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 is 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.

HARPER AT #LFWM – JUNE 2018

HARPER AT LONDON FASHION WEEK MEN’S

This weekend was a very special one. It was London’s turn to celebrate the style of men.
Men don’t normally get the attention you would think when it comes to style. That is a statement that I feel has been quite noticeable over some years. Most certainly the fashion industry in general does cater for mens style a lot more, but it is nowhere on the level that it does upon womenswear.

So on the major Fashion Week circuit New York, London, Milan and Paris, it was London’s turn to cater to the needs and wishes of those men courting style itself.

To celebrate this, the BFC British Fashion Council gives men its very own Fashion Week.

London Fashion Week Men’s SS 2019.

My muse the amazing Harper Silin, was interested in seeing the menswear shows, so we set out to investigate.
Together we decided that I would style harper to attend the event. The images from this blog post, all shot and styled by myself, are of Harper in looks that I have created for her, that represent her personality, character and style, and would be suitable for #LFWM.
To me it made clear sense being the nature of the four day event, and the fact this was a very special occasion for the fashion loving #Harper, that she be dressed reflecting menswear. Harper is very much feminine, so to dress her in menswear has to be done with tact. The other factor with Harper is that blink and you’ll miss her. She is tiny with classic Chinese or Asian Millennial physique. so popping to the high street to pull a few items is out as most UK small sizes on Asian bodies swamp their tiny frames. Well we managed to do quite well. Harper thoroughly enjoyed herself, and from the reactions so far, the event and it’s global attendees of buyers, stylists, fashion industry types and of course fashion press and media, it’s many street style photographers and increasing video crews, appear to very much like Harper and her sense of style.

Many thanks to the folks at the #BFC, and all that attended #LFWM SS2019, for being so kind to her, and for your clear and positive reaction Harper and her style.

Please enjoy these images of what I truly believe is one day, a future star.

Day 1. Harper is seen here wearing a black jacket by DSquared2, with a vintage 1950s swimsuit, cats eye sunglasses, a bag by GB David, and heels by Aruna Seth.

Day 2. Harper is seen wearing a vintage menswear look of bespoke Victorian trousers from H. Huntsman & Sons of Savile Row, with braises, a waistcoat by Buckley Tailors, a shirt by Community Clothing, a red tie, a bag by GB David, and vintage heels by Perez Juan.

Stylist Pat Lyttle

VINTAGE HAORI STYLE

My beautiful and amazing Chinese fashion influencer friend and muse Harper Silin, purchased a vintage Haori the other day. Like many people, she was told it was a kimono, as that is what so many here in the west are told they are.

The Haori 羽織 is worn by women as outer or overwear to a Kimono. It is a light mid length jacket, normally not tied, so it is open to reveal the beauty of the Kimono and Obi under it.

Harper liked her black Haori very much. But the cost, the price was so much. Young Millennials.
You know how they are when it comes to money. More than we ever could dream of, yet so frugal and intent on a good bargain and tweeting, blogging or posting on Instagram about their latest haul.
And why not.

Harper looked great in all black, a great silhouette, her high street dress and her vintage Haori.
Lift your arms? What? she says. Hold out your arms like a tree. Reluctantly she fulfils my strange request. Look at the beautiful shape I say. Look how the sleeves hang and drop in a perfect right angle like a long square i say. Amazed, a smile comes to her face. When she smile’s and laughs, WOW. Forget your atom bombs and nuclear energy. More positive energy radiates from her than you can imagine.

The sales person in the shop did not tell her about the unique beauty of this item she purchased.
Just the typical you like, so buy and goodbye.
So when the lovely Harper showed me her purchase, I had to say it looks great, but you do know i have lots of these vintage Haori don’t you. Let’s try some, so after trying a few ranging from the 1940s to the 1980s, we opted for this one from the late 60s, with its colourful geo pattern, and its strange ubique paper like feel.

The shoot components consisted of a vintage belt to bind her super tiny waist, as an Obi was just too big and would be the star and not Harper in her Haori. Harper is an ambassador for the French bag brand GB David, so we had to have their popular cute cats eye bag. The Chantilly Le Chat Premier.

Next we added the way cool lace kitten heels with butterfly detail by Aruna Seth.
Harper has the most tiny and pretty feet, so to me, for this shot, it made sense to promote the pretty shoes by not wearing them, but to allude to them in a sensuous way, by showing off her bare feet, but holding the shoes. I think it works. Hope you do too.

The other look was a purple sparkly lurex mini dress from the late 1960s, working thigh the colours we matched with tiny court shoes with Japanese socks. Why do we only thinks of socks in the west, as only for children. Women rock socks, and if you’re into socks, there is only one place that rules, Japan. So we raided the treasure chest of cute socks for these, to complete the look.
For a few shots, we added a colour accent of a lime green wide brim floppy hat.

Hope you like the images and their energy.

Enjoy

 

THE GREAT GATSBY

Getting the jitter’s over The Great Gatsby only to get the bug.
That’s just what quite a select few stylish individuals managed to do, on a wet Sunday evening in London.

Many of the women and men, were suitably dressed for a special theatrical and immersive performance, of the 1920s themed F. Scott Fitzgerald Jazz age story.

The lead image in this particular blog post, curtusy of Adam Chan is of the super stylish Chinese Fashion buyer and influencer Harper Silin, seen wearing an original vintage 1920s flapper dress, styled by Pat Lyttle. This she partnered with an original 1920s mini handbag, silver shoes,  pearls and other neck flattering sparklers.

The entire event was courtesy of The Guild Of Misrule.
Many thanks to the organisers for allowing me to hang around outside to bring to you this post.

LONDON FASHION WEEK AW 2018 – Part 2

SOCKS WITH HEELS.

Here are those Kendall pearly metallic spiked block heel sandals by Gucci. Worn here with socks.

Ah yes!  That eternal argument. Socks with heels. We can can hear some of you in rage just over the thought of such a thing, others shaking your head, saying absolutely not among yourselves. We see you all. We hear those thoughts loud and clear.

The huge trend for funky and cute socks with heels that swept Japan back in the late 90s early 2000s made quite an impact and influence on the mainstream world of High end fashion, as it always does. Miuccia Prada was a keen watcher, and her Spring 2008 reflected it. Long socks with those beautiful secret garden flower heels. Think you can quite guess, at street fashion blog JSTREETSTYLE, we’re on the side of socks with heels. Ardent campaigners for the cause we’d say.

At London Fashion Week, you could see this trend in practice. Even the clear and present influence, culminating  in the guise of quite exciting offspring, Fendi, Vetements among the popular few on show.

LONDON FASHION WEEK AW 2018 Part 1

LONDON FASHION WEEK AW 2018

It is once once again that time of the year. The collective mass of fashion industry and passionista fashionistas all gather on mass, to celebrate or pay homage to the latest and greatest visions from the catwalk, by the good, the bad and the terribly provocative and naughty. Yes its the latest instalment from the global Fashion Week season,

London Fashion Week.

A weekend of fantastic weather brought us the start of the big shows and names of British fashion. Then Monday came along and put the dampeners on the entire event. Forget the limos and luxury VIP cars to transport said guests from show to show, what should have been provided was cohoes and water wear. That said the shows managed to take place, gifting insight to all of the delights of the season to come, or if you’re into the new fast fashion and have the need to see no, buy now, your tastebuds for fashion, must surely be flowing with eager excitement and anticipation.

From the great outdoors and on the land of street style, there were several and obvious trends that could easily be spotted. 

We will try to show you some of them over the next few posts. You can expect to see lots of pretty footwear and foot candy, with bold vivid colour sock boots, novel statement piece lighter heels from Vetements to name a few. 

So let’s start off the proceedings with a few postings, of some of the many images we worked ever so hard, to bring directly to you. We do hope you’ll enjoy this journey through the sights of the style, as captured on London’s streets, during London Fashion Week.

LONDON FASHION WEEK MENS AW 2018

It’s a brand-new year. Happy 2018 everyone.
Let me wish you all much success, good fortune and contentment for the year ahead.

To start things off, with the first event of fashion week circuit, The LFWM

London Fashion Week Mens, formally LCM London Collections Mens.

Shows were received well, but you’re here reading this because its the action on the street that excites and interests us all. The best catwalk in town is the most accessible and influential one. There was a scene clearly in mind with a woman wearing those oh so very cool novelty or statement ankle boots. You know the ones. We’re talking about those sock style lighter heels by Vetements. It took some time to get the images we wanted, as there were strange random dance movements going on with them.

After having to politely ask to please cease and desist from the strange dance steps for a moment, it became apparent when told, it was because of the harsh cold, and it was the best way to keep warm. In fact sock style ankle boots were everywhere to be seen.

Here is the first post of the new year, and our first offering from the Street Style captured during LFWM London Fashion Week Mens.

Images here feature:

Kelly Wong from China, wearing a coat by Ryan Lo, a small Louis Vuitton bag and a large Baggu bag.

The super stylish Chinese fashion buyer Harper Silin, wearing a River Island X Blood Brother orange hoodie, a denim skirt, with sock style ankle boots.

THE BRITISH FASHION AWARDS 2017

THE BRITISH FASHION AWARDS 2017

The year is drawing to its close. Way too hastily for my liking.

What’s the rush I hear some of you saying, and the rest of you saying are you serious? You can’t wait for this year to be over and for a fresh new one to start.

I’m not saying where I stand on this one, but at this particular time when we look back and take stock, the British Fashion Industry likes to pat itself on the back, and celebrate its achievements with a grand awards ceremony and equally grand party. With the aid of the BFC British Fashion Council,

the glitz and the glamorous from the world of fashion, descended upon the location of The Royal Albert Hall.

UK talent and stars mixed and mingled with Hollywood royalty and International stars and fashion icons.

The night was cold, but it did not stop many from wearing their statement outfits, which was mostly ready to wear, but a few Couture items were indeed spotted.

These are my humble images from the celebratory night honouring British fashion and style, shot in the shivering cold as I stood watching along with nearby members of the public, fashion fans and autograph hunters. Yes they do still exist in these strange days of selfie culture.

The image quality is not up to my usual standard as with many of these events, there are so many security staff and endless PR staff that just stand and love themselves on the red carpet, with no apparent function other than to just stand there and get in the way of as many people as possible, the poor celebs and fashion designers have to navigate their way around the obstacle course of black coated bodies everywhere.

For future planning maybe a great idea to assign them all a task of making the red carpet look uncluttered and free flowing. But that may well be way too radical an idea.

Well for now, please enjoy the images, of the stylish and fashion friendly from the arrivals of the event.

LONDON FASHION WEEK SS 2018 PART 2

TRENDS TRENDS TRENDS – BOOT CAMP

Shooting street style at London Fashion Week is so much fun, but it’s hard work too.

One has to constantly be on the look out for the style icons, the great looks, the attention seekers, yes there are those. One has to be up to date with current and past trends, and be able to spot referencing to something historical or topical in a contemporary context.

One has to know your catwalk trends and looks, key brands and products with stand out personalities. All this needs to come into play in an instant.

It’s hard work, but it can be fun too and is, if you enjoy what you do and are passionate about it too.

So let us make a statement. Well not me personally, but at LFW, that’s just what some if not many people do. They can do it with an entire and overall look, or they can do it with a singular statement item that’s has such a loud and dominant personality, it simply commands your attention.

One of these “Statement Trends” spotted during London Fashion Week, were Silver or chrome mirrored thigh high-heeled boots. Be they originally from Balenciaga, Ami Club-wear, Akira, Pretty Little Thing or whichever of the many brand copies out there currently available, they are visually exciting and truly are statement pieces. They also look like a lot of fun.

Here are a few images of those particular statement boots spotted, and if you’re not rocking’ a pair of them this weekend, am sure you’ll agree, they really do look like a lot of fun…

All and every single image or visual featured within this blog site belongs to, and is shot by Pat Lyttle of JSTREETSTYLE.

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