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Kara Baker A/W 2015 Runway

Kara Baker runway at Kozminsky

Opening the Allure showcase at Kozminsky

As we head into the cooler months, the designer showings keep coming. Last week, Melbourne’s historic jewellery boutique, Kozminsky was re-imagined as a Parisian salon for Kara Baker A/W 2015 Runway show. I captured the action for Kara Baker, check out the gallery below.
Camilla Jones in Coral Cruise

Camilla Jones in Coral Cruise

The face of Kara Baker - Clementine Isaacson

The face of Kara Baker – Clementine Isaacson

Cocktail Hour in Mustique

Cocktail Hour in Mustique

That's a wrap... Kara Baker

That’s a wrap… Kara Baker

Highlights from VAMFF 2015 – Photos!

Miss Vogue runway finale

Miss Vogue runway finale

The highlight of every Melbourne fashionista’s calendar, Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival, arrived at the Docklands precinct once again. I covered the runway action, for the 6th consecutive year (I am becoming quite the veteran)! Maybe the influence of Virgin is responsible for the increasingly international presence, this year saw a few labels with roots in US and France.

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Jessica Gomes opening VAMFF for David Jones in Camilla

Jessica Gomes opening VAMFF for David Jones in Camilla

Tess Shannahan in Parisian label Maje

Tess Shannahan in Parisian label Maje on the David Jones runway

Sharnee Gates in SYDxNYC label Tome

Sharnee Gates in SYDxNYC label Tome

Samantha Harris in Camilla and Marc

Samantha Harris in Camilla and Marc

Parisian label, Etre Cecile on the Miss Vogue runway

Parisian label, Etre Cecile on the Miss Vogue runway

Scanlan & Theodore on the Miss Vogue runway

Scanlan & Theodore on the Miss Vogue runway

Samantha Harris in Bul on the Frankie magazine runway

Samantha Harris in Bul on the Frankie magazine runway

Gorman's latest collaboration with Miranda Skoczek revealed

Gorman’s latest collaboration with Miranda Skoczek revealed

A new look from Thurley

A new look from Thurley

Sharnee Gates in Aurelio Costarella

Sharnee Gates in Aurelio Costarella

Costarella's LBDs on the Instyle Runway

Costarella’s LBDs on the Instyle Runway

Boho chic from Camilla on the Instyle runway

Boho chic from Camilla on the Instyle runway

Chic beauty looks on the Instyle Runway

Chic beauty looks on the Instyle Runway

Shanali Martin in Trelise Coooper

Shanali Martin in Trelise Coooper

That's a wrap! Happy Birthday Instyle magazine

That’s a wrap! Happy Birthday Instyle magazine

Backstage with Priceline

Backstage with Priceline

Don’t forget, you can check out the full gallery on Flickr.

White Night Melbourne 2015 Photos

St Paul's Cathedral during White Night Melbourne 2015

St Paul’s Cathedral – White Night Melbourne 2015

White Night Melbourne returned for a third year, attracting approximately 500,000 people to the streets of Melbourne for the all night program of illuminations and cultural events. Scheduled on the same day as Soundwave, I managed to capture a few highlights. Another fascinating sensory overload on a hot Summer’s night. This is what I saw.

Wonderland

White Night Melbourne 2015 - Wonderland

Flinders St – White Night Melbourne 2015

Sita’s Garden

Sita's Garden Lotus Pond - White Night Melbourne 2015

Sita’s Garden Lotus Pond


Sita's Garden - White Night Melbounre

Sita’s Garden – The Crucible

Colonise

Scots' Church - Colonise

Scots’ Church – Colonise

Check out my archive of White Night Melbourne photos, 2013-2015.

Soundwave 2015 – Melbourne Photos

Marilyn Manson

Marilyn Manson

As Australia’s Summer music festival draws to a close, Soundwave always manages to draw the big names downunder. This year was no exception, with Slash, Marilyn Manson, Smashing Pumpkins and local faves Tonight Alive, I had the fun task of covering the action for Life Music Media.

Here’s a selection of my highlights from Soundwave 2015. View the full gallery on Life Music Media.

Slash & Myles Kennedy

Slash & Myles Kennedy

Slash. Slay.

Slash. Slay.

Jenna McDougall of Tonight Alive

Jenna McDougall of Tonight Alive

Billy Corgan of Smashing Pumpkins

Billy Corgan of Smashing Pumpkins

Escape The Fate

Escape The Fate

Goodnight Soundwave 2015

Goodnight Soundwave 2015

Jean Paul Gaultier Exhibition at the NGV

Virgins Collection - Jean Paul Gaultier

Virgins Collection

The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk was the National Gallery of Victoria’s blockbuster exhibition of Summer 14/15. Marking Gaultier’s retirement in ready-to-wear fashion, touring the fashion capitals of the world, from New York to London, having drawn over a million visitors, we need not ask ‘Is fashion art?’ – Melbournians, they get it.

This was not your ordinary retrospective exhibition. Chronicling the L’Enfant Terrible designer’s career spanning 40 years, extravagantly displayed in thematic rooms, from the high end punk aesthetic he helped champion onto the runways of Paris, to the non-conforming perceptions on sex and gender and the iconic collaborations with pop icons Madonna and Kylie Minogue. The mannequins brought ‘life’ to the space, with disconcerting animated faces, some even talking, including one of Gaultier himself who welcomes you in his jovial manner.

For my fellow Madonna fans, the exhibition did not disappoint. Gaultier’s career is intrinsic to Madonna’s, both visionaries iconoclastically challenging the boundaries of gender, collaboratively and independently, including the infamous Blonde Ambition tour conical bra costume in 1990 and again deconstructed for the MDNA world tour in 2013.

The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk was a truly inspiring exhibition for fashionistas and pop culture aficionados alike. The exhibition is now on it’s way to Paris.

Here are some of my photographic highlights of the exhibition, visit my Flickr gallery to see more.

The Odyssey of Jean Paul Gaultier

Silhouettes of femininity and masculinity, contrasting embellished silk with bold stripes, brought to life by animated faces, show just what a fine couturier Jean Paul Gaultier is.

Jean Paul Gaultier

Odyssey – Virgins & Sailors

The Boudoir

A post-modern deconstruction on gender nonconformity and androgyny, most iconicly communicated through Gaultier’s collaborations with Madonna in her Blonde Ambition World Tour (1990) and architecturally deconstructed for her MDNA World Tour (2012).

Madonna's Blonde Ambition & MDNA tour conical bra costumes

Madonna’s Blonde Ambition & MDNA tour conical bra costumes

Madonna wearing Jean Paul Gaultier during the MDNA Tour 2012

Madonna wearing Jean Paul Gaultier during the MDNA Tour 2012

Punk & Cancan

The rawness of the British punk movement meets unabashed Parisienne drama is Gaultier’s signature ready-to-wear look.

Jean Paul Gaultier

Front row at the JPG runway

Jean Paul Gaultier

Plaid, studs & leather

Jean Paul Gaultier

Amy Winehouse & runway outfit

Skin Deep

Like a trompe l’oeil, fabric becomes the ‘second skin’.

Jean Paul Gaultier

Madonna’s outfit worn to the AIDS Benefit Gala in 1992

Metropolis

Whilst adhering to the design brief of big budget movies, such as The Fifth Element and The City of Lost Children, the costumes still remain recognisably Gaultier.

Jean Paul Gaultier

At the movies

Urban Jungle

Multi-ethnic influences celebrate diversity without borders.

The Bride - Jean Paul Gaultier

The Bride

Muses

From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk at the NGV demonstrated Gaultier’s connection with Australia, through various costumes for Kylie Minogue and launching trans-gender model Andrej Pejić’s career. A fitting end to a triumphant exhibition.

Jean Paul Gaultier

Worn by Kylie Minogue

Check out more photos from the Jean Paul Gaultier exhibition on Flickr.

Through my lens

Back in 2013, I did a haute couture photoshoot with model/dancer Penny Higgs and stylist Rebecca Kennedy featuring Jean Paul Gaultier dresses. Check out the photoshoot >

Penny Higgs wearing Jean Paul Gaultier

Penny Higgs wearing Jean Paul Gaultier

So Frenchy So Chic 2015 – Photos

Emilie Simon

Emilie Simon – one of my favourite French artists

The heavens opened once again for the annual So Frenchy So Chic music festival, at Werribee Mansion in Melbourne. I captured the French festivities for the eighth time, a selection of my photography was showcased on Broadsheet.

The Dø

The Dø

Featuring an all-star Francoise line-up Emilie Simon, The Dø, La Femme and Francois & The Atlas Mountains on stage, wowing the crowds on the grounds of the glorious Werribee Mansion with a scrumptious selection of food carts, including Cacao Fine Chocolates, Choo La Lah and Aritsan Gelato hitting the sweet spot.

A moment for #JeSuisCharlie

A moment for #JeSuisCharlie

This year’s event was pointedly marked by the recent attacks on Charlie Hebdo, with a minute silence observed by the festival-goers and a ‘Je Suis Charlie’ tribute wall for to write personal messages.

Check out the full gallery Flickr or view my archive of past So Frenchy So Chic events.

Festival-goer Sam sporting a floral crown

Festival-goer Sam sporting a floral crown

Salted Caramel Donuts at the Cacao food cart

Salted Caramel Donuts at the Cacao food cart – you heard me!

La Femme

La Femme

Artisan Gelato served by Frenchmen

Artisan Gelato served by Frenchmen

Rice-paper parasols - possibly the best festival merch ever

Rice-paper parasols – possibly the best festival merch ever

La Femme

La Femme

The sun setting on another beautiful So Frenchy So Chic event

The sun setting on another beautiful So Frenchy So Chic event



More photos on Flickr >

Beach Maternity Photoshoot

Sunset pregnancy silhouette

Maternity goes tribal

My first maternity shoot was with one of the most gorgeous mum-to-be! At 36 weeks, Tate rocked our beach-themed pregnancy photoshoot, along Port Phillip Bay in Melbourne.

Shot at sunset, I went for a glam, fun and down-to-earth vibe, which is exactly who Tate is. With some fabulous clothes from Jeanswest, I styled the wardrobe with fashion-forward pieces which have a tribal edge, yet not explicitly ‘maternity wear’. Check out the series below.

Pregnancy portrait

Tribal queen

Tate & Evan

Tate & Evan

36 weeks

36 weeks

Tate & Evan
In the sea
Nautical glam

Nautical glam

Tate wears 'Arabella' Kimono

When’s it due?

Sunset pregnancy silhouette

Congrats Penny! Big Brother 2014 5th Runner-up

Penny Higgs

Eon Neavou Photoshoot

Congratulations Penny Higgs for making it to the final week of Big Brother Australia! Last year I had the pleasure of collaborating with this lovely lady on a haute couture fashion photoshoot for Eon Neavou. Check out the photoshoot in my portfolio.

Mariah Carey – The Elusive Chanteuse Show Photos

A Day On The Green

Opening A Day On The Green

Mariah Carey was at her finest as she brought The Elusive Chanteuse Show to Melbourne, with back-to-back shows at Rod Laver Arena and A Day On The Green last week. With Mariah’s charm, wit and diva moments, it was definitely a show for the fans. Intimately set with 3 back-up singers, including Mariah’s longtime friend Trey Lorenz, full band and back-up dancers, this show was all about Mariah’s voice and a good mix of hits from her back catalog. Major highlight was the epic 20+ minute ‘Car Ride’ medley featuring fan favourites, including Breakdown and The Roof, and the Melbourne-exclusive duet One Sweet Day performed with Australian support act Nathaniel Willemse.

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Mariah Carey at Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne

Mariah slaying Rod Laver Arena

A Day On The Green

Ballad moments on the baby grand piano at A Day On The Green

Mariah & Nathaniel Willemse performing One Sweet Day

Mariah & Nathaniel Willemse performing One Sweet Day

We Belong Together

We Belong Together

Rod Laver Arena Set List

  1. Fantasy Remix
  2. Touch My Body
  3. Emotions
  4. Cry.
  5. Lullaby Of Birdland
  6. Fly Like A Bird
  7. My All
  8. One Sweet Day (with Nathaniel Willemse)
  9. Heartbreaker
  10. #Beautiful
  11. Breakdown
  12. I Know What You Want
  13. It’s Like That
  14. Crybaby
  15. The Roof
  16. Obsessed
  17. I’m That Chick
  18. Honey (So So Def Remix with Mase)
  19. Thirsty
  20. Hero
  21. Supernatural
  22. Always Be My Baby
  23. We Belong Together

The Elusive Chanteuse Show, is Mariah’s second Australian tour in as many years. Check out the 2013 Sydney & Melbourne concert photos.

Tina Arena – Reset Tour Photos!

Tina Arena at The Palais, Melbourne

Tina Arena at The Palais, Melbourne

Tina Arena’s Australian tour wrapped in her hometown of Melbourne, at the iconic Palais Theatre, supported by emerging Australian singer-songwriter Alys and Greek-French singer George Perris. As a long-time fan, I had the great pleasure of photographing her show in this precious venue for Life Music Media, check out the gallery.

Tina’s Melbourne Set List

  • Let Me In
  • Out of the Blue
  • Soul Mate #9
  • Dare You To Be Happy
  • Sorrento Moon
  • Still Running
  • Don’t Look Back
  • Destination Unknown
  • What It Is
  • Only Lonely
  • Reset All
  • Don’t Hide
  • Never (Past Tense)
  • Burn
  • Symphony of Life
  • Heaven Help My Heart
  • Chains
  • I Need Your Body
  • You Set Fire To My Life

George Perris

George Perris

Alys

Alys

Last year, one of my concert photos was published in Tina Arena’s autobiography.