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

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

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

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.

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

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