MULAN FOUNDATION AWARDS 2019

This prestigious event took place at the Oriental Club. A grand Victorian building that saw the gathering of many talented Chinese women from within the UK, and internationally, in celebration of their many achievements throughout the year.

This was a charity event and had VIP guests and celebrities, but what I turned up to capture, were the many stylishly dressed attendees.

Individuality of style is what I celebrate, and will continue to do so wherever I see it, especially from across Asia. Something I spotted long into my past, knowing that it would not only be my future, but at some point, that of everyone’s.

This is only a brief post, as its focus is on the images that I shot from the event arrivals. Enjoy.

 

THE FASHION AWARDS 2019

It’s that time of the year once again where to finalise and round up just like in a trend report, all the goings on in the world of fashion within the UK, in celebration of the industry and its accomplishments. Nothing better to celebrate at this time of the year than a grand awards ceremony with a big pat on the back for a few, and a good old jolly going on for all, well at least those who could afford the ticket price and its availability being scarce to such an event. The images from this post are all shot as usual by myself, and depict the sense of style captured on and during the red carper arrivals, at The Fashion Awards 2019, which took place at The Royal Albert Hall in London, on December 2nd 2019.

There were many celebrities in attendance. You know I am not swayed by celebrities so to me there are few here in image. My focus as always is about individuality of style and those who celebrate, or exhibit it. Granted this event id an industry event put on by the BFC The British Fashion Council, you are not going to see the most radical in thinking and designs on the red carpet.
That said, my eyebrows were raised on a few occasions.

As usual there were so many people I wished and wanted to photograph, but as always at these events, the usual takes place. A sea of security and staff obstructing the view of the people that stood up to 5 hours in order to watch as a member of the public, and hopefully get a selfie, a photograph like myself, and some still into autographs. Remember those things, way way before Social Media was even a thought. Apparently yes, those folks still and do exist, and believe me attended on mass at the awards outside.
Well back to my point. I counted over 30 people at one point in the way of the guests arriving, serving no logical function. Chronic obstructors so in narcissistic mode especially one, were in their element, as later on social media, they can look at themselves a hundred times, and on other peoples images. Point being stunning images were lost in opportunity, because of of this classic situation, not to mention the bottleneck of back to back celebrities waiting to move towards the press side of the red carpet to be photographed.
Oh for a gang of wise pre teen school kids, to organise things efficiently without the narcissistic egos.
Craziness aside, The Fashion Awards is always a fashion lover’s dream come true.
To be in one place, and have the industry descend upon them in a singular moment, more so than at a fashion week event.

Please enjoy the images I managed to capture for you. Hope they can convey the sense of the atmosphere the red carpet arrivals have at such an event.

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.

THE NATIONAL WEDDING SHOW & INDIA FASHION WEEK LONDON 2019

This post is in celebration of an event that took place at the Novotel in Hammersmith, November 16th & 17th 2019.

An event showcasing many components of bridal attire with vendors from all over the UK. Everything you could ever wish for in order to plan your perfect Indian, or Indian style wedding.

There were several stands displaying traditional Indian bridal jewellery dress, with models showcasing the various styles. Please see the images I shot for examples of how a Maang Tikka, a Rani Haar, Chokers, Bangles and Earrings were worn.
Sadly I did not spot any hand or foot harnesses worn.

There was one vendor that for me truly stood out. A luxury brand called IJAAZAT.
They do high end custom and bespoke offerings to both women and men, of some of the finest Indian wedding clothing I have ever seen. I was particularly excited by a specific garment. A gentlemen’s wedding dress, or (Kurta), with impressive tailoring, elegant silhouette and exceptional beading and appliqué work. An object of much desire and, one to add to my ever growing list of most coveted.
This garment for me represented everything it is meant to symbolise. Fineries for Indian Royalty.

For more, check out the National Wedding Show and their Instagram

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.

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