LONDON FASHION WEEK SS 2020 Post 2

It’s that time of the year again where everyone into fashion, industry or other, come together on a visit to London, to catch up, get some work in, and set the scene for cool and exciting creative things to happen. Not just for themselves, but mostly for others.
It’s that event we call London Fashion Week. A celebration of style that showcases the upcoming collections of exceptional and exciting clothing, various designers, new or well established, believe we will all be interested in next simmer season.

is like a Fashion Mecca, because its the one on the fashion week circuit, that many believe is the coolest, with the most outrageous, avant-garde, cutting edge and eclectic designs, supposedly reflective of the cool edgy crazy cats that dwell within the UK.
Oh if only they knew the real truth.

Attending shows, meeting and greeting, networking, procuring business and future collaborations, building new connections, its all a part of the events that is ground zero for fashion throughout the UK.

Some amazing shows were attended with very exciting creations. Wish I could covet many of them, just not today, but eventually I’ll work on that.  Shows like Light & Shadow X Punk Rave. The first group from the collection was truly exciting with Elizabethan collars, ruffs, bodices, framework and bustles, light Gothic influenced and beautifully crafted. Another show i really enjoyed was by Jamie Wei Huang, with its high turn out of stars, influencers and personalitiies attending from all across Asia,. Loved that show with its tags and chain linked pieces.

Her is a brief snapshot of some of the amazing action I’ve been able to capture and share with you.
Enjoy.

THAT LONDON EDGE

LONDON EDGE 2019

Life on the Edge.
Way more exciting than the norm, whatever that word is supposed to represent to you.
Something on the Edge is more of an alternative approach. A different view.
Be it post vintage, retro, gothic, whatever takes your fancy. So long as it’s never boring,
you’ll have my support, and apparently quite a number of you out there.

Well this was scene at London’s Business Design Centre, on September 2nd 2019.
A veritable plethora of alternative, with a distinctive London EDGE to it.
A trade show specialising in its avant garde approach to fashion.

From fashion shows to stalls, specialist helps, with footwear, retro clothing.
Like your ink? heaps of tattooed models around and resources on display, harnesses,
corsets, bodices, squeamish about leather, worry not, sustainable look alike alternatives.

So what cought my eye you ask?
You all know I love footwear and the call of a good looking shoe. Will always turn my head, above all or anyone else. I found a good brand from up north as we say in London. Joe Browns. A colourful fun feminine approach to their styles that I liked. Plus some serious lusting over a pair or few shoes from the folks at Lola Ramona.

The catwalk shows were fun with a lovely curvy tattooed model that was really into the music, and with ever single step, was into the groove, as she did her thang!

Dark Goth wear from Punk Rave, Sinister, and Burleska.
Lots of repro 40s and 50s looks.
Even reasonably fun looking repro 1920s flapper style dresses from GatsbyLandy.
Naturally I have many of the original vintage dresses in my collection, but it is always good to see what’s out there, and redly available to the public for the party upcoming season.

Some seriously cool looking people around throughout the day. See images.
Contacts book filled, energy topped up, and much to follow up.

www.londonedge.com

AFRICA FASHION WEEK LONDON 2019

Thought i’d bring you some street style images shot on day two from
Africa Fashion Week London 2019. The annual event showcases the finest creations of Dutch Cotton Printing, with its well known and distinctive, vivid colours and bold pattern printing. No doom and gloom on show here. Sunshine and dancing is only the course of action, in energy conveyed from these bright print fabrics.

Designers from the continent of Africa and around the UK, display and show off their latest designs. Presentations, displays and catwalk shows take place over the events two days, which took place at the famous Grand Lodge at freemason’s Hall, in London’s Covent Garden area.

On the outside there’s nothing superficial. Bright colours and characters is what’s on display, as guests comprised of stylist, buyers, designers and avid fashion and culture fans arrive to attend the event, bringing only their sunny disposition, even on a typically windy UK summers day.
When the gray comes out to play up in the heavens, bright colours are a welcome delight.
This is a given and an essential part of African Fashion Culture. Let’s have none of this  dull UK darkness. Ever noticed how so many or so much of the fashion in the UK, is so dark and lacking in colour excitement? Go and get yourself some sunshine, captured in happy smiley energy packed Dutch Printed Cotten designed African Fashion.

I hope this is reflected in the images I was able to capture for you.

BEAUTY SHOOT WITH HARPER

Here are some cool images of my muse Harper Silin, shot at a recent summer studio based shoot.   The photographer was the talented Rod Leon.

Make up was by the lovely Federica Valtolina, and hair styled by Annette Gray.

It was fun styling this shoot, especially Harper as I’d not seen her for some time,
a busy bee is she.
This was a beauty shoot primarily and not a fashion shoot, so the vibe and feel was more about the make up and beauty angle. My styling had to reflect this, and show how I could compliment the work done, by our lovely MUA.

All clothing was vintage, and were items chosen from my vintage fashion collection.
You can see Harper’s playful energetic feel to the images, that Rod was able to capture to perfection.

Harper wears a sparkly pink tie lurex top from the 1970s, with denim shorts from the same era, accessorised with a belt from the 1980s. Lollypop Lady’s never looked this much fun, when I was a primary school.

Harper also wears a red and white 1960s short mod style mini dress, with her signature bob hair.

All images ©RodLeon

Stylist @stylistpatlyttle
MUA @federica_valtolina_mua
Hairstylist @nettgray
Model @Harper_silin
Studio @studiophotogallery
Photography ©rodleon

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.

 

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

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