The gorgeous Jill Adams (Street Style London), the divine Naomi Mdudu (The Fash Pack) and I were gossiping and giggling our way down New Bond Street. We’d just left an amazing party courtesy of Juicy Couture (more on that next time) and were on our way to a shindig in the basement of Selfridges to launch the new Havaiana wellies (again, more later) when the sight of Mich stopped the three of dead in our tracks. This is how it went down.
Scene: traffic lights, red man all lit up, photographers/bloggers armed with digital SLRs on one side, the stunning Mich Dulce on the other.
Me: ‘Wow, look at that girl.’
Jill: ‘Wow, look at that girl.’
Naomi: ‘Wow, look at that girl.’
Mich notices our stares, shuffles feet, tries not to make eye contact with gaggle of strange woman across the street.
Me: ‘I’m going to take her photo.’
Jill: ‘I’m going to take her photo.’
The green man starts to sparkle. I sprint. Mich’s eyes widen. Thoughts of fight or flight jostle beneath her perfectly positioned hat. It’s too late to run. I smile (it’s my secret weapon – more people in this town should try it) and introduce myself and the rest of the group.
Mich: ‘Hello, it’s nice to meet you. I am a milliner. I am from the Philippines. Here is my card. Yes, you can take my photo. I am heading to a party at SHOWstudio’.
[Note: This is condensed. I didn't think you needed to read our small talk minutiae.]
Me: ‘Oh cool. Say ‘hi’ to Nick Knight for me.’
[God, I'm so pathetic. No matter how much I wish this wasn't the case, I have never had the pleasure of meeting Nick Knight.]
Sound of camera lenses clicking and the slowing of footsteps as extras (AKA commuters) stop to stare at our little piece of street theatre. Jill, the street style photography expert, gets to work.
I tell Mich I love her in tagalog (it’s the only the thing I know how to say). Naturally, she’s impressed and tells me she loves me back in tagalog [I'm crossing my fingers that this wasn't just lip service because I love her hats and she seems pretty cool too]. We all shake hands, say our thank yous and good byes (in English, of course).
To find out more about Mich and to see her beautiful work, you can visit her website here.
All photographs were taken by me. What do you think? I’d love it if you would leave me a comment below.