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.

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.

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.

 

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