[dropcap]A[/dropcap] sunny afternoon in Broadway Market, London Fields always gets the well dressed folk out, but this chap surpasses most. I’ve no idea of his name, I was probably too awe struck by how marvellous he looked to get further than asking for a photo. Adorned in maori tattoos but looking like a proper British gent in knee socks and a kilt, oh and a beautiful baby in tow. (Update: This is Maori artist George Nuku.) See more mens street style.
Browsing the Tate Modern art gallery I was struck by this 1930’s secretary, posing for German Documentary photographer August Sander, oozing nonchalance with her slouchy stance, cigarette in hand. Ok this cool as a cucumber muse is in Cologne rather than the streets of London, but her portrait is in London. Two things to note, firstly, what luxuriousness to wear that black satin applique dress to the office, and secondly, she was rocking the androgynous look way before Twiggy, Erin O’Connor and recent male-model-on-a-womens-wear-catwalk sensation Andrej Pejic. No visible bust, beautiful boyish features and a Richie Hawtin hair style cropped one side with an asymmetric fringe, all polish her androgynous look nicely.
Secretary at West German Radio, Cologne, 1931:
I accosted this well turned out couple in Camden Passage in Angel, Cynthia Mirhej from Lebanon and Win Saikayasit from Thailand. Cynthia wears woolen jacket with an oversized double collar by Tulle, her mum’s label, a generous helping of black lace in a wrap around skirt, also by her mum, Italian shoes and vintage glasses. Understated Win wears T shirt from Brick Lane market, cotton bomber jacket from American Apparel and throws some smart rolled up cotton trousers from Thailand into the mix.
During an afternoon at Japanese designer Yohji Yamamoto’s exhibition in the Victoria and Albert museum I was treated to some stunning garments, not just in Yamamoto’s collection, but also on some rather well turned out museum visitors. Pace and his pal Hsiang let me have a quick snap of them outside the exhibition. I was particularly struck by Hsiang’s fantastic black and cream chunky platforms, ever so slightly reminiscent of morris dancing shoes.
Andy Bumpus’s street style fashion illustrations
Illustrator and photographer Andy Bumpus offers his take on some of the Nicely Turned Out muses. His colourful linear portraits, ever so slightly haunting with no facial outline or features except for the subjects mouth, provide a unique style of fashion illustration. He recently produced show report illustrations for Vauxhall Fashion Scout’s catwalk shows over S/S London Fashion Week, which have been featured on Vogue.com and Amelia’s Magazine.