“The Godstar didn’t subscribe to convention, a maverick pioneer, a scholarly intellectual who welcomed fame and fortune when it forced itself upon him with healthy scepticism but never set out with any aspirations of success. Life as a Rolling Stone is complicated he confided in 1965, who knows how long it will last? Brian Jones was the soul of the Stone’s, it’s founding father with a mission to bring R&B across the Atlantic and into the homes of suburbia. For S/S17, Pretty Green have taken inspiration from the coolest Rolling Stone. The linage of immaculate polo’s, block print sweaters and psychedelic fringes harken to a time when the ace faces swaggered along Carnaby St. in search of illusive attire inspired by French cinema, ivy leaguers and rude boys. Today, their destination is clear. Pretty Green are more than a clothing brand, they’re the personification of an aesthetic.”
Words: Robert J Railton
Reference – ‘Godstar’ : Psychic TV (vinyl single 1985)
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Pretty Green is not normally one of those brands I would consider myself to be a fan of, but after attending the Spring Summer 17 show, I had discovered a brand full of visuals that really tapped into my world of appeal.
Everything has been revamped, styles were throwing a huge nod back to the glorious days of Mod Britain subculture with a swinging nod to the cult of the 90’s Brit Pop era.
Silk Scarves were a plenty this season and my word were they a treat to behold. Glorious paisley patterns embellished with the Pretty Green branding in gorgeous mustard yellows and various shades of grey. Skinny fit, ever so long and tasselled ends draws the eye from neck to naval in a beautifully understated sense of style. Words cannot describe the joys of receiving a wee sample in our gift bag of the scarf which I have been wearing more days now than I can count.
I was rather surprised but also overwhelmingly impressed with the collaboration that was ‘Pretty Green x John Smedley‘. These knitwear polo shirts drew me in as soon as I saw them and I find myself still dreaming about the striped mustard and white polo with Black collar today! When it comes to knitwear you cannot go wrong with John Smedley and to see these two British iconoclasts of fashion come together was a real treat for the eyes.
My final must have has to be this contemporary take on the houndstooth print. A beautiful short sleeve shirt with open collar in shape with such neatness in the cut drew me in based on the effortlessly clean silhouette it produces which is juxtaposed from the almost grungy and blurred houndstooth print they opted for. A beautiful blend of Mod meeting Modern Man which I believe should be a staple in every mans wardrobe.
I 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.Robert’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/
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).
Sweater Vest: Vivienne Westwood
Tie: Vivienne Westwood
Hat: Thomas Farthing
Shoes: My Grandad’s Wedding Shoes
A 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
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.
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
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
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
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/
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.
Photography & Stylist: Harry J Bartlett
Assistants: Arean, Tina, August, Iris