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.
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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.
https://www.instagram.com/andre.bryson/
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Telling Stories in Pictures all over..
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.
http://joannafrank.bigcartel.com/
https://www.instagram.com/madrasmade/
https://www.instagram.com/good.space/

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

Monday, October 9, 2017

Getting My Geek On at Fred Wilson Chess Books NYC!

What makes for a perfect travel souvenir? It's a really tough question isn't it; and one that will have a different answer at times of life too I think. So at this stage of my life; I'm mostly happy with the pictures I take while I'm away as souvenirs of my journey. That said, for the last few years I have been playing chess again, and the search for nice and affordable chess sets has also become a bit of a thing. Where do all the chess pieces and chess boards go? I mean there must be millions of them out there, and yet they seem quite hard to find. At least attractive sets seem harder to find than you would probably think! New York City is of course a famous chess playing city so I thought where better to find an interesting vintage chess set than New York.. Continued below
Now before I left Sydney I did a bit of google searching for Thrift and Chess shops, hoping to turn up something nice without a specialist store or antique shop price tag. I found an interesting cluster of Thrift shops around East 23rd and Third Avenue including the City Opera Thrift Shop - nice - and my favourite Vintage Thrift Shop, "Nonprofit vintage-goods flagship store benefiting the United Jewish Council of the East Side." The latter shop had had a mid century modern Hermann Ohme Chess Set I spotted on their Instagram in the weeks before the trip, but unfortunately for me, already snapped up. They did have another set when I visited the store made of stone or marble, way too heavy to bring back; and not really the sort of thing I was after. So then it was a trip even further downtown to Fred Wilson's Chess Book store on East 11th Street in the hope he might have what I was after.
A beautiful props hire company, Bijan Royal on 11th Street. Photographed by Kent Johnson for Street Fashion Sydney NY Edition.
Bijan Royal (props) on 11th Street
Fred's is not a street front shop; the book shop is up on the 3rd floor, so it was great to get inside an old commercial building with a beautiful ornate cast iron staircase - right outside the lift - on just day two. It's along the corridor and around the corner but very easy to find. And there it, and he were, and is in the pictures below. And Fred had just what I wanted, just what I was looking for, even if I did not know it myself.
An ornate cast iron staircase inside 80 East 11th Street New York. Photographed by Kent Johnson for Street Fashion Sydney NY Edition.
An early to mid 1940's "Drueke's *American Made* Chessmen" Red and Cream #23 in the original box, a simple folding cardboard red and black board. And to top it off a volume called "Russians Verses Fischer," I mean does it get any more NY & American than that! All ready to go in the left of the portrait below. So there it was, a perfect NYC souvenir for me and I had a great time chatting with Fred,  talking about how bad my game is and I don't even understand why I like the game so much.. While there I also met a Ukrainian player who like me had found the shop via Google. Yes Google works. A week later I headed back to see if Fred had managed to dig out any Kasparov books for me. Again he came up trumps with a well annotated volume "Kasparov's Fighting Chess" and also recommended his own volume "Simple Attacking Plans" to help me get my game a little sharper. Fred I am reading it and enjoying "Simple Attacking Plans" direct, simple and effective concepts and game examples. Thank you! One last thing; one of the other uses for the souvenir chess set is that I like to work it into a shot of the place we have visited, sometimes with Vivienne for her travel website White Caviar Life; after all that's the real reason we were in NY in the first place. We did one, and that shot closes out this story below with a perfectly styled outfit. Hope you all like it. So don't for get to check out White Caviar Life too, New York, Prague, it's all happening, and Viv is now playing chess for real too!
Portrait of Fred Wilson at Fred Wilson Chess Books. Photographed by Kent Johnson for Street Fashion Sydney NY Edition.
Fred Wilson at Fred Wilson Chess Books.
Fred Wilson and a customer at Fred Wilson books NYC. Photographed by Kent Johnson for Street Fashion Sydney NY Edition.
Vivienne at the Roger Hotel, Manhattan NY going over a Bobby Fischer game using the Drueke's *American Made* Chessmen. Photographed by Kent Johnson for Street Fashion Sydney NY Edition.
http://www.fredwilsonchess.com/
Fred Wilson Chess Books
80 East 11th Street, Suite 334
New York.
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Telling Stories in Pictures all over..
Kent Johnson, Sydney, Australia.
0433 796 863

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Dexter Simmons - On The Runway @ Art Hearts Fashion NYFW 2017

Even after editing these 25 or so pictures of the DEXTER runway show from Dexter Simmons. I still can't decide how much of this range is wearable; and how much is the pure showmanship that helps sell the shorts, tee shirts, singlets, caps and jackets that are the backbone of Streetwear sales. And I'm not even sure any of this is for sale but I did see a woman in a DEXTER singlet shirt in the queue to go into the show so I imagine the basics will be out there - they are pretty out there already so you certainly wont miss them! Continues below..
Dexter Simmons at Art Hearts Fashion NYFW 2017 photographed by Kent Johnson.
 I love that Simmons seems fearless in his appropriations, I mean who mixes boxing shorts with Goth? I mean really, who? He's mixing on season Camo, Heavy Metal, Punk, freakey 70's Bubble Gum Card/Astrology, graffics illustrations by Caitlin Mattisson; patches from 1970's icons of rock and well, whatever.. that bondage/batman black jacket and hood - with little ears; was that JUST for GOTHAM? The red lips and fangs motif that appears as patches or large on hats, sleeves, shirts and very large on the back of jackets seems to riff on both the Rocky Horror Picture Show and The Rolling Stones..I certainly hope Simmons gets his trickier pieces off the runway and into the stores. I for one would love to see all these designs out on the street. Check the shots below - Big thanks to White Caviar Life for this superb engagement, go check them out straight after you are done here - Now on with the pictures! PS finally back on Instagram.. or Follow on Facebook!
Model Madeline Stuart opens the show for Dexter Simmons at Art Hearts Fashion NYFW 2017 photographed by Kent Johnson.
model wears full Caitlin Mattisson graffic printed, white on black DEXTER outfit, Cap, off shoulder cape top and skirt, cap-earrings.. Dexter Simmons at Art Hearts Fashion NYFW 2017 photographed by Kent Johnson.
Black leather bondage strap style jacket and hood, reminiscent of Batman with grey shorts and Punk bum flap. Dexter Simmons at Art Hearts Fashion NYFW 2017 photographed by Kent Johnson.
Black leather bondage strap style jacket and hood, reminiscent of Batman as seen from behind. Dexter Simmons at Art Hearts Fashion NYFW 2017 photographed by Kent Johnson.
Men's black jacket with dog head graffic on back, black graffic boxing style shorts. Dexter Simmons at Art Hearts Fashion NYFW 2017 photographed by Kent Johnson.
Graffic print headdress, singlet and high waisted bell bottom pants. Spiritual motifs.  Dexter Simmons at Art Hearts Fashion NYFW 2017 photographed by Kent Johnson.
Graffic print headdress, singlet and high waisted bell bottom pants. Spiritual motifs.  Dexter Simmons at Art Hearts Fashion NYFW 2017 photographed by Kent Johnson.
Menswear, Cap, print shirt, leather shorts. Dexter Simmons at Art Hearts Fashion NYFW 2017 photographed by Kent Johnson.
Reversible camo jacket over red boxing shorts. Dexter Simmons at Art Hearts Fashion NYFW 2017 photographed by Kent Johnson.
Reversed jacket, red boxing shorts. Dexter Simmons at Art Hearts Fashion NYFW 2017 photographed by Kent Johnson.
Slashed logo'd black tee shirt dress, studded leather jacket and faux fur hat. Dexter Simmons at Art Hearts Fashion NYFW 2017 photographed by Kent Johnson.
menswear - Leather vest heavily embellished with studs and embroidered pop culture patches worn over white graphic tee shirt and jeans. Dexter Simmons at Art Hearts Fashion NYFW 2017 photographed by Kent Johnson.
Detail - Leather vest heavily embellished with embroidered pop culture patches worn over black singlet top and leggings with DEXTER boldly printed over the crotch.  Dexter Simmons at Art Hearts Fashion NYFW 2017 photographed by Kent Johnson.
Leather vest heavily embellished with embroidered pop culture patches worn over black singlet top and leggings with DEXTER boldly printed over the crotch.  Dexter Simmons at Art Hearts Fashion NYFW 2017 photographed by Kent Johnson.
Casual menswear, high waisted long shorts, grey jacket/shirt. Dexter Simmons at Art Hearts Fashion NYFW 2017 photographed by Kent Johnson.
Tight sheer maxi dress with cross straps balck nikkers, crop top with red lips motif, see-through handbag. Dexter Simmons at Art Hearts Fashion NYFW 2017 photographed by Kent Johnson.
mix fabric top with sheer panel and sleeves, oversized DEXTER hat, novelty handbag and grey marl skirt.  Dexter Simmons at Art Hearts Fashion NYFW 2017 photographed by Kent Johnson.
Long camo cape over strecch pants and crop to with faux fur hat, lips motif. Dexter Simmons at Art Hearts Fashion NYFW 2017 photographed by Kent Johnson.
Long studded leather coat with large eyeball motif over graphic printed white tee dress. Dexter Simmons at Art Hearts Fashion NYFW 2017 photographed by Kent Johnson.
Long studded leather coat with large eyeball motif as seen from behind. Dexter Simmons at Art Hearts Fashion NYFW 2017 photographed by Kent Johnson.
Graphics printed maxi skirt, lips shirt, leather jacket with woven patches, faux fur hat. Dexter Simmons at Art Hearts Fashion NYFW 2017 photographed by Kent Johnson.
Graphics printed maxi skirt, lips shirt, leather jacket with woven patches, faux fur hat. Dexter Simmons at Art Hearts Fashion NYFW 2017 photographed by Kent Johnson.
Models line up on stage, Dexter Simmons at Art Hearts Fashion NYFW 2017 photographed by Kent Johnson.
Madeline Stuart  & Dexter Simmons at Art Hearts Fashion NYFW 2017 photographed by Kent Johnson.
Dexter Simmons with Madeline Stuart and models after show. Art Hearts Fashion NYFW 2017 photographed by Kent Johnson.

http://dextersimmons.com/
http://caitlinmattisson.com/

Previously - Art Hearts Fashion -
http://streetfashionsydney.blogspot.com.au/2017/09/purvi-doshi-at-art-hearts-fashion-new.html
http://streetfashionsydney.blogspot.com.au/2017/09/a-captive-line-up-for-art-hearts.html

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