Thursday, 31 May 2012

Southampton Solent Graduate Fashion Show.

Last night was Southampton Solent Graduate Fashion show part of Free Range at The Truman Brewery, Brick Lane. The whole event was a group event and  I was pleased to be part of the final product. As you may know I am Features Editor of Third Floor publication and we had a stand selling this years issue at the fashion show. At only £5 if you haven't got yours then get it soon, you won't be disappointed.

This year Third Floor featured visual merchandiser and chief expert Jonathan Baker and he attended the event. Read his blog post on the fashion show and also this years Third Floor: It was an honor to feature him this year and also to receive such great feedback from one of our contributors.

The designers that showcased their work at Truman Brewery were to of a high standard and the models hair and make up was all immaculate.  Overall it was a great event for all that attended. As well as a catwalk show there was also a selection of photography, promotion and graphics students final work displayed in a gallery.

Third Floor on the VIP Front Row.

Thursday, 24 May 2012

A day in the new forest...

As part of my friend Jenny Smith's FMP I was asked to be the photographer for a promotional campaign she had arranged. She had based the shoot around the brand 'Hunter' with three main inspirations, the punks, the mods and Royalty. Here are a couple images from the shoot:

Nia Alexandra- Punk

Nia Alexandra-Royalty
Photographer: Katie Handy-Beith
Stylist: Jenny Smith
Model: Nia Alexandra Baldwin

Wednesday, 23 May 2012

Underage models. Yay or Nay?!

In recent months teenage models seem to be sparking more controversy than ever before in their use in fashion editorials, brand campaigns and runway shows. 

On the runway Marc Jacobs is one designer who has on more than one occasion cast under 16 models in his catwalk shows. He responded to those against teenage models on the runway:

“I do the show the way I think it should be and not the way somebody tells me it should be. If their parents are willing to let them do a show, I don’t see any reason that it should be me who tells them that they can’t. There are children actors and children models for catalogs and stuff, so I guess if a parent thinks it’s O.K. and a kid wants to do it, it’s fine". 

One model who has been cast for more than one of Marc Jacobs show is Ondria Hardin who has also starred in a sultry Prada ad aged only 13 raising even more controversy. How her parents are happy to watch their teenage daughter photographed like this is beyond me!

Even more shocking last year Vogue Paris featured 10 year old, Thylane Blondeauin high heels, full face of make-up and a navel baring dress. I remember only first seeing this editorial recently and even though the lighting and photography is up to Vogues high standard I can't help to think the 10 year old looks so out of place.

Thylane's mum, reality star and fashion designer has spoken out about the controversy her daughters shoot caused. 
"It's pretty surprising to see them resurface seven months later. I understand that this could seem shocking. I admit I myself was shocked during the photo shoot. But let me be precise: the only thing that shocked me is that the necklace she wore was worth €3 million!"

 However Vogue has since made a U-turn on their attitude towards underage models and recently announced they would no longer use models under the age of 16 in their shoots. 

In my opinion teenagers under the age of 16 certainly don't belong on the pages of Vogue or walking down catwalks and I think more magazines need to follow suit of Vogue. In my eyes girls of 13 and 14 aren't stable enough to enter the fashion industry as a model, they should be out enjoying ice creams and going to the cinema!

What do you think? Underage models.... Yay or Nay?!

Third Floor has arrived!!

I have finally finished my degree BA (Hons) in Fashion with Photography! It is such a good feeling yet scary as I now know that I have to find full time work and enter the world of the adults. No more Jeremy Kyle and student nights drinking £2 Jagabombs for me!

For my final major project I was hand-picked for the role of 'Features Editor' for Third Floor Publication, the insightful and innovative fashion memoir for creative individuals. 

Photography:Jennifer Frazer. Graphics: Sarah Morris Model: Nia Alexandra Baldwin
 This year I arranged interviews with various important people in the fashion industry for Third Floor: Alexis Knox, Jonathan Baker, Rob Templeman, Hasan Hejazi, Nikita Karizma, amongst many others. Last night was Southampton Solents Graduate Fashion show and Third Floor had a table at the event. Watch out, Third Floor is on sale from 1st of June 2012.

Right to left. Features Editor: Katie Handy-Beith (ME!) Stylist: Sophie Hawkes. Graphic Designer: Sarah Morris. PR/Project Manager: Emma Rehling. 

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Tuesday, 15 May 2012

'A Picture within a picture'

Take a look at some pictures I have taken recently.

I love still life shoots and thinking of a concept to make the shoot interesting. This shoot was shot for Third Floor Publication (

Photographer: Katie Handy-Beith
Styling: Emma Rehling & Katie Handy-Beith

Take a look at my facebook page for other updates and pictures:

DIY Studded collar...

So I have finished uni now and am back to customizing items of my wardrobe. Studs are such an effective way to update your wardrobe and are relatively easy to do. I found a boring white shirt from my wardrobe and within minutes it was transformed. Let me show you how!

-1 boring item of clothing with collar.
-pack of studs
-a night out planned to show your new shirt off!

Step 1. Make sure you have everything ready to customize your shirt!

Step 2. Think of the design you want for your studs. I like to start from the bottom and make a triangle shape.

 Step 3. Pierce through your first stud. Sometimes the outside of the shirt can be tough so you can use your scissors to pierce through the fabric. Then use your scissors to press down on the studs.

Half way through!

Step 4. Continue until you finish your design on both sides of the shirt. 

Step 5. Go out and show off your new customized item!

Monday, 7 May 2012

The final day....

I finish uni FOREVER tomorrow afternoon. Well apart from a small Spanish exam on Wednesday, but fashion wise this is my last day!! I wanted a small break from my Final Major Project to show you a beautiful editorial from ELLE Mexico. What I love about it most is the laid back feeling it has and the humour injected into the models. They aren’t taking themselves too seriously. I am also a sucker for a black and white/colour shoot. It has a summer vibe with the bright blues and oranges, the styling and make-up is simply mesmerizing.

K x

Photography: Takahiro Ogawa
Styling: Nick Nelson
Models: Aysche Tiefenbrunner & Ilva Heitmann

Tuesday, 1 May 2012

Recently I have been writing for to build some online presence for my fashion writing. The website is menswear, which I have become more interested in recently. The articles are normally around 200 words which is easy to uphold with Uni work etc. Here is my latest article on pause, if you are male or just like menswear take a look.

Katie :)