VINTAGE MAIDENS VISIT PAT’S PLACE

During September I had the chance to do my fashion thing, and in doing so I meet various interesting people. However I met two very interesting aliens as they like to call themselves, rather than be locked down to territory. Two amazing creative sisters called Gabin and Gayon Lee.

I met them randomly at an event on the street outside. Two humble young women.
I took a chance and offered them a chance to visit me a STylist specialising in Vintage style, and to see my vintage fashion collection.
I am so glad I did that, because I otherwise never would have met these two very lovely women, that now are friends.

They have such a good calming aura and vibe about them. Wish I could keep them forever, but that’s too weird, plus I have to give them back to their mother who brought them here on a UK visit from Korea, where the little aliens reside.

Until now I have never offered my services as a Stylist to complete strangers.Trust works both ways remember. I have to welcome you to my home. People bring with them all their baggage of their race issues, self importance and their me me me attitude, saying the usual, we don’t think it’s appropriate to visit your place, so I must transport an archive of 20 years worth of fashion, to a location of their bidding to suit their ego.

None of that time wasting me me me me nonsense with these two.

These two crazy cats are beautifully bonkers, in the most delightful way. They dressed up and visited a vintage fashion fair, huge fans of vintage style and all things old, and also attended London Fashion Week, and got snapped street style by heaps of fashion press.

You got none of theta from these amazing two women. Kind beings that loved vintage style on their holiday, and am so glad they tok that leap of faith.

Here are some of the images I was able to create with these lovely aliens, and their calming aura.

Thank you Gabin and Gayon. You are most welcome always.

 

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.

LONDON FASHION WEEK SS 2020 POST 1

So it’s that time of the year once more, where all into the world of, industry or other revolving around the F word. No not that one. I’m talking about Fashion. You can think of the other one after you’re checked out this post.

So this is the first post encompassing the goings on from day one of
London Fashion Week SS 2019.
What took place late evening was a gathering for the first major event at Canada House, the Canadian Embassy in Trafalgar Square in the evening.
A gathering of various Canadian dwelling designers like Melissa Chung, and her amazing cool product, that protects the heels of your pretty high heel shoes. There are several of these products that I’ve seen on the market, but her Krippit was by far the best I have seen. Added support and beauty, came from the designer’s super stylish and elegant mother.

Other cool designs came from Pranga & Co. Novel interchangeable cufflinks from men or should they so increasingly wish, women also. There are many many fine details, finishing and accents if you will, to a woman’s attire. There are very few for a man, and the most well known of them is the cufflink, followed possibly by a tie pin. These cufflinks were stylish, innovative, and really impressed me with out of the box thinking. Sustainable materials, like wood, clear glass like resin with butterfly wings to provide a natural colour pallet that changes as light hits. There was even a pair fashioned from a piece of coal, with the most beautiful carvings.

Outside I endeavoured to bring to you what I could find in terms of style on the street. Though in failing evening light and a shaky hand, images were still captured that show what London is all about during Fashion Week. Individuality of style with an edge to it.
This is just from day one. It can only get better and better. So keep it here to be informed and updated with the goings on from London Fashion Week

THAT LONDON EDGE

LONDON EDGE 2019

Life on the Edge.
Way more exciting than the norm, whatever that word is supposed to represent to you.
Something on the Edge is more of an alternative approach. A different view.
Be it post vintage, retro, gothic, whatever takes your fancy. So long as it’s never boring,
you’ll have my support, and apparently quite a number of you out there.

Well this was scene at London’s Business Design Centre, on September 2nd 2019.
A veritable plethora of alternative, with a distinctive London EDGE to it.
A trade show specialising in its avant garde approach to fashion.

From fashion shows to stalls, specialist helps, with footwear, retro clothing.
Like your ink? heaps of tattooed models around and resources on display, harnesses,
corsets, bodices, squeamish about leather, worry not, sustainable look alike alternatives.

So what cought my eye you ask?
You all know I love footwear and the call of a good looking shoe. Will always turn my head, above all or anyone else. I found a good brand from up north as we say in London. Joe Browns. A colourful fun feminine approach to their styles that I liked. Plus some serious lusting over a pair or few shoes from the folks at Lola Ramona.

The catwalk shows were fun with a lovely curvy tattooed model that was really into the music, and with ever single step, was into the groove, as she did her thang!

Dark Goth wear from Punk Rave, Sinister, and Burleska.
Lots of repro 40s and 50s looks.
Even reasonably fun looking repro 1920s flapper style dresses from GatsbyLandy.
Naturally I have many of the original vintage dresses in my collection, but it is always good to see what’s out there, and redly available to the public for the party upcoming season.

Some seriously cool looking people around throughout the day. See images.
Contacts book filled, energy topped up, and much to follow up.

www.londonedge.com

AFRICA FASHION WEEK LONDON 2019

Thought i’d bring you some street style images shot on day two from
Africa Fashion Week London 2019. The annual event showcases the finest creations of Dutch Cotton Printing, with its well known and distinctive, vivid colours and bold pattern printing. No doom and gloom on show here. Sunshine and dancing is only the course of action, in energy conveyed from these bright print fabrics.

Designers from the continent of Africa and around the UK, display and show off their latest designs. Presentations, displays and catwalk shows take place over the events two days, which took place at the famous Grand Lodge at freemason’s Hall, in London’s Covent Garden area.

On the outside there’s nothing superficial. Bright colours and characters is what’s on display, as guests comprised of stylist, buyers, designers and avid fashion and culture fans arrive to attend the event, bringing only their sunny disposition, even on a typically windy UK summers day.
When the gray comes out to play up in the heavens, bright colours are a welcome delight.
This is a given and an essential part of African Fashion Culture. Let’s have none of this  dull UK darkness. Ever noticed how so many or so much of the fashion in the UK, is so dark and lacking in colour excitement? Go and get yourself some sunshine, captured in happy smiley energy packed Dutch Printed Cotten designed African Fashion.

I hope this is reflected in the images I was able to capture for you.

HAPPY 200TH VICTORIA

In celebration of Queen Victoria’s 200th birthday, no she wasn’t that age, but she was born that long ago.
I write this blog in celebration of a remarkable woman. Both loathed and loved, in a time that was about restraint and constraint, she inspires fashion to this day.

So in terms of fashion, what have the Victorian’s done for fashion I hear you ask?

In Japan, the Lolita trend especially Gothic Lolita, Elegant Gothic Lolita, is hugely influenced with its frills and ruffles, lace blouses, corsets and bodice based tops and skirts, a shortened form of the long riding skirt, and general Gothic fashion.
The importance of silhouette and perfection of shape, was engrained into the heart of every woman, and still has its influence to this day. How many of you have a detailed white lace blouse or dress? It is inspired from Victorian high society style.

The visually stylistic genre of Steampunk is hugely influenced by Victorian culture, especially from the readings of Jules Verne, a modern day interpretation of Victorian values futurism and science fiction.
The resurgence of corsetry, bodices and riding habit’s, often and usually seen as repressive, yet is increasing in popularity and appreciation of their beauty,
are seen today as items of feminine empowerment.

What about the global fascination with Victorian period and costume drama’s, because of the romantic splendour of the dresses and the meticulous tailoring.
Regarding tailoring, unbutton or unfasten the endless row of clips on a bodice or riding habit, and marvel at the complexity of construction embedded within. You won’t see its likes in today’s day to day wear. You will see its clear influence in Haute Couture, or one of the popular dresses produced by the House of Dior, or from the late Lee Alexander McQueen. Other designers that clearly take inspiration in collections from Victorian style, Vivienne Westwood, Dolce & Gabbana, Reem Acra, Comme des Garcons, Erdem, Victim, and many others from around the globe. So now you know a little of just how much of an impact Victorian style influences us today.  Happy 200th Birthday Victoria.

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.

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