THE FASHION AWARDS 2019

It’s that time of the year once again where to finalise and round up just like in a trend report, all the goings on in the world of fashion within the UK, in celebration of the industry and its accomplishments. Nothing better to celebrate at this time of the year than a grand awards ceremony with a big pat on the back for a few, and a good old jolly going on for all, well at least those who could afford the ticket price and its availability being scarce to such an event. The images from this post are all shot as usual by myself, and depict the sense of style captured on and during the red carper arrivals, at The Fashion Awards 2019, which took place at The Royal Albert Hall in London, on December 2nd 2019.

There were many celebrities in attendance. You know I am not swayed by celebrities so to me there are few here in image. My focus as always is about individuality of style and those who celebrate, or exhibit it. Granted this event is an industry event put on by the BFC The British Fashion Council, you are not going to see the most radical in thinking and designs on the red carpet.
That said, my eyebrows were raised on a few occasions.

As usual there were so many people I wished and wanted to photograph, but as always at these events, the usual takes place. A sea of security and staff obstructing the view of the people that stood up to 5 hours in order to watch as a member of the public, and hopefully get a selfie, a photograph like myself, and some still into autographs. Remember those things, way way before Social Media was even a thought. Apparently yes, those folks still and do exist, and believe me attended on mass at the awards outside.
Well back to my point. I counted over 30 people at one point in the way of the guests arriving, serving no logical function. Chronic obstructors so in narcissistic mode especially one, were in their element, as later on social media, they can look at themselves a hundred times, and on other peoples images. Point being stunning images were lost in opportunity, because of of this classic situation, not to mention the bottleneck of back to back celebrities waiting to move towards the press side of the red carpet to be photographed.
Oh for a gang of wise pre teen school kids, to organise things efficiently without the narcissistic egos.
Craziness aside, The Fashion Awards is always a fashion lover’s dream come true.
To be in one place, and have the industry descend upon them in a singular moment, more so than at a fashion week event.

Please enjoy the images I managed to capture for you. Hope they can convey the sense of the atmosphere the red carpet arrivals have at such an event.

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.

THE NATIONAL WEDDING SHOW & INDIA FASHION WEEK LONDON 2019

This post is in celebration of an event that took place at the Novotel in Hammersmith, November 16th & 17th 2019.

An event showcasing many components of bridal attire with vendors from all over the UK. Everything you could ever wish for in order to plan your perfect Indian, or Indian style wedding.

There were several stands displaying traditional Indian bridal jewellery dress, with models showcasing the various styles. Please see the images I shot for examples of how a Maang Tikka, a Rani Haar, Chokers, Bangles and Earrings were worn.
Sadly I did not spot any hand or foot harnesses worn.

There was one vendor that for me truly stood out. A luxury brand called IJAAZAT.
They do high end custom and bespoke offerings to both women and men, of some of the finest Indian wedding clothing I have ever seen. I was particularly excited by a specific garment. A gentlemen’s wedding dress, or (Kurta), with impressive tailoring, elegant silhouette and exceptional beading and appliqué work. An object of much desire and, one to add to my ever growing list of most coveted.
This garment for me represented everything it is meant to symbolise. Fineries for Indian Royalty.

For more, check out the National Wedding Show and their Instagram

CRAZY COLOURFUL ENERGY

EDITORIAL

No.8 MAGAZINE SEPTEMBER 2019 Issue.

One of the last shoots did with Harper Silin.

As some of you, if not alot of you may know, I have been working with Chinese blogger and influencer Harper for 2 years. I first met the tiny one at a London fashion trade show back in 2015.

I have been actively promoting Harper late 2017 – late 2019 on a global basis.

She has been photographed by many over that period of time, and you will have seen her apear here on this blog, as well as on JSTREETSTYLE and also in many publications.

This was an editorial shoot where as I came up with a concept, that reflected her nature and personality. The items of clothing were carfully chosen also to match the shoot location, thus and explosion of Crazy Colourful Energy.

This is a genuine print publication, remember those? I use to spendat least £100 a month buying so many of them only a few years back, consuming all I could, to build up my knowledge. Magazines are still around thank goodness. 10 years from now, just like I did 10 and 20 years back, I will be flicking through the glossy pages checking out the cool fashion shoots, the photgraphy and lighting styles, and hopefully reminisce about this shoot and others I’ve done and enjoyed. Hope you can enjoy this one.

Harper wears a knitwear top and pants, a jumpsuit all by Jojo Ruiji Zhou, with a vintage feather hat from the 1950s.

She also wears a metal framework jacket, dress by Kelly Langridge Designs.

Photography & Styling – Pat Lyttle
Model – Harper Silin
Lighting Assistant – Rod Leon
Location – South Bank
Publication – No.8 Magazine

VINTAGE MAIDENS VISIT PAT’S PLACE

During September I had the chance to do my fashion thing, and in doing so I meet various interesting people. However I met two very interesting aliens as they like to call themselves, rather than be locked down to territory. Two amazing creative sisters called Gabin and Gayon Lee.

I met them randomly at an event on the street outside. Two humble young women.
I took a chance and offered them a chance to visit me a STylist specialising in Vintage style, and to see my vintage fashion collection.
I am so glad I did that, because I otherwise never would have met these two very lovely women, that now are friends.

They have such a good calming aura and vibe about them. Wish I could keep them forever, but that’s too weird, plus I have to give them back to their mother who brought them here on a UK visit from Korea, where the little aliens reside.

Until now I have never offered my services as a Stylist to complete strangers.Trust works both ways remember. I have to welcome you to my home. People bring with them all their baggage of their race issues, self importance and their me me me attitude, saying the usual, we don’t think it’s appropriate to visit your place, so I must transport an archive of 20 years worth of fashion, to a location of their bidding to suit their ego.

None of that time wasting me me me me nonsense with these two.

These two crazy cats are beautifully bonkers, in the most delightful way. They dressed up and visited a vintage fashion fair, huge fans of vintage style and all things old, and also attended London Fashion Week, and got snapped street style by heaps of fashion press.

You got none of theta from these amazing two women. Kind beings that loved vintage style on their holiday, and am so glad they tok that leap of faith.

Here are some of the images I was able to create with these lovely aliens, and their calming aura.

Thank you Gabin and Gayon. You are most welcome always.

 

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

ANGELIC BEAUTY IN WHITE

EDITORIAL

Well, maybe not quite, but you get the idea. This is exactly what it was, for an editorial back in early 2019 for my muse Harper SiLin, that I had the pleasure to style, the theme being angelic and white.

Our friends at Fashion Crossover London let me select some amazing contemporary items, perfectly suited for Harper and her tiny super petite body, as well as her personality and location suitability. Fashion Crossover London specialise specialise in high impact cutting edge contemporary designers, fresh young talent and emerging and gifted individuals with super stylish collections, or pieces often as art in themselves.
The pieces selected for Harper clearly reflected those ideals and requirements.

Vogue Italia online picked up early on, one image of Harper.

Harper wears a statement tulle hooded dress and cape by Missy Yue.

A unique dress by sustainable designer Aurélie Fontan, with recycled leather and actually designed on and with collaboration with the Samsung Galaxy 9 mobile phone.

Another piece for Harper to wear, came from Carapace London.
A stunning custom white leather Gloriana corset.

Photography: @latiff_napoleon
Styling: @stylistpatlyttle
Makeup: @shamirah_makeup
Location: @kimptonfitzroy

HAPPY 200TH VICTORIA

In celebration of Queen Victoria’s 200th birthday, no she wasn’t that age, but she was born that long ago.
I write this blog in celebration of a remarkable woman. Both loathed and loved, in a time that was about restraint and constraint, she inspires fashion to this day.

So in terms of fashion, what have the Victorian’s done for fashion I hear you ask?

In Japan, the Lolita trend especially Gothic Lolita, Elegant Gothic Lolita, is hugely influenced with its frills and ruffles, lace blouses, corsets and bodice based tops and skirts, a shortened form of the long riding skirt, and general Gothic fashion.
The importance of silhouette and perfection of shape, was engrained into the heart of every woman, and still has its influence to this day. How many of you have a detailed white lace blouse or dress? It is inspired from Victorian high society style.

The visually stylistic genre of Steampunk is hugely influenced by Victorian culture, especially from the readings of Jules Verne, a modern day interpretation of Victorian values futurism and science fiction.
The resurgence of corsetry, bodices and riding habit’s, often and usually seen as repressive, yet is increasing in popularity and appreciation of their beauty,
are seen today as items of feminine empowerment.

What about the global fascination with Victorian period and costume drama’s, because of the romantic splendour of the dresses and the meticulous tailoring.
Regarding tailoring, unbutton or unfasten the endless row of clips on a bodice or riding habit, and marvel at the complexity of construction embedded within. You won’t see its likes in today’s day to day wear. You will see its clear influence in Haute Couture, or one of the popular dresses produced by the House of Dior, or from the late Lee Alexander McQueen. Other designers that clearly take inspiration in collections from Victorian style, Vivienne Westwood, Dolce & Gabbana, Reem Acra, Comme des Garcons, Erdem, Victim, and many others from around the globe. So now you know a little of just how much of an impact Victorian style influences us today.  Happy 200th Birthday Victoria.

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 🙏
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