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Psssstttt, I’ve booked a return flight to Shanghai for later this year! I’ll be taking 10 weeks off altogether, to explore my home town where I haven’t been for 6 or 7 years, but also to do some intrepid backpacking through China’s south west. To top it off, I might even sneak in a week or 2 in Japan. Quite the adventure huh? I know. I can’t wait!

Speaking of China. I had the pleasure of meeting Anina at RAFW, well, let’s see… ok… yeah, it was definitely her awesome yellow jacket that caught my eye. Anina is a model based in Beijing, was even awarded top foreign model there last year, she’s also the founder of online fashion network and community 360 fashion. This girl’s got a lot on her plate and still looks fabulous.

Name: Anina
Occupation: Model, founder of 360 fashion
Describe your style: Elegant, gothic twist with some Chinese accents.
Favourite fashion designers: Lu 12.28, Le Divan and Dan Jones.
Favourite clothing stores: Lu 12.28 and Le Divan (Beijing).

http://www.360fashion.net/

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Top side - LMFF

Top side - LMFF

Do you see a pattern here? I’m intrigued about this hair style, I’m not too sure how I feel about it, whether I like it or not, though these young men are rocking it! One thing is for sure, the top mop definitely caught my eye.

Top side - LMFF

Name: Mike
Occupation: Graphic designer student
Describe your style: European gentlemen style inspired.
Favourite fashion designers: Claude Maus
Favourite clothing stores: Claude Maus, Alphaville.

Ruby Rose - LMFF

Ruby Rose - LMFF

Ruby Rose is a MTV presenter here in Australia, a bit of celebrity spotting at LMFF :D

So on Sunday I set out to meet a photographer friend of mine for a wonder in Shoreditch, I hoped to do some style hunting but unfortunately most stylesters were definitely still hungover at 2pm and no where to be seen. My friend, Jayna and I walked about 5 steps and bumped into another photographer friend of mine, Steve. Hah! What a small world. We walked around a bit, checked out Hoxton Square, but it was quite dead everywhere.

And somehow we ended up in Brick Lane, now I was there the Sunday before too. They say all roads lead to Rome, well in London it seems, all roads lead to Brick Lane. It’s a funny place, now that I’ve been there a few times, I’ve started to notice the sudden surge of photographers, doing both candid and asked portraits. Surely thanks to the influence of people like the Facehunter. But I did learn a little more about Brick Lane from Steve. Tracey Emin, George & Gilbert are amongst others, famous contemporary artists living in Brick Lane. Once upon a time, Damien Hirst lived there too. Now this started a long time ago, somewhat kicking off the process of Brick Lane becoming what it is today and now well on its way to gentrification. The Brick Lane back then was filled with printing presses, warehouses and factories, grimy, dingy and dirty, far from the trendy spot it is today. We had a pint at The Golden Heart, where people often spot the likes of Tracey Emin, George & Gilbert having a drink. The owner of the pub, now she is apparently one of the top 10 most influential people on contemporary British art.

Of course, today, especially on Sundays, Brick Lane is where the youngsters congregate. Their styles may vary, they may even be on polar opposites, but somewhere below all the clothes and makeup, it’s this eccentric Britishness that shines through. From George & Gilbert’s art to the clothes these girls adorn, even ones who aren’t raised in the UK, this eccentricity is always there.

Opposites - Brick Lane

Opposites - Brick Lane

Name: Dan
Occupation: Fashion student at Central St Martins
Describe your style: Edgy, sometimes quirky
Favourite fashion label: Rei Kawakubo
Favourite clothing store: Hurwundeki

Dan told me that Brick Lane is where Central St Martins students come to meet and chat on Sundays. Hah! I wonder if they have a tally on the notice board of how many times each has been photographed by a street style hunters…

Opposites - Brick Lane

Opposites - Brick Lane

Name: Sophia
Occupation: Burlesque dancer and retro model
Describe your style: 30s, 50s, evocative, just having fun
Favourite fashion label: vintage Dior
Favourite clothing store: Tete – tete (it’s at Christchurch, NZ)

I love these burlesque girls, they have such good style and taste. Do check out her myspace here.

Tada, there’s my little Sunday adventure, now it’s time for bed!

My favourite unbeatable 50mm lens has stopped working somewhat, I can now only manually focus which makes me a very anxious girl. But I did brave the fact today, I mean for decades people shot photographs without this thing they call “auto focus”, so hmm let me just create more hurdle for myself. Well, actually it’s because I can’t afford to fix it…

I got lost in Soho today, I veered off into Soho from Oxford St, I wondered around, past Chinatown, past all the gay bars, just walked to wherever looked interesting and before I know it, I was at the entrance of a small alley that contained a few too many sex shops. Oops. I turned back and somehow ended on Oxford St again… it’s as if Soho spat me back out after it concluded that I didn’t embrace the sex shops and therefore needed to be expelled…

Anyway, here’s the boy of the day.

A dash of colour - Boy - Soho

A dash of colour - Boy - Soho

Name: Lloyd
Occupation: DJ and sometimes model
Describe your style: Lots and lots of Vivienne Westwood
Favourite fashion label: Vivienne Westwood
Favourite clothing shop: Relic, Martin Margiela

Lloyd was in the last Vivienne Westwood campaign! In drag!

PS. I’m enjoying the Facehunter show very much!

Today I took out some time just for street fashion hunting, I want to explore all the nooks and crannies of London and see the different vibes and styles, so today I started at the most obvious place, Oxford St, the home of all high street sheilas. My first week here I went to Topshop on Oxford for the first time, it’s the flagship store with multiple floors crammed full of clothes. I wonder how does anyone even choose what to try on, I’d end up with piles and piles of things on my not-so-skinny arms! A lot of the clothes there were hmm, well, awful, but some Balenciaga rip offs did catch my eye, more about that another time.

Ladies and gentlemen, I do NOT recommend street fashion hunting on Oxford St, it was a nightmare! It is constantly crowded and Londoners walk very fast, I had to check myself several times to slow down. This London pace, it’s very infectious you know, I’m already starting to dislike tourists who walk too slow. Anyhow, back to style hunting. One second I’d spot someone, but by the time I see them, they are already 3 steps past me. Have you ever tried catching up to someone on a crowded street? Well, I did several times today, all without success. I also get frustrated when someone blocks my view, I need to walk slowly in the middle and constantly scan from left to right of everyone that passes me. Gosh, I sound horrible…

It seems to me that people wear more colour in London, people seem more daring, I’ve seen a middle aged lady with a long mustard coloured coat, many girls with coloured stockings, men with brightly coloured shirts and accessories. Or perhaps it’s the constant grey that makes the colours pop and more noticeable? The fashionistas though mostly stick to a darker simpler colour palette but it seems from time to time they can’t help themselves but add a nice dash of colour.

A dash of colour - Girls - Oxford St

A dash of colour - Girls - Oxford St

Name: Jai
Occupation: Visual merchandiser at Armani Exchange
Describe your style: Eclectic, vintage and cool.
Favourite fashion label: Vivienne Westwood
Favourite clothing shop: (so very sorry, I can’t make out my hand writing, I should get a audio recorder thingyo)

Jai made that bolero herself, too cool, where do we place orders?

A dash of colour - Girls - Oxford St

A dash of colour - Girls - Oxford St

Name: Felicia
Occupation: Looking for a job :) (Someone give the lovely Felicia a job?)
Describe your style: Vintage
Favourite fashion label: Don’t have one
Favourite clothing store: Urban Outfitters

Felicia moved from Sweden recently.

Aren’t both girls just too awesome! Jai’s bolero makes me very very jealous of her pattern making and sewing skills, the styling of her outfit is great too, the perfect splash of colour to top it off. Felicia is as cute as a button, the innocent floral print romper contrasting against black everything else is done just right.

Now girls, go off and add a dash of colour to your outfits tomorrow. Shoo shoo, you all go in front of the mirror and play dress ups now!