samedi 17 mars 2018

Soul in a box

by Anthony Lycett 
I always make a costume for Valentine day, after using red hearts last year, I decided to go for another symbol of love and Valentine day: red roses.  Symbol of passion, it is associated with Aphrodite in the Ancient Greece, also the symbol of femininity as it is powerful but fragile at the same time, 

"Au nom de la rose "by Anthony Lycett 
198 million roses were produced for the Valentine's Day holiday, which make it the most popular flowers.  But the plastic one are associated with awkward moment when fly-by-night street seller force them on to you at the terrace of a Café.  

post inspiration Moschino SS18 by Jeremy Scott -You know this feeling when you feel you can have created something but a big brand just to it bigger and better just because they can afford too.  
On a Valentino shape sheath dress, I stitched the hundreds of plastic roses one by one.  
The idea was take the dressing in florals to the literal extreme and  turn into a giant climber rose bush 

"Mignonne, allons voir si la rose"  by Anthony Lycett 

"The Valentine lady has been making a bouquet dress from all the flowers she received from secret admirers"

For the shoot down in early february in sleeping vegetation, the idea was to show that flowers like love can blossom in the heart of the winter in hostile places.    
We liked the tortured aspect of the dead tree with its knotty timber which turned Eping forest into a  dark fairy tales place with an Annie Leibovitz


"Roses are red" by Anthony Lycett 
Then @juliettelaguardia used my Valentine flowers headpiece  for her @self.styled
🌹 headpiece epitomising my vision of femininity ✨ powerful & glamorous ✨

Far from the romantic aesthetic of the Valentine shoot, a more poppy and joyful shoot where I keep exploring the efficiency of fried eggs as a pattern.  

fried eggs mood board, its use in fashion and pop culture

The bright yellow on a white background, and even if they are a controversy at the moment with "free range" eggs, it is present in every  food culture across the world which make it simplified design as recognisable as an international brand logo. I used jokes & hoaxes plastic fried eggs that I stitched on the top, so it is not a printed pattern but actual fake fried eggs! 
by Anthony Lycett 

The fried eggs on the background that I ordered on Ebay from China  supposed to be stressed ball where to squishy to be stitched on, so I could just use them as decoration.  Bonnie didn't really appreciate them! 

The fried egg necklace used as a belt in the previous shoot modelled by 🍳💛the surrealistic EGGxcellent @metaraph_ with his own headpiece.  

Steffy Shaw with her own make up and "look at me in the eyes" neckpiece by Anthony Lycett 
In the same vibe, Steffy Shaw is a great fine art artist currently studding 3D Effects at LCF. As she was helping me on a project, Anthony offered her to do her face while he was doing some Self styled portraits and shoot her when she was ready. Steffy created this great  colourful scary pop arty look that I styled with two of my statement neckpieces.  
Steffy Shaw with her own make up and foam toys cube  neckpiece by Anthony Lycett 

On souls in a box project (tmblr link) by Ale Sandra 

On souls in a box project (tmblr link) by Ale Sandra 
I had the pleasure to take part in Souls in a box project and invited Ale Sandra in my space.  
People might feel because you are working from home you are not successful but I guess for a young designer living in London it is a necessity as studio space are more expensive than an whole house in the countryside.  

On souls in a box project (tmblr link) by Ale Sandra 
And then I feel I upgraded a lot going from my bedroom when I was flat sharing to my living room.  At least I don't have to move everything out of the bed when I want to sleep and I can hide the laundry with all the drying pans in the bedroom when I receive client.  Also I have to say, I  absolutely love working from home.  As I se my work and my life and my work as a continuity I don't feel I need a separate space.  I love to me able to organise my time the way I want, even if sometimes I wake up late, I feel less guilty thinking that some other people have just lost an hour and a half on public transport to get to their work space.  I also love the fact be to able to work in my pyjamas, make my own coffee with my own coffee machine and practically never get these annoying "something for you"  cards from the postman. 
With my beautiful Bonnie who like to perch on own of my mannequin On souls in a box project (tmblr link) by Ale Sandra 

On souls in a box project (tmblr link) by Ale Sandra 

You have to check this project as some creative minds actually have some amazing spaces. My space is not that great as I am more about clothes than interior design.  Curtains are really ugly looking making it look like a 70s dodgy motel but this is a rented flat, and I actually like to keep the space quite neutral, trying not to get to comfy in case getting landlord notice (you never know in London). Ale actually came 2 hours before our agreed meeting so I didn't had time to organise and tidy the space properly.  We kind of staged it together but it reflect my organised mess which influence my creative process. I need to be surrounded my things in order to visualise how I can put them together, it can look a bit chaotic but there is an internal logic.  

On souls in a box project (tmblr link) by Ale Sandra 

On souls in a box project (tmblr link) by Ale Sandra 

On souls in a box project (tmblr link) by Ale Sandra 

What I like when people come to photograph me in my space is that they freeze at a time T a moment of creations according to the outfit I got on the mannequins, I know what I was working at the time.  
On souls in a box project (tmblr link) by Ale Sandra 
"SOULS IN A BOX is a photography and anthropology project that draws insight into people's lives focusing on their own personal intimate living space; Every box is a collection of memories, dreams, obsessions, hopes and points of view. 
This is a reportage about creative people and their stories but also a big window on our avant-garde contemporary world.
On souls in a box project (tmblr link) by Ale Sandra 
The purpose of this project is To show how different spaces can represent people's personalities, but especially, to explore a contemporary and extraordinary generation from the "inside" and through many different lives.
I am looking for people living in a very unique-authentic-creative, extravagant, bizzarre Box space

I am looking forward to meeting people from any nationality, social extraction, culture, taste or art stream."

finishing this article with my cat watching this flamingo headpiece before knocking it off during an attempt to photograph my new hat collection that you can find on my online shop

lundi 29 janvier 2018

Colourful winter

Days are short, weather is damp, but winter doesn't have to be dull in gloomy, there is always a way to brighten it up with warm colours and sparkly accessories! 

by Anthony Lycett 
 For Christmas cards, I couldn’t resist to create an assorted Christmas coat to my beloved Bonnie 😻 where I stitched some white pompons and glittery fake fruits on a piece of red sequins.  
My costume is an assorted red headpiece & cape hand-stitched vintage christmas 🎄 decorations, fake apples 🍎 cherries 🍒 and red fruits 🍇 found in a charity shop.  
❤️for all PETA members, my precious kitty got rewarded by a lot of raw chicken 🍗 for all her hard work after the shoot, I think she like a bit of glitters! 

With this very festive costume, I did christmas market for 2 week end at Winterville in Wasted chic tent with  Clara Chérie  who came from Paris to sell her handmade creation.
Even if Chritmas market is not the best place to dress up, as it is cold and you want to be comfy to stand all day I always make a point of wearing my design to fit my image of the brand.

In Wasted chic  tent with  Clara Chérie  

For this Christmas costume, I didn't wanted to use red and green colour code. I wanted to express the bling side of Christmas, gold, fabulous, luxurious. 

The idea started from finding some glittery gold reindeer decorations in Poundland, I knew it would work if I got a lot of them to create a kind of glittery pack. As always, the sale assistant that had to come help me at the self check out as all the decoration got tangles and I left the till full of golden glitters! As always, sales  assistant are really surprise when I raid the shop, making the christmas decoration out of stock

by Anthony Lycett 

For the structure, the idea was to create a wave of gold.  I used metallic garden wire from B&Q sprayed gold, covered with gold net fabric.  The structure was pretty simple but pretty efficient! It is quite funny because this costume has been a massive hit on instagram and only took me a day to build, whereas sometimes some outfit take me months but don't reach the same level of "likes" on social media.  Many people couldn't figure out what material I used and how it hold together.  It looks actually better in pictures than in reality,  mini means, maxi effect.

By Den Grayson 
December was also the time of the celebration of the release of "Voices of East London" by the brilliant Maryam Eisler I had the opportunity and the honour to be featuring wearing my sparky duck dress along side Florent Bidois thanks to Sue Kreitzman iconic iconoclast figure of the East End for many years who has the main portrait.  

The pictures was taken a morning of July in one of this new built swanky Hotel of Shoreditch, symbol of gentrification, not the kind of place I hang out, but nice background for a picture! 

"Voices East London connects the dots around the creative perspectives that make the area unique while providing colourful glimpses into its past by means of dynamic interviews with eighty of the area’s leading movers and shakers." 

calling from my Shell phone By Den Grayson 

To celebrate the book, I had the chance to take part in a wonderful event! 
"Across eighty stalls focusing on art, fashion, lifestyle, food, music, publishing and charity fundraising, the Voices East London Market Festival will pair the characters and ideas shared in Maryam Eisler’s new publication Voices: East London. Co-curated by Mei-Hui Liu, founder of Secret Rendez-Vous, the event brings together the now famous creatives who began their careers at Old Spitalfields Market in the late 1990s. Part exhibition, part retail pop-up, part performance, this is a chance for established as well as upcoming East London personalities – all of whom have been involved in the area’s eclectic creative history – to come together and celebrate at the iconic Old Spitalfields Market."

By Monika Schaible

It was an extremely cold on the day. The challenge was to stay stylish but warm, because if you don't feel comfortable, you won't feel like selling but also if you don't look like your brand, you don't feel like selling either! 
So I found the perfect outfit: vintage 70s style ski suit with big pink fluffy scarf & flamingo headpiece, efficient & colourful! 

December also came with its batch of Self.Styled portrait:

pink hair barbie fluffy neckpiece 💝💕 modelled by the amazing @an0mie shoot by @anthonylycettphotography for@self.styled 
💕💛 pink & yellow hair are the best combo 💛💕

The psychedelic beauty@an0mie 💖🌸🌼🎀💛modelling my miniature object neckpiece on pink faux fur 💞 ✨shoot for @self.styled by@anthonylycettphotography
by Anthony Lycett

Mermaids are very important mythical creature in Sue Kreitzman personal mythology.  For her, it is the symbol of freedom of female in control of their own sexuality.  

I created a special haute couture outfit for all of them, with ruffles, iridescent fabrics and sequins 
headpiece detail by Anthony Lycett

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close up details by Anthony Lycett

I found this purple sequins ice skater style dress with a lot of frills at the Roman road market. People who knows me knows my obsession for sequins dresses. Even if I already have a dozens on my rail (which always impress guests as my clothing rail is on the corridor), I can't stop myself to get more as my magpie eye is irresistibly attracted by shiny material. 
It is a bit like an irrational addiction as you can't wear them everyday (well I can) , especially because  sequins is not the most comfy things. 

I am wearing the dress with a jane Bowler headpiece for a retro-futuristic look.  picture  by Anthony Lycett 

Sometimes I feel you just have to work on the continuity of the design and use their existing asperities, significant anomaly (here the sequins frills).  I had theses ballerina dolls for a long time (distributed as gifts in happy meals) , but never find the right use for them. I found the colours combination and the fact they are dancing will match perfectly with the structure of the dress, creating some dancing dolls fringe, flapping with the movements of the frills. 

 At January Colour Walk with Emily Zhao who came all the way from Australia (not especially for the colour walk but still!) We followed each other on instagram, the magic of social media that connects creative mind across the world! 
by Richard Kaby 

sketch by Sue Harding 

With Sue Kreitzman by Richard Kaby 

by Anthony Lycett 

by Anthony Lycett 

Kitten likes to catch everything that moves. And when you get dangly rings they want to play with your jewels rather than their fluffy toys! 
by Anthony Lycett 

New interview about my work on Mess Magazine…/ perfect for the little miss messy I am 

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