Stylist Stuff by Rebekah Roy
The daily musings of a fashion stylist in London.
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It’s all about the 80′s from As Seen In BLITZ magazine to the V&A’s Club to Catwalk

We are definitely having an 80's moment! There was the  launch of Iain R. Webb's book,  As Seen In Blitz: Fashioning '80s Style and now we have Club to Catwalk: London fashion in the 1980's - the latest exhibition at the V&A. It's on until February 16th 2014. Iain R Webb discussing Blitz kids with Princess Julia during Bath In Fashion. One of my favourite pictures was of Hamish...

Book Launch – Golden Boy by Abigail Tarttelin

Rising literary star Abigail Tarttelin launched her second novel Golden Boy in London last week. It's one of those books that you'll just want to stay up all night and read. It's a coming of age story about Max Walker - the Golden Boy, the perfect son, the best friend. The girls at school like him and he's so nice to his little brother but Max has a secret and is betrayed in the worst possible way by his best friend. Max was born with forty-six XX chromosomes and forty-six XY...

Sunday Book Market

I love reading - it's my only escape from fashion and I was particularly delighted to discover the Sunday Book Market on Goldsmith Row in East London. I love a good book - mainly chic lit. I've tried to read my iPad in bed but for some reason I tend to read on an angle and the iPad can never quite adjust to this. I read every night before I fall asleep, sometimes it's only for a few pages and sometimes I can't put a book down and I'll read all night. It's usually a good cover and evocative...

Behind the Scenes – Beauty Shoot

I've worked with make up artist Lan Nguyen for several years and we've done lots of shows and editorials together. It's great to work with people that you know and trust. When you work with people you know you don't become complacent or lazy - you actually work harder! Lan used lots of colour and I styled the shoot focusing on lots of texture. I'll post the images once the shoot comes out in September. ...

Happy 125 years of Coca-Cola

I didn't grow up drinking any kind of pop and I don't recall when I finally did - it must have a been at a birthday party. However, I was very happy when Coca-Cola introduced diet vanilla and cherry coke. I've always been partial to Coca-Cola commercials - they are so happy and sometimes I just want to live in one of their commercials. The appeal to me might not be so much the actual drink but the marketing - the lifestyle of the brand. For some reason if you're out for dinner and you order...

Quirky London

In London there are so many quirky things. Streets where the numbers go up one way on one side of the street and then they continue down on the opposite side. Buildings or homes with no numbers often have just names which makes finding them a bit more difficult but it seems so much more welcoming for a house to have a name. It might be a bit of a challenge  to navigate around London but it is a bit more interesting than most cities. My favourite thing is doors with unusual numbers - it...

Amelia’s Book Tour

The lovely Amelia Gregory will be doing a book tour this spring! The tour will include informal chats about the creation of Amelia’s Compendium of Fashion Illustration, the rise of eco fashion, the illustration process and social media for creatives. Attendees will be able to network with each other whilst enjoying tea and home made cakes from local retailers! After an official book signing there will also be the opportunity to take part in a personal portfolio crit with Amelia...

Diane Von Furstenberg – Be the Wonder Woman You Can Be

Diane Von Furstenberg teamed up with DC Comics and wrote her own comic book, Be the Wonder Woman You Can Be, Featuring the Adventures of Diva, Viva & Fifa. It's about the fulfillment and empowerment of women. DVF says: "If I have any mission in life... it is to empower women" As a little girl I loved the tv show Wonder Women with Linda Carter. I thought she was great - I love her costume - her boots, her tiara and her golden rope. She was sexy and powerful. By 1975, DVF was...

The Ugly Betty Book

Ugly Betty: The Book is fashioned to resemble the ultra private and confidential white binder known as "the Book" (the Mode magazine mock-up prominently featured in the show), this book has a paper-over-board cover and is designed to look like an issue of Mode that Betty edited herself. The book's chapters are presented in the form of magazine articles based on the show's storylines, all told from Betty's unique point of view. Articles range from fashion layouts, "What to...

Platform Shoes

I've always loved platform shoes. Being only 5′2″ high shoes make me feel powerful (and taller) but it's the platform or wedge that really works for me. I think if I had a high arch I would have loved the stiletto heel. Marni patent leather wedges Platforms have been around forever and I mean centuries. The Greeks first wore them in theatre plays - the more important the character the higher the platform. In the 15th & 16th century high-born prostitutes or courtesans in Venice wore...

Appointments and Book Shopping

Models go on castings on a daily basis, the rest of us make up artists, hair stylists, photographers and stylists go on appointments. It's hard to make the time when you're busy shooting but it's important to meet new people and show your work. You're basically going on mini interviews all day. What's great and not so great is that you might be running all over the city while going to appointments. So I generally use this opportunity to check out any cool shops or cafes. Near Dalston...

To Hell in High Heels by Helena Frith Powell

The lovely Helena Frith Powell was wearing a black signature Karen Brost dress for her book launch in Chelsea last night. Helena is a writer and journalist, she is the author of Two Lipsticks and a Lover - a book about what makes French women so special and her latest book To Hell in High Heels is about anti-ageing. Helena has recently opened the Renew Spa Retreats in the south of France! Anyway, I've just started the book but so far so...

Luxury, Creativity and the UK Fashion Industry

Most of us are starting to understand why we shouldn't buy fakes but we don't really understand why we should or shouldn't buy luxury goods. We don't really know any more what makes a luxury item really luxurious. I have never bought a fake luxury item, but I don't own many luxury items I have a few Prada bags but nothing too extraordinary. This might be because I love new designers, I like vintage but not 70's, 60's more like 30's and 1900's. I don't want to write a book review for you as...

MyWardrobe.com, Barbie and Erté’s fashion paper doll books

I love shopping online and I love when I find something new that reminds me of something old. I used to love playing with dolls. I don't remember how many Barbie dolls I had but I wasn't into Barbie stuff: the house, the car etc. It's odd now that I think about it, as I'm still not into all that stuff. I used to love paper doll books too and I'd never cut them up; I'd just admire them. I was browsing My Wardobe.com and there are a couple of functions that seem really reminiscent of playing...

Novi Sad, Serbia Hotel Room

Another wondreful hotel room!! Good for yoga in the morning with nice big...

Photographer Marc Lagrange

Marc Lagrange is a fashion, advertising and portrait photographer. You should visit his site at www.lagrange.be as his work is beautiful, strong, sensual and playful. If you have a chance go to the exhibition:PhotoMuseum16/6-10/9/2006http://www.fotomuseum.be ...

LitBits | bite-sized fiction

If you ever need an escape and only have 30 seconds read a litbit! Bite-size...

Ginette Spanier – It isn’t all Mink

Ginette Spanier, the Directrice of Balmain. I love a good book and I cannot resist buying them at little sales, maybe it's a church sale or a market stall but I love a used book. Not a library book, although I do have a library card. I think I bought this at a bookstore near Hoxton Square. Anyway I recently read "It Isn't All Mink". I saw the cover and just had to buy it. It was first printed in 1959 but the copy I have is from 1961. It's not the year it was published that's...