A SHOOT WITH SHION. FINALLY!

At Gothic church, St Mary Aldermary, with Shion Oshikawa from Japan, where the magic happens.

I’ve been shooting street style of cool Japanese people, in London for around 26 years. I’ve been trying to do a proper photo-shoot with Shion for 6 of those, and I finally got my chance mid October 2020.
Let me tell you after all that time, it was well worth the wait.

Shion is a Barista at the Host Cafe, which resides in the amazing Gothic church, St Mary Aldermary, in the city of London,
We got permission to shoot in this amazing location, with it’s decorative, ornate high ceiling and interior. Being a church, it’s a calming and relaxed setting. Just perfect for a brief escape from the toils of modern city life.
I can highly recommend a visit during weekdays. It closes mid afternoon. Check it’s site and listings for full opening times.

Shion is not a professional model, but WOW!
You all know I champion all those petite women out there, the fashion world keeps ignoring.
Petite that she sure is. But again, WOW! Every time I shoot photos of this woman, she has an energy that is overflowing, and when she laughs, well let’s just say it’s on the bucket list for sure, an experience not to be missed.

We did 2 looks. A colourful pair late 60s, early 1970s of pleated floaty bottom chiffon trousers, with a floral blouse, and an alternative black chiffon floral print blouse with balloon sleeves.

The second look was that of a 1970s Studio 54 style disco groove, with brown suede leather shorts, a colourful waist tie lurex top, a poppy hat and an alternative airline cap, and high heel sandals by high end luxury French shoe brand Charles Jourdan,
to fit Shion’s super tiny feet.

Shion has so much energy and bottled up excitement.
With a bit of a shake and some direction, we managed to get it to overflow,
and I’m sure you will all agree, the images speak for themselves.
They all contain her fun energy signature of vintage style with a big smile.

Many thanks Shion, and to the folks at the Host Cafe and St Mary Aldermary church.

NO STREET STYLE FOR A WHILE

That’s right, there’s been no style action on the street, in a long while you may have noticed from me. On this and my other blog JSTREETSTYLE.

After London Fashion Week back in September my dad went into hospital for a simple straight forward operation. After three months of visiting this gentle giant and caring man of 80 years, with a kind constitution to the world, he sadly passed away before Christmas. After his funeral in January, the illness and condition I have been poorly managing over the last year, mentioned in my last post, decided to speak up for itself, and make its voice heard loud and clear.

And so to hospital it was for myself, and pretty much have been there most of this year.
After leaving intensive care where a friend Savitri, and the amazing NHS staff helped to save my life, I have been in recovery and in self isolation, in this unprecedented UK lockdown in the Covid 19 global virus situation.

This has been my lot for some time, yet somehow early on this year, I managed to pick up some random street style shots around London while ill with a catheter and bag. What was I thinking? I must of been mad.
But with 25 years in my archive of street style, documenting youth culture, fashions, fashion tribes, trends, public feeling expressions, fealt through clothing. I guess its in my blood and in my heart. It is my go to action when I have a moment, where others would light up a cigarette, or have a drink.
I get my camera out and hit the streets, to see what I can find for you.

As I missed LFW being ill, this is all that I have for you. It may well be the last that I shoot, and that we all see for a while.

Enjoy.

A SCOOP OF FASHION KINDNESS

The much anticipated SCOOP International Fashion event for AW 2020, took place at London’s Old Billingsgate Market building in the heart of the city on Feb 9th – 11th.

The event showcases international designer brands from near and far, with a variety products from, luxury footwear, bags and other accessories, even perfumes as well as exciting clothing, encompassing more than 180 designer brands.

Due to my poor health, I was not able to fully enjoy and bring to you an in depth round up of the first day’s proceedings, but I do hope this account will do enough to interest you, and hopefully seek out your own journey either to the event itself, or to investigate not only the designers and brands I’ve featured, but many others that peak your own interest.

At the top of my list of interesting brands, are the lovely folks from Syra J.
A Hong Kong based fashion brand with some pretty cool and exciting designs.
Their collection pieces very much reflect the energy and passion of its creative director.
lots of deep, vivid colours, but with a fun, bright and playful feel. Spend a minute in her presence and you’ll understand that “where’s the party at? I wanna dance” feel she infuses into her designs.

Next I spotted a beaming smile against a sea of very exciting and pretty shoes.
Naturally I was drawn to both her and to them. Both smile and very desirable objects surrounding her, belonged to a lovely UK based luxury footwear brand, who’s creative director and owner is Mary Ching.
A Chinese woman and pretty shoes. Surly life doesn’t get any better, does it?

There wear other footwear designers there. The folks from United Nude put in a good appearance, with their cool, edgy architecturally influenced deigns.
Remember that insane Zaha Hadid collaboration they did a few years back? Sadly it didn’t make an appearance this time. At just under £4K a pair, I would say their excitement is a touch dialled down these days, but is very much present.

There was a brand there that made quite beautiful women’s brogues and chelsea boots.
Its owner declined to allow a skilled fashion based photo journalist, attending in capacity of press, to shoot a single frame, opting to wand to send me safely shot press pack images, after viewing my artistically shot instagram images.
I have a very high end luxury brand editorial upcoming to style and shoot, and have the need for brogues to very much feature. I will not be contacting this non mentioned guy and his brand.

I bumped into this very quiet unassuming Italian woman from Umbria. She made this very exciting and highly desirable item of knitwear you see her wearing, and that I so want to have.
Her brand is Barna and it specialises in Cashmere knitwear, like the blue one I’m still coveting by the way. Isn’t its neckline exciting, as is the particular shade of colour blue?

Another brand I can bring to you is Patricia Forgeal of Amuse Paris. A very stylish and lovely French woman, who told me about her brand and designs, where were very exciting. Very much the flavour of visually strong editorials. French style at its best.

I met the lovely Moira Niu of fashion PR brand Crescent Fashion.
She was chatty and passionate about her brand, and what it stood for.
I liked her enthusiasm.

I want to thank the organisers at SCOOP for your help and assistance. I was in poor health, off an operating table days earlier, and almost put myself back on one. Because of my poor health, I required specific assistance from security staff, direct access to toilets, emergency help if needed. I received all of this, even if I did end up back in hospital within minutes of leaving. See you all at the next big SCOOP.

WELCOME JIAX

Back in September 2019 during London Fashion Week, I met a young Chinese woman while doing my Street Style thing I’ve been documenting the last 25 years.
Her western name is Jiax, Chinese name is 王佳娴 Wang Jiaxian.

She had this big beaming smile and lovely purple, fuchsia hair. I produced an outstanding shot of her, possibly my best of the day. It took me a while, but eventually we met up for a chat and an impromptu fitting, which she enjoyed. Jiax studied Arts & Cultural Management at King’s College London, and speaks Russian.
Never saw that one coming! She’s artistic but shy about letting the world know it.
There’s much to Jaix. I suspect that the world will be surprised to know, and we look forward to it.

In celebration of the lovely Jiax, we did a small photo shoot recently.
As usual, I styled her according to her personality. I’m so glad I got it right, because she enjoyed herself. I think the images show it, but you decide for yourselves.
All this energy was hiding deep within.
I suspected it was there, but we managed to capture some of it to share with you.

In these images, Jiax wears a vintage 1970s feminine floral print dress, which she loved very much.
A vintage 1970s monochrome Maxi dress, with various necklaces from the same period.
A vintage waistcoat by Escada, with a 1980s blouse, with trousers by J-Crew and patent leather customised Oxford heel brogues.
Her last look was a blue jacket, with trousers by J-Crew and high heel mules by Stuart Weitzman for Russell & Bromley.

THE NATIONAL WEDDING SHOW & INDIA FASHION WEEK LONDON 2019

This post is in celebration of an event that took place at the Novotel in Hammersmith, November 16th & 17th 2019.

An event showcasing many components of bridal attire with vendors from all over the UK. Everything you could ever wish for in order to plan your perfect Indian, or Indian style wedding.

There were several stands displaying traditional Indian bridal jewellery dress, with models showcasing the various styles. Please see the images I shot for examples of how a Maang Tikka, a Rani Haar, Chokers, Bangles and Earrings were worn.
Sadly I did not spot any hand or foot harnesses worn.

There was one vendor that for me truly stood out. A luxury brand called IJAAZAT.
They do high end custom and bespoke offerings to both women and men, of some of the finest Indian wedding clothing I have ever seen. I was particularly excited by a specific garment. A gentlemen’s wedding dress, or (Kurta), with impressive tailoring, elegant silhouette and exceptional beading and appliqué work. An object of much desire and, one to add to my ever growing list of most coveted.
This garment for me represented everything it is meant to symbolise. Fineries for Indian Royalty.

For more, check out the National Wedding Show and their Instagram

CRAZY COLOURFUL ENERGY

EDITORIAL

No.8 MAGAZINE SEPTEMBER 2019 Issue.

One of the last shoots did with Harper Silin.

As some of you, if not alot of you may know, I have been working with Chinese blogger and influencer Harper for 2 years. I first met the tiny one at a London fashion trade show back in 2015.

I have been actively promoting Harper late 2017 – late 2019 on a global basis.

She has been photographed by many over that period of time, and you will have seen her apear here on this blog, as well as on JSTREETSTYLE and also in many publications.

This was an editorial shoot where as I came up with a concept, that reflected her nature and personality. The items of clothing were carfully chosen also to match the shoot location, thus and explosion of Crazy Colourful Energy.

This is a genuine print publication, remember those? I use to spendat least £100 a month buying so many of them only a few years back, consuming all I could, to build up my knowledge. Magazines are still around thank goodness. 10 years from now, just like I did 10 and 20 years back, I will be flicking through the glossy pages checking out the cool fashion shoots, the photgraphy and lighting styles, and hopefully reminisce about this shoot and others I’ve done and enjoyed. Hope you can enjoy this one.

Harper wears a knitwear top and pants, a jumpsuit all by Jojo Ruiji Zhou, with a vintage feather hat from the 1950s.

She also wears a metal framework jacket, dress by Kelly Langridge Designs.

Photography & Styling – Pat Lyttle
Model – Harper Silin
Lighting Assistant – Rod Leon
Location – South Bank
Publication – No.8 Magazine

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.

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