Stylist Stuff by Rebekah Roy
The daily musings of a fashion stylist in London.
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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...

Happy Graffiti on Brick Lane

  I love happy things and every time I see this artist's work it just make me happy! I'm not sure who the artist is but it's easy to recognize their distinct playful...

The Spa at The Royal Crescent Hotel

I spend quite a bit of time in Bath during Bath in Fashion but I rarely get to the opportunity to play tourist while I'm there. Bath is a wonderful place to escape to and it's only just over an hour away from London. My new favourite place is the Royal Crescent Hotel. Hidden on the other side of the Georgian hotel is a beautiful secret garden with a restaurant and a spa. I went to the spa and it felt like entering another world - there's a heated pool large enough to swim in, complete...

Sir Paul Smith celebrates the Tour de France!

  Yesterday was the Tour de France and avid cyclist Sir Paul Smith (who raced until he was 18 and still cycles regularly) celebrated with an exhibition of cycling heros by artist Karl Kopinski at his Soho Shop. It was quite a bustling event!  You could also see the Paul Smith 531 cycling collection which includes a  Mercian Fixed-Gear Bike, a chronograph watch with numerous features including a stopwatch to lightweight Ventile Cotton Cycling Jackets exclusive to Mr...

Graffiti In East London

  Every week the graffiti changes in East London - it's a constant source of...

Apart Art Gallery Pop Up in East London

< There is a new pop up gallery opening this week at 132 Commercial Road which looks quite curious. The windows have florescent coloured super cute bunnies alongside a slightly sinister female mannequin dressed in black latex and a colourful sea diver - it's all quite intriguing.  The gallery is part of the 2014 London Summer Exhibition with an international line up of APART artists. From their press release: 'Apart was opened by Adrian Palengat in a former antiques market on...

Sankuanz Catwalk Show at London Collections: Men SS15

GQ China presented Sankuanz's SS15 collection at London Collection: Men. Sankuanz Zhe was born in Fujian, China  and one year after he graduated from Xiamen University he launch his label. He started off slowly, doing illustration on t-shirts, giving himself time to let the brand evolve naturally. His first show debuted his AW13 collection during Shanghai Fashion Week and he exhibited in Paris in 2014. He already has a cult following so going to this show I had no idea of what to expect...

London Collections: Men – Designer Edward Crutchley

  After spending some time in Jakarta I've become more obsessed with textiles, so I was delighted to see Edward Crutchley's new menswear collection at Fashion East's Menswear Installations at London Collections: Men. You're immediately drawn to the hand dyed Indonesian ikats fabrics and the kyo yuzen  printing (it's screen printed onto cloth, not to be mistaken for a digital print). It's these techniques that make the collection very sports lux and with shapes are so easy to wear...

Graduate Fashion Week Menswear Award Winner: Aimee Dunn, Nottingham Trent University

Graduate Fashion Week Menswear Award Winner 204: Aimee Dunn, Nottingham Trent...

Visiting Jakarta: Day 3

Today we had a production meeting with our team as tomorrow we're doing a fashion film. I'm working with a new designer, Norma Hauri, who designs Muslim wear.  In Indonesia there are stylists who specialize in the hijab (the head scarf) as there are so many different ways of wearing it - fortunately Norma is also a hijab stylist.  The Muslim fashion industry is estimated to be worth about $100 Billion. In Indonesia it employs more than 3 million people in the garment industry and it...

Visiting Jakarta: Day 2

Today photographer Darren Black and set designer Sarah May and I gave a fashion talk to designers, stylists and photographers at The Femina Group office in central Jakarta today. We also met with the designer that we will be working during the next few days. Of course we managed to get in some good shopping today and we were quite inspired by all the designers that we saw, so much so that we've planned an extra editorial shoot on our last day. We went to the traditional department...

Visiting Jakarta: Day 1

After a long journey including a three hour drive from the airport (there is so much traffic here!) we arrived in Jakarta. I'm giving a fashion talk tomorrow and working with a hijab designer on a photoshoot this week, and at the end of  the week I'm visiting more designers at their studio - so it should be quite exciting and inspiring. It's already dark by 6:30pm and we were off to The Cloud on the 54th floor of The Plaza to enjoy the view of the city. The...

Graduate Fashion Week 2014 Day 3: Kingston

A selection of looks from Kingston at GFW...

Graduate Fashion Week 2014 Day 2: UCA Epsom

A selection of looks from UCA Epsom at GFW...

Graduate Fashion Week Day 2: De Montfort University – Contour

A selection of looks from the De Montfort University - Contour Show at GFW...

Graduate Fashion Week Day 1 – University of Central Lancashire

Rebecca Rimmer - this was one of my favourite collections from UCLAN. Below are just some of the graduates from this show. Chloe Siddall Jennifer Echverria Stephanie Chesworth Jayne Action Hollie Robinson Kimberley Blackburn Stephanie...

Graduate Fashion Week 2014 Day 1: Istitute Marangoni

Istituto Marangoni opened Graduate Fashion Week 2014 with a violinist! Here's a selection from the show: Goni Grupper Linh Thuy Pham Marika Grasso Lisa Kidd Alexandre Henkes A finale of the...

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