Above (Prada Lookbook SS12)
My first real foray into blogging was Perth Fashion Festival in 2008. Back then Style Voyeur was the Official blog of the festival and ‘fashion week’ was actually ten days. Apart from holding that title, I was completely unknown to everyone in the industry and they were unknown to me. I would rock up to the shows with my AAA pass, my tiny point and shoot camera and the best outfit I could swing and document the behind-the-scenes action. We all hear things about the industry before we become a part of it, the bitching, the egos, the drama and the model antics. I have always loved taking photos, even before SV came along and so I naturally knew what kinds of photos I wanted to capture and that is what I focused on. I would tell the models (who I’m sure wondered who the hell I was) how to pose and act up to the camera and would go home with a full memory card and work all through the night doing my posts so that in the morning the general public could log on and see what had happened at the shows the night before. I ended up sleeping 10 hours in 10 days that year and it wasn’t long before all the preconceived notions about ‘fashion people’ were quashed. It also didn’t take long for me to realise that the models were my only friends. By default we were drawn together and I needed them to open up to me to get the sorts of photos I wanted. As no one else had the access I did (besides the PFF staff and volunteers) I knew that no matter what the attitude or whether I belonged there or not, the only way this could work was if the models would accept me. As time went on I started to realise that models are not at all like what people are lead to believe. They are warm and friendly and smart and have maturity beyond their years. As SV has grown, so too has the WA modelling industry. It is insane to think that most of the models I have shot backstage and at events and gotten to know over the years are now international superstars in the modelling stakes.
This post shows how far those kids have come and where WA’s top models are at today.
Caitlin made a dramatic entrance into the Fall Ready To Wear season, lopping off her peroxide blonde locks for a brown pixie cut.
Clockwise (Thom Kerr, Dazed & Confused, Thom Kerr, Turkish Vogue, Prada Resort 12, Greta Illeva)
L-R (Test shoot images from Red Eleven)
Clockwise (Thakoon, Oscar de la Renta, Chanel, Creature of the Wind Fall/Winter 2012)
Above & Below (Dempsey Steward fronts the latest Vivienne Westwood campaigns for Gold Label, Red Label, Anglomania and VW Accessories shot by Juergen Teller.)
Clockwise (Victor Demarchelier, Richard Burbridge for Dazed & Confused, Urban Outfitters, Solve Sunsdbo for Love Magazine)
Clockwise (Rick Owens, Antonio Beradi, Vivienne Westwood, Damir Doma Fall/Winter 2012)
Tom being the loyal young friend that he is, sent me this Ralph Lauren lookbook image fresh off the press from NYC. Pretty fab!
Clockwise (Tom on the streets of New York, with Bryan Boy and quite a hilarious picture taken by Style Voyeur back in 2009.)
I hate to have favourites but Letecia Price has got to be my favourite WA model. I came across this photo above via Letecia’s NYC Agent, One Management’s website. Such a super cool photo, showing what a super cool girl Letecia truly is.
Clockwise (Issey Miyake, waiting outside the shows, Marios Schwab, backstage shots, Paris-Bombay Chanel Couture show 2012)
Clockwise (Dazed & Confused, Anthony Maule, Vogue Russia, Stephen Ward for Marie Claire)
Clockwise (3.1 Phillip Lim, Mulberry, Band of Outsiders, Felder Felder Fall/Winter 2012)
Clockwise (Marie Claire Australia, Fusion Model Management, Urivado Lopes )
L-R (Anna Sui, Paule Ka, Veronique Leroy, Antonio Marras Fall/Winter 2012)
Style Voyeur received word from Viviens Models in Perth, that Jan Aeberhard has been chosen for the Abercrombie & Fitch campaign. He only very recently made the move from WA to NYC and we are sure to be seeing some great things from this new face.
Clockwise (WWD Beauty, Chris Craymer for Shape Magazine, Elle Mexico)