MANEKI-NEKO

I’m aware that I’ve posted two heavily branded t-shirt related outfits in a row, but it really is rare that I wear logo heavy stuff. Not because I’m trying to be an uber mininmal millennial but because i generally find most branding to be really corny – even the ironic ones…

Anyway, this shirt is from EDWIN’s SS15 collaboration with Lucky Cat Garage in France. Contrary to popular belief, not everyone who works with denim is a beard toting motorbike “Stan”. I just really like this shirt, ok?

T-SHRIT – Edwin Europe x Lucky Cat Garage (sold out) / SHORTS – Uniqlo / SNEAKERS – Vans Sk8 Hi / POUCH – Coach / FEDORA – Primark / Sunglasses – Monokel Eyewear

 

BLACK LIVES MATTER – LONDON

I’m tired. I’m just really, really tired. Of black people being marginalised by society. Of people retaliating with violence. Of people not being able to understand that Black Lives Matter is not anti-white or anti-police. It’s not discarding the many other groups of people who have been and continue to be broken down. All lives will matter when black lives matter too.

Source: BBC

In light of recent events, people with a voice and a platform to share it have expressed concern with what has become the status quo. There have been protests all over the US and, sadly, 5 police officers lost their lives in Dallas. Violence doesn’t do anything except create more sadness, more heartache, more frustration.

Source: BBC

Here’s my reaction to the BBC’s video footage of London’s peaceful #BLM protest:

“it seems super self-indulgent to say that i can’t watch this without welling up. i’m overwhelmed.

i see myself, my family & my friends in the people who are mistreated by the systems that are supposed to protect, help, serve.

as a kid, my parents made sure i was taught black history. they taught me to treat others as i would like to be treated – with kindness & respect. they taught me that i would always have to work that bit harder because the world is a sad place & people like me don’t always get ahead.

i’ve been told to “go back to where you come from”, looked at & magnitude of other shit that i’ve closed my mind to because how else would i be able to move forward. my dad has been arrested for checking on a black kid who was being man handled by 5 police officers & it took all more than 2 officers to arrest him. he’s been stopped & asked to prove that he is Mr Albert Vanterpool in a random traffic stop because a police officer curious as to why he, a black man, was driving a nice toyota corolla. my mum is a consultant nurse & is often the only POC when she’s giving talks, lectures, on government advisery boards & chairing meetings. she’s received an MBE for her work in local communities.

seeing this video makes my heart swell. the diverse & peaceful protest brought the busiest street in central london to a stand still.

i feel super proud. london, i love you.”

Source: Instagram.com/nieshvanterpool

BILLIE HOLIDAY – STRANGE FRUIT

Southern trees bear a strange fruit,
Blood on the leaves and blood at the root,
Black bodies swinging in the southern breeze,
Strange fruit hanging from the poplar trees.

Pastoral scene of the gallant south,
The bulging eyes and the twisted mouth,
Scent of magnolias, sweet and fresh,
Then the sudden smell of burning flesh.

Here is fruit for the crows to pluck,
For the rain to gather, for the wind to suck,
For the sun to rot, for the trees to drop,
Here is a strange and bitter crop.

 

LATELY – JUNE 2016

In the wake of the Britain’s EU referendum, I sit here, feeling sad, defeated and uncertain about the future of this country (I voted remain, if you care to know). In an attempt to distract myself from the Babylon that is occurring around me, here’s what I’ve been up to lately…

L: Shoes – Timberland (old) / R: red eyeshadow from Kiko

Shopping bags and perfect light 

L: Jacket – Edwin Europe, Pants – Perks & Mini, Sneakers – Adidas x Bedwin & The Heartbreakers / R: Top & Jeans – Edwin Europe, Sneakers – Converse, Sunglasses – Monokel

Overalls – Edwin Europe, Duster – Studio Nicholson, Shoes – ASOS, Bag – Sandqvist

Bracelet – independent designer at The Hambledon

GRADUATE FASHION WEEK – KAYLEIGH DOZZELL

I’m by no means an insider when it comes to fashion but I know what I like when I see it. I stumbled across Kayleigh Dozzell on Instagram and I almost pitched my phone across the room.

After some research (read: lurking), I learned that Kayleigh just showed her graduate collection at Graduate Fashion Week representing the University of East London and I can confirm that I’m already obsessed.

It’s like my utilitarian dreams have come true! Oversized, anti-fit, decontructed, denim, patchwork, military liners and heavy white stab stitching over muted, neutral tones. It’s all perfectly imperfect. Yohji, Junya, Commes and even Acne come to mind. I’m excited to see Dozzell’s career progress and wish her the best of luck.

 

Images taken from www.graduatefashionweek.com

ERYKAH BADU X ROBERT GLASPER & MILES DAVIS – MIYASHA (SO LONG)

Kween Erykah can do no wrong imho. I watched this last night with my hand over one eye because migraine but I made it through.

The song is taken from Robert Glasper‘s Everything Is Beautiful – a collection of reworked Miles Davis compositions, with revised lyrics by EB. She also wrote and directed the video! I have a lot of time for artists creating things outside of a the formulaic song and a music video to go with it (see Miss Beyonce and her last two releases). I love this reference to the 60’s and beatnik/jazz/showbiz culture. It’s also pretty hilair. The cut crease, though! Kill ’em Erykah❤