What am I: without the sun, I am silent

Sine sole sileo | Without the sun, I am silent.

It reads like a riddle. A cryptic clue to an ancient mystery. You may already know the answer, or perhaps you can guess, because the truth is it’s all about context.

Without the sun I am silent

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Without The Sun I Am Silent by Lucie Eleanor
Without The Sun I Am Silent by Lucie Eleanor
Without The Sun I Am Silent by Lucie Eleanor
Without The Sun I Am Silent by Lucie Eleanor
Without The Sun I Am Silent by Lucie Eleanor
Without The Sun I Am Silent by Lucie Eleanor
Without The Sun I Am Silent by Lucie Eleanor
Without The Sun I Am Silent by Lucie Eleanor
Without The Sun I Am Silent by Lucie Eleanor
Without The Sun I Am Silent by Lucie Eleanor

As well as being the genius title of this shoot by Lucie Eleanor (lucieeleanor.com), Without the sun, I am silent is an old sundial motto. Without the sun, a sundial literally stops communicating and figuratively falls silent. Context.

Riddle explained, you can also get a sense of where the shoot was going between Eleanor’s direction of the model – her face the sundial face, turned towards the sun and falling shadows – and the makeup by Ashley Kay Gifford (primppowderpout.com) that paints the personified time-telling device with lines and blocks of colour. Chirag H Patel’s (chiraghpatel.com) fashion direction fills in the rest: accessories that nod to the mystical, ancient themes, one outfit even using body jewellery to extend the sundial lines to the torso.

There’s a less literal meaning here, too, perhaps: the different moods brought about by the summer sun and the winter cold. We may not be silent without the sun, but we sure are happier when we can bask in it.

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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 Fashionising.com, where she serves as the publication's Editor.