Friday, 19 February 2010

10'000 Firecracker blog views since October...

Yes, 10'000 views.

Anyway, just a little hint on what's coming soon. I've just emailed the finished pics of my 'future fashion' shoot to Select Mag, so as soon as thats out i will post it. (plus 2 exclusive pics will be on here.) The shoot was about forgetting vintage and stealing from the past and looking forward for a change. It ended up being quite a challenge for the stylist and I.

In contrast to this shoot, I've also emailed a couple of pics of the events company Geek Chic to Gossip Magazine, featuring 50's vintage clothes. So keep you eye out for that too. I think the same issue will also feature Hannah Ellen's 1st makeup column that I've done some beauty shots for.

What else is in the pipe line? I've got (finally going ahead) Lola Love's boutique S/S10 collection shoot on Tue. Then the final shoot for Kirsty Doyle's S/S10 Collection. Instead of just a basic look book (ASOS Style) shots, we are going all out on some more creative shots. I've even got a very talented 3D artist working on the back drop as we speak. Absolutely can't wait for this one.

I also hear are about to launch the site, after a few hic-ups. Each week they will now be featuring a different fashion bloggers post. First ones mine! Search them on this blog to find out more about them.

Oh quickly one more thing, (oops I'm already running very late) I've going to see a preview of the Met quarters forthcoming goodies next week. So i think I'm going to incorporate that into a Male and Female fashion wish list for S/S 10. (I'll see if i can blag some stuff to give away on here too.)

Matt. xx

Friday, 12 February 2010

Street style. With Neil Lumberg- Model.

Neil popped in to get a few test shots for a New York modelling agency he is hoping to join. Since his wardrobe hits some major fashion trends we decided to stick them up here for a street style..

Union Jack Bandanna- Grand Central. (left hand)

Double denin!!! Gonna be massive this year. Hoody, Jeans and jacket all Levi. (Met Quarter)
Dirty Converse!!! Sorry clean just doesn't look right-schuh
Hat Vintage-Urban Outfitters.
Gloves. Topman.

Big Boots! This ones been creeping up for a while, but even though everyone is tucking their jeans into them, Its still a wicked look. Boots- Zara.
Jeans- All Saints.
Top- All Saints.

Exclusive first look. Kirsty Doyle's complete S/S 10 collection and shop opening.

Well as you may have noticed by the many Kirsty Doyle blog entries the past few days, I've been building up to the launch party, last night, and the finished look book for the spring summer 10 collection.

The party last night was a massive success gauged by the many empty Champaign bottles this morning and many of my press contacts telling me about their hangovers. 

So now the parties over Kirsty's is back in biz with her even bigger store in Liverpool one. (right in between flannels and urban outfitters) Again she be stocking Benna Jewellery and Nook and Willow (Liverpool made leather goods) but this time round she will also be featuring a make-up Bar where you can come in and book to get your makeup done in store. 
Kirsty and Benna-Center. 

Models back stage before the impromptus fashion show.

Hannah Ellen make-up artist.
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P.s. Congrats to Sam McCaffetty for winning the silk dressing gown competition.

Matt. x

Saturday, 6 February 2010

First look-Kirsty Doyle Spring/Summer 10 preview....

Hello readers, Just thought I'd throw a taster out there of Kirsty's forthcoming collection.

We have literally just finished shooting the product shots for the web site, the editorial shoot is later next week. So i'll post the full collection then.
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Model- Jodie.
Make-up-Hannah Ellen (left)
Kirsty (right)
For all the info on the new store opening next week, just look on the post a bit further down.
Don't forget the Kirsty Doyle comp on that post too.

Matt. x 

Wednesday, 3 February 2010

Uclan fashion shoot special. Featuring top Manchester model Hollie Swain.

Photography- Matt Ford.
Model- Hollie Swain.
Hair & Make-up Hannah Ellen.
Styling- Daniele Timperly & Steph Elliott. 
Location- The broken bridge on Dock Road.

(I highly recommend you click to enlarge, these images can get a little lost on a computer screen unfortunately)
Dress with collar- Topshop. £55
Wedges- Topshop Boutique. £150
Tights- House of Holland. £10
Pearl Braces- Boudoir Boutique.

Dress- Chloe-Cricket.  £55
Black Jacket- Next £60
Smock- Topshop £35
Shoes- Topshop Boutique- £150
Hair Bow- Samantha Chong. 

Blouse- Matthew Williamson Selfridges.

We aimed to shoot 6 looks for this shoot but due to the fact it was raining then snowing and I nearly broke my neck falling over in the slime we decided to call it a day at 4. God bless Hollie, she didn't stop shaking for about an hour after...and who say's modelling is easy?

The stylists Danielle and Steph are currently in the second year studying Fashion promotion and styling at Uclan in Preston. There's a little more info on them on the blog entry below. 

I absolutely love working with up and coming talent, so if your reading this and still in Uni I'm more than happy to offer a Massive discount on shoots for your course work. (If your not though, on your bike)



Street style. with Danielle & Steph-2nd year Uclan Fashion promotion and styling students.

I'm just about to start a shoot for their campaign for 'fashion image.' Its going to show how to incorporate Styling, Hair & make-up, Photography and art direction and how it all comes together to make the final Image.

Anyway just thought I'd grab them for a quick street style before we start the shoot. 

Danielle (Left) Describes her styles as, "Glam shabby chek. I like a general mix of vintage and high street. Today I'm a little dressed down and wrapped up due to the fact we are shooting outside on a Feb afternoon." 
Check out Danielle's blog-

Steph describes her style as ''Usually casual due to extensive travel, apart from the weekend when i go the complete opposite and everything turns to sparkle!" 

P.S. I will post there shoot in a few days.

Matt. x

Tuesday, 2 February 2010

Hot off the press! I've got a luxury silk Kirsty Doyle Dressing gown to give away in time for her new store opening..

Well my lovely readers,  just a little update for you.

First of all I have a (made to measure) luxury silk Kirsty Doyle dressing gown to give away exclusively to Fire Cracker Fashion readers.

All you have to do is email me at putting the subject 'Kirsty Doyle Competition' and then your contact details. I will get someone to pick one at random.

Thats not all, If you hadn't already heard; Kirsty is moving into her new store this month in Liverpool One. (20 Mansteys Lane) She is celebrating with a grand launch party on the 11th. I will be posting the pics and story on here straight after the event so keep your eye out, as i will also announce the winner at the same time.  If you want more info on the store please email

We've also just finished the plans for Kirsty's brand new Spring/Summer 10 Collection photo shoot that we are doing this Saturday.  The pics will be used for the shop window display and magazines but if you want to see an exclusive first look then you know where to come...

Matt. X

To buy or check out the previous collections I've shot for kirsty.....

Hooka Hairdresser's website launches, featuring my edgy B/W photoshoot.

Photography Matt Ford.

Make-up Hannah Ellen.

Fashion Styling Kathryn Robbinson.

Hooka Website Black & Ginger. 
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  For over 3 years Hooka has been known as Liverpool's most uber cool hair salon. With clients including Hollyoacks stars, well known scouse musicians (sorry they wont let me name drop. Dam professionals) and the odd nationally know models too.

Take a look at their new website here....