page layout

Horse Racing Interiors page

Time & Leisure photo shoot

Pamper Competition

Whilst talking about how to promote our new reader competition in the T&L creative design meeting, we realised we needed some photos to promote it. It was the perfect opportunity to get my camera and get into the studio. Fabulous friends Becky and Tehreem were really brilliant models as they partied for the camera.


Time & Leisure have teamed up with Elys, NHJ styling and Cannizaro Hotel to offer this amazing reader competition

Win a FANTASTIC luxury pamper day of treats including: a brilliant style consultation with a top personal stylist from TV’s Nicky Hambleton-Jones Style Consultancy; a shopping trip at Elys plus an award-winning dinner, overnight stay and breakfast at Cannizaro House in Wimbledon. Visit the Time & Leisure website and enter the competition for the chance to win A Luxury Pamper Day – and night!


First prize: A Luxury Pamper Day – And Night

Our first fabulous prize consists of: a personal styling day for two at Elyswith a top personal stylist from NHJ Style Consultancy (worth £250). After two hours of shopping each at Elys with your own personal stylist from TV Nicky Hambleton-Jones’ team, you will look and feel fabulous. Your stylist will find you both WOW outfits that work for your body shape and lifestyle. Elys has generously donated £150 to your spending spree, to be spent in-store in Fashion plus a luxury Clarins Red Room Treatment; £50 of Clarins products of your choice and a wonderful goody bag packed full of Clarins Trial Size treats.

A professional photographer will take your picture – the perfect way to recall your Luxury Pamper Day!

Then you can polish off your Luxury Pamper Day with… A Luxury Pamper Night.

A three-course dinner for two with a bottle of house wine in the award-winning restaurant of Wimbledon’s top destination hotel Cannizaro House on Wimbledon Common, and an overnight stay in one of their fantastic rooms will top off your Luxury Pamper Day perfectly. And there’s more… For the following morning, Cannizaro House has kindly included a lovely breakfast for two to send you on your happy way!

Second prize: Styling and Lunch

Second prize in this glorious competition consists of: two hours personal styling session at Elys with a top personal stylist from NHJ Style Consultancy (worth £150) offering a fun and productive shopping session tailored to your specific wardrobe needs giving you the confidence to look and feel fantastic.


Afterwards you can relax over lunch for two in the restaurant with a bottle of wine – value of £100 – at lovely Cannizaro House on Wimbledon Common

Third prize: Style Consultation and Afternoon Tea

The third prize in our competition is a one-to-one style consultation at Elys with a top personal stylist from NHJ Style Consultancy (worth £75) followed by a delicious treat of afternoon tea for two – value £50 – at Cannizaro House on Wimbledon Common

The details

The Luxury Pamper Day will take place in September 2013.

A professional photographer will capture you after your autumn/winter styling at Elys looking and feeling fabulous. Your photograph will be published in an autumn issue of Time & Leisure as part of the autumn fashion editorial run in conjunction with Elys.

How to enter

To be in with a chance to win A Luxury Pamper Day please send in your photograph and no more than 100 words why you would like to win A Luxury Pamper Day! The words can be in the form of a poem, a letter or just straight prose – we don’t mind but the judges’ decision will be final!


designing dramatic fashion

Next month in T&L magazine we have this sensational shoot by Gregg Stone (www.greggstone.com) I love his intuitive style and dedication to drama which create such a strong sense of narrative in his fashion shoots. His professional work is such a dream to layout that I wanted to share my latest designs with you lovely people, before it hits the print presses next week and goes all inky.

Fashion shoot Time & Leisure

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Magazine release date 22nd March 2013. The full photo shoot story can be viewed online at http://www.timeandleisure.co.uk. Thanks goes to Gregg Stone and his team for an impeccable photoshoot and Bambou cocktail bar and restaurant, 1 Percy Street, London, WC1, for providing the amazing location for this shoot.

sneak preview….

Enjoy a sneak preview of some of our new designs for the April edition. The Parties page plus Spring decor – what a fabulous theme to work on, I love it!

Party scene March Party scene apr

The new party pages in March and April – designed to look busy to convey a busy social life

Spring Palettes-1 Spring Palettes-2

Two page editorial, right followed by a left hand page, using our new 6 column grid layout.


And some of our magazines are running a one page version.

New Brochure design

The new brochure I designed for Health Mate was a big hit with the client and their customers at the January London Boat Show 2013.

Boat show HM

I really enjoyed managing this project from concept to print and delivery. My role included working with the client to come up with the format, identifying content and editing text, copywriting, picture editing, design and layout, proofing, organising the most cost effective print and delivering on schedule. It had to be ready for the London Boat Show so time was of the essence to ensure it was delivered on time for the show. They are delighted with their new brochure and have recommended my design work to their business friends.


Email me if you’d like a copy of the brochure visit their website www.health-mate.co.uk or email me lucykane@icqmail.com

London Boat Show

Great to see Health Mate’s exhibition stand at London Boat Show 2013. My design client booked a last minute space and asked me to advise on getting a great show together on a budget. Most important was to design their new brochure developing the new look I created for them last year. The brief was to design the format, copy write the content, select images, organise printing and ensure delivery before the show started. It was a quick turn around but it looks fantastic.
Gert asked me to design a series of posters to show their range of saunas, I suggested we turn it into a powerpoint presentation and hire a TV as it would be cheaper and look sharper on the stand. With 3 days to go they asked me for a competition poster to attract passersby. I think they’ve done a great job with the stand. Their saunas are seriously the best on the market so if you’re ever thinking of getting one make sure you check them out!