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.

STREET STYLE LFWM JUNE 2019

It’s been a while since I’ve posted some street style. I usually post it on my dedicated street steer style blog JSTREETSTYLE, but thought I’d share this one with you all.

London Fashion Week Mens was only the one day experience this time around for me, but what a day. For once am not going to post images of cool looking dudes in a whistle & flute, suits to you non Cockney Londoners. This post features regular cool people with individuality of some kind that I like and admire.

Starting off with a cool visual artist that is so impressive and skilled. Her name is Monzie Terri and her brand is Euqinom7Designs. She’s only just warmed up now. Wait until she really starts sprinting with her concetps and designs, but she sure is impressive.
Like clubbing, cyberpunk, partying and looking for something different but functional. then get in touch with her. You will be hearing about her in the future I can assure you. You might notice the legendary Japanese designer Mishiko Koshino, who had this cool presentation that her presence was an integral part of. An interesting fun and playful concept.

 

CLASSIC CAR BOOT SALE 2018

The Classic Car Boot Sale comes back to London once again. This is the super cool gathering that takes place every once in a while, at Granary Square in London’s Kings Cross, and put together by designer Wayne Hemingway, featuring curated vintage fashion venders, classic vintage cars from various eras, various DJ spinning actual vinyl on the top deck of a special old route master bus, street food that’s so in these days, from around the globe. Remember the Chopper and Tomahawk bicycle’s? You could see them there too, along with mods on their Vespa’s and Lambretta motorcycles, vintage taxi’s and ice cream venders everywhere, on a hot sunny Saturday. Yes, the summer actually came back to London for the day.

For me as you all know, fashion is my life, especially if vintage, and the angle I will tend to take when looking at many events. Many of the attendees to the vintage fashion selling event, actually turned up dressed in vintage fashion.

Here is an edit of some of the images I shot of those cool and stylish people that made that extra effort to rock some vintage style.

Enjoy.

Hopefully I’ll see you at the next event, and if vintage fashion and style inspires or interests you, why not give me a call or get in touch, and ask for a consultation. The service I provide as a Personal Stylist specialising in vintage fashion, gives you access to some of the finest examples of one off original pieces of personally curated vintage fashion items, from my very own cllection and archive sourced over 15 years.

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.

WHITBY STEAMPUNK WEEKEND 2017

How many times last weekend did you get asked “What’s SteamPunk?”

I can’t remember how many times myself I was asked that very same question, but it was an awful lot.

So you’ve heard of Goths and the Whitby Goth Weekend being quite famous and popular.  Well the fishing town of Whitby in North Yorkshire, got its very own official SteamPunk Weekend festival the last weekend of July 2017. Attended by several hundred, it’s quite safe to say it was a success and we hope there will be many more, and look forward to the next one only being bigger and better.

So what exactly is this SteamPunk stuff you keep hearing people talking about?

It is quite tricky to explain, but I will try. It is a fashion genre. A sub-genre of Goth culture. Imagine if you will a visual fusion Gothic fashion inspired by early and late Victorian style. Now add a sprinkling of illustrations and inspiration from French novelist Jules Verne. Something like his well known 20000 leagues under the sea.  Add a little more inspiration from the mechanisation of the brand new industrial revolution, a touch of (OK a huge dollop) retro futurism from the same time period, many things being powered by clockwork and steam. The beauty of polished copper and brass in panels and coils like some early 19th Century Sci Fi novel, and this should bring you quite close to what SteamPunk is, only it is so much more because of its base of visual fantasy, it has no exact specification and is therefore limitless as to what you can make of it as a visual treat, and there in lies one of the main reasons why it is so popular around the globe both in the west and in Asia.

Fancy some future tech prosthetics? They’re the next big buzz, with cybernetic implants and bionics. Well our Victorian friends way back when were coming up with future tech enhancements well before anyone else today was or is, thinking they are so cutting edge. Part of the Steampunk fashion visualisation includes adornments and appendages to enhance vision, such as goggles and special ocular devices allowing the user to see what is normally hidden to most humans, mystical potions and apothecaries help distil fuel and aid function. Steam powered mechanised wings anyone? Enhanced strength of a limb anyone? All part of the visualisation of SteamPunk done well. It’s all open to your imagination.

If you’re into dressing up and you want something to really rock visually, SteamPunk is the ultimate in what you’re after.

Here are a few of the images I managed to shoot at the event.

HYPER JAPAN 2017

On the street outside the 2017 Summer Hyper Japan event, the key or popular
Japanese street style trends seemed to be that of Decora and Fairy Kei.
A noticeable or popular colour palette appeared to be in place, so we aimed
to capture and bring those observations to you the fans.

Many of you will know or have noticed street style seems to have lost its edge in Japan
over the last 2 years. Things such as the uncertain economy lack of budget,
shops closing and going out of business faster than ever, could well be factors,
but the tried and tested faves like Decora, Fairy, Dolly Kei and Lolita are still popular
and especially with westerners.

Purple, blue hues, pinks and greens are popular the world over with teen culture,
so no surprise that we encountered lots of it over the weekend.

Talking about trends popular in Japan and in the west, you can’t ignore the growth in popularity all over of the shining star of the Goth world.
SteamPunk always seems to rise to the top, so it was no surprise that we encountered it on the weekend.
Some of you might be familiar with Performance Artist Ann Pendigrast.
She always makes her own hats, bags and dresses. Usually leaning towards the Lolita side of style, we found that this instance of spotting the lovely Ann, she had embraced the charms of the SteamPunk genre.

We often hear about the term bucket list and a visit to Japan, or at the very least to Tokyo should without a doubt feature on most people’s list. It is indeed a remarkable place with remarkable people. Those of you that like the idea of Japan and all its candy coloured excitement, buy like many are somewhat detured by the emense expence such a visit would cost, you can’t do worse than a visit to the Next Hyper Japan when it swings around next. For many it will probably be the closest you’ll come to being in Japan, and that will be pretty close to start with. All of Japan in one place on one day or a weekend.

Why not give it a try.

 

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