Some people (I can count myself amoung them) are just drawn to metallic gold. Like the supposed magpie, like a moth to a flame… A sparkle of gold thread or burnished sequins, gold beads or metallic gold leather, especially when set against pitch black fabric, just jumps out at you from across a rack of clothing and you’re compelled to go pick it up. Perhaps that innate appeal is part what spurs on runway trends towards gold clothing, a trend we saw for spring 2012 that will no doubt carry over into fashion in fall 2012. Gold just speaks to richness and glamour and hidden treasure.

It also may be why the use of gold running right through Julia Kiecksee‘s latest shoot – Terrace Hill – is the styling element that stands out most.

barbara gomes swimwear

Alvaro Mendez-Weinroth’s styling plays to the exotic. Liquid gold lamé dripping into the shape of a dress, a gold leather belt worn against white lingerie; a metallic gold swimsuit, bold gold jewellery, and of course a dusting of gold eyeshadow by makeup artist Doreen Gottschalch. In every shot both the styling and Kiecksee’s richly saturated photography play to model Barbara Gomes’s bronzed skin.

The shoot is accompanied by a kaleidoscopic, upbeat video which you can view above.

View the full shoot by Julia Kiecksee ( at the gallery.

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Some people's wardrobes are about a small selection of pieces that all fit within one aesthetic - Tania Braukamper isn't such a person. With a wardrobe that spans three different rooms, her approach to fashion is a mixture of current-season key pieces mixed with vintage finds she's sourced on innumerous shopping trips around the world's more cultured capitals. Despite a disparate approach to shopping, Tania is adamant that the key to mixing vintage with new season is to stick to key looks and colours that work for oneself. And it's a theory that she works into her writing for, where she serves as the publication's Editor.