Stylist Stuff by Rebekah Roy
The daily musings of a fashion stylist in London.
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Columbia Road Flower Market & Christmas

Sometimes I find it hard to tell when it's the weekend - I find one day just seems to roll into the next. I've decided to make a conscious effort that when I do have a weekend or even just one day off to take advantage of it. I love that in my neighbourhood there are so many weekend events that I can go to, and every Sunday is the Columbia Road Flower Market. It's been around since the 1860s and there are now lots of galleries and cafes on the street. Many of them are open quite early so...

Eastpak Pop Up Shop Designer Auction

There are always new pop up shops in my neighbourhood and the most recent one is by Eastpak. It's on Commercial Street, near The Commercial Tavern and is open until the 29th of December. The shop is more like a gallery with a cafe.  I've always had mixed feelings about backpacks - in my head they're for hikers. I know they're practical and it would be a great way to carry my laptop, but usually I think they're ugly and a bit boring...but the ones on display at Eastpak were...

Fatahillah Square in Jakarta

There are so many reasons that I like Jakarta but one of the simplest reasons is that, even thought there are so many familiar shops in Jakarta from Zara to Gucci I still feel like I'm somewhere else, that I have an experience that was truly different from my day to day life. I get to see something different and new. We didn't have to do anything grand to experience something new. One day we went to Kota Tua - which means old town (Kota means city and Tua means old) and the main...

Knitwear at Spitalfields Market

It's a rainy grey day in London -  but that doesn't stop me from going out to Spitalfields market. I only live around the corner from the market but I never get bored of going there. Today it seems full of tourists and Christmas jumpers. I don't know where the British tradition of wearing a silly sweater at Christmas came from but there is something quite charming about it, plus it's good to be a bit silly and not take everything too seriously. During the next few weeks there will be lots...

Monstore Jakarta: Streetwear

The Monstore is one of my favourite shops in Jakarta, it's in Kemang, which is quite a young and trendy area that's best known for it's nightclubs. Upstairs they have a bar that's open in the evening and downstairs they have a shop. Most of the collection is black and white and this season they showed at Jakarta Fashion Week. On the catwalk we're starting to see more ready-to-wear and streetwear in Jakarta with Monstore leading the way! [youtube JEJ2YzamjzA 640...

Fashion Scout Selection Committee

This season the Fashion Scout Selection Committee included Judith Tolley from the Centre for Fashion Enterprise, Hilary Alexander OBE, Vogue Italia's Sara Maino, me, Martin Robert (Director of Fashion Scout), designer and merit award winner Georgina Hardinge, consultant Craig Spellar and Kendall Robbins from the British Council. Fashion Scout is one of the few venues in the world that offers a platform for emerging talent to showcase their work on the catwalk.  This season we had a very...

Pasar Santa (Santa Market) in Jakarta

In Jakarta things seem to happen quickly as many of the stalls in Pasar Santa (Jalan Cisanggiri II, Indonesia) only opened a few weeks ago. The market was originally known for selling vegetables, fruit and household items but then several stalls opened on the top floor and started to attract a younger hipper clientele and more stalls quickly opened, some of them are quite small (2x2 meters) but it gave young people an opportunity to open their own business. If you're looking for youth...

Jakarta Flower Market

  This was my second trip to Jakarta and we were doing some live photoshoots as part of Jakarta Fashion Week. I love using fresh flowers in shoots so very early one morning my team headed off to the flower market. It's not a place that tourists visit, so it was obvious to everyone that I was a foreigner - fortunately my assistants were very good negotiators plus one of them, Annya (in the grey t-shirt above) wants to be a florist and already knew many of the vendors. Nadia, my...

MASH-UP show at Digital Fashion Week Singapore

It was MASH-UP's first show at Digital Fashion Week Singapore and you could feel how excited the crowd was for the designers. The Singapore fashion scene is quite small - everyone seems to know everyone and they all seem quite supportive of each other. The inspiration for the collection was the artwork of the Algerian revolution in the 60's. The strength of women in their eyes and Picasso's portrait Les Femmes d’Alger. MASH-UP does most of their sampling in their studio. They...

Carmen Dell’Orefice closes the max.tan show at Digital Fashion Week Singapore

Carmen Dell'Orefice closed max.tan's show on the opening night of the third year of Digital Fashion Week Singapore. It was a rare fashion moment, the kind that makes you understand what the word supermodel really means. The moment she appeared on the catwalk it was breathtaking - you felt you were in the presence of royalty, and she really was the Queen of the Catwalk. It wasn't a self-indulgent moment but rather one of gratitude and generosity. I was quite excited when I first read...

SUPERSPACE Concept Store in Singapore

I met the designers from Mash Up and wanted to see more of their work. They pointed me in the direction of the concept store SUPERSPACE. In Singapore cool shops can actually be found in malls, it's the easiest way to shop and it might be the only way to shop here as it's too hot outside - even at 10pm the malls are busy. SUPERSPACE is a cross between an art gallery and a sweetshop. There is so much to look at and each rail is labelled with the name of the designer, where they're from...

DEPRESSION, by Kenny Lim and Andrew Loh in Singapore

I'm loving Singaporean fashion label DEPRESSION by Kenny Lim and Andrew Loh. Lim and Loh named their fashion label DEPRESSION as a sign of empowerment: when you feel unhappy you have the power to change how you feel. I did feel pretty good when I tried on their collection! I had a chance to meet them briefly today and they seemed pretty cheerful and exceptionally cool! They have also have a second label called ‘NOT COOL ENOUGH’ aka NCE - I love a label with a good name! I...

Digital Fashion Week Singapore 2014

I'm really looking forward to attending Singapore Digital Fashion Week, from October 31 to November 3, 2014. Singapore fashion label Max Tan will open Digital Fashion Week and Italian label Cristiano Burani will close the event. Other designers include Fyodor Golan and Singapore labels Thomas Wee, In Good Company, Depression, Pauline Ning as well as young emerging labels You You and Mash-Up. I'm really looking forward to seeing Depression on Friday as it's all streetwear and perfect for...

Fashion Weekend Skopje

Today I'm off to Skopje to participate in the 10th edition of Fashion Weekend Skopje, from the 23rd to the 27th of October at various locations through the city including the salon Audi-Porsche Macedonia. I'll be giving a 5 day workshop on Fashion Blogging, Social Media and Branding, and participating in panel discussions with Robert Cavell-Clarke from “Not Just A Label”,  Kendall Robbins - Program Manager for fashion in the British Council London and the team from the Macedonian...

Applications open for Fashion Scout A/W 2015

It's that time of year again, London Fashion Week, February 20-24 2015 is coming up sooner than you think and it's time for emerging designers to showcase their collections as catwalk shows, presentations or as part of the exhibition at Fashion Scout. You can also apply for the Merit Award and Ones to Watch Award which have launched the careers of designers including William Tempest, David Koma, Hermione de Paula and Eudon Choi. Fashion Scout also exhibits during Paris Fashion Week...

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...

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