21.6.14

PHFAT | LIGHTS OUT AUSTRALIAN TOUR OUTTAKES | INTERVIEW FEATURED ON THUMP



A few weeks ago I interviewed PHFAT, a two piece electronic rap group from South Africa, who is also their countries biggest independent rap act. They came down to Australia for a self-funded tour, promoting their latest electronic rap fuelled single Lights Out feat. JungFreud. We chatted about them being Puma ambassadors and how it has been a launch pad for their them and also how changes in the group has effected their music making process, plus everything in between. 

My full interview feature piece is up on VICE's new electronic music and culture platform - THUMP. Read it HERE!

Here are some additional snaps I took of them whilst they were in Australia and a video from the interview!
 

31.5.14

UNIKKO 50TH ANNIVERSARY | MARIMEKKO SYDNEY


The iconic Unikko flower pattern which was born in 1964, was kind of a reaction by designer Maija Isola against Marimekko founder, Armi Ratia who decided to never produce flower prints again. However, Isola's designs were so graphically distinct, Ratia fell in love and included them in Marimekko's collections and has now famously become a symbol of Marimekko.

The other week, I was invited to the 50th Anniversary of Unikko, held at Sydney's Marimekko store with Sha'an and Al. Every corner was filled with hundreds of vibrant and colourful Unikko motif. I will admit that I only learnt about the history of such a familiar pattern after attending the party, but the graphic sits vividly in my mind, somehow, somewhere - in my dreams, in my grandmother's wardrobe or kitchen? I don't know, but definitely a radiant impression.
 

10.5.14

WRANGLER SUN CHASER CHALLENGE | CHASING THE SUN


Photos by Alexander Kalyk

For the past three weeks, Wrangler has been running a photo competition, encouraging people to take photos and sharing them on Instagram. Every week, a theme is set and prizes are given away. For their final week of the competition this week, the theme was 'Chase The Sun' and I decided to enter it! 

These are some shots of me taken by Al, at Bronte as the sun was setting. What we wanted to captured, was the idea of chasing the last bit of sun before it set into the evening.

 You can still enter before it ends this week so, check out their websiteFacebook page here for more details and hashtag #WranglerSunchaser to see other entries!

 Wearing: Wrangler Strangler Sonic Black Jeans | Wrangler Massacre Denim Trucker Jacket | Palladium Shoes | Beanie & Top Unknown


9.5.14

LENOVO THINKPAD YOGA | BAG OF TRICKS



Remember the other week when I received the Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga to play with? Well, I decided to take photos of the it and create a little GIF art file. The concept was simple. I wanted to showcase in this moving image, the Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga's portability, 360 degree flip and it's different modes. In case you hadn't read my previous post, it has a cool 4 different changeable modes - the Laptop, Stand, Tablet and Tent mode. It's like a bag of tricks! I also found out that it's quite durable as well, with magnesium-alloy frame and heavy-duty, scratch- and smudge-resistant glass display. In addition, it was interesting to discover that the ThinkPad Yoga's Active Protection System locks and protects the hard drive when it detects sudden movements, so that data is all under protection! That's a huge thing for most of us who use and reply on computers on a daily basis. That feature alone, I think gives it that extra tick of recommendation.


5.5.14

OPSM X FACE HUNTER | OPSM LOVES AUSTRALIAN FACES PROJECT


Leading eye care retailer, OPSM Australia has partnered with Face Hunter on their latest campaign project - OPSM LOVES AUSTRALIAN FACES PROJECT. Known as a world traveller and photographing faces all over the globe, Yvan Rodic of Face Hunter was selected by OPSM to help them discover modern Australian faces, enabling them to offer the right glasses frames that would suit Australians better. Unlike models or people with faces that seem to fit every frame and look good, I am one of those people that have to try on a million before I find the right shape for my face and then, at that stage, it becomes not choosing the style I like, but one that simply fits! So, it was great to hear that OPSM are researching with the help of Face Hunter to understand consumers like me. 

 The OPSM LOVES AUSTRALIAN FACES PROJECT (which started last Friday) will see Face Hunter visit a variety of different cities in Australia from 2nd May - 9th May, where he will be photographing faces on the street and in local OPSM stores. Those who get photographed, will also receive a $50.00 OPSM voucher too! 

I've met Yvan a few times, partying at fashion weeks but our conversations are short. On Friday, he took a photo of me for the project and I had the chance to sit down and interview him about the OPSM LOVES AUSTRALIAN FACES PROJECT, what he loves about photographing people, what he looks for, and someone famous he'd like to photograph. Watch the interview video below! 

For more information on how to take part and be photographed by Face Hunter for the OPSM LOVES AUSTRALIAN FACES PROJECT, visit facebook.com/OPSMAU.
 

21.4.14

DISCOUNT UNIVERSE | 2014 RUNWAY SHOW & BACKSTAGE | MBFWA


Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia was earlier this month and sometimes people go crazy mixing and matching for the attention of street style photographer's lenses. I often personally opt for comfort clothes that represent my personality, although contradictory to that, I'd totally encourage others to step outside of their comfort zone and go styling mania (within reason, because at the end of the day it isn't a theatre stage.. or is it?). 

During the week, there are dozens of shows a day and as one person, you can only go to so many before you need lunch, dinner and a break at the end of the day. One show that I did make an effort to see and to write about, was DI$COUNT UNIVER$E. Just like a hidden bar not visible on a map or known to everyone, DI$COUNT UNIVER$E was an off-schedule show that was definitely one not to have been missed. It was unofficially closing the week and I had only found out about it mid-week. Whilst I wasn't officially invited by them, their official hair partner, Cloud Nine invited me backstage access to capture their ambassador Renya Xydis at work, and seating at the show to take some snaps. The styling of cornrows braided hair with coloured hair attachments on the models, in addition to the cat eye liner and glued on glitter brows by MAC Cosmetics, completed Mark Vassallo's styled looks for DI$COUNT UNIVER$E's equally bold designs that resonated equal parts hip hop, cartoon, sea punk, rock n' roll, gangsta, cyberistic and futuristic space. 

DI$COUNT UNIVER$E is an example of a label that grew out from the internet. From back when co-founders, Nadia Napreychikov and Cami James started their blog, to then designing and creating pieces, their brand DNA arose from what they were inspired by and what their readers actually wanted to buy. Agreeing with Susie of Style Bubble mentioning in her post about DI$COUNT UNIVER$E, that what they are doing may not be entirely something new, they are actively participating and delivering their brand. Their constant presentation of eccentric, vibrant designs and over-the-top embellishments have attracted female popstars and rappers of the moment, including Miley Cyrus, Katy Perry, Azealia Banks and Iggy Azalea.

 Here are some snaps I took backstage and at the show!

17.4.14

LENOVO THINKPAD YOGA

It's been a busy few weeks and Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia, was just last week. I'll elaborate more on that when I upload some fashion related posts in the coming weeks.

That aside, Lenovo gifted me one of their latest products to play with - Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga. It's always good to check out the latest innovations out there at the moment. The key features that stand out to me, from the Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga, are the 4 different changeable modes - Laptop, Stand, Tablet and Tent, which automatically switches the system interface when interchanging between the modes. The touchscreen, 360 degrees flip capability and the lift-and-lock keyboard function (which eliminates the possibilities of accidental keystrokes), allows fort smooth running of tasks. I don't know about you, but there are times when I'm on the couch or in bed and my laptop just isn't flexible enough in my awkward sitting positions. Also, when I'm at a cafe, I often find that the space just isn't big enough or requires me to constantly move my laptop when I try to share what I'm looking at with my friends. Overall, the Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga has the flexibility of being a normal laptop and also a tablet! I created the GIF image above to show you it's flexibility! 

20.3.14

TOPSHOP X ADIDAS ORIGINALS COLLABORATION LAUNCH | SYDNEY


Collaborations in the fashion world are coming in left, right and centre. The latest is a partnership between Topshop and adidas Originals. Collaborations work, because it creates something fresh, that is fabricated from the combination of the individual brands' unique qualities. With Topshop known as the largest on-trend fast-fashion chain, blending with Adidas' iconic sports heritage, it produces a cool new range of 20 pieces. 

The collection is simple and easily wearable for most people that just want to make their everyday-wear a little more sporty, or splashing a little bit of trendiness at the gym. My favourite piece in the collection would have to be the sneakers because I find them more versatile (not that those would be exactly appropriate for the gym, but the tracksuits for sure!). 

Here are some snaps from the launch party in Sydney with my friends Romi (left) wearing the track jacket, Nat (right) wearing the print jacket and myself holding a pair of sneakers from the new collaboration range. The collection is available now, so check out your local stores and online for more information.
 

17.3.14

INTERVIEW | JUAN-CARLOS AQUINO | STYLIST | HONG KONG



Juan-Carlos Aquino is an up and coming fashion stylist and creative consultant from Sydney, based in Hong Kong. Initially moving there for a girl, he now calls Hong Kong home. Being Filipino Spanish he's got whole the east meets west in his blood that the Hong Kong culture is a melting pot of. Whilst I was there last year, we linked up for some street snaps and a chat about what he's been up to and how the differing cities has influenced his work.

To see his work, check out his Portfolio, Videos, Blog, Facebook Page and Instagram

T-shirt - Frisoni Finetti | Jeans - Insight (Samples) | Jacket - Vintage | Shoes - Nike | Beanie - APC x Carhartt | Watch - I Love Ugly | Septum Ring - Givenchy | Bracelets - Markets | Rings - Vintage | Wallet & Chain - Alexander McQueen


How are you going?
I'm doing well man, thanks.

Where are you residing in Hong Kong?
Just in Happy Valley, a few minutes from Central, HK.

Tell us about what you do.
I'm a fashion stylist and freelance creative consultant.

How did you get into styling?
I've always had an interest in fashion, but never really thought of it being a career thing. It was actually a suggestion from some friends in the fashion industry. I gave it a go and loved it from the start and haven't stopped since.

Do you prefer styling guys or girls?
If I had to choose, probably girls. I feel like there's a little more you can do creatively and really experiment. I like to push boundaries with menswear but it's a harder thing to do in HK as it is quite a conservative city. That's beginning to change though!


How did you end up in Hong Kong?
To be honest, as cliche as it sounds, I moved for a girl. I can easily do freelance anywhere in the world, so thought why not HK. In the end things didn't work out with her but the city really grew on me and there is so much more opportunity here, that I decided to stay and it's the best decision I've made.

I guess you’re Asian, so you fit right into Hong Kong. What’s your background?
I'm Filo-Negro.... No, I'm Filipino and Spanish. Born and raised in Sydney. I wouldn't say I fit right into HK, it's such a different lifestyle and people here are very different to Sydney, I just confuse other asian's because I can't speak Cantonese too.

How would you compare Hong Kong to Sydney?
Sydney is a much more chilled out place. HK is pretty gnarly, a lot of networking and partying going on, but can be quite conservative too. It's definitely developing creatively so it's a great time to be here.

Since moving to Hong Kong, has it influenced everything you do?
It's definitely been an influence, it's got a much cleaner aesthetic than Sydney so I've had to adapt in a way for local mags. When I send my work to other international cities though, I tend to go back to my Sydney roots.



How would you describe your personal style?
Depends on my mood, but I've always been heavily influenced by 90's hip-hop and sportswear. I tend to wear a balance of vintage, street wear and luxury. Recently I would say I've been wearing quite a lot of black and white again, but like I said, depends on my mood.

When you’re not working, where would people find you?
Either laying on a couch watching movies, laying on a beach or laying on the floor after a night out at Fly.

Favourite Hong Kong hangout spots?
Yardbird and Racks would have to be my favourite. Music is definitely on point at both which is something that lacks a bit in HK (that's starting to change). The food at Yardbird is amazing! F.O.B (Fresh Off the Boat) has brought through some amazing DJ's too so I'll usually make it out to their events. Also, the new Ear Belly events that combine music and food are pretty dope too.

If your life were a soundtrack, what would be the main tracks?
I would really need some time to think about that. But off the top of my head….
Joey Bada$$ - World Domination
Talking Heads - This Must Be The Place
Bob Marley - Three Little Birds
 2Pac - Nothing But A Gangster Party
Chet Faker - No Diggity
XXYYXX - About You


What are some of your notable works you’ve done?
Some recent shoots I've done with Hysteria magazine have been fun, it's a fairly new magazine but they have given me a lot of creative freedom so I've been able to be a bit more conceptual with their themes. I also styled an editorial piece called "Happy Valley" for Hong Kong-based online store called Backroom, which was shot by Adrian Mesko. The shoot received a lot of love from online publications like Another Mag, Fucking Young!, HYPEBEAST, Complex Mag and The Fashionisto.

 I've art directed and styled shoots which have been published in The Fashionisto, Pages Digital, as well as multiple publications in London, Japan and of course, Hong Kong. A project I'm continually doing is a video series I created in Sydney entitled "Styled by" which is being featured on HYPEBEAST. I've just launched the Hong Kong edition of this.

 Apart from styling, I've collaborated with brands to help design limited edition clothing and footwear. I currently have something in the works with LA-based artist duo CYRCLE called Black Cyrcle. Watch this space!

Most famous person you’ve met?
Not sure who the most famous would be, but I met Alexander Wang when he opened his flagship store in HK, as well as Nicola Formichetti when he came out launching his Mugler range with Zombie Boy. Both of them were really chill and humble.

Latest purchases and coveting?
A pair of Miharayasuhiro snake shorts, an Alexander Wang jacket and some Kenzo leopard trousers I got early last year. But right now I can't stop wearing this black long sleeve mock turtle neck I picked up at a cheap little local spot and a pair of white jeans I've ripped up, I picked both up for about $10AUS each! Coveting, I'd say a sort of oversized wool plaid/check coat. I've wanted a coat like this for the past few years but still haven't found the one I'm after. I also want to get my hands on a pair of white suede Ann Demeulemeester sneakers. I've loved this silhouette for years and think it's about time I invest in a pair!

Perks of your job?
The best thing is meeting and working with other creatives, it's cool building a concept and just learning from each other and seeing other people's take on an idea.
 

21.2.14

MR. BRAINWASH TAKES OVER MTV AUSTRALIA


The other week, I was invited with my friends Lucy and Grace to party with MTV Australia for Mr. Brainwash, a.k.a Thierry Guetta, a.k.a the subject of controversial street-artist Banksy's film Exit Through the Gift Shop. MTV Australia is doing a mini-series with the filmmaker/street artist and to launch this, they threw a party giving him free creative and artistic reign over the MTV HQ here in Sydney. He was totally the opposite to what most of us thought he'd be when we met him. He wasn't conservative and subdued as you'd expect some artists to be, but rather had a cheerful, fun, excited personality, keen to meet everyone at the party! Here are some snaps of us above and with Mr. Brainwash below! 
 

10.2.14

MAJOR LAZER CHANNEL V ISLAND PARTY | PRETTY SHADY



Channel V and Pretty Shady (a new lifestyle brand launched by Cancer Institute NSW that aims at encouraging young Australians to be part of the generation that stops skin cancer) threw a party on The Island Sydney with Major Lazer the other week and boy was it good! We had the best weather, floating on the perfect backdrop of Sydney Habour.

Major Lazer consisting of Diplo, Walshy Fire and Jillionaire, are known for their crazy wild shows. If you don't know them, they're one of the hottest music producers right now, creating some of the most current electronic beats. You might know them by their viral videos such as Bubble Butt. The guys got the energy levels switched on high from the moment they started, with their very own dancers. It wasn't long before everyone got sweaty, clothes swung off and Diplo backflipping into the ocean as the beat dropped and the bass hit. As a avid supporter of their stuff, I had an idea what to expect on the boat ride to The Island Sydney, and they certainly didn't disappoint! They even played some exclusive new tracks and remixes (including BeyoncĂ©'s Drunk In Love!). It was definitely a fun party and it's great to see Pretty Shady relevant, being part of events like this and providing, as skin cancer is the most common cancer affecting young Australians.

Check out some of the pictures and videos (the Diplo backflip included!) I took on my 90's camera below!

9.2.14

BLACK ON BLACK | BILLIE AUSTRALIA | FESTIVAL OUTFIT


Shoes: Billie Australia | Jeans: Cheap Monday | Sunglasses: Cancer Council Australia | T-Shirt - Unknown

It's summer here in Sydney and that means, festival season! Billie Australia gave me a pair of shoes from my own choosing and asked me to put together an outfit that I'd wear to a festival. I decided on these black suede ones. Though you might be looking at the image I took of my selection above and thinking that it's all black, wouldn't I be melting in the sun? The answer is yes, I know...I know, it might not be the most practical, but black is my best friend. Somehow I feel more photogenic wearing black, so it's my go to base colour palette when I dress myself. Style wise you might think black is boring, but at least I got some texture! For those who may be worrying about my well-being and the possibility of getting a sunstroke, my rationale for myself is that, as long as the fabrics can stretch and allow my body to breath and dance, it's totally okay, even though it absorbs extra heat from the sun. Oh and if ASAP Rocky can do it, yea... I can to! 

30.1.14

NEW FACE: REMY | THE QUIET ACHIEVER

Another day, another face. Here is another shoot I did the same day I did my previous post with Jayson.

This is Remy @Platform Models, a student who is heavily interested in art. He describes himself as a quiet achiever. I like the fact that people admit that about themselves. Modest yet also self-realising. He definitely came across quiet and shy. Being Half-Chinese and Half-Australian, he's got features of both worlds that sometimes I wish I had.

Having a bit more time and having my friend Romi help me with the styling, allowed me to get more shots and looks. Here are the results!
 

Remy wears: 
1. Gap T-shirt 
2. Gap Sweater and Stussy shorts @ Glue Store 
3. Scotch & Soda Shirt, Le Coq Sportif T-shirt, Model's own shorts & shoes
5. The Critical Slide Society Shirt @ Glue Store, Scotch & Soda Pants, Model's own shorts & shoes.

Photography: Darren Luk
Styling: Romi Nam & Darren Luk
Model: Remy @Platform