Saturday, September 16, 2017

Stories of Change with the KODAK EKTRA

Top night out in Dumbo, Brooklyn (yes Dumbo really exists!) at Usagi Gallery. I'm going to be a bit lazy and just for once simply quote the gallery page "Kodak Ektra will present Stories of Change. This part of the exhibition will feature images captured on the KODAK Ektra Smartphone by three influential female photographers — Nicola Bailey, Renell Medrano and Jen Steele. Stories of Change is a thematic study of New York culture, society and population, showing how photography can capture and influence social trends." Congratulations to my friend, Nicola, Renell and Jen and a huge thank you for the invite and not actually collapsing when she saw I made it to the show ;-) Beautiful work from all photographers; and although it's not about the equipment. Kodak seem to have done well with this new camera-phone; the prints were great. And for anyone of my generation who grew up with those yellow boxes, film and cameras, to see Kodak back in the game and supporting photographers and photography is just fantastic too! Useful links at the bottom of the page; and more street fashion to come, so stay tuned - follow on Facebook. And now here's some shots of the night.
Nicola - Kodak Ektra will present Stories of Change art opening. Street Fashion Sydney, New York Edition photographed by Kent Johnson.
Renell, Kodak Ektra will present Stories of Change art opening. Street Fashion Sydney, New York Edition photographed by Kent Johnson.
Jen, Kodak Ektra will present Stories of Change art opening. Street Fashion Sydney, New York Edition photographed by Kent Johnson.
Floor text, yellow shoes and lemon, Kodak Ektra will present Stories of Change art opening. Street Fashion Sydney, New York Edition photographed by Kent Johnson.
Floral blouse and matching pants. Street Fashion Sydney, New York Edition photographed by Kent Johnson.
Bold blue stripe with denim skirt, Street Fashion Sydney, New York Edition photographed by Kent Johnson.
Tropical floral blouse with tight leopard print pants. Street Fashion Sydney, New York Edition photographed by Kent Johnson.
Classic New York City Tee shirt with pleated check pants. Street Fashion Sydney, New York Edition photographed by Kent Johnson.
Old guy with hot young woman. Street Fashion Sydney, New York Edition photographed by Kent Johnson.
Entry and door dude. Kodak Ektra will present Stories of Change art opening. Street Fashion Sydney, New York Edition photographed by Kent Johnson.
Young photographer with Nikon F4. Street Fashion Sydney, New York Edition photographed by Kent Johnson.
Art crowd, Kodak Ektra will present Stories of Change art opening. Street Fashion Sydney, New York Edition photographed by Kent Johnson.
Camera boxes, Kodak Ektra present Stories of Change art opening. Street Fashion Sydney, New York Edition photographed by Kent Johnson.
DJ! Street Fashion Sydney, New York Edition photographed by Kent Johnson.
Protectors of the Kodak Ektra  boxes, Stories of Change art opening. Street Fashion Sydney, New York Edition photographed by Kent Johnson.
Window selfie, Kodak Ektra, Stories of Change art opening. Street Fashion Sydney, New York Edition photographed by Kent Johnson.
Shoes pants sandals. Street Fashion Sydney, New York Edition photographed by Kent Johnson.
Viv with some KODAK Moments! Street Fashion Sydney, New York Edition photographed by Kent Johnson.
Nicola and friend; Kodak Ektra presents Stories of Change art opening. Street Fashion Sydney, New York Edition photographed by Kent Johnson.
My own 'KODAK' moment, Manhattan from Dumbo Brooklyn. Street Fashion Sydney, New York Edition photographed by Kent Johnson.

http://www.usaginy.com/
http://www.kodak.com/ektra/
https://www.nicolabailey.com/

Telling Stories in Pictures all over..
Kent Johnson, Sydney, Australia.
0433 796 863

Street Fashion Sydney - Peachy Pink MOMA NYC

It's a big call to draw ones eyeballs off the walls of MOMA NYC that are literally swimming in masterpieces of 20th century art. These two young women certainly did it for me - love that eye make-up too, brilliant!
Two women at MOMA wearing pink and black outfits, hoop earing, fishermans cap, crop to, check trousers, pink skirt, creative eye make-up. Street Fashion Sydney New York Edition photographed by Kent Johnson.
Telling Stories in Pictures all over..
Kent Johnson, Sydney, Australia.
0433 796 863

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Leather in the Line-Up - Art Hearts Fashion - NYFW

I'm not a huge fan of  lining up for anything really; or, queuing as we say in Australia. But sometimes there is just no other way to be where you want to be other than standing in line with everyone else. On the plus side at least while waiting there is a fashionista audience one can ask to grab some shots of. Loved meeting fashion illustrator Jovan Rosario and friend, like us, waiting in line for the opening night show at Art Hearts Fashion; the Angel Orensanz Center in Norfolk Street on Manhattan's Lower East Side. Thanks guys, love your look! - useful links at the bottom of the page; and more fashion to come, so stay tuned - follow on Facebook too!

https://www.instagram.com/ponyy_boyy/
http://artheartsfashion.com/new-york/

Telling Stories in Pictures all over..
Kent Johnson, Sydney, Australia.
0433 796 863

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

SFS New York Edition - Fashion Gods Smile at Union Square

And they also ride the subway so there you go - we both alighted at Union Square. Thanks Lynn Yaeger for sparing me some time on what must surely be a very busy schedule. Perhaps it was me asking for Street Fashion Sydney that created that smile.
contributing fashion editor to Vogue.com and a contributing writer to Vogue Lynn Yaeger at Union Square, photographed by Kent Johnson for Street Fashion Sydney New York Edition.
Telling Stories in Pictures all over..
Kent Johnson, Sydney, Australia.
0433 796 863

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Purvi Doshi at Art Hearts Fashion; New York Fashion Week 2017

Yes the lure of the long haul flight this week sees me in New York for the very first time - yes what a year it has been. Once again I am on assignment shooting for White Caviar Life; though right now that also includes us attending some New York Fashion Week shows which I am able to put out as soon as I can. Yes take an afternoon nap whenever you can, it really helps! But enough of the preamble; tonight we were down at the Angel Orensanz Center in Norfolk Street which is a super funky historic church building. Although there were three parades and a blistering electronic violin performance opening by Sarah Charness; I want to kick off my coverage with the beautiful, colourful and sustainability crafted garments by Purvi Doshi from India. She is a proponent of slow and eco friendly fashion which is certainly something we need a lot more of. The theme for the range was living peacefully together with nature. I thought the hand stitched designs and elaborate embroidery just oh so romantic. But enough of me, here's my shots from the runway so you can decide for yourselves - useful links at the bottom of the page; and more fashion to come, so stay tuned - follow on Facebook too!
Richly embroidered long sleeve crop top with matching maxi skirt. Purvi Doshi shows at New York Fashion Week with Art Hearts Fashion. Photography by Kent Johnson for Street Fashion Sydney.
Skirt and pull over top. Purvi Doshi shows at New York Fashion Week with Art Hearts Fashion. Photography by Kent Johnson for Street Fashion Sydney.
Back detail, dress and jacket off shoulder. Purvi Doshi shows at New York Fashion Week with Art Hearts Fashion. Photography by Kent Johnson for Street Fashion Sydney.
Skirt with matching embroidered blouse. Purvi Doshi shows at New York Fashion Week with Art Hearts Fashion. Photography by Kent Johnson for Street Fashion Sydney.
Jacket crop-top and pants. Purvi Doshi shows at New York Fashion Week with Art Hearts Fashion. Photography by Kent Johnson for Street Fashion Sydney.
Beautifully embroidered jacket. Purvi Doshi shows at New York Fashion Week with Art Hearts Fashion. Photography by Kent Johnson for Street Fashion Sydney.
Dress, mirrored embellishments and embroidered animals. Purvi Doshi shows at New York Fashion Week with Art Hearts Fashion. Photography by Kent Johnson for Street Fashion Sydney.
Short embroidered dress and long coat. Purvi Doshi shows at New York Fashion Week with Art Hearts Fashion. Photography by Kent Johnson for Street Fashion Sydney.
Models together; Purvi Doshi shows at New York Fashion Week with Art Hearts Fashion. Photography by Kent Johnson for Street Fashion Sydney.
Purvi Doshi takes a bow after her show at New York Fashion Week with Art Hearts Fashion. Photography by Kent Johnson for Street Fashion Sydney.

https://www.purvidoshi.com/
http://artheartsfashion.com/new-york/

Telling Stories in Pictures all over..
Kent Johnson, Sydney, Australia.
0433 796 863

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Catherine Loiret; French Individualism & Luxury Leather on the Left Bank

Portrait of Catherine Loiret on Rue Amélie Paris, France. Photography by Kent Johnson for Street Fashion Sydney - Paris Edition.
On the left bank of Paris not far along the bustling Parisian fashion street Rue Saint-Dominique you come to a narrow side street, the charming Rue Amélie where I was recently staying. And it's here under the omnipresent Tour Eiffel, along with with restaurants and small hotels, a theatre and a gift shop; that one morning I came across the French boutique leather goods maker Catherine Loiret. How had I missed this shop before? I know; I was always walking the other way; but not on this morning. Here was a shop that I could easily tell had quality, hand made - just a little quirky - fashion handbags, and while it was not open just yet I was determined to drop back in when it was and check it out properly for myself.
 On the left bank of Paris not far along the bustling Parisian fashion street Rue Saint-Dominique. Photography by Kent Johnson for Street Fashion Sydney - Paris Edition.
Rue Saint-Dominique
So here I am with next to no French beyond "Bonjour Madame" and "parlez vous Anglais?" conducting an impromptu interview of sorts with artist and designer Catherine Loiret her very self. And here is some of what I learnt. Catherine created the kind of bag she wanted for herself, something more personal than what was already available in the luxury leather goods market. She draws on her experience from working with the likes of HERMES and creates bags that are very flexible; and when I say flexible I mean reconfigurable, in look and use, her "Bagasutra" says it all really, and all made in France. Anyway that's over on her website  and you can take a look for yourself. It was lovely meeting a knowledgeable and creative designer, and to just stand in a shop full of beautiful colourful pieces, breathing in the leather and looking at her personal work space and bits and pieces of her craft. You can always tell a real artist when you meet them, they know what they do intimately and although it is an overused term, Catherine clearly has a real passion for her designs. So if you are in Paris looking for some unique luxury you won't see in every international airport; taking a trip to Rue Amélie should certainly be on your list. And thank you Catherine for taking time out of your day and chatting with me; a most enjoyable Paris experience indeed.
 A selection of bags hanging from they studio wall. Photography by Kent Johnson for Street Fashion Sydney - Paris Edition.
Industrial pine work table and leather swatches at Catherine Loiret. Photography by Kent Johnson for Street Fashion Sydney - Paris Edition.
Soft leather handbags on display.  Photography by Kent Johnson.
 Details - hand stitching on the handles of Catherine Loiret handbags in a range of colours. Photography by Kent Johnson.
A leather Bagastura hangs in the window of Catherine Loiret on Rue Amélie Paris, France. Photography by Kent Johnson.
An open leather wine case/handbag  Catherine Loiret on Rue Amélie Paris, France. Photography by Kent Johnson.
Portrait of Catherine Loiret in her shop on Rue Amélie Paris, France. Photography by Kent Johnson for Street Fashion Sydney - Paris Edition.
http://catherine-loiret.com/

Telling Stories in Pictures all over..
Kent Johnson, Sydney, Australia.
0433 796 863

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Cocktails and Couture, Fashion Start-up Insights with Kacey Devlin

Another K&L Gates event of Fashion intelligence; this time with National Designer Award winner Kacey KACEY/DEVLIN Devlin (KD); is that an eponymous label name? I think so. This intimate evening talk Cocktails and Couture was not about the usual branding or design elements of fashion; it was about developing depth to your fashion business through a deeper understanding of business. This was the second time KD had applied for the award which is only open to designers in the first five years of their operations; as if starting out is not tricky enough - this prize is highly demanding in terms of preparation - though the "prize bursary valued at over $100,000 including cash" must certainly be a shot in the arm for any new business. There were a few key takeaways for me from this Q&A type discussion with Kacey, chaired by K&L Gates IP Partner Lisa Egan.
  • Understand your clientele.
  • You can't do everything yourself (forever).
  • Treat it like a business - and keep some time for life.
  • Not all opportunities are (good) for you!
One of the things I found fascinating was that KD had a strong background in PR here in Sydney and mentioned having interned during her fashion design studies; and after graduation worked in fashion PR for some years before finally biting the bullet and starting her own label. I have to say her marketing looks spot on and I can feel the fashion when looking at the pictures; which is great and a little unusual. Curiously, in the days before this event I read somewhere - but where - that designers were not "draping" anymore; and yet here is a designer that does draping beautifully! And it was in conversation about draping and wrapping that Kasey gave us some insights into both her design process and understanding her all female clientele. In a nutshell the garment is informed by a flexible fit/fastenings evolved out of the draping, and watching how women chose to wrap their clothing on their bodies. One could almost call it a scientific approach to design. While watching the slides I was drawn to the idea that many of the KD designs would also work very well for men. I took the opportunity during question time to ask if there might be a menswear range on it's way. Sadly the answer is no, or not yet  and "men don't buy fashion" which is pretty much true. We buy clothes.. and that's about it really - come on Aussie guys! Anyway; congratulations to Kacey Devlin &  KACEY/DEVLIN and thank you to K&L Gates for a top night with lovely drinks and food; it really was a wonderful and informative evening of business and fashion.
Cocktails and Couture guests at Kacey Devlin at KL Gates. Photo by Kent Johnson for Street Fashion Sydney.

Kacey Devlin speaking with Lisa Egan,Cocktails and Couture KL Gates. Photo by Kent Johnson for Street Fashion Sydney.

The view from the 31st floor of K&L Gates in Sydney. Photo by Kent Johnson for Street Fashion Sydney.

Fashionistas check out the clothes by Kacey Devlin at Cocktails and Couture. Photo by Kent Johnson for Street Fashion Sydney.

Tall white wedge shoes with a large silver star motif. Photo by Kent Johnson for Street Fashion Sydney.

Blogging duo The Adelaidian, Kristen Byass and Melissa Zahorujko pose with designer Kacey Devlin (middle) at K&L Gates event, Cocktails and Couture.  Photo by Kent Johnson for Street Fashion Sydney.

K&L Gates Partner Lisa Egan with designer Kacey Devlin and lifestyle blogger Vivienne Shui at the Cocktails and Couture event. Photo by Kent Johnson for Street Fashion Sydney.

Oh, and it's all made here in Australia - Cheers to that too!
http://www.kaceydevlin.com/ http://www.klgates.com/
Previously with K&L Gates, http://streetfashionsydney.blogspot.com.au/is-it-yours-is-it-stolen.html

Telling Stories in Pictures all over..
Kent Johnson, Sydney, Australia.
0433 796 863