STREET STYLE LFWM JUNE 2019

It’s been a while since I’ve posted some street style. I usually post it on my dedicated street steer style blog JSTREETSTYLE, but thought I’d share this one with you all.

London Fashion Week Mens was only the one day experience this time around for me, but what a day. For once am not going to post images of cool looking dudes in a whistle & flute, suits to you non Cockney Londoners. This post features regular cool people with individuality of some kind that I like and admire.

Starting off with a cool visual artist that is so impressive and skilled. Her name is Monzie Terri and her brand is Euqinom7Designs. She’s only just warmed up now. Wait until she really starts sprinting with her concetps and designs, but she sure is impressive.
Like clubbing, cyberpunk, partying and looking for something different but functional. then get in touch with her. You will be hearing about her in the future I can assure you. You might notice the legendary Japanese designer Mishiko Koshino, who had this cool presentation that her presence was an integral part of. An interesting fun and playful concept.

 

HAPPY 200TH VICTORIA

In celebration of Queen Victoria’s 200th birthday, no she wasn’t that age, but she was born that long ago.
I write this blog in celebration of a remarkable woman. Both loathed and loved, in a time that was about restraint and constraint, she inspires fashion to this day.

So in terms of fashion, what have the Victorian’s done for fashion I hear you ask?

In Japan, the Lolita trend especially Gothic Lolita, Elegant Gothic Lolita, is hugely influenced with its frills and ruffles, lace blouses, corsets and bodice based tops and skirts, a shortened form of the long riding skirt, and general Gothic fashion.
The importance of silhouette and perfection of shape, was engrained into the heart of every woman, and still has its influence to this day. How many of you have a detailed white lace blouse or dress? It is inspired from Victorian high society style.

The visually stylistic genre of Steampunk is hugely influenced by Victorian culture, especially from the readings of Jules Verne, a modern day interpretation of Victorian values futurism and science fiction.
The resurgence of corsetry, bodices and riding habit’s, often and usually seen as repressive, yet is increasing in popularity and appreciation of their beauty,
are seen today as items of feminine empowerment.

What about the global fascination with Victorian period and costume drama’s, because of the romantic splendour of the dresses and the meticulous tailoring.
Regarding tailoring, unbutton or unfasten the endless row of clips on a bodice or riding habit, and marvel at the complexity of construction embedded within. You won’t see its likes in today’s day to day wear. You will see its clear influence in Haute Couture, or one of the popular dresses produced by the House of Dior, or from the late Lee Alexander McQueen. Other designers that clearly take inspiration in collections from Victorian style, Vivienne Westwood, Dolce & Gabbana, Reem Acra, Comme des Garcons, Erdem, Victim, and many others from around the globe. So now you know a little of just how much of an impact Victorian style influences us today.  Happy 200th Birthday Victoria.

SWAY GALLERY KAMA ASA POP UP

Kitchenware can be and is sexy, fashionable and exciting. Really! It is. Listen up!

To all you chefs, cooks and master’s of the blade. Those of you that worship and get all excited at curves, edges and angles of functionality, especially when combined with beauty and design.
pop down to the Sway Gallery on Old Street, London EC1V.
There you can get your fix of sublime traditional Japanese kitchenware.

The folks at Kama Asa, have a unique pop up exhibition, and yes you can buy what you see and covet, for any chefs out there, wishing to enhance their skills and arsenal with the finest tools, fit for the craft of creating pleasure for the palette, the spirt,
as well as for the eyes.

The finest Japanese blades of excitement, large rice bowls, drop lids, long heat resistant chopstick for your tempura, tamago nabe, both copper or nonstick for domestic use, no need for high risk high temperature pan seasoning, knife stones of various grades,
pots and pans. Need to prepare your fresh daikon oroshi? the tools are al there.

Feel the Heart of Japanese Kitchen Utensils by Kama Asa   13th – 25th May 2019

VINTAGE CLASSIC CAR BOOT SALE 2019

April 27th & 28th saw Wayne Hemingway’s Vintage presents Classic Car Boot Sale at London’s Kings Cross, take place for the first time this year. The biannual event where vintage fashion and style, mix with entertainment from DJ sets spinning vintage tracks and tunes (all spun from real vinyl) on a red rover bus, roaming bands, dancing and classic cars, cool and trendy food, all for fans of pre-loved, style with heaps of Vintage fashion to get your hands on and buy, and also for others passing by heaps of people with the thought, that all looks really interesting, let’s have some of that, and it’s only £5 entrance to it all.

Are you into collectables? Have you got a bit of a vintage groove going on?
Then this is the place and the event for you.

The event now in its 6th year and organised by influential British Designer
Wayne Hemingway OBE, took place in Granary Square and throughout its Peninsular, on a fresh windy spring day. Did that deter anyone?
Of course not. It didn’t deter me, and it shouldn’t you. Why not give it a try for yourself.

Here are a few images of some of the super stylish people, that attended the event,
all dressed up in their vintage finest.

 

VOICES OF EAST LONDON

From Shoreditch to Oxfordshire. A unique artistic shopping experience at designer outlet Bicester Village, Oxfordshire, comes a Concept store like no other. An explosion of colour in celebration of life and style in full Technicolor, presented as a showcase of creative fashion based work from living walking work of art, Stylist Danaiel Lismore, Designer and Artist Anne Sophie Cochevelou, Artist Sue Kreitzman and event curator, ethical sustainable Designer and and Entrepreneur Mei Hui Liu.
Others present at the event were performance artists such as Pandemonia.

The event took place at fashion brand shopping paradise, Bicester Village in Oxfordshire.
“Why buy designer brands you ask, when you can be the designer and create wearable art yourself?” Considering such a designer brand mecca, some may well ask such a question, but when you see for yourself, the incredibly high standard of art, and production values, not to mention, the love and passion imparted into everything these people do, and they’ve come all the way from London’s East End, you can understand why they have all been embraced in this specialist shopping village, famed as an outlet for every major international fashion brand you can think of.

Why not give the Voices East London is also a book, and features the images and bios of the creatively colourfgul caracters mentioned here, and who’s incredible work you’ll see within the very special creative shop. Why not try the experience for yourself, with its blaise of vivid colours and friendly creative atmostphear.

Just a short scenic journey on the train to Bicester Village from London’s Marylebone station, on a train destined for Oxford.

KEIKO KIKKAWA – MANGA ARTIST

Keiko Kikkawa

The talented Japanese Manga Artist based in Poland, visited London for a solo exhibition of her work, at the Sway Gallery London titled, ARE YOU ME? – saga in manga linea-ARTIST: K:KO.

The lovely Keiko was kind enough to let me have a short Q and A interview with her at the gallery open event. Here is what took place infront of a small select few of her lovely hand illustrated line work and Manga style art.

Pat: I noticed you have several styles which I like. Why do you work in many different styles?
Keiko: I like very much working with line art, but actually, I haven’t quite found my my own style, I am still looking for it, so I like to try many new things.

Pat: I noticed your work is influence from both Japanese eyes, as well as western eyes.
Keiko: I like watching Japanese anime, especially the old ones like Akira.

Pat: After viewing my favourite work of yours a retro Shojo style piece, what was your motivation for it? Why shoji and why an 80s /90s style to it?
Keiko: Actually I really like yōkai 妖怪 Japanese monsters, and this is one of the yōkai stories. There are several in the exhibition. When I read about demonic monsters yōkai, it means much to me this style.

Pat: I notice there are many animals in your work. I suspect it’s because of your interest in yōkai, but is there any other reason?
Keiko: I didn’t really think about the fact there were animals, I just focused on the yōkai story.

Pat: If you don’t know much about Japanese folk law and historical tales, like the cunning fox tricking and possessing people, many people from the west might not see the subtle layers Japanese culture has, they may just foces on the many animals present in your work.
Keiko: But now you say it, I see that now, there are many animals. I never noticed it.

Please pop into down to the Sway Gallery London if you have some time free, to check out the work of the lovely Keiko Kikkawa. She gives talks and teaches Manga art classes. Well worth getting to know more about this artist, and various other events at the gallery.

The exhibition is on April 13th – May 8th

You can find out more about the artist and her work at

https://kejko.me/

www.instagram.com/kkejko

PHOTOGRAPHY BY PAT LYTTLE

MOVIE STYLE WITH HARPER

I love the movies, especially the old ones. They have so much beauty in them, be it the stars themselves, their stories, amazing sets, stunning costumes and gowns.
The old movies are where I got my real, true and actual full fashion education from.
I’m sure some of you can already tell of its impact and influence on me. With that said,
I wanted to do something special with my beautiful muse, the lovely Harper_Silin
that reflected the style glamour and elegance of the 1920s – 1960s.

My icon will always be Edith Head. I am sure this is how she would style Harper,  highlighting her Chinese beauty, celebrating her unique style in filmic homage. Think “What a way to go”, “The world of Suzie Wong” “Gambit” and “In the mood for love”

Harper wears:
A Vintage 1940s hand embroidered qipao, with red high heel mules by Stuart Weitzman.
A red/orange Chinese inspired feather and pearl detail Eve Satin robe by Osman.
An early Victorian blue velvet dress coat, with sheer opera gloves and heels by Sophia Webster.

Many thanks to Rod Leon for assisting, and for use of his way cool LupoDay LED
lighting, and to Zionbstylist for making this shoot possible 🙏
#Harper #rodleon #styled #chinese #black #cheongsam #qipao #sequin #embroidery #dresscoat #beautiful #statement #heels #highheels #mules #barefeet #vintagestyle #vintagefashion #vintagestyling #stylistcollection #Osmanstudio SamayaLingVintage

STREET STYLE FROM LFW AW 2019

Here are a small selection of images I managed to capture, that showcase individuality of style from the first three days of LFW, London Fashion Week. Over the weekend.

The presently biannual industry gathering of mainstream big business fashion people, showcasing their creative interpretations of what they thinks we should all be buying for next season, only being that fast fashion is in full swing, and their captive audiences cannot think outside of 10 word status update thinking, they want it all now, not 6 months from now as it is touted, on an old business model that is very much not disruptive or adaptive.

But I digress.
The event is as always with its runways, catwalks and presentations of style, but as you all know, I like to capture individuality, and on the best runway or catwalk.

One you can all relate to. On the street.

A SCOOP OF PURE FASHION

Sunday 10th February I ventured out in to the brash elements braced of the cold,
to visit PURE London. A very large exhibition show space at London’s Kensington Olympia consisting of and showcasing many fashion brands from around the world, highlighting what they have to offer for the autumn season of 2019. Outside of the well known London Fashion Week, this is one of the largest events of its kind in Europe and certainly within the UK.
There are catwalk shows, talks with iconic designers or brand leaders of the fashion industry, talks from trend forecast leaders, a sea of buyers, both domestic and international, stylists such as my self networking and scouting potential work for the future and so much more.

I’d not been to this event for various reasons. One of its plusses special to me, is the amazing Harper Silin, my collaborative muse and super stylish Chinese friend,
I first discovered at PURE, where she was more cuter and even more tiny than she is today, if you can believe such a thing.

I met some cool people there this time around. two very lovely women struck up a conversation with me, a Design Director Shery Lau and Merchandising Manager Jannet Lau, from a Chinese brand called Syra J. I like several items from their exhibited collection pieces. Some possible future planning there.

Another cool brand I liked and was introduced to, was a manufacturer of bespoke menswear called Mochee, specialising in jackets and waistcoats. These were beautifully cut and designed items of style. I was most impressed with the quality, not just of the aesthetic look, but also that of the quality of the lush fabric used.

Running in conduction with PURE time wise only, but not directly connected other than in type, was another event called SCOOP, which officially collaborated with the V&A museum. This event showcased its fashion exhibitors in the beautiful setting of the Saatchi Gallery just off super posh Sloan Street. There I learned something new and amazing about McQueen. Not the master, the late Lee Alexander, who sadly took is life 9 years ago to this day. Well actually, kind of. I learned of the existence of his nephew
Gary McQueen, who has taken up the mantle of creative fashion design, just like his uncle Lee, with much similarity I might add. I will be learning much more, and advice all to watch and research more about this new name too. Another cool brand, character and style maiden, was Creative Director Bibi Ahmed of Moyo by Bibi. Loved her style.

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