Sunday, July 20, 2014

Never too much Print Leopard or Otherwise - Gary Bigeni.

Fashion Designer Gary Bigeni showing his true colours and his own leopard print pints. Spotted, no-pun-intended at the Olsen Irwin Gallery for the launch of the Matthew Johnson's Selected Works 2014 show. Stunning print and colour combinations; shirt by Romance Was Born, painting in window by Matthew Johnson.

Gary Bigeni wearing Gary Bigeni leopard print and Romance Was Born shirt outside Olsen Irwin Gallery Paddington Sydney.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Climbing Montblanc - Writing a New-Look of Life's Essential Accessories.

Montblanc 'Black and White' Launch Sydney 2014.

I always wanted one of those beautiful fountain pens and for a while it did look like I just might get one. I would take my 21st Birthday money and splash out on a timeless writing instrument, something nicer than the gold metal pen with four colours I chose for my 10th birthday. But it was not to be; after all it was the 80s! First came an AIWA Walkman (a mobile cassette player (cassette, a funny plastic things with string inside to play music)) and after that.. who knows what happened to the rest of that big influx of cashhhh.. Maybe I should have gone with the Montblanc Meisterstück 149 Fountain Pen after all; the AIWA never lasted.. and you can now do everything on your mobile phone including listening to all your music - but you still can't sign your name with a mobile phone handset! Not really, although I am pretty sure they are working on it.

This year Montblanc is celebrating the 90th anniversary of this German companies, yes German companies most iconic item, and they are celebrating with a special anniversary edition of the Meisterstück 149 Fountain Pen, 90 years and still going strong. Even more remarkable when you consider we now live in an electronic world, a world where Australia Post is trying to spin off the loss making letters department (hello email) and make money with parcel delivery (thank you e-commerce). When your greatest claim to fame is the Mighty Pen - how do you remain relevant? Well you don't throw in the towel and you don't give up that's for sure. You look at what is special about writing, the whole process not just he end result. Then you look out for those other special items that people keep close to their heart, intimate accessories, the things you touch, things that touch you and say something about you - and then you go for it; and you keep your heritage but you're not silly, you innovate too. And if you are Australian GM Randall Foote you even get to light the torch for Montblanc's innovation (literally - picture below) and show off your latest accessories in treated REAL leather that can withstand more than a few bumps, scratches, even a blowtorch! BTW Randall I may have misheard you but that torch is not 500c more like 2000c, that is impressive and one hot tip to beat!

Nib detail, Montblanc Meisterstück 149 Fountain Pen, 90 Years Anniversary Limited edition.

Montblanc Patron of Art Edition Henry E. Steinway 4810 Fountain Pen

Montblanc Pen sets on display - Sydney.

Detail, banding, Montblanc Meisterstück 149 Fountain Pen, 90 Years Anniversary Limited edition.

Demonstrating the durability of Montblanc's specially developed high durability leather by applying the flame of a blowtorch.
It's true, the Boss does get the most fun jobs!

Mont Blanc men's belt in treated leather.

Montblanc TimeWalker Extreme - Swiss made watch.
Montblanc TimeWalker Extreme

Montblanc Homage to Nicolas Rieussec - Swiss made watch.
Montblanc Homage to Nicolas Rieussec

Montblanc Meisterstück Heritage Automatic Date - Swiss made watch.
Montblanc Meisterstück Heritage Automatic Date

Leather travel bag, messenger bag, wallets by Montblanc

Signing the guest book with the Montblanc Meisterstück 149 Fountain Pen.
Vivienne signing the guest book with the Montblanc Meisterstück 149 Fountain Pen.

Vivienne and I had a wonderful time at the launch, Australian GM Randall Foote's talk about the Brand, it's history and future was thoroughly engaging and informative and seeing the video of Hugh Jackman, Montblanc's brand ambassador on the big screen was fabulous too, great video guys! It's always and I do mean always great to see beautifully crafted and designed objects, that something special at which Montblanc excels.

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Sunday, July 13, 2014

Is it Art? Or is it an Art Handbag Abstraction?

Friday night I popped into Sarah Cottier Gallery in Paddington for the current double header show, John Spiteri in gallery 1 and Huseyin Sami showing in gallery 2. As much as I enjoyed the abstract canvases in gallery 1; it was the thick and colourful slumped-vinyl-paint 'canvases' of Huseyin's works that really caught my eye. Why? Well initially I liked the idea that there were these handbag-like artworks on the wall in rather nice colour schemes (or colorways as they now say in the design/fashion trade (I have so have never liked that term))... And, after I had been introduced to Husyin I asked him if he would mind if I referred to the works as 'Art Handbags', he sort of laughed and smiled. Thank you Husyin for humouring me and thank you for your show 'The art of ending a conversation'. Well I wonder what that's about!  Anyway, I loved the show and our man was charming and there's my portrait below too; it's on now until the 2nd of August.

Huseyin Sami Wire Colour Hang (PPGB)  2014  acrylic on wire

Huseyin Sami Wire Colour Hang (WGB)  2014  acrylic on wire

Huseyin Sami Wire Colour Hang (GAWB)  2014  acrylic on wire

Portrait of Huseyin Sami at the opening of 'The art of ending a conversation' Sarah Cottier Gallery, Photographed by Kent Johnson for Street Fashion Sydney.

Installation shot, Huseyin Sami's 'The art of ending a conversation' Sarah Cottier Gallery,

His and Her Black coats and RM Willimas Boots, Sarah Cottier Gallery.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Menswear Magic, Checks for Young Men and Younger too.

Its never too soon and as it's now getting pretty cool in Sydney, it's certainly not too late to start sporting some bold winter checks. Three young men splendidly dressed for a Saturday afternoon checking out the art at Olsen Irwin gallery in Paddington Sydney. And checks are of course great for all ages, style them your way.

Young men fashion portrait, young man in check shirt and denim jacket, jeans holding small child, boy with sloppy joe and cute cowboy print. Street Fashion Sydney by Kent Johnson.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Australian Men's Style - The 'Patchwork' Flannelette Shirt.

International readers of Street Fashion Sydney may not be aware that there is a traditional national dress for Australian men; this typically consists of a Flannelette shirt, blue 'wife beater' singlet, a pair of shorts (it's hot down under) and a pair of thongs aka flip flops or Havaianas - expensive thongs; and of course thongs are footwear not underwear, which for men can be optional. I still recall my friend David Gofton opining that every Australian suburb or region ought to have its own distinctive Flannel pattern not unlike the Scott's and their Tartans for different clans. I'm still inclined to think this is a pretty good idea and a bit classier than people running amuck in 'local' Rugby League footie jerseys..

Last night at Sarah Cottier Gallery I spied this young man sporting what I took to be an arty interpretation on the Flannelette shirt redone in a quilted check pattern; Check, one two! Nicely teamed with deep blue black pants with some blue plimsolls. Love it, great personal style and as Aussie as it comes.

The 'Patchwork' Flannelette shirt white tee, deep blue black pants with some blue plimsolls. Street Fashion Sydney by Kent Johnson.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Layer-it-on for Winter - Art Student Style.

Well its still stunning sunny winter days in Sydney at the moment but once that sun goes down, or you step out of the light; it can get mighty cold indeed. What's the answer to temperature variables.. layering of course! And while you are at it have some fun with patterns, textures, fabrics and styles and don't forget to coordinate too. Love Georgia's style spotted last week at Gallery 9 for Suzie Idens - All Things Being Equal; they never are of course but what can you do; just go your own way.

Art student Style, Winter in Sydney, Layering, Leather Jacket, Knits, Fabrics, Velour Leggings, Work Boots, Cable Knit, Flannelette Shirt at Gallery 9 Darlinghurst Sydney.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Cycling in Inner West Style, Riding Boots, Jeans, Black Bag and Jacket..

Cowboys and Cowgirls; Bikers or Cyclers? I spotted Tam rolling up on her funky green Lekker as I was unlocking my old clunker at Sydenham Station this morning. Not only did her lime green Lekker bike catch my eye, that fabulous, belted chained and tooled, strapped-black-bag slung on her waist with tie-down! Well I don't even know what to call it but that bag was just one HUGE Street Fashion Sydney picture magnet. Love Tam's eclectic style with the boots and jacket, great short trip cycling, lovely to see people riding with their personal fashion and sense of style.

Cycling in Inner West Style, Ridding Boots, Jeans, Black Bag and Jacket - Photo by Kent Johnson for Street Fashion Sydney
Detail, belted chained and tooled, strapped-black-bag slung on waist with tie-down, Photo by Kent Johnson.

Street Fashion Sydney - shot with the Fujifilm X-Pro1