One day in Annecy, France for AIAFF

One Day in Annecy for the AIAFF
Situated under cartoon-like clouds over the French Alps, the pure blue waters of Lac D’Annecy reflect cute medieval castles, framed by snow-capped mountains. Sounds like a fantasy? It is no wonder that Annecy was a key source of inspiration for Walt Disney.

Such as its heritage, it’s become the international spiritual capital of animation. Animation aficionados descend on the fairytale lakeside town in the Rhone-Alps region of France for the annual Annecy International Animated Film Festival. If you make the pilgrimage to “The Venice of Savoy”, be sure to wander the enchanting streets and create your own fairytale day in Annecy. Full gallery on Flickr >
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Monaco in one day

Port Hercule at night, Monte Carlo

Port Hercule at night, Monte Carlo

The world turns its collective sights onto Monaco for the Formula 1 Grand Prix each May.

Monaco marches to its own beat. The second-smallest country in the world and home to the largest number of millionaires and billionaires per capita. It has no formal borders with France (so you won’t get a Monaco stamp in your passport), yet has it’s own royal family. It isn’t a member of the European Union, but uses the EURO currency and has no income tax.

Monte Carlo is THE playground for the rich and famous on the French Riviera. European sports cars line the streets, yachts swan about the harbor and gamblers the world have a roll of the dice.

Last year, I had a brief visit to Monte Carlo, whilst traveling around the Cote d’Azur. Here is my travel photography, from a quieter moment in the most exclusive city in the world. Read more…

Offbeat Travel Guide to Rome

Offbeat Rome Travel Guide
You have wandered around the ancient ruins of the Roman Forum? Check. Admired the renaissance art at the Vatican Museums? Check. Thrown a few coins into the Trevi Fountain? Check. Crossed the Pantheon off your bucket list? Check. All the major tourist attractions in Rome are absolute must-sees. However, the Eternal City also has a progressive side, perhaps fueled by the student population or Roman ingenuity. I hope this guide will encourage you to get off the beaten path in Roma. Read more…

UNIQLO eCampaigns

UNIQLO Christmas Sale eDMs

UNIQLO Christmas Sale eDMs

Over the second quarter, I had the pleasure of taking the creative reigns of UNIQLO Australia’s e-marketing. With a striking, globally recognised brand identity, it was a lot of fun giving the company an Australian-spin on their digital campaign roll-out.

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Ines De La Fressange

The bi-annual UNIQLO collaboration with French fashion designer, Ines De La Fressange was launched globally in January. Below is one of two of the e-newsletters I designed and wrote copy for this campaign. The pretty & layered look and feel gave me the chance to portray UNIQLO in a different way.

UNIQLO x Ines De La Fressange eDM

UNIQLO x Ines De La Fressange eDM

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 the 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



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