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One half of me always feels that parents shouldn’t overdress their children, kids are kids and they should run around in mud, dig in sandpits and jump in puddles. However, a Saturday afternoon shopping with mummy is enough excuse to put on the best outfit and who can resist taking photos of such a sweetie anyway :)

Isn’t it nice when a city greets you with this as you step out of the house? Can I have a nice message written in the sky every morning Sydney? kthxbai! Oh no, not with this bloody rain as of late. Gosh I’m sick of the rain and storm… Ok ok, enough whinging… now the main item of the day.

Aleita below does a fur jacket with simplicity with an awesome bag and nice hat to top it off. I’m still keeping an eye out for that elusive and perfect fur vest, sigh, I suppose I’ll be looking for a while.

Name: Aleita
Occupation: Works for Whitehouse Fashion college
Describe your style: Vintage and anything cheap.
Favourite fashion designers: Alexander Wang, Yeojin Bae, Camilla & Marc
Favourite clothing stores: Sportsgirls, Savers

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!

Flame haired - Brick Lane

Name: Katherine
Occupation: Web designer
Describe your style: Cheap and nasty
Favourite fashion label: Karen Millen
Favourite clothing shop: Markets, second hand shops, internet

Her hair really was this colour, stood out a mile away, so I had to snap her. I had 3 people refuse to be photographed by me at Brick Lane on Sunday, the most I’ve had in 1 day ever, oh well, their loss.

I’m still trying to get my head back into gear, hence I haven’t posted in the last week and a bit. I had a trip to Turkey very recently and I’ve been working the last week and also this week. It feels quite odd to wake up and not be able to do whatever I want! Bleh… More posts to come very soon!

Miss sunsine - Portobello Road
Name: Katie
Occupation: Art student

Gorgeous smile, can’t believe she was camera shy and also in a hurry.

The stylist - Camden Town

The stylist - Camden Town

Name: Siouxsie
Occupation: Freelance fashion stylist
Describe your style: Don’t follow trends, incorporating high street and vintage, edgy, depending on the mood of the day.
Favourite fashion label: Burberry, Christopher Kane, Vivienne Westwood
Favourite clothing store: Harvey Nichols

I just had a quick look at Siouxsie’s work, some great things! Have a look for yourself here.