March 26, 2015

Bush, Baby / VAMFF Finale

Close your eyes.
Listen to the calls of wild birds.
Feel the wind gently blowing your hair.
Smell the sweet waft of eucalyptus leaves in the morning.

As I walked into the Great Hall at the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) last night, a wave of nostalgia hit me. If I had not been surrounded by a sea of strangers, I would have thought I was back in the country, in the fresh alpine air. I was reminded of my home in North-East Victoria; the kookaburras laughing outside my house, perched on top of a light post and the rustling of gum trees in the school next door. 

I wish all fashion shows were like the one I attended on Sunday night. The attention to detail, the illusion that you were walking into another world, was nothing like I had experienced before in the fashion world. Ballet dancers in native Australian costume roamed the foyer as people clinked their glasses and gobbled down canapes. 

I snuck into the media pit with my friend, Adele. We purchased tickets a month ago, but I soon realised that I could get into the show for free with my media pass, as they had not printed the shows I obtained accreditation for on the back of my lanyard. I gave the spare ticket to my mother, who had never been to a fashion show before. It's not really her scene, but I'm glad she got to see this one. 

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Before the models took to the runway, the audience was graced with a beautiful ballet routine. Each ballerina was dressed in a tutu resembling Australian flowers. I'm no well versed on flora, but I recognised wattle and lilly-pilly. The music reminded me of the first ballet I performed in when I was four years old, 'A Bush Ballet' and I was a butterfly, looking at the ground because I felt that I was too shy to be on stage.

The models filed down the runway dressed in some of the most intricate clothing I've seen in person, whilst ethereal covers of iconic Australian songs circulated in the background. Of course, all of the clothes were inspired by the Australian Bush - the models were styled with native Australian flowers as headpieces and the make-up was also flora inspired.

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Every outfit reminded me of various Aussie paraphernalia. The gentle pinks, soft textures and boater hats above reminded of Picnic At Hanging Rock (1975), whilst the black waistbands and bomber jackets below reminded me of our obsession with sport, particularly basketball.

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A few outfits reminded me of magpies and traditional dot-dot paintings.
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These glorious outfits below made me think about what Frida Kahlo would have looked like if she lived in Australia instead of Mexico.

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Then the hall went dark and the disco ball came to life, turning the room into a pool of what felt like, swirling stars. When I was little I would have dreams that I was swimming/floating through houses and rooms and this moment of the show reminded me of that - it was so calming.

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The most beautiful dresses flowed down the runway afterwards, inspired by kangaroo paw and wattle. I would give anything to wear or own just one of those amazing creations! 

I can't express how amazing it was to experience all of this in person. The whole package, the music, the atmosphere, the lead up to the show itself just painted a beautiful picture and I'm so happy I was able to see it all in person, rather than through other people's photos.


March 20, 2015

Fashion Week, You Got Me Good / VAMFF 2015

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Graduate showcases are, in my option, the best shows at Fashion Week. They're creative, vibrant and eclectic. They're pieces of art rather than the ready-to-wear runway items featured in most shows. The Graduate Showcase at VAMFF features twelve of the best fashion graduates around the country and last night's show absolutely took my breath away.

Sarah, from StyleMelbourne gave me the daunting task of making the runway photos creative. 

Before each collection was presented to the audience, there was a short interview with the designer, explaining their inspirations and processes behind the clothes. I found these interviews to be particularly inspiring when it came to editing my images. Each image is edited to reflect the collection of each designer, highlighting the individuality and the colours of each garment.

Above: Optic by Monique Duggan

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Straight Outta Compton by Megan McGrath

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Ctrl-C by April Yap

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Holonymy by Erica Deluchi

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Circulate by Vanessa Emirian (my personal favourite!!)

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DePomp by Sofie Teh

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Lilt by Rachael Zheng

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Resist & Exist by Donald Chung

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Fresh Crop by Lauren Acciarito

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As per usual, you can see all of the images I took over at StyleMelbourne

March 17, 2015

Here We Go Again / VAMFF 2015

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Melbourne Fashion Week, we meet again, hopefully not for the last time. 

I always get nervous before my first show. Although you could call me a regular, I still feel a little bit on the outside of the fashion world. The media, in general, is often segregated from the rest of the crowd. We sit cross-legged at the end of the runway, baggy jeans over form fitting dresses/pants, comfortable shoes rather than heels, watching the fashion elite glide past as they find their seats before the show. 

My favourite part about photographing at fashion week is not the clothes or the models, or even the contacts I get to make. What I enjoy most is just watching everyone. I love seeing what everyone wears, I love observing the selfies, the note-takers, the groups of gossips, the girls in heels that look impossible to walk in, the men dressed sharp and dapper. I just find events like this absolutely fascinating. 
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I went backstage last night for the first time since 2012. I had forgotten how pushy and how competitive photographers can be. We had to tiptoe over make-up cases strewn all over the floor, push past packs of hair stylists and assistants, hoping we didn't knock anyone or anything over. It was utter madness. 

In the end, I didn't feel comfortable getting in people's way so I just hung back, preferring to capture the candid moments rather than getting the models to wink whilst staring down at my lens. 

On Thursday night, I'm going to be going up into the backstage area with full force and armed with my previous experience to get some shots I really wanted to nab last night.  

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I found that most of the collections last night were very muted in styles - which of course, is perfect the Melbourne winter. Kuwaii paired really lovely warm and peachy colours with greys. The collection felt so snuggly rather than cold. I especially love that pink paired with the grey skirt on the right. 

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Many people who were in the pit with me were so excited for Alpha 60's collection and afterwards I understood why. Despite the fact that the models looked awkward as hell walking in the shoes, I loved the lines and the textures used in this collection. The grey jacket down the bottom right-hand corner was calling my name.

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During the show, I didn't really enjoy Kloke's collection as I found the colours to be classic but boring. It wasn't until I was editing the photos that I realised the detail in the pieces like the zipper in the second image and the flecks of gold in the third garment. Their collection kind of reminded me of a skater girl clashing with a hobo which made the outfits seem extra comfy!!

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If someone were to buy me every single jacket that is featured here by BĂșl I would not complain.

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Limedrop is always a favourite of mine. I loved the soft water coloured patterns and flowing lines featured in the first two images contrasted with the third and fourth images that felt much more edgy. I loved the sunglasses some of the models were wearing, pictured brilliantly in the third photo. They changed colours as the light reflected off them. In one of the photos, I took, the glasses even appear to be pink! 

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And, of course, Gorman. Not my favourite collection of their's but I still have many items on my wishlist that will never see the light of day because of my uni student budget. I think I'm drawn to Goman so much because they have this knack for pairing prints and colours together that I just wouldn't normally think of. I especially love all of the shoes and socks (I can actually probably afford those socks to that's a plus). I love the green cropped pants in the third last image. I'd prefer it as a skirt, but they were just so shiny and pretty that I couldn't say no to pants. I also LOVE, LOVE LOVE the scarf in the last photo. Someone please give me that scarf now because I need it and those cute pompoms in my life for the winter season so I can feel complete and whole. 

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Kudos to the ladies and gents at Frankie for once again presenting an awesome show! I especially loved the golden glitter runway background and The Pink Tiles who played a pretty sick set of pop-punk before the lights went down.

You can see more photos that I took on Style Melbourne.