As I sign off for the festive season, to face untold transport delays and a break from east London's street style, I wanted to wish you all a happy, happy Christmas and - as we say in the homeland - a braw Hogmanay. As this is Styleeast's first Christmas, it seems like as good an opportunity as any to thank all my readers and followers for their encouragement and support. When I started this in April, it was for my own amusement, a hobby and just somewhere to wax lyrical about the style of my neighbourhood. But it's fast becoming a vocation and I've had some unbelieveable experiences already (Vogue! Fashion Week! George Lamb!...the final one is a story for 2011 I think) and made some amazing friends. Special thanks go to Jill, Jen, Nicole ,Fi, Jackie, Kit, Shini, Ashanti and Lucy for adopting me right from the beginning and making me feel welcome in their world, and to Kat from Frock and Roll for helping me go international! Roll on 2011...
Are you still with me? I've been a tad AWOL lately, but I can promise you plenty more east London street treats soon. Put on your glad rags on Saturday and look out for me and my trusty retro Olympus (no, Kit, I still haven't got a Canon). In the meantime, appreciate some of the best style my stomping ground has to offer. Is that two jackets he's wearing? I love the flash of dogtooth collar. And those shiny shoes! She's sticking to classic mac paired with high waisters and a gorgeous peroxide crop. Having a fashionable friend, it seems, is the trend of the season...
I wanted to share with you this trilogy of photos. This first girl, shot last weekend, doesn't look like Alexa, does she? She has her own style and her own poise. But there's something about her which reminds me of the ubiquitous Chung. And she's not the first streetstyle spot I've found which puts me in mind of (arguably) the country's current biggest fashion icon. These other 2 photos were taken at separate times earlier in the year. So...what is it? Blatant copying? Clearly not - none of these girls are wearing an Alexa copycat outfit. A subtle interpretation? Possibly. But, I think honestly, it's not deliberate at all and is more likely just evidence that Alexa's easy, mixed up androgynous glamour is now firmly a part of our style consciousness. And, judging by these ladies, that can only be a good thing.....
The last photo is Kate, one of my original and best street spots, pictured also here
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