14 October 2018

Federico, Balham High Road

Federico, Balham

Federico is the owner of Italian restaurant Bucci on Balham High Road, a few doors along from where I took this photo. There's much I love about Federico's minimalist ensemble, such as the pinstripe detail on his trousers, and the upturned collar of his long-sleeved polo shirt. I guess unsurprisingly, his outfit is also Italian by design.

12 October 2018

Three Fifty Nine SS19


Three Fifty Nine SS19I must confess, peering over the brow of my camera, what first drew my attention on the runway wasn't any particular aspect of the collection itself, but rather the Cindy-Lou Who hairdos perched somewhat comically atop the models' heads. Perhaps it was for practicality, as collar details are easily hidden beneath long flowing hair. Nevertheless, combined with bright eyeshadow and abstract prints, there was an air of extraterrestrial about the Three Fifty Nine collection.

This was the first international show for Marwa Afify's womenswear label, presented at Fashion Scout as part of the Dubai Design & Fashion Council x FAD Dubai showcase, which seeks to support designers from the United Arab Emirates. Inspired by the works of an Egyptian artist, the SS19 collection is mostly neutral in its colour scheme, with the occasional splash of red, blue and yellow, and sparing use of dark blue denim. My favourite piece is the coat pictured above, featuring modernist watercolour and wrap-around belt displaying the brand's motto: "perfection is overrated".

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8 October 2018

XU ZHI SS19

XU ZHI SS19

If you regularly follow my Fashion Week coverage, you'll know I much prefer presentations to runway shows. There's typically a lot more freedom to move around the show space, take a closer look at the collection, and find the right angles to take a photograph. That is, after politely hinting to the other guests they should give my 50mm lens room to breathe. I do wonder where everybody else's photos go, besides a fleeting Instagram story - but let's set that discussion aside for another time.

XU ZHI SS19 sees the return of the fashion label's signature fringe detailing in a collection inspired by the American poet Emily Dickinson. However I must admit that having never read any of Dickinson's works, or even heard of her before I attended the presentation, I am probably unqualified to make a comparison. Call me uncultured, if you will; I simply preferred to study Philosophy & Ethics over English Literature at A-Level.

Of course, some amount of research wouldn't go amiss in this instance. A quick scan of the internet mentions her "penchant for white clothing", which is very much evident throughout the XU ZHI collection. Many of her poems also concern flowers and gardens, again seen in the collection by way of delicate floral patterns.

Origins aside, the collection is elegant by its own account, comprising structured suits and flapper-esque evening gowns. Among my favourite pieces are a sheer shirt with oversized collar and large floral embroidery, and a strapless red dress with a sweeping skirt, which is clearly the centrepiece of the collection. The numerous looks were complemented by gold and silver earrings by Los Angeles-based jewellery designer Annie Costello Brown.

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25 September 2018

Jonathan Daniel Pryce & Kitty Cowell

Jonathan Daniel Pryce & Kitty Cowell

Kitty and I bumped into friend and photographer Jonathan shortly before getting a few snaps for her blog. Albeit a regular face on the Fashion Week circuit, it had been a while since I had last seen Jonathan, which reminded me just how much more I focus on shooting the runways than the street style scene. That said, I will happily take the time to photograph my friends at London Fashion Week, should they ask me. You can see more of my photos on Kitty's website: www.kittycowell.com

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20 September 2018

Ada Zanditon SS19

Ada Zanditon SS19

While I spend the remainder of my week in post-production with 1,000+ runway photos, allow me to shower you with an explosion of shimmer and colour from my favourite of the SS19 shows. As soon as as I entered the Fashion Scout presentation space at Freemasons' Hall, I was immediately awestruck by both the elegance and eccentricity in Ada Zanditon's avant-garde ensembles, which reflect the decorative armour of warrior goddesses. In her latest collection, the London College of Fashion graduate draws inspiration from the recent discovery that bright pink is the world's oldest biological colour, corresponding beautifully with her sci-fi and fantasy aesthetic.

The models commanded the stage in strong, striking and feminine poses, representing the warrior deities that Ada's harnesses and accessories are designed after. Their vivid make-up looks, painted by Astrid Kearney and the London School of Make-Up, wouldn't have looked out of place on the set of Star Trek, yet again were perfect for the overall mood of the SS19 collection. You might wonder if this really was a fashion presentation at all, and not just a peaceful encounter with Space Age Amazonians from the planet Xena.

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17 September 2018

Vintage Pink

Goodwood Revival

It should come as no surprise I have a penchant for pink. The precise moment it became my new favourite colour eludes me, although at some point last summer, I had definitely decided it would be a fabulous idea to purchase a pale pink suit, then take photographs of said suit in an über-trendy, pink basement bar.

So when I stumbled upon a pair of opal pink Ray-Ban sunglasses on EyeWearThese, it made perfect sense that they should complete my flamingo-inspired ensemble. Although the online eyewear retailer had plenty of other popular brands and designs to choose from (especially since I fancied a very different style to my existing Ray-Ban Clubmasters), there had been little doubt my passion for pink would be upstaged by anything else.

I was made doubly happy knowing EyeWearThese also provided prescription lenses, which, given the company's history as working opticians, I had hoped would be the case. Nonetheless, it's too often a shame I come across a pair of super-snazzy sunglasses, only to then learn the brand or retailer in question doesn't offer the option of a prescription. I think we can all agree it's much more pleasant to see the world in HD quality. In the case of my new sunglasses, the world also comes with a rose-tinted filter.

Soon after my sunglasses arrived, I was eager to take my pink outfit for a spin. When Lizzie kindly invited me to Goodwood Revival earlier this month (where guests are encouraged to dress in vintage attire), I knew I had all the necessary pieces for a 70s-inspired ensemble - pink River Island suit, pink sunglasses, and a blue floral shirt from Hawes & Curtis. Yet nothing prepared me for the excitement of discovering the All Things Hair pop-up salon would match my outfit flawlessly. Please don't mind me, ladies, while I set up my self-timer and perch nonchalantly beneath this hair-dryer. It was style blogger serendipity.


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Ray-Ban sunglasses courtesy of EyeWearThese.com, however all views are my own

12 September 2018

DragWorld 2018

Farrah Moan - DragWorld UK 2018

It's September - I've moved back in with my parents to save for a house, my possessions are currently occupying two bedrooms, and there are cats everywhere I turn. I also have time again to focus on my blog (hooray!), time previously spent trundling up and down the A3 and sighing at traffic jams. And with London Fashion Week fast approaching, the prospect of sifting through a thousand-plus runway photos doesn't seem quite as daunting.

Another runway I've come to love is the drag show kind. Since my friends and I became obsessed with RuPaul's world-renowned reality show, I've begun exploring drag artistry both within and outside the Drag Race bubble. Because what stuck with me most from my hours glued to Netflix wasn't the challenges or lipsync battles, it was the often amazing transformations from man to queen - the fashion, the make-up, and the drag personas.

DragWorld at Olympia London was the perfect occasion to explore drag culture in person. There were numerous meet-and-greet opportunities, panel talks covering all aspects of drag, and back-to-back stage performances. I was especially eager to meet the stunning UK queens (Cheddar Gorgeous, Anna Phylactic and Meth to name just a few), who serve as an important reminder that drag has never been exclusive to America or reality television. And as far as looks went, might I be bold in saying theirs were unequivocally more eccentric than those of their Drag Race counterparts?

Combining inspiration from drag and makeup artists alike with my own personal quandary of gender identity, I had hoped this summer to reveal my very own drag persona. Regrettably however, a private début among close friends highlighted I still had significant "glowing up" to do, therefore many weekends have since been spent practicing make-up techniques, and - perhaps more importantly - finding a style of drag that is comfortable for me. I picked up plenty of new ideas from the queens of DragWorld, so please expect at least one drag-inspired look from my upcoming Fashion Week frolics. Provided, of course, I don't smudge my contour with my camera.



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