Thursday, 12 November 2009

Carl Kapp AW10 at Stills Gallery

One of the great things about being a photographer invited to view a fashion launch is that you actually get to see the clothes! Now that might sound like a strange thing to say but often photographers are there with a job to do and that job is quite often photographing the clothes as they come down the runway. Nothing wrong with that! But if you are interested in fashion, shooting runway keeps you way to busy making pictures to allow you to concentrate on whats happening with the clothes themselves. Thats one of the reasons I don't shoot runway. I much prefer to be sitting on the side making notes about what I love about a new range.

trent Parke exhibition, Carl Kapp AW10 Parade and Goodie Bags
The show was at Stills Gallery in Paddington which still has the Trent Parke show up which I had seen at Trent's opening a couple of weeks prior. The work made a great backdrop for the parade and was getting a lot of admiration from the fashion set while waiting for the show to begin.

Carl Kapp Red Coat AW10
I have been planning a night shoot (with very little light) and wondering where I might find outfits with the sort of great structure that could stand out in tricky lighting conditions and still make a statement. Carl's show provided me with plenty of inspiration.

Carl Kapp orange and grey tunic top with jeans AW10
So in line with my contradictory nature (about photographing at shows) I pulled out my little G10 point-and-shoot and did a little 'shooting from the hip' to make some visual notes on Carl's designs.

Carl Kapp Orange coat with rolled collar detail AW10
Rolled collar on orange coat, wide black belt and 'strong' pockets. Pierre Winter necklace.

Carl Kapp, short red coat with pocket detail, two tone belt worn with tailored jeans. AW10
Short(ish) red coat with layered pocket detail, wide lapels and two tone belt worn with tailored jeans.

Carl Kapp slinky back dress with leather trim AW10
Slinky black evening dress with leather trim.

Carl Kapp Grey tailored skirt and jacket with white blouse and narrow black tie loosely worn. Very Helmut Newton! AW10
Grey (fine herringbone weave?) tailored skirt and jacket with white blouse and narrow black tie loosely worn. Very Helmut Newton!

Unfortunatly I didn't get shots of everything I liked. I missed getting a shot of the 'Biker Girl' inspired outfit; leather blouson jacket with tailored jeans, (but with more layers than the jeans worn with the red jacket above). The detail of the pockets was inspired across the range.

Thanks to Carl, Weihan, and everyone for putting on a great launch.

Carl Kapp

Stills Gallery

The full show at Tito Media

Thursday, 5 November 2009

Imelda Matt + Jean Brown + Moi, Display Collabo

Its nice to see blogging, portraiture & retail all getting on so well together. In this case I was able to collaborate with Imelda shoe blogger Imelda Matt once again on a portrait project; this time for a window display in Brisbane's luxury emporium Jean Brown. The shot was done in one fairly quick afternoon session in the studio.

Jean Brown Imelda.Com Window Display Brisbane

More shots and background on the Imeldific! launch at

Matt Jordan, Imelda Matt, Studio Portrait in Mirror

Matt & Tan sistyers, shoe blogger with shoe designers.Matt and the Tan sisters from a previous 'shoe & portrait' project.

Matt with a pair of Dunlop Volleys around his neck

A big thanks to Matt and everyone at Jean Brown who worked so hard to make this wonderful project possible.

Jean Brown

More Portraits of Matt at Kent Johnson Photography.

Jean Brown display shot courtesy of