Monthly Archives: May 2011

A Foot Up

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Despite yesterday’s torrential downpour we were able to ‘make it work’ and managed to shoot the winter injection campaign for shoe label Antoine + Stanley. A long day it was but despite that we were able to produce enough looks for a lookbook and a campaign that will be seen in the States. Yay for overseas exposure! Here are some behind the scenes images that I am allowed to show you. Winter’s men’s fashion is all about colour blocking!  What do you think of the styling – is it on trend? Would love to hear your opinions in the comments section.

A big thank you to Mother+Father PR, Eleventh Commandment, Handsom and Zara for lending us clothes for the campaign. The shoot will also appear on here in the future. Mention should also go to the amazing Lee and Yan of Bespoke PR for this amazing opportunity. A shout out to the team also for the hard work and super effort put in as yesterday was such a full-on shoot.

Team
Styling: Genesis Mansilongan (me!)
Photography: Jimmy Le
Hair & Make Up: Koh Tanyawanichapong
Model: Nick H @ Platform
Lookbook Model: Charlie Gauci, unsigned

Genesis M.
P.S Tomorrow is the beginning of a new chapter in my life. Will keep you all informed.

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What’s Dandy Doing?

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What am I doing tomorrow? Playing with hot menswear and hot men’s footwear – for what though? Make sure you’re following my Twitter to find out!
Genesis M.

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“Political” Dandy

I often don’t use this as my platform to assert my political standings nor what I believe in politically. That’s what Twitter is for and definitely what real-life conversation is all for. However I am about to make an exception to this rule. If you are going to get bored than stop reading here. As many of you know I was art-school trained. My initial creative ‘adult’ years were spent in a hub of politically, socially, artistically and culturally radical art production. Names such as Kazimir Malevich, Elsa Schiaparelli, Judy Chicago and Jean-Michel Basquiat were thrown around like they were everyday lexicon. Art school reinforced to me that art could be political. That it could embarrass tyrannical governments, shame social prejudice and ultimately, lead to change.

Ai Wei Wei was one of the many names that became ingrained in my ‘artistic’ consciousness. Artist – activist – filmmaker – ‘dissident’. Ai is known for his installations, photographs and conceptual works that altered readymade objects. His most famed perhaps being Dropping a Han Dynasty Urn (1995) and Coca-Cola Vase (1997) where he defaced ancient Chinese artifacts to create a dialogue between ancient and contemporary Chinese culture, art history, ceramics and craft. His ‘notoriety’ however is derived from his dissent towards the Chinese government – where he has shamed and investigated into the corruption of the CCP. Noted are his Sichuan earthquake student casualties investigation, his later denouncement of the ‘Bird’s Nest’ and his Shanghai studio controversy.

Currently Ai Wei Wei is under the arrest of the CCP. On the 3rd of April 2011 he was arrested just before a flight leaving for Hong Kong. Circumstances are still unclear as to whether or not he will be released. This is the reason why I am writing – the suppression of artists has no place in our contemporary era and it never will. I amongst many others are demanding the release of Ai Wei Wei – one of China’s most significant cultural figures.

To entrust your support or to get to know more about Ai Wei Wei please click on the following links:
http://www.aiweiweifilm.org/en/
http://twitter.com/#!/AIWW

Genesis M.
Images credited to Daily Serving.com and Ai Wei Wei

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Accessorise This SS11/12

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It is all about your ACCESSORIES this Spring/Summer – whether you are rocking some amazing leather loafers, Latin-inspired beads or cool eye-candy! Yesterday I was invited by Door 121’s Spring Summer showings for media. There were some stand out labels at yesterday’s showings amongst many of whom I had never heard of before. Gorman (featured desert boots) offered neons and pops in tangerine, violet, emerald and fuschia. I’m not known for cross-dressing per se but I would definitely “werq” those tangerine desert boots. Delicious, no? Label,Pöl also offered up neon brights joining in on the Spring/Summer 11-12 trend.

However two labels caught my eyes the most.  Jewellery label Santós Wish (Wish Saints) (pictured) where one wore charmed rosary-esque beads for pardons from and prayers to the Saints. The Catholic school boy (Sarah Michelle Gellar a lá Cruel Intentions) in me delighted. And they’re on trend too – coming in neon brights. For the more pious though, they come in sinner black and Pearly Gates white.
Being a lover of texture, detail and hand craftmanship drew my gaze towards an assortment of plinths in the middle of the room – atop them leather footwear with cut-out Navajo detailing and references to two-toned shoes. I was fixated. Mere Footwear is handcrafted in Vietnam (ethically) and designed in Australia by James Noakes.

So which accessory will you be having… the desert boot, the beads or the leather loafer?
A big thank you to the team at Door 121 for having me.
Genesis M.

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Idol Worship

There comes a time in your career when an important realisation occurs. You “get” things. You “get” it. Like you get that white people will only buy clothes if they see it modelled on other white people. And that white people will only buy high fashion magazines because they like to see other white people in it. And that token models of colour are just a white model’s accessory. What? Did I just say that? I did and I’m not taking any of those words back. Perhaps I’m young and I’ve only been in this industry for two or more so years, my experience may also be limited but how racist this industry is, is no surprise. It is however disheartening.

Under all the fluff this industry is wired into the capitalist system – it functions so as to make dollars. Billions of dollars! And if that means propagating a certain image – the white model – to earn the dollar, so be it. And this is where I’m crestfallen. I’m a person of colour who works and supports this industry that propagates such an image. What can I do to change it? I am ridden with guilt. Perhaps use more models of colour in my shoots? Sounds like a perfectly acceptable solution but the problem is where are the models of colour at the modelling agencies. Only a select few ever appear on agency websites and the more high profile the agency, the less models of colour. I ask myself, why? Most fashion production is no longer based in the “West” but instead in Asia or South America – yet how many Asian or South American models who have noticeable ‘colour’ appear in the pages of Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar or even GQ? And when they do they are reduced to something equivalent to an accessory or a prop in an ethnic setting where a white model has been placed.

So if I can’t request models of colour from agencies…why don’t I street cast and make my own niche agency featuring models of colour? Another question I have asked myself and answered – how big is the chance of this venture succeeding and earning income if the business profits because white people want to see white people wearing nice clothes. I, for one, don’t want to provide anyone with such false hope under the delusion that such a venture would succeed. Now I can hear you calling me a nihilist and someone who see the glass as half-empty. True but it’s better than investing in disillusion.

Then what am I trying to say – you ask. What I am trying to say is this: there needs to be a shift in the mindset of how we Westerners ‘consume’. Australia is first and foremost a country that belongs to its Indigenous population. For f**ksake, it should be an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander girl in local Australian fashion designs gracing the cover of Australian Vogue every month!!! Also Australia from its earliest beginnings has always been a multicultral country, can we please reflect that in our fashion magazines, fashion weeks and fashion advertising campaigns!!? The disjunction between what we see in the fashion rags and what we see in the stores and the streets is tiring. Next (and more culturally diverse) phase please!

Now I’ve come full circle. Why I first thought about making such a post, frustration. Being men’s fashion editor at OnTheStreetsofSydney.com I’ve been in the process of casting for some male models for our upcoming editorial and the lack of colour at each agency I have approached has been frustrating. To put it roughly – I’m sick of just working with white faces. One’s creativity is stifled by the simple lack of access. Diversity breeds creativity. Whatever happened to it?

That is all.
Genesis M.

Images are of Yifan @ eMg Models walking for Friend of Mine SS11/12. My favourite model who walked so many shows at this year’s RAFW.
Images credit: Stefan Gosatti at Getty Images AsiaPacific

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Winter Wonderman

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On Friday amidst doomsday fears I managed to style a Winter ‘Look’ for OnTheStreetsofSydney.com. Having become the Men’s Fashion Editor at the fashion e-zine  – this was my first ‘Look’ shoot for the site. The Look is inspired by winter staples such as duffle coats, trapper hats, checkered shirts and boots with an underlying motif of the winter hunter/huntsman character found in Grimm fairytales. As the shoot has not gone live these are the only behind the scenes images I can show you. What do you think?

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Styling: Genesis Mansilongan (Dandy Sachs)
Photography: Rachel Kara
Model: Zeke @ Priscillas Model Management

Clothes provided by: Orri Henrisson, Ni Alma, Eleventh Commandment, Levi’s, Neuw, Zanerobe and Serpent & The Swan
Accessories provided by: Mere, Billie, Loop and Sportsgirl.

As for now watch this space: http://www.onthestreetsofsydney.com/category/sydney-man/
More exciting editorials to come!
Genesis M.

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In Good Time

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So after a hiatus of a few days I returned back to normal-working-mode and on Sunday had the opportunity to do my first commercial styling job. An early call time, (quelle horreur!), of 7:30am was however complemented by the beautiful location we would be shooting at all day. Think coastal retreat an hour and a half’s drive away from the Sydney CBD. Doesn’t really sound like work does it? Although the setting made one feel like a holiday – it was all work for Dandy Sachs. A month ago or so I was emailed by Canadian watch company May 28th to style their Spring/Summer 2011 lookbook and happily I said yes. Here are some of the behind-the-scenes shots from Sunday. The lookbook will be coming out in a month or so. Our photographer Teri Giroux flies to Canada to meet with the company. How exciting!

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Photography: Teri Giroux
Behind-the-Scenes Photographer/: Charlie Mortimer
Photography Assistant.
Styling: Genesis Mansilongan (Dandy Sachs)
Hair & Make-Up: Melissa Hope
Model: Sarah Todd @ Scoop (Chic Management’s commercial division).

I’ve also booked another campaign this month too. I am so blessed right now. Thank you to all for your support.
Genesis M.

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