Cakes with Faces’ first time at a fashion show! LondonEdge is an alternative fashion trade show at Olympia in London. It was like a large indoor version of Camden, with stands exhibiting gothic dresses, funky jewellery, punk style clothing, all kinds of black clothes with chains, colourful t-shirts and amazing boots and shoes. There were several stands with beautiful fifties/rockabilly style dresses, like Hell Bunny and Sourpuss Clothing (keep an eye on their website, they have some lovely dresses coming out this autumn). Stargazer were there with their huge selection of make-up and hair dye – they have so much in every colour you can think of. Upstairs was The Ledge, with stands from skate brands, and a lot of chunky trainers that I liked the look of. There was skating going on, on a mini half pipe, and downstairs people were getting their hair styled in victory rolls by Mister Ducktails, the rockabilly hairdresser. There was a fashion show several times a day and entertainers, including some guys punting a boat on wheels along the aisles.
I was excited to use my new backdrop for the first time – a huge montage of characters, some CWF favourites and some going back to 2009, which is when I really started drawing in my current style.
In a way it was a shame to cover it up, but the t-shirts had to be on display. I wanted the stand to be really colourful, to show what Cakes with Faces is all about!
Bumblebee Cat larger than life:
On the last day we had a shift around and made the stand look more like a shop:
It was great to be part of LondonEdge alongside lots of brands that I admire, and do a different type of show. Now I’m looking forward to getting back behind a table and saying hi to all the cosplayers when con season starts up again:
London MCM Expo – ExCel, 26-28 October – The largest UK comic con, for anime and manga fans, which is being extended this year – it’s going to be huge!
Thought Bubble in Leeds, 17-18 November – If you like comics and art prints, go to TB! It’s a really friendly and you can chat to all the artists, and is a much-loved event in the small press scene. (And last year they had rollergirls doing the security!)
Hyper Japan – London Earls Court, 23-25 November – My personal favourite event, because it’s more varied and is about all aspects of Japanese culture. The stage programme’s not announced yet, but in the past it’s featured real j-pop groups. There’s a focus on street fashion and you’ll see a lot of lolitas. And they have Japanese food stalls, yum!