August 10, 2013

Comtesse Sofia Collaboration

I was recently approached through one of my friends for a photoshoot collaboration with high end scarf brand Comtesse Sofia. They specialize in luxurious silk scarves printed in Russian-inspired motifs.
It was very quick, once I agreed to the shoot. We had a date settled for the following week, on the 1st of August.
After that it was a matter of sourcing location, styling the outfits  and cretaing a backstory. Whenever I plan a photoshoot, I like inventing a story to go with it, using the set adn accessories, rather than just picing a random backdrop! I am used to staged photshoots, from modelling in  my university, creating my own shoots and from lolita, so I did my best to keep it simple enough that we could shoot two outfits in the evening.

I created moodboards with Polyvore for the photographer and for the company, which they were pleased with, I think.

Our location was Gare de l'Est to suit the traveling and slighlty steampunk aesthetic of the first outfit. Pink with white and brown accessories, to stay classical yet sweet, and complement the look of this first scarf, the Rendez-vous in Tuileries. I really like train stations in France, they are always old buildings hinting at the industrial revolution with all the glass and metal domes and the grass-shot tracks. Besides, the name of the scarf refers to a meeting, and where better to express that?  (I didn't really select any photo,I put them all because I love them s much!)


Canal Saint Martin
For a change of style, more outdoors-y and fresh, I chose the bold colors of my Bodyline Wine Roses skirt, and simple brass accessories.  I hesitated between these two scarves, because I wasn't sure the reds would match in the white scarf and my skirt, and we finally went with the green colorway, Cyparisse Breeze, which by the way is their latest print! We found a nice embankment to shoot, with a welcome breeze. I planned to bring my parasol, but it broke that very morning! Luckily, my mom had one which she let me borrow.

The photographer, Adeline, was really professional and had time to chat before the shooting which made me more comfortable. Isn't it a bit awkward when you simply greet someone, let them take photos, and leave? My friend Penny was there as well, so I had tons of attention ^^ The two locations were near each other, but the heat was really extreme, I was worried my face would be too shiny... Well, I guess it worked out in the end!

Comtesse Sofia

The photoshoot meant I had the chance to wear their products of course! The scarves are gorgeous: the fabric is very fine, soft wool, printed with intricate motifs in vibrant colors. The scarves are a kind of glossy  mat, if taht makes sense, rather than dull mat, and the fringes are shiny silk; the logo is beautifully embroidered in the corner. I loved nestling in the large green scarf, it was so comfortable. I wore these in summer, and they are great for a chilly evening instead of a jacket, but I can imagine that these would be perfect to keep warm in the colder months, and yet remain elegant. The scarves also come in three different sizes, shown on this useful chart:
 Even the smallest one that I was wearing, in the first photos I believe, was really large. Prices range from 90€/ $130  to 185 €/ $255.

The company really focuses on high quality, from the materials, to the making, and the packaging. The designs are inspired by the 19th century and by a very famous french author, la Comtesse de Ségur. This luxury brand is definitelly worth keeping an eye on!

Their website and their blog, which my friend keeps!

 Souvenir shot of Penny and I! Thanks to both her and Adeline <3


  1. Thanks for everything, Miss! You were ever so professional, even in the high temperature. I think the outcome is amazing.

    Affectionately yours,
    Comtesse Sofia

    1. Pleasure was mine; all my thanks to all the lovely staff!