Kookai A/W 2014 Runway & Backstage Photos

Samantha Harris

Backstage with Samantha Harris

Kookai launched its AW14 collection in empire-style at the Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne. Inspired by the cool confidence of New York, the collection features relaxed fits, intricate architectural-inspired patterns and a more muted palette than we’ve seen in the past from Kookai.

I photographed the backstage and runway action for Style Melbourne. Here’s a sneak peek!

Kookai - backstage

In the Napoleon Perdis make-up chair

Nicole Trunfio

Nicole Trunfio on the Kookai catwalk

Sarah Stephens

Sarah Stephens

Amanda Ware

Amanda Ware

Full gallery on Style Melbourne. More photos on Flickr.

View previous Kookai Runways; 2013 & 2012.

Soundwave 2014 – Melbourne Photos!

Green Day

Green Day cooling down Soundwave crowd

As the Summer comes to an end, I covered Soundwave Music Festival in Melbourne for Life Music Media. Always a thrill to shoot festival staples such as The Living End, AFI and MUTEMATH, as well as some amazing international artists for the first time; Green Day, Korn and Placebo.

Here’s a selection of my favourite images. View the full gallery on Life Music Media and my Flickr. Read more…

White Night Melbourne 2014 – Photo Essay

White Night Melbourne

White Night Melbourne

Melbourne welcomed White Night for the second year with an expanded program. This time, word of mouth got around to approximately 500,000 people, seeing the streets of Melbourne packed to the brim for arts and culture in the wee hours of the morning.

I worked my way from north to south to capture the night, shooting for nine hours.
This is what I saw.

9pm – Lisa Mitchell live, QV

Lisa Mitchell

Lisa Mitchell

While not an official White Night event, as darkness fell, Lisa Mitchell started the evening with a delightful outdoor performance set in front of Luma Domes light installation by Kit Webster and Pierre Proske in QV Square.

11pm – Purple Rain, Old Melbourne Gaol

Purple Rain

A little moment in Purple Rain

The one hour wait was worth it. A visual and audio experience created by French artist Pierre Ardouvin, visitors were handed umbrellas and showered with illuminated rain, as Prince’s Purple Rain played.

12am – Melbourne, Music & Me Exhibition, RMIT

Melbourne, Music & Me

Melbourne, Music & Me

The Melbourne, Music & Me Exhibition put on an all-nighter for its final night. Showcasing the history of Australian music, affiliated with Mushroom Group of Companies, featuring tour memorabilia, awards and costumes of Kylie Minogue, Skyhooks, Crowded House, P!nk and Madonna.

1am – Vortex, Southbank Pedestrian Bridge

Vortex

Vortex

The bridge was transformed into a sci-fi visual experience. To be honest, it didn’t quite live up to the itinerary.

2am – Melbourne Now, NGV

Melbourne Now

Confessions on a dancefloor – Melbourne Now

The NGV was still buzzing in the early hours of the morning, with Melbourne Now and Edward Steichen & Art Deco Fashion were open all night, free of charge. The highlight – Darren Sylvester’s ‘For You’ disco room installation in the Melbourne Now exhibition.

4am – Midden, Birrarung Marr

Midden

Midden

An amazing 360 degree illumination paying tribute to the traditional owners of the land.

4:30am – Wonderland, Flinders Street

Flinders St Illuminations

Flinders St Illuminations

With the crowd began to thin out, creating an eery Wonderland landscape.

5am – Molecular Kaleidoscope – Virus one billion times, State Library of Victoria

Virus times a billion

Virus times a billion

Always an educational experience to be had at the State Library of Victoria. The interior was illuminated with magnified 3D renderings of various virus molecules; HIV, Herpes, Polio and Influenza.

Want to see more? View more photos on Flickr.

Check out photos from White Night Melbourne 2013.

Royal Botanic Runway – Photos

Royal Botanic Runway

Australia fashion royalty – Aurelio Costarella, Collette Dinnigan and Akira Isogawa

Australian fashion – under the sun – where it should be. On Thursday I photographed the inaugural Royal Botanic Runway at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Melbourne for Style Melbourne. A unique, open-air fashion parade, showcasing cherry-picked Australian fashion designers to help raise awareness for RBG’s Melbourne Water Strategy Project.

The runway even hosted by celebrity landscape gardener, Jamie Durie, featured fashion design royalty; Akira Isogawa, Aurelio Costarella, Collette Dinnigan and Martin Grant.

A spectacular blend of fashion, flora and conservation – let’s hope the Royal Botanic Runway becomes a regular Summer fashion event.

View the photo gallery.

Collette Dinnigan

Alice Burdeu wears Collette Dinnigan

Akira Isogawa

Akira Isogawa

Aurelio Costarella

Aurelio Costarella

Martin Grant

Cassi Van Den Dungen wears Martin Grant

So Frenchy So Chic 2014 – Photos

Féfé

Féfé wowing the crowd

So Frenchy So Chic in the Park returned to Melbourne’s Werribee Mansion for the third time. The music festival showcased an eclectic line-up, including Babylon Circus, Féfé, Lilly Wood & the Prick (unfortunately Lou Doillon cancelled due to illness).

Babylon Circus

Babylon Circus

Lilly Wood & The Prick

Lilly Wood & The Prick

Great music aside, SFSC is just as much about the food as it is the music! I rolled out my Renault picnic blanket and enjoyed several French-inspired food carts, including; Cacao Macarons, Bagel Burgers, The Brûlée Cart and Chooh La La roasted nuts.

> View the full SFSC gallery on Flickr.
> View the 2013 SFSC gallery in my portfolio.

The Brulee Cart

The Brulee Cart

Choo La La

Choo La La roasted nuts

French Crepes

French Crepes

Cacao Macarons

Cacao Macarons

Porsche – Woman With Drive Party

Sonia Kruger & Maria Sharapova

Porsche Ambassadors, Sonia Kruger & Maria Sharapova

Porsche Australia celebrated the first anniversary of Woman With Drive at their Melbourne Centre last night with a guest appearance by Porsche ambassador Maria Sharapova.

Hosted by Woman With Drive ambassador Sonia Kruger, I photographed the event, including red carpet, interviews and party, featuring Maria Sharapova, Sonia Kruger, Big Brother personality Tahan Lew Fatt and driver David Reynolds.

> View the full gallery on Flickr.
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Maria Sharapova

Maria Sharapova

Sonia Kruger

Sonia Kruger

David Reynolds & Tahan Lew Fatt

David Reynolds & Tahan Lew Fatt