Remember her face? Well if you don’t – then you should start memorising it. Dandy Sachs spotted this Eastern beauty on the catwalks of RAFW S/S11-12 (now known as AFW). Amazed by her bone structure, her sylph-like structure and the finesse in her stride, I knew this eMg model was bound for international platforms. Recently informed by her mother agency here in Australia, eMg models, Yifan will now also be represented by Marilyn Agency in Paris. Here’s hopes for haute couture, pret-a-porter and major international campaigns.
Congratulations Yifan! It is so uplifting to know that a model of colour is doing so well. Y’all know how much I love models of colour.
Photography by Daniel Nadel.
For one who wears his heart on his sleeve, the love of online shopping only comes naturally. After a hard day’s work all I want to do is…browse and then shop. As of late I’ve been looking to increase the number of Australian designers to have in my wardrobe and in my accessories trunk. I was recently informed that online store Thread People had expanded to include a men’s section. I’m usually weary of such as the clothes often don’t make the dandy mark but I came home tonight and found myself not able to tear away from the Saint Augustine Academy on sale. Just in time for winter and enough time to stock for summer. I find that SAA does a lot of garments in a transeasonal way. Thread People MAN also offer local leathergoods from Katzi and Australian eyewear favourite Le Specs. I suggest you have a look!
Will be posting a picture of my purchase when it arrives! Watch my Twitter.
Self-aware. I am very self aware and as of late I have noticed that what used to glamour me about fashion has all but turned to fool’s gold. No matter what model, amazing campaign, or press it receives – fashion is nothing without the consumer. The dollars that make the till go ka-ching! Excuse me if I’m being too harsh but working on the other end of the fashion spectrum is unravelling all that I thought was cool or “it”. Illusory, yes. Illusion is what seems to be perpetuated at the moment. You name it; outfit posts, sponsored posts, freebies, magazine appearances, streetstyle blog appearances have all come to deceive the consumer that fashion is so ‘accessible’ when in reality it’s not. You still have to work to pay for a pair of shoes that costs $800! Designer label X is not just going to give you so and so pair of shoes because you’ve worn designer label X on an outfit post. Life doesn’t work like that and for those fortunate enough to have it that way, good for you.
The once artistic nature / creativity has been fermenting lately. I haven’t “styled” in a while. I haven’t even picked up a pencil and touched my VAPD (visual art process diary). Blank pages. Pencils too sharp. So what did I do instead….mused about fashion and art – and the reality they possess. What did I come up with? A wanky outfit post featuring Imperial Chinese costume* and Prada SS12 brogues. Now that’s fashion ‘bloggable’.
Beads, Hat, Robes and Sword: Imperial Chinese costume provided by Chinese Garden of Friendship – $10 to hire
Shot on location at the Chinese Garden of Friendship, Darling Harbour Sydney.
Photography by Lisa Morellini – graphic designer.
*For those accusing me of hypocrisy in regards to cultural appropriation – I’ve actually traced my Chinese ancestry. So shutthef**kup.
A designer who you may have noticed has been quite prevalent in my recent styling work is, Orri Henrisson. Melbourne-based and menswear designer – Henry Ng is one of the few Australian stylemakers pushing the conservative envelope. His designs offer an authentic aesthetic interest and versatility that allows the Orri Henrisson man to be masculine without the ”huff & gruff” and blandness that is plaguing menswear as of late. Perhaps envelope-pusher does not suffice to describe Ng’s recent action. His A/W 11 campaign “challenges the gender divide in fashion without sacrificing the masculine nature of Ng’s designs”. I sat down with Henry over Skype to talk Orri Henrisson, life, mutual friends and this raved about campaign.
Dandy Sachs: I guess the question I want to ask is why? Why a female model in a menswear campaign?
Henry Ng (Orri Henrisson): “Fashion’s current zeigeist interests me…look at the hype surrounding Andrej Pejic who models for high fashion womenswear campaigns! It’s exciting! Such a thing was unheard of before but now it’s the defining look. I wanted my A/W 11 campaign to be in that zeitgeist. We were looking for someone who possessed those androgynous qualities when we were casting”.
DS: Genevieve is quite beautiful!
HN: “She is. Her strong features, especially her jaw stood out to us. We wanted someone who wasn’t too feminine but could also pass as almost masculine. I also love a blonde model”.
DS: Yes I’ve noticed that. Your previous campaigns also featured blonde models. Can you explain?
HN: “The blonde thing…why blonde…I don’t know but to me there is an aesthetic element to a blonde model. They look better. I feel as if they bring out the youthfulness of what Orri Henrisson has been about and what it is about. I know I’ll change though. I’m warming to the idea of beauty that is defined as not other but different. I’ve been looking at brunette models and even some ethnic models. (He hears my delight at this mention and smirks – Henry and I recently had two blogposts that discussed the issue)
DS: Oh okay. Is it related to anything else…perhaps why your label is called Orri Henrisson. When I first encountered your label I thought it was something out of marvellous Scandinavia. The “sson” is a dead ringer.
HN: He laughs, a cute laugh. We share a similarity I don’t reveal to him. “It was actually the name of my pet dog a few years ago. I was obssessed.”
DS: Obssessed with what?
HN: “Everything Scandinavian!!!! Scandinavian fashion, art, design, music and perhaps people. I guess that’s where the blonde comes into play. I’m interested in really clean lines and minimalism and how Scandinavians do this has really influenced my label”.
DS: I was about to ask where the campaign was shot…it reminds me of a Scandinavian beach.
HN: “We actually shot in Clovelly in Sydney. A lot of people asked me as to whether we had shot it somewhere in the wintry northern hemisphere and they’re quite shocked when I tell them a Sydney beach”.
DS: But the colours?
HN: “Just post-production”.
DS: I see. Something I also want to bring your attention. This is your…what umpteenth collaboration with a blogger? Why did you choose to shoot your campaign with a “blogger” instead of an “industry photographer”.
HN: “Again the zeitgeist. Bloggers they have a different perspective to what they see. Especially fashion. A fresher perspective. Something I haven’t seen. He stresses. I have worked with Xiaohan before. I love the way she sees things. She comes from a similar graphic design background as me and so I knew the collaboration was going to work”. The press coming off this campaign is also largely due to the blogging community”.
DS: Indeed it has. So what’s next season all about?
HN: Well I’m currently working on A/W12 …
DS: WOW! What is S/S 12 like then?
HN: Same vain…structured shirts, mixed fabrics, preppy and also quite sporty.
DS: And the next season?
HN: “A/W 12 is going to focus on colour in fine details rather than in blocks. It’s influenced by Futuristic wear – think Tron Legacy – and the sharpness of line. Again I’m re-working classic pieces such as shirting, overcoats and trousers”.
DS: Finally, between Sydney and Melbourne which city is ‘more’ Orri Henrisson?
HN: I would have to say Sydney. Sydney has an appreciation of luxury. Sydneysiders are more willing to spend and indulge in clothes they know come from hard workmanship. They also appreciate colour.
When our conversation concluded there was something that had left a lasting impression on me. Henry’s love for his label. A love that pushes him to this day to be a one man show behind almost all facets of his label. Fervent and vested in wanting to change the menswear landscape of this country. One couldn’t help but smile.
The campaign was shot by Xiaohan Shen of Xssat – someone who I have also worked with. It was styled by Henry and another blogger/PR maestro Matt Jordan (of Imelda fame). It’s an indicator that something is changing and change is always good.