This Charming Man – Robert J Railton


ThisCharmingManPortrait by RJRI have been living in London for around 2 months now. Still career hunting but somehow surviving. So far all is grand but christ on a bike I would love some British Legal Tender to come my way soon.

Anyway, today is not a day to be a Moaning Minnie, the sun is shining and after last nights deep clean of my bedroom, I now feel like I have a rather respectable place to rest my weary head.

I’ve been on the prowl for some weird and wonderful things to make my room feel less like an old 90’s office space with a bed dumped in and more like a boudoir of kitsch and colourful fixtures and so far I have been blessed with some treasures.

My good friend (and talented artist) Robert kindlyencapsulated my sub-par handsomeness and taste for tack and presented it in a beautiful little art piece for me. This lovely little portrait was kindly gifted as “something for the wall” in the new residence.
Those of you keep up to speed with my adventures on Instagram, you will probably have seen Robert appear a few times with me in Street Style photographs taken at various seasons of London Collections: Men usually in unplanned but rather complimentary attire. We have dubbed ourselves as the Artful Dodger and Fagin of fashion.hjb and rjr x unlimited by jkRobert’s motivations were to capture the self assembly spirit of street style, using collage and mixed media materials to emulate the sense of the subjects dress style; colour texture etc.

“As a subject, I appreciate individualism maverick spirit, i’m fascinated when i recognize traits of historical figures and icon characters in my muses…Harry is a mix of 80’s pop frivolity, regency dandy and matinee idol – a child of the Blitz Generation.”

I would strongly recommend checking out Robert’s other works: http://www.saatchiart.com/rjrailton and to get an idea of his many inspirations and escapades, check out his Instagram account: https://www.instagram.com/robertjohnrailton/

London Collections: Men AW16 – Day 2 @ Velsvoir Presentation


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A couple of snaps of my Day 2 attire at LC:M AW16. These images were taking at the Velsvoir presentation at the Lights Of Soho gallery. As always the guys put on a bloody brilliant event with some stunning must have accessories (and cocktails a plenty).

harry j bartlett x velsvoir 1Suit: Topman
Sweater Vest: Vivienne Westwood
Tie: Vivienne Westwood
Bag: Reiss
Hat: Thomas Farthing
Shoes: My Grandad’s Wedding Shoes

London Collections: Men – AW16


harry j bartlett x beccy nuthall 1A quick snap of my attire on the second day of London Collections: Men AW16.
As usual, I had a bloody good time, saw some excellent shows and presentations, met some fantastic people and had a rather festive amount of alcohol.
My only kick in the nuts was that I didn’t get chance to see the Kit Neale show this season. I am a huge fan of their brand (as you can tell by my outfit) and it was a real shame to have missed it. But life goes on and I wore their clobber with pride.

Floppy Baker Boy Hat: Thomas Farthing
Rat Print Denim Jacket: Kit Neale
Rat Print Denim Jeans: Kit Neale
Black Leather Folder: Reiss
Running Trainers: Nike

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BIG SHOP by Harry J Bartlett


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BIG SHOP was a editorial shot in my final year at Falmouth University. I was inspired by Roisin Murphy’s ‘Overpowered‘ album artwork and music videos which feature the singer wearing an eclectic mix of high fashion attire.
I wanted to mix the mundanity of a weekly shop and general routines and outings with the eccentricity of wearing unique fashions.
It was important for my models to not appear to be particularly confident or braggadocious, the clothing was the feature of my shoot but not the narrative. I wanted my models to look like women going about their everyday business in a variety of drab locations.
The garments used were created by 3rd year Fashion Design + Performance Sportswear Design students from Falmouth University.

big shop vegbig shop cafe big shop fish big shop laundrettebig shop pub

Photography & Styling: Harry J Bartlett
Models: Cleo Lim & Emma Hughes (with thanks to my child model Baylin)
Assistants: Leo, Damien, Jacob, Ashely, Sophie
Designers: Sophie Molyneux, Millie Melbourne, Jacob Stevens, Ashley Piggott, Jessika Winstanley

Backstage @ Kingston MA Graduate Fashion Show 2015


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I had the pleasure of working backstage as a dresser for the male models at the Kingston MA Graduate Fashion Show at the Vinyl Factory in London and while I was there I managed to sneak in a few backstage snaps of the AMCK models.

_MG_0052 _MG_9958 _MG_9984 aaron miller x harry j bartlettmale models x harry j bartlett jake hold x harry j bartlettseb hardy x harry j bartlett 2owen x harry j bartlettmodels backstage x harry j bartlett

It was a treat to work with such a great team and a fun bunch of sassy gentlemen. The day consisted of a lot of running around, stress, laughter and panic… Oh and alcohol, yeah, lots and lots of alcohol!
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A-Level Photography students study Harry J Bartlett’s GLITCH portraits


I was pleasantly surprised to find that my friend spotted a video on YouTube where an A-Level photography class had used my “GLITCH” editorial as an artist of reference for a unit of work based on distortion.
George Robinson-White, teacher of Art & Photography at TAHS introduced the students to my work and me as a contemporary artist, looking at my unique take on photographic portraiture.
The students analysed my work and were asked to create their own interpretation of my glitch portraits as well as using me as a contemporary artist reference for their A-Level essays.
I’m flattered to know that my work is being shown to a new generation of potential photographers and artists. I didn’t expect my glitch series to be something students would study as part of an A-Level project or even to be referring to me as an artist.

Laura Moran x Harry J Bartlett

Laura Moran x Harry J Bartlett

London Collections: Men SS16 – Vogue Portugal & Vogue Paris


Harry J Bartlett by Claudia Rocha for Vogue Portugal

Harry J Bartlett by Claudia Rocha for Vogue Portugal

It’s been a long time since I have done a blog update (my apologies) and I realized that I completely forgot to do a little update about London Collections: Men SS16. I thought it would be a good idea to start with a couple of street style photographs from the escapades.
As some of you know, this year I spent 3 months doing an internship with a fashion course at a university in China and I returned to the UK the day before the LC:M festivities began which meant my wardrobe was a tad limited as I didn’t get chance to head home before the shows started. In transit back to the UK, one of my suits had got rather crumpled but luckily I had been blessed with the good fortune of having my first day’s attire kindly gifted to me by the Thomas Farthing London gang. (apart from the shoes) my whole ensemble was from the Thomas Farthing store and what a fun outfit to begin the week with! The inspiration was a Victorian Dandy with cravat, over-sized trilby and the leather stab-proof vest which was created by the Farthing front man, Adam Skyner based off an 1880’s design.
My outfit for the day was definitely noticed at LC:M and I think it was a nice fun way to kick off the shows for the week.

Harry J Bartlett by Jonathan Daniel Pryce for Vogue Paris

Harry J Bartlett by Jonathan Daniel Pryce for Vogue Paris

A big thank you to all the team at Thomas Farthing London who had me hooked up for the whole of LC:M SS16 with various head wear and accessories. If you’re out and about in Central London, I would strongly recommend checking out the store, they have such a beautiful collection of clothing and accessories for men and women. You can’t miss the giant Penny Farthing bicycle outside the show. 40 Museum Street, London.
Alternatively, you can browse the stock online at https://www.thomasfarthing.co.uk/
Thomas Farthing London

#ThrowbackThursday – Interview: Charley Speed; ‘Britain & Ireland’s Next Top Model’ Judge


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Charles Rufus Felix Speed, known better to you and me as Charley Speed, Models 1 superstar and judge on Britain & Ireland’s Next Top Model. 
I met Charley at Clothes Show Live, I had the pleasure to work backstage dressing the contestants of BINTM for their catwalk shows. It was there where I was beckoned to sew a button onto a jacket by Mr Speed himself. Yelling at me in a joking fashion for my lack of home economic skills (but an appreciation of my fashion). It was after this harrowing first acknowledgement, (he referred to me as a “helmet”) when I started talking to Charley between shows (as he immersed himself into his Bad Piggies app on his phone) which seemed to be the only free time we had.
I managed to squeeze in a quick interview around all the chaos of hair & beauty, the frantic dressing of the BINTM girls and the management team yelling out show times and requirements.

  • HJB: How did you become involved in the fashion industry?
  • CS: A really good friend of mine (while I was still at Art & Design college) sent photographs in to some competition she saw on a kids TV show, well, a Saturday morning TV show called Massive… I think. Then she told me about it and then the first I knew of it is that they wanted to see me and I went to see them as I was at college doing… not much. They said “You can do it part time or full time, we think you’ve got a really good look for right now, if you do it full time we think you’re gonna do pretty well”. So I just thought I’d go for it. It was a chance to travel and all sorts.
  • HJB: What was the biggest campaign you were involved in?
  • CS: One of my very first campaigns within about three or four months of signing with Models 1 was Calvin Klein which was pretty much international. Times Square with Kate Moss, it was everywhere. Then I went on to do another three campaigns with him and Kate and that’s what cemented me.
  • HJB: So how did you get involved with Britain & Ireland’s Next Top Model?
  • CS: Essentially, the winner of the show traditionally gets a contract with Models1 who are my agency and who are the ones who first signed me up. Back when [Lisa] Snowdon was doing it, I think they wanted to get a new judge on the panel and they came to Models1 to perhaps get a male model on and they rounded a few of us up who’d had a lot of experience and I just went through the interview process, screen tested with her. They really liked me but eventually at the last minute, the money-men went “Oh, lets get someone a bit more flamboyant”. Thankfully, they called me back again when Elle Macpherson took over, so in a way it was a blessing in disguise and then I got another two years with Elle and the show was elevated by the time I joined.
  • HJB: If you could work with any designer for a show, who would it be and why?
  • CS: [Pause] That’s a difficult question. I haven’t modeled properly like that for years, when I was modelling, if someone had asked me who haven’t you worked for, that would be an easier question. And that’s not me showing off, I just kind of… When you’re an ‘it’ model, you work for everyone! I always love modelling for Gucci when Tom Ford was at the helm because he really reinvigorated the brand. He brought back that classic, lovely tapered, well-cut suit and I opened countless shows for him which is a big thing when you’re a model. Opening shows is kinda cool, there’s a bit of a prestige to it and he was such a charming man to work with and having seen his visual work to his film, I’ve just got so much respect for him. I did drama when I was younger and I have an affiliation with that. So it’s gotta be Tom Ford.
  • HJB: If you could only wear one designer for the rest of your life, who would it be and why?
  • CS: Probably the same answer. I should really say a British designer, and I have a huge respect and love for Saville Row and that tradition that goes back such a long time. There is nothing like a bespoke suit. There are so many brands that I like in that respect… I’m sorry guys, I’ve given them a plug and I adore Saville Row, I love Richard James, I love Richard James Custom, it’s very cool and I’ve worked with him a lot, but I’m going with Tom Ford man, as its just my style.
  • HJB: While on the topic of suits, what are your three rules of ‘How To Wear A Suit’?
  • CS: I don’t really have any rules, I mean, make sure it fits properly man. Okay, there’s also the obvious things about cufflinks, just the right amount of cufflinks showing below the suit jacket. I personally like a slim-fitting suit. Anything that’s boxy, forget it! You know what, you can buy off the peg suits very reasonably priced and you can find tailors who will take them in for you for like fifteen quid. Yeah? They’ll just pinch the back and it will transform it. Those are my best tips.
  • HJB: Thank you so much, it’s been a pleasure.
  • CS: You are most welcome.

I can honestly say that Charley Speed is a very open and friendly man, he seemed well up for a laugh and didn’t seemed fussed by the hustle bustle that was going on around him.
I loved working with Charley and the Britain & Ireland’s Next Top Model girls and would love to work with him again on another project… If you’re reading this Mr Speed, contact me !

[Photography: Nicole Gomes – www.facebook.com/NicoleGomesPhotography]

‘牛仔褲 / JEANS’ by Harry J Bartlett


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It’s been an incredibly hectic little adventure since I last posted on the blog. For those who were unaware, I had been working in China for 3 months and have only been back in the UK just short of 2 weeks so its the first chance I’ve had to update the blog post-China and London Collections: Men.
So I was working at DeTao Masters Academy (a creative university in Shanghai where the course leaders are predominantly western creatives who are experts/masters in their fields). I worked for Studio Gottelier’s Advanced Fashion Design program to set up a social media platform for the course which could be accessible both in China and for an international audience.
One of the biggest burdens I had was China’s strict internet policies and the fact that nearly ever western social media platform we use everyday is banned; Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, WordPress and Google are all banned. Yep, even Google, that proved to be a bit of a challenge when trying to access my emails. But alas, I survived!

Anyway, back to the main relevance of the blog post. One of my main tasks while working at DeTao was to photograph projects and escapades that happened throughout my time in China. I was allowed full creative freedom with this shoot for the student’s Jeans project.
After selecting a mixture of jeans and giving the students a pep talk on styling and my vision, we got to work and got the shoot done. I wanted to give each students jeans their very own character and personality to try and teach them about creative styling and story telling through photography which they later used for their 1st year Fashion Show. Once we had printed the images, I decided to collage some of the photographs to give them a “DIY” feel, so with the help of some of my assistants, we performed our final edits and the images below are the results we got.

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golden boy

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paint warp    this is china

Photography & Stylist: Harry J Bartlett
Model: Minnie
Assistants: Arean, Tina, August, Iris

#ThrowbackThursday Top 5 Posts of January


Thank you everyone for continuing to follow my escapades. 2015 is looking to be an incredibly exciting year for me (more details in the coming future) and so I thought I would do a brief rundown of my 5 most viewed posts of 2015 so far.

 

5. Jake Hold x Harry J Bartlett
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4. London Collections: Men AW15 – Illustrated by Trystan Matthey
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3. #StreetStylePolaroids Famous Faces @ London Collections: Men AW15

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2. Oliver Greenall x Harry J Bartlett
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1. London Collections: Men – Fashion Illustration Teaser
harry j bartlett x trystan matthey teaser