Monday, October 9, 2017

Getting My Geek On at Fred Wilson Chess Books NYC!

What makes for a perfect travel souvenir? It's a really tough question isn't it; and one that will have a different answer at times of life too I think. So at this stage of my life; I'm mostly happy with the pictures I take while I'm away as souvenirs of my journey. That said, for the last few years I have been playing chess again, and the search for nice and affordable chess sets has also become a bit of a thing. Where do all the chess pieces and chess boards go? I mean there must be millions of them out there, and yet they seem quite hard to find. At least attractive sets seem harder to find than you would probably think! New York City is of course a famous chess playing city so I thought where better to find an interesting vintage chess set than New York.. Continued below
Now before I left Sydney I did a bit of google searching for Thrift and Chess shops, hoping to turn up something nice without a specialist store or antique shop price tag. I found an interesting cluster of Thrift shops around East 23rd and Third Avenue including the City Opera Thrift Shop - nice - and my favourite Vintage Thrift Shop, "Nonprofit vintage-goods flagship store benefiting the United Jewish Council of the East Side." The latter shop had had a mid century modern Hermann Ohme Chess Set I spotted on their Instagram in the weeks before the trip, but unfortunately for me, already snapped up. They did have another set when I visited the store made of stone or marble, way too heavy to bring back; and not really the sort of thing I was after. So then it was a trip even further downtown to Fred Wilson's Chess Book store on East 11th Street in the hope he might have what I was after.
A beautiful props hire company, Bijan Royal on 11th Street. Photographed by Kent Johnson for Street Fashion Sydney NY Edition.
Bijan Royal (props) on 11th Street
Fred's is not a street front shop; the book shop is up on the 3rd floor, so it was great to get inside an old commercial building with a beautiful ornate cast iron staircase - right outside the lift - on just day two. It's along the corridor and around the corner but very easy to find. And there it, and he were, and is in the pictures below. And Fred had just what I wanted, just what I was looking for, even if I did not know it myself.
An ornate cast iron staircase inside 80 East 11th Street New York. Photographed by Kent Johnson for Street Fashion Sydney NY Edition.
An early to mid 1940's "Drueke's *American Made* Chessmen" Red and Cream #23 in the original box, a simple folding cardboard red and black board. And to top it off a volume called "Russians Verses Fischer," I mean does it get any more NY & American than that! All ready to go in the left of the portrait below. So there it was, a perfect NYC souvenir for me and I had a great time chatting with Fred,  talking about how bad my game is and I don't even understand why I like the game so much.. While there I also met a Ukrainian player who like me had found the shop via Google. Yes Google works. A week later I headed back to see if Fred had managed to dig out any Kasparov books for me. Again he came up trumps with a well annotated volume "Kasparov's Fighting Chess" and also recommended his own volume "Simple Attacking Plans" to help me get my game a little sharper. Fred I am reading it and enjoying "Simple Attacking Plans" direct, simple and effective concepts and game examples. Thank you! One last thing; one of the other uses for the souvenir chess set is that I like to work it into a shot of the place we have visited, sometimes with Vivienne for her travel website White Caviar Life; after all that's the real reason we were in NY in the first place. We did one, and that shot closes out this story below with a perfectly styled outfit. Hope you all like it. So don't for get to check out White Caviar Life too, New York, Prague, it's all happening, and Viv is now playing chess for real too!
Portrait of Fred Wilson at Fred Wilson Chess Books. Photographed by Kent Johnson for Street Fashion Sydney NY Edition.
Fred Wilson at Fred Wilson Chess Books.
Fred Wilson and a customer at Fred Wilson books NYC. Photographed by Kent Johnson for Street Fashion Sydney NY Edition.
Vivienne at the Roger Hotel, Manhattan NY going over a Bobby Fischer game using the Drueke's *American Made* Chessmen. Photographed by Kent Johnson for Street Fashion Sydney NY Edition.
http://www.fredwilsonchess.com/
Fred Wilson Chess Books
80 East 11th Street, Suite 334
New York.
http://whitecaviarlife.com/

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

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Dexter Simmons - On The Runway @ Art Hearts Fashion NYFW 2017

Even after editing these 25 or so pictures of the DEXTER runway show from Dexter Simmons. I still can't decide how much of this range is wearable; and how much is the pure showmanship that helps sell the shorts, tee shirts, singlets, caps and jackets that are the backbone of Streetwear sales. And I'm not even sure any of this is for sale but I did see a woman in a DEXTER singlet shirt in the queue to go into the show so I imagine the basics will be out there - they are pretty out there already so you certainly wont miss them! Continues below..
Dexter Simmons at Art Hearts Fashion NYFW 2017 photographed by Kent Johnson.
 I love that Simmons seems fearless in his appropriations, I mean who mixes boxing shorts with Goth? I mean really, who? He's mixing on season Camo, Heavy Metal, Punk, freakey 70's Bubble Gum Card/Astrology, graffics illustrations by Caitlin Mattisson; patches from 1970's icons of rock and well, whatever.. that bondage/batman black jacket and hood - with little ears; was that JUST for GOTHAM? The red lips and fangs motif that appears as patches or large on hats, sleeves, shirts and very large on the back of jackets seems to riff on both the Rocky Horror Picture Show and The Rolling Stones..I certainly hope Simmons gets his trickier pieces off the runway and into the stores. I for one would love to see all these designs out on the street. Check the shots below - Big thanks to White Caviar Life for this superb engagement, go check them out straight after you are done here - Now on with the pictures! PS finally back on Instagram.. or Follow on Facebook!
Model Madeline Stuart opens the show for Dexter Simmons at Art Hearts Fashion NYFW 2017 photographed by Kent Johnson.
model wears full Caitlin Mattisson graffic printed, white on black DEXTER outfit, Cap, off shoulder cape top and skirt, cap-earrings.. Dexter Simmons at Art Hearts Fashion NYFW 2017 photographed by Kent Johnson.
Black leather bondage strap style jacket and hood, reminiscent of Batman with grey shorts and Punk bum flap. Dexter Simmons at Art Hearts Fashion NYFW 2017 photographed by Kent Johnson.
Black leather bondage strap style jacket and hood, reminiscent of Batman as seen from behind. Dexter Simmons at Art Hearts Fashion NYFW 2017 photographed by Kent Johnson.
Men's black jacket with dog head graffic on back, black graffic boxing style shorts. Dexter Simmons at Art Hearts Fashion NYFW 2017 photographed by Kent Johnson.
Graffic print headdress, singlet and high waisted bell bottom pants. Spiritual motifs.  Dexter Simmons at Art Hearts Fashion NYFW 2017 photographed by Kent Johnson.
Graffic print headdress, singlet and high waisted bell bottom pants. Spiritual motifs.  Dexter Simmons at Art Hearts Fashion NYFW 2017 photographed by Kent Johnson.
Menswear, Cap, print shirt, leather shorts. Dexter Simmons at Art Hearts Fashion NYFW 2017 photographed by Kent Johnson.
Reversible camo jacket over red boxing shorts. Dexter Simmons at Art Hearts Fashion NYFW 2017 photographed by Kent Johnson.
Reversed jacket, red boxing shorts. Dexter Simmons at Art Hearts Fashion NYFW 2017 photographed by Kent Johnson.
Slashed logo'd black tee shirt dress, studded leather jacket and faux fur hat. Dexter Simmons at Art Hearts Fashion NYFW 2017 photographed by Kent Johnson.
menswear - Leather vest heavily embellished with studs and embroidered pop culture patches worn over white graphic tee shirt and jeans. Dexter Simmons at Art Hearts Fashion NYFW 2017 photographed by Kent Johnson.
Detail - Leather vest heavily embellished with embroidered pop culture patches worn over black singlet top and leggings with DEXTER boldly printed over the crotch.  Dexter Simmons at Art Hearts Fashion NYFW 2017 photographed by Kent Johnson.
Leather vest heavily embellished with embroidered pop culture patches worn over black singlet top and leggings with DEXTER boldly printed over the crotch.  Dexter Simmons at Art Hearts Fashion NYFW 2017 photographed by Kent Johnson.
Casual menswear, high waisted long shorts, grey jacket/shirt. Dexter Simmons at Art Hearts Fashion NYFW 2017 photographed by Kent Johnson.
Tight sheer maxi dress with cross straps balck nikkers, crop top with red lips motif, see-through handbag. Dexter Simmons at Art Hearts Fashion NYFW 2017 photographed by Kent Johnson.
mix fabric top with sheer panel and sleeves, oversized DEXTER hat, novelty handbag and grey marl skirt.  Dexter Simmons at Art Hearts Fashion NYFW 2017 photographed by Kent Johnson.
Long camo cape over strecch pants and crop to with faux fur hat, lips motif. Dexter Simmons at Art Hearts Fashion NYFW 2017 photographed by Kent Johnson.
Long studded leather coat with large eyeball motif over graphic printed white tee dress. Dexter Simmons at Art Hearts Fashion NYFW 2017 photographed by Kent Johnson.
Long studded leather coat with large eyeball motif as seen from behind. Dexter Simmons at Art Hearts Fashion NYFW 2017 photographed by Kent Johnson.
Graphics printed maxi skirt, lips shirt, leather jacket with woven patches, faux fur hat. Dexter Simmons at Art Hearts Fashion NYFW 2017 photographed by Kent Johnson.
Graphics printed maxi skirt, lips shirt, leather jacket with woven patches, faux fur hat. Dexter Simmons at Art Hearts Fashion NYFW 2017 photographed by Kent Johnson.
Models line up on stage, Dexter Simmons at Art Hearts Fashion NYFW 2017 photographed by Kent Johnson.
Madeline Stuart  & Dexter Simmons at Art Hearts Fashion NYFW 2017 photographed by Kent Johnson.
Dexter Simmons with Madeline Stuart and models after show. Art Hearts Fashion NYFW 2017 photographed by Kent Johnson.

http://dextersimmons.com/
http://caitlinmattisson.com/

Previously - Art Hearts Fashion -
http://streetfashionsydney.blogspot.com.au/2017/09/purvi-doshi-at-art-hearts-fashion-new.html
http://streetfashionsydney.blogspot.com.au/2017/09/a-captive-line-up-for-art-hearts.html

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

Friday, September 29, 2017

A Captive Line Up for Art Hearts Fashion NYFW - SFS New York Edition

I don't like to line up; no one likes to queue, who wants to stand in an orderly fashion while waiting to see something new? Well sometimes it is the only way to get what you want and for Arts Hearts Fashion it's two lines across the street from the venue and mind you you don't invite the wrath of the door man for stepping out of line!!! At least there was a captive audience of fashion lovers many of whom caught my eye and some of whom I decided to photograph - some even said no! Or was that somewhere else - I honestly can't remember although it was only a couple weeks ago. I tell you two weeks in Manhattan is like a month anywhere else - exhausting! Big thanks to White Caviar Life for this superb engagement, go check them out straight after you are done here - another link at the bottom of the page - on with the pictures! Finally back on Instagram.. or Follow on Facebook!
Woman in tilted back hat, sunglasses khaki shirt, metallic backpack.  Street Fashion Sydney - New York Edition photographed by Kent Johnson
Woman with pony tail, white fitted shirt, large red channel shoulder bag. Street Fashion Sydney - New York Edition photographed by Kent Johnson
A roof top statue of Vladimir Ilyich Lenin greets New York. Street Fashion Sydney - New York Edition photographed by Kent Johnson
Young woman in fawn boiler suit, badges on pockets, black boots, wide belt and small black leather should bag. Street Fashion Sydney - New York Edition photographed by Kent Johnson
Two men, camo pants, denim jeans, black leather biker jackets. Street Fashion Sydney - New York Edition photographed by Kent Johnson
Open backed denim jacket with chain layer straps over Dexter shirt, black leggings and boots. Street Fashion Sydney - New York Edition photographed by Kent Johnson
Two young women, bustier tops under jackets, long boots & bags. Street Fashion Sydney - New York Edition photographed by Kent Johnson
Details - Light pink cardigan wrapped over white tee. Street Fashion Sydney - New York Edition photographed by Kent Johnson
A sheer black maxi skirt with gold embroider details with black blouse and red YSL clutch with gold chain strap. Street Fashion Sydney - New York Edition photographed by Kent Johnson
Norfolk street view, taxi and Art Hears Fashion venue. Street Fashion Sydney - New York Edition photographed by Kent Johnson
Woman in black skirt suit, bag and gold tasselled sunglasses. Street Fashion Sydney - New York Edition photographed by Kent Johnson
Man in black light weight sweater and 80s style full pleated trouses walks a Citi bike along Norfolk Street NYC. Street Fashion Sydney - New York Edition photographed by Kent Johnson
Woman in camo pants, tight black top, red fleece jacket and clear wrap glasses.  Street Fashion Sydney - New York Edition photographed by Kent Johnson
man in white tee, adidas pans and shoes with red jacket tied diagonally across his chest. Street Fashion Sydney - New York Edition photographed by Kent Johnson
Woan in all black, crop top, beret, mini skirt, shoes and bag crosses Norfolk Street. Street Fashion Sydney - New York Edition photographed by Kent Johnson
A happy fashionista shows their digital ticket on their phone. Street Fashion Sydney - New York Edition photographed by Kent Johnson
Fashion crowd on the balcony inside the venue. Street Fashion Sydney - New York Edition photographed by Kent Johnson
The stage is set, AHF, NYFW 2017. Street Fashion Sydney - New York Edition photographed by Kent Johnson

Shot in Manhattan, New York City on assignment for White Caviar Life.

Previously - Art Hearts Fashion -
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, September 16, 2017

Stories of Change with the KODAK EKTRA

Top night out in Dumbo, Brooklyn (yes Dumbo really exists!) at Usagi Gallery. I'm going to be a bit lazy and just for once simply quote the gallery page "Kodak Ektra will present Stories of Change. This part of the exhibition will feature images captured on the KODAK Ektra Smartphone by three influential female photographers — Nicola Bailey, Renell Medrano and Jen Steele. Stories of Change is a thematic study of New York culture, society and population, showing how photography can capture and influence social trends." Congratulations to my friend, Nicola, Renell and Jen and a huge thank you for the invite and not actually collapsing when she saw I made it to the show ;-) Beautiful work from all photographers; and although it's not about the equipment. Kodak seem to have done well with this new camera-phone; the prints were great. And for anyone of my generation who grew up with those yellow boxes, film and cameras, to see Kodak back in the game and supporting photographers and photography is just fantastic too! Useful links at the bottom of the page; and more street fashion to come, so stay tuned - follow on Facebook. And now here's some shots of the night.
Nicola - Kodak Ektra will present Stories of Change art opening. Street Fashion Sydney, New York Edition photographed by Kent Johnson.
Renell, Kodak Ektra will present Stories of Change art opening. Street Fashion Sydney, New York Edition photographed by Kent Johnson.
Jen, Kodak Ektra will present Stories of Change art opening. Street Fashion Sydney, New York Edition photographed by Kent Johnson.
Floor text, yellow shoes and lemon, Kodak Ektra will present Stories of Change art opening. Street Fashion Sydney, New York Edition photographed by Kent Johnson.
Floral blouse and matching pants. Street Fashion Sydney, New York Edition photographed by Kent Johnson.
Bold blue stripe with denim skirt, Street Fashion Sydney, New York Edition photographed by Kent Johnson.
Tropical floral blouse with tight leopard print pants. Street Fashion Sydney, New York Edition photographed by Kent Johnson.
Classic New York City Tee shirt with pleated check pants. Street Fashion Sydney, New York Edition photographed by Kent Johnson.
Old guy with hot young woman. Street Fashion Sydney, New York Edition photographed by Kent Johnson.
Entry and door dude. Kodak Ektra will present Stories of Change art opening. Street Fashion Sydney, New York Edition photographed by Kent Johnson.
Young photographer with Nikon F4. Street Fashion Sydney, New York Edition photographed by Kent Johnson.
Art crowd, Kodak Ektra will present Stories of Change art opening. Street Fashion Sydney, New York Edition photographed by Kent Johnson.
Camera boxes, Kodak Ektra present Stories of Change art opening. Street Fashion Sydney, New York Edition photographed by Kent Johnson.
DJ! Street Fashion Sydney, New York Edition photographed by Kent Johnson.
Protectors of the Kodak Ektra  boxes, Stories of Change art opening. Street Fashion Sydney, New York Edition photographed by Kent Johnson.
Window selfie, Kodak Ektra, Stories of Change art opening. Street Fashion Sydney, New York Edition photographed by Kent Johnson.
Shoes pants sandals. Street Fashion Sydney, New York Edition photographed by Kent Johnson.
Viv with some KODAK Moments! Street Fashion Sydney, New York Edition photographed by Kent Johnson.
Nicola and friend; Kodak Ektra presents Stories of Change art opening. Street Fashion Sydney, New York Edition photographed by Kent Johnson.
My own 'KODAK' moment, Manhattan from Dumbo Brooklyn. Street Fashion Sydney, New York Edition photographed by Kent Johnson.

http://www.usaginy.com/
http://www.kodak.com/ektra/
https://www.nicolabailey.com/

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