Mark Fast London Fashion Week SS 2012

Good news is, my beloved Peruvian crochet dress can be brought out to play again next summer. Mark Fast’s ready-to-wear collection offered knitwear for all occasions from swimwear to full length gowns. Inspired by ‘desert mirages and tropical eroticism’, the show started with neutral tones, gradually heating up into a storm of oranges and pinks before descending into black, all to a haunting soundtrack including Pati Yang’s ‘Red Hot Black’. The goody bag included a raunchy pair of indigo slashed Mark Fast leggings, Maybelline make-up and Tigi hair products, but more importantly, Mouse & De Lotz chocolate! Notable guests included Liberty Ross and Eliza Doolittle. See all London Fashion Week street style.

Mark Fast Knitwear LFWMark Fast CatwalkMark Fast OrangeMark Fast Red Knitwear

Mark Fast Train

Gemma Cairney LFWGemma Cairney interviewing Mark Fast’s guests

Mark Fast ModelOff duty model after the show

Mark Fast Model LFWA model for Mark Fast’s show, taking a break

Mark Fast Off Duty ModelA model after the show

Mark Fast Gold DressMark Fast KnitwearMark Fast Ready To Wear

Vogue Fashion’s Night Out London 2011

Vogue magazine’s Fashion’s Night Out street style.

[dropcap]V[/dropcap]ogue magazine’s Fashion’s Night Out lured us out to play tonight with late night shopping across West London. There were no shortage of well polished people, free mimosa’s and live entertainment. We explored Covent Garden and New Bond Street, watched a live band outside Coach, sipped vodka cocktails in Vivienne Westwood and had scarf tying lessons in Hermes.

Silken Favours & American ApparelVicki Murdoch wears Joseph shirt, American Apparel skirt, M&S boots and scarf from her own range, Silken Favours.

Hobbs NW3Jo, manager of Hobbs in Covent Garden wears shirt, trousers and shoes, all Hobbs.

Chanel ShirtIgor Vanivov, 24, from Shoreditch, is a stylist and works for designer Aganovich. He wears Topman trousers, Chanel shirt, Red Herring jacket, Johnston & Murphy brogues & chain his own design.

DKNY JacketYr Song, a fashion student living in Sloane Square, wears DKNY jacket, Zara shirt, Armani tie and shoes from Japan.

Hermes ScarvesStacy and Petra, modeling Hermes scarves.

NW3 & Vidal SassoonSarah Haywood, 23, a textile designer and model, wears dress and shoes from NW3 in Covent Garden.

Vivienne WestwoodRobert Noble, a dance student living in Twickenham wears Dr marten boots, jeans customised himself, Primark jacket, River Island shirt and Vivienne Westwood brooch.

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Featured Look: Ellie Slee by Andy Bumpus

Ellie Slee has huge Sophie Dahl eyes, huge style and is resident DJ for Babylove at London’s Dalston Superstore. Read more below…

Ellie Slee Sheer Dress

Ellie wears vintage dress from Bang Bang on Goodge street

Ellie Slee Fur CoatFur coat from vintage shop in Toronto

Elie Slee Rooftop DalstonFur coat, vintage from Toronto, yellow dress charity shop in Helsinki & Chanel bag

Ellie Slee DalstonVintage fur coat from Toronto

Ellie Slee Vintage Yellow DressCanary yellow dress from charity shop in Helsinki

Ellie Slee Fox Fur Scarf

You got a first in your fashion history degree recently, what are you
doing now?
I DJ at motown night Babylove and I’m working for the Tate galleries until I start my MA.

What have you done today? I came back from a visit to Oxford and listened to En
Vogue ‘Don’t Let Go’ on repeat, I can never tire of that song. Then I had cranial sacral therapy from a friend. The therapist lays hands on the patients head and spine.

What are you doing to stay creative during this time? I’ve been writing and reading in the British Library which is the best place in the world. I’ve never been anywhere that encourages concentration so much.

You DJ at Dalston Superstore, what’s your musical style? It circles around the golden era, and veers off to music from Atlantic, Stax and the Motown record labels, mostly soul with a helping of disco. A guy called Paddy hughes started the night with his friend Tors Beedles. When I heard what they were playing I cornered Paddy and said, ‘How are you doing this without me, I LOVE Motown?’.

You’re based in Dalston & Hackney, how do you feel about the recent troubles in London and your area with rioting? It was almost strange it didn’t hit harder here as the various groups are quite disparate and unconnected. It’s the first story in the news that felt really close to home. I’m from near Newcastle and Geordies just wouldn’t have it! I checked in the morning for updates and travel disruption and one morning found the Turkish community had defended the area. Loads of us took our business to the Turkish restaurants the next weekend to say thanks. It was quite emotional.

Who are your style icons? My new one’s Priscilla Presley, which stems from my obsession with Elvis. I want my wedding entrance song to be ‘I can’t help falling in love with you’; Elvis was singing it about Priscilla. Also Vanessa from Eastenders with her big hair. Tyra banks, I don’t like her clothes but I love her attitude, after she was shot looking unflattering on a beach, she came on her show and said,  ‘To anyone that needs to say something negative to others because they need to feel good about themselves, KISS MY FAT ASS!’. Can’t forget Mia from Pulp Fiction, Alla Nazimova and Nancy Beaton. For general style Sex In The City season two was great, all bright pink disco pants & calf length fur coats. Tacky done right looks good.

Where do you shop? Clothing exchanges like Bang Bang, and charity shops in
London and Durham. Durham has the best charity shops, they smell of fags &
dead people, my best find was some great salmon pink trousers.

You worked for Pringle during your degree, do you think their recent push to modernise can bring them to the next generation? It’s part of our heritage, and the Argyle print is an iconic image for British style, crossing into sub cultures such as football casuals, (a look popular with football hooligans from the 80’s onwards) and then later the chav look. I met Tilda Swinton, who’s representing Pringle, and she said she remembered her mother and grandmother wearing Pringle twin sets. They were sexy but prim at same time. In an early film noir film Lana Turner wore a twin set, but at the same time the Queen was wearing it.

Photography by Andy Bumpus

Festival Fashion in the Wilderness

A last minute trip to Wilderness Festival in Charlsbury, Oxfordshire, proved to be an absolute feast of music, cuisine, art, rolling hills and most of all fantastic festival style. Saturday night’s masked ball brought out a stunning array of magical costumes, and the party took on the feel of a fairy tale land; think medieval gowns, top hats, corsets and plenty of plumage. Musical highlights included Laura Marling, Anthony and The Johnsons and Toots and the Maytals.

Topshop Orange DressFlo wears sheer orange dress from Topshop, bumbag from Urban Outfitters and vintage boots.Ecuador Print ShawlJade Moore, a seamstress from Bethnal Green, wears shawl – fabric from Ecuador, vintage shorts, T-Shirt from New York, bum bag from Happy Harriet, hand made head dress and charity shop boots.

Topshop Leather LeggingsCharlotte Heffer (left) wears Topshop leather leggings & jacket, Kangol leopard print trainers & feather head dress. Her sister, Sophia Heffer, wears beaded dress from a thrift store in San Francisco & red mask from Preposterous Presents.

Beyond Retro shorts & Dr Martens Emily Pustelnik from Bethnal Green works for Barfly in Camden. She wears vintage jacket from Argentina, pastel striped shorts from Beyond Retro, Topman vest and Dr Marten boots.

Brick lane and Camden vintageGreta from Tasmania wears dress and hat, Brick Lane market,  vintage creeper brogue shoes from Camden, chunky gold earrings from an Indian clothes store in Bethnal Green, and a home made necklace.

Hareem pants and slouchy t-shirtLorna Turnbull a florist from Leytonstone, London, wears hareem pants, slouchy tee and a money belt from India.

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Street Style: Phillip Lim sequins & Wah Nails in Dalston

Gemma Griffin was looking far too glam to be pushing a trolley when I saw her piled high with snacks and booze in Dalston. She was in fact taking a quick break from a hen party in Wah Nails on Kingsland Road to get goodies for the hens. The knitwear designer from Brighton put the trolley aside and let me snap her looking gorgeous in a Phillip Lim sequined top, full and floaty H&M skirt and New Look wedge sandals.

Phillip Lim Sequin Top

Phillip Lim sequined top, Dalston

Street Style: Sugababes, Ponchos & Maxi Skirts at Wireless Festival 2011

Wireless Festival attracted hoards of immaculately dressed ladies and gents. I was struck by how city festival goers manage to remain so sleek, probably helped by the fact that everybody goes home for a wash at night rather than rolling out of tents and having baby wipe showers, and as the weather was superb there wasn’t a hunter welly in sight. In between Plan B and The Black Eyed Peas I snapped these three lovelies… See more festival style.Topshop Maxi Skirt Wireless Festival 2011Sam Terrell, a finace PA from London’s Docklands wears maxi skirt, vest, sandals, bangle, aviator sunglasses and feather necklace, all from TopshopAmelle Berrabah The Sugababes Wireless FestivalAmelle Berrabah of The Sugababes hanging out in the guest area in double denim and desert boots, topped off with scarlet lips

Leroy Palms Vintage PonchoSinger Leroy Palms combines noughts and crosses with tweed in a vintage English poncho, which he travelled to 1963 to obtain

Vivienne Westwood & A Child Of The Jago in Shoreditch

Riding down Great Eastern Street in Shoreditch I came across Rachel and Karlie who were looking after menswear shop A Child of the Jago. The shop is a feast for the eyes in itself with a gothic feel harking back to Victorian East London, and I’m told they will be branching out into women’s wear in 2013. Rachel Smith (right) wears a vintage leather jacket (only £7!), blouse from Topshop concessions, jodhpurs from a riding shop and cardigan and brogues from Topshop. Karlie Shelley, (left) who’s currently designing her own clothes line, wears a metre of navy blue boucle fabric as a shawl from a market, a Vivienne Westwood t-shirt, a Child Of The Jago apron, socks from a hosiery shop on Neal Street and Vivienne Westwood shoes.

Vivienne Westwood, A Child Of The Jago