jeudi 17 novembre 2016

Self.Styled Portraits


Samanfah Wilson by Anthony Lycett 

In the frame of the launch of Self.Styled the book, I am presenting a side projects "self styled Portraits" that we have been collaborating with the photographer Anthony Lycett.  


Aidan Azurei Reyes by Anthony Lycett 


The book is all about self expression documenting eccentric looks and beautiful individuals! It doesn't try to put people into category like "goth, punk, club kids" but celebrates the creativity of personal style and guts it take to dress up, matching with a whole life style.  
Moving in a live/work space where we both have our studio gave me the immense privilege to meet all this fabulous creatures and just stick some of my designs over their magnificent outfits before they even think about it. 

Jason Summerfield by Anthony Lycett 

It is also a way for Anthony to focus more on the face of his subjects and on details whereas Self.styled is more about the whole look the attitude and the personality conveyed from the body language.  




Amy Day by Anthony Lycett 


I always try to match the neckpiece or accessories with the outfit and the style of the person. For example is someone has more a "festival style" I will choose something really colourful, for someone with a more "fetish" style something darker. 



Estelle Riviere by Anthony Lycett 

The idea is to create  a meeting point between to creative world giving a different flavour to the jewels according to the person that wear. Like an actor gives an other dimension to a theatre text by the way he interprets it and brings his own touch.  Reversely, my jewels resonate to the outfit and starts a creative dialogue.  

Toni Tits by Anthony Lycett 


For example with Toni Tits, it seems that the vampire dolls necklace his  made for her as a multiple reflection of herself.It  merges into each other to create a unique piece of wearable art. You don't really see the limit between the clothing and the face as the neckpiece become part and parcel of the whole composition.  




Harriet Holt by Anthony Lycett 


Jessica Holt By Anthony Lycett 


Tete Bang Bang by Anthony Lycett 


Nange Magro by Anthony Lycett 



Harry Whitfield by Anthony Lycett 


Adreena Angela by Anthony Lycett 


Von Kuntz by Anthony Lycett 




Patricia Fox by Anthony Lycett 



Joanna Glitz by Anthony Lycett 

Bliss Theadora by Anthony Lycett 

Von Kuntz by Anthony Lycett 


Sadie Clayton by Anthony Lycett 




Marie Devilreux by Anthony Lycett 

Gregory Kara by Anthony Lycett 



Olivia Loeke Keelor by Anthony Lycett 


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jeudi 20 octobre 2016

Penciled for fashion week


By Anthony Lycett 
I originally made the pencil dress for the "back to school" themed bingo at Number90. It is not a pencil dress with a slim-fitting skirt with a straight, narrow cut, but literally a dress made out of pencils.  


By Anthony Lycett
 Following my favourite aesthetic of accumulation, the more, the merrier, I ordered some pencils online and got lots of boxes à pound land. In the queue an old Cockney guy found it funny to say "you are not going to run out of colours"…  If only he knew… 

By Anthony Lycett
In total, I collected 1080 pencils, Then the hard work starts, drilling holes in every single pencils with a precision drill to stitch them one by one of a pink dress which I modify the structure with some foam pads.I also made a pencils sharpener necklace to complete the outfit.

By Anthony Lycett
 As everything has to be coherent and use all the elements of the pencils, I glued  pencils shavings on my face for the make up. For solid shavers, plastic pens are the best.  It remind me this game when you had to create the longest pencil shaving without breaking it.  
By Anthony Lycett


See on my previous article, I also presented this dress at the Fuck fashion show by Diane Goldie where my very talented assistant Maggie Campbell modelled the dress for me.  






By Anthony Lycett

We decided to shoot in a children playground area in Clissod Park, for the colourful rubber ground and facilities matching with the pencils.  We went in the morning thinking kids will be at school but we had to wait for the park gardeners to clean the area and as soon as they finished children started to appear from nowhere.  They were quite surprised to see a  living human pencils case  occupying their territory but they were quite mesmerised by the colours! 
A post creation inspiration: When I went to the "Vulgar" exhibition at the Barbican, I saw this dress from the designer Mary Katrantzou who is made with hundreds of yellow pencils! I was a bit disappointed I wasn't the only one to have made a pencil dress and that everything have been done, but of course in a very different way! 

By Anthony Lycett

By Anthony Lycett

People asked me why I bother to stitch all the crayons where I could have glue them to save time. The sewing creates an amazing motions where pencils become fringes,  and sounds of the clinking of the pencils between them is magical.  It is like a thousands of small wooden bells, a reminiscence of childhood.  I like to create another reality where clothes make sounds they shouldn't be making, where people know the sounds but can't tell what it is because they are not expecting it from this object.  
By Anthony Lycett


By Anthony Lycett 

One of my look for the fashion week with some of my new pieces, my clicking camera necklace  and mecano dinosaurs.  🍿I am proudly wearing my Pop corn skirts by the brilliant dazzle and jolt, an  an independent brand to absolutely check www.dazzleandjolt.com , linking my love for pop corn & pop art! 
By Anthony Lycett 


By 

Daniel Rachev

 

Playing the game of the fashion week: dressing up, showing off, striking the pose, looking fabulous! When a lot of fashionista of fashion buyer where a classy minimalistic black, we anarchically colours bomb the fashion week.  People may say it is more costume than fashion, well it is just having fun with clothes! 
Florent Bidois wearing my crayons neckpiece, I feel my accessories look even better on men! 

By Daniel Rachevhttps://www.instagram.com/danielrachevphotography/


Partner in crime with Florent Bidois, modelling for the fake fur  brand Bandits london 

With the mystic king of colours Kala Kala

At the Sorapol show 

by Jose Farinha

by Jose Farinha




Behind the scene of LFW, I don't have a limo that drives me everywhere, I just have my bike and a gold waterproof jacket to protect me from the rain, making me look like Hulk with the padded design,  it is quite epic to cycle in this dress! 


Super happy to see myself in the street style gallery of the London Evening Standard (number 15) this year the show was definitely in the street!


Interview  about my work on Previly Magazine 

dimanche 9 octobre 2016

London tribe tribute show


The amazing artist Diane Goldie spent two months painting and sewing,  putting together an exhibition of portraits of creative people wearing her wearable art at the Resistance Gallery.  The impulse of this event was the rip off of Diane Goldie's design  by Gucci and the reclaim of her aesthetic by a celebration of the london tribe and individualism.  
There was a very new punk & anarchist energy emerging for the whole exhibition, but far from a nihilist reaction to a hard blow, it was a vey creative response, a strong desire for an alternative way to consume and make art.  

"London is a place of individuality , creativity and style. It's also a place where outsiders can find their kin. Our tribe of beautiful weirdos , gorgeous freaks, creative creatures are supported and celebrated in this beautiful city of ours. Our creativity has been noticed and influenced the likes of Gucci just last season. Let's celebrate this! This is an exhibition of these stylish people, paintings, clothes, art and performance in all its forms. Come all you outsiders, let's celebrate our diversity together , post Brexit , in a London that refuses to conform." Diane Goldie 



Fuck fashion manifesto by Diane Goldie 
"Clothes should be made and marketed to all humans, of all shapes, sizes , ages, races, abilities and sexes. All humans have a basic need to feel good in what they are wearing and that should be acknowledged.
There is no one fixed standard of beauty , beauty comes from inner confidence and authenticity. That is all.
We shall not use manipulation to make consumers feel inadequate in order to sell them the idea of a solution. (it’s never a real solution). We believe that helping people feel good is a much better way of promoting sales.
Models should be encouraged to smile and dance and laugh . We want to see people enjoying their clothes.
Models are to be all humans, reflecting the natural diversity of the population. This should never be done in a tokenistic way.
Trends are to be exposed for what they are: a trick to encourage constant turn over of capital. Style (finding a personal way of dressing that suits the individual) should replace trends."


Beautiful sketch by Sue Harding capturing the atmosphere of the catwalk preparation, I am putting my butterfly on my face (sounds quite surrealistic ou of context) 

Because everything was permitted, I decided to break codes of the traditional fashion catwalk by introducing some performative elements to the actual show. 



I was happily surprised how all my beautiful models got really involved into the project, all being very professional and dedicated.  
I wasn't presenting a spring summer collection, a trend that will be outdated in six months but a repertoire of costumes that have each their own stories and contains their own world in themselves.


picture by Richard Kaby 

For the peacock dress, the silver base of the dress was generously given to me by Diane Goldie herself after buying it at Spitafields market.  The peacock is from a hand-woven bedspread I found in my grandmother closet that my great-grandfather brought back from a trip to China in the 1920's. The piece is a 100 years old so I have to give it justice and not mess up the dress. 



by Anthony Lycett 

I carefully cut out the peacock,  stitched it on the base and adorned the contour with sequins to hide the seems.  it may not be the most spectacular piece of the catwalk but paradoxically it is the one that took the most time as it took a whole week to sequins the peacock.  


picture by Richard Kaby 

I styled the dress with my peacock turban which is the headpiece I am wearing on my portrait by Diane Goldie and asked Florent Bidois to wear it as it has quite a straight cut.  With the sparkly make up Steffy Shaw make up he turned itself into a peacock Maharaja. 

by Anthony Lycett

I got theses primary colours goggly eyes from a project i did in July with Unattended Items for a kawaii festival. They are in Korean folk tradition some prop that you put on fingers to tell people's fortune. 

by Anthony Lycett
For my greatest happiness, I was allowed to keep them and to turn them into a 90s style kawaii dress! I straight away thought about Loulou Reloulou to wear it, as it fit her acid colours style. She brilliantly styled it with some yellow tights and purple wig! perfect in the comic stripes toilets.  
by Anthony Lycett


By Richard Bastick 

picture by Richard Kaby 

by Anthony Lycett

The gold and black tinsels dress that I wore on Brighton beach have an amazing floaty movement when you blow air in it. So I got two big piece of cardboard  that I found in the street and I wrote "Fuck" and fashion on it" to create a "giant fan" effect. 


I love when a garment becomes evolutive and react to its environment.  I need someone with an aristocratic bearing that I found in the person of Karo Yosifova. 

picture by Richard Kaby 

by Anthony Lycett
My kawaii kimono is one my most sophisticated  and elaborated pieces I made. Emblematic of my aesthetic,  I presented it at many shows like Brighton fashion week, Shorditch colours bombing walk, my solo exhibition in Paris, but I never get tired of it! 
by Anthony Lycett

And this time I decided to style it with a new clicking cameras neckpiece and dragon headpiece.  I found theses colourful clicking cameras at Poundstar in Hackney central and stitched on a furry base, the perfect paparazzi necklace! 

picture by Richard Kaby 
I met Claire Shanley  few days ago at an extra jobs and her enthusiasm about the project was amazing, she looked mesmerising with Steffy Shaw Kapop geisha make up! 


by Anthony Lycett

by Anthony Lycett


by Anthony Lycett

The superwoman couture dress come from an admiration for this powerful shero and the observation that she doesn't owns a evening wear . As a feminine feminist I decided to created for her a long dress version of her famous cartoons costume adorned with sequins and sparky rhinestones.  I 

by Anthony Lycett 

used the base of a part shop costume that a friend gave me and sited in my wardrobe for 2 years. With the great Lichtenstein pop art make up by Steffy Shaw Bryony Ellis is wearing her own footwear specially created for the event!
by Anthony Lycett 



by Anthony Lycett 

by Anthony Lycett 

picture by Richard Kaby 


picture by Richard Kaby 

by Anthony Lycett 

Laetitia Nuss looked amazing in my mermaid costume, I was happy to gather people that I meet in different places and jobs and bring them together.  

by Anthony Lycett 

When she offered to bring her twins i thought it was a brilliant ideas. That gave me the opportunity to create a little theatrical "tableau vivant" with the little girl and little girls dressed as sailor blowing bubbles.

by Anthony Lycett 

 Two of my models would wave a blue fabric to represent the sea. In this way,  I could create a remembrance of children games where you use to sheets to built sheds and chairs to ride as an imaginary horse! I liked the idea of having children on stage to convey the message I could create a costumes for everybody, the young and the less young, a trans-generational fashion.  


picture by Richard Kaby 

picture by Richard Kaby 


by Anthony Lycett 

I found theses fried eggs squeaky toys in pound world.  I think it was some very well spend 6 pounds! I stitched them on a latex dress because I am an egg fetish! I love eggs, I could eat eggs at every meals, boiled, scrambled, fried, soft-boiled eggs… 
by Anthony Lycett 


I was very lucky with the egg dress. I had a drop out by a model on the day, but I have the very talented Marnie Scarlet, awards winning performer,  who was modelling for Diane Goldie, who got her eyes caught by the dress on the hanger and accepted to jump in it and improvised an incredible show on the spot wittily playing with her frying pan accessories! Sometimes the most unexpected things are the best! 

by Anthony Lycett 

by Anthony Lycett 

by Anthony Lycett 

The eggs dress was also borrowed by Amy Redmond for Miss Sink the PInk party, two iconic woman have been wearing this dress!  



picture by Richard Kaby 
I have been lucky that Marnie Scarlett wanted to borrow the egg dress for a very playful photoshoot with a very talented photographer 

Serving EGGS
Photographer: Tatiana D'Andréa
Model: Marnie Scarlet 
Sizzling with that EGGS dress by Anne Sophie Cochevelou and amazing photography and editing by Tatiana D'Andréa Tatiana D'Andrea Professional Photographer 


by Anthony Lycett 

I originally made the pencil dress for the "back to school" themed bingo at Number90.  Following my favourite aesthetic of accumulation, the more, the merrier, I ordered some pencils online and got lots of boxes à pound land. In the queue an old Cockney guy found it funny to say "you are not going to run out of colours"…  If only he knew… 


by Anthony Lycett 


In total I collected 1080 pencils, Then the hard work starts, drilling holes in every single pencils with a precision drill to stitch them one by one of a pink dress which I modify the structure with some foam pads.I also made a pencils sharpener necklace to complete the outfit. I asked Steffy Shaw to make this pencils sharpeners make up gluing on the face colourful shavings on the beautiful face of my very talented assistant Maggie Campbell.
by Anthony Lycett 

picture by Richard Kaby 

picture by Richard Kaby 

Shake your pencils! By Richard Bastick 


By Richard Bastick 

Shoot in the scottish mountains, I turned my butterfly dress into a performative and participative piece where people could add the 5D butterflies on the rings of the dress, being part and parcel of the creative process! Whereas designers often create a clear separation between the models put on a pedestal and the audience.  

By Richard Bastick 





picture by Richard Kaby 
picture by Richard Kaby 

by Anthony Lycett 


On the next day, I swop role from designer/performer to model  for the outrageously talented Magdalene Celeste at The London Style Tribe Tribute Show love being a baroque glittery Arlequin. Posing in front of my painting by the great Diane Goldie wearing one of her beautiful Frida Kahlo Kimano.  


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