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Welcome WA Born 2016, featuring marvellous designers who are from our home 'town' of Western Australia. With a city that continues to expand and change, so does the fashion that follows it.

e4dfab43384965-57ed05131f7781399a843384965-57eddb9b2faaeFashion week is officially over in our little (actually quite big) state of Perth. Okay, it’s been over for a short while, but hey, I was on holiday. Anyway, the event of WA Born started off the week of fashion, with exhibitions and the official opening night following it. Designers such as Daphne Wong, Kate Hannah, Koi Girl, Tarah Phan, Ellavanna, and more all come out to display their epic runway looks for a brilliant cause, to bring awareness to the Organ Donation and Transplant Foundation of WA.

As the night began, and I rushed around organising my photographers for the event, everything appeared as though it would be a success. With a sold out show, everyone was eager to make things work, and they had to. Everyone stepped through to get photos against the gorgeous flower backdrop of our Photo Booth, hanging flowers and designs were created for the event and chairs had been laid out for all the VIP’s that were attending that night, which included the designers themselves. We found our marks and prepared ourselves just as the runway was about to start. After a video or two talking about the foundation/ cause, as well as a few interruptions, the show was on its way, and each photographer fought the lighting to get the best images they could of each model, as well as the beautiful designs they were wearing.

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The music went so perfectly with every step the models took, most models which had never walked in a runway show before strutted their stuff, and the audience enjoyed it. The show was longer than most others, but it was so enjoyable as everything came together. And watching the lovely Bella Scaturro, who I have shot a few times, walk down this runway was absolutely amazing. As soon as the runway finished everyone felt relieved. The runway came out beautifully, no matter what mishaps may have occurred, it didn’t matter, because everything came together, and that was an amazing feat. Ask anyone, “don’t put your own fashion show together,” they will chant when it comes to event organisation.

The night was a success, and it kicked off the beginning of one of the best Fashion Festivals Perth has ever hosted.

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Models via La Mods. Clothing/Styling via Foxfeet. Designers: Daphne Wong Fashion Collection, Kate Hannah, Koi Girl, Marlie Fialho Collections, Tarah Phan, Anjel Ms, Qamar Designs, SOB (SISS On Bare) Ellavanna, Sons and Daughters, Valence Couture, and Machete Couture.

Opening Dance Number: WA Stage School. Stage Makeup: Felecia Youard. Shot on Nikon D3200

Go, Go, Go!

"I knew that I needed a bit of a change, but change takes time and effort - when you volunteer at a youth organisation (and kind of love your job), your effort doesn’t exactly go towards what you wear in the morning"

Talking about the craziness that has come and for some reason stayed.

(Quote from my guest post on the Colosoul Blog)

IMG_1811 copyWith so much constantly happening, you never know where you stand, not really. As 2016 has now hit spring for us Australians, the season where everything starts to become humid and birds attempt to attack you, I’ve quickly realised how fast this year has gone. It’s not like I haven’t done anything, I’ve done far more than I thought I would do in this time, but it’s not as though I had time to document it or to relive the moment in my head, it’s just been; go go go, Pokemon go (is that game over now? What happened?) Either way, I’ve been moving from one place to the other, going through tonnes of photographs, and setting up for the next, in this whirlwind that occurs every day. 

IMG_1723 copyWhen I was on the plane back from Melbourne, I realised that I barely even spent time creating new photographs there in the brief 4 days that I spent in a different state, rather I was working on things that were occurring back home. I feel as though I didn’t even go. I feel as though I’m in this weird time warp where time isn’t moving and things keep happening, and I just don’t remember what day it is. That sounds a little crazy, right?

As my head decides to do a crazy ass backflip for no apparent reason, leaving me feeling like everything has been turned upside down, I’ve started to realise I few things about myself.

I think that my trip to Melbourne also aided in this, at least the plane rides there and back, considering that my whole stay there was just this weird space in time. Plane time, is kind of like me time, in a weird way. Sure I’m squished next to someone else with bad food and not enough space but there’s not access to the internet, notifications or communication with the outside world. So I kind of get to put down everything for a few hours, watch Rupaul’s Drag Race and just think a little - and not in the kind of overthinking that happens in the shower or before bed where everything looks like it’s coming to an end, while your brain just has a meltdown. I've noticed that;

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1) For a short while there, my whole personal style had just evaporated.

2) I had forgotten what it was like to actually take care of myself

3) I’m starting to lose track of everything, leading to me handing in one of my assignments late.

4) I need to reevaluate my priorities

5) Relationships apparently don’t exist in this weird twilight zone

6) When did denim on denim become a thing again?

I even did a guest post on Colosoul’s blog on ‘Style Philosophy’ due to how personal style is actually kind of important, and I’m kind of missing that at the moment. It’s crazy, because that first point, somehow affected everything else. When you can’t even dress to please yourself then you end up becoming a sheep and pleasing society. It’s quite superficial, I get it, and there are more important things in life than making yourself look like ‘art’ or whatever every day, but hey, when you look good you feel good, that’s just how I feel. Either way, as things get crazier, we all have to find our centre, so why not go back to where some of this began, wearing almost the exact same outfit I wore when I came in for my interview for the job that I’ve put all of my time and effort into. How insane.

Well, here’s to spring and the crazy happenings.

OUTFIT: Leather Jacket by Zara, Top by In Good Company, Jeans by H&M, Watch by Komono, Boots by ZOMP, Sunglasses by Chanel, Necklace by Tiffany & Co, Ribbon Chocker by Marc Jacobs

Location: Como the Treasury 

Photography by Neil Tiongson