Sitting here under the warm sun in Athens on a summer afternoon, I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to share my latest collaboration with one of my favourite Greek brands, Folli Follie.
I recently had the chance to team up with Folli Follie and shoot a story from my selection from their transitional pre-fall 2015 pieces, all of which are available to purchase now. Being half-Greek, I’ve always had a fond spot for the brand. One of the reasons I have always admired their designs is their ability to bring colour and youth to a luxury name. Being a Greek brand by origin, they effortlessly weave Grecian hints into their intricate designs, with this summer’s collection inspired by the beautiful flower of Santorini.
As summer is slowly coming to a close, I was asked to shoot three bags from Folli Follie’s pre-fall pieces to get ready for next season. I fell in love with the vibrancy of colour in the entire the collection, burn’t oranges, blood reds, cornflower blues. Summer is usually my favourite season for colour, so the chance to slowly introduce a colourful spark to my autumn-winter wardrobe inspired my tricolore selection. Without realising, when brainstorming ideas for the shots I noticed my three chosen bags were the perfect colours from the French flag, and with that in mind created my story, Très Folli Follie.
I wanted each shot to represent la petite Parisienne with her three Folli Follie moments. She would start the morning with the classy blue tote, the perfect size to pop in a wonderful bunch of hydrangeas and a delicious baguette to start the day. Once her flowers were stood beautiful in her chic Parisian flat, it would be time for an afternoon stroll and a touch of shopping down the Avenue Montaigne. She would complete her look with a simple white cross-body and, of course, a sweet red hat for that city-girl charm. As the sun begins to set over the picturesque rooftops of Paris, she would finish off her day cycling down to the Seine river bank to enjoy an evening of red wine with friends, timeless red handbag in tow…