I adore The Rosevine. Having lived close to this stunning country house by the sea for a fair few years, I’ve been lucky enough to enjoy delicious dining here and soaking up the ocean views from the divine restaurant. So when it came to launching my latest collection I could think of nowhere better to arrange for the photo shoot than here.
My latest collection, Saphir, is inspired by the sea and the natural surroundings we are so lucky to have in beautiful Cornwall. Cornish maritime tales, mermaid mythology and the magic of the ocean have all combined to make this new collection what it is. Containing pieces such as coral-inspired combs, hand beaded hair vines (a massive trend for 2018/19), metallic details and mermaid crowns containing shells and sea glass collected just moments from The Rosevine, I could think of nowhere better suited for our shoot.
What made the shoot so special was the beautiful scenery. Cornwall is so lucky to have such beautiful gardens and picturesque coves but it’s very rare to find somewhere that combines both. The combination of the pretty palm trees, manicured grounds and panoramic views of Porthscatho meant the dream backdrop for the new collection and somewhere I knew would do the pieces justice.
I worked with local photographer Olivia Bossert for the shoot as she is also known for her love of the sea and use of natural light which were really important to the style I wanted to achieve. We enjoyed taking photos in the hotel grounds and on Porthcurnick beach, just a stone’s throw from the hotel. With beautiful fresh flowers provided by Amanda Taffinder, a stunning silk beaded gown from Christine Trewinnard and a relaxed yet elegant hair and make-up style by Make-up by Ione, we had the dream team and models Zoe and Holly looked the perfect part.
Saphir is the name of a shipwreck that went down off the coast of Cornwall 100 years ago this month so there could be no better location than The Rosevine to shoot the collection. It’s all about beauty, bold yet timeless design and buried treasure. The Rosevine has all of the magic that makes it the perfect match – it’s like a serene, seaside secret garden. Check out some of my favourite images from the shoot below.
I’m also taking part in Open Studios Cornwall 19-28 May so the public can visit me in my studio in the nearby village of Veryan without an appointment between the hours of 11am-4pm each day (excluding 21 and 25 May). I’m also running some fun millinery workshops. So whether you’re a hotel guest who would love to see a Cornish craftsperson at work or a local who wants to visit a creative workshop and perhaps follow it with a delicious lunch at The Rosevine, just down the road, it’s the perfect day out. Find out more about my workshops and the new Saphir collection here.
Written by Holly Young of Holly Young Millinery