Sleepwear designer Olivia von Halle remembers the all-night bash that was her brand’s first photo shoot.

I started designing pajamas when I was living in Shanghai, because I needed something comfortable and glamorous to lounge in after nights partying there with my girlfriends. The first lookbook for my line, Olivia von Halle, was shot four years ago.

I wanted the photos to capture those Shanghai nights, when my friends and I would hang out at home drinking gin and tonics after hitting the town.

The budget was very small — the only person I paid was Bella Howard, the photographer — so I had to call in a lot of favors.

A friend lent us her amazing Jacobean manor in Gloucestershire for a couple days.

I cast five of my girlfriends as models. Another friend, Sussy Cazalet, handled the art direction, and Kitty McKibbin styled the looks. Robbie Furze, the frontman of the English rock band The Big Pink, deejayed.

The shoot began at ten in the morning, and the hair and makeup artists came straight from a party they’d been at the night before — they didn’t sleep at all.

We started the day drinking Bloody Marys; by lunchtime, it was Tanqueray — our other major expenditure — and champagne.

We were completely hammered by then, and the party carried on through the night.

No one left until the following morning.

— as told to The Thick

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All photography by Bella Howard for the Olivia von Halle F/W 2012 lookbook, all photographs courtesy of Olivia von Halle