Mirror Mirror On The Wall

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Vivienne She, writer/creator of White Caviar Life in a golden yellow suit. 'Mirror Mirror on the Wall' fashion story by White Caviar Life. Portraits in a mirror room. Fashion photography on location in Prague by Sydney photographer Kent Johnson.

The moment Kent and I were shown the dining room of San Carlo, the house restaurant of the Alchymist Nosticova Palace in Prague, we were immediately stunned by its extravagant decor. Hand-painted floral motifs spanned vaulted ceilings; with mirrors, mirrors, and more mirrors covering the walls…

Vivienne She, writer/creator of White Caviar Life in a golden yellow suit. 'Mirror Mirror on the Wall' fashion story by White Caviar Life. Portraits in a mirror room. Fashion photography on location in Prague by Sydney photographer Kent Johnson.

‘It’s like walking into a movie set of a fairytale fantasy!’ I gushed. Kent agreed, and we both knew there and then we would be doing a photoshoot here.

Vivienne She, writer/creator of White Caviar Life in a golden yellow suit. 'Mirror Mirror on the Wall' fashion story by White Caviar Life. Portraits in a mirror room. Fashion photography on location in Prague by Sydney photographer Kent Johnson.
Vivienne She, writer/creator of White Caviar Life in a golden yellow suit. 'Mirror Mirror on the Wall' fashion story by White Caviar Life. Portraits in a mirror room. Fashion photography on location in Prague by Sydney photographer Kent Johnson.

However, as our days staying in this hotel slipped away, it was Kent who asked the management for permission for us to do a photoshoot in the lavish ‘mirror room’. Well, not only the answer was a yes; on the morning of our photoshoot, the hotel staff helped us to turn on all the lights inside, and even asked if they should fill the vase with flowers for our shoot. We said yes to the lights but passed on the flowers as Kent thought the location was decorative enough!

Vivienne She, writer/creator of White Caviar Life in a golden yellow suit. 'Mirror Mirror on the Wall' fashion story by White Caviar Life. Portraits in a mirror room. Fashion photography on location in Prague by Sydney photographer Kent Johnson.
Vivienne She, writer/creator of White Caviar Life in a golden yellow suit. 'Mirror Mirror on the Wall' fashion story by White Caviar Life. Portraits in a mirror room. Fashion photography on location in Prague by Sydney photographer Kent Johnson.

The mirror room’s red-and-gold furniture and ornate chandelier were almost drowned out by the sea-of-bling on the wall. So here was a real styling challenge for me – what to wear to stand out? Or at least not to be overpowered by the busyness of its all? Thankfully I decided to bring this Spazio Concept – Milano silk and velvet golden-yellow suit with me to Prague… a luxurious looking outfit that held its own and successfully kept me afloat on the ocean of textures.

Vivienne She, writer/creator of White Caviar Life in a golden yellow suit. 'Mirror Mirror on the Wall' fashion story by White Caviar Life. Portraits in a mirror room. Fashion photography on location in Prague by Sydney photographer Kent Johnson.
Vivienne She, writer/creator of White Caviar Life in a golden yellow suit. 'Mirror Mirror on the Wall' fashion story by White Caviar Life. Portraits in a mirror room. Fashion photography on location in Prague by Sydney photographer Kent Johnson.
Vivienne She, writer/creator of White Caviar Life in a golden yellow suit. 'Mirror Mirror on the Wall' fashion story by White Caviar Life. Portraits in a mirror room. Fashion photography on location in Prague by Sydney photographer Kent Johnson.
Vivienne She, writer/creator of White Caviar Life in a golden yellow suit. 'Mirror Mirror on the Wall' fashion story by White Caviar Life. Portraits in a mirror room. Fashion photography on location in Prague by Sydney photographer Kent Johnson.
Vivienne She, writer/creator of White Caviar Life in a golden yellow suit. 'Mirror Mirror on the Wall' fashion story by White Caviar Life. Portraits in a mirror room. Fashion photography on location in Prague by Sydney photographer Kent Johnson.

Facing a room of large mirrors, framed mirrors, and striking mirrored mosaic tiling on every possible wall surface, I thought it’d be fun to reflect on the concept of vanity. Whereas Kent was thinking ‘Hollywood glamour’, ‘paparazzi’ and ‘gangster’s hangout’ as inspirational ideas for our shoot.

Vivienne She, writer/creator of White Caviar Life in a golden yellow suit. 'Mirror Mirror on the Wall' fashion story by White Caviar Life. Portraits in a mirror room. Fashion photography on location in Prague by Sydney photographer Kent Johnson.
Vivienne She, writer/creator of White Caviar Life in a golden yellow suit. 'Mirror Mirror on the Wall' fashion story by White Caviar Life. Portraits in a mirror room. Fashion photography on location in Prague by Sydney photographer Kent Johnson.

The result? I think it’s a mixed bag of Kent’s and my visions of the story. Vanity, glamour, and perhaps life as a mobster’s wife, chased by paparazzi! Being seen, and not wanting to be seen, both at the same time – sometimes life is challenging like that…

Vivienne She, writer/creator of White Caviar Life in a golden yellow suit. 'Mirror Mirror on the Wall' fashion story by White Caviar Life. Portraits in a mirror room. Fashion photography on location in Prague by Sydney photographer Kent Johnson.

Photography by Kent Johnson. Styling by Vivienne She.

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Vivienne is a traveller, author; story teller and sometimes a muse. She seeks a balance between travelling in comfort and style with value; perhaps being the daughter of a hotelier helps there. Through White Caviar Life, you will share in her travel experiences, stories and tips that she hopes to help enhance your own travel.

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