Stylist Stuff by Rebekah Roy
The daily musings of a fashion stylist in London.
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Beverly Hills Formula – Black Toothpaste

Every now and then you get something a bit unusual in a gift bag at London Fashion Week so I was amused to receive some toothpaste. Beverly Hills Formula for perfect white is actually black tooth paste, it turns white greyish colour while you're brushing your teeth. My teeth felt clean but somehow I couldn't get past the morning shock of seeing something black on my tooth...

Said Cafe in Soho: The perfect cup of Hot Chocolate!

If you need to escape on a rainy day, nip into Said, the new branch of a long-established Rome chocolate shop at 41 Broadwick Street in the heart of Soho. It's small and cosy, there are tiled floors and the wall to ceiling is decorated with beautiful chromed brass, iron and steel chocolate moulds shaped as stars, shells, rabbits, and Easter eggs. While sitting on milk canister stools you can have fresh strawberries  dipped in white, milk and dark chocolate sauces or the perfect piece...

Living in a State Of Disarray!

If you're looking for something fun, festive and a bit silly State of Disarray is the place for you. They have has just opened a pop up shop at the Truman Brewery just off Brick Lane.  If you need a leopard jumpsuit and a sequin hoodie this is the place to go. You can buy almost any type of animal hats that you could imagines. It's perfect for festival wear but if you just want to bring a little silliness into your life this is the place to do...

TONI&GUY Mainstage Catwalk Show

Toni & Guy Mainstage presented its latest collections to hairdressers from around the world at Copperbox in London’s Olympic Park. It's quite a festive event with about 6000 people who love hair and are all dressed up to the nines! The evening began with the Toni & Guy Awards, which recognises salons and individual hairdressers . Toni Mascolo, Christian Mascolo, James and Sacha Mascolo-Tarbuck introduced the new Breakthrough team, the Image Award winners and Entrepreneur of the...

Have you been to the GAP lately?

I don't know when I last went to the GAP - it's really been so long ago that I don't remember. A friend said to me recently have you been to the GAP lately, you really should go. I knew that Rebekka Bay launched COS in 2006 and had joined GAP in October 2012 but that Gap Inc. reported a 5 percent dip in sales for the first quarter of 2014 - I was curious to see how she would re-shape the brand.  Sometimes it just takes a couple of seasons to sort everything out. I was genuinely...

Backstage with Gyo Yuni Kimchoe, Merit Award Winners

This season I was backstage styling Gyo Yuni Kimchoe's first show as the winners of Fashion Scout's prestigious Merit Award, previous winners include David Koma, Eudon Choi, Agi & Sam and Georgia Hardinge. Gyo Kim and Yuni Choe attended Parsons School of Design in New York before moving to London and studying at Central Saint Martins together. The collection, called Respect of Life and Nature, explores the idea of the unexpected combination of military and nature and how they...

Styling for Paul Costelloe SS15

I like working with Paul Costelloe as it really is a family business and somehow that makes a difference: it's not surprising that one expects something happy and beautiful at a Paul Costelloe show.  The fashion show was held at the prestigious Simpson on the Strand, 2 minutes away from Somerset House. The music was happy and playful and included Perry Como's Catch a Falling Star, truly setting the tone of the show. This season Paul returned to the catwalk with inspirations from the...

Tea, Cake & Antiques at the Town House

I love some of the streets around Spitalfields as they haven't changed much since the Huguenots lived there. If you have a chance and want to see a historical house visit The Town House on 5 Fournier Street. It's a wonderful place to  see some antiques and downstairs there is a traditional kitchen where you can have a slice cake and a delicious cup of...

Jay Briggs presents ‘Melusina’ at Fashion Scout

Jay Briggs is not shy to talk about the realities of what it is to be a new designers and he's not a afraid of a lot of hard work. He's in it for the long haul and even while creating this collection he was working full time in retail. This was Jay's first presentation since graduating from Salford University in 2013. Jay read Anna Wintour's interview on i-D about new designers doing a presentation and knew that this was the right approach for him. It was more intimate and allowed him a...

Stylist Stuff Loves Cocoa Butter Beautifying Oil from the Body Shop

Every London Fashion Week I'm backstage styling a show so I always have access to some good beauty tips from the make up teams.  I have dry skin and love wearing bare legs so Cocoa Butter Beautifying Oil from The Body Shop is perfect for me. You just need a drop and it seems to be absorbed by the skin without leaving a film of oil that tends to get all over ones clothes.  It's recommended for face, body and hair. Also the scent isn't that overwhelming cocoa butter smell, it's more subtle...

Shopping at 75 Redchurch Street

The shop at 75 Redchurch is a unique concept boutique that has been open for just over a year and recently they have been expanding their edit with some new designers including some beautiful girly silk dresses by Dagda and a chic edgy black collection from Swedish born designer Simon Ekrelius. Also there are playful print silk bomber jackets from Bernard Chandran's diffusion line BCAREA27. The are lots of accessories, including some very cool necklaces from Robert Wellington plus...

125 Live – Photo Exhibition on Redchurch Street

If you're looking for fashion events to attend this month  it's worth popping into 125 Live. 125 Magazine celebrates their contributors over the last decade, with a photo exhibition that includes the work of  Rankin, Jason Hetherington, Dean Chalkley, Indira Cesarine, Paul Farrell and Simon Emmett.  With over 45 photographers each artist selected their pieces for this exhibition and all work is for sale with prices starting at £250.  Plus there are photography workshops for...

SS15 Model Casting at Fashion Scout

Yesterday I was at the Fashion Scout model casting day, casting for The Ones To Watch with Cassandra Verity Green, Keiko Nishiyama, Youjia Jin & Min Wu and the Merit Award winner Gyo Yuni Kimchoe  duo Gyo Kim and Yuni Choe. It's always a great casting day - we must have seen over 400 models - which is really great for new designers. Seeing so many girls helps you define what and who you're looking for. The right model can change everything about your collection - it can help...

LFW Tickets

It's always nice to receive a creative London Fashion Week invite. I like getting invites in the post as I'm not so fond of e-invites - they all look the same.  A ticket is an opportunity to set the tone for the show, to give us a hint or an impression of what we can expect to see. This invite by Danielle Romeril in a 'tuna' type can is quite amusing and playful. I love the package of wild flowers seads from Orla Keily - good for the garden and a crisp 'money' ticket from Christian...

Christopher Raeburn at Truman Brewery Loading Bay, Shine Bright Studio

Need something to do pre London Fashion Week? This past month at the Truman Brewery Loading Bay, Shine Bright Studio have taken over the space and they've had workshops by Tatty Devine and Agi & Sam. You can attend a workshop this weekend offered by Christopher Raeburn. They  also offer opportunities for you to exhibit your work at the studio, and the chance to win a place on a school for creative startups programme - the winner will be exhibiting from 8-10th...

Eyeliner – Benefit’s “They’re Real”

    I love eyeliner and and been dying to try Benefit They're Real! Push Up Liner.  I'd read so much about it: it's a matte black gel formula with a 'pen' that makes it easy to get close to the lash line. I was most curious to find out if it really didn't smudge or dry out as it's a waterproof formula. So thought I'd put it to the ultimate test. I used the eyeliner at 10am and was flying back to London on a 10pm flight arriving mid morning so I'd have the same eyeliner...

J Smith Esquire

I love hats and I was quite excited to see J Smith Esquire's new collection. I first saw his work in 2007  when he graduated from the Royal College of Art. Since then he been showing in Paris, London and Milan and has collaborated with Stella McCartney, Moschino, Manish Aurora and Aganovich. Hats need to be functional and practical - meaning they need to be wearable but it's the aesthetic, the design that truly delights. Hats are like jewellery, they are personal and the wearer has...

Liz Cox – Luxury Handbags Made in Somerset

I went to Somerset to visit handbag designer Liz Cox. We'd worked together before and I have several Liz Cox bags but I never really knew how a luxury handbag was made. Liz has been making handbags and designing leather goods for over 30 years. Although she has her own Liz Cox label, her factory has also produced bags for luxury labels including Mulberry (they produced the Bayswater bag) and Dunhill. She recently launched a Liz Cox - Barbara Hulanicki collaboration during Bath in...

Airport Travel & Magazines

I love travelling and for most people flying is the part that they don't enjoy. I'm not sure if it's because I went on my first plane ride when I was three but there is still something I love about flying and it's that one moment when the plane leaves the ground and becomes airborne - even though I know this moment is going to happen I still love it every time! Flying for me is a forced break - so I look forward it - I never really work on the plane I either watch movies or read...

Nike’s The Girl Effect – The Power of Girl

Sometimes you read something and it just resonates within you. I was walking down Great Eastern Street and the bright colours caught my eye. I had to cross the street and just gaze at this mural - so simple and powerful. The artist Lakwena recently returned from completing one of her signature style colourful murals in Vienna, and spent several days working on this commission for The Girl Effect. The Girl Effect is a charity created by The Nike Foundation and the goal is to empower "the...

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