I’m drawn to shiny things, I’ll admit. Beyond being on trend, metallic pieces have a deeper and more lasting allure: the promise of magic, of something precious, mythological. Metallics can be candy-wrapper foil or mermaid scales, Art Deco gold, the Chrysler Building lit up in the New York city skyline… With enough imagination, a gold flecked blouse is a night sky swimming with stars and a pair of burnished lace jeans were spun from the same gold thread as some ornate Baroque upholstery. And so it is that shiny, metallic things are worthy of their own editorial, where the soul of the 1920s and 30s is transfused into the modern day.
Ashton Phillips is the golden girl of Jennifer Avello’s shoot for Bambi Magazine’s 14th issue. The hair and makeup by Andrea C Samuels aligns perfectly to Thomas Vaughan’s luminous styling: gelled finger waves and bronze eyeshadow or – in one particularly striking look that breaks from gold but proves silver isn’t necessarily second best – a tousled crop and eyes as silvery as moonlight, perfect for the metallic armour of a silver sequin jacket.
Avello’s shoot is a mashed bowl of eras and moods, picking inspirations from the 20s, the 60s, the now… but in all of that, the one constant is the magic promise of precious silver and gold.
View the full shoot at the gallery, and head to bambimagazine.com for the full issue.