Matthew Bell For “Lessons”

7 October 2013

Matthew Bell is like a book with many chapters, and right now we are at the exciting, inspiring and beautiful turning point as he conquers the fashion industry. With the beautiful Elite Models London boy gracing the fashion cover of the new Boys by Girls issue "Lessons", behold yourselves, as we are also giving you a wonderful ten page feature on him.

As a sneak preview, here we have a little look inside the magazine, into the exciting stories you wonderful readers have to look forward to. Matthew is an old friend of BBG, as this is the fourth time we have featured him in Boys by Girls Magazine. The feature is named "Matthew 2.0"; representing the next generation of Matthew. In this editorial we celebrate Matthew for his growth, hard work, and the wonderful transformation into the man he is today. To date, Matthew has walked for designers such as Dior Homme, John Galliano, Burberry and Paul Smith, just to name a few. His success on the catwalk inspired the focus behind Chad Burton's styling - meticulously slick hair to enhance his beautiful features, and garments by designers such as Vivienne Westwood, Christian Lacroix and Issey Miyake reflect on the sophistication of the new Matthew (but we do manage to sneak in a robot jumper, just to show that Matthew is still the same boy that we knew before). We also dress him in Katie Eary, another dear friend of the Boys by Girls team, who is also featured in "Lessons".

Photographed by Cecilie Harris, the shoot was set in the stunning setting of Hotel Verta by Rhombus; the brand new thirteenth floor suite offered perfect surroundings with its minimal interior, beautiful wallpaper and breathtaking view. As a photographer, one of the aspects that Cecilie is most drawn to is capturing peace within an image; in such a chaotic world, one must stop to simply take in the beauty of the photograph. In the images below she captures the essence of Matthew, reflecting on his contentment, both within himself as a model and as a person. At Boys by Girls, one of the highest priorities is to support the boys that we shoot, to follow their unique journey - we like to capture boys time after time to celebrate their lives, and Matthew is a great example of a character that we have grown attached to and supported along the way.

We're sure we are still not done telling the story of Matthew; he has a long journey of dreams ahead of him, and there are many more chapters to tell. Fly Matthew, fly. For now you can view the full story of "Matthew 2.0" in "Lessons", available here.

Model MATTHEW BELL (Elite Models London)
Hair Assistant LAURA NYECA

Words by Justine Hyde-Mobbs.

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