SAILING THE FASHION HIGH SEAS
BACKSTAGE WITH CAROLINE AZZI & VIRGINIA MACARI
Marbella designers Caroline Azzi & Virginia Macari flew to Ibiza together with photographer Hattie Scanlan, make-up artist Sheena O’Brian, models Corina Chivu, Rachel Montague and The Bardou Salon, as a team put together by Ibiza Fashion Festival producer Karen Windle to create this fascinating editorial on @onceuponaboat_ibiza. Find out more about this shoot and being a stylist with this backstage interview with Caroline Azzi.
CAROLINE, HOW DOES IT FEEL TO STYLE FOR AN EDITORIAL?
It is always very exciting to get hired to style for an editorial. It is an adventure. You get to know new places, meet exciting people and stay in nice hotels. When you fly to another city, you have to make sure to bring the right items, you can’t forget anything and get ready for any circumstances and adapt to unexpected situations. There is a lot of pressure as you have to get it right.
HAS ANYTHING EVER GONE WRONG ON A SHOOT?
One day I did pack all the jewellery and my suitecase got lost. I did experience a lot of stress! Thank god the case was sent on the following flight and arrived to my hotel just on time before the shoot. Since then, I always pack everything I need in my hand luggage and pray my suitcase with all my actual belongings turns up!
HOW DO YOU PREPARE THE JEWELLERY AND SELECT THE OUTFITS?
When you prepare a shoot you always have to start with a mood board. It is a very nice way to communicate visually your creative ideas to the other members of the team. Then I choose the style I want to set and design some exclusive pieces of jewellery especially for the shoot; outstanding necklaces, cuffs and rings. I have to combine to match perfectly together with the other designers clothes. In this case Virginia Macari’s bikinis.
TELL US MORE ABOUT YOUR JEWELLERY DESIGNS?
Every year I design a new collection and I am trying to be as innovative as possible. I love using metal pieces and chains that give an outstanding and impacting results. This year I came up with some very exclusive body chain I cross on the body and a line of exclusive metals cuffs.
HOW DO YOU GET ON WITH VIRGINIA MACARI FOR THE STYLING?
Virginia and I have been working together on various editorials and photoshoot campaigns for magazines in the past 2 years, styling celebrities for Closer Magazine, OK Magazine and the UK newspaper Daily Mail. I think our designs and style match beautifully. Virginia’s bikinis are highly sophisticated and elegant and my jewellery designs add an extra touch of glamour, shine and uniqueness to her outfits.
It is always a pleasure to work on a project with her! She is an amazing designer!
HOW IS IT TO SPEND A DAY SHOOTING ON A LUXURY YACHT?
Every single member of the team is important, make-up, hairdresser, photographers, models and stylists. The boat is incredible scenery for a shoot! It offers large possibilities of background for the photos. The photographers and models have to play with natural elements such as wind, water and light. Everyone has to coordinate their style and ideas. To tell you the truth, this shoot has been an amazing experience. The team members were young professional women and all highly experienced so the whole shoot has been smoothly flowing, organised and very creative. This is when you can tell it has been an excellent team work and that the shoot is going to be a success.
TELL US MORE ABOUT THE IBIZA FASHION FESTIVAL:
Every Year the IBIZA FASHION FESTIVAL is held in June in very selected hotels in Ibiza (Wiki Woo & Es Vive this year) and offers spectacular fashion shows with outstanding designers, live DJ’s and music entertainment, UK celebrities assisting and a large coverage in both local and international press. I invite you to check more online: www.ibizafashionfestival.com and join us for our June 2018 IFF edition.
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