dimanche 8 octobre 2017

Fabulous Extravaganza alternative fashion show



On this Pride weekend last , I organised a Fabulous Extravaganza of Food, Fashion and Colour  at Shed London in Haggerston  along with Florent Bidois, Carey Marvin and Monsterlune. Sue Kreitzman, aka the Colour Goddess, was brilliantly  compering the fashion show and cheering on us.



Alice Edwards, Laetitia Anne, Esme Loughrey, Endreita Elanor, Zophie Robinson, Bruna Ignatowska, Minerva Amiss, Lucia Gomes, Cinthya Machado
 The most psychedelic girl gang by Anthony Lycett 

My work is always colourful, playful and theatrical.  I mainly  works with recycled material, reclaimed fabrics and unwanted toys.  
Each outfit is a world in itself and has it his own independent concept rather than being part of a collection with a common theme. This "collection" is a more ready to wear" part of the work. A bit like Marc by Marc Jacobs or Karl by Karl Lagerfeld.  Even if it still take courage to wear the pieces in a beige world, they are more practical than my extravagant costumes and allow people to get on with your everyday life with a  touch of fabulousness.  The aim was then to launch a wearable art clothing line.  


Minerva is wearing my egg dress and neckpiece, very popular pop art piece as the majority of people love eggs and it is a very recognisable shape and great combination of colours to use.  The English breakfast as never been so glamourous spaced up by sequins! It is also an ironic hint to of fried eggs boobs like Sarah Lucas self portrait.  

Inspired by  Sarah Lucas Self Portrait with Fried Eggs 1996


Alice Edwards wearing my Jurassic Park jacket, I used a beige  canvas base with studs that looked like an adventurous explorer jacket.  The process was quite long as I had to cut in half very precisely the big size dinosaurs and drill holes in them and then stitch them on the jacket to create a kind of embossed landscape.  A friend told me I was like Damien Hirst, with a dinosaur version of his cut in half cow sculpture
Then I stitched the leaves of plastic palm tree around them to link the dinosaurs between them and recreate their natural habitat giving the feeling of a lush jungle.  They also provide some camouflage so the game is more fair with the dinosaurs hunters!
by Anthony Lycett 

by Anthony Lycett 


by Anthony Lycett 

by Anthony Lycett 

by Anthony Lycett 

by Anthony Lycett 
Lucia saved the show as I had a lost minute drop out.  Originally, she came with her friend Cynthia who was modelling for me just to see the show.  When I asked her to model for me, she was surprised but exited another exotic beauty gave another dimension to my tribal pearly mermaid look. 
by Anthony Lycett 
During the preparation a very nice moment happened.  I started to glue some gemstones on my face to create a continuity with my headpiece. At first I thought I will just do it around the eyes and then I started to expend.  For a dramatic effect I felt I would look good to cover my entire face and create a kind of gemstones mask.  The only problem is it was taking forever and the show was getting close.  One of my model saw me struggling on my own and took a brush and started helping me gluing the rhinestones, then another girl followed and an other one.  At the end it was a real team work and got down really quickly.  It was like a beautiful ritual of sisterhood where women were coming together to adorn a face with crystals.  


By Richard Kaby 


Alternative fashion show at SHED London july 2017 by Anne-Sophie Cochevelou


By Richard Kaby 


it was great to work with performers, Loulou created her own narrative through an improvised choreography.  I just let her do her own interpretation of the coat and the way to present it, she has such a strong stage presence that she set up the tone of the show. 


By Richard Kaby 



by Anthony Lycett 


I don't do fashion week or polished show room it was a bit of a renegade show.  There is no backstage, no catwalk, no money, no professional models,  but just the will to express yourself and make it happen, in a kind of punk attitude and energy.  You don't wait for the opportunity, you just take it.  
the waiting ...By Richard Kaby 
and into a drawing version by Sue Harding... cartoony & atemporal 





by Anthony Lycett 


Also for this show, the idea is to be a meeting point between two creativities and she attempted to match  the outfit with the style and the personality of the model who are all friends and creative people with their own imagery and aesthetic. 


by Anthony Lycett 
 Like my previous show I was surrounded by positive energy and good will of people giving me there time to support my work.  I kept thanking them but they also kept thanking me for the joyful and empowering experience. Is it extremely satisfying when you can be in this win win situation of getting out of every day life and feeling more confident and fabulous.  


By Richard Kaby 

By Richard Kaby 

By Richard Kaby 

By Richard Kaby 

By Richard Kaby 

The show is not about being pretty.  As a soundtrack for the catwalk (see the video) I choose "Why are you looking at me" by Grimes. The song as a particular resonance for me as, sometimes, when  dressed up I feel like a freak show that people are staring at.  I wanted the girls to own it, to defy the audience, to challenge it.  The staring as an ambitious status, a mix between awe and fascination, by presenting the piece in a show obviously you want the audience to look at the design, but at the same time you question the unhealthy voyeurism of people who aggressively looking at people who dare to dress differently in their every day life.  

When fashion meet dance and become a street performance by Anthony Lycett 






models & friends -by Anthony Lycett 

by Anthony Lycett 
I get my models from everywhere, from friends from extra jobs, from when I used to work in night club, from previous projects, facebook connexions... I am happy that theses people from different world meet and come together to create a show.

By Genny Stephens



By Richard Kaby 


By Genny Stephens


By Genny Stephens

By Genny Stephens 





mercredi 4 octobre 2017

"I don't do anything like anyone else but I don't do it on purpose"

bespoke embroidered coat with tribal dolls headpiece By Anthony Lycett 

By Anthony Lycett 

By Anthony Lycett 


With Sue Kreitzman By Richard Kaby 
July Colour walk had a particular taste as CNN style came to film Sue Kreitzman in her "natural environment" surrounded by her friends and colour walkers.  So people made an extra effort and put their best colours on.  I figured out my outfit on the day, styling a bespoke flower coat with tribal headpiece and vintage peaty coat.  


flash apparition on the mesmerising CNN Stylevideo of the wonderful Sue Kreitzman can't wait for you to be back in London! full linkhttp://edition.cnn.com/style/article/the-adorned-sue-kreitzman/index.html 


With Kala Kala By Richard Kaby 

By Anthony Lycett 



With Vicky'O Neon By Richard Kaby 

Sue Harding always capture the moment of colour walk and make an "old fashion" art furiously instant.  


By Richard Kaby 



By Richard Kaby 

close up of purple barbie hair necklace By Richard Kaby 




In July, the photographer Michele Martinoli organised a photoshoot featuring some of the Colour walker in an iconic  and well name place, God's Own Junkward.  To match with the neons, I went for a slightly different style (actually I don't have a style, as long as it is colourful) something more urban with a red PVC red and jacket customised with kawaii sparkly badges and a sequin dinosaurs baseball cap.  The only problem is it was one of the hottest day of the summer so PVC wasn't a very wise choice! 
Fast & Furious Bollywood version - by Michele Martinoli

I don't even have my licence and I pretend to be very badass in a "shut up and drive attitude" by Michele Martinoli

Ready for a psychedelic road trip - by Michele Martinoli

Kala Kala brought his legendary pimped up car and we all jumped in it ready for a joyful remake of Las Vegas Parano! 
"friendship is precious" by Michele Martinoli

by Michele Martinoli



At SHED London, the same place we had our fashion show, Anthony Lycett had his first Self.styled exhbition in London with brand new portraits.  Only this unique project has the ability to gather all the fabulous & extravagant character of London and "federate" the different style tribe, from fetish to festival  including burlesque or club kids. 


With the amazing Marnie Scarlett by Richard Kaby 
wearing my palaeontologist dress with colourful mammoths headpiece with dinosaur earrings
With Santistorm & Florent Bidois by Richard Kaby 

With Maria Kimatica by Richard Kaby 

Collaboration with drag & club kids:

I like my pieces to have there own life to be worn, enjoyed and seen , not gathering the dust  in a closet or sit on a mannequin.  So I am  more than happy to lend my precious babies to trustful and interesting individual. Also because I spend a lot of time making in my studio, I don't really have time to go out and enjoy the club life, so by having my pieces worn by other people, I feel I splitting myself and getting a gift of ubiquity by being a bit everywhere across London.   I am am always fascinated how they style my design with their own pieces and interpret it differently than me.  


The absolute gorgeous Santistorm just make my pieces look a million dollars with his irresistible twisted  kawaii style.  
Santistorm  with Jodie Harsh at the Box Soho wearing bespoke hello kitty neckpiece with kawaii castle headpiece 

Santistorm  wearing my marry-goes-round head piece 



I have been collaborating to a unique project by being a kind of "official supplier" of design for #365daysofdrag by Harry Whitfield aka Charity Case who challenges himself to create a new drag looks every day of the year.  Everyday he will completely metamorphose himself and embody a new character with a whole story around it. 


One day he could be a evil queen, a scary clown, an avant grade mermaid or a cynical  bimbo..   Obviously it is hard to find costume for every single day so I have been happy to provide  my pieces to contribute to few unique looks.
Follow the project on instagram


my butterfly costume used for a performance with the mythical menagerie 


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