Sunday, December 17, 2017

Flares Rule at China Heights Gallery

And so too does the group show of works on paper which of course was why I was there. I did however manage just this shot of (off duty model) Alys in her fabulous black flares which have ruched themselves into something of a Flamenco look, and there's nothing wrong with that! There was also a lovely red haired young woman wearing a lime green(ish) pair of flares and top as well, the flare was split and remained east-west flared! Unfortunately my social speed was not up to the task to manage pictures of both pants suits; maybe next time; till then its time to dig out some flares of your own.

Model Alys Hale wearing ruched black flares at China Heights gallery, Sydney, Australia. Photographed by Kent Johnson.

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Sunday, December 3, 2017

Rappers + Streetwear Labels Finesse UK & Solemates Apparel @ NYFW

Things that struck me the most with Bracé fashion parades at New York Fashion Week. You hear a lot of talk about using models of different body sizes and shapes and of different races.. but you don't often see it. With the Bracé shows you certainly did. And something else I was not expecting was performances between runway shows; giving the night a bit of a cabaret feel along with the fashion runway experience. I liked that. It kept us all entertained as the next designer readied themselves for their show; along with some of the models who were walking for more than one designer, as you do, change their look - so some entertainment during the break is certainly a good idea. I start out with shots of singer/rapper Xavier who performed before the Finesse UK runway show, then rapper Elijah XIII who entertained us before the Solemates streetwear showcase. So here's the shots, and there are more streetwear designers and performers to come so don't forget to follow Street Fashion Sydney on Facebook Twitter or Instagram.

Singer/Rapper Xavier performs at Bracé NYFW. Photographed by Kent Johnson
Singer/Rapper Xavier performs at Bracé NYFW. Photographed by Kent Johnson.
Singer/Rapper Xavier performs at Bracé NYFW. Photographed by Kent Johnson.
Menswear, Graphic zipper jacket/pants Streetwear Label  Finesse UK at Bracé NYFW. Photographed by Kent Johnson.
Activewear leotard, Streetwear Label  Finesse UK at Bracé NYFW. Photographed by Kent Johnson.
Black men's jacket and pants, Streetwear Label  Finesse UK at Bracé NYFW. Photographed by Kent Johnson.
Activewear graphic leotard, Streetwear Label  Finesse UK at Bracé NYFW. Photographed by Kent Johnson.
Activewear graphic leotard, long leg no sleeve, Streetwear Label Finesse UK at Bracé NYFW. Photographed by Kent Johnson.
Skull pants black tee, Streetwear Label Finesse UK at Bracé NYFW. Photographed by Kent Johnson.
Graphic hoodie, Streetwear Label  Finesse UK at Bracé NYFW. Photographed by Kent Johnson.
Men's graphic tee, Streetwear Label  Finesse UK at Bracé NYFW. Photographed by Kent Johnson.
Models on the runway for Streetwear Label  Finesse UK at Bracé NYFW. Photographed by Kent Johnson.
Rapper Elijah XIII performs at Bracé NYFW. Photographed by Kent Johnson.
Rapper Elijah XIII performs at Bracé NYFW. Photographed by Kent Johnson.

 Long contrasting sleeve graphic tee, Streetwear Label Solemates Apparel at Bracé NYFW. Photographed by Kent Johnson.
 Women's hoodie, Streetwear Label Solemates Apparel at Bracé NYFW. Photographed by Kent Johnson.
Solemates Apparel at Bracé NYFW. Photographed by Kent Johnson.
Men's graphic Tee,  Streetwear Label Solemates Apparel at Bracé NYFW. Photographed by Kent Johnson.
 Mens graphic hoodie, Streetwear Label Solemates Apparel at Bracé NYFW. Photographed by Kent Johnson.
 Sweatshirt and pants mens Streetwear Label Solemates Apparel at Bracé NYFW. Photographed by Kent Johnson.
Womens tracksuits,   Streetwear Label Solemates Apparel at Bracé NYFW. Photographed by Kent Johnson.
 Grey marl hoodie and pants, Streetwear Label Solemates Apparel at Bracé NYFW. Photographed by Kent Johnson.
 Women's Grey marl - Served With Sole - hoodie and pants, Streetwear Label Solemates Apparel at Bracé NYFW. Photographed by Kent Johnson.
 Mens graphic sweatshirt, streetwear label Solemates Apparel at Bracé NYFW. Photographed by Kent Johnson.
 Men's sportswear from Streetwear Label Solemates Apparel at Bracé NYFW. Photographed by Kent Johnson.
 Women's tee shirt and leggings from streetwear label Solemates Apparel at Bracé NYFW. Photographed by Kent Johnson.
Runway -  Women's tee shirt and leggings from streetwear label Solemates Apparel at Bracé NYFW. Photographed by Kent Johnson.

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Kent Johnson, Sydney, Australia.
0433 796 863

Friday, December 1, 2017

I Accepted a Beard Trimmer from Philips, and Here's Why

It's not because it's free because, lets face it, by the time I test the trimmer, photograph myself using it (with some help from Viv), and write the whole thing up; at the $199.00 list price... Well I think Philips and their PR team are doing pretty well out of the deal. So that's not why I accepted the trimmer. I accepted the trimmer because about 4 years ago I came within a hairs breadth of buying one for myself. There are actually three parts to this story. First, why I wanted one. Second, why I didn't buy one. And of course third; now I have one, how did it go with the Phillips 9000?  So first.

I am a lazy shaver...
Mostly because until I was in my 30's I had no need at all to shave more than once or twice a week. Those schoolboy dreams of having a fabulous lady slaying beard in my last year at high school, still completely impossible. I just don't have genes for that kind of beard growth. As time moved on I found myself in work environments that did not require me to be very-well-groomed day in day out, so my shaving habits have never been particularly disciplined.

In my 40's.. How did that happen!!!
Don't grow up? Well keep the young attitude but you do keep clocking the years, and as I thinned on top.. my facial hair did start to look like a beard - of sorts - may just be possible at last. So I would let it go for a week at a time, or there abouts. And then when the length became too shaggy; it was a single blade razor followed with twin blade to make a clean finish. More work but it sure saves on clogging razors. My skin is not the best and never has been, lumps bumps, pimples, so cuts and so on have always been a bit of a problem too. I liked the "three day growth" at around a week, it was just a point of how to keep it? Scissors sometimes worked, and if I had let things go too far, were an essential prelude to the one/two blade shave operations.
Unboxing and reviewing the Philips Series 9000 Laser Guided Beard Trimmer. By Kent Johnson for Street Fashion Sydney.

Maybe I should get a trimmer thing?
So about four years ago I looked into a trimmer. Initially I though I could get some clippers and maybe, you know, do my whole head and just go short all over; and trim my beard too. After visits to a couple of shops it became clear that this was not going to be something that could be done with a single unit. And to be frank, the 'options' seemed a bit confusing to a life long man of the blade. So no-doubt like men everywhere, I promptly moved on and forgot all about it.

Which brings me to now.
Before using the Philips Series 9000 Beard Trimmer
Trimming messy stubble growth with the Philips Series 9000 Laser Guided Beard Trimmer.
Who's that old guy in the mirror!
When I saw the subject line "A Little TLC (Trimmer Loving Care): Philips Beardtrimmer Series 9000 Trial Opp" in my email I thought, "Oh, this could be nice, I wonder if they want to give me a trimmer? It's been a while since..." And they did want to send me a trimmer to test so I said yes.

I had decided to - grow my face out - and while on assignment for White Caviar Life; do the test and photos in the commodious bathroom of the hotel we were reviewing. The trimmer kit comes with the trimmer, a second fine trimmer head, a plastic clip-over comb for serious beard work, a tinny brush for cleaning, the charger, instructions with IKEA style pictographs of how to use the trimmer and it's accessories. While they are called instructions, and some of us actually try to read them, this means if you are not pictograph savvy you will require giving this some extra attention. The headline here is - to change the metal trimmer blade - push up from under the metal clipper and the attachment will come away, reverse process to replace. Simple when you know how but I did not notice this information during my first read through. The words "push up to unclip" would have come in handy. Everything else is pretty straight forward.

Finishing up a close trim with the Philips Series 9000 Laser Guided Beard Trimmer. By Kent Johnson for Street Fashion Sydney.
Finishing up a close trim with the Philips Series 9000 Laser Guided Beard Trimmer.
Lets get down to brass tacks. Once I had perused the instructions and the trimmer was charged I was ready to go. The large on off button is just below the easy to use, rotating silver dial which delivers length settings from .04 to 7.0 mm in .05 increments to the 5 mm mark then it's 1 mm steps. I set it to 1.0 mm which was fine for the way I used it above to gain a short beard. This was the first use and I was actually very happy with the results.  I was able to tidy up quite well; I even popped out the laser guide - don't shine it in your eye!!! - but for me that is total overkill. A week later I have given the beard trimmer a second go set at 5.0 mm with the unit turned around, going down not up as before in the pic above, and have a longer cut; again happy with the result and it took literally next to no time at all. The 80 minuet run time per charge should last me a long time indeed.

So after years of waiting to try a trimmer did I like it and did it do what I wanted it to? I have to give that a unanimous yes! If you have my kind of beard non-beard and are a lazy shaver, or even if you are not lazy and just want to have that magic X-Days of stubble growth all the time; I can certainly recommend it.  I really should have gotten one years ago.

More details here - https://www.philips.com.au/series-9000-beard-trimmer/
Special thanks to Travel website http://whitecaviarlife.com/ for use of the location and the "action" pictures.

Sponsored post - the views are my own. No additional fees were exchanged.

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Kent Johnson, Sydney, Australia.
0433 796 863

Monday, November 6, 2017

Flashback - The First Australian Blogger/Retail Collaboration Back In 2009

This blog post came up as a Facebook memory this morning and it really is a great flashback from the early days of fashion blogging. The very first Australian blogger shop window - back then Matt Jordan had his wildly popular Imelda Matt shoe blog and was certainly a major social media star. Fantastic of course. It was early days and no-one really knew where it could or would go, especially marketing departments; and budgets for working with bloggers were essentially non-existent! Commercial blogging was not yet a reality and as a result Matt shuttered the Imelda blog sometime (not too long) later. For Australia's very first Blogger/Retail collaboration I photographed Matt at my photography studio and then did the digital post work, swapping Matt's for Imelda's face in the mirror. I had previously done the portrait of Matt with the shoes around his neck that he ran with as his media portrait for years and years; along with the group photo with the Tan sisters. Fun days; way way before Instagram came along and changed the face of blogging forever. It's been a wild ride - and it's great to still be here. Text below is from the original post November 2009. I think my writing skills have improved somewhat; and of course I'm still available for all kinds of Blogger collaborations, just contact me!

An early fashion blogger collaboration, portrait and in-store display. Jean Brown Imelda.Com Window Display Brisbane. Installation photo courtesy of Matt Jordan
The first Australian Blogger / Retail Window Collaboration 2009.

Its nice to see blogging, portraiture and retail all getting on so well together. In this case I was able to collaborate with Imelda shoe blogger Imelda Matt once again on a portrait project; this time for a window display in Brisbane's luxury emporium Jean Brown. The shot was done in one fairly quick afternoon session in the studio.
More shots and background on the Imeldific! launch at Imelda.com.au (links now blank)

Fashion Blogger collaboration - Studio portrait Matt Jordan aka Imelda Matt for an in-store display - the first Australian Blogger Window.


Editorial studio portrait Matt and shoe designers the Tan sisters. Photography by Kent Johnson.

Matt and the Tan sisters from a previous 'shoes and portrait' collaboration project.

Editorial and PR portrait of Matt Jordan aka Imelda Matt with a pair of Dunlop Volleys strung around his neck. Photography by Kent Johnson.
Shoe blogger Matt Jordan aka Imelda Matt
PR Portrait of Matthew Jordan photographed by Kent Johnson.

A big thanks to Matt and everyone at Jean Brown who worked so hard to make this wonderful project possible.

Thanks 2009!

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

Sunday, October 22, 2017

André Bryson - Guerrilla - Emerging Fashion Designers at NYFW

For those of you who may not be familiar with the term, Guerrilla is the name given to irregular military combatants, like a 'Resistance' army; not an official army... In my correspondence with the designer André Bryson he tells me that these 60's 70's silhouettes are a reference inspired by the tensions of the day, both in the USA; and tensions in the UK epitomised by the Mods and Rockers. Clearly André sides with the Mods on the style front. And quoting Bryson directly "Only the five primary colors (black, white, red, yellow and blue) I wanted to express that every color known to man is derived from these five colors in hope to bring unity to this collection as a complete story." I suspect the colours chosen also represent a message of unity in more than just the designs. My photos are of some of the highlights from the Guerrilla range, shown with Bracé Designers Emergent De la Mode NYFW at The Stewart Hotel, NYC September 2017.
Title image for , André Bryson - Guerrilla - Emerging Fashion Designers at NYFW. Photographed for Street Fashion Sydney by Kent Johnson.
I love the blocked colours and bold stripes, patch pockets and windowpane broken-checks, black with white or white with black, playing with positive/negative combinations. The innovative Nehru jacket as an open-front blouse with a scarf or pussy bow tied at the collar, a personal favourite of mine. Curiously, weeks later I saw similar concepts being sent down the runway in my news feeds from the Paris shows.. Weeks later.. Bryson seems to have the zeitgeist a fashion designer needs on his side. Love his designs? You can contact him directly via his instagram below. For more shots, just scroll down!
A model wears a bold red with navy blue dress with a white vertical stripe, patch pockets on the hips. André Bryson - Guerrilla - NYFW. Photographed for Street Fashion Sydney by Kent Johnson.
Back view of a model wearing a bold red with navy blue dress with a white vertical stripe. André Bryson - Guerrilla - NYFW. Photographed for Street Fashion Sydney by Kent Johnson.
Two models in bright striped colour 60's era inspired dresses. André Bryson - Guerrilla - NYFW. Photographed for Street Fashion Sydney by Kent Johnson.
Two models in 60s inspired outfits, yellow, black, red. André Bryson - Guerrilla - NYFW. Photographed for Street Fashion Sydney by Kent Johnson.
A model on the runway wearing a 60s inspired white and black windowpane check dress with patch pockets. André Bryson - Guerrilla - NYFW. Photographed for Street Fashion Sydney by Kent Johnson.
Model on runway wearing a 60s inspired black and white windowpane check dress with patch pockets. André Bryson - Guerrilla - NYFW. Photographed for Street Fashion Sydney by Kent Johnson.
Detail, a model in yellow singlet, black check shorts, André Bryson - Guerrilla - NYFW. Photographed for Street Fashion Sydney by Kent Johnson.
Model in blue blouse with pussy bow, black shorts, André Bryson - Guerrilla - NYFW. Photographed for Street Fashion Sydney by Kent Johnson.
Model wears a black with yellow trim Nehru jacket as an open-front blouse with a red scarf and white shorts André Bryson - Guerrilla - NYFW. Photographed for Street Fashion Sydney by Kent Johnson.
Model wears a black with yellow trim Nehru jacket as an open-front blouse with a scarf and white shorts André Bryson - Guerrilla - NYFW. Photographed for Street Fashion Sydney by Kent Johnson.
A model in yellow singlet, black check shorts, André Bryson - Guerrilla - NYFW. Photographed for Street Fashion Sydney by Kent Johnson.
From behind, models together, final walk on the runway for André Bryson - Guerrilla - NYFW. Photographed for Street Fashion Sydney by Kent Johnson.
Models together, dancing, final walk on the runway for André Bryson - Guerrilla - NYFW. Photographed for Street Fashion Sydney by Kent Johnson.
Models together, final walk on the runway for André Bryson - Guerrilla - NYFW. Photographed for Street Fashion Sydney by Kent Johnson.
A model wears a black shift dress with ribbons of primary colour layering. André Bryson - Guerrilla - NYFW. Photographed for Street Fashion Sydney by Kent Johnson.
A model wearing a black lace over yellow shift dress, André Bryson - Guerrilla - NYFW. Photographed for Street Fashion Sydney by Kent Johnson.
A model and André Bryson on the runway- Guerrilla - NYFW. Photographed for Street Fashion Sydney by Kent Johnson.
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Kent Johnson, Sydney, Australia.
0433 796 863

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Joanna Frank - Magnitude of Dissonance at Goodspace Sydney

I'm getting to like Goodspace in Chippendale more and more. Sure it's a little rough but that is certainly part of it's charm; and that allows the work on the walls a kind of authenticity.. truth.. that you don't get in your perfect pure white cube. Anyway, it's interesting to see the current growth of text as art, in this show - something we were warned NEVER to do when I was at art school - but then Joanna Frank is a well seasoned creative with plenty of design, art and music projects under her belt and can pick and choose subjects of her own desire. I asked Joanna if PUNK was back; creating a magnitude of dissonance all my own - I can see it's much more than that! Love those slogans, the gold, the black and the paintings with a positive/negative geometry and of course, cultural iconography too. It was one night only, last night; however you can track down her work on IG and her Frank website here.
Portrait of artist Joanna Frank at Goodspace gallery for her show Magnitude of Dissonance. Photographed by Kent Johnson for Street Fashion Sydney.
Artist Joanna Frank at Goodspace Gallery.
Room shot with art crowd and black and white painting by Joanna Frank. Photographed by Kent Johnson for Street Fashion Sydney.
Green and Pink painting, symbols of two religions. Photographed by Kent Johnson for Street Fashion Sydney.
A golden Mary with imported live flowers from India. Photographed by Kent Johnson for Street Fashion Sydney.
Paintings by Joanna Frank with hand lettered slogans in gold and black. Photographed by Kent Johnson for Street Fashion Sydney.
Room two view, Joanna Frank - Magnitude of Dissonance at Goodspace Sydney. Photographed by Kent Johnson for Street Fashion Sydney.
Gold artworks by Joanna Frank including a gold Madonna with Indian floral wreaths. Photographed by Kent Johnson for Street Fashion Sydney.
Music writer, Bens Big Blog, at Goodspace gallery. Photographed by Kent Johnson for Street Fashion Sydney.
Room two, end view, Joanna Frank - Magnitude of Dissonance at Goodspace Sydney. Photographed by Kent Johnson for Street Fashion Sydney.
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Telling Stories in Pictures all over..
Kent Johnson, Sydney, Australia.
0433 796 863