Saturday, April 25, 2015

Matiny Ng - The (new) Schiaparelli, of Geometric Fashion.

Fashion is not art and art is not fashion. But is that really so? It's always such a tussle between the decorative and the profound; the amusing and the serious; the functional and the.. non functional, the sublime; the ridiculous! I first experienced Matiny Ng's designs at the Raffles Byzantium graduate show in December 2013; playful and bold, wearable if you were game, distinctive and creative; using the circle and the square motif. The Menswear there, perhaps being the more radically inspired of the designs.

This year she is back as part of the Raffles International Showcase at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Australia along with fellow students from that 2013 show and others. Matiny Ng showcases her new label 580 and her SS 15/16 range. The pieces again designed around circle and square motifs speak to me of Non Objective Abstraction in art. Meanwhile, in the men's range there seem to be some sort of Luis Buñuel surrealist clerics, or perhaps it's that fashion parade from Fellini's movie Roma; no no its more Non Objective art as fashion from Matiny Ng. Wearable? I mean really how dare you.. Who cares!

Matiny Ng's 580 fashion label at MBFWA Raffles International Showcase, Carriageworks Sydney. Photographed by Kent Johnson.

Fawn smock dress with subtle check motif, circle cushion hat; Matiny Ng's 580 fashion label at MBFWA Raffles International Showcase, Carriageworks Sydney. Photographed by Kent Johnson.

Fawn smock dress with subtle check motif, circle cushion hat; Matiny Ng's 580 fashion label at MBFWA Raffles International Showcase, Carriageworks Sydney. Photographed by Kent Johnson.

White jumpsuit with relief red/purple check panel box with door!! Matiny Ng's 580 fashion label at MBFWA Raffles International Showcase, Carriageworks Sydney. Photographed by Kent Johnson.

Back view, white jumpsuit with relief red/purple check panel box with door!! Matiny Ng's 580 fashion label at MBFWA Raffles International Showcase, Carriageworks Sydney. Photographed by Kent Johnson.

White suit, circle motif in woven contrasting check motif; Matiny Ng's 580 fashion label at MBFWA Raffles International Showcase, Carriageworks Sydney. Photographed by Kent Johnson.

White suit, circle motif in woven contrasting check motif; Matiny Ng's 580 fashion label at MBFWA Raffles International Showcase, Carriageworks Sydney. Photographed by Kent Johnson.

White suit, circle motif in woven contrasting check motif; Matiny Ng's 580 fashion label at MBFWA Raffles International Showcase, Carriageworks Sydney. Photographed by Kent Johnson.

Red top with contrasting check pants, Matiny Ng's 580 fashion label at MBFWA Raffles International Showcase, Carriageworks Sydney. Photographed by Kent Johnson.

Red top with contrasting check pants, Matiny Ng's 580 fashion label at MBFWA Raffles International Showcase, Carriageworks Sydney. Photographed by Kent Johnson.

Womens long shift sleeveless top with a large relief circle motif,  Matiny Ng's 580 fashion label at MBFWA Raffles International Showcase, Carriageworks Sydney. Photographed by Kent Johnson.

Back view, Womens long shift sleeveless top with a large relief circle motif,  Matiny Ng's 580 fashion label at MBFWA Raffles International Showcase, Carriageworks Sydney. Photographed by Kent Johnson.

Detail, Womens long shift sleeveless top with a large relief circle motif,  Matiny Ng's 580 fashion label at MBFWA Raffles International Showcase, Carriageworks Sydney. Photographed by Kent Johnson.

Womens long shift sleeveless top with a large relief circle motif,  Matiny Ng's 580 fashion label at MBFWA Raffles International Showcase, Carriageworks Sydney. Photographed by Kent Johnson.

Menswear, bold blue check jacket (square) white shorts. Matiny Ng's 580 fashion label at MBFWA Raffles International Showcase, Carriageworks Sydney. Photographed by Kent Johnson.

Menswear, circle and square motif, singlet pants and jacket. Matiny Ng's 580 fashion label at MBFWA Raffles International Showcase, Carriageworks Sydney. Photographed by Kent Johnson.

Menswear, circle and square motif, singlet pants and jacket. Matiny Ng's 580 fashion label at MBFWA Raffles International Showcase, Carriageworks Sydney. Photographed by Kent Johnson.

Menswear, circle and square motif, singlet pants and jacket. Matiny Ng's 580 fashion label at MBFWA Raffles International Showcase, Carriageworks Sydney. Photographed by Kent Johnson.
Menswear, The Cross, Matiny Ng's 580 fashion label at MBFWA Raffles International Showcase, Carriageworks Sydney. Photographed by Kent Johnson.
Cross motif, ecumenical inspiration? Matiny Ng's 580 label.  Photographed by Kent Johnson.
Menswear, The Cross, Matiny Ng's 580 fashion label at MBFWA Raffles International Showcase, Carriageworks Sydney. Photographed by Kent Johnson.

Menswear, the Red Cardinal, Matiny Ng's 580 fashion label at MBFWA Raffles International Showcase, Carriageworks Sydney. Photographed by Kent Johnson.

Menswear, the Red Cardinal, Matiny Ng's 580 fashion label at MBFWA Raffles International Showcase, Carriageworks Sydney. Photographed by Kent Johnson.

Menswear, the Red Cardinal, Matiny Ng's 580 fashion label at MBFWA Raffles International Showcase, Carriageworks Sydney. Photographed by Kent Johnson.
A Red Cardinal? Matiny Ng's 580 label.  Photographed by Kent Johnson.
Menswear, The Padre, Matiny Ng's 580 fashion label at MBFWA Raffles International Showcase, Carriageworks Sydney. Photographed by Kent Johnson.
Menswear, The Padre, Matiny Ng's 580 fashion label at MBFWA Raffles International Showcase, Carriageworks Sydney. Photographed by Kent Johnson.
Menswear, The Padre, Matiny Ng's 580 fashion label at MBFWA Raffles International Showcase, Carriageworks Sydney. Photographed by Kent Johnson.
The Padre? Menswear at Matiny Ng's 580 label.  Photographed by Kent Johnson.
Designer Matiny Ng; takes a bow at MBFWA Raffles International Showcase, Carriageworks Sydney. Photographed by Kent Johnson.
I wonder if quite a few of the audience were wondering what the @#!! was going on with this show; but as you can tell I loved it; the colours the fabrics, the garments construction, and mostly the Ideas! More please Matiny Ng.


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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Back Row - Shiny Studs, Leather Jacket - MBFWA.

Back Row - Shiny studs and leather jacket at the Raffles International Showcase, Mercedes Benz Fashion Week, Sydney Australia. And an iPhone. Must say I loved this show of graduate designers of Raffles college several of whom I have blogged about previously. I think I have tow posts to do on this show alone so stay tuned to Street Fashion Sydney; more Raffles coming soon!

Back Row - man wearing Shiny Studed Leather Jacket at the Raffles International Showcase. MBFWA, photo by Kent Johnson.

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Sunday, April 19, 2015

Photographing Backstage with Watson x Watson at MBFWA.

I was privileged last week to photograph backstage at the Watson x Watson fashion show, part of the Mecedes Benz Fashion Week Australia, or, #MBFWA; yes much easier.. While there were quite a few models walking in the show and most were from IMG, some including Madison Stubbington arrived somewhat later having had to rush over from a previous show; for these models this meant an intensive time with the teams from Redken for hair and Curtis Collection doing make up with very many hands working together to have the models ready to go. Must say the models were all a sea of calm in a maelstrom of activity! And the action never stops with, the hair and make up teams following the models all the way to the runway providing final touch ups on the go. All detailed in my photo essay below; I hope you enjoy it; I had a great time! Mouse over pictures for details.

Model Madison Stubbington in H&MU Backstage for Watson x Watson, MBFWA. Photograph by Kent Johnson.

Model Madison Stubbington in H&MU Backstage for Watson x Watson, MBFWA. Photograph by Kent Johnson.

Model Madison Stubbington in H&MU Backstage for Watson x Watson, MBFWA. Photograph by Kent Johnson.

A model in H&MU Backstage for Watson x Watson, MBFWA. Photograph by Kent Johnson.

Applying make up, a model in H&MU Backstage for Watson x Watson, MBFWA. Photograph by Kent Johnson.

Final touches to H&MU backstage, for Watson x Watson, MBFWA. Photograph by Kent Johnson.

Models backstage waiting to walk for Watson x Watson, MBFWA. Photograph by Kent Johnson.

Models backstage waiting to walk for Watson x Watson, MBFWA. Photograph by Kent Johnson.

Final touches to H&MU backstage, for Watson x Watson, MBFWA. Photograph by Kent Johnson.

Models backstage waiting to walk for Watson x Watson, MBFWA. Photograph by Kent Johnson.

Model Madison Stubbington with Mitch Stead, backstage waiting to walk for Watson x Watson, MBFWA. Photograph by Kent Johnson.

Looking a little nervous, Somer Watson backstage of the Watson x Watson Day Walker show MBFWA 2015. Photo by Kent Johnson.

Model Madison Stubbington backstage after walking for Watson x Watson, MBFWA. Photograph by Kent Johnson.

Fashion designers Somer and Liberty Watson (middle) with 'they all hate us' bloggers Tash Sefton, Elle Ferguson outside L&R. After the Watson x Watson show. Photo by Kent Johnson.
Designers Somer and Liberty Watson (middle) with 'they all hate us' bloggers Tash Sefton, Elle Ferguson (outside L&R). After the Watson x Watson show. Photo by Kent Johnson.


Thanks to Watson x Watson and Glow by Beca.
Some larger versions of some shots on my Flickr here.

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Friday, April 17, 2015

Adventure Time on the Sydney City Circle.

Sitra wearing an Adventure Time skirt from EBay, "because it's cheaper there." with a striped top, oversize cardigan and canvas tote, white socks and canvas shoes. A pretty funky outfit!

Adventure Time skirt, striped top, oversize cardigan and canvas tote, white socks and canvas shoes. Photographed by Kent Johnson.

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Thursday, April 9, 2015

Two Shades of Grey-Tweed-Wool

Max wearing grey collarless three button shirt and grey tweed jacket and Chinos. Photographed by Kent Johnson.

It's getting cooler  in Sydney. Max wearing grey collarless three button shirt and grey tweed jacket. loved this look, love the spotty pocket square. Very dapper. Seen last night at Black Eye gallery for the opening of 'I Am Here' by Chris Sisarich (on till the 26th).

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Thursday, March 26, 2015

Green Check Shirt and Chinos at Art Month Sydney.

I do love this gentleman's outfit spotted last night at Roslyn Oxley Gallery which was also host to the Art Month after party for Paddington. There is a lovely large scale photo silkscreen show on by David Noonan. But back to this outfit pictured, perfect for a relaxed and casual night out looking at art, Green Check Shirt, Chinos and brown loafers, a great men's look.

Green Check Shirt, Chinos and brown loafers, men's style - Art Month Sydney- Street Fashion and Style. Photo by Kent Johnson.

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Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Good News Story - At Central..

Although I did not post anything about this on Street Fashion Sydney, and I probably should have.. I did put up the shot below on my Instagram and Facebook pages. A couple of weeks ago walking through the Devonshire Street (Sydney Rail Pedestrain (Train)) tunnel at Central which normally has a few buskers doing their thing; I found these notices instead!

Begging, Busking; Blah Blah Blah.. Not permitted.. By order Sydney Trains...
Well that was a real WTF moment for me. Like them or not they certainly add something to your walk down this long pedestrian tunnel and I for one think it's something good; even if I don't like the songs or pieces they are playing; I am glad they are there.


However a Good News Story I promised and a Good News Story you shall have. Tonight on my way to a show at X88 gallery by train and a short walk through the 'tunnel' while seeing no buskers I saw none of the (no) Begging Busking signs, they were ALL gone! I did however see this post-it note which I don't think I would have seen if I was not looking for the nasty no-no signs. #CHOOSEHOPESYDNEY

And then after seeing POSTAL by Stuart Silcox at X88. On my way back through the 'Tunnel' I saw this dude, Marc White playing guitar in the tunnel! All I can say is I was very pleased. And after a small contribution I was able to get this shot. Closer to Devonshire Street exit there was a flautist playing classical pieces. Perfect!
http://www.marc-white.com/

Awesome! #ChooseHopeSydney #GoodNewStory :-)
Lets keep the music!