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.

LFWM AW 2019 FREYA IN VINTAGE MENSWEAR

ROCKING VINTAGE STYLE AT LFWM AW 2019 WITH FREYA

Was it really 6 months already? How time flies. Well once again the fashion circuit is back in full swing, with the first of its many events. Starting off this time with London Fashion Week Men’s AW 2019.

Do you remember the lovely and amazing Harper Silin rocking some serious vintage style in menswear? As styling her went down so well, am still getting much interest in what I did with her, and as part of that, an opportunity arose to work with another Chinese style maiden. One you’ve met before. Freya SinyuSiu.

After some planning, we both decided it had to be menswear at London Men’s, but with a twist. The look we came up with consisted of a Men’s tuxedo tailcoat by Saint Durant Airey from around 1910-1920s, a men’s shirt from Cezari with a silk tie & vintage cufflinks, vintage silver brocade trousers from Kate Moss for Topshop, and heels by Kurt Geiger, which due to the insanely cold weather, Freya wisely substituted for a pair of closed ankle boots by Gucci, otherwise iced toes could have well popped up on someones menu at some point later. Another addition was the lovely cylindrical statement bag by YSL.

Freya seemed to gain a lot of attention, which is nice to sit back and observe as a Stylist.
As a photographer, one has to engage directly, though these days, you do see so many that stand back and simply copy what everyone else does, never once thinking to set up and create their own unique shot, and to shoot so many frames yet never once ask who it is they are photographing, nor consider to ask, “what is it that you’re wearing?”           Now imagine such a thing at a major fashion based event.

Freya. You clearly get the thumbs up, not only from myself, but from many others too it would seam.
Sincere thanks and gratitude for allowing me to style you, and for you to carrying it off with that unique sense of style of yours, that clearly, everyone likes.

XIAOQIAO WOWS WITH FILM AND VINTAGE STYLE

Occasionally as a Stylist, you have to do the odd freebie as a form of marketing or promotion of ones services. I see it as a strategic form of investment.
One that often gifts me someone very special.
It has done so with the amazing rising star Harper Silin, it has done so with Freya Sinyu Siu, another uber stylish Chinese woman unique visually rich in style, and now I have discovered yet another I am excited about, so this post is about her.

Let me introduce to you Xiao Qiao Wang.

She is passionate about film. Now we’re not taking about that Hollywood stuff, or action packed blockbusters. We’re talking about the real deal. Lumiere brothers, Georges Méliès films. What we in the UK call foreign Language films, or even the stuff with no dialogue at all. Just themes, colours, shapes or beauty as its narrative. Xiaoqiao also loves vintage style in the form of feminine, elegant, graceful dresses, again and like myself, influenced from exposure to old movies from the silver screen era, where movies were stories properly told, with a beginning, middle and a satisfying ending to complete ones journey.

On her first visit I learned that unlike my recent Chinese clients and muses, she isn’t wee,
cute and tiny, but has hight, feminine curves to be embraced and celebrated by herself.
We decided to do something different to what she would normally do. To step out of her comfort zone so to speak. Well let me tell you, I had a thoroughly good time, as did she.

Here are but a few of the fun images of various looks and styles Xiaoqiao tried, that she would not normally have done so, but very much enjoyed. Thank you very much for letting me meet and work with you. I present to you, the lovely Xiao Qiao Wang.

Watch this face. You will be seeing much more from her throughout 2019.

 

THE FASHION AWARDS 2018

Welcome to what is almost the end of the year 2018 already. it is once again that time of the year, when all within the work of fashion, come to jolly old London for a right old knees up and a gathering, to celebrate all that is fashion within and around the UK, in terms of popularity, trends, direct and intensely successful sales, a honouring of industry titans and just a good excuse for a shindig with your mates and Instagram buddies.     The event took place at prestigious London’s Royal Albert Hall, with a glitzy and glamorous event sponsored by the BFC British Fashion Council and Swarovski.

From outside, sadly, It is also known as the biggest example of red carpet mismanagement possible.

How many security staff does it take to screw in a lightbulb? apparently not as much as it takes to stand and look at a single car approaching the arrival area. 14 security staff I counted just watching, when surly 2 or 3 might do. Then there’s the PRs. Just what do they do there on that red carpet, other than stand there and try to look good? With wall to wall, back to back stacked up celebrities, fashion people and guests, rather than manage the situation and get some manner of efficient flow going on, and any and all patios, those observing, those arriving and those recording and documenting on behalf of global media and press, it might help if they could not just stand there, and stop things becoming a fiasco on the red carper, instead of style watch on the red carpet it was meant to be. Which I may add, was publicised to be broadcast as a live streamed event.
I know they are all doing their job and are employed for purpose, but if you or I were in the same circumstances, you can guarantee your supervisor will be putting an end to your standing there looking pretty routine, and set you a task of efficiency management, with your performance being closely monitored.

With all that said, the night presented many visuals and delights, from within the world of style and fashion. Hopefully next year it will all come together, and be what it should be. A thing of sheer beauty in execution of style and presentation for the event arrivals.

So “who was there I hear you all eagerly asking?” “What did you see?”

Among the sea of bodies stacked up on the red carpet throughout most of the night,
I saw and managed to obtain imagery myself of Dame Vivienne Westwood, David and Victoria Beckham, and no, of course she did not smile, retired designer Valentino, the current creative directors of the brand Valentino Pier Paolo, designer Peter Dundas, Arizona Muse, Alek Wek, Neelam Gill, Jourdan Dunn, a beautifully well pregnant Erin O’Connor, Miuccia Prada, Penelope Cruz, Olivia Palermo, Joshua Kane, David Furnish, Rita Ora, Paloma Faith, Leigh-Anne Pinnock, Doutzen Kroes, Simone Rocha, Jodie Kidd, Susie Bubble, Corine Roitfeld, Liv Tyler, Samantha Cameron, Rosie Huntington Whitey, Uma Thurman, Naomi Harris, Kristin Scott Thamas, Carey Mulligan, Naomi Watts, Alexa Chung, Sarah Burton of Alexander McQueen, Sandra Choi of Jimmy Choo, Karen Elson, Tamara Beckwith, Winnie Harlow, Poppy Delevingne, Yasmin Le Bon, Jerry Hall and daughter Elizabeth Jagger, Cindy Crawford and daughter Kaia Gerber, Kendal Jenner, and of course Kate Moss to name but a few.

This is quite an impressive list of celebrities and well known people. Though the documentation of style was my raison d’etre, it was good to see, when one could from my vantage point, that style in action. Sadly I didn’t get to see anyone with a sense of supreme individuality, with their style, or rocking some great vintage and non branded pieces with great styling, but it was by all accounts from my perspective at least, a great night of glamour, glitz and style from the outsize, of a night to celebrate fashion in the UK at the Fashion Awards.

As usual on this blog and all others of mine, all images are shot by myself.

 

A JAPANESE SHOEMAKER’S CRAZY CREATIONS

Went to a great exhibition and I have to sing its praises.

Noriyuki Misawa

A Japanese Shoemaker’s Crazy Creations

This featured at the Sway Gallery 70-72 Old Street, London, EC1V 9AN

So Crazy! Well actually, not at all. Why when it comes to the art world, does the media like to say anything other than the norn, the bland, the safe and predictable, is referred to as Crazy? The only craziness was or is my statement of fact.

Why are we not seeing more creations like this?

The UK use to be known as the finest purveyors of footwear and master cobblers, to the finest dandies across the land. This reputation was once global. Technically it still is, but you won’t be seeing creations and pure craftsmanship and works of art like this on your local high street. Possibly not anywhere within the UK, because these truly are works of art that belong in a museum or galleries, as examples of what can be, as crafted by master bespoke designer Noriyuki Misawa.

What i’d give to have some of his creations in my collection. Yet another goal for 2019.
The list is getting oh so very long.

Many luxury footwear designers either do menswear or womenswear really well. Few do both.
Tokyo based Noriyuki Misawa listens carefully, as you pay him a compliment about his fine creations. He smiles, he bows. I’m sure he must be doing this a lot, because he’s been winning prizes and awards, and you can see why they are well deserved.

Try and get along to the exhibition, and see his art for yourself, or check out his Instagram.  contact@noriyukimisawa.com

HARPER AND MICHAEL AZU SHOES

My wonderful muse and dear friend Harper Silin, got together with me for a shoot recently.
We’ve been so busy of late, we’ve not had much of a chance to see each other and do creative stuff like styling and shooting, which I know she loves.
I have been a huge fan women’s footwear for some time now, as some of you already know.
Many will have seen my images on my Instagram @StylistPatLyttle of beautiful works of art, which just so happens to have the secondary functionality of being a very pretty pair of shoes.
But to my eyes and to my spirit, there is a strong and powerful emotional connection, or reaction to these objects of beauty, when well crafted and designed, which is why I collect this particular form of art.

Earlier in 2018, one of my many new discoveries was that of British luxury footwear designer Michael Azu. I am a big fan of his work, because to me he produces objects of desire, that are pure works of art. Harper and I got the opportunity to meet up with the man himself.
He noticed what I was trying to do with Harper, and seemed to like it. He liked her style.
Who doesn’t? she has an innocence and endless playful energy to her which is natural to her. She is authentic. She just is Harper. Weird, funny, quirky, playful, so stylish and captivating, and totally bonkers, in a good way, when you are exposed to her longterm. My point is when you meet her, she is quite special.

Just like Michael’s shoes. So special we felt the need to go out one day and have some creative fun.
So the designer kindly allowed us access to a pair of few of his amazing creations.
One of these very special pieces of art is called “The Orbit” Cool name. Why you may ask?
Well when you see the shoe, it makes good sense. It is a sandal in its nature of construction, but where ones toes are placed, normally, you would get a steam or two to gently bind or kiss the toes, securing them into place along with the shoe as you stride. The Orbit is so called, because it has an elliptical series of straps that overlap like that of a planet being orbited by its moon, over and over. It is so beautiful. With painted toes and pretty feet like Harper’s, its quite something to see.

So Harper and I set off to play with some pretty shoes.
With some styling and photography by myself, this is what we managed to end up with.
The location was curtsy of the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.
My favourite of all London’s museums, and has the finest of all fashion based exhibits.
Constantly keeping me inspired over the years, being that I specialise in Vintage fashion,
this place is a must.

Images show Chinese fashion buyer, PR, blogger and Influencer Harper Silin in a vintage ensemble of belted 1970s denim shorts with a silk print blouse, sunglasses by ASociety and the most stunning shoes by designer Michael Azu, all styled by Pat Lyttle.

Harper also wear a vintage 1970s ensemble of a suede skirt with a silk print blouse and wooden bag, sunglasses by ASociety and the most stunning Orbit shoes by designer Michael Azu, all styled by Pat Lyttle.

STYLING LONDON FASHION WEEK SS19

I had the pleasure of attending some shows during London Fashion Week. The event for those of you not in the know, showcases clothing items, looks and accessories the fashion industry believes we should all be stocking or wearing for the spring summer season of 2019.
Now that “fast fashion” is truly with us and is most likely hear to stay, it really doesn’t matter about the traditional suggested planning strategies, as these days, people can purchase catwalk looks minutes after seeing a show, or at worst a day later.
As I have been doing for more than 15 years with London, I have been documenting the style of the attendees. Street Style as it has come to be known as these days. So there was lots of that. Maybe a touch too much. Oh! the aching joints and bones! A long rest is much welcomed and needed.

I had the pleasure of working with my muse, the lovely Harper Silin who everyone commented on her looking amazing. Myself included. It is always a pleasure to see your work realised and in action, also for me fun to see reactions and listen to peoples comments as a stunning woman walks by, and twirls in front of the world’s fashion press and media, commanding everyones attention, you secretly, discretely, knowing that’s your hard work their praising and talking about.

Working with the cool super stylish diminutive one, a fashion loving blogger, buyer, brand PR and influencer, “born in fashion, made in China”, it’s always a pleasure. You start off with a consultation or meeting to plan and discus objectives. What’s the aim or goal. Then there’s the likes and inspirations. What influenced you previously or recently.
Then comes the fun part. What every woman likes since childhood. Playing dress up.
Putting together looks that fit those objectives, working closely with Harper who is so tiny, but has a big heart and personality that, and is so explosive with energy at times. We managed to come up with 4 looks of which, Harper wore 2. One on day one, and the other on day four at the prestigious Burberry show.
Use of items from my carefully curated archive of vintage fashion items was essential, and integral in creating these looks. Many thanks to OSMAN for their incredible statement piece, a green cut out skirt, that fits our style princess perfectly. She loves it and all you folks at the luxury brand.

There were another two women I styled for London Fashion Week. Freya Sinyu Siu from China, another super stylish woman with a distinctive uniqueness to her style. The other woman was Los Angels based Video Producer Cindy Martin.
Many thanks to you all. Here are some of the looks created and worn during LFW during September 14th – 18th 2018. See you next time around.

#LFW #PositiveFashion

LONDON FASHION WEEK SS19 POST 1

It is now that time of year once more, when all is bright and colourful in store fronts,
pop ups are a plenty and all the creatives in town come out to play.
For it is indeed play time, or rather shall we say it is once more again that time known as London Fashion Week, 

The Fashion Parade is back in town, along with all the bloggers, influencers, journalist, photographers, videographers, presenters, writers, editors, stylist, buyers, make up artists, models and all other creatives I may have managed to have escape mentioning. 

Anniversaries, new leaders, creative directors, and new teams, new marking plans and there are always new bean counters. Way too many some of you may think. 

London is awash with a smile of rare blessed and prolonged sunshine, and along with it, Fashion Week is hear to give us all a taster of inspirations for the coming spring summer season of 2019.

A lot can happen and probably will take place between now and then, when hot items hot the shops, or more likely the case being it’s all about fast fashion these days, within 48 hours max of the end of the catwalk shows, you should be able to get your hands on those very same items you’re all googling, streaming, downloading and flicking through endless pages with images on, if a bit old school and still love all that tactile analogue stuff.

So how has this been reflected on the main catwalks?

The ones outside the various fashion show venues? Well as previously mentioned, colour is making a play for attention, and in a would bound by planetary law to adhere to that term that has an epidemic influence, (safe), the street style provided a much welcomed show of entertainment and inspirations. Hopefully some will influence the mainstream fashion houses. It has been known to happen.

So let’s start off the proceedings with an offering of the visual excitement we managed to capture for you, over the first 2 days of #LFW, London Fashion Week.

The images of the pretty young Chinese women in the the green cut out shape skirt by Osman, and vintage lace dress, with lace kitten heel shoes by Aruna Seth, and circular bag by GB David, is blogger, fashion buyer and influencer is my amazing muse,

Harper Silin in a look styled by myself. #PositiveFashion

CLASSIC CAR BOOT SALE 2018

The Classic Car Boot Sale comes back to London once again. This is the super cool gathering that takes place every once in a while, at Granary Square in London’s Kings Cross, and put together by designer Wayne Hemingway, featuring curated vintage fashion venders, classic vintage cars from various eras, various DJ spinning actual vinyl on the top deck of a special old route master bus, street food that’s so in these days, from around the globe. Remember the Chopper and Tomahawk bicycle’s? You could see them there too, along with mods on their Vespa’s and Lambretta motorcycles, vintage taxi’s and ice cream venders everywhere, on a hot sunny Saturday. Yes, the summer actually came back to London for the day.

For me as you all know, fashion is my life, especially if vintage, and the angle I will tend to take when looking at many events. Many of the attendees to the vintage fashion selling event, actually turned up dressed in vintage fashion.

Here is an edit of some of the images I shot of those cool and stylish people that made that extra effort to rock some vintage style.

Enjoy.

Hopefully I’ll see you at the next event, and if vintage fashion and style inspires or interests you, why not give me a call or get in touch, and ask for a consultation. The service I provide as a Personal Stylist specialising in vintage fashion, gives you access to some of the finest examples of one off original pieces of personally curated vintage fashion items, from my very own cllection and archive sourced over 15 years.

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