Bill Cunningham New York: A Veteran Of NY Street Style

A touching documentary about the New York Times street style photographer.

Bill Cunningham New York, a fashion documentary about the New York Times street style photographer who has obsessively chronicled fashion trends for decades. From your every day uptown eccentrics to New York fixtures such as Brooke Astor and David Rockefeller. The preview screening was at Mother London’s epic HQ in Shoreditch; Liz Muirhead reviews.

Bill Cunningham New YorkBill Cunningham has an infectious smile and a passion for photography and fashion that is hard to match, given the number of decades he has been working in and around the industry. The film begins in a light hearted vein with frequent clips of Bill cycling around New York animating him as a ‘one of a kind’.  Accolades from household names such as Anna Wintour in the first part of the film, did make me wonder quite how deep it would delve into his life behind the image and reputation that has developed over the course of his career.  But then, just as I was in doubt, a high-profile fashion figure says she knows nothing of Bill’s personal life.  In fact, a former colleague and close friend who has known Bill for many years seems relatively unfamiliar with his past as well.
With this, a more personal line of questioning emerges with the precursor “you don’t have to answer any of these questions if you don’t want to…” and some incredibly moving footage follows. It was gripping. The interviewer had obviously built a good rapport with Bill – a vital ingredient for a documentary such as this. Of course, it’s wasn’t long at all before Bill’s smile returned and he was back to his playful self, and yet I felt I’d seen a side to him that very few had ever witnessed.  An interesting sub-plot, if you will, focuses on Bill’s home in Carnegie Hall and his subsequent uprooting, which allows us to explore some of his friendships of many years with his amusing neighbours.  The film establishes itself as a touching insight into Bill’s life rather than a surface scratching montage of “real” people Bill has photographed, which it so easily could have been.  Even the somewhat comical bike scenes reinforce the idea that Bill is hugely dedicated to his job – though he would never call it a job. He was known to refuse pay cheques, preferring to keep his artistic freedom and integrity.  With a delicate soundtrack including Velvet Underground, the film captures Bill wonderfully – it’s inspiring stuff. Bill Cunningham New York opens in the UK on March 16, 2012

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London Fashion Week: Highlights A/W 2012

Highlights of LFW. James Long’s generously embellished sequin jackets and Sister by Sibling’s delicious Pat Butcher-esque knitwear, to Buba’s tribal beaded clutch bags and Mawi’s ‘Punk Rajah’ necklace’s.

From James Long’s generously embellished sequin jackets and Sister by Sibling’s delicious Pat Butcher-esque knitwear, to Buba’s tribal beaded clutch bags and Mawi’s ‘Punk Rajah’ necklace’s; here’s some of the highlights from London Fashion Week. Check out our London Fashion Week street style.

London Fashion Week: Derek Lawlor & Hannah Morgan

Knitwear designer Derek Lawlor & Milliner Hannah Morgan’s London Fashion Week show in Paper Dress Vintage, Shoreditch.

Knitwear designer Derek Lawlor collaborated with milliner Hannah Gordon for a fun London Fashion Week A/W show in nice ‘n’ easy Shoreditch. We watched green and red silhouettes dancing behind an opaque screen from the sides of transformed Paper Dress Vintage shop, as the suspense built with the help of some heavy electro beats, champagne and homemade brownies. The silhouettes came to life and walked the floor, ending up in the shop windows displaying the often risque creations to lucky passers by. The collection ranged from cutaway body suits and laddered loose knit gowns to power shoulder all-in-ones and over sized chunky shawls with Lawlor’s trademark cord worked knit, finished off with Hannah Morgans abstract wooden and metal sculptured head wear. That’s Ascot sorted then.

Hannah Morgan & ModelsHannah Morgan Hat

Derek Lawlor DressDerek Lawlor Body SuitDerek Lawlor Body Suit

Derek Lawlor FeetPaper Dress Vintage

Derek Lawlor Paper Dress Vintage

Street Style: London Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2012

London Fashion Week A/W 2012 Street Style.

[dropcap]W[/dropcap]hat a splendidly British Saturday at LFW. As well as the best of British designers on show; Stella McCartney, Aquascutum and Henry Holland to name a few; there was rain, there was shine and there was rain again; it was enough for one to have to stop for an Earl Grey and a Custard Cream. True English gent Richard E Grant and Dame Kelly Holmes were amongst the front row faces at Jasper Conran’s show. Of course the Brit’s coped marvellously with the bipolar weather, with extravagant hoods and brollies whipped out before any barnets could dare to flop. Show reports coming soon, for now here’s what folk have been wearing at London Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2012. See more London Fashion Week street style.

Ameena Kara CallenderAmeena Kara Callender a costume designer and stylist, wears a vintage jumper, H&M coat, Balenciaga bag, H&M Versace skirt and Barry M fuchsia pink lipstick.

Trench Coat & Neon BagTrench coat & neon bag.

Grace WoodwardBritain’s Next Top Model’s Grace Woodward in Nicholas Kirkwood for Rodarte bandage shoes.

Spiky wedges & leopard print Dr MartensLeopard print Dr Martens and spiky wedges.

Men's checked flares

Grey checked flares and man bag.

Lady Alice MannersLady Alice Manners in Topshop trousers at Jasper Conran.

Lady Violet MannersLady Violet Manners at Jasper Conran’s show.

Yellow Blouse & Sportswear

Orange SportswearYellow blouse, fur coat & orange sportswear trouser combo.

Alex GenovaAlex Genova, ITV journalist wearing Zara skirt, Zara coat, vintage bag, Dr Marten boots and House Of Holland tights.

Terence Sambo

One Nigerian BoyTerence Sambo AKA One Nigerian Boy in a vintage jacket, shirt and satchel, H&M jeans, leather cap from Ghana and Nike Air Max trainers.

Tracy RoseTracy Rose, milliner extraordinaire in one of her own creations.

Roberta EinerRoberta Einer, a writer from Estonia, wearing Zara shirt, Gucci jacket and H&M trousers and pink hair coloured at Toni & Guy.

Lulu Liu CoatsSimge & Emily wearing Lulu Liu coats.

Stella KattermanStella Katterman, fashion student and blogger. Wearing Topshop skirt, bag and hat, Jonathan Saunders top, ASOS belt and Jeffrey Campbell shoes.

Lauren BakerLauren Baker wearing jewellery from her own range, Topshop jacket and hat, vintage leather trousers and boots, and Moschino bag.

Iris CaiFilm producer Iris Cai, with dip dyed blue plaited hair.

Crystal DerocheCrystal Deroche, a French stylist. Wearing jacket & trousers, NKWO, Younique neck piece, Chicstar boots & bag by Bata Esho.

Leanne Kent Leanne Kent, wearing blouse from River Island, New Look jacket, Topshop jeans & Urban Outfitters gold shoes.

Sofia BakSofia Bak, Italian Vogue contributor. Wearing Lako Bukia skirt, Topshop hat and Onna Ehrlich bag.

Kota OkudaKota Okuda, an art student. Clothes and creepers from Japan.

Over-sized hoodWater off a ducks back in an crimson over-sized hooded coat.

Music: In Homage To Azealia Banks

Azealia Banks has arrived. The 19 year-old New York MC/singer made it to no.1 in NME’s 2012 cool list, featured in the top 3 in the BBC Sounds of 2012 poll, and has had over 4 million YouTube hits on her controversial ‘212’ single.

Azealia Banks SupermarketAzealia Banks has arrived. The 19 year-old New York MC/singer made it to no.1 in NME’s 2012 cool list, featured in the top 3 in the BBC Sounds of 2012 poll, and has had over 4 million YouTube hits on her controversial ‘212’ single. Lover of the C word and self confessed ‘Larry David’; if you don’t know about her yet, you probably should. Why? Well firstly her music. Her elicit perfectly rapped verses in 212, punctuated by an eerie melodic nursery rhyme, display a remarkable vocal range. The boombastic lyrics & crazy beats can get me out of bed and out of the door quicker than you can say, “lying naked under a sheet in a wood cabin”, which incidentally, is what Banks said when asked what one of her key looks is. This leads me to my next reason why she rocks; she dresses like Barbie’s crazy kid sister on acid. Mickey Mouse, rainbow pastels, military, retro 70’s tack, purple hair; the works. And lastly; as one would expect, she has opinions, and isn’t shy to voice them. Banks told NME, “Sometimes women don’t know they’re in control because they’ve been tricked by men for centuries and f**king thousands of years. We’ve been tricked by men to feel like we aren’t the ones in power, but we are”. Aside from 212, Banks has had viral hits with Liquorice and the rather more delicate cover of Interpol’s Slow Hands. Thank the lord she’s launching her debut EP just in time for the summer with a UK tour lined up for Autumn, tickets on sale tomorrow. Yes going please!

Rainbow Eyebrow’s In Portobello Market

Rainbow coloured eyebrows in Portobello Market, London.

A new trend has emerged for multi-coloured eyebrows of late. Technicolour brows work a treat to illuminate an un-made up face. This lovely pair of sisters rocking pink, purple and turquoise eyebrow’s were snapped in Portobello Market, West London. Pictures featured in Dyebrows for Evening Standard.

Rainbow EyebrowsChelsea Saunders, 17, a student from Stockton

Kelly Marie SaundersKelly-Marie Saunders who creates coloured eyebrow designs, is 31 and a make-up artist from Kent

Street Style: Marie Cazenave in Montmartre, Paris

Marie Cazenave in her Boudoir full of her hand-made 50’s inspired pin-up lingerie.

An overnight stay in Montmartre in Paris, and a quick delve into it’s treasure trove of boutiques offered rich pickings for bargains including three vintage dresses for 10 euros! Amongst these is Le Boudoir De Marie on Rue D’Orsel. Something resembling Katy Perry’s wardrobe, it’s literally crammed full of retro trinkets and cheeky hand-made lingerie designed by Marie Cazenave, pictured. Read more about shopping, eating and partying in Montmartre on the blog.

Marie Cazenave