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.

AN ENCHANTED EVENING EDITORIAL STYLING

EDITORIAL

November 2018 I was introduced to Dawa Ma, a model in the fashion business many years, now producing shoots, and as some of you may know, also an actress and writer.
As a result of that meeting, I was privileged to be part of a team to work on a really cool Editorial as Stylist. The publication was high end luxury Al Sharkiah magazine,
so by its nature, the looks were all Couture based..

The shoot theme was The Goddesses Athena, Hera and Aphrodite. The title was
An Enchanted Evening.

As stylist you have to bring something unique to the looks, to work closely with shoot producer and photographer, and make the dresses and looks look their best for both the individual designers, and the photographer, and most importantly, provide a sense of intense excitement to both magazine Editor and to its readers.
A shoot must also have a story, a narrative. These three Goddesses from classical Greek mythology, each have a story in themselves, so each look must show and compliment that personality.

An example to this was for Athena who is a strong worrier, but also an ambassador.
A short metallic Gyunel dress structured like armour seamed logical. Her accessories doubled as weapons.
Note the tiara, the Gyunel clutch bag, the fierce Etty Leon high heel sandals, and the ceramic plate as her shield.

Here are published images along with one or two additional variations on looks.
Usually all photography on this blog is my own, but on this occasion, the editorial images are courtesy of fashion editorial shoot photographer Latiff Napoleon

MAUREEN SALMON VINTAGE STYLE

Imagine if you will. you’re at a photo-shoot. All is set. The energy is flowing, you are feeling it, really enjoying yourself, and so is your subject, a lovely woman, from the world of the arts and academia, halls of creative learning. The scene is set.  Some gorgeous  shots. She look fabulous, and really seems to be into the groove.  

Talking about the groove, let’s drop a track of say, “Ned Dohene – To Prove My Love”. You know that classic Soul / Jazz Funk floor filling track released only in Japan, played here in the UK and debuted on the Robbie Vincent show on BBC Radio London way back in 1978. It’s a fast track.

Now imagine if you will, your subject starts to seriously bust some moves to this groove, and you’re thinking wow!  Where did that suddenly come from? Because everything you shot earlier is now tame, compared to what you have right now in this very moment. 

This is exactly what took place just before Christmas 2018 at Central Saint Martins at the University of the Arts London with the lovely Maureen where is a senior lecturer and researcher.  Maureen is also the founder director of Freshwaters Consultancy
a practice that inspires fresh thinking and helps individuals and organisations create sustainable futures.
 

I first met Maureen at Africa Fashion Week London August  and curious to discover more about this woman with remarkable style and a passion for vintage of which we both share. 

All the outfits and looks for this shoot are hers, all vintage originals, and have as they should, a good story to tell. 

Click these images to access details of what Maureen wears.  If the energy from this shoot is anything to go by, Maureen’s lectures must be pretty exciting and well worth attending. You can count on my attendance. I’m all ears.

Maureen’s Story   

Dance and fashion are my passion. My styling sensibilities are rooted my cultural identities.  From age seven, I have had a strong sense of my personal style and have been a conscious and conscientious dresser ever since.  I was influenced by generations of stylish women and men in my family. My style is a reflection my emotions.  Dressing is a daily ritual. Every outfit tells a story.  

The Red  Suit

I inherited my mother and grandmother’s love of linen fabric. So, when I saw this gorgeous orange red linen in a fabric shop in Mandeville, Jamaica  1993, I bought 4 yards. In 2002, I commissioned Sharon Franklyn, an alumnus of the London College of Fashion to design a statement a trouser suit, the waistcoat was created 5 years later.         I wanted something that would stand out.  At the first fitting, it was love at first sight.  The suit made its debut at a business awards at the Institute of Directors in London Piccadilly.  Since then, it has travelled around the world, including  a return  visits to Jamaica, Barbados and Senegal.  Nearly 20 years later, the suit still rocks

The Green Dress

My Mother bought this beautiful green brocade  from an Indian fabric shop in Willesden High Road, London NW10  in the 1970s.  It is one of my favourite colours. For years,          I had my eyes on it. Finally, in  2000, my Mother gifted it to me and in 2003,
I commissioned Sharon Franklyn to design the dress which made its debut at the Stephen Lawrence Gala Fund-raising Dinner at the  Dorchester Hotel in 2004.

http://www.henriettafranklin.co.uk/about.html

 

The Golden Suit

Adebayo Jones donated  the  jacket for  auction at an  education charitable fund-raising event I was involving in organising in 2002.  The  successful bidder then donated the jacket to me.  I purchased the trousers and top.  http://adebayojones.fashion/

In 2003, as executive director of Black MBA Association,  I invited both Sharon Franklyn and Adebayo Jones  to join fellow designers, the late Joe Casely Hayford and  Romero Bryan  on panel at the ‘Interactive Diversity Xchange’ 2003 at the London Business Design Centre.  Titled ‘The Business of Fashion’ the seminar  focused on  how to develop a successful fashion business and  was chaired by Ann Priest, the then Dean of Fashion Promotion and Management, London College of Fashion.

Since 2015,  I have been teaching leadership  and professional development on the EMBA Fashion at the London College of Fashion.

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