NO STREET STYLE FOR A WHILE

That’s right, there’s been no style action on the street, in a long while you may have noticed from me. On this and my other blog JSTREETSTYLE.

After London Fashion Week back in September my dad went into hospital for a simple straight forward operation. After three months of visiting this gentle giant and caring man of 80 years, with a kind constitution to the world, he sadly passed away before Christmas. After his funeral in January, the illness and condition I have been poorly managing over the last year, mentioned in my last post, decided to speak up for itself, and make its voice heard loud and clear.

And so to hospital it was for myself, and pretty much have been there most of this year.
After leaving intensive care where a friend Savitri, and the amazing NHS staff helped to save my life, I have been in recovery and in self isolation, in this unprecedented UK lockdown in the Covid 19 global virus situation.

This has been my lot for some time, yet somehow early on this year, I managed to pick up some random street style shots around London while ill with a catheter and bag. What was I thinking? I must of been mad.
But with 25 years in my archive of street style, documenting youth culture, fashions, fashion tribes, trends, public feeling expressions, fealt through clothing. I guess its in my blood and in my heart. It is my go to action when I have a moment, where others would light up a cigarette, or have a drink.
I get my camera out and hit the streets, to see what I can find for you.

As I missed LFW being ill, this is all that I have for you. It may well be the last that I shoot, and that we all see for a while.

Enjoy.

A SCOOP OF FASHION KINDNESS

The much anticipated SCOOP International Fashion event for AW 2020, took place at London’s Old Billingsgate Market building in the heart of the city on Feb 9th – 11th.

The event showcases international designer brands from near and far, with a variety products from, luxury footwear, bags and other accessories, even perfumes as well as exciting clothing, encompassing more than 180 designer brands.

Due to my poor health, I was not able to fully enjoy and bring to you an in depth round up of the first day’s proceedings, but I do hope this account will do enough to interest you, and hopefully seek out your own journey either to the event itself, or to investigate not only the designers and brands I’ve featured, but many others that peak your own interest.

At the top of my list of interesting brands, are the lovely folks from Syra J.
A Hong Kong based fashion brand with some pretty cool and exciting designs.
Their collection pieces very much reflect the energy and passion of its creative director.
lots of deep, vivid colours, but with a fun, bright and playful feel. Spend a minute in her presence and you’ll understand that “where’s the party at? I wanna dance” feel she infuses into her designs.

Next I spotted a beaming smile against a sea of very exciting and pretty shoes.
Naturally I was drawn to both her and to them. Both smile and very desirable objects surrounding her, belonged to a lovely UK based luxury footwear brand, who’s creative director and owner is Mary Ching.
A Chinese woman and pretty shoes. Surly life doesn’t get any better, does it?

There wear other footwear designers there. The folks from United Nude put in a good appearance, with their cool, edgy architecturally influenced deigns.
Remember that insane Zaha Hadid collaboration they did a few years back? Sadly it didn’t make an appearance this time. At just under £4K a pair, I would say their excitement is a touch dialled down these days, but is very much present.

There was a brand there that made quite beautiful women’s brogues and chelsea boots.
Its owner declined to allow a skilled fashion based photo journalist, attending in capacity of press, to shoot a single frame, opting to wand to send me safely shot press pack images, after viewing my artistically shot instagram images.
I have a very high end luxury brand editorial upcoming to style and shoot, and have the need for brogues to very much feature. I will not be contacting this non mentioned guy and his brand.

I bumped into this very quiet unassuming Italian woman from Umbria. She made this very exciting and highly desirable item of knitwear you see her wearing, and that I so want to have.
Her brand is Barna and it specialises in Cashmere knitwear, like the blue one I’m still coveting by the way. Isn’t its neckline exciting, as is the particular shade of colour blue?

Another brand I can bring to you is Patricia Forgeal of Amuse Paris. A very stylish and lovely French woman, who told me about her brand and designs, where were very exciting. Very much the flavour of visually strong editorials. French style at its best.

I met the lovely Moira Niu of fashion PR brand Crescent Fashion.
She was chatty and passionate about her brand, and what it stood for.
I liked her enthusiasm.

I want to thank the organisers at SCOOP for your help and assistance. I was in poor health, off an operating table days earlier, and almost put myself back on one. Because of my poor health, I required specific assistance from security staff, direct access to toilets, emergency help if needed. I received all of this, even if I did end up back in hospital within minutes of leaving. See you all at the next big SCOOP.

WELCOME JIAX

Back in September 2019 during London Fashion Week, I met a young Chinese woman while doing my Street Style thing I’ve been documenting the last 25 years.
Her western name is Jiax, Chinese name is 王佳娴 Wang Jiaxian.

She had this big beaming smile and lovely purple, fuchsia hair. I produced an outstanding shot of her, possibly my best of the day. It took me a while, but eventually we met up for a chat and an impromptu fitting, which she enjoyed. Jiax studied Arts & Cultural Management at King’s College London, and speaks Russian.
Never saw that one coming! She’s artistic but shy about letting the world know it.
There’s much to Jaix. I suspect that the world will be surprised to know, and we look forward to it.

In celebration of the lovely Jiax, we did a small photo shoot recently.
As usual, I styled her according to her personality. I’m so glad I got it right, because she enjoyed herself. I think the images show it, but you decide for yourselves.
All this energy was hiding deep within.
I suspected it was there, but we managed to capture some of it to share with you.

In these images, Jiax wears a vintage 1970s feminine floral print dress, which she loved very much.
A vintage 1970s monochrome Maxi dress, with various necklaces from the same period.
A vintage waistcoat by Escada, with a 1980s blouse, with trousers by J-Crew and patent leather customised Oxford heel brogues.
Her last look was a blue jacket, with trousers by J-Crew and high heel mules by Stuart Weitzman for Russell & Bromley.

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