Stylist Stuff by Rebekah Roy
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Getting Back on the Bike: 5 Minutes with Rachel Thomas of Brake Bike

As soon as the weather gets warmer I want to go for a bike ride - but I'm a bit too hesitant to cycle in London.   I thought I'd ask Rachel Thomas of Brake Bikes for her advice. How do I get started? The important thing is off course is to have a bike, (a brake bike would be a great start). If you already have a bike that has been in the shed over the winter ..... get it serviced and checked out by a bike mechanic in your local bike shop. Buying a bike can be intimidating, so at Brake...

If you’re a Young Designer you’ll want to apply for Fashion Scout SS16 London & Paris Fashion Week

It's that time of year and if you're a young fashion designer you're already thinking about what to do next and it can be daunting. Fashion Scout is in its 18th season and has supported a whole generation of designers including Peter Pilotto, Felder Felder, David Koma, William Tempest, Eudon Choi, Pam Hogg, Fyodor Golan, Agi & Sam and most recently Phoebe English and Xiao Li, You can apply for catwalk shows, including Merit and Ones to Watch, presentations, installations, London...

Fashion in Motion with Grace Wales Bonner at the V&A

Grace Wales Bonner is a recent graduate from Central Saint Martins who was awarded the 2014 L'Oreal Professional Talent Award and showed her Autumn/Winter 2015 collection at Fashion East Man.  It's exciting to see such a young designer getting so much attention: Grace is 23 and just showcased her work  at the V&A as part of Fashion In Motion!  Her collection, Ebonics plays with the idea of what is authentic black masculinity. Many of the garments are embellished with Swarovski...

Fashion Museum announces Gareth Pugh for Dress of the Year 2014

Tonight at Bath in Fashion Rosemary Harden, Manager of the Fashion Museum announced that Katie Grand has chosen a dress from Gareth Pugh's A/W 2014 as the Dress of the Year. We were given a first look at the dress and it's quite an exciting piece to see.  You can't really tell by looking at the dress but it's made of plastic. It's three dresses with a large belt that holds it together. It looks stunning and ethereal but knowing that it's so disposable gives it such an eerie...

Thea Porter at the Fashion and Textile Museum

Thea Porter was one of the pioneers of one of the most iconic looks in British fashion: bohemian chic. The exhibition at the Fashion and Textile Museum is really important in that it actually fills a gap in fashion history. The guest curator of the exhibition, Laura McLaws Helms, took us through the exhibition and of course knew all of Thea Porter's history (she's even written a book about Thea Porter), but when she started researching she said she found only a few paragraphs on the internet,...

Bentley Fragrances Launch at the Sky Garden, 20 Fenchurch Street

Some events are very interesting from a branding perspective - this was the launch of the new Bentley Fragrances line for men, by the same company that makes the iconic luxury automobiles. The Bentley brand is all about very high quality and this event reflected that - the location was the Sky Garden at the new 20 Fenchurch Street, also known as the "walkie talkie" in London because of it's shape. The Sky Garden is on the top floor and is a very open, luxurious space with lots of foliage and...

Royal College of Art Work in Progress Show 2015

These images are from the private viewing at the Royal College of Art - Student Work in Progress Show 2015. The exhibition gives you the opportunity to see  the creative process of some of the up and coming design students in Ceramics & Glass, Jewellery & Metal, Fashion Menswear, Fashion Womenswear and Textiles. It was a great evening and the work exhibited was so inspiring! The event is on from 21 January 2015 to 25 January 2015 | 10am – 5pm at the Royal College of Art...

Breakfast Cereal on Brick Lane

Sometimes all I want is a bowl of cereal - usually at night just before bed. I never had sugary cereals growing up, they were band from our household but we were allowed a spoonful of brown sugar on porridge... I'd look longingly at Lucky Charms and Coco Puffs but we'd quickly bypass them for Weetabix in the grocery store. Of course as an adult I'm happy to have only a few cavities and good teeth but now I can look at the cereals as a treat - really as a dessert or comfort food. The...

Christmas Day in the City

How wonderful to feel the emptiness of London on Christmas Day. It's become one of my favourite things and almost a tradition to go on a Christmas Day cycle through the City and to Saint Paul's...

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...

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