Despite the heavens pouring itself out yesterday a Downtown Hero clad in block colour pieces from Orri Henrisson, Lab Homme and Saint Augustine Academy emerged. Tailored back with his neutral pieces from Alpha 60 and Oscar Calvo, Sydney’s Chinatown was honoured with the presence of a young man who knew style both Eastern and Western. As you all know I have been casually dropping hints about an upcoming shoot for On the Streets of Sydney.com, well yesterday night it was executed. A project of mine that had been brewing I pitched it to Fashion Hayley who is the creative director behind OntheSOS and she approved it straight away.
I’ve limited the amount of behind the scenes images as I want to save you all for the beautiful images to be published on the site on the 10th of May. Again I shot this autumn/super relaxed winter editorial with Xiaohan Shen. We seem to be a dynamic duo who can just make something small work like Vogue (in this case GQ) Editorial magic.
Photography: Xiaohan Shen
Styling: Genesis Mansilongan (Dandy Sachs)
Grooming: Yoshimi Kumai
Model: Tom G @ EMG models
Styling Assistants: Joshua Suklan & Samnang Sou
Clothes provided by: LAB Homme, Orri Henrisson, Saint Augustine Academy, Alpha 60, Oscar Calvo, Subfusco and Nu+Nan
Accessories provided by: Katzi, Belstaff, Antoine + Stanley, LAB Homme, Beasts of Peace, Dita and Alpha 60.
Despite yesterday’s heavy Autumn rains I managed to spruce myself up and head early to what I would come to know as ‘Dandy heaven’! The lovely Nicholas Atgemis of Le Noeud Papillon invited me over to have a look at his collection of bowties (!!!!!), silk scarves, pocket squares, fully bespoke shirts and his new line of silk smoking jackets. Nested in a lovely apartment over looking Shark Island I couldn’t imagine a more better location where whims and inspirations for the most dandiest of accessories could occur. Not only was it dandy heaven to my eyes but also to my sense of touch. Each bowtie, silk scarf or pocket square was made from high quality silk and cotton mills sourced (by the designer himself) in Italy. Nicholas was fervent about how the high quality of his products and how they appealed to a conservative clientele but that did not inhibit him from having a bit of fun from time to time as seen on the silk smoking jacket.
He mentions that the success of his brand came from being able to guarantee the customer where the cloth of his shirts, jackets and men’s accessories were from and knowing they paid for the “Real McCoy”. As well as the need for classic accessories such as the bowtie, the pocket square and the silk scarf. And did I mention Jacquard silks! I first came across the brand in a chance visit to a store known as The Cloakroom in Sydney’s Surry Hills. The first bowtie I ever picked up from Le Noeud Papillon was heaven around my neck, I felt like an Egyptian crown princess who had been adorned in the finest gold and lapis lazuli. That really is the experience with the accessories from Le Noeud Papillon.
I was also fortunate enough to be gifted a few pieces from his collection; the “Vote for Pedro” bowtie and the “Parisian Nights” pochette.
A big thank you to Nicholas Atgemis of Le Noeud Papillon for both the gifts and the opportunity to be in dandy heaven.
I think my ‘Vote for Pedro’ is the most beautifully crafted bowtie I will ever own!
I love it when bits of fiction become a sudden reality. The other night (during a meeting) I was called on by a superior to be on set in five minutes (well okay as soon as possible). Luckily my meeting was right next door to where I needed to be. I had to emergency assist as the creative director I’m working with, Hayley Hughes of Fashion Hayley and On The Streets Of Sydney.com had her other assistant fall through at the last minute. Something about the flight being cancelled and then delayed twice. Poor girl. Anyway the call felt somewhat cinematic, as if I was Andy (Dandy) again. I hadn’t assisted in almost over six months but it was familiar to me and so I clicked into the role as soon as I got there. The shoot was a collaboration between Westfield Sydney and Vice Magazine Australia. With a funky theme to it – think looks inspired by different genres of music and their respective ‘styles’- it was fun to dress our young fresh faced models. One of them, funnily enough I knew from COFA. That’s Kit featured in the gray coat. Cute, no? The star of this cinematic ‘flashback’ however goes to the STAR assistant, Samnang Sou!
Thank you to Hayley Hughes, Vice Magazine Australia and Westfield Sydney for this opportunity.
The ever so lovely Lee and Yan of Bespoke PR invited me today to attend the previews of the Spring/Summer 2012 collections from Miijo.com, Carment Steffens, Venice jewellery, Mister Zimi, Paper Skye and Martha Rey swimwear. This season’s fashion goodies come in new rings from Erin Wasson’s Low Luv jewellery line to Mister Zimi’s handcratfed leather pieces. And talk about on trend. Colour blocking, animal print and textures were all present in the Spring/Summer collections available for press.
However what won me over today’s media previews were the lime green macaroons. I was decadent enough to help myself to three. As always I was greeted by the lovely atmosphere that is the Bespoke PR showroom. After previewing the collections and chowing down on the macaroons I spent at least another forty minutes just hanging out and talking to the girls. It’s nice when you feel that comfortable with fashion industry people – the industry is notorious for it’s snobbish over Gucci (well in this zeigeist’s case Celine)-ed elitists. Yan and Lee are far from those types. So far that another blogger Margaret Zhang of Shine by Three sought it fit to sit a while and just chill there! Isn’t that cute? Here are some of the images from today, shot on my lovely Samsung Galaxy S.
Guess what? I even managed to source while I was there. Sourced a few pairs of Antoine + Stanley shoes for Friday’s shoot.
Nothing describes today better than the word ‘casual’. A day spent with amazing family and lots of food. My gluttony is content. For those global readers, Australia has just spent the past five days in what has probably been the longest ‘long weekend’ ever. Today was the last day of this long ‘weekend’ and has somewhat disjointed my usually synced self. Tomorrow is for media previews, sourcing and securing a few more things for Friday’s editorial shoot (back to work!). Rosemount Australian Fashion Week also looms and my bank balance isn’t going to be too happy I imagine with my spendthrifts justified under some “Fashion Week” allowance clause. Woe is me. Anyway as is run of the mill, credits for this outfit post…
Leather Jacket: vintage from NYC
Anorak: Chinatown boutique
Tee: Amrerican Apparel
Scarf: Self made
Clutch: Marithe + Francois Girbaud
Cardigan: Cotton On
Singlet: American Apparel
P.S That is my lovely cousin Elle making fun of me as she played photographer. All photos taken on my lovely Samsung Galaxy S.
Love Easter for it’s family time. Hope you had a good one.
I love that blogs have lent themselves to shameless self-promotion posts. Think early 2005 when Bryanboy was doing his “I love Bryanboy” sticker campaign. Ah even though those days are not that far back they are sad to say, long gone. Now the shameless self-promotion bloggers do this day have something to do with either a commerical or corporate enterprise. All the Australian fashionistas/fashionistos reading know that Rosemount Australian Fashion Week is coming soon and I recently joined the HP / Intel Fashion Blogger competition for RAFW. Shameless self-promotion aside I basically want you to vote for me in this competition. I’m on the first page in the bottom left corner.
Instructions on how to vote:
1. Log into your Facebook
2. Click this link once you’ve logged in: http://www.facebook.com/HPaustralia?sk=app_109126755838488&app_data=%7B%22image%22:605%7D
3. Vote for Genesis Mansilongan (Dandy Sachs)
What would I win? An HP Envy Beats notebook, four days accommodation and a five day AAA RAFW accreditation. I have already received accreditation but that accreditation means you sit FRONT ROW at EVERY SHOW. Come on, you know you love me.
Okay so it wasn’t really an interview with the Devil but instead with Prada.I was just punning on my blog’s namesake and my character as the author of this blog. Last Wednesday I attended what I believe was going to be the interview of my life (so far anyway). An early start required an early prep and making sure that my interview outfit was coded in confidence and chic. The interview started off as a group interview (with six of the loveliest people I’ve ever met) and then broke down into an almost half an hour personal interview. Job interviews can be quite a daunting experience and this as prestigious as it was, was quite daunting too. I walked in there expecting a clique of fashion elitists a la Miranda Priestley but walked out unexpectedly surprised. The Prada people were so nice and genuine, they were really interested in who you were and why you loved Prada and what you were about. The images are the pair of Prada pumps I had to ‘sell’ in a sales exercise. I’ll find out next Wednesday whether I’ve got the job or not. As I said to my paramour the morning I left for the interview…this is definitely the beginning of a new chapter in my life.
So keep your fingers crossed for me. Have a happy Paschal season.