Mag behind the scenes

So goodness knows how I have managed to keep my mouth shut about this, but about six weeks ago I was photographed for The Mail on Sunday‘s YOU magazine in a studio behind King’s Cross, for the images to accompany a feature interview with me, to celebrate the publication of my cookbook Friends, Food, Family. 

This story is running today, Sunday, along with five recipes from the book. Holy crap. I haven’t seen it yet: there’s no story or picture approval, so fingers crossed.

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Shoots are all about the multi-tasking, in order to get as much done as quickly as possible. Above are Jose doing my nails, Alex doing my hair, and and my agent Vanessa chatting to me.

Mag behind the scenes

After lots of fittings, stylist Chloe dressed me in my own GAP boyfriend jeans, a Uniqlo silk shirt, and a fantastic pair of tan Christian Louboutin heels for the first look, which was shot with the Halloumi and chickpea salad, and the raspberry cocktail from the book.

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Here’s photographer Charlie in action.

Mag behind the scenes

Stylist Chloe and I turned up in the same pair of shoes, the Whistles Holly Velcro Sandal, which I have lived in all summer – and suspect will do so going into autumn too.

(The shoe choice was not enormously surprising, as I had bought them for her earlier in the year. Chloe and I met amongst the clothes rails when we were both assistants at Vogue House Quite A Long Time Ago, and we’ve been fast friends ever since. She styled the launch cover of WSJ magazine for me, and I am extremely pleased that she has returned to styling after a break, as she has been able to work on several of my projects recently. It makes shoots so much more fun when you have a friend about. And when it’s a very talented stylist friend, so much the better.)

Mag behind the scenes

Mag behind the scenes

Mag behind the scenes

Mag behind the scenes

Then we moved on to the cake shots. What a treat to not be doing the baking myself (I cooked all the food for the cookbook photography.) Lovely cook and food stylist Rukmini Iyer did the honours for this shoot, which was the first time I’ve ever seen someone cook from one of my recipes, and a little bit nerve-wracking too. My assistant Remy was on set too, doing some cake wrangling, and taking some of these photos.

Mag behind the scenes

And here’s Jose’s make up look up close:

Mag behind the scenes

I’m wearing a gorgeous orange Saloni dress from Matches.

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The make up look:
YSL Beaute La Laque Couture Corail Colisee – nails
Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar in Grandma
MAC Lasting Sensation Lip Liner C62
Chanel Le Blush Creme in 61 Destiny and 62 Presage.

Photographer:  Charlie Gray
Art Director/You Magazine:  Eve George

Stylist:  Chloe Beeney
Make up: Jose Bass@frank agency
Hair:  Alex Price@frank agency
Food Stylist: Rukmini Iyer

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6 comments

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I love those shoes. And am just such an enormous fan of yours. Best of luck with the cookbook, and everything else:).

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Congrats to you on the book Hope it does really well Loving those sandals Will have to get a pair to have for next spring/summer season!!

Rosemary

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Nice piece! And good choice of recipes on their website, have been making your chickpea salad and gnocchi for years (latter is my go to dish when I’m a bit hungover and don”t want to eat crap food).

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I just read the article. It was fantastic!

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Fabulous, and you look fantastic!

On an unrelated note – comments don’t show up now? It says there are 4 comments but I can’t see them…

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It was lovely to see you crop up while I was flicking through the YOU magazine yesterday Sasha. Great feature and congrats again on the book launch! X

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