Styling is not something I do very often these days - at least not the big scale production kind with mega amounts of prep in a very short time that I worked on for so many years. In some ways, once a stylist always a stylist and I just can't help but for elements of it to leak into other things I'm doing. I still love clothes and will probably always be playing around with them in one way or another.
But sometimes I'll do a styling job to remind myself how it feels to get up at 4.30am, be on location with a crew, feel the hard to explain on-set hysteria that usually occurs about 10 hours into your working day, and can lead to fits of uncontrollable giggles, often hiding behind a clothing rail in a winnebago. And when I'm asked to come in on a job as reinforcements by someone I've been working with on and off since 1999 on all kinds of shoots, the answer can only be, yep, sure, what's my call time?
This was also a nice brief: a day in the life of young actress Michelle Dockery (Lady Mary in Downton Abbey) for M&S Style and Living: In The Moment. We shot at different locations around Soho and Bloomsbury. It felt very London and such a treat to be in those places that are so familiar to me, but from a different viewpoint - like backstage at Ronnie Scott's or in Bedford Square Gardens, which is not open to the public.
You can see the film and feature here.