Wednesday, January 10, 2018

King Imprint & Kandi Reign Sing & Dance LIVE at NYFW

Well it may be 2018 but I'm still not done with 2017 yet! Not when I still have super cool shots from all around the world and pictures of performances like this one from two young dance stars, King Imprint & Kandi Reign; performing live at Bracé New York Fashion Week. Unlike here in Australia, the independent Fashion shows like to keep you entertained between runway shows but putting on a show... As a NYFW nube this was a pleasant surprise to me and when it's two acts like these young YouTube entertainers coming together it's absolutely top shelf. While I'm pretty sure I captured the energy and excitement of the performance, sadly there is no sound. So if you want to see and hear them perform, just click through to their respective YouTube video channels below after the pictures. Thanks for a great show guys, Cheers; I LOVED IT! Special thanks to SFS's NYFW sponsor White Caviar Life for getting us there.
Mr Benny Whip himself, LIVE! King Imprint & Kandi Reign Dance It Up LIVE at NYFW - Photographed by Kent Johnson for Street Fashion Sydney.
Eye contact! King Imprint & Kandi Reign Dance It Up LIVE at NYFW - Photographed by Kent Johnson for Street Fashion Sydney.
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With some help from so even younger dancers! King Imprint & Kandi Reign Dance It Up LIVE at NYFW - Photographed by Kent Johnson for Street Fashion Sydney.
The crowd love it - the phones are OUT! With some help from so even younger dancers! King Imprint & Kandi Reign Dance It Up LIVE at NYFW - Photographed by Kent Johnson for Street Fashion Sydney.
The crowd love it - the phones are OUT!
Benny and Kandi singing together - King Imprint & Kandi Reign Dance It Up LIVE at NYFW - Photographed by Kent Johnson for Street Fashion Sydney.
Kandi takes the lead - King Imprint & Kandi Reign Dance It Up LIVE at NYFW - Photographed by Kent Johnson for Street Fashion Sydney.
Kandi in pink black and blue with high energy dance moves. King Imprint & Kandi Reign Dance It Up LIVE at NYFW - Photographed by Kent Johnson for Street Fashion Sydney.
Kandi in pink black and blue with high energy dance moves. King Imprint & Kandi Reign Dance It Up LIVE at NYFW - Photographed by Kent Johnson for Street Fashion Sydney.
Benny solos on the mic. King Imprint & Kandi Reign Dance It Up LIVE at NYFW - Photographed by Kent Johnson for Street Fashion Sydney.
It's a dance off - King Imprint & Kandi Reign Dance It Up LIVE at NYFW - Photographed by Kent Johnson for Street Fashion Sydney.
Singing to each other, King Imprint & Kandi Reign Dance It Up LIVE at NYFW - Photographed by Kent Johnson for Street Fashion Sydney.
In unison, King Imprint & Kandi Reign Dance It Up LIVE at NYFW - Photographed by Kent Johnson for Street Fashion Sydney.
Grand finale coming up, King Imprint & Kandi Reign Dance It Up LIVE at NYFW - Photographed by Kent Johnson for Street Fashion Sydney.
And that's all, take a bow - King Imprint & Kandi Reign Dance It Up LIVE at NYFW - Photographed by Kent Johnson for Street Fashion Sydney.
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https://www.youtube.com/channel/KingImprint
https://www.youtube.com/channel/KandiReign
Special thanks to SFS's NYFW sponsor White Caviar Life.
Previous NYFW on SFS
http://streetfashionsydney.blogspot.com.au/2017/10/andre-bryson-guerrilla-emerging-fashion.html
http://streetfashionsydney.blogspot.com.au/2017/12/rappers-streetwear-labels-finesse-uk.html
http://streetfashionsydney.blogspot.com.au/2017/10/dexter-simmons-on-runway-art-hearts.html
http://streetfashionsydney.blogspot.com.au/2017/09/a-captive-line-up-for-art-hearts.html
http://streetfashionsydney.blogspot.com.au/2017/09/purvi-doshi-at-art-hearts-fashion-new.html

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

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Asymmetric Style - Black and White in Darlinghurst Sydney

Style is style and asymmetric style has a leaning and learning curve all its own. Spotted tonight (and I asked for the picture) The red disco bag (and double hoop earnings) is the clincher amongst so many great details.
Asymmetick off shoulder black top, slacks with balck detail and red disco bag. Photographed by Kent Johnson for Street Fashion Sydney.

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

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Flares Rule at China Heights Gallery

And so too does the group show of works on paper which of course was why I was there. I did however manage just this shot of (off duty model) Alys in her fabulous black flares which have ruched themselves into something of a Flamenco look, and there's nothing wrong with that! There was also a lovely red haired young woman wearing a lime green(ish) pair of flares and top as well, the flare was split and remained east-west flared! Unfortunately my social speed was not up to the task to manage pictures of both pants suits; maybe next time; till then its time to dig out some flares of your own.

Model Alys Hale wearing ruched black flares at China Heights gallery, Sydney, Australia. Photographed by Kent Johnson.

http://www.chinaheights.com/

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

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Rappers + Streetwear Labels Finesse UK & Solemates Apparel @ NYFW

Things that struck me the most with Bracé fashion parades at New York Fashion Week. You hear a lot of talk about using models of different body sizes and shapes and of different races.. but you don't often see it. With the Bracé shows you certainly did. And something else I was not expecting was performances between runway shows; giving the night a bit of a cabaret feel along with the fashion runway experience. I liked that. It kept us all entertained as the next designer readied themselves for their show; along with some of the models who were walking for more than one designer, as you do, change their look - so some entertainment during the break is certainly a good idea. I start out with shots of singer/rapper Xavier who performed before the Finesse UK runway show, then rapper Elijah XIII who entertained us before the Solemates streetwear showcase. So here's the shots, and there are more streetwear designers and performers to come so don't forget to follow Street Fashion Sydney on Facebook Twitter or Instagram.

Singer/Rapper Xavier performs at Bracé NYFW. Photographed by Kent Johnson
Singer/Rapper Xavier performs at Bracé NYFW. Photographed by Kent Johnson.
Singer/Rapper Xavier performs at Bracé NYFW. Photographed by Kent Johnson.
Menswear, Graphic zipper jacket/pants Streetwear Label  Finesse UK at Bracé NYFW. Photographed by Kent Johnson.
Activewear leotard, Streetwear Label  Finesse UK at Bracé NYFW. Photographed by Kent Johnson.
Black men's jacket and pants, Streetwear Label  Finesse UK at Bracé NYFW. Photographed by Kent Johnson.
Activewear graphic leotard, Streetwear Label  Finesse UK at Bracé NYFW. Photographed by Kent Johnson.
Activewear graphic leotard, long leg no sleeve, Streetwear Label Finesse UK at Bracé NYFW. Photographed by Kent Johnson.
Skull pants black tee, Streetwear Label Finesse UK at Bracé NYFW. Photographed by Kent Johnson.
Graphic hoodie, Streetwear Label  Finesse UK at Bracé NYFW. Photographed by Kent Johnson.
Men's graphic tee, Streetwear Label  Finesse UK at Bracé NYFW. Photographed by Kent Johnson.
Models on the runway for Streetwear Label  Finesse UK at Bracé NYFW. Photographed by Kent Johnson.
Rapper Elijah XIII performs at Bracé NYFW. Photographed by Kent Johnson.
Rapper Elijah XIII performs at Bracé NYFW. Photographed by Kent Johnson.

 Long contrasting sleeve graphic tee, Streetwear Label Solemates Apparel at Bracé NYFW. Photographed by Kent Johnson.
 Women's hoodie, Streetwear Label Solemates Apparel at Bracé NYFW. Photographed by Kent Johnson.
Solemates Apparel at Bracé NYFW. Photographed by Kent Johnson.
Men's graphic Tee,  Streetwear Label Solemates Apparel at Bracé NYFW. Photographed by Kent Johnson.
 Mens graphic hoodie, Streetwear Label Solemates Apparel at Bracé NYFW. Photographed by Kent Johnson.
 Sweatshirt and pants mens Streetwear Label Solemates Apparel at Bracé NYFW. Photographed by Kent Johnson.
Womens tracksuits,   Streetwear Label Solemates Apparel at Bracé NYFW. Photographed by Kent Johnson.
 Grey marl hoodie and pants, Streetwear Label Solemates Apparel at Bracé NYFW. Photographed by Kent Johnson.
 Women's Grey marl - Served With Sole - hoodie and pants, Streetwear Label Solemates Apparel at Bracé NYFW. Photographed by Kent Johnson.
 Mens graphic sweatshirt, streetwear label Solemates Apparel at Bracé NYFW. Photographed by Kent Johnson.
 Men's sportswear from Streetwear Label Solemates Apparel at Bracé NYFW. Photographed by Kent Johnson.
 Women's tee shirt and leggings from streetwear label Solemates Apparel at Bracé NYFW. Photographed by Kent Johnson.
Runway -  Women's tee shirt and leggings from streetwear label Solemates Apparel at Bracé NYFW. Photographed by Kent Johnson.

https://www.instagram.com/_xaviermusic__/
https://www.instagram.com/finesseuk__/
https://www.instagram.com/elijahxiii/
https://www.instagram.com/solemates_apparel/
https://www.instagram.com/iamkentjohnson/

Special thanks to http://whitecaviarlife.com/

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

Friday, December 1, 2017

I Accepted a Beard Trimmer from Philips, and Here's Why

It's not because it's free because, lets face it, by the time I test the trimmer, photograph myself using it (with some help from Viv), and write the whole thing up; at the $199.00 list price... Well I think Philips and their PR team are doing pretty well out of the deal. So that's not why I accepted the trimmer. I accepted the trimmer because about 4 years ago I came within a hairs breadth of buying one for myself. There are actually three parts to this story. First, why I wanted one. Second, why I didn't buy one. And of course third; now I have one, how did it go with the Phillips 9000?  So first.

I am a lazy shaver...
Mostly because until I was in my 30's I had no need at all to shave more than once or twice a week. Those schoolboy dreams of having a fabulous lady slaying beard in my last year at high school, still completely impossible. I just don't have genes for that kind of beard growth. As time moved on I found myself in work environments that did not require me to be very-well-groomed day in day out, so my shaving habits have never been particularly disciplined.

In my 40's.. How did that happen!!!
Don't grow up? Well keep the young attitude but you do keep clocking the years, and as I thinned on top.. my facial hair did start to look like a beard - of sorts - may just be possible at last. So I would let it go for a week at a time, or there abouts. And then when the length became too shaggy; it was a single blade razor followed with twin blade to make a clean finish. More work but it sure saves on clogging razors. My skin is not the best and never has been, lumps bumps, pimples, so cuts and so on have always been a bit of a problem too. I liked the "three day growth" at around a week, it was just a point of how to keep it? Scissors sometimes worked, and if I had let things go too far, were an essential prelude to the one/two blade shave operations.
Unboxing and reviewing the Philips Series 9000 Laser Guided Beard Trimmer. By Kent Johnson for Street Fashion Sydney.

Maybe I should get a trimmer thing?
So about four years ago I looked into a trimmer. Initially I though I could get some clippers and maybe, you know, do my whole head and just go short all over; and trim my beard too. After visits to a couple of shops it became clear that this was not going to be something that could be done with a single unit. And to be frank, the 'options' seemed a bit confusing to a life long man of the blade. So no-doubt like men everywhere, I promptly moved on and forgot all about it.

Which brings me to now.
Before using the Philips Series 9000 Beard Trimmer
Trimming messy stubble growth with the Philips Series 9000 Laser Guided Beard Trimmer.
Who's that old guy in the mirror!
When I saw the subject line "A Little TLC (Trimmer Loving Care): Philips Beardtrimmer Series 9000 Trial Opp" in my email I thought, "Oh, this could be nice, I wonder if they want to give me a trimmer? It's been a while since..." And they did want to send me a trimmer to test so I said yes.

I had decided to - grow my face out - and while on assignment for White Caviar Life; do the test and photos in the commodious bathroom of the hotel we were reviewing. The trimmer kit comes with the trimmer, a second fine trimmer head, a plastic clip-over comb for serious beard work, a tinny brush for cleaning, the charger, instructions with IKEA style pictographs of how to use the trimmer and it's accessories. While they are called instructions, and some of us actually try to read them, this means if you are not pictograph savvy you will require giving this some extra attention. The headline here is - to change the metal trimmer blade - push up from under the metal clipper and the attachment will come away, reverse process to replace. Simple when you know how but I did not notice this information during my first read through. The words "push up to unclip" would have come in handy. Everything else is pretty straight forward.

Finishing up a close trim with the Philips Series 9000 Laser Guided Beard Trimmer. By Kent Johnson for Street Fashion Sydney.
Finishing up a close trim with the Philips Series 9000 Laser Guided Beard Trimmer.
Lets get down to brass tacks. Once I had perused the instructions and the trimmer was charged I was ready to go. The large on off button is just below the easy to use, rotating silver dial which delivers length settings from .04 to 7.0 mm in .05 increments to the 5 mm mark then it's 1 mm steps. I set it to 1.0 mm which was fine for the way I used it above to gain a short beard. This was the first use and I was actually very happy with the results.  I was able to tidy up quite well; I even popped out the laser guide - don't shine it in your eye!!! - but for me that is total overkill. A week later I have given the beard trimmer a second go set at 5.0 mm with the unit turned around, going down not up as before in the pic above, and have a longer cut; again happy with the result and it took literally next to no time at all. The 80 minuet run time per charge should last me a long time indeed.

So after years of waiting to try a trimmer did I like it and did it do what I wanted it to? I have to give that a unanimous yes! If you have my kind of beard non-beard and are a lazy shaver, or even if you are not lazy and just want to have that magic X-Days of stubble growth all the time; I can certainly recommend it.  I really should have gotten one years ago.

More details here - https://www.philips.com.au/series-9000-beard-trimmer/
Special thanks to Travel website http://whitecaviarlife.com/ for use of the location and the "action" pictures.

Sponsored post - the views are my own. No additional fees were exchanged.

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

Monday, November 6, 2017

Flashback - The First Australian Blogger/Retail Collaboration Back In 2009

This blog post came up as a Facebook memory this morning and it really is a great flashback from the early days of fashion blogging. The very first Australian blogger shop window - back then Matt Jordan had his wildly popular Imelda Matt shoe blog and was certainly a major social media star. Fantastic of course. It was early days and no-one really knew where it could or would go, especially marketing departments; and budgets for working with bloggers were essentially non-existent! Commercial blogging was not yet a reality and as a result Matt shuttered the Imelda blog sometime (not too long) later. For Australia's very first Blogger/Retail collaboration I photographed Matt at my photography studio and then did the digital post work, swapping Matt's for Imelda's face in the mirror. I had previously done the portrait of Matt with the shoes around his neck that he ran with as his media portrait for years and years; along with the group photo with the Tan sisters. Fun days; way way before Instagram came along and changed the face of blogging forever. It's been a wild ride - and it's great to still be here. Text below is from the original post November 2009. I think my writing skills have improved somewhat; and of course I'm still available for all kinds of Blogger collaborations, just contact me!

An early fashion blogger collaboration, portrait and in-store display. Jean Brown Imelda.Com Window Display Brisbane. Installation photo courtesy of Matt Jordan
The first Australian Blogger / Retail Window Collaboration 2009.

Its nice to see blogging, portraiture and retail all getting on so well together. In this case I was able to collaborate with Imelda shoe blogger Imelda Matt once again on a portrait project; this time for a window display in Brisbane's luxury emporium Jean Brown. The shot was done in one fairly quick afternoon session in the studio.
More shots and background on the Imeldific! launch at Imelda.com.au (links now blank)

Fashion Blogger collaboration - Studio portrait Matt Jordan aka Imelda Matt for an in-store display - the first Australian Blogger Window.


Editorial studio portrait Matt and shoe designers the Tan sisters. Photography by Kent Johnson.

Matt and the Tan sisters from a previous 'shoes and portrait' collaboration project.

Editorial and PR portrait of Matt Jordan aka Imelda Matt with a pair of Dunlop Volleys strung around his neck. Photography by Kent Johnson.
Shoe blogger Matt Jordan aka Imelda Matt
PR Portrait of Matthew Jordan photographed by Kent Johnson.

A big thanks to Matt and everyone at Jean Brown who worked so hard to make this wonderful project possible.

Thanks 2009!

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