THAT LONDON EDGE

LONDON EDGE 2019

Life on the Edge.
Way more exciting than the norm, whatever that word is supposed to represent to you.
Something on the Edge is more of an alternative approach. A different view.
Be it post vintage, retro, gothic, whatever takes your fancy. So long as it’s never boring,
you’ll have my support, and apparently quite a number of you out there.

Well this was scene at London’s Business Design Centre, on September 2nd 2019.
A veritable plethora of alternative, with a distinctive London EDGE to it.
A trade show specialising in its avant garde approach to fashion.

From fashion shows to stalls, specialist helps, with footwear, retro clothing.
Like your ink? heaps of tattooed models around and resources on display, harnesses,
corsets, bodices, squeamish about leather, worry not, sustainable look alike alternatives.

So what cought my eye you ask?
You all know I love footwear and the call of a good looking shoe. Will always turn my head, above all or anyone else. I found a good brand from up north as we say in London. Joe Browns. A colourful fun feminine approach to their styles that I liked. Plus some serious lusting over a pair or few shoes from the folks at Lola Ramona.

The catwalk shows were fun with a lovely curvy tattooed model that was really into the music, and with ever single step, was into the groove, as she did her thang!

Dark Goth wear from Punk Rave, Sinister, and Burleska.
Lots of repro 40s and 50s looks.
Even reasonably fun looking repro 1920s flapper style dresses from GatsbyLandy.
Naturally I have many of the original vintage dresses in my collection, but it is always good to see what’s out there, and redly available to the public for the party upcoming season.

Some seriously cool looking people around throughout the day. See images.
Contacts book filled, energy topped up, and much to follow up.

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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.

VINTAGE CLASSIC CAR BOOT SALE 2019

April 27th & 28th saw Wayne Hemingway’s Vintage presents Classic Car Boot Sale at London’s Kings Cross, take place for the first time this year. The biannual event where vintage fashion and style, mix with entertainment from DJ sets spinning vintage tracks and tunes (all spun from real vinyl) on a red rover bus, roaming bands, dancing and classic cars, cool and trendy food, all for fans of pre-loved, style with heaps of Vintage fashion to get your hands on and buy, and also for others passing by heaps of people with the thought, that all looks really interesting, let’s have some of that, and it’s only £5 entrance to it all.

Are you into collectables? Have you got a bit of a vintage groove going on?
Then this is the place and the event for you.

The event now in its 6th year and organised by influential British Designer
Wayne Hemingway OBE, took place in Granary Square and throughout its Peninsular, on a fresh windy spring day. Did that deter anyone?
Of course not. It didn’t deter me, and it shouldn’t you. Why not give it a try for yourself.

Here are a few images of some of the super stylish people, that attended the event,
all dressed up in their vintage finest.

 

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.

A SCOOP OF PURE FASHION

Sunday 10th February I ventured out in to the brash elements braced of the cold,
to visit PURE London. A very large exhibition show space at London’s Kensington Olympia consisting of and showcasing many fashion brands from around the world, highlighting what they have to offer for the autumn season of 2019. Outside of the well known London Fashion Week, this is one of the largest events of its kind in Europe and certainly within the UK.
There are catwalk shows, talks with iconic designers or brand leaders of the fashion industry, talks from trend forecast leaders, a sea of buyers, both domestic and international, stylists such as my self networking and scouting potential work for the future and so much more.

I’d not been to this event for various reasons. One of its plusses special to me, is the amazing Harper Silin, my collaborative muse and super stylish Chinese friend,
I first discovered at PURE, where she was more cuter and even more tiny than she is today, if you can believe such a thing.

I met some cool people there this time around. two very lovely women struck up a conversation with me, a Design Director Shery Lau and Merchandising Manager Jannet Lau, from a Chinese brand called Syra J. I like several items from their exhibited collection pieces. Some possible future planning there.

Another cool brand I liked and was introduced to, was a manufacturer of bespoke menswear called Mochee, specialising in jackets and waistcoats. These were beautifully cut and designed items of style. I was most impressed with the quality, not just of the aesthetic look, but also that of the quality of the lush fabric used.

Running in conduction with PURE time wise only, but not directly connected other than in type, was another event called SCOOP, which officially collaborated with the V&A museum. This event showcased its fashion exhibitors in the beautiful setting of the Saatchi Gallery just off super posh Sloan Street. There I learned something new and amazing about McQueen. Not the master, the late Lee Alexander, who sadly took is life 9 years ago to this day. Well actually, kind of. I learned of the existence of his nephew
Gary McQueen, who has taken up the mantle of creative fashion design, just like his uncle Lee, with much similarity I might add. I will be learning much more, and advice all to watch and research more about this new name too. Another cool brand, character and style maiden, was Creative Director Bibi Ahmed of Moyo by Bibi. Loved her style.

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.

THE FASHION AWARDS 2018

Welcome to what is almost the end of the year 2018 already. it is once again that time of the year, when all within the work of fashion, come to jolly old London for a right old knees up and a gathering, to celebrate all that is fashion within and around the UK, in terms of popularity, trends, direct and intensely successful sales, a honouring of industry titans and just a good excuse for a shindig with your mates and Instagram buddies.     The event took place at prestigious London’s Royal Albert Hall, with a glitzy and glamorous event sponsored by the BFC British Fashion Council and Swarovski.

From outside, sadly, It is also known as the biggest example of red carpet mismanagement possible.

How many security staff does it take to screw in a lightbulb? apparently not as much as it takes to stand and look at a single car approaching the arrival area. 14 security staff I counted just watching, when surly 2 or 3 might do. Then there’s the PRs. Just what do they do there on that red carpet, other than stand there and try to look good? With wall to wall, back to back stacked up celebrities, fashion people and guests, rather than manage the situation and get some manner of efficient flow going on, and any and all patios, those observing, those arriving and those recording and documenting on behalf of global media and press, it might help if they could not just stand there, and stop things becoming a fiasco on the red carper, instead of style watch on the red carpet it was meant to be. Which I may add, was publicised to be broadcast as a live streamed event.
I know they are all doing their job and are employed for purpose, but if you or I were in the same circumstances, you can guarantee your supervisor will be putting an end to your standing there looking pretty routine, and set you a task of efficiency management, with your performance being closely monitored.

With all that said, the night presented many visuals and delights, from within the world of style and fashion. Hopefully next year it will all come together, and be what it should be. A thing of sheer beauty in execution of style and presentation for the event arrivals.

So “who was there I hear you all eagerly asking?” “What did you see?”

Among the sea of bodies stacked up on the red carpet throughout most of the night,
I saw and managed to obtain imagery myself of Dame Vivienne Westwood, David and Victoria Beckham, and no, of course she did not smile, retired designer Valentino, the current creative directors of the brand Valentino Pier Paolo, designer Peter Dundas, Arizona Muse, Alek Wek, Neelam Gill, Jourdan Dunn, a beautifully well pregnant Erin O’Connor, Miuccia Prada, Penelope Cruz, Olivia Palermo, Joshua Kane, David Furnish, Rita Ora, Paloma Faith, Leigh-Anne Pinnock, Doutzen Kroes, Simone Rocha, Jodie Kidd, Susie Bubble, Corine Roitfeld, Liv Tyler, Samantha Cameron, Rosie Huntington Whitey, Uma Thurman, Naomi Harris, Kristin Scott Thamas, Carey Mulligan, Naomi Watts, Alexa Chung, Sarah Burton of Alexander McQueen, Sandra Choi of Jimmy Choo, Karen Elson, Tamara Beckwith, Winnie Harlow, Poppy Delevingne, Yasmin Le Bon, Jerry Hall and daughter Elizabeth Jagger, Cindy Crawford and daughter Kaia Gerber, Kendal Jenner, and of course Kate Moss to name but a few.

This is quite an impressive list of celebrities and well known people. Though the documentation of style was my raison d’etre, it was good to see, when one could from my vantage point, that style in action. Sadly I didn’t get to see anyone with a sense of supreme individuality, with their style, or rocking some great vintage and non branded pieces with great styling, but it was by all accounts from my perspective at least, a great night of glamour, glitz and style from the outsize, of a night to celebrate fashion in the UK at the Fashion Awards.

As usual on this blog and all others of mine, all images are shot by myself.

 

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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