30.10.16

Reading: Style Tribes

I've spent a lot of time over the last few years looking at people with different ways of dressing and their influences. It's quite clear the digital age has changed the way we find and view our fashion imagery and so the groups of friends who might once gather to come together share common ground in style, music and interests has evolved. Being part of a 'tribe' no longer relies on physically knowing those people, you can be part a style culture with people all over the world and importantly you can be your very own style tribe and follow no crowd. 

There's an abundance of books which look at subcultures, their beginnings, their social impact and how the styles bleeds in to another style group being born, so when I was offered the chance to take a look at a book which wasn't dedicated to just one or even just a couple of style tribe looks, I was interested to have a browse. 



The cover itself feels very different to the more historical subculture books I've been reading lately. Not that I'll ever tire of flicking through imagery of mods, punks and rockers (and there's some great ones in this book) but because it feels young and fresh and with this I hope that it might have extra appeal to the younger folk (I sound so old..) and they too can explore the mods and the punks and all that's gone before. 

That said, as a teen of the nineties, any book that opens with the words of Shirley Manson is probably going to get my attention. 


So what 'Style Tribes' are covered in the book? Well it's a pretty long list and each is crammed with photographs. ALL kinds of AMAZING photographs. 





So there's... flappers, harlem renaissance, the zoo suit, swing kid , beatniks, teddy boy (with a mention of ted girls too) greaser and rocker, mod, surfer, hippie, rudely, skinhead, hip hop, northern soul, disco, punk, new romantic,goth, acid house, goa trance, grunge, riot grill, brit pop, ego, neo-rockabilly, hipster, steampunk, harajuku style, sapeur & Kogal. 

Yes some new ones there for me too. There's enough detail on each to accompany the imagery well and each chapter is also a good kick start if you want to go off and look more in to each style tribe form other sources. 

The book nicely references back through the various subcultures to join the dots and point out the links of how one tribe is so very often taking its influence from another that's gone before. The New Romantic section was one of my favourites and is written in a way that made wish I could have experienced 1978 Soho. 

This is definitely a book you can either dip in and out of or read cover to cover. Regardless of whether you subscribe to a style tribe in the book or of any variety at all, this is a good look at fashion as part of social history so well worth a read. 




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28.10.16

The fabulously Fabulous Miss K Part One


Karen aka stylist, vintage seller, writer and blogger Fabulous Miss K is no stranger to my camera and we've worked on many project s and photoshoots together over the last few years. Karen also works on the Vintage Show at Norwich Fashion Week with me and this lady is a queen to have backstage. Rails and rails of clothes and numerous outfit changes do not phase this lady one little bit. 

Karen's own personal wardrobe is pretty extensive and so every now and again we get together have at least three cups of coffee and do a mini portrait session. 

This particular visit I was interested in not just Karen's clothes but how she feels music influences her style.

shirt & skirt - vintage
shoes & socks - Topshop

Karen has worked in the fashion/style industry her whole life. The history of her own wardrobe has included many styles from head to toe era specific to a more eclectic mix. Her look continues to evolve as she takes inspiration from the latest runway collections and explores how to recreate these outfits mainly using vintage pieces. 

Other inspirations include music, with a love for swing and fond memories of the music from the seventies and early eighties. Karen chatted to me about how the end of the Punk era and the start of the New Romantics was an interesting time for her as she followed what the stars were wearing and how they were wearing it.


There's some more street style images from this shoot and we also did a vlog too, so those will be in part two of this post next week. Karen will no doubt be writing this shoot up too so you can follow her over on http://www.fabulousmissk.co.uk/  twitter, facebook & instagram
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27.10.16

I'm still here...

I've had to step back from the blog for a bit. I've been lucky enough to have three amazing weeks off in the lake district over the summer and I've been frantically working on various things such as Norwich Fashion Week and my degree. I've just hit the third year and final year of my degree and so it really is time to get my head down and push through the next few months. Remarkably the finish line is in sight yet only feels like a few months since the race began. Time goes worryingly fast. 

But despite stepping back I've been doing lots of blogger related things and so the list of things to write up and catch up on is quite immense. However I've decided that at the end of the year I will have a think, a serious think about whether to continue blogging in this format or even at all. It's a cliche but as they say all good things come to and end and so over Christmas I'll sit down and think about what I want and need 2017 to be and what projects need to have more of my attention. This also means deciding what (if any) projects it's time to have a break from. But in the mean time over the next few months I'll write about this and that and share some news and images. 

So for now here's a few of images I shot at Fashion Scout during London Fashion Week. I was working for The Glass Pineapple and if you love fashion and style then head over to their website where you can read the show reports and interviews with designers. 

Apu Jan show













Ones to Watch show 











You can see more images from the shows over on my IG account and on my website


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