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.

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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

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.

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

JAPANESE STREET STYLE HITS CAMDEN SPRING 2018

Japanese Street Style hits Camden

In the wee early hours of the morning, I was scrolling through Instagram, and spotted the lovely Kiriko Takemura, better known as Kyary Pamyu Pamyu. The Cute Superstar of Japanese J-pop, and ambassador of Kawaii fashion, was in London to perform at legendary Koko in cool, trendy and very colourful Camden. One could say, London’s very own Harajuku.

Sadly her post said the gig was “SOLD OUT”, so sadly I cannot share with you any pictures of the super cool and most pretty little one. You’ll just have to buy a copy of JAPANESE STREET STYLE
and have a look at page 85, to see the pictures I shot of the lovely woman I spotted on Omotesando in Harajuku looking way cool and super stylish, way before she became the superstar that she is today.

What I did manage to get you was a taster of the many cool and funky people, dressed in kawaii style or at the very least, fashionably touched by Japanese style, and I believe looked great. See for yourselves. I’m sure you’ll all agree.

Images featured show Effi from West London, wearing a playsuit by Cyberdog, a long sleeve rainbow coloured shirt by Japanese brand Galaxy, with cool socks from Takeshita Dori in harajuku, Tokyo and shoes from eBay.

Karen Nagato from London, dressed all in black in Gothic Lolita style, she wears a dress by Atelier Pierrot, a bag by Irregular Choice and Mon Lily sweet doll shoes by Honey Cherry.

Jibby from London who wears a pink vintage baby doll dress, with ankle boots from TK Max.

WHITBY GOTH WEEKEND OCT 2017

Whitby Goth Weekend. The biannual Goth culture and fashion gathering is the 2nd largest of its kind in the world, and took place on October 27th – 29th 2017 in the North Yorkshire fishing town. The origins of the Goth festival is said to be based around the town that writer Bram Stoker penned the famous story of Dracula, drawing inspiration from the great Gothic Abbey looking down upon Whitby. More than two decade back in the mid to late 1990s, two lone Goths dwelled within Whitby. With nothing much going on at the time, and the reputation of “the only Goths in the village”, they hatched a great plan to invite friends to a Goth gathering, and the rest as they say is history.

As per usual, my focus in documenting this amazing event is that of fashion and individual style, and its interpretation. I first encountered the WGW back in 2007 in a super cool Japanese fashion magazine called Kera.

Click here full selection of images from the event.

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