LFWM AW 2019 FREYA IN VINTAGE MENSWEAR

ROCKING VINTAGE STYLE AT LFWM AW 2019 WITH FREYA

Was it really 6 months already? How time flies. Well once again the fashion circuit is back in full swing, with the first of its many events. Starting off this time with London Fashion Week Men’s AW 2019.

Do you remember the lovely and amazing Harper Silin rocking some serious vintage style in menswear? As styling her went down so well, am still getting much interest in what I did with her, and as part of that, an opportunity arose to work with another Chinese style maiden. One you’ve met before. Freya SinyuSiu.

After some planning, we both decided it had to be menswear at London Men’s, but with a twist. The look we came up with consisted of a Men’s tuxedo tailcoat by Saint Durant Airey from around 1910-1920s, a men’s shirt from Cezari with a silk tie & vintage cufflinks, vintage silver brocade trousers from Kate Moss for Topshop, and heels by Kurt Geiger, which due to the insanely cold weather, Freya wisely substituted for a pair of closed ankle boots by Gucci, otherwise iced toes could have well popped up on someones menu at some point later. Another addition was the lovely cylindrical statement bag by YSL.

Freya seemed to gain a lot of attention, which is nice to sit back and observe as a Stylist.
As a photographer, one has to engage directly, though these days, you do see so many that stand back and simply copy what everyone else does, never once thinking to set up and create their own unique shot, and to shoot so many frames yet never once ask who it is they are photographing, nor consider to ask, “what is it that you’re wearing?”           Now imagine such a thing at a major fashion based event.

Freya. You clearly get the thumbs up, not only from myself, but from many others too it would seam.
Sincere thanks and gratitude for allowing me to style you, and for you to carrying it off with that unique sense of style of yours, that clearly, everyone likes.

HARPER AND MICHAEL AZU SHOES

My wonderful muse and dear friend Harper Silin, got together with me for a shoot recently.
We’ve been so busy of late, we’ve not had much of a chance to see each other and do creative stuff like styling and shooting, which I know she loves.
I have been a huge fan women’s footwear for some time now, as some of you already know.
Many will have seen my images on my Instagram @StylistPatLyttle of beautiful works of art, which just so happens to have the secondary functionality of being a very pretty pair of shoes.
But to my eyes and to my spirit, there is a strong and powerful emotional connection, or reaction to these objects of beauty, when well crafted and designed, which is why I collect this particular form of art.

Earlier in 2018, one of my many new discoveries was that of British luxury footwear designer Michael Azu. I am a big fan of his work, because to me he produces objects of desire, that are pure works of art. Harper and I got the opportunity to meet up with the man himself.
He noticed what I was trying to do with Harper, and seemed to like it. He liked her style.
Who doesn’t? she has an innocence and endless playful energy to her which is natural to her. She is authentic. She just is Harper. Weird, funny, quirky, playful, so stylish and captivating, and totally bonkers, in a good way, when you are exposed to her longterm. My point is when you meet her, she is quite special.

Just like Michael’s shoes. So special we felt the need to go out one day and have some creative fun.
So the designer kindly allowed us access to a pair of few of his amazing creations.
One of these very special pieces of art is called “The Orbit” Cool name. Why you may ask?
Well when you see the shoe, it makes good sense. It is a sandal in its nature of construction, but where ones toes are placed, normally, you would get a steam or two to gently bind or kiss the toes, securing them into place along with the shoe as you stride. The Orbit is so called, because it has an elliptical series of straps that overlap like that of a planet being orbited by its moon, over and over. It is so beautiful. With painted toes and pretty feet like Harper’s, its quite something to see.

So Harper and I set off to play with some pretty shoes.
With some styling and photography by myself, this is what we managed to end up with.
The location was curtsy of the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.
My favourite of all London’s museums, and has the finest of all fashion based exhibits.
Constantly keeping me inspired over the years, being that I specialise in Vintage fashion,
this place is a must.

Images show Chinese fashion buyer, PR, blogger and Influencer Harper Silin in a vintage ensemble of belted 1970s denim shorts with a silk print blouse, sunglasses by ASociety and the most stunning shoes by designer Michael Azu, all styled by Pat Lyttle.

Harper also wear a vintage 1970s ensemble of a suede skirt with a silk print blouse and wooden bag, sunglasses by ASociety and the most stunning Orbit shoes by designer Michael Azu, all styled by Pat Lyttle.

STYLING LONDON FASHION WEEK SS19

I had the pleasure of attending some shows during London Fashion Week. The event for those of you not in the know, showcases clothing items, looks and accessories the fashion industry believes we should all be stocking or wearing for the spring summer season of 2019.
Now that “fast fashion” is truly with us and is most likely hear to stay, it really doesn’t matter about the traditional suggested planning strategies, as these days, people can purchase catwalk looks minutes after seeing a show, or at worst a day later.
As I have been doing for more than 15 years with London, I have been documenting the style of the attendees. Street Style as it has come to be known as these days. So there was lots of that. Maybe a touch too much. Oh! the aching joints and bones! A long rest is much welcomed and needed.

I had the pleasure of working with my muse, the lovely Harper Silin who everyone commented on her looking amazing. Myself included. It is always a pleasure to see your work realised and in action, also for me fun to see reactions and listen to peoples comments as a stunning woman walks by, and twirls in front of the world’s fashion press and media, commanding everyones attention, you secretly, discretely, knowing that’s your hard work their praising and talking about.

Working with the cool super stylish diminutive one, a fashion loving blogger, buyer, brand PR and influencer, “born in fashion, made in China”, it’s always a pleasure. You start off with a consultation or meeting to plan and discus objectives. What’s the aim or goal. Then there’s the likes and inspirations. What influenced you previously or recently.
Then comes the fun part. What every woman likes since childhood. Playing dress up.
Putting together looks that fit those objectives, working closely with Harper who is so tiny, but has a big heart and personality that, and is so explosive with energy at times. We managed to come up with 4 looks of which, Harper wore 2. One on day one, and the other on day four at the prestigious Burberry show.
Use of items from my carefully curated archive of vintage fashion items was essential, and integral in creating these looks. Many thanks to OSMAN for their incredible statement piece, a green cut out skirt, that fits our style princess perfectly. She loves it and all you folks at the luxury brand.

There were another two women I styled for London Fashion Week. Freya Sinyu Siu from China, another super stylish woman with a distinctive uniqueness to her style. The other woman was Los Angels based Video Producer Cindy Martin.
Many thanks to you all. Here are some of the looks created and worn during LFW during September 14th – 18th 2018. See you next time around.

#LFW #PositiveFashion

WELCOME TO FREYA

Yesterday I had the pleasure of a visit from a woman I have long admired, along with an impromptu photo-shoot. Fashion loving blogger, fashionista and way cool super stylish Freya Siu.
Made in China and based in London, I first encountered Freya about a year or so ago at London Fashion Week, where I was doing some street style.

Freya has great style, and like my muse Harper is super tiny in physique, which is a challenge at times, because what is tiny here in the UK, is huge on her. As you all well know by now, I manage to do OK when styling these incredible women such as Harper and Freya. I very much hope to work with Freya a lot more. She has a more edgy groove to her look or natural style. Although these images don’t quite show that at its best, this is only my first attempt at interpreting my vision of this woman’s beauty and style, I do hope you like what you see. Super cool stuff will come in due time, but it was fun seeing her and being creative with her image.

Here’s what we did with Freya.

We chose a super tiny slinky hand embroidered vintage Cheongsam/Qipao from the 1940s, with the detail of a gold sequin peacock, and classic statement car fender heels by Prada, from her SS 2012 collection.

For the second look we put Freya in a beautiful Victorian silk red bodice / riding habit, with jodhpurs from the 1940s, and as an accent, red mules by Stuart Weitzman.

As always, all items used are from my own personal vintage fashion collection.

 

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

 

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.

RECORD STORE DAY 2018. THE DUEL

When we managed to prise the sleep goddess from her time enchanted slumber, and requested that she entered our plain of reality, we managed to work on some images.

As it happened to be #RSD18 Record Store Day 2018 yesterday, we dusted off the old vinyl spinner, and challenged both it and muse Harper, to do battle for your attention.

Now the attention and luring skills from the past of this dear friend, has long had me captivated with its charms. We are talking about the record player here btw. The charms of a woman throughout the ages has long been associated with captivating ones heart, no matter whatever your persuasions may well be. But so can the charms of a vinyl spinner. Especially a customised high end one, tweaked and skilled at extracting every single moment of the elixir of audible pleasure, from a piece of 180 gram virgin direct to disk, Japanese pressed imported Bluenote vinyl.

Can the two do battle for ones attention? Visual and audio, or should that be audiovisual?

Working on the situation, we dusted off some choice pieces of coloured vinyl, and set to create an image, utilising the visual skills and participation of our stunning muse,

the lovely Harper Silin, and renowned disk spinner, the Systemdek 2X 900. The two to do battle in vintage style.

Can Harper win your attention,in her shimmering, sparkly, late 1960s early 1970s drop waist dress, along with that groovy look, cool bob hairstyle and that funky slammin’ personality?

Can the Systemdek 2X 900 win over and seduce you with its audiovisual presentation?
Good looks and its sonic charms! The battle looks set.

Here are a few of of the images from the duel in front of the camera.

Who won your attention? Or did we manage to create a form of harmony.

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.

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