Photography: A Fine Selection of Londoners

I do love a good compilation of photographs of Londoners (which you’ve probably noticed) – an endlessly fascinating bunch. Today’s selection comes from a variety of talented Flickr pool contributors as noted below each image. Enjoy.

Girl On The UndergroundPhoto: Girl on the Underground by pja7

All that Glitters........Photo: All that glitters… by John Kortland

3pmPhoto: 3pm by C. Crosley-Thorne

Make yourself at homePhoto: Make yourself at home by SabineThoele

Outside Looking InPhoto: Outside Looking In by John Kortland

Instruction 42Photo: Instruction 42 by londonpadmayogini

McBurberryPhoto: McBurberry by John Kortland

Not So Hot DatePhoto: Not So Hot Date by John Kortland

UntitledPhoto: Untitled by aFricanSH

DoorwayPhoto: Doorway by SReed99342

Hey, don't run away !!!Photo: Hey, Don’t Run Away… by RosLol

STREET PHOTOGRAPHY SHOREDITCH #3Photo: Street Photography Shoreditch #3 by spaceopera

Bit One SidedPhoto: Bit One-Sided by John Kortland

Black HatPhoto: Black Hat by John Kortland

Fish&Chic_July 2012Photo by Fish&Chic

Here Comes SummerPhoto: Here Comes Summer by mrdamcgowan

Notting Hill Carnival 2012Photo: Notting Hill Carnival by mnadi

Fish&Chic_July 2012Photo by Fish&Chic

Deep In ThoughtPhoto: Deep in Thought by John Kortland

Accidents will happenPhoto: Accidents Will Happen by SabineThoele

Fish&Chic_July 2012Photo by Fish&Chic

White And DayPhoto: White and Day by John Kortland

3Photo: 3 by ML6B

Notting Hill Carnival 2012Photo: Notting Hill Carnival by mnadi

Dreaded FiddlerPhoto: Dreaded Fiddler by John Kortland

Fish&Chic_July 2012Photo by Fish&Chic

Cold!Photo: Cold – the Mayor of Camden, Heather Johnson by SabineThoele

Notting Hill Carnival 2012Photo: Notting Hill Carnival by mnadi

Enjoy your day!

Fish & Chic Street Fashion Shots

Kicking off the week with a few shots of fashionable Londoners photographed by Fish & Chic from the Flickr pool.

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Speaking of style, if you missed it, check out my Listen to a Londoner interview last week with fashionista Danielle Wellings-Longmore. (If anyone else wants to volunteer to be interviewed, I’m always looking! Get in touch.)

And for the guys, an interview with a male fashion and beauty blogger coming soon…

Listen to a Londoner: Danielle Wellings-Longmore

Danielle is an American fashion blogger now living in London town. She loves french bulldogs, super high heels, and birthday cake any day of the year. 

LLO: I’m going to tap into your obsession with fashion and find out where all the best shopping is in London…so let’s start with boutiques. Where can we find your top three favourite boutiques and what’s special about them?
DW-L: I always favor a boutique over a department store. You get more of a personal shopping experience and that for me is part of the fun. My favorite boutiques can all be found on Sloane Street. There’s the Fendi boutique (ask for Sylvio), the YSL boutique (for shoes and accessories), and Chanel (because a girl can dream.)

LLO: What about high street shops? Best for shoes? Accessories? Office wear? Jeans?
DW-L: I try to stay away from high street shops, because I’m obsessed with quality. Unfortunately, quality and high street do not tend to go hand in hand. When I do shop high street, I focus on shops that I feel I can find the best quality for the price. I find that French Connection is good for tops and dresses. For denim, I only buy 7 For All Mankind. (I believe I’m secretly their fit model.) I don’t work in an office, but would suggest the Kooples. They are never short of a button up or a blazer. For accessories, I’m currently obsessed with Hirst Antique Jewelry Designer Costume Jewelry. It’s a small shop in Notting Hill overflowing with everything shiny you could imagine; it’s a true magpie heaven.

LLO: London is obviously one of the biggest fashion cities in the world with a lot of talent born within our universities and beyond. Who’s your favourite emerging London-based designer and why?
DW-L: My two favorites would be Peter Pilotto and Mary Katranzou. The irony is I love them both for their fearless use of bold prints, but I seldom wear prints. Their work with color and shapes can be incredibly intimidating, however their skill and craft can not be denied. Integrating more prints into my wardrobe is something I’m always working on, albeit this is something I admit I struggle with. I promise I won’t give up.

LLO: At the start of this year, you started a new blog: For the Love of Frock. What’s it all about? Is there  an overall message you hope to communicate through your posts?
DW-L: For the Love of Frock was created to document my healthy obsession with Fashion. It contains photos, books, films, runway reviews, and all of my personal collection. This is an archive of all my favorite things. I was compelled to do this to capture my Love and memories. I will be gone one day, but my collection, my archives will live on. This blog and the contents of my closet will be left for my posterity. You see, they are more than coats and dresses to me. They are my memories.

If there is one overall message I wish to convey it would be quality over quantity. I would rather have one nice, well made dress than ten cheap, poorly made ones. I studied Fashion Design at the Fashion Institute of Technology and as a result, I appreciate the design and construction that goes into a garment. I’m not into the idea of disposable fashion. The things I buy I want to last, so they can be enjoyed for years to come.

LLO: Where does your love of fashion stem from anyway?
DW-L: From a very young age I can remember caring about what I was wearing. I used to create different looks and record them on a calendar. My biggest influence was probably my mother. She is what you would call a “serious shopper”. Very serious. An 8 hour shopping trip during summer vacation? No problem! When I was about 7 or 8, I remember witnessing my mom once buying the same high heel pump in multiple colors. I remember thinking to myself, how clever. She currently owns over 300 pairs. I always had an interest in Fashion, but my devotion came later in life. I would say it really set in after I started taking classes and learning how garments are made. The study of Fashion promotes a different and unique perspective. Now, I am led by my heart. I have a rule to only buy things that I absolutely love. My heart lets me know what those things are.

LLO: If I wanted to find a great outfit for a dinner and drinks date, where would you send me shopping and what would you recommend I buy?
DW-L: An outfit for a date? I’d suggest a department store like Selfridges so you can have several brand options. I’d tell you to buy a fitted dress and some stand out accessories. Can’t go wrong with a statement necklace. I almost always wear a dress for a dinner date, carry a small clutch, and wear a really high heel. Ladies, if he doesn’t like a woman in high heels, he’s not the guy for you.

LLO: For that matter, where are your favourite places for dinner and drinks in London?
DW-L: There are two places in London that I love to eat. There’s an Argentine steak house called Gaucho. The atmosphere is fantastic, the drinks are yummy, and the churrasco is a little bit of heaven. Then there’s a place called Sketch. Order the prawn risotto and/or the pesto ravioli. You can thank me later.

LLO: Swimsuit shopping season is upon us. Best London shop to find a perfect piece for a beach holiday? How about summer accessories?
DW-L: I am not a big swimsuit shopper because, well… I can’t swim. I have this thing about water going up my nose that totally freaks me out. I actually only own one bikini and I don’t think it’s ever actually been inthe pool. I’d have to suggest Net a Porter. It is a website, but they do same day delivery in London by courier. Most importantly, you can try on a bikini in the comfort of your own home where there’s better lighting.

LLO: Any London shopping advice for the gentlemen?
DW-L: I know a lot about a lot of things, including an unusual amount of useless trivia, but where to shop for mens clothing is just not one of them.

LLO: Favourite way to spend a Saturday in London, no shopping allowed?
DW-L: This is easy. I would, and often do, spend the day eating. For the record, my version of dinner includes dessert. I also quite enjoy a trip to the cinema. Yes, dinner and a movie. If I wasn’t so in love with Fashion, I’d be a food and film critic. A famous food and film critic.

Thanks Danielle!

Check out Danielle’s blog, For the Love of Frock.
She tweets @4theloveoffrock

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Listen to a Londoner: Kirsty Allison

Listen to a Londoner is a weekly interview with a Londoner – someone who lives in this city, born here or elsewhere. If you’re up for being interviewed, email littlelondonobservationist@hotmail.co.uk.

Kirsty Allison
Image by Kelli Ali

Novelist, film producer, fashionista, rock n’ roll queen, journalist, Ibiza party girl, teacher, DJ, editor, stylist, poet, traveller and, most importantly, born and bred Londoner, this is Kirsty Allison…

LLO: As a born and bred Londoner, what are the biggest changes you’ve seen over the years? Anything in particular you miss?
KA: I used to frequent a goth club called the William Morris in Wimbledon, I drank snakebite and black, and pretended to be an art student before I became one.  I was thirteen or fourteen.  I’d like to take a time machine back to those times, and have a talk with myself.  London will always have speakeasys and people trying to fight the powers that they think restrict them, it’s the nature of British culture, thankfully, like the city itself, it’s all about contrasts.  The best advice I got at primary school was being told to look up – at buildings…there’s more sky around London than there used to be – rooftop bars, penthouses, I like feeling elevated, rather than suppressed by the towering infernos of our city, although they inspire me.

Image by Kelli Ali

LLO: Which area of London are you most familiar with? Write us a mini-poem about why it rocks.
KA: Shoreditch, is my bitch, She’s the devil to my itch, Roaming there, my artistic lair, Makes my teenage dreams fall fair.  The seen it all before they were twelve year olds, or the enthusiastic old boys and girls, We’re hunting for where we lost our souls, and this is where I like to roll.

LLO: You’ve challenged yourself to wear a different outfit every day for a year. If you were to do it again next year, which five London shops would you hit first to build up your wardrobe?
KA: I’d drop by Fiona Doran’s (aka Mrs Jones) Emporium on St John’s Street. She’s an alma mater who’s guided me like a lady with a lamp in her dress for years.  Beatrix Ong has recently opened a shop in Sloane Street, she knocks class and sex into heels.  I collect Alexander McQueen, so it’s hard to think of a wardrobe without some of his original pieces.  The Vivienne Westwood shop at World’s End features clothes she’s sewn herself.  The Shop below Maison Bertaux in Soho is great, and I love Kokon Tozai.  Off Broadway rocks, set up by the divine Donna Kernan.  Concept stores like http://www.ln-cc.com and Dover Street Market…I could go on…Liberty’s is a pleasure to shop in…whoops, how many was that?!

Image by Gaynor Perry

LLO: Ambit just featured an excerpt from your first novel Medicine and you made the cover! You’ve got three sentences to sell your book. Ready, go…
KA: So tough to compress a work into a small space, but, it’s set in 90’s Shoreditch in an exclusive scene where fashion and music industry myths are accepted as truth.  It’s rock n roll to the max, following the downward social adventures of a fashion designer who starts managing a band, Chernobyl, fronted by a male model.  As their fate becomes stardom, she travels from Ibiza to Paris and a world tour, letting her fashion designs become increasingly bonkers.  It’s a funny tale which makes people cry.  I’ve been working on it for 15 years…

LLO: You’ve been a celebrity stylist and a model, coming across some influential names in the fashion industry. Which up-and-coming London-based designers should we keep an eye on?
KA: Louise Amstrup. Holly Fulton. Elliot Atkinson. James Long. SD Yohans.

LO: Best London discovery?
KA: Churches and graveyards are always good value.

LLO: I’m in London for one night and want to veer off the tourist trail for some food and drink. Any fabulous recommendations?
KA: I like La Trompette in Chiswick, I’ve taken my mum there.  The Seven Stars, off Fleet Street behind the law courts is entertaining, it’s proper characterful landlady stuff.  If you want to keep it cheap, C&R on Rupert Court does a good Singapore Laksa, and follow it with a few drinks at The Coach & Horses in Soho, where every table has served me as an office.  Cay Tre on Old Street is always busy, but if you like Vietnamese it never disappoints.  Lemonia on Regents Park Road.  Wholefoods Market is a palace.  Cecconi’s is proper Jackie Collins territory.  A curry in Southall. There are always new places everywhere.

Image by Kelli Ali

LLO: In the late 90s, you were DJ-ing internationally with the likes of Kris Needs, Irvine Welsh and Howard Marks including a residency at Manumission Motel in Ibiza. Where’s your favourite place in London to party the weekend away?
KA: The party is where you’re at.  Aside from that, The Sanctum Hotel in Soho is cool.  Quintessentially is fun.  The lure of a private member’s bar is something I fall victim to but I love a decent bass, and there are so many warehouse parties going on again, it’s easy to get lost partying.

LLO: Tantric Tourists is one of your latest creative projects. Tell is a bit about what inspired it. Any London screenings or events scheduled?
KA: Tantric Tourists follows a self-proclaimed guru as she escorts 10 American students on a quest for enlightenment across India.  It’s a comedy road movie.  The director, Alexander Snelling, and I first met the guru, Laurie Handlers, in India where she was “whirling on the beach”.  We did a test shoot at a workshop she was hosting in Primrose Hill and cracked up at the rushes.  It was too good a story to turn down.

It goes on limited release from Valentine’s Day.  The DVD is available with a discount by becoming a fan on Facebook.  More info: www.tantrictourists.com

LLO: Do you have a favourite London-based book or a great bookshop to recommend – one of those cosy ones with the slightly musty basement smell or great in-house coffee shop?
KA: This is mainstream but I used to like Borders, they had chairs, it was an easy place to get lost in. Waterstones in Piccadilly does a good job, as does Foyles (if only the Westfield rates weren’t so high they’d still have a second floor).  There are many indie shops doing a great job. Broadway Books is hitting the mark. And my local library has a cafe in it, long may it last.  The Daunts in Marylebone is great because it has all these wonderful wooden bannisters, and they are so excellent at travel books.  Judd Street Books is lovely for art books and oddities, towards Bloomsbury from Kings Cross.  The Oxfam bookshops are always great.  The customer service in Hatchards is good. I love a good bookshop, I clear my head by walking through them, flicking through those who manage to hold their fort on the shelves.  The Espresso Machine is a concept I’m excited about – it’s so called because in the time of a coffee you can order whatever book you desire in whatever paper you choose – so if I wanted Lolita in baby pink, Bob the Paedo is my uncle…(almost) any bookshop or library is serving the future of England a favour.

Image by Laurence Tarquin Von Thomas

Thanks Kirsty!

For more on Kirsty’s fascinating life, lookie here: www.kirstyallison.com

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