Accessorise? It's elemental, my dear
As an art student and budding photographer, the most reassuring place for me in high school was the dark room. Devoid of light, save the flickering bulbs from each workstation's enlarger, it offered a quiet repose from the hustle and bustle of the school day. In fact, the few minutes of waiting as your image slowly appeared on the paper in the chemical trays seemed like an eon of time where you could simultaneously float in and out of a daydream while nervously hoping you didn't mess up the aperture or shutter speed on this particular roll of film. Whether it was the afternoons spent alongside my peers in the darkroom or the many hours perusing my grandfather's old equipment and paging through albums of his photographs, my love of black and white was born — although it may not be evident on this website, apart from in the fashion itself.
So when I received the opportunity to shoot the latest MIMCO jewellery collection, aptly titled Mistress Elemental, there was no other option than black and white to showcase the delicate stacks of rings, cuffs that combined masculines lines with metal finishes, and watches that play with proportion. While my own modus operandi does not subscribe to full-blown arm parties or exaggerated layers of necklaces, there are instances where a subtle yet still visually striking piece of jewellery is a nice — nay, required — touch. Just ask the connoisseurs of the fashion pack, from Michael Kors and Giorgio Armani to Anna Dello Russo and Oscar de la Renta.
All garments by Witchery, all jewellery by MIMCO
Photography: Samantha Pinto
Beauty: Megan Wridgway