samedi 23 juin 2018

Patchwork of creativity

You can see on this article how a concept can be declined in mulitple design, how a creation is derived from another and get a different meaning according to the person that wears it.  

I got this colourful shows lace from a charity shop where they didn't know what to do with, so I got them for a little donation.  I cut to different lenght the lace and burent the edge, and stitched each string to a bright pink lycra base, from a tropical avant garde fringy dress that have an amazing floaty movement.  

an explosion of colour by Anthony Lycett 

For Bonnie this dress is better than ball of wool so it was irresistible for her to come and play with the costume.  

close up details of the accessories by Anthony Lycett 

I found a couple of unicorn cuddly toys in Poundland and felt the texture and colours were perfect to create a pattern.  Also I like the fact they were not a brand and quite generic so would not refer to any specific famous toy.  Then, because I work generally with lot, the hunt for more unicorns cuddly tous begun and I had to go around several Poundland accross London to find about 20 copies. 

Being a freak is freaking awesome 🌈Psychedelic soft toys clown costume made from a base from an @unattendeditems project covered with unicorn woolly toys

inspiration moodboard for wolly toys outfit
by Anthony Lycett 

by Anthony Lycett 
psychedelic clown 🤡 costume with 💜purple unicorn 🦄 soft toys collar 💜like wearing a hug 🤗 around your neck 💖💘💕 headpiece

People think I have millions of clothes and wondering how I store them, it is true I have a lot but also If I recycle a lot of material, I also recycle myself a lot and rework a lot new design from previous elements I own.  For example when I found this shocking  pink 80s style jacket, I felt it make more sense to have the cuddly tous unicorn on the macket rather than keep in on the clown sequins costume. So I unstitched all my previous work and mounted the unicorn on the new base. 
 by Anthony Lycett 

Karl Lagarfeld has Choupette and I have Bonnie 😻💖 when we do a photoshoot she now automatically jumps on the background as she thinks she will get chicken as a treat she is a poser and a diva 💁 adding the perfect accessory to my cuddly toy unicorn 🦄 jacket
by Anthony Lycett 

Bonnie is also a whimsical cat and love stick her little pinkish ongue out to the camera  which match with the whole outfit by Anthony Lycett 

by Anthony Lycett 

The unicorn cuddly toys jacket look even better on Sara Streule because of matching with her pink hair. She came straight from Switzerland to take part in Self.Styled project and I took advantage of the shoothing to style her woth my accessories.  
by Anthony Lycett 
"We did as well a few extra pictures, playing with the jewellery and costumes of artist Sophie Cochevelou. You see those below. How in love I am with that pony jacket! I am aware that many people would feel disguised wearing something like this, but I am the opposite: Less is not more, but just less me, so give me all the ponies, bury me in jewels and crown me with the Barbies to reveal my true self!" see more on her blog here 
Sara Streule modelled my vintage little car 🚙 🚗 necklace, #hellokitty earrings and#barbieface brooch picture by Anthony Lycett 

by Anthony Lycett 

Maryam Eilser, author or Voices of East London book,  very generously organised an open studio day in Columbia road with Florent Bidois and Mei hui Lui, 
The idea was to get our work discovered by a new clientele, inviting influential special guests like artists, gallery curator, PR managers…etc 

So great to see gorgeous elegant women wearing my creations. They are very different than the extravagant festival people but it just works.  

We decorated the traditional east London  Victorian time building with its brick veneer with our designs, reconstituting an artist studio. 
Mei hui and her team cooked some dumpling to die for.  
Great food, great art and great company, what more to ask?  
Seing the  fresh enthousiasm of a whole new groupe of people gave me a new impulse to go back to my actual studio and make more, sometimes you just need a little boost.  

A tree of dinosaurs earrings 

 It seems that our designs have the power to create this "colour walk vibe" in any context bringing joy 

In front of my favourite mosaic of Colombia road by Maryam Eisler 
I find this dress turned out really well. I had this printed neoprenne type fabric with the classical figure of the king of heart in the traditional game of cards.  
For a very "Alice in Wonderland Tim Burton style, I embelished the masculine king figure with sequins, ruffles rinhstones for a baroque vision  with a twist of a drag king or a drag queen of heart.  
I find the mirrored double face really interesting as the drag king is playing a double identity game, with a ambigious gender identity.  
Like a Shakespearian character when a actor plays a feminine part (as it was forbidden for women to go on stage in the 15e century), but like for example when in the Tempest, 

type where actor embody feminine character, who for example in Twelfth Night, Or What You Will Viola is disguised in Cesario , so where a man play the part of  a woman disguised in a man carrying away the audience in the vertigo of  gender identity.  

by Tea time with Alice 

I am always happy to collaborate with different artists and lend my costume to people who have helped me in the past.  I feel my costumes are not made to sit in my closet but are design to have a life outside the studio, spreading joy and inspiration.  So I didn't hesitated when Alice asked to borrow my white wire serpentin dress which fit perfectly with the brief creating a symbolic futirisitc foam in the bath.  

"A woman has a bath in her bathroom and keeps being disturbed by the phone ringing. Synopsis : Technology enables you to communicate wherever and whenever, but what if it was a poison to your private life, where relaxing moment –like taking a bath – are mindless and stressful" 

Alice Beuzard-Edwards – sound designer – director of photography art director assistant - photographer Emily Jones – production designer Anne-Sophie Cochevelou – costume and jewellery designer Emily Noble- Performer Eve Wang – photography assistant

New month come with its new batch of stunning Self.Styled portrait, a priviledge for me as my work get worn by iconic and unique people who are recognised in their field for what they do.

the amazing  @eva_vortex shoot for @self.styled  by Anthony Lycett
looking like a retro futuristic metropolis goddess
wearing tribal African barbie dolls neckpiece  

The stunning @Tegan Robertson shoot for @self.styled by Anthony Lycett 
wearing my glittery mermaid neckpiece 

The stunning @
Tegan Robertson shoot for @self.styled by Anthony Lycett 
wearing my bling baroque hello kitty necklace & earrings 

Editorial corner:
Love collaborating with stylists that do their won intereptation of my design and mak up their own story.

I like to see my designs as gender fluid and I think boys just rocks them too 💖💖 club kids fashion editorial inspired by NYC Indergrounds clubs in 1980 featuring by colourful shoes laces fringy dress 👗 and frida Kahlo inspired necklace

styledbyraghavClub Kids fashion editorial inspired by NYC Underground clubs in 1980
Stylist & Creative Director -@styledbyraghav
Model - @jamesmaraj_
Hair & Makeup - @jamesmaraj_ 

Boys just look so pretty in pink 💖 and glitters 🌈 don’t think colours or design should be stuck with one gender club kids fashion editorial inspired by NYC underground club kids in the 80s featuring my #mylittlepony 🦄skirt & necklace & unicorns headpiece

mardi 24 avril 2018

Silk Series at Old Spitafields market

On February 21st Old Spitafields Market launched The Silk Series, a new cultural initiative curated by ethical fashion designer Mei Hui featuring 28 stalls of fashion, art and lifestyle from East London’s most exciting creatives. A long-standing East London designer, Mei-Hui has joined Ten Ten (a creative organisation founded by Nuno Mendes and Stephen Machintosh), and will bring together a diverse group of new traders that sit at the intersection of fashion, art and lifestyle. 

by Richard Kaby 
“Our aim is to re-establish that unique connection between traders and consumers, creating a more rewarding and personalised experience.  Old Spitalfields Market’s Silk Series provides established and upcoming East London designers a gateway to London’s diverse national and international audiences. The Silk Series is a window into new approaches to style, new attitudes to design and the boundless energy that is being generated by East London’s art scene right now”, says Mei-Hui.
To kick off this cultural initiative, local artist Sue Kreitzman was exhibiting her work during the launch week of Old Spitalfields Market’s Silk Series. With a deeply rooted cult following, this self-titled “Wild Old Woman” definitely brought the wow factor via her visceral, colourful, joyful art, which borrows from the cultures that enrich East London.

by Richard Kaby 

This is the only way I want to live my life, walking my beautiful cat around Spitafields market wearing an elastic band dress that took me 2 weeks to make surrounded by art & colours

Of course this lifestyle is not sustainable in itself and I have to work very hard on the side to afford theses parenthesis of art, bubbles of enchantments , you can be a dandy and live just art for the sake of art.     
Cornelius Brady by Richard Kaby 

I really challenged myself for this event, having a stall, organising a catwalk and doing a performance at the same time! 
I presented 6 new pieces of wearable art that I made recently, I won't say it is a collection as each piece is individual and they are not linked by a common theme.  Got 5 friends generously modelled for me, with a last minute addition, as one of the model came with her friend, in my shows, everyone get involved, people don't really get the choice! 
It is not like  polished Fashion Week show, the spirit is "F**K it, I'll do it myself, it is more a punk renegade show.  Models change in the public toilet, make up is down outside on a picnic table and the catwalk is the street.  The show just exist by the will of some people coming together  and willing to create something out of a daily routine.   

by Richard Kaby 
Mei Hui as the new idea to bring back a designer marketplace to Spitalfields ( silkseries) as historically Spitafields was full of small of independent  artisans and crafts.  
Spitafields like the all east end, have been gain by rampant gentrification, independent café have been replaced by big chains or make up store, and became really corporate. It is time to bring back the art and the  independent makers for Spitafields not to become like Camdem where cheap tat for tourist has replaced hand made products.
Fabulous Make up artist Steffy Shaw doing glittery tribal make up on my models and matching perfectly my pink & purple My little pony necklace,picture  by Richard Kaby 

wearing ice cream headpiece By Humans of London 

During the colour walk I performed my elastic band dress costume for the first time. 
Like most of my design it came from an opportunity I seized.  A charity shop manager in Walthamstow messaged me telling me they got a ugh donation of elastic bands and they didn't know what to do with them. Immediately I got my boyfriend to drive the car to the charity shop and got 3 massive bags of hair bands.  

work in progress, see what you have done so far and not what remains to do!

He took me 2 entire weeks to make this dress, I didn't think about step back and see the overall picture, otherwise I would have been discouraged by the amount of work. Lot of my dress are unique because no one is crazy enough to sit for 2 weeks, not being paid and stitch hair band one by one. People says I am very patient, paradoxically enough, if I am very patient with my work and could literally sit for 10 hours doing the same thing as I enter in another temporality, I am very impatient in life, things need to go quick, I hate waiting, queuing, losing time… 
For the first time people were not surprise when I said "this took me 2 weeks to make", people replied: "ONLY?  I thought it took you more than that".  

fashion show & performance assisted by Alice Edwards.  

During the performance, I was going to random people and knotting hair bands in their hair, creating a very intimate link with strangers.  Actually I realise touching someone hair is something very private but the fact I am wearing a costume give me a kind of legitimacy to enter this personal space.  It is a very mothering gesture, like when your mother do your hair before you go to school.  
It reveals people's secrets "I haven't washed my hair, ""be careful with my wig".  
But this intrusion has generally  been well accepted as people could keep the hair band and go home with a piece of the dress, a memory of this wonderful day.  

"I'm so happy on this Colour Walk because I feel I'm doing what I was made for. I'm wearing an outfit which took me 2 whole weeks to make from hair bands, which to me is wonderfully absurd. I'm surrounded by people I admire and respect, and lots of friends came along to help me realise my vision by wearing my creations. It's a struggle being a freelance artist but events like these make me feel that maybe there is real meaning to what I am trying to do."Interviewed by Humans of London 

"This Colour Walk has been the first time I've worn something really extravagant without feeling that people are looking at me in a weird way. I'm aCentral Saint Martins BA Fine Art 3rd year student and I'm from Paris. In France we're good at wearing clothes that are very chic but not ones which show a lot of our personality, because you tend to feel judged for looking different there. In London you feel free to show the person you truly are through your clothes, and everybody accepts you, which feels really generous. 

"My outfit is one of Anne Sophie Cochevelou's designs. She chose it for me and I found it suited me perfectly. I love that when you look closer you see that it's all made out of found objects. Wearing it has made me feel really strong and empowered and proud. I haven't felt at all ashamed or ridiculous. I feel I'm wearing haute couture clothes, that I'm a princess for a day.

"I don't want to be on the campaigning front line for the rest of my life because it can chew you up, and now I know that art and spectacle can be even more powerful than waving placards. So self-expression has become really important to me. It doesn't even feel like 'dressing up' any more. Most of us here feel that it's when we're NOT dressed to express ourselves like this that we're really 'in costume'.

by Richard Kaby 

My Boyfriend made me the wonderful surprise to bring my cat to the Colour Walk

Amazing article by @Craftandtravel about her first experience of the Colour Walk. I felt the same thing the first time I joined this group surrounded by a benevolent and inclusive energy, far from being a elitist fashion event, everyone is welcomed.  the dress code could be "come as you are…as long as you look fabulous" 
I couldn't say it in better words as it is written in the article,  it is all about finding your tribe.  

read full article here 

"It’s nigh impossible to pick out a favourite, everyone had curated a look that signified something about them and that therein lies the beauty of fashion: wearing what makes YOU feel good. In my mind I assumed I’d turn up and discover a clique of people who all looked amazing but were probably so tight as a group they’d be chatting away with in-jokes and me a newcomer would be there smiling but feeling very awkward. I could not have been more wrong."

For the first time in 2018, in Colour Walk was combined with Silk Series to support local creatives selling their art and enjoy wearing colours with everyone.  

Out of 3 bags of the hair bands I got from the charity shop, there was 2 bags of small hair bands that I used for the other outfit and one bags of more primary colours bigger version.  
Inspired by Agatha Ruiz de la Prada, and Niki de Saint Phalle creating a kind of colourful snake which follow and magnify feminines curves.  
Fortunatly because they are bigger it only took me a day to make the dress compared to the 2 weeks of the small hair band version.  

sketch by Sue Harding 

It was great to have a stall and be able to catch up with everyone, killing two birds with the same stone! 
With Gavino Di Vino by Richard Kaby , different type of greens but same love for colours! 

details of my stall By leah lefevre sandomirskaya

Lot of colours walkers bought from my stall and it felt great to be supported by my community. 

with Louise Joelle, picture by Sue Kreitzman 

with Sue Kreitzman & Yosif Yosifov at Modigliani private view at the Tate 

I also wore the big hair band dress at Modigliani & Picasso private view invited by Maryam Eisler, I felt I was matching some of Picasso paintings very well, art on the wall and in the room! 

by Richard Kaby 

Before the launch I actually got a stall at Silk Series on Valentine day. It was freezing cold, I took the wrong bus, I made only one sale and actually forgot to put it in the box so had to post it to Norway to my customer afterwards… but Sue Kreitzman as always was here to support! 

Meihui Liu is a true "art matchmaker".  In the wake of the colour walk, babulous afternoon at the Townhall Hotel , meeting the incredibly talented Academy Award winner, director Tim Yip ( 'Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon') and learning about Tim's upcoming #CloudProject which will come to life this Autumn at #southbankcentre .. and all this in no better company than with Daniel Kramer, ENO's artistic director and as well as artistsDaniel Lismore Sue Kreitzman and #plastic.  

with the master of wearable art, Daniel Lismore, a true inspiration, idol and role model to me.  

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