24.11.14

ADIDAS AUTUMN/WINTER 2015 RUNWAY SHOW | SYDNEY LAUNCH


Last week, I went to the Adidas Autumn/Winter 2015 Collection launch in Sydney. The evening featured a runway show, showcasing key looks from the adidas Sport Performance and adidas Originals range opened by actress Isabelle Cornish. Held at Pix On Location in Alexandria, the space also exhibited new release products including the Ultra Boost running shoe, Climachill range and the highly anticipated Tubular shoes.

Here are some snaps I took from the launch! 

21.11.14

PRETTY SHADY 2014/2015 CAMPAIGN | INTERVIEW WITH ISABELLE CORNISH & MITCH REVS



As the temperature rises in Australia, it also means that the sun is out and it's important to be aware of protecting yourself. Australia is known in the world as having the highest rate of skin cancer affecting young Australians every year. Pretty Shady is a campaign to bring awareness and taking positive actions to be the generation to stop skin cancer.

The Pretty Shady campaign is fronted by actress Isabelle Cornish, graphic artist Mitch Revs, world famous FMX rider and stuntman Robbie Maddison, and Veronica Manock, an advocate for skin cancer prevention, who was diagnosed with melanoma at the age of 20. With the social following and influence of these ambassadors, together they hope to achieve real positive changes by communicating to take action to seek shade, cover up, wear a hat, wear sunglasses, and use and reapply sunscreen. To see more information and check out a range of items Pretty Shady has released this year to help us stay protected visit www.prettyshady.com!

With the Pretty Shady campaign launching this week, I had the chance to chat to two of the ambassadors, Isabelle Cornish and Mitch Revs about their involvement and how sun protection is important to them and our generation.



ISABELLE CORNISH

Isabelle Cornish is an actor, model and a fashion icon who is one of Australia's rising stars taking on Hollywood. As as an advocate of healthy living, she has taken part in the Pretty Shady campaign to inspire young women like herself to be sun smart.

So tell me about your role with Pretty Shady and why you decided to be a part of this campaign?
 I decided to be part of the campaign because I really wanted to influence the young generation to take care of their skin and avoid getting skin cancers. With my role as an ambassador, I am hoping with my social media I am able to target the young audience.

How important is it to start protecting your skin from a young age?
 I think it is really important. Especially when you are young and you are growing up, your skin is so delicate. At that age it's really important take those measures then, to really reduce your risk, because two out of three of your friends will be diagnosed with skin cancer. I think it's important to cover up when you are young.

How do you keep stylish yet still sun smart at the same time?
 I like cool fedora hats. They're an awesome accessory. There's lots of brands that make cool dresses that are fashion forward that are also going to protect your skin. Also, there's sunscreen… obviously it's see through so it's pretty stylish haha. Think fashion and sun safe at the same time!

What is your style inspired by?
I love vintage clothes. I'm inspired by vintage items all the time, but I don't have a style icon.

You are quite an active person that likes to keep healthy. How do you keep your skin healthy as well?
 I keep my skin healthy by wearing sun screen and I'm always making sure I wear a hat and sunnies when I run. But, I also think it's important to drink water and eat good food.

Do you have a particular fitness routine?
 I don't have a particular routine. I just love to work out! So, when I can I do yoga and run and also include as many good fruits and vegetables into my day to day.

Travelling between LA and Sydney for acting, which city do you prefer more?
I will always call Australia home but I do love LA. Australia's great and I love it here too.

What tracks will you have on rotation this summer?
The Lumineers. I've been loving them lately. They're a great band!

If you were a summer drink, what would you be?
 If I was a drink I'd be a Cornelius Krump Cucumber Soda!

What would be your ideal summer spot to hang out at?
 I'd say, at the beach in Byron Bay, in a hammock, sipping on a mocktail.

You do a lot of modelling and a lot of the time you are obviously out in the sun, do you have any tips for models starting out? 
 On shoots actually, its funny because make up artists always use spray on sun screen, not just for protection, but also to create that glow you see on models' skin, that makes you look really moisturised and glowing. Just reapply sunscreen if you are working out doors!

Lastly what would be the daily essentials you always keep with you? 
 Sunscreen, hat, sunnies, iPod, earphones, runners. I think that's all I need!


MITCH REVS

Mitch Revs is a graphic artist that grew up surfing and skating in Newcastle. From creating outdoor murals and designing prints, he's started to gain a name for himself, making him a great ambassador to influence the surf and skate culture about sun protection!

 What's it like being a part of pretty shady and being an ambassador?
 I think being part of pretty shady is pretty good. We have a really strong bunch of people supporting the campaign this year. It gives us the chance to spread the word about being sun safe and we're just trying to make it really fun with social media, getting the message across with my following!

How important do you think this message is especially for the surf and skate culture you are immersed within?
 It's definitely important. I've been a surfer my whole life and I've definitely done my time in the sun. It's really important to be sun safe and to look after your skin. Wearing sunscreen in the surf is definitely important because the reflection of the sun off the water can actually be more powerful than the sun itself.

If at any point you find yourself squinting in the surf or going about your general activity through out the day, it's because the sun is reflecting off things which means you are actually under the sun. It's what I've noticed when I'm painting on walls. So it's good to reapply sunscreen.

How do you keep trendy in the sun?
 Pretty Shady have a great line this year! They have a really cool bucket hat, great t-shirt, the umbrellas are pretty cool. It would be nice to see a bunch of those in the sun this year. Pretty Shady have brought some fashion into being sun safe. I'm really grateful to be part of the brand this year and really make an impact on the youth today and get the message across.

What would you say inspires your art?
 I'm inspired by all my friends. Each and everyone one of them have their own creative platform, whether it is surfing, skating or snowboarding. A lot of my friends are creative people and just being around them I get inspired every day. Basically talking to people keeps me inspired and motivated to do what I do.


Where do you like to hang out in summer?
I hang out at the beach a lot, I surf and when I work, I'm painting. I'd probably say the beach. Summer this year is going to be fun because Pretty Shady is going to keep us sun safe too!


What would be your summer song?
 Thirsty Merc… Take Me Back. That'd be my summer song.

Where are your favourite places to surf or skate?
We have a great surf skate culture back in Newcastle. There's a skate park near the water and there's areas where you can sit out of the sun as well. I've got a good home break there as well. Merewether's got a great surf. That whole stretch between Merewether and Bar Beach is really cool. So I think summer this year is going to be back home. I'm really excited about it.

19.11.14

JILLIONAIRE INTERVIEW AUSTRALIA | THUMP



Jillionaire is one third of the Major Lazer crew. He's been doing heaps of solo work, touring by himself and working on other projects like launching his own label Feel Up Records

 When he was in Sydney for his Australian tour last month, I sat down with him at his hotel lobby to chat about everything that's been happening and took some snaps as well. He DJ'd at El Topo Bondi Junction and said that it was so intense it was like the World War Z movie and that he wanted to try the truffle cheese pizza at Vacanza in Surry Hills.

The interview is now up on THUMP and can be read HERE. Also, my friend and I decided to film some bits of the video for fun. It's low quality but have a watch if you want! 
 

6.11.14

ALEXANDER WANG X H&M | SYDNEY LAUNCH PARTY AUSTRALIA | CARRAIGEWORKS


When Alexander Wang does something, everyone watches. When H&M releases a new collaboration with a designer, everyone buys. So, when it was announced earlier this year that H&M and Alexander Wang were going to collaborate, people went internet hysterical. The monochromic range is inspired by active sportswear that is meant for comfort and easy wearing yet still fashionable, for both men and women. The collection is extremely wearable, and whilst there are some pieces that don't seem to ring popular because of the huge "Wang" logo and its connotations, there are still a variety of other cool pieces.

This collaboration marks the first partnership with an American designer and to premiere the Alexander Wang x H&M collection, they staged a fashion show on Fort Washington Avenue Armory's track-and-field facility in Washington Heights, with acrobats doing parkour and athletic styled models circulating them. They even had an after party with Missy Elliot as an unexpected live performer. The launch party in Sydney wasn't as extreme, but The Elston Room at Carraigeworks was turned into a boxing ring with break dancers, vending machines and everything from drinks & food were served black and on some sort of sporting equipment. There was also a pop up shop for us to buy the collection ahead of the store drop which lands on November 6. Head online or your closest store to check the range out!

Here are some of my snaps with my friends from the launch party in Sydney!
 

5.11.14

KAREN WALKER EYEWEAR | 10 YEARS OF MAKING FACES | SYDNEY PARTY


Karen Walker is one of most successful designers to come out of New Zealand. Last month, marked Karen Walker's 10th year making eyewear and they had a party in Sydney to launch a limited edition collection titled "Celebrate" which takes one style from each year and recreated in all gold.

The party was filled with lots of glitter, confetti, cake, balloons and of course Karen Walker sunglasses! There was also a fun photobooth set up for us to take photos that replicated the campaign. Here are the results! 
 

25.10.14

ASAHI SUPER DRY EXTRA COLD BAR | POP UP BAR AUSTRALIA

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Summer is just around the corner and there's no better time for Asahi to launch their first pop up bar in Australia - the Asahi Super Dry Extra Cold Bar. For those who drink beer, they know it's best kept cold and served cold. What the Asahi Super Dry Extra Cold Bar is offering, is their beer chilled and poured fresh at sub-zero temperatures. Served at exactly -2 degrees, the beer head maintains its high bubble density for longer with a smoother texture that ultimately makes it more refreshing.

The Asahi Super Dry Extra Cold Bar located at 37 Bligh Street Sydney will be popping up from 24th October - Friday 23rd January 2015. Perfect to check out after a long summer days work and chill out to some tunes and beer!
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10.10.14

ING DIRECT AUSTRALIA | LIVING SUPER FLASHMOB

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Most of us young people don't think about retiring and always associate it with being boring like doing nothing but sitting on an armchair falling asleep. ING DIRECT Australia wants us to rethink that with their Living Super, that aims to give you more money and more fun for your retirement. Their Living Super offers low or no fees and you can view more details and information visit www.ingdirect.com.au/momoneymofun.

DJ Der Guten Laune otherwise now known as DJ Good Mood, is a retiree who picked up DJing and went viral after putting himself up on Youtube, which received over 5 million views. Him and a flashmob of awesome oldies brought some serious dance moves today, down at First Fleet Park in Circular Quay which attracted lots of public attention, who also joined in! It was all fun and laughs with the young and old. ING DIRECT Australia wanted to send us young people a message that we should enjoy and have a care-free retirement and to start looking at our super. I definitely want to have a good time and be active when I retire one day! 

Check out images and video from the funny flashmob today!
 
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27.9.14

HAYDEN COX INTERVIEW | HAYDENSHAPES x ALEXANDER WANG #THECAGE22 | i-D MAGAZINE



No doubt by now, you would've seen the cool marble surfboards Alexander Wang released as an installation in his New York Flagship Store, which is now in his Tokyo Flagship store. Named #TheCage22 Installation, the surfboards were exclusively co-created in collaboration with Australian surfboard brand Haydenshapes. Although the boards are not for sale, you can purchase similar ones on the Haydenshapes website here

I had the chance to interview Hayden Cox, the founder of Haydenshapes to chat about surf culture and how this collaboration came about. My piece is now up on i-D Magazine online (here) and below are some outtakes taken at his home in Venice Beach, LA by my friend Mel Tjoeng and the Jaws inspired video they created, plus the surfboard installation.

14.9.14

GENERAL PANTS CO. SWIMWEAR LAUNCH | WATER SLIDE SHOW


Winter has come to an end and although I do prefer the colder weathers, Spring and Summer brings a ray of sunshine and happiness to everyone's faces. This week, I was invited to General Pants Co.'s launch of their exclusive swimwear ranges arriving in stores. There was wet and wild show where models playfully slid down a giant inflatable water slide and basically it was a reminder that if you haven't already got your summer body ready, its probably time to. But, it also reminded us of the fun adventures and outfits the warmer weather brings, like beach parties, outdoor pools parties or festivals and I can't wait! 

Check out some of the exclusive ranges including Stussy, Insight, Evil Twin, One Teaspoon and more at General Pants Co. Online. Here are some snaps I took from the show!