Back to the east - vintage street style

Aaah, after all the lovely craziness of fashion week and trying to get through the hundreds of photos I want to show you, it's time to get back to what I'm here to do (on the blog I mean, not life in general!) - bringing you the best of east London street style.  And where better to start than with this gorgeous vintage lady?  I took this photo several weeks ago, before we had this cold snap, and thought she must have been too warm in her coat with furry collar.  Oh, how the weather has changed, brrrr!  And speaking of fur, check out Celeste's story of our run-in with the anti-fur brigade at Beyond Retro today. Anyway, back to the glamour of this girl, she looks just perfect (and cosy) with the red lips matched to her shoes, coiffed hair and hat...bringing a bit of class to the streets of my stomping ground...

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London Fashion Week street style - knitwear

Ok, so I lied when I said there wouldn't be any more, but we can't have great style like this going to waste.  I'm one of those annoying people that isn't sad when summer comes to a grinding halt (as it felt like it had today) - I like jumpers, and cardis, and tights, and hats.  Just like these girls, bringing some new season chic to LFW....

Karina from Stylesnip

Veronika of Venkavision in the midi trend - in her grandma's skirt

Beckie and her marvellous hair - from brand new blog Bibi and the Antlers 


London Fashion Week - Masha Ma

Time goes quickly in fashion, I've realised, so you've probably already heard all about Masha Ma.  But I couldn't let this one go.  Thanks to Shini of Park and Cube, I was fortunate enough to find myself in a great spot at the Freemasons Hall for the debut LFW show.  To say we were all impressed would be an understatement - there was such a buzz of excitement after the show amongst all its guests.  It was the slickest, most enchanting show I saw at the weekend, putting some of the more established brands to shame, and everything that came down the catwalk was stunning, cut with the highest precision and entirely wearable (though requiring a dash of bravery in some cases).  There was just enough risque, a lot of glamour, and a pallette of soft tones to enhance the sculpted shapes, all styled up with only the models' unwashed hair and gleaming skin.  The phrase "one to watch" is often overused but, in this case, wholly justified...

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London fashion week street style - pink

As anyone who's ever met me will know, I'm not exactly what you'd call a 'pink' person.  Not that I don't like the colour, it simply doesn't go with my face.  I always think of it as too girlie, too twee and just too pretty.  But look what we have here, 3 stylish ladies proving me wrong, wearing different shades of pink in their very own way and proving pink doesn't always have to mean flowers and fairies, it can be as laid back and edgy as anything else.  You'd most likely find me in the first look....which is your favourite of the 3?

You're all still asking for more LFW street style but I might leave you with this for a while - not least as I'm now running out of sets of 3....but stay tuned, there will be more!


London Fashion Week street style - autumnal blondes

Do you have room in your lives for more LFW street style?  I hope so, as how's this for a new season colour combo - earthy shades of brown and rust, mixed with black and topped off with icy blond hair.  First up, Anastasia, who had just walked for Mark Fast and was still wearing her catwalk make-up, which I think looks great with her classic 'model off-duty' style...

I also noticed a recurring trend of maxi-length waistcoats or shirts over shorter layers.  I like it, it's a great mid-season look, worn pretty darn well by this beauty....

And finally, just to doubley emphasise what I am officially declaring a new trend, here are two of them, taking all the colours and toning them down a shade or two...extra points for the matching hair colour...

Now, be sure to tell me when you've had your fill of Fashion Week and I'll get back to pounding the pavements in the East again...!


London Fashion Week street style - Georgia Frost

I grabbed this shot after the Masha Ma show yesterday.  In my not-down-with-the-kids ignorance, I had no idea who she was, only that she was wearing excellent trousers and my favourite shoes - creepers.  She was also very friendly and, obviously, absolutely stunning.  So it's no surprise she turned out to be (as I was informed today) model of the moment Georgia Frost.  Only 20 years old, according to Wiki anyway, and already a veteran of Burberry, Vogue and many other big names.  But even before I knew that, it was one of my favourite shots of the weekend....

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Aside from the gorgeousness of Georgia, today's LFW highlights include meeting the man without whom, probably, none of us would be here reading or writing this - The Sartorialist himself.  Overriding impression is that, in a scrum of photographers, he seemed incredibly calm.  Also enjoyed watching Jill charm Julia Roitfeld to the point where Julia asked Jill to look her up on Facebook. Swiftly following in the highlight stakes was afternoon tea with scones, cream and jam in the press lounge, whilst taking Kit, the Style Slicker's advice on how to sort out my (Olympus) camera - "get a Canon".  Wise words.


London Fashion Week street style - Colour Pops

Today was another tiring but exciting day at LFW, kicked off by the Masha Ma show at the Freemasons' hall - I'll be posting on that separately, it really blew me away and was particularly impressive that it was the debut show.  The Mulberry show was the hot ticket, where Alexa and Olivia (of course) could be found front row - keep your eyes peeled for Adorngirl's video, she's captured the new collection perfectly.  Today's other highlight was meeting the man behind the camera of the blog that pretty much inspired me to start one up - the Style Scout.  It was great to see him in action, and he's a lovely guy too.

It would be hard to try and define the style at LFW, it's a little mix of everything, as described far better by Jill of Street Style London for her Next blog. But today I definitely noticed a theme, to stick to classic black, chuck in some amazing accessories - hats, glasses, belts and bags - and add just a splash of colour....

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Georgia Nash at London Fashion Week

Wow.  First trip ever to LFW today and what an experience.  I expected to be standing around not having much to do, wondering what on earth was going on.  But instead, I spent eight hours dashing from one place to the next, catching some amazing shows (Osman, Lako Bukia) and hanging out with Adorngirl (big thanks for the tickets!), and Abimarvel and meeting their fabulous friend, Krishna.  As well as bumping into all my favourite blogging ladies. 

I got loads of street style photos, as you'd expect, but for my first LFW post I wanted to introduce you to Georgia Nash.  Exhibiting at Hanbury Hall this evening, on Styleeast's home turf, I was absolutely stunned by the beauty of her designs.  Floaty chiffons, soft silks, fur and brocade details, floor length, like something a movie star might have worn in the 40s, with front-splits and sheer fabrics giving the occasional flash of leg and a modern twist to her retro designs. 

This collection was gorgeous and by far the most stunning I'd seen all day.  At first I was gutted about the blurring in some of the photos I took (caused by a] not knowing how to properly use my camera, and b] the twilight hour), but actually I've left them mostly unedited as I think the effects perfectly showcase the movement and glamour of Georgia's dresses.   Check out her stalls at Hanbury Hall, Hanbury Street on Saturdays and Sundays, and keep your eye on this lady, she's going to be huge and I bet we'll all be queueing for tickets for her shows next year.....


A couple of style tips

This couple are like a head-to-toe guide on how to do simple style. First, start with a striking hairdo. Wear an on-trend piece with a vintage twist (aran knits for her and aviator for him), keep the rest streamlined with a loose dress for girls and skinny trousers for boys. Then polish it all off with some excellent footwear! Top marks.

I'll be starting my first ever London Fashion Week experience tomorrow. If you're down there, look out for me - I'll be the one with a camera, looking completely lost and stumbling around in inappropriate footwear (along with everyone else, I'm sure!)


Shoe heaven

I turned up at the Bertie blogger event and my first comment to the girl on the door was "it's very busy in here", to which she responded, "it's the free shoes I think".  Free shoes you say, free shoes?!  As if it isn't incentive enough to hang out in the gorgeous new Bertie shop with lovely bloggers from Style Slicker, Jazzabelle's Diary,  Platform Princess and The F Blog , then imagine a heaven in which you can try on a succession of gorgeous footwear and then be told you can, you know, just HAVE some.  Whilst eating cola bottles and pork pies.


There's something for everyone in Bertie this season - whether you're a brogues girl or a cosy boots girl.  I opted for something very un-me, black wedge-heeled chelsea boots, that I'll be risking pain and injury in wearing for pretty much all of fashion week.  Thanks Bertie, you lovely and generous lot.  Girls, get your skates on and get down there to check out the full collection...


Hey, doll

This photo pretty much speaks for itself - the pairing of clogs and socks, the legs that can carry off those high-waisted jodphurs, all topped off with a sweet short shirt and doll-like hair and make-up.  A real stand out look on a street full of stylish people.  How much do you wish you'd bought those Topshop clogs now?



I took this shot about 10 days ago and have been saving it for the right moment.   Earlier today, I was thinking how I wish I'd taken a close up of the leopard print brothel creeper shoes she's wearing - they are, for want of a better word, amazing.  And then, this afternoon, I passed this girl again on Cheshire Street while I was on a major mission to find myself a 70s car coat (which is another story).  I don't know why I didn't stop her for another photo, maybe because she was with someone (I don't like to intrude) or maybe because I was too focused on my task, but I instantly regretted the missed opportunity.  Today I glimpsed she was wearing the same shoes with what looked like a below-the-knee length jersey skirt, another great casual and relaxed look but with real street smarts.  I want her shoes, and I want her style. 

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Just a quick edit to say that my Styleeast Vintage Ebay shop has now launched, selling lots of my lovely vintage things that I'm sad to part with but hope will go to a nice new home (and free up some wardrobe space for the next lot).  See the link on the right sidebar...happy shopping! Oh and those looking for the leather aviator that I promised would be for sale, sorry to say it sold within 20 minutes so is no longer available!


Bring on the tights

Wearing of tights at this time of year is tricky, you don't want to seem like a summer party pooper and get the black opaques out too early. This girl, pictured (of course) on Brick Lane, has got the perfect solution. White tights! Somehow summery and practical all at once. And paired to perfection with a cute pastel cardi, the whole look kept firmly on the right side of twee thanks to the black details, a clashing tan satchel and undone hair.  Cute as a button.

Oh and while you're here, might you be so kind as to leave some nice words for my entry on Vogue's Street Chic shortlist, HERE?  I'd be most grateful, especially given the competition I'm up against!


Peachy keen

This is one of my favourite looks to date, I love the contrast of the sweet peach colours and 60s styling with the tattoos and fiery hair (which seems to be the colour de jour, see also here).

Also this week, I've been interviewed by one of my favourite independent magazines, Don't Panic.  You can read the article here, which , along with what I'm now calling (still in bewilderment) "the Vogue thing"  has effectively ended any hope of continued anonymity.  Oh well!  Thanks must go to the lovely Jill of Street Style London for putting Don't Panic in touch with me.