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.

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.

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