Tuesday, July 30, 2013

South Newtown - Crystal & Elle

 Monday was so like a beautiful summery day it was hard to believe it's still winter. I spotted Crystal walking her beautiful terrier Elle and just had to get a picture. Love the blue jeans and Pegasus print tee shirt.

Woman holding terrier, blue jeans and black tee shirt with Pegasus print. South Newtown - Photo by Kent Johnson.

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Thursday, July 25, 2013

Chippendale Art Precinct - Street Style Art Walk..

Art and artist style is quite literally exploding in Chippendale within what can only correctly be called the Chippendale Art Precinct. A week or so ago I headed out to see a couple of shows and had stummbled across an opening that was not on my list, before I had even begun.. That first gallery was the NG pop-up gallery space at Frasers on Broadway; then it was onto Abercrombie Street for an opening at MOP gallery, around the corner to (or I could have crossed the back lane through their back doors to) Kaleidoscope; then on to MCLEMOI Gallery for David Rankin's Opening Night and book signing; The New York Years... And really that is just the tip of the iceberg, not bad for one evening out. Of course there is also the mega gallery, White Rabbit (hint; there is an opening next Friday the 30th), and plenty more independents like The Commercial; and you can find lots more Chippendale Creatives here.  Check them out, there's lots to see and experience; Chippendale is absolutely on-fire right now!

Rock star style - Blue double breasted blazer, red jeans, wide collar shirt and woven scarf. Mop Gallery - Photo by Kent Johnson.

Leather jackets, mens style, Kaleidoscope gallery - Photo by Kent Johnson.

Shoes and jeans - Photo by Kent Johnson.

Illuminated plastic milk containers on a light pole - Abercrombie Street Chippendale - Photo by Kent Johnson.

MCLEMOI Gallery for David Rankin's Opening Night - Photo by Kent Johnson.

Green velvet hat, black jacket and shirt, woolly tartan skirt and black tights- Photo by Kent Johnson.

Leather jacket with colourful patterned blouse and stone wash jeans - Photo by Kent Johnson.

David Rankin with Anna Bligh and  Sara Leonardi-McGrath at MCLEMOI Gallery for David Rankin's opening night and book signing; The New York Years - Photo by Kent Johnson.

Artist portrait, David Rankin, David Rankin Opening Night The New York Years - Photo by Kent Johnson.
Artist portrait, David Rankin Opening Night The New York Years - Photo by Kent Johnson.



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Saturday, July 20, 2013

Blue Hair, Structured & Textured Jacket

Love this outfit, it's all about the textures; even the blue hair. All pulled together with the fabulously structured and textured jacket - I wish I had asked about it's maker.. And of course there is an LV bag too if you look for it.

One evening last week on Darlinghurst Road Darlinghurst Sydney..

Blue hair, structured jacket, patterned scarf, with black tee and textured black leggings and boots. Photo by Kent Johnson.

Back view of structured jacket with black tee and textured black leggings and boots. Photo by Kent Johnson.

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Monday, July 15, 2013

Cool Morning - Warm Coat, Check Shirt and Bow Tie..

Couldn't resist getting a shot of this tidy winter ensemble yesterday morning in Darlinghurst Rd Darlinghurst. I do like seeing a Bow Tie, a great stylish accessory that is wildly under utilised by the neck-tie-fearing Aussie male! I mean really, in Australia you are more likely to see a bow tie on a party girl than correctly worn by a man! Love the trench style caramel colour overcoat and what looks like the current slim fit style of cargo pants. Thanks for taking time out a letting me get this lovely shot.

Men's winter style Sydney - Check shirt, bow tie, black slim fit cargo pants and caramel colour overcoat - Darlinghurst Rd Sydney. Photo by Kent Johnson.
Street Fashion Sydney - shot with the Fujifilm X-Pro1 

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Mark Bailey - Pattern at Chrissie Cotter Gallery.

I happened across Mark Bailey's charming show 'Pattern' this afternoon. I was out looking for boots which I found and since I was virtually going right past, decided to see what show was up at Marrickville's Chrissie Cotter gallery. Its the first time I have seen Mark's work and as the title of the show suggests there is a lot of pattern and variation on themes. Mark was kind enough to let me grab this portrait of him with the installation artwork 'The  moon and my son'.  The show is not up for long so if you want to see it you will need to get down there from Wednesday or next weekend. you can find pictures of the works in the show on Mark's website here, http://www.markbailey.com.au/. I was particularly taken with the coloured square pattern on small wooden squares series and the maple tree series as well. On until Sunday the 21st of July.. And yes they are cardboard telescopes jutting into the portrait of Mark, telescopes and phases of the moon, beautiful!

Portrait of artist Mark Bailey at his show Pattern at Chrissie Cotter Gallery

The Chrissie Cotter Gallery is located in Pidcock Street, Camperdown.

Street Fashion Sydney - shot with the Fujifilm X-Pro1 

Saturday, July 13, 2013

'The Way, Way Back' a Film Review by Street Fashion Sydney.

Reviewed by Kent Johnson for Street Fashion Sydney.

There's a lot that's not equal when you are a kid, I remember that and you probably do too. For that matter there is a lot that is not equal and fair when you are an adult - even if the rules seem to be different for adults when you are young.. Is life what you make of it; or is it, life.. what it makes of you?

The Way, Way Back is a well crafted, dialogue driven comedic drama about the changing life of 14 year old Duncan played by Liam James and his mum Pam played by Aussie actor Toni Collette. Pam in her first post-divorce relationship seems blissfully unaware of boyfriend Trent's (Steve Carell) passive aggressive role in Duncan's life as they embark on a family blending summer holiday at Trent's beach house, along with Trent's daughter Steph (Zoe Levin) who is also in tow. Duncan clearly is not too hot on the idea and any doubt is soon erased when Trent asks him how he would rate himself on a "scale of one to ten". Duncan does not want to respond but after Trent's cajoling delivers a verdict of "6" which, Trent promptly downgrades to a "3".

The tone is set.. it's going to be a long and difficult summer.

Liam James, back of the car -  in The Way, Way Back. Photo by Claire Folger – © 2013 - WWBSP LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Beautifully filmed though not to the point of overtaking the drama, this 'beach community' really could be anywhere; providing the ideal 'coming of age' summer location where Writer/Director team Jim Rash and Nat Faxon get right to the nub of just what is it about human relationships? Fortunately they do this with a sense of humour, great writing and great acting from their highly talented cast all of whom seem made-to-order for their roles making it very easy to relate to the characters and their situations.

On arriving at this beach retreat both Duncan and his Mum are confronted by the morals of the affluent, status, love, acceptance and rejection – all come into play as the newcomers are forced to negotiate this tight-knit beach community.. which for Duncan has clear perils at every turn and seemingly no way to escape.

Fortunately life gets a lot more interesting and positive for Duncan after he finds a pink-girls-push-bike (well how could it be otherwise!) and starts cycling around the the neighbourhood. This new freedom allows him to steer well clear of the vain and stuck-up local bourgeoisie beach kids and the neighbours son who is busy experiencing his own 'youth issues' – mostly relating to his always-drink-in-hand mother Betty's humorous but unfeeling take on his 'lazy' eye..

It doesn't take Duncan too long, filmically speaking, to find his way to the 'Water Wizz water park' and into the close orbit of left-field right-out-there park manger (owner? We never know) Owen; superbly played by Sam Rockwell. Owen first appears on-screen driving his car (and seen by Duncan from behind) as the Trent and Pam carload arrive in town; and again, at a very typical beach-type milk bar; where Owen is watched by Duncan as he plays that vintage video classic PAC-MAN, very badly indeed - and loving it; and not at all interested in any playing tips from Duncan about improving his game.

Walking Bike - Photo by Claire Folger – © 2013 - WWBSP LLC. All Rights Reserved. Liam James and AnnaSophia Robb in The Way, Way Back.

From the moment they meet again at the water park Owen takes Duncan under his wing, and life begins to change for the better as Duncan learns that there is more than one way to look at life. There are many enjoyable and humorous filmic moments at the water-park; all of them dressed up in an affectionate kind of 80's dagginess. One of my favourites of the many wonderful scenes there is when Owen sends Duncan, now a Water Wizz employee to “get the cardboard” to break up a group of break-dancers and the accompanying crowd. It looks to the park staff that 14 year old Duncan is heading for a creaming that will prove that Owen is completely irresponsible in just about everything that he does at Water Wizz water park.. I won't spoil the outcome of this episodic event other than to say everyone learns something by the end and there are some great laughs too!

At Water Wizz Water World -  Liam James and AnnaSophia Robb in The Way, Way Back. Photo by Claire Folger – © 2013 - WWBSP LLC. All Rights Reserved.

But the water park is only open during the day and nights belong to adults, dinner parties and running through the dunes; or as the jaded Susanna (AnnaSophia Robb – who looks astonishingly like a blond mean-girl - Lindsay lohan type) astutely observes to the Duncan, “It’s like spring break for adults”. Susana who has rejected the shallow peer group, becomes interested enough in Duncan's changing spirit to follow him on her own bike; to the water park where his new found status and confidence in himself are fully revealed, especially his handling of Owen's intervention after seeing the two together in what would have have surely been yet another humiliation in Duncan's past life; but not Not now. Not this time – no way!

Dinner Party scene in The Way, Way Back.

It's a great film, I loved it and my friend who joined me at the preview thoroughly enjoyed it too. It tugs at the heart strings and some will have tears in their eyes and it will most likely have you laughing out loud.

Of course the film does not end with Duncan finding life happy-ever-after at the water park – he's just 14 after all. The movie's emotional crescendo occurs at a night-time party with revelations that change everything for everyone.. Maybe 'growing up' is something that never really ends.

Nothing is skated over about adult life in this film and if you are taking young teens to see it you may well need to do some tricky explaining about some of the situations where, no punches are pulled. As I said before, I loved 'The Way, Way back' and felt that it works on many levels. If your looking for an engaging, amusing and entertaining film, well I can highly recommend it.

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And this being Street Fashion Sydney - and Street Fashion Sydney being who we are.. this would not be over until we showed you a bit of the Sydney Style of those who also had the privilege of attending the advance screening.. And here they are.

Shoes at Hoyts Cinema, Entertainment Quarter, Moore Park Sydney.

Hedy Belle Nova wears Jeans and leopard Print Cardigan - The Way, Way Back preview night.

Black dress for a classic winter look - The Way, Way Back preview night.

Camille Sioco wears asymmetric black dress, washed blue denim jacket and burgundy scarf - The Way, Way Back preview night.

Ramon wears Air Jordan black jumper, beige chinos, red beanie and watch, hi-top basketball boots and necklace - The Way, Way Back preview night.

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Monday, July 8, 2013

This Weeks Winter Essential - The Umbrella

Yes last week we were spoiled with glorious mild sunny days but the rain is back and the temperature is dropping again. Love the outfit below, perfect for our changing weather; scarf and 'military style' leather jacket, a full sized umbrella to keep yourself dry and boots for puddle jumping if needs be. Spotted last month outside Black Eye photography gallery, Darlinghurst Sydney.

Military style 'Balmain' leather jacket, green striped scarf, green slacks, leather boots and a full sized umbrella. Winter in Sydney, Darlinghurst style.

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Coming of age - The Way Way Back.. Only at the movies

Street Fashion Sydney is doing it's first ever movie review this week right here on the blog after attending a special screening on Wednesday night. The movie stars the fabulous Aussie actress Toni Collette along with Steve Carell, Zoe Levin, Sam Rockwell and the youngster having his coming of age experience, Liam James as 14 y.o. Duncan. Written and (debut movie) Directed by Nat Faxon and Jim Rash it premièred at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival.

Having watched the preview below and seen some reviews online I am looking forward to seeing the film itself. Stay tuned for SFS's review on the Way Way Back - Only at the movies August 1.

And in case you are wondering - I am happy to say this is a sponsored post for Hoyts Distribution.

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Winter/Summer - it's Winter Sydney Style

Well in Sydney it is unlikely you will freeze to death between the venue and your transport; mind you neither the venue or the transport are guaranteed to be climate controlled to any realistic degree! Spotted this evening; this wonderful Winter-in-Sydney outfit, loving the splashes of tropical green; a jumper and scarf  as a buffer from the 'cold'  Inner West - Sydney style.

Winter fashion style in Sydney - a little bit Summer with a jumper and a scarf.

Street Fashion Sydney - shot with the Fujifilm X-Pro1