Day in London: Shoreditch

Fashion photography, My photography

Last week I took a trip to London with my friend, to take some photographs for my uni project. The day went really well, although I may have got a bit distracted at the start because we met in Oxford street….

We made our way to Shoreditch about mid-day, thankfully the weather was good. I’ve never been to Shoreditch before, in fact i’m probably a bit clueless when it comes to a lot of London areas, but I really liked it and found it to be very inspiring. There are a lot of vintage shops one in particular called Blitz.

I loved this cupboard! 

Blitz was huge, if I had more time I would have stayed and probably spent a lot of money in there but we were already running short on time. It also had a coffee shop which was cute, definitely recommend to anyone visiting around the area.

Taking photographs of people in Shoreditch was fun, everyone was really friendly and most people were happy to have there photograph taken.

I will be going back there at some point this week to finish my project off. It’s turning into a very expensive year already! Hope to update you soon.

Thanks for reading!

New projects, things to look forward to!

Fashion

Hello! I’m in an excited mood at the moment but also a stressful one… I think its important to have a certain amount of stress in your life otherwise its all pretty mundane.

I’m back at uni and we already have so much work to do. I’m currently working on a 6 week project on street style in London. We have to choose an area of London that’s trendy and interesting, then go and photograph people there. I’m trying to visit Shoreditch this coming Wednesday but I think the weather might let me down. This rain is constant over here in England!

Here are some interesting concepts of different street styles and how its photographed.

Japanese Street Style

Japanese street style

It’s become an interest to everyone, even people that don’t have a specific interest in fashion. The Japanese street style is so unique, and sort of surreal. Pat Lyttle’s book ‘Japanese street style’ is available on Amazon as a paperback.

The Sartorialist

Most people who surf fashion Blogs will have heard of this well known street style photographer. Scott Schuman’s work has also been featured in magazines like GQ and Italian Vogue, along with ad campaigns for DKNY, Gant etc. The way he captures people is really interesting and his collection of images are all so diverse there’s a style for everyone.

Lace top meets leather leggings – a couple that couldn’t be more different but as you know for sure: opposites attract.

We’ll be ‘trick or treating’ in this logo tee!

Zebra Katz has got his eyes on you!

Topshop

If your not already following them on tumblr or facebook then you definitely should do! I’m sure you are… So many well dressed people, so much clothing envy!

I also have a dissertation idea! So far, I want to do a fashion film inspired by Alfred Hitchcocks ‘The Birds’.

And I cannot wait for the BBC 2 film  depicting the manipulative nature of Alfred Hitchcock’s relationship with actress Tippi Hedren. Sienna Miller plays Tippi. I’m not sure when its on but it sounds so interesting. The film is said to suggest Hitchcock blackmailed her into having sex with him by threatening her career.

Fraught relationship: A still from the new film; Hitchcock was obsessed with his star

Thanks for reading! I’ll be updating the blog with progress on my projects shortly. As always any thoughts and comments are very welcome.

x

 

Dressing up box

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The party season and the festival season collide with this trend. Its all about being the ‘Maximalist’ instead of the minimalist. Remember when you used to raid your mums wardrobe when you were young? Imagine that but with a touch more class…

Think prints, embellishments, embroidery, sequins, layers, tonnes of jewelry… express yourself! This trend reminds me of these cool little gift shops I used to go to when I was younger. They smelt of incense, and it seemed like there was just endless amounts of interesting things in them. You don’t have to dress up like a gift shop… you could just bring a touch of ‘ Maximilist’ to a part of your outfit.

This top is from Topshop’s festival collection, £42

Balmain Fall 2012 Ready-to-Wear

Balmain fall 2012

Florence Welch is one person who does this look well, I forgot to mention feathers!

Chanel Fall 2012 Ready-to-Wear

Chanel fall 2012

Lanvin’s new campaign shot by Steven Meisel

This years Spring/Summer issue of Love magazine, ‘Trash’ editorial, featuring Rosie Huntington Whitely and Kate Moss

May 2012 Vogue UK. Photographs taken by Mario Testino.

The more colorful and busy the outfit the better. But what about the growing popularity of tattoos now? It seems that the more you have the better, and the bigger the better. Its not just clothes you can use to express yourself, more and more people are choosing to get their skin inked these days and the maximilist trend combined with tattoos could create an amazing look.

Ok i’m tired, hope you enjoyed this post!

x

 

 

Androgyny, fashion and feminism

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What do you think of when the word androgyny comes up? Do you think of a man or a women? Here are some of my favorite androgynous icons….

Freja Beha Erichsen

Grace Jones

Boy George

David Bowie

Agyness Deyn…

At the moment i’m attempting to write an essay on androgyny and its part to play in feminism. I think the two are very connected. Feminism is a belief that women and men should have equal rights to everything, be it political, social or economic. Feminism includes men and women’s rights, together they should be the same. Its not about women defeating men, trying to overpower them or even hating them which I think many people make the mistake of thinking. Maybe that’s why so many women are afraid to call themselves feminists these days? I’m afraid to say it still seems to be a dirty word for my generation, but maybe i’m wrong.

I’ve heard to many women my age rush into conversations stating “Oh no i’m not a feminist don’t worry!” and usually more so if there are men about. Maybe people need to be re-educated on what the word feminism actually means, and why it is in fact still very important. Women’s rights still need to be fought for, why should we be ashamed for believing that?

Androgyny is a word used to describe a person or a style that doesn’t immediately fit into a masculine or feminine look/role. It blurs the lines, and doesn’t conform to gender stereotypes. This could be seen as a statement of sexuality or simply a fashion statement. After all androgyny has made a style comeback from the 80’s recently, just look at Dolce & Gabbana’s ad campaign for last years fall…

… but couldn’t it also be seen as a feminist statement? A statement that says fuck you to gender roles in fashion and hello to equal rights to the clothes we want to wear. Just because a women is dressing more masculine than society might deem normal, doesn’t mean she’s a lesbian. Many straight guys dress a lot more feminine these days. I think fashion is definitely evolving and blurring the lines of masculine and feminine more and more every season.

Edie Sedgwick, why she inspires me

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The story of Edie Sedgwick is really sad. I have the film Factory Girl on dvd, which is a film based on her life when she got famous, and how Andy Warhol dropped her basically, and then she died after her battle with drink and drugs. The film is really good depiction of fame and how much of a cold hard world it is to get into. I suggest everyone who is interested in fashion, art or the 60’s watches it! However, the film was met with mostly negative reviews, which I think is due to the fact there was a lot of controversy over the events in the film and how much of it is fact and how much is fiction. Also, it paints quite a bad picture of Andy Warhol, who comes across as a very shallow minded person. I hope this part of the film is not so factual….

I still think its a cool movie, and Sienna Miller plays Edie really convincingly.

Edie Sedgwick was the first proper ‘it girl’, famous for just being her… something i’m not completely for, but there is something charismatic and interesting about her. You can watch some really captivating videos of her on youtube. Its her style and the photographs of her that inspire me. She’s also a hell of a lot more interesting than today’s it girls.

Some of Bob Dylans song’s are said to be inspired by her, including Like a Rolling stone. Bob Dylan is said to have been in a brief relationship with Edie and one point.

And here is Sienna Miller playing her in factory girl…

and here is Agyness Deyn looking a lot like her!

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A quick post, involving some nice shoes

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I recently bought these amazing platform wedges from Office for £25… bargain. I saw them a couple of days before I bought them, and decided against it because i’m actually not a huge heel person anyway and these are very high. But ever since I left the shop I couldn’t stop thinking about them, so this resulted in me running into to the shop before work the next day. I’m so glad I got them because they are so comfortable and make me so much taller and long legged (deceivingly).

Another fashion lust of mine ( but not so easy to get hold of) is something/anything from Christopher Kane’s 2011 resort line. The galaxy print is popular still and ebay is full of listings similar to it or actually from it. I have been desperately trawling ebay daily to find something I can actually afford, but they all end up going for way to much…. than I can afford. Here’s some galaxy print lusting for you…

Christopher Kane Resort 2011

Christopher Kane Resort 2011 

Above Christopher Kane resort wear 2011

I also need some new lipstick… what colour to get?

x

 

Vogue photo shoot

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Hello! Here are what I think will be the final pictures to my Vogue project.

Model – Anushka Kandola

Assistant – Alice Tobia

Photography – Hannah Louise Broughton

If you like them then please like my photography page! https://www.facebook.com/pages/Photography-by-Hannah-L-B

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