This week at Uni our task as fashion forecasters was to find the next fashion hotspot of London, as a group we distributed all scales of London and luckily enough for me I was granted the North East. Now I'm sure you're all fed up of hearing about Shoreditch, Hoxton and rest of what east London has to offer, hipster galore. I've heard before if Dalston the new Shoreditch? But I wanted to find out for myself what the small D of Hackney had to offer.
Simular to the "edgy" east London, Dalston did appear to have qualities of what I particularly love about the famous Brick Lane. Street art, street food and these days we just cant get enough of it, but what difference Dalston's street did have was street lights. As days are getting darker and It was around 5.30pm I finally got to meet this hidden gem of what Dalston inspired me with. The gleaming neons light up the Kingsland Rd and fill the streets with all bundles of colours, I cant help to say illuminations but not the term of what Blackpool is known for. Okay, maybe I lied a little it's not sophisticated but it's art throughout each road.
Now in terms of its culture, you definitely can't pin point one but thats what I love about London, where ever you walk from buildings to graphics and even it's people we are forever being inspired. Dalston is full of the bearded men and tattooed arms but I think this art inspires trends all around.
The people of Dalston are mainly influenced by the music cultures, with popular venues such as Vortex Jazz Club and high street culture club DJ sets within Bars also its own festival 'Kings land festival', creates a main attraction for Dalston. Also low- key Indie art galleries and pop up shops and studios are an upcoming scene. The Dog and wardrobe which I found online is an original warehouse that is filled with an array of arts and crafts including pieces vintage mannequins, factory inspection lamps and many other unique antique interiors.
Dalston isn't upcoming, I think it's already there but not recognised enough, It's a trend inspirational place that is venture you must all take. It might be overground only but don't let that stop you.