Some more stuff for the blog’s 1000th post anniversary! These are from my college diploma blogs and were never exported to 1LondonBlog/Hyde Park Now. Deigh Smith was one of my favourites! I did two features on his fashion work. This page actually consists of some of my favourite selections of those portraits I took and were published on my diploma blog. I think the London fashion Scene went downhill when they stopped using Somerset House for the main venues and instead focussed on the NCP car park in Soho. That was more challenging because of the constant traffic about the area and wasn’t really helpful in terms of my disability. The more recent venues (such as that held in the Strand opposite Aldwych tube station) haven’t been so great either! I met a few other disabled photographers but have no idea how they progressed after I dropped out of the scene.

The following are pics from LFW AW/SS 2013 and 2014. First is Deigh Smith who was undoubtedly one of my favourites, and then Darren, a man who likes to dress well using a combination of “collage and mixed media to create ethical, re-cycled and original portable art.” 

I did two sets of portraiture features on Deigh. I don’t know what happened to the second feature (its eight years since I dealt with these posts on the old blogs) thus this is part of the first of those plus an extra picture I found.

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Deigh is a street style photographer whose smartly tailored fashions features in blogs & newspapers. He’s seen here behind the lens and in model pose during London Fashion Week SS14, Somerset House.

Deigh Smith - London Fashion Week 14 Sept 2013 #2

Deigh Smith – London Fashion Week 14 Sept 2013.

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Deigh behind the lens too!

Deigh’s Facebook portfolio. I notice he hasn’t been doing any fashion work since 2014 though. I googled him too and its that long since he’s been active.

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Danny at LFW SS14.

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Danny with fashion blogger Rachel from Extraordinary People.

Here’s the link to Darren’s blog Arty Coutre – it hasn’t been updated for three years however….

Here’s many more of my favourite shots:

London Fashion Week 16 Sept 2013 – Dress is by Diana Langa, modelled by Bailey Ajinzea.

Cool guys! They were in fact regulars to the fashion scene. London Fashion Week 16 Sept 2013.

London Fashion Week 16 Sept 2013 – I like this pic a lot. A very powerful image.

London Fashion Week 16 Sept 2013 – I rarely shot fashion footwear – here’s a couple of pics however.

Shoes of colour - London Fashion Weekend Sept 2013 #1

Shoes of colour – London Fashion Weekend Sept 2013.

London Fashion Week 16 Sept 2013 – I love this pic, it reminds me of some film noir.

London Fashion Week 15 Sept 2013 – Jourdan Dunn at TSS.

TSS stood for the venue at Regent’s Park College. Can’t remember what the acronym actually meant though!

London Fashion Week 15 Sept 2013 #1 - Jourdan Dunn at TSS

London Fashion Week 15 Sept 2013 – Jourdan Dunn at TSS.

London Fashion Week 16 Sept 2013 – Another ‘stylish’ shot. Man doing the rounds at Somerset House getting people to pose with these specially made specs 🙂

London Fashion Week 16 Sept 2013 – One of my fav pics 🙂

Some celebrity shots were done where I could…

London Fashion Week 16 Sept 2013 – Alanna Saskia Thomas – Very colourful dress themed on Cadburys.

London Fashion Week (Feb 2013) Pic#9 - Cara Delevingne

London Fashion Week (Feb 2013) – Cara Delevingne. You’d have never believed the number of photographers trying to get a photograph of Cara. Everyone was pushing everyone else trying to get a photograph!

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London Fashion Week 15 Sept 2013 – Ellie steps out of her car for the TSS Unique show in Regent’s Park.

Georgia May London Fashion Week Somerset House 18 Feb 2014

Georgia May London Fashion Week Somerset House 18 Feb 2014.

Laura Whitmore at London Fashion Week 15 Feb 2013

Laura Whitmore at London Fashion Week 15 Feb 2013.

Former TOWIE star Lydia Bright at London Fashion Week (Feb 2013)

Former TOWIE star Lydia Bright at London Fashion Week 15 Feb 2013.

Marvin & Rochelle Humes, London Fashion Week Feb 2014

Marvin & Rochelle Humes, London Fashion Week Feb 2014.

Myleene Klass at Somerset House 15 Feb 2014

Myleene Klass at Somerset House 15 Feb 2014.

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Rita Ora arriving at Chiltern Firehouse 15th May 2014.

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Steve Cogan outside the Chiltern Firehouse, Marylebone.

The fashion industry is very unforgiving, TBH, disability is barely represented and that despite a band of disability fashionistas trying to raise the profile of disability in fashion. Other hopefuls become a rising star for perhaps a couple of months and then are chucked into the reject bin. Few really make the grade. There are some who circulate the system by way of being clever self publicists or good fashion reviewers, or managing to hover on the sidelines quite successfully, but they don’t actually get into the elite mainstream. Of course as well as being disablist, the industry is also very ageist and its also still racist to a considerable extent. It has a lot of areas which need to be addressed in order to be represented of the wide range of people on the planet. I did some googling on the matter for this post and its clear in the light of George Floyd’s death, racism especially is still being challenged in the industry. Here’s some recent news items on that:

Racism is at the heart of fast fashion – it’s time for change.

It’s Time to End Racism in the Fashion Industry. But How?

The fashion industry says it stands against racism. Critics aren’t buying it.

And for disability:

Is The Fashion Industry Ignoring Disability?

Is disability hidden in fashion?

5 ways the fashion industry must change to accommodate people with disabilities.

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