NICHOLAS KIRKWOOD X CLOS19 EVENT

Are these not the best decorative Christmas tree accessories baubles in the world ever!
Forget your bland spherical glass whatever’s. What you need are heels on your tree, preferably from award winning master luxury shoe designer Nicholas kirkwood, with his signature giant pearl, for added sexiness. Yes I did use that word. I will not and never will apologise for its use. Remember when all footwear was about the S words and suggestiveness and sensuality and visual excitement? Why did that all stop? When did it all stop? Last night along with many others, I got a taste of the seductive sexy style very much still in place on shelves as works of art, and actually being worn.

Nicholas Kirkwood is an important name in the world of luxury footwear design.
Most of what we find exciting and take for granted today, in some seriously visual excitement and foot candy, as it is affectionately known, can be chalked down to this man, as the instigator of most of what you like about a shoe.
Sculptured heels, an architectural approach in design, visual excitement, easy access with that rear heel zip, reverse platform soles, pearl heels, mini disco balls, Swarovski crystal embellishments, solid metal finishings, and the list goes on and on.

In celebration of the man and his work, an event was held at his London showroom, showcasing his latest season collection pieces, celebrating the festive season with an all round good old jolly, over a glass of special sparkling champagne from the folks at Clos19. Well it is Christmas after all.

The showroom is situated in the heart of London’t historic Mayfair, and on a fabulous night where the heaven’s gifted us a fine dusting of moist sprinkles, instead of the regular deluge of biblical weather. The doors were open to a fine jolly indeed. A few steps inside saw a multitude of guests packed throughout the showroom, filing it with a cheery festive atmosphere. Some tried on new styles, some rocked up in the same styles as others, and wanted to compare them with selfie shots, while others wanted their shoes customised or initialed with a monogram or whatever, with the store’s on site artist and gifted scribe, with her set of inks, paints stencils, and typography and a cheery smile.
Staff whisked around to assist elegant and dainty feet and legs stretched out in need and want of attention, all saying “feed me new and exciting Kirkwood’s please”.

Guests that I noticed included the beautiful, the stylish and the famed. Featured here in this blog post are designer Tracy Rose, possibly the most photographed woman in a hat in the world, and the mesmerising model and media artist Yiling Zhao,
turning everyone’s heads with her presence.

All in all, it was a lovely few hours away from your TV or computer games, out in the heart of what really matters in life, the excitement of a well designed pair of shoes to adorn ones feet, from the man who’s creations we all love, and know as
Nicholas Kirkwood.

LONDON FASHION WEEK SS 2020 POST 1

So it’s that time of the year once more, where all into the world of, industry or other revolving around the F word. No not that one. I’m talking about Fashion. You can think of the other one after you’re checked out this post.

So this is the first post encompassing the goings on from day one of
London Fashion Week SS 2019.
What took place late evening was a gathering for the first major event at Canada House, the Canadian Embassy in Trafalgar Square in the evening.
A gathering of various Canadian dwelling designers like Melissa Chung, and her amazing cool product, that protects the heels of your pretty high heel shoes. There are several of these products that I’ve seen on the market, but her Krippit was by far the best I have seen. Added support and beauty, came from the designer’s super stylish and elegant mother.

Other cool designs came from Pranga & Co. Novel interchangeable cufflinks from men or should they so increasingly wish, women also. There are many many fine details, finishing and accents if you will, to a woman’s attire. There are very few for a man, and the most well known of them is the cufflink, followed possibly by a tie pin. These cufflinks were stylish, innovative, and really impressed me with out of the box thinking. Sustainable materials, like wood, clear glass like resin with butterfly wings to provide a natural colour pallet that changes as light hits. There was even a pair fashioned from a piece of coal, with the most beautiful carvings.

Outside I endeavoured to bring to you what I could find in terms of style on the street. Though in failing evening light and a shaky hand, images were still captured that show what London is all about during Fashion Week. Individuality of style with an edge to it.
This is just from day one. It can only get better and better. So keep it here to be informed and updated with the goings on from London Fashion Week

MOVIE STYLE WITH HARPER

I love the movies, especially the old ones. They have so much beauty in them, be it the stars themselves, their stories, amazing sets, stunning costumes and gowns.
The old movies are where I got my real, true and actual full fashion education from.
I’m sure some of you can already tell of its impact and influence on me. With that said,
I wanted to do something special with my beautiful muse, the lovely Harper_Silin
that reflected the style glamour and elegance of the 1920s – 1960s.

My icon will always be Edith Head. I am sure this is how she would style Harper,  highlighting her Chinese beauty, celebrating her unique style in filmic homage. Think “What a way to go”, “The world of Suzie Wong” “Gambit” and “In the mood for love”

Harper wears:
A Vintage 1940s hand embroidered qipao, with red high heel mules by Stuart Weitzman.
A red/orange Chinese inspired feather and pearl detail Eve Satin robe by Osman.
An early Victorian blue velvet dress coat, with sheer opera gloves and heels by Sophia Webster.

Many thanks to Rod Leon for assisting, and for use of his way cool LupoDay LED
lighting, and to Zionbstylist for making this shoot possible 🙏
#Harper #rodleon #styled #chinese #black #cheongsam #qipao #sequin #embroidery #dresscoat #beautiful #statement #heels #highheels #mules #barefeet #vintagestyle #vintagefashion #vintagestyling #stylistcollection #Osmanstudio SamayaLingVintage

STREET STYLE FROM LFW AW 2019

Here are a small selection of images I managed to capture, that showcase individuality of style from the first three days of LFW, London Fashion Week. Over the weekend.

The presently biannual industry gathering of mainstream big business fashion people, showcasing their creative interpretations of what they thinks we should all be buying for next season, only being that fast fashion is in full swing, and their captive audiences cannot think outside of 10 word status update thinking, they want it all now, not 6 months from now as it is touted, on an old business model that is very much not disruptive or adaptive.

But I digress.
The event is as always with its runways, catwalks and presentations of style, but as you all know, I like to capture individuality, and on the best runway or catwalk.

One you can all relate to. On the street.

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.

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

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

LONDON FASHION WEEK SS19 POST 1

It is now that time of year once more, when all is bright and colourful in store fronts,
pop ups are a plenty and all the creatives in town come out to play.
For it is indeed play time, or rather shall we say it is once more again that time known as London Fashion Week, 

The Fashion Parade is back in town, along with all the bloggers, influencers, journalist, photographers, videographers, presenters, writers, editors, stylist, buyers, make up artists, models and all other creatives I may have managed to have escape mentioning. 

Anniversaries, new leaders, creative directors, and new teams, new marking plans and there are always new bean counters. Way too many some of you may think. 

London is awash with a smile of rare blessed and prolonged sunshine, and along with it, Fashion Week is hear to give us all a taster of inspirations for the coming spring summer season of 2019.

A lot can happen and probably will take place between now and then, when hot items hot the shops, or more likely the case being it’s all about fast fashion these days, within 48 hours max of the end of the catwalk shows, you should be able to get your hands on those very same items you’re all googling, streaming, downloading and flicking through endless pages with images on, if a bit old school and still love all that tactile analogue stuff.

So how has this been reflected on the main catwalks?

The ones outside the various fashion show venues? Well as previously mentioned, colour is making a play for attention, and in a would bound by planetary law to adhere to that term that has an epidemic influence, (safe), the street style provided a much welcomed show of entertainment and inspirations. Hopefully some will influence the mainstream fashion houses. It has been known to happen.

So let’s start off the proceedings with an offering of the visual excitement we managed to capture for you, over the first 2 days of #LFW, London Fashion Week.

The images of the pretty young Chinese women in the the green cut out shape skirt by Osman, and vintage lace dress, with lace kitten heel shoes by Aruna Seth, and circular bag by GB David, is blogger, fashion buyer and influencer is my amazing muse,

Harper Silin in a look styled by myself. #PositiveFashion

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