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LFW Street Style

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Street style photography is something I have always loved – understandably, as a lover of fashion & aspiring photographer, it is perfect because this niche perfectly blends the two. I love browsing the Styleograph Instagram page and Phil Oh’s street style images for British Vogue. With heading to LFW this February I knew it would be a perfect time to try my hand at capturing street style images.

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I love street style because it can give you the perfect style inspiration, picking out key pieces or trends that you really like and want to try out, but also because the photography can some amazingly bold looks that would most likely only be spotted at Fashion Week against the iconic black walls of 180, The Strand.

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48 Hours at London Fashion Week

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If you read last weeks blog post or follow me on Instagram (@_adamkay_) then you’ll know that earlier this month I was lucky enough to attend London Fashion Week, thanks to my wonderful girlfriend who booked it for us as part of my Christmas present.

I was also extremely lucky to receive tickets for the AW17 Joshua Kane show, held at The London Palladium, and renowned in the press recently as LFW’s biggest show yet! Fashion Week was an amazing experience, for me as a photographer – I was able to photograph a tonne of street style (Available to view on my blog next week!) and as a fashion lover I was able to be at the event and soak it all up but also, see my first fashion show – which was incredible.

You can see everything we got up to at LFW in my video below, I hope you enjoy it…

Winter Streetwear OOTD

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 Jacket – Ralph Lauren (Sold Out) / Hoodie – Pablo (Sold Out) / Jeans – Boohoo Men’s / Hat – Topman / Shoes – Adidas Stan Smith / Rucksack – Lacoste (Sold Out)

A/W Fashion is my favourite simply because you can wear more clothes, which means layers and in my opinion, much better outfits, in Summer you typically pair 2/3 items whereas in A/W you start pushing 5/6 pieces within one look, it also allows for the addition of coats and jackets, which are my ultimate weakness – I just can’t have enough.

Winter in England has been fairly mild this year, so this has been one of my go-to outfits, a few layers but still a fairly light jacket and on the colder days paired with a hat. The base of this look is a pair of washed black biker jeans – a favourite of mine because the texture helps create a more interesting look than basic black jeans. I then chose my black Pablo hoodie (with any top underneath, but if you’re looking to add even more layers I would suggest a striped or white longline t-shirt that drops just below the hoodie) – the base of this look is fairly simple but the addition of accessories like a hat and jacket bring it all together into a more solid look.

The jacket I put with this outfit is my favourite jacket from my collection… it’s a navy embroidered bomber jacket from Ralph Lauren and I adore it! I think it’s a perfect streetwear item, especially with embroidery being so popular at the moment with brands such as Gucci –  I am always wearing it so it was 100% a worthwhile purchase. Another accessory I added to this outfit was my fur beanie, the bright orange fur worked perfectly with the colours of the embroidery on the jacket and I love it’s addition to this look. To finish off the look I wore clean white Stan Smith trainers, simply because they’re super comfy and work perfectly with any casual look.

This outfit, as I said, is definitely one of my go-to winter looks, it’s got plenty of layer to keep you warm and also has a great sense of streetwear style, the puffy bomber jacket and hoodie creating the perfect streetwear silhouette.

November Favourites

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It’s the beginning of a new month and so I thought I’d share with you a small selection of the items I was loving last month.

INSIDE VOGUE

First off, we have “Inside Vogue” a diary book written by Alexandra Shulman, Editor in Chief at British Vogue. I picked up this book after watching BBC’s “Absolutely Fashion: Inside British Vogue” documentary, which documented the goings on of Vogue, particularly Alexandra Shulman, during Vogue’s centenary year. I love the fashion industry and have aspirations of becoming a fashion photographer so seeing the ins and outs of the industry was really interesting for me and I needed to know more – Shulman’s book is a great insight and throughly interesting, I have loved reading it and if you’re interested in Vogue, or the fashion scene I would definitely recommend picking it up.

 

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By far one of the most used apps on my iPhone… UNUM is perfect for those of you who are as obsessed and meticulous as I am with you’re Instagram feed. The app is just what I have been after for YEARS and now I finally have my hands on it!

It allows you to pre-plan your Instagram images and shuffle them around to see what it will look like without having to physically upload them for your followers to see, then when you’re ready to publish them you can export straight from the app. If you’re a perfectionist and an Instagram addict… download it!

 

 

ADIDAS STAN SMITH

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Last but not least, my third favourite of last month, my Adidas Stan Smith trainers! I have been desperate for these shoes for ages and I finally picked them up on Black Friday and although I’ve only had them for a week, I love them and I can tell they will definitely become one of my favourite shoes. I will be doing a full review/style post featuring the shoes in the coming weeks so if you want to know more stay tuned and make sure to follow me on social media for updates.

Tour Merch Collection

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Tour and band merchandise is a major pop culture trend at the moment, it would be difficult to go out and not see someone wearing it, from regular people to high profile celebrities. It’s safe to say it’s ‘in’!

Personally, I love tour merch style, often being slightly oversized, with unique and interesting, sometimes controversial graphics; and my collection is growing and some pieces are definitely becoming some of my favourites in my wardrobe, so I thought I’d give you a little insight into what I have and what I’m loving…

The Stones

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Possibly one of the most iconic graphics of all time, the Rolling Stones logo, instantly recognisable and always stylish. “Band Tees” are unmissable these days and I picked this one up from Bershka. It is slightly longline and has a ripped style hem and sleeves, perfect to wear with some black biker jeans, and an oversized denim jacket for an easy street style look, that you can throw on quickly but still look great. If you’re not a fan of The Stones T-Shirt you can find loads of alternative band tops in stores like Urban Outfitters.

Anti World Tour

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The most controversial and bold pieces in my collection – Rihanna’s Anti World Tour T-Shirt. I love this style of band merchandise, featuring a bold image on the front, with bright text and the venues/dates on the back! I picked up this Anti World Tour top at V-Festival in Summer and I love the fit and colour, it’s another throw on piece that can make a great outfit!

PABLO

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Undoubtedly one of, if not the most hyped up merchandise stores of the year… Pablo Merch! Kanye West’s designs and style are recognisable globally and the exclusivity of these collections (being sold once in worldwide pop up stores) make them even more desirable. The Pablo hoodie is by far my favourite piece of merchandise in my collection – it’s super versatile, pairing it with some black jeans and and sneakers to keep it casual or alternatively some chelsea boots and a wool coat to smarten it up! Either way, I love it and I imagine I’ll be wearing it a lot over the Winter season.

Adventures In Lanzarote

The Winter weather has well and truly hit the UK this week and I am definitely missing Summer! Since I wasn’t blogging most of this year, I didn’t get a chance to upload any content from my travels.
So, to keep the Summer spirits high I thought I’d share my video from my Adventures in Lanzarote this year.

Hopefully you’ll enjoy it and it’ll give you some good vibes and wanderlust ready for next year…

If you’re not already, be sure to Subscribe to my channel, I’m hoping to produce a lot more video content on createdbyadamkay.com in the future.

 

Converse x CDG

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If you’re anything like me, you probably follow a lot of streetwear accounts on Instagram and Twitter etc. If that’s true then you’ll most likely have seen these shoes before; they’re the 70’s style Chuck Taylor’s created in collaboration with Comme des Garçons.

I love these shoes and have wanted them for a while, so when my old pair of converse had seen better days I decided I would upgrade and get myself a pair. They come in two colour-ways (black and off white) and also in both low top and high top styles. I went with the low top, off white variation because in the past I’ve found low tops more comfortable and I thought the colour would go with absolutely everything… you can’t really go wrong! Although I definitely have my eyes on the black pair now too.

Being based on the original 70’s Chuck Taylor’s, the CDG’s have a higher rubber sole as well as more padding inside the shoe, making them more comfortable and durable than your standard converse. After having them several months they have become a staple and wearing them often I am really pleased with the condition they’ve stayed in – being a pale colour I was worried they would be ruined within weeks but they clean up really well and still look in new condition.

If you’re thinking about getting a pair of Converse x CDG I would 100% recommend them. My favourite part of the shoe is the contrast stipe that goes up the back of the shoe, it makes them different to other Converse and I really like that! They’re definitely my favourite shoe in my collection at the moment and I hope to get the black pair eventually as well.