There’s a particular magic that’s formed at the place where two eras collide. Or in this case, three, if you count the here-and-now.

Combining contemporary youthfulness with retro ’70s-inspired glamour is a shoot by rising photographer Simon Ackerman, working with a creative team who turned a straightforward portrait of model Rachel Validum into a picture of freshness and strong femininity.

Hairstylist Jill Schnapp added her love of the “Deco Decadence” of the 1920s into the mix, merging an edgy pompadore with a textured side braid or coaxing two twirly pigtails out from under a chic black hat to create styles that borrow from multiple eras without subscribing specifically to any.

Rachel by Simon Ackerman

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Rachel by Simon Ackerman
Rachel by Simon Ackerman
Rachel by Simon Ackerman
Rachel by Simon Ackerman
Rachel by Simon Ackerman
Rachel by Simon Ackerman
Rachel by Simon Ackerman
Rachel by Simon Ackerman

Makeup artist Crystal Watkins played perfectly to Rachel’s features and colouring, contrasting her velvety dark skin with the boldest red lipstick and adding a flick of black liner and white shimmer to her eyes.

The era collision of the ’20s and ’70s comes into play again in Amelia Schussler’s flirtatious styling: Deco-inspired jewels atop plunging necklines creating an element of night-time glamour, while a perfectly on-trend black and white patterned crop top paired with high-waisted black pants is the vision of what this ultra-cool, modern-day glamazon would wear during the daytime hours.

Filled with strong poses and easy to adopt styling ideas, you can view all of Simon Ackerman’s (simonackerman.co.uk) shoot of Rachel Validum by clicking on the gallery.

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