Thursday, January 10, 2019

Doctor Molotov as Bowie at Darryn Lyons Gallery

Last night saw the launch of a new David Bowie exhibition at the relatively new Lyons Gallery situated in the heart of the Paddington Fiveways. An impressive collection of editioned images are on display from a variety of photographers, some as famous in their own right as the subject himself.  Curator, Sandra Schnellhaus-Stephen has done a wonderful job of selecting and displaying the work in an immersive gallery environment. If you love the era of classic sixties and seventies celebrity photography, and on into the nineties, this gallery is a must for your list.
Bowie Exhibition at Lyons Gallery - Bowie affectionardo Kendall AKA Doctor Molotov; photographed in front of a beautiful Terry Oneill of Raquel Welch On The Cross. Photo by Kent Johnson for Street Fashion Sydney.
I even managed to meet and photograph costume designer and Bowie affectionardo Kendall AKA Doctor Molotov in her Spiders from Mars suit; photographed in front of a beautiful Terry Oneill photograph of Raquel Welch On The Cross.

Lovely evening, thanks to everyone at Lyons Gallery, check them out at 248 Glenmore Road Paddington, NSW 2022.

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

Monday, December 17, 2018

Christian Paul Watches - Havana Days Launch Event

So close to Christmas, so much going on! Last week Vivienne and I attended three events with this lovely pool party, launch event - HAVANA DAYS from Christian Paul sandwiched more or less in the middle. So what is Havana Days? It's inspired by lazy days in the Caribbean with a look back to the 1940s, elegant watches embracing the design ethos of the era; and limited edition leather accessories. Purses, luggage tags, passport holders and cosmetics bags which take a more modern twist on the Havana theme with bright colours and tropical motifs, Toucans, Parrots, Hibiscus flowers, Pineapples and Pink Flamingos; it's all very tropical. A gold pineapple also puts in an appearance on the face of their Myer exclusive watches.
Kent Johnson with Christian Paul CEO Zaid Alsulaibi and Vivienne Shui - Havana Days pool party Launch Event - Photographed for Street Fashion Sydney
Yours truly with Christian Paul CEO Zaid Alsulaibi and Vivienne on the right.
Of course the pool party launch was also Havana themed, cocktails, cakes and a grazing table of all the good things you like to eat while sipping on a lazy long drink. Fortunately I can work whist sipping cocktails and was able to engage Christian Paul CEO Zaid Alsulaibi to get the low down on the brand and Zaid delivered. Australian owned, Australian designed, customer and quality focused, looking to a long future in the watch industry. I was captivated by the stories of this relatively young brands desire to grow strong and some of the good fortune it's already seen - a fan engraved and presented one of the brands signature watches to celebrity Selena Gomez; she slipped it right on and; one Instagram later... it's always nice to be part of a success story. Now I haven't actually worn a watch for the better part of the last ten years so it was with great interest that I slipped on the 'Reid' watch from the range that I found in my goodie bag. It's one with rose gold and a tan leather strap. I have begun wearing it and it does feel like quality, and it does feel and look like a good dress watch, which is exactly what it is, and waterproof too; so if you fall in the pool at that pool party; the watch is going to be alright. Zaid was a wealth of information about the brand, 'Japanese movement' 'stainless not brass' 'assembled in China yes' 'it's about the right level of quality control at every stage'.  It all sounds very good and once again, Australian designed, Sydney - designed! So if I have piqued your interest you can check them out here - www.christianpaul.com.au/havana-days/
HAVANA DAYS by Christian Paul - Flat lay photo by Vivienne Shui - White Caviar Life
HAVANA DAYS by Christian Paul - Flat lay photo by Vivienne Shui - White Caviar Life
Ladies in white at the cocktail bar - Havana Days pool party Launch Event - Photographed by Kent Johnson for Street Fashion Sydney
The grazing table and some pool toys - Havana Days pool party Launch Event - Photographed by Kent Johnson for Street Fashion Sydney
Vivienne with a Cuban cocktail - Havana Days pool party Launch Event - Photographed by Kent Johnson for Street Fashion Sydney
Pink flamingo cup cakes and goodie bags - Havana Days pool party Launch Event - Photographed by Kent Johnson for Street Fashion Sydney
Presentation table for Havana Days pool party Launch Event - Photographed by Kent Johnson for Street Fashion Sydney
Watches and accessorises of the Havana Days pool party Launch Event - Photographed by Kent Johnson for Street Fashion Sydney
Limited edition leather goods accessorises - Havana Days pool party Launch Event - Photographed by Kent Johnson for Street Fashion Sydney
In the pool but not in the pool - Havana Days pool party Launch Event - Photographed by Kent Johnson for Street Fashion Sydney


Read Street Fashion Sydney's previous Watch Event Write-ups Here.

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Kent Johnson, Sydney, Australia.
0433 796 863


Thursday, December 6, 2018

Costume & Millinery Graduate Exhibition 2018

Wow time really does fly by; was it really a year ago I attended the Fashion half of this Fashion and Costume Design showcase! Last night as you have already realised I attended the costume (and millinery) parade, a VIP event with canapes, sparkling wine, other guests and well wishers. I love costume design - I think it's in the family as my mum always made my dad's costumes for the stage shows he did for many years up in Brisbane. And fashion is really costume anyway! Quite a few of the designs were very much historically based fashion items so Q.E.D. - the one often does equal the other. The concept was to research a theatre character and then remake their costume; not all were historical bodice-rippers though; and I unfortunately missed grabbing a shot of the Mad Maxine/Feral Cheryl outfit. Loved the Picnic at Hanging Rock recreations (still love my own editorial photoshoot based on the same film) And without planing it at all, I did manage to come up with a series of portraits of the costume design students, with their pieces, on their models. So here we go, lots to see, beautiful work, hopefully all correctly attributed. Best of luck for your future - or should I say ' break a leg!' and thank you one and all for a wonderful evening.

Ophelia by Nastasja Caliendo Photo by Kent Johnson for Street Fashion Sydney.
Catherine Sykes with her Léon Bakst - Ballet Russes chief eunuch. Costume design - portrait by Kent Johnson for Street Fashion Sydney.
Catherine Sykes with her Ballet Russes chief eunuch costume.
Rebecca Ke - Costume design - portrait by Kent Johnson for Street Fashion Sydney.
Rebecca Ke - Legend of Zhen Huan
Sarah Howard - Costume design - portrait by Kent Johnson for Street Fashion Sydney.
Sarah Howard - the Alienist
Janelle Fischer - Costume design - portrait by Kent Johnson for Street Fashion Sydney.
Janelle Fischer - Dao Ma Dan - Beijing Opera
Alexa Lombard - Costume design - portrait by Kent Johnson for Street Fashion Sydney.
Alexa Lombard - Historical Costume
Master Dandelion - Costume design - portrait by Kent Johnson for Street Fashion Sydney.
Master Dandelion
Charlie Aplin and models - Costume design - portrait by Kent Johnson for Street Fashion Sydney.
Charlie Aplin (middle) with her 'Edwardian Walking Suit' (right). 
Ophelia by Nastasja Caliendo costume design student, portrait by Kent Johnson for Street Fashion Sydney.
Ophelia by Nastasja Caliendo
Telling Stories in Pictures all over the world..
Kent Johnson, Sydney, Australia.
0433 796 863

Friday, November 16, 2018

Surrealists at Play - Dali Sculptures LAUNCH at Billich Gallery

Last night saw a glittering launch party for The Dali Universe sculpture show at Billich Gallery the Rocks in the very heart of Sydney. A great venue for a Dali show as painter Charles Billich has, like Dali, always listened to his own voice and moved to the beat of a different drum. Lucky guests mingled with hosts Charles and Christa Billich whilst enjoying a live piano performance and those great Dali sculpture editions - and the additional presence of Andy Warhol!!! Well I wasn't expecting that! Andy was in fact actor Boguslaw Szpilcazak who is currently appearing as the puppet master of Pop Art, Andy Warhol in the play The Trial Of Dali, and stayed very much in character all night;. Great to see Charles signing a book for him at the end; I wonder who he made the inscription out to?
Opening night crowd - Dali Sculptures LAUNCH at Billich Gallery - Photography by Kent Johnson for Street Fashion Sydney

Charles and patrons - Dali Sculptures LAUNCH at Billich Gallery - Photography by Kent Johnson for Street Fashion Sydney

Three ladies at the party - Dali Sculptures LAUNCH at Billich Gallery - Photography by Kent Johnson for Street Fashion Sydney

Christa and friends - Dali Sculptures LAUNCH at Billich Gallery - Photography by Kent Johnson for Street Fashion Sydney

Selfie time with a Billich artwork - Dali Sculptures LAUNCH at Billich Gallery - Photography by Kent Johnson for Street Fashion Sydney

The real Andy Warhol? Dali Sculptures LAUNCH at Billich Gallery - Photography by Kent Johnson for Street Fashion Sydney

Charles Billich and admirers, selfie time - Dali Sculptures LAUNCH at Billich Gallery - Photography by Kent Johnson for Street Fashion Sydney

A 'Spanish' lady and a bendy clock face - Dali Sculptures LAUNCH at Billich Gallery - Photography by Kent Johnson for Street Fashion Sydney

Flyer for The Trial Of Dali - Dali Sculptures LAUNCH at Billich Gallery - Photography by Kent Johnson for Street Fashion Sydney

Space Elephant sculpture - Dali Sculptures LAUNCH at Billich Gallery - Photography by Kent Johnson for Street Fashion Sydney

Charles signing for 'Andy' - Dali Sculptures LAUNCH at Billich Gallery - Photography by Kent Johnson for Street Fashion Sydney

Dali sculpture with Billich painting in background - Dali Sculptures LAUNCH at Billich Gallery - Photography by Kent Johnson for Street Fashion Sydney
See the Dali show at Billich Gallery 106 George Street, The Rocks -  Book tickets for The Trial Of Dali HERE. Full disclosure - I had a great time.

Previous Billich Gallery posts from Street Fashion Sydney
https://streetfashionsydney.blogspot.com/2016/04/walking-on-eggshells-two-stories-of-art.html
http://www.uniqueeventphotography.com.au/2016/04/the-billich-gallery-30th-anniversary.html
https://streetfashionsydney.blogspot.com/2018/08/art-seen-august-2018-abstraction-and.html

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Kent Johnson, Sydney, Australia.
0433 796 863

Friday, November 9, 2018

Street Style - Roof of Milan Duomo

Yes everyone does dress better in Milan. Even for a trip to the top of the justifiably famous Duomo, or in English, the Milan Cathedral. Houndstooth check jacket, black pants, white runners and tee - a perfect black and white story for the white marble location that is the Duomo! Terrific menswear style; thanks for the shot on a lovely Italian autumn afternoon.
Duomo Milan, menswear, houndstooth jacket, black pants white tee - view of marble balustrade and Milan in the background. Photo by Kent Johnson for Street Fashion Sydney, Italy Edition.

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Kent Johnson, Sydney, Australia.
0433 796 863

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Monday, October 1, 2018

Victoria - By the Beach - Monterosso, Italy

White Caviar Life and I were only in Monterosso al Mare for a week, but Victoria who we met at the local supermarket became like a close friend, providing us with tips and letting us know if something was happening in town. I grabbed this shot of Victoria on one of our last evenings in Monterosso, looking great as always, and with a very nice bike as well. If you are in Monterosso, drop in and say hello for us!
Victoria with her bicycley by the beach, Monterosso al Mare. Photo by Kent Johnson for Street Fashion Sydney.

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