London is a city full of small cups of coffee, slim cigarettes and extravagant fashion. Standing on London’s centuries-old cobbled streets under dark skies last week, both men and women dressed to impress, spent the night on the streets.
I put my double-shot espresso aside, grabbed my camera and notepad, and hit the streets to chat with London-goers about what they were wearing and what they wanted to eat.
Dutch artist and model Juliette Krall and Dutch musician Jasper Winans ran into them when they were outside a Korean beauty shop. Klaar was prepared for the chilly weather by wearing a black Zara top with a white collar, black high-waisted shorts over her tights, her pants, a Wijnands coat, and a black Converse.
“Jasper and I love sharing clothes with each other,” said Clarke. “We’re the same size, so this works perfectly.”
Klaar’s favorite food is mapo tofu, a spicy Chinese dish.
“I just love honestly [Mapo Tofu] But that’s when Jasper succeeds,” Krall said.
The Wijnands, standing arm in arm around the Klaar, wore tan coats, red Zara shirts, and blue jeans. On his feet, he wore ramen socks and black Converse to match his buddy.
“Ramen is actually my favorite food, so I had to wear socks,” said Wijnands.
Two business casual filmmakers
Down the block we followed two filmmakers, Anastasia Mikhailova and Patrick Berlin. They’re back from a long day shooting a new movie about a schizophrenic character.
Mykhaylova wore a Dior faux leather coat over another white coat. She also wore a white crop top with a long gray skirt her sister borrowed from her and Miu Miu platform sneakers.
“I like wearing shoes that make me taller and coats that keep me warm,” said Mikhailova.
Berlin stood beside her smart guy in a heather gray jacket by Richard James over a blue button-up top. On her feet, she wore brown RM Williams shoes.
Both filmmakers enjoy a bowl of pho after a hard day at work.
“We’re actually trying to get some phở right now,” Berlin said.
Two hipster students
In Chinatown, London, two students, Shu Kyi Lee and Lin Hanjing, stood sipping boba while watching a man play the piano.
Both of them studied art in London and express their artistic personalities with their costumes. Lee wore a pink cardigan over a gray turtleneck and tucked into blue jeans, with white slides over black socks on her feet. All her outfits were from her ASOS.
“ASOS is my favorite place to shop,” says Li. “It’s a complete online store based in London.”
Lee’s favorite food is anything that contains beef.
Standing next to her, Hanjin wore a brown coat buttoned over a patchwork dress, and black shoes on his feet. All of her costumes were from her hometown of China.
“I’m from Guangzhou and my whole closet is full of clothes I brought from home,” said Han Jin.
Any of Hanjing’s favorite dishes is spicy.
high fashion shoes
The next day, I ran into Arya Pacman outside a corner store in London’s Soho district. She is from Germany and is studying biological sciences in London.
Her outfit consists of red and white striped pants, a vintage Gucci jacket tied across her body, a black top and Jeremy Scott X Adidas sneakers.
She bought a pair of silver sneakers with angel wings protruding from the sides at a discount online.
“This is my favorite shoe and I got it for just £50,” said Pachmann. “It took us years to find them. Hopefully we will be buried with them.”
Her favorite food is Korean food.
As I prepared to take a picture of her, her friend came out of the corner store and handed Pac-Man a cigarette.
Finally, for my own outing, I wore a long black coat over a green skirt, white sneakers, and a black and green crop top. I then finished the look with my favorite green purse.
During my trip to London, I learned that Europeans don’t drink much water, are the best dancers and enjoy a nice street beer after work. Overall, London is an aesthetic city full of designer his brands and fashionable opportunities. We hope that you will have the opportunity to visit us.