BEAUTY SHOOT WITH HARPER

Here are some cool images of my muse Harper Silin, shot at a recent summer studio based shoot.   The photographer was the talented Rod Leon.

Make up was by the lovely Federica Valtolina, and hair styled by Annette Gray.

It was fun styling this shoot, especially Harper as I’d not seen her for some time,
a busy bee is she.
This was a beauty shoot primarily and not a fashion shoot, so the vibe and feel was more about the make up and beauty angle. My styling had to reflect this, and show how I could compliment the work done, by our lovely MUA.

All clothing was vintage, and were items chosen from my vintage fashion collection.
You can see Harper’s playful energetic feel to the images, that Rod was able to capture to perfection.

Harper wears a sparkly pink tie lurex top from the 1970s, with denim shorts from the same era, accessorised with a belt from the 1980s. Lollypop Lady’s never looked this much fun, when I was a primary school.

Harper also wears a red and white 1960s short mod style mini dress, with her signature bob hair.

All images ©RodLeon

Stylist @stylistpatlyttle
MUA @federica_valtolina_mua
Hairstylist @nettgray
Model @Harper_silin
Studio @studiophotogallery
Photography ©rodleon

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

 

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