From the Archives – Skatepark Fashion

From the Archives – Skatepark Fashion




29/06/15

FROM THE ARCHIVES – Sept 2013. A fashion shoot at the skatepark in Bushy Park, Dublin.

Urban Life…what does it mean to you? Graffiti, Adidas, mysterious subways, street spirit, underground music, independence, urban sprawl, concrete jungle or interesting characters? All words that could equally describe this month’s shoot at the skateboarding grounds in Bushy Park.

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Urban Life…what does it mean to you? Graffiti, Adidas, mysterious subways, street spirit, underground music, independence, urban sprawl, concrete jungle or interesting characters? All words that could equally describe this month’s shoot at the skateboarding grounds in Bushy Park.

We used Dublin Vintage Factory clothes (formally Golly Gosh Boutique) and De Loup jewellery. Terri Murphy and David Jones, the owners of Dublin Vintage Factory, are creative, hilarious and helpful men with exceptionally good taste in clothes and accessories. It has been an absolute pleasure in getting to know them both. Pulling looks in their office space was a great deal of fun. Both are so quick at pulling styles, and the end results were spot on. April O’Meara is another member of the Dublin Vintage Factory family, happily sewing away in the corner. One could say she’s like the First Aider of clothes that need a little adjusting or nursing of a loose hem!

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De Loup is a one-woman show, hosted by Amy Woulfe, who graduated from NCAD with a degree in Fashion Design. Though recently focusing more so on jewellery, De Loup began as a clothing line where low-back slogan vests became a best seller. Then in A/W ’12 chain neckpieces featuring woven textile (called the “Hevvi chain”) were placed alongside the clothing. These proved to be extremely popular, and led to the label strongly comprising of necklaces. De Loup is designed to be a welcome addition to all wardrobes and can work to dress an ensemble up or down. Each piece is handmade in her Dublin 2 studio. You can purchase her creations here on the Prowlster shop.

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When I organise an outdoor shoot, I feel quite anxious because of the weather. I wake up like a child on Christmas morning, but rather than frantically running down the stairs trying not to break a limb, I poke my fingers through the blinds very rapidly and scan the sky. Looking up that morning to the sky I thought ‘Phew, no rain’ and that’s a great start! I met fellow intern Ailbhe, along with the models Hazel Farrell and Stephen Blake on Dame Street, and I thought I had broken my habit of jinxing the weather when I compliment the sunny sky and dry earth.

Five minutes later, a heavy rain shower fell on us.

Thankfully, it passed when we arrived to our destination, where we met the ever-so-talented Sinead Kelly, the photographer. For those who have read my past articles, you know Sinead and I work closely together on these shoots. She is a breath of fresh air to watch and is full of freshly-scented bursting ideas.

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We arrived to Bushy Park Skate Park where the sun shone upon us. There were many people young and a man in his late fifties gushing around BMXing and skating up and down. Fearless youth strutting with DC hats and high-tops shoes made me dizzy watching them create loops in the air with their spinning wheels.

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The surrounding area was colourful, clean and just perfect for the shoot. While we were pulling the looks, it accidently occurred that we created a purple and a tie-dye look for each Hazel and Stephen. This was my first time meeting Hazel in person and ‘hello look at her’ – what a beautiful lady! Male model Stephen and I are friends who once worked together for many months. He loves to illustrate, design, paint – anything to do with a pencil or paintbrush, it’s his. Knowing his personal style, I knew he would love his outfits and he did!

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Both Stephen and Hazel were relaxed throughout the shoot, much laughter and storytelling from all five of us. With all three looks complete the park a rain shower sprinkled on our crowns, but at this stage we didn’t care too much as the end result was spectacular.

The saying ‘dancing in the rain’ fitted very appropriately here, but holding all the bags stopped us from doing so!

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Massive thank you to Dublin Vintage Factory, De Loup, Sinead Kelly, Ailbhe Ni Riain, Stephen Blake, Hazel Farrell and to those who make urban life the way it is… you!

Words: Seana Henry // walkingasidream.com // Facebook

Models: Hazel Farrell, Stephen Blake

Images: Sinead Kelly





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