Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Designer Drawings

These are my working sketches given to my workroom when I was designing my collections for Bus Stop. The accompanying photos are the finished article.

Joan Collins in Bus Stop suit with working drawings for suit on left

Joanna Lumley in Bus Stop for The Avengers with working drawing on left

Monday, September 1, 2014

Bus Stop comes on coming back!

I keep finding new photos from old magazines and newspapers that feature Bus Stop clothing - on Pinterest and on many blogs, including the wondrous Emma Peelpants and her seemingly vast collection of vintage magazines!

Here are some of the latest to reappear

Orange crepe dress at Bus Stop. Orange suede sandals at Elliott.,
photographed at the Chelsea Drug Store by Hans Feurer,
Telegraph Magazine Spring 1970

Left: ‘Monkey’ jacket by Gordon King. Checked Oxford bags by Bus Stop.
Shirt from Bus Stop. Authentic Forties head by Zapata. Veiling from Biba.
Right: Short furry jacket from Wallis. Trousers from C&A.
Shirt from James Drew. Hand-knitted waistcoat from Bus Stop.
Photographed by Elisabeth Novick.
Vanity Fair, October 1971

Shorts and top by Bus Stop. Shirt by Toto from Crowthers
Photographed by Patrick Russell.
The Telegraph Magazine, April 1971

Hat by Edward Mann. Red and cream jacket by Lee Bender for Bus Stop,
19 Magazine June 1973

Thursday, August 14, 2014

More Famous Faces!

Bus Stop was at the centre of 1970s London fashion and many famous faces were seen wearing the label.

Here are some more from the Internet archives!

This is Charlotte Rampling, photographed by the legendary Terry O'Neill
Freddie Mercury posing in a fashion spread for the Daily Telegraph  featuring Bus Stop Clothing

Joan Collins photographed by Norman Eales, wearing Bus Stop, Cosmopolitan, March 1973

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Lee's Coat of Many Colours

I was delighted to see a photo of one of my favourite Lee Bender at Bus Stop coats on Pinterest recently - I actually had one myself and wore it all the time until I wore it out!  I was even photographed by Terry O'Neil for the Daily Express while wearing it.

Monday, September 9, 2013

Antonio Lopez Exhibition

I am very excited to go and see an exhibition of the Fashion illustrations of one of my favourite illustrators.

MAC has even just created a limited edition Antonio Lopez collection in pinks and blues.
Sadly Antonio died in the 80s of Aids.

His exhibition is at the Roland Mouret Townhouse, 8 Carlos Place, W1 Sep 14- Oct 20.

I will report back when I've been.

Monday, July 15, 2013

Here I am with Zandra Rhodes at her retrospective at the Fashion and Design Museum in Bermondsey where all her clothes were being displayed.

The exhibition, called Zandra Rhodes: Unseen is on until August 31st 2013

Zandra Rhodes & Lee Bender at the Zandra Rhodes: Unseen Exhibition


Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Moon River

This is my contribution to the Chelsea Arts club Charity Auction of Audrey Hepburn on the theme of Heroes and Villains. She is my Hero.

Audrey Hepburn, painted by Lee Bender for the Chelsea Art Club Auction

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Float Like a Butterfly, Sting Like A Bee

This is a Bus Stop pic taken in the 70s, featured in my book BUS STOP and the influence of the 70's in Fashion today.. The one below is Vanity Fair this May edition. Nothing changes!
1970s Bus Stop London - no difference!
May 2013 Vanity Fair

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Dedicated Follower of Fashion

This is my Mum standing in front of a block of flats in London in Brondesbury Park. It looks as though it could be the 50's. She couldn't afford to dress in designer outfits but you can see that she is interested in Fashion.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

I Wish That I Knew What I Know Now!

Following on with my Then and Now illustrations of Lee Bender at Bus Stop originals, this was made for Bus Stop London in the 70's in striped cotton seersucker. The body in the Now version is the same just the tightness of the trouser changes. The original sold like mad at the time!

I wish I had it today with a little spot teeshirt!

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

You Wear It Well

This satin shirt was a favourite of mine from the Bus Stop days - the photo was taken by David Bailey and appeared in Vogue.  Here is how I see it being worn today. 

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

What Goes Around...

Fashion is cyclical and comes back every 30 years as you can see!
The smaller black/white photo is of a Bus Stop jumpsuit I designed in the 70's. Although it could still be worn exactly as it is, I feel that it could look more modern and "on-trend" with narrower trousers and a little tee shirt. What do you think?

Friday, March 15, 2013

Knife Story

I bought these knives last week after having seen a pic of them in a magazine . They are in my kitchen on show as an art object and the blades are made of steel and "sharp as a knife"!

Thursday, March 7, 2013

The Price of Smoking!

Last week I went to the ART 13 show at Olympia. It was a good exhibition and rather quirky! This was a little sculpture in Resin, the price of which slightly took my breath away

This piece, by American pop artist Mel Ramos, was priced at £150,000!

Friday, March 1, 2013

Modern Ballet

I saw a very interesting modern ballet last week at the Barbican. It was from Brazil and the name was Deborah Colker and her group (or Companhia de Dança Deborah Colker in Portuguese).   I am a serious ballet lover, but this group are extraordinary!

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

London Fashion Week

From Pinterest. Love the mushrooms!
I am very much enjoying being on Pinterest (you can follow my boards here) but it is interesting to see that all the new styles for London Fashion Week are on there really quickly after the collection has been shown! Why bother to go to the Catwalk shows??

PS - Look at the audience, I'm not sure if I would have chosen to wear the red tights with the beard and moustache...

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Winter Warmers

Here are my divine leather gloves almost elbow length and studded!  Perfect strangers come up to me in the street and remark on them....even if I don't look trendily dressed the gloves make me more so!

Thursday, December 20, 2012

The 70s Revisited

Looking through next seasons Chanel collections I noticed this outfit, which I have illustrated. Lagerfeld must have looked up 70s London fashions and came up with this. Is it just the ultimate 70s homage or what??
A 70s inspired design from Chanel's new 2013 collection, illustrated by Lee Bender

Friday, October 12, 2012

Absolutely Fabulous!

I was recently interviewed by a journalist from Notting Hill's Absolutely magazine and there's a double page article in the new issue out now.  If you don't live in the area, you can read it online here (page 30-31)

Bus Stop featuring in this month's Absolutely Magazine

Bus Stop featuring in this month's Absolutely Magazine

Thursday, October 11, 2012

The Big Life Foundation

My son, Nick Brandt, is a wildlife photographer & filmmaker. He has founded the Big Life Foundation, a charity in Africa that runs anti-poaching patrols to conserve elephants and other wildlife. 

Big Life have just produced a short film highlighting their work, which has been featured in various publications, including the last month's New York Times, you can watch it here.

Elephant Drinking, Amboseli 2007. Killed by Poachers, 2009. Photo by Nick Brandt

Friday, September 14, 2012

How I work when illustrating

This is how I tend to work when producing illustrations.  There are three main stages.

No. 1  Often I will  find something that gives me an idea for the finished drawing. In this case it was this funny hat seen in the Net-a-Porter website.

Net-a-Porter hat

No.2  I draw a rough idea, and at this stage have no pre-conception of how to go forward with the colour or design until I start.

Initial rough design for one of Lee Bender's fashion illustrations

No.3  In this case I decided to use only pens (I usually also work in watercolour) as I thought that an "in your face look" was more appropriate for this illustration.  As you see it came out in red, and I thought that Turquoise sunglasses would make it look better than matching red! Striping the hat instead of copying the photo I thought would make it stand out more!

Finished fashion illustration by Lee Bender

Friday, August 31, 2012

Sarah Jane and Doctor Who

Bus Stop clothes would often be worn on TV and in Films - I've already blogged about Joanna Lumley and the Bus Stop clothes she wore as Purdey in The New Avengers.  One of the most regular wearers of our pieces was the character of Sarah Jane in Dr Who, played by Elisabeth Sladen. 

Here are a some of stills of Elisabeth wearing Lee Bender at Bus Stop stripes

Doctor Who's Sarah Jane wearing Lee Bender at Bus Stop clothing

Doctor Who's Sarah Jane (played by Elisabeth Sladen) wearing Lee Bender at Bus Stop clothing

Doctor Who's Sarah Jane (played by Elisabeth Sladen) wearing Lee Bender at Bus Stop clothing

These are similar to this Lee Bender at Bus Stop striped jacket. From 19 Magazine (70's)

Lee Bender at Bus Stop. From 19 Magazine (70's)

But the Sarah Jane outfit that is considered iconic is the Andy Pandy jumpsuit - also a Bus Stop outfit. It featured in Doctor Who story The Hand of Fear.

 Elisabeth Sladen as Sarah Jane (wearing her iconic Lee Bender at Bus Stop Andy Pandy Jumpsuit) and Tom Baker as Doctor Who

That iconic Lee Bender at Bus Stop Andy Pandy Jumpsuit

Youtube being the wonder that it is you can even watch the relevant Andy Pandy jumpsuit episodes here

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Fashion Illustration

I love the fact that despite this digital age fashion illustrations are making a resurgence. Vogue and the Sunday Times Style Magazine amongst others are increasingly using them alongside photos of the latest pieces. Here are some of my recent illustrations of the latest trends. 


Dolce & Gabbana

Meadham Kirchhoff



Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Bus Stop Mail Order

I was asked to feature the best of the Bus Stop Collections for Grattan mail order in the late 70s, and did this for 6 years.

As I chose the photographer and art director myself from the pages of the best magazines, my pages for Grattan were far superior to theirs, and set a standard for their own pages in years to come.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Famous Faces

Bus Stop clothing was often modelled by famous faces, here are a few selected from my archives:

Although this looks like a boring sweatshirt now, it was one of the first of its kind before they became commonplace. Debbie Harry is wearing it with my Lee Bender at Bus Stop satin jeans. I manufactured then in Florence.

Debbie Harry wearing Lee Bender at Bus Stop

A young Greta Scacchi in Lee Bender at Bus Stop. Cosmopolitan 1978.

Greta Scacchi in Lee Bender at Bus Stop c1978
A very young & dark-haired Jerry Hall wearing Lee Bender for Bus Stop. June 1976 Womans Realm
Jerry Hall in Lee Bender at Bus Stop c 1976
These pics of Barbara Bach (who has been married to Ringo Starr since 1981) wearing Lee Bender at Bus Stop both appeared in the Sunday Times Magazine circa 1976. These pics also appear in my book Bus Stop and the Influence of the 70s in Fashion Today

Barbara Bach in Lee Bender at Bus Stop c 1976

Barbara Bach in Lee Bender at Bus Stop c 1976