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.

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.

NICHOLAS KIRKWOOD X CLOS19 EVENT

Are these not the best decorative Christmas tree accessories baubles in the world ever!
Forget your bland spherical glass whatever’s. What you need are heels on your tree, preferably from award winning master luxury shoe designer Nicholas kirkwood, with his signature giant pearl, for added sexiness. Yes I did use that word. I will not and never will apologise for its use. Remember when all footwear was about the S words and suggestiveness and sensuality and visual excitement? Why did that all stop? When did it all stop? Last night along with many others, I got a taste of the seductive sexy style very much still in place on shelves as works of art, and actually being worn.

Nicholas Kirkwood is an important name in the world of luxury footwear design.
Most of what we find exciting and take for granted today, in some seriously visual excitement and foot candy, as it is affectionately known, can be chalked down to this man, as the instigator of most of what you like about a shoe.
Sculptured heels, an architectural approach in design, visual excitement, easy access with that rear heel zip, reverse platform soles, pearl heels, mini disco balls, Swarovski crystal embellishments, solid metal finishings, and the list goes on and on.

In celebration of the man and his work, an event was held at his London showroom, showcasing his latest season collection pieces, celebrating the festive season with an all round good old jolly, over a glass of special sparkling champagne from the folks at Clos19. Well it is Christmas after all.

The showroom is situated in the heart of London’t historic Mayfair, and on a fabulous night where the heaven’s gifted us a fine dusting of moist sprinkles, instead of the regular deluge of biblical weather. The doors were open to a fine jolly indeed. A few steps inside saw a multitude of guests packed throughout the showroom, filing it with a cheery festive atmosphere. Some tried on new styles, some rocked up in the same styles as others, and wanted to compare them with selfie shots, while others wanted their shoes customised or initialed with a monogram or whatever, with the store’s on site artist and gifted scribe, with her set of inks, paints stencils, and typography and a cheery smile.
Staff whisked around to assist elegant and dainty feet and legs stretched out in need and want of attention, all saying “feed me new and exciting Kirkwood’s please”.

Guests that I noticed included the beautiful, the stylish and the famed. Featured here in this blog post are designer Tracy Rose, possibly the most photographed woman in a hat in the world, and the mesmerising model and media artist Yiling Zhao,
turning everyone’s heads with her presence.

All in all, it was a lovely few hours away from your TV or computer games, out in the heart of what really matters in life, the excitement of a well designed pair of shoes to adorn ones feet, from the man who’s creations we all love, and know as
Nicholas Kirkwood.

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.

BEAUTY SHOOT WITH HARPER

Here are some cool images of my muse Harper Silin, shot at a recent summer studio based shoot.   The photographer was the talented Rod Leon.

Make up was by the lovely Federica Valtolina, and hair styled by Annette Gray.

It was fun styling this shoot, especially Harper as I’d not seen her for some time,
a busy bee is she.
This was a beauty shoot primarily and not a fashion shoot, so the vibe and feel was more about the make up and beauty angle. My styling had to reflect this, and show how I could compliment the work done, by our lovely MUA.

All clothing was vintage, and were items chosen from my vintage fashion collection.
You can see Harper’s playful energetic feel to the images, that Rod was able to capture to perfection.

Harper wears a sparkly pink tie lurex top from the 1970s, with denim shorts from the same era, accessorised with a belt from the 1980s. Lollypop Lady’s never looked this much fun, when I was a primary school.

Harper also wears a red and white 1960s short mod style mini dress, with her signature bob hair.

All images ©RodLeon

Stylist @stylistpatlyttle
MUA @federica_valtolina_mua
Hairstylist @nettgray
Model @Harper_silin
Studio @studiophotogallery
Photography ©rodleon

ANGELIC BEAUTY IN WHITE

EDITORIAL

Well, maybe not quite, but you get the idea. This is exactly what it was, for an editorial back in early 2019 for my muse Harper SiLin, that I had the pleasure to style, the theme being angelic and white.

Our friends at Fashion Crossover London let me select some amazing contemporary items, perfectly suited for Harper and her tiny super petite body, as well as her personality and location suitability. Fashion Crossover London specialise specialise in high impact cutting edge contemporary designers, fresh young talent and emerging and gifted individuals with super stylish collections, or pieces often as art in themselves.
The pieces selected for Harper clearly reflected those ideals and requirements.

Vogue Italia online picked up early on, one image of Harper.

Harper wears a statement tulle hooded dress and cape by Missy Yue.

A unique dress by sustainable designer Aurélie Fontan, with recycled leather and actually designed on and with collaboration with the Samsung Galaxy 9 mobile phone.

Another piece for Harper to wear, came from Carapace London.
A stunning custom white leather Gloriana corset.

Photography: @latiff_napoleon
Styling: @stylistpatlyttle
Makeup: @shamirah_makeup
Location: @kimptonfitzroy

STREET STYLE LFWM JUNE 2019

It’s been a while since I’ve posted some street style. I usually post it on my dedicated street steer style blog JSTREETSTYLE, but thought I’d share this one with you all.

London Fashion Week Mens was only the one day experience this time around for me, but what a day. For once am not going to post images of cool looking dudes in a whistle & flute, suits to you non Cockney Londoners. This post features regular cool people with individuality of some kind that I like and admire.

Starting off with a cool visual artist that is so impressive and skilled. Her name is Monzie Terri and her brand is Euqinom7Designs. She’s only just warmed up now. Wait until she really starts sprinting with her concetps and designs, but she sure is impressive.
Like clubbing, cyberpunk, partying and looking for something different but functional. then get in touch with her. You will be hearing about her in the future I can assure you. You might notice the legendary Japanese designer Mishiko Koshino, who had this cool presentation that her presence was an integral part of. An interesting fun and playful concept.

 

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 🙏
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