Fiona Kennedy’s H! photoshoot diary
When Henry Holland launched a search for faces to put on print to be featured in his H! collection, I’m sure he wasn’t expecting to find a new model for the range but that’s exactly what he did find.
“Now usually, one of the things I get up to is photography, so I’m well acquainted with being behind the camera. But for one day, I took a walk on the wild side and ventured in front of the lens to embrace the bikinis, rock the one-pieces and dabble with floral prints to be the new face of Henry Holland’s summer collection.
The day began early; I headed over to the Debenhams HQ, was whisked down to the studio and then greeted by the lovely people who would be styling each look for the day. I was expecting some sort of scene out of The Devil Wears Prada but, thankfully, there was nothing of the sort. I immediately felt at ease.
The first items we shot were little pin-up style dresses. The thing is, I never wear dresses. I’m quite comfortable in my skinny jeans and scruffy shirts so this was quite a new concept for me. I felt like a real girl for once – and I loved it. The dresses were perfect for summer. Very light, airy, playful and a real gem to have over a bikini for when you want to frolic around at the beach in something that doesn’t bare all but would still get those heads turning.
For the first shoot I’ll admit, I did get my Tyra Banks on behind backs and practice some poses in the mirror before emerging from the dressing room but luckily I was given some great direction from the start. Without it, I’m sure I’d have been awkwardly smiling in front of the camera like some sort of spur-of-the moment tourist shot taken in front of Niagara Falls.
After a couple of hours I had let my hair down, relaxed and got in to the swing of things and throughout the day came a whirlwind of Henry Holland creations. More dresses, bikinis, one-pieces, accessories, shorts - you name it. We also tried out Henry’s waistcoats over a few bikinis for press shots– my particular favourite being the little leather number. A sure fire way to create more of an edge and perfect for the festival season.
I’m a huge fan of accessories, and I immediately fell in love with Henry’s gold double dice necklace and the trilby hats in the range. I was slightly apprehensive of the floral bikini paired with the braced shorts on the hanger but once I had the ensemble on it shot up in my must-have list for this summer. A bold splash of floral twinned with the denim shorts was a very good move.
The day flew by and to round it up - I came, I posed, and I think I conquered, all 5’4 of me representing Henry Holland’s master pieces and what a blast I had. So get yourselves down to Debenhams, take a peek at the collection and kit yourself out to look gorgeous in the sun with Henry’s new gear.”
What a day! You can see Fiona’s photos online at debenhams.com