The vibrantly gorgeous Tahmina Begum has a style I thoroughly adore, every time I see this raven-head beauty I feel instantly aesthetically fulfilled. Well done this girl, well done. Tahmina co-edits XXY Magazine, and blogs over at Maximalistmina – check them both out for sartorial and general aesthetic inspo. This illustration is from when I bumped into her at LFW in Feb, and her outfit is everything I love; a bit of kooky, a lot of playful, most pretty. She is the queen of championing up-and-coming design, and this outfit features Phiney Pet sequin tasseled jacket and Cassandra Verity Green wave top/skirt, two designers I have now fallen head over heals for! Always accessorising to perfection (note the gorge hand jewellery, choker/cherry necklace and eye-heart sticker), and occasionally joining me in the eye-dot makeup = more reasons to be even more partial to her charms. Can’t wait to meet up with this lady soon to see what she’ll be wearing xx
Finally I’ve managed to get at least two outfits done for you guys, two fabulous representatives of the LFW day one Streetstyle fest that took place friday 20th Feb. One outfit from the legendary and I must say very charming Larry Tee, of New York music and club scene fame. Larry also runs a fashion brand called Tzuji, and the latest collection called, deftly, Electro Clash (the musical genre he named a few years back), is superbly covetable and i think this jumper, which is everything, has just gone to the top of my (and every stylist around’s) wish list.
YES! Its that glorious time of year again – LFW and all the glorious beauty it has to bring.
Now for the first time since setting up this blog, hunting for beautiful people and outfits to illustrate, I find myself star-struck. Who do I bump into other than the simply and utterly DIVINE Immodesty Blaize at the LFW PPQ party!!!!!
In the dim lighting I didn’t even recognise her, other than the fact that she was the most beautiful and glamorous woman there, so when I innocently asked for her Instagram tag after having taken a reference photo, the words ‘@immodestyblaize’ seemed to linger for an eternity in my stunned mind, and all I could gracefully reply was ‘oh! its you!’. Smooth. My sincere apologies Miss Blaize, it’s just that you represent all that I think worth while in this world, that’s all. What a humble honour to be able to illustrate your gorgeous self, and thanks for the oodles of glamour you bring us xx
The Velsvoir presentation at LCM 15 was, as mentionned previously, a sincere pleasure, as always. The boys presented a collection that took on more texture and patterns, and it felt like a smooth and natural progression. Bravo indeed.
Now, the thing that always strikes me about their events is that the crowd is fantastically friendly and social, and you want to stay past your planned exit time. Too many fashion week parties are full of – lets be honest – slightly pretentious crowds, poor drinks, lighting that makes you struggle to recognise even your best friend next to you, and music volumes that renders any form of conversation futile. Maybe Im getting old, -perhaps i always was – but i like to mingle at these things, and in order to do so i need to be able to see and hear…And Im happy to report that every single Velsvoir event is a pure joy to attend. I always leave with a host of new delightful aquaintances and an even greater admiration for the designer trio. I can’t wait for the next one.
Below is a small collection of some of the quality human beings i had the pleasure to meet, cudos to you all xx
The superstylish and supertalented boys from Rough Copy
And last but nnot least, Sarah Mulindwah, the stylist, and woman – full stop, with London’s best hair, and flawless sense of style.
You cannot miss Prince Cassius at LCM. He is the one with the always-immaculate-‘Fro, and always-immaculate outfit.
Im not sure this gent even owns a single pair of comfy-pants.
It was lovely to see a lot more DB action in the suit department this year, and more accessories, like the tie-pin, an understated favourite of mine.
I look forward immensely to see what sartorial gems Mr PC will be sporting during LFW!
Nothing spruces up a cold and bleak January like an influx of stylish men! It can only mean LC:M.
It was the usual glorious 4 days of jam-packed peacocking, and I will share with you some of my favourite outfits over the next week or so.
It may serve as a nice band-aid for the dapper-withdrawal we are all experiencing.
First on the list is the LCM Velsvoir AW15 presentation at the beautiful Edition hotel, fabulous as always, I love the direction this luxury/bespoke brand is taking.
Shawl collar double breasted waistcoats, what’s not to adore!?!
When the weather gets really cold, and the Uggs start appearing, and the crowds prioritise warmth over style (why you have to choose one of the two baffles me. One is allowed to combine, is all I’m saying), I start to really miss Fashion Month. So here is a little reminder from Jean Paul Gaultier that despite the weather, there is a golden glow of attitude, glamour, playfulness and fabulousness to be found, it just takes a little more effort. I urge you all to make that effort and sprinkle some glamour and style back onto the otherwise bleak streets and pavements xx
Luxury accessory label Velsvoir have made some most dapper uniforms for the staff at new private members club Library in London, and recently had a superb soiree to celebrate, inviting the best-dressed gentlemen London had to offer. Flying the flag for the fabulous Velsvoir cross-braces is Mr ‘My-outfit-is-better-than-yours’ himself, Tawa Tanye. Let’s not focus too much on his hair, because I would simply get lost in praising superlatives. Sufficient to say, it is awesome. So let’s focus on his outfit, which is FANtastic. Braces aside, I love the neck-tie lusciousness, and the texture of his jacket, and the superbness of the shiny brogues. Considering the occasion, location (Library), the fact that it was at the closing of LFW, and the type of gentlemen the Timol brothers consider friends and aquintances, it was a sartorial candy-store of an evening to be sure, yet this man stood out by a mile. *Applause*
Mr Tanye is the manager of the gorgeous Oscar Wilde bar, check it out
This is the final street-style illustration from London Fashion Week. It was all over long ago, yet I’ve been clinging on via coloured pencils and pens, to the fabulous richness and sumptuousness of it all. And what an outfit to sign it all off with! Few men properly rock the socks in pink, and even fewer look this sh*t hot in a pink suit. For those who are wondering why it looks so amazing, take a few notes: Apart from having a great physique, it makes a huge difference how your suit is tailored. Note the slim fit, the pocket details, the narrow sleeves and the tapered not too short/not too long trousers. Men’s style is sometimes quite subtle, and what sets it apart from mediocre will all be in the details, so if you want to look sharp you gotta get them right. So take a little bow, or at least a little nod from where your sitting, to Mr Deigh Alexander Smith; Model agency founder, model, photographer, blogger. Granted, he should know a few things about looking good, and he certainly makes a regular fantastic effort. Don’t be surprised to see a full feature on him some day soon! In the meantime, follow him on instagram here, and see his street-style snaps here. xx
LWF isn’t just full of attention hungry style bloggers and fashion-world’ers. Mostly it is, but here is a stylish graphic designer for you to break the monotony. Casper Chan creates fabulous type-faces and illustrations for magazines and ad-campains around the world, check out his work at Disinlok, its really most wonderous. His instagram page is quite a wonder too. One of the real challenges of great style is how to look fab while wearing something casual and comfortable, and Casper’s blue jacket is casual indeed, yet look for the details in the zip-edging, stylized pockets and a semi-tailored look. Other fab details are tapered trousers, no socks, FABulous oxblood brogues, colour-pop belt and a statement manbag and a hat. Its a perfect attention-grabbing day look, while being both comfortable and practical. WIN. Don’t be afraid to accessorize boys! xx