As I might have mentioned, I noticed a lot of redheads @ LFW: bright, bold shades from orange orange to really deep, ruby reds. Bottle redheads as blatantly bottled as the classic 'bottle blonde' platinum Marilyn Monroe type blonde. It's a striking contrast to all the black clothing, and quite an interesting trick: if your body is all in black, and you have very very tall, attention seeking shoes (usually in black, often peep-toe platform booties) and your hair is red... well, it visually stretches you out, doesn't it? It's like: look at my head. Look at my feet. Ignore what's between, it's slim fitting & black. It's a fabulous look, frankly.
But Filippa, from Stockholm, is a natural redhead, and as someone pointed out recently, that's rare these days. I don't know why that is. Perhaps as we all continue to interbreed, the redhead gene becomes recessive.. anyway, I think she looks fabulous. I love the way she tucked her sweatshirt top into her jeans in a way that echoes the shape of the shorts detailing, and accentuates her tiny waist. I took only three shots, and each one was great. She's done a bit of modeling, but told me she can't full time, because she's too short.
Which makes me crazy!
Come the revolution, this won't happen. I feel so passionately about what designers like Mark Fast are doing. It's courageous to have three of his catwalk models with 'curves'. But that's just a start: we need some models who aren't teenagers - wouldn't a silver haired model or two look wonderful? - and we need small but perfectly formed young women like Filippa. Alice, aka LIttle Miss London, did a brilliant post on this recently ('catwalk controversy'), and I left a long rant comment. There's a brilliant movement recently started called all walks beyond the catwalk (also on my nice things list) with some of the biggest (no pun intended) players in the industry involved.
Come the revolution, Filippa, I want to see you walking down that catwalk, with your head held high. As Shakespeare wrote of Hermia in A Midsummer Night's Dream, 'though she be but little, she is fierce.'