I always wanted to do a photoshoot at the Barbican. The iconic estate is an impressive example of Brutalist architecture and with its concrete surfaces an ideal backdrop for bright colours. Like this yellow Topshop dress that looks so sunny and cheerful in between all those shades of grey. When we shot the picture in front of the Barbican sign the clouds opened up and a ray of sun made the colour look even more intense. One thing is for sure this dress is a mood lifter. Everyone I passed by today smiled at me. It’s great when your outfit has such an effect on people.
I originally planned to wear this maxi dress from French Connection but they no longer had it in my size. Not sure if it also makes people smile but it looks gorgeous with the floaty skirt and off the shoulder neckline.
The Topshop dress is an airy featherlight dream and one of those pieces where you can eat a decent meal and no one will notice your post-food belly. It will be safely hidden under layers and layers of fabric. The cut is very feminine and enhances your figure in just the right places. I also like that I never felt too cold or too hot even with unpredictable temperatures like today. And should it really get too cold, I’ll just throw over a denim jacket and wear it with ankle boots like these ones here from Isabel Marant or these ones that are a bit more budget-friendly.
My oversized sunglasses from Matthew Williamson give a nod to the 60s when they started building the Barbican estate. I bought them at one of Linda Farrow’s sample sales for almost nothing. That’s why I love sample sales! You can find a similar style here or here. The sandals are from Aldo and with their gold studs, they look way more expensive than they actually were. You can get them here.
In case you’re interested to follow our route through the Barbican I recommend to go in via the Museum of London entrance. Once you’re at the museum follow the pathway along to the top gallery. From there you’ll have a fantastic view over the ponds and waterfalls. Then head to the Barbican and walk down the ramp towards the ponds and cafe. There are plenty of retro details that make this location a feast for photographers.