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33 entries categorized "Australian Fashion Week Spring 0809"

September 30, 2008

Bryanboy in The Financial Times Germany

Financial Times Germany

Guten Tag! Wie gehts? I don't know how many of you speak German but have you seen the latest "How to Spend it" magazine supplement by Financial Times Germany? They have an amazing feature on this year's Rosemount Australian Fashion Week and I got a lovely mention there.

Bryanboy at Financial Times Germany

From Aussie designers getting more and more global exposure to the land down under being the new model factory (Gemma Ward, Catherine McNeil, Miranda Kerr who I used to like during her Dolly days, Scabby Lee, Alexandra Agoston, Myf and more), it's interesting how Australia is evolving into an international fashyonnn powerhouse right under everyone's noses.

How to Spend It by Financial Times Germany

Click HERE to download the supplement.

Thanks FT Deutschland... and thanks Catherine for the scans!

May 12, 2008

Westin Hotel, Sydney

Westin Hotel, Sydney

In sexy Sydney, I stayed at the Westin Hotel located at 1 Martin Place, CBD (Central Business District). I love the Westin! My Aussie home doesn't get any more centrally located than this.

The Westin Hotel, Sydney Australia

Warning to dial-up users: this entry is photo intensive. Who's on dial-up anyway? Click click click!

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May 11, 2008

On the Runway: Akira Isogawa

On the Runway: Akira Isogawa

A final pose at the last show on the Australian Fashion Week schedule, Akira Isogawa.

Photo by: Sonny Vandevelde

I've been getting emails from people where I got the gray trousers with the stripe on the side. They're from Filipino designer John Herrera.

RAFW After party @ Piano Room

RAFW After Party @ Piano Room

Ooh the memories! After the lovely dinner with amazing designer Jayson Brunsdon at China Doll, the pack went to the Piano Room for the Closing Party.

Oh dear.

Click click click!

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May 10, 2008

Bryanboy's "A-HA" Moment #16,311: Diane Pernet

Bryanboy's "A-HA" Moment #16,311: Diane Pernet

I had the honor and pleasure of speaking to fashion icon Diane Pernet on the phone last week. A new friend rang her while we're walking on the streets of Sydney looking for a nightclub. I'm a big, big, BIG fan of Diane and to be able to speak to her in this lifetime is, gosh, something else. She's super nice, super cool and her soothing voice... Diane is a deity!

Photo: Diane Pernet/MySpace

Everything went well until this huge ass garbage truck (which made a lot of noise) came outta nowhere went straight to my direction. Everything happened so fast so I screamed on the phone something like....


in the loudest, gayest voice EVER only to realize the truck wanted to park near the pavement.

And then SNAP!

Diane Pernet, fashion icon, journalist and blogger, world traveler, mentor to many and staunch supporter of talent and creativity, was still on the phone with me. Y'all should've seen the priceless look on my face when that happened. Put yourself in MY shoes and tell me how you'd react.

Oh dear. The things I get myself into. It's funny reminiscing about it now but back then... man, oh man oh man, it was fucking embarrassing.

I am so sorry Diane!!! I hope to meet you one day!!!

PS. On a lighter note, do that to Miranda Priestley and bitch would prolly say "that's all" before hanging up on you. LOL!!!!



I giggled so hard (same with the Vogue lady... DON'T DENY IT YOU UPTIGHT BITCH *just kidding!!!* I KNOW YOU DID... I WAS RIGHT BESIDE YOUR CHANEL-TOTTING ARSE!! *wink*) when Inksoffjohn took his bow during the New Generation show last Friday. Out of all the shows I attended, Inksoffjohn designer John Giovanoglou was the only one I saw who pulled a full John Galliano, strutting his designer ass on the entire runway. Hilarious! Here's a better photo.


I love his giveaway -- three condoms in a tin can inside a Bottega-esque pleather case.

May 09, 2008

Bryanboy's "A-HA" Moment #16,309: Alex Perry

Bryanboy's "A-HA" Moment #16,309: Alex Perry

About an hour before the Alex Perry show started, one of the super nice PR ladies asked me if I want red carpet access to take photos and get quotes from celebrities. In case you don't know, Alex Perry's show is the ultimate celebrity magnet during Australian Fashion Week.

I politely said no because I honestly have NO idea who Australian celebrities are other than the usual Hollywood suspects Nicole, Cate, Gemma, etc. From what I felt outside the tents, it seems to me that a lot of "presenters" are celebs in Australia -- children's show presenters, tv presenters, radio presenters, blah blah blah so on and so forth. There I was wondering if there are any, you know, local heartthrobs or whether or not there's an Aussie version of The Hills, Gossip Girl or what have you.

Jodhi Meares, Alex Perry Red Carpet

I thought I'd smoke a few cigarettes outside instead of waiting in the front row for the show the start. By the time I finished my cigarettes, the red carpet bonanza is still going strong. I don't want to be a nuisance to celebs getting their photos taken so I stood on the side. My friend Bex pointed out some Australian "celebrity" I've never seen/heard of and I was like... wow. It went on like that for a few minutes... one big, bountiful, blond bombshell after another. And then for some reason I blurted...


outta nowhere. One of the security guys, a PR lady, a few photographers and several people on the queue gave me THAT funky look so I said...


as a cheap attempt to rescue me from my little booboo.

Australia's Next Top Model host Jodhi Meares who I **LOVE** (pictured above) then popped by so I went straight up to her. We chatted very briefly (something about my Chanel bag) and then I asked her for a photo. Jodhi saves the day!

Bryanboy's "A-HA" Moment #16,308: Tina Kalivas

Bryanboy's "A-HA" Moment #16,308: Tina Kalivas

Oh dear. God knows how many times I wished for the ground to split in half (I said split, not spit) and swallow me alive. I always, always, always get myself in funky situations where I just want to cry instead of laughing at myself for being silly.

After the wonderful Tina Kalivas show, I rushed for the exit... I had to pee sooo bad! It often gets crowded because everyone is trying to leave the room so it makes perfect sense to look around for people you know and do a little bit of chit chat. I thought I saw someone I knew so I grabbed his arm and said "omg wait for me i need to peeeeee!"... or something like that. I totally forgot what exactly it is I said and when he looked at me I thought holy shit it's the wrong person... AND THEN I saw the right guy on the opposite side of me. I died right then and there.

I wasn't gonna tell y'all this story until I saw this photo in my album. I'll let you draw your own conclusions. Do you see what I see, See by Chloe? I spy with a Fendi spy two bearded men in a light-coloured jacket.

Tina Kalivas

Enough said. HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!

It was soo embarassing indeed.

What's inside, Sass & Bide?

What's inside, Sass & Bide?

Fresh from the runways of Sydney's Overseas Passenger Terminal to my room at the Westin, a brown paper bag is waiting on my bed.

Sass & Bide

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May 08, 2008

Dan Single, Ksubi

Dan Single, Ksubi

Dan is one of the men responsible for one of Australia's biggest fashion labels Ksubi (formerly known as Tsubi).

Dan Single, Ksubi
Photo: Sonny Vandevelde

Pee pee why are you not in this purrrrrrecious kodak moment?

PS. My mailing address is Bryanboy, MCPO Box 2044, Makati City MM 1250 Philippines. Send me a dozen sunglasses will you? ROLFMAO. JK.

Meedja Whore

Meedja Whore

One of the things that surprised me the most during Rosemount Australian Fashion Week is how the organizers (IMG) AND traditional media gave much-needed credence (and a very warm welcome) to bloggers. I've always considered myself as a fashion outsider/voyeur/spectator so for me to actually fly my arse out of the third world on my own dime to experience and witness fashion in action for the very first time was mind-blowing. I was nervous and scared at first. I'm no journo who often goes to sponsored junkets and international events backed by big media corporations. In the words of Clueless Tai, I'm a virgin... who can't drive. 

But yeah... never in my life I've been proud to say "I'm a blogger". Being the one-man circus that I am, I confess that it was somewhat intimidating to be milling around the tents, the "media" room and the front-row surrounded by hardworking journalists of impressive resumes and backgrounds: people who truly worked their way to where they are to deliver information to the public. I highly doubt (I said doubt... correct me if I'm wrong) Australia is the same as the Philippines where anyone with the "right" last name can get a position in the media with a snap of a finger. In any case, everyone in RAFW was super, super nice and I learned so much from everyone just by interacting with them.

And then there's ickle ol' me. The online freak who lives in front of the computer blogging about himself and his unhealthy obsession with all things fashion all-night long. Isn't it amazing? I don't know about you but it's a bit weird waking up to Australia's leading newspapers with my fug fug fugly mug on it. But yes... I'm extremely glad they are promoting blogs, bloggers and blogging. I even made it on Australian television! ROFLMAO!

We live in interesting times indeed. I know I have lots to learn. Every day is a new day and I try to absorb as much as I can with every experience, good or bad. I was telling a friend on my way to the airport how I want to take up further education (journalism, english classes, etc.) to improve my craft and expand my vocabulary. I have a little laundry list that I want to fulfill. We'll see. Here's a toast to evolution... cin cin!

PS. Thanks to The Australian, Sydney Morning Herald, The Age (Melbourne) and Sun Herald.

Front Row at LIFEwithBIRD


It's nice to finally have met Bali-based Aussie designer Nicholas Morley. I love this guy. He's one of the reasons why I started obsessing about Australian fashion. Him and the non-existent email customer service at Tuchuzy, who, until this date, had not replied to my email from last year. Haha!

Nicholas Morley and Bryanboy, front-row at LifeWithBird

LIFEwithBIRD is a cool clothing label started by Bridget McCall (Alice McCall's sister) and Nicholas Van Messner. They're based out of Melbourne.

May 06, 2008

Bryanboy's Rosemount Australian Fashion Week Highlights - Part 1

Bryanboy's Rosemount Australian Fashion Week Highlights - Part 1

(in no particular order)

1) Material Boy shoes

Alice Burdeu
Photo by Sonny Vandevelde

2) The gorgeous, gorgeous clothes of Akira Isogawa
3) Catching Alice Burdeu backstage and on the runway
4) Getting lost and arriving super late at the Romance Was Born show only to see the finale (at least I got to see the clothes backstage)
5) Lovely, lovely dinner with Jayson Brunsdon at China Doll restaurant
6) Gorgeous dinner with Kirrily Johnston at Icebergs, Bondi until we were the last table left
7) Meeting Marc (of Camilla & Marc) backstage at their show
8) Mistaking Adam as Simon Lock of IMG
9) Chatting to Jodhi Meares, Alex Perry and Jonathan Pease
10) Meeting Fern Mallis (and sharing a table TWICE)
11) Been given the tip by Albert, the buyer of London superstore Brown's, that a cool place to go for basic menswear for thin, slim guys like me is the boys section of Brooks Brothers
12) Photo booth session with upcoming designer Dion Lee at the Little Hero party
13) Shaking Grant Pearce's hand (I know, I know)

More to follow...

May 04, 2008

Jodhi Meares at Alex Perry

Jodhi Meares at Alex Perry

Jonathan Pease aside, guess who I bumped into at Alex Perry's show earlier this week?

Jodhi Meares

It's Jodhi Meares, host of Australia's Next Top Model! I love her! I really do! Isn't it funny how I obsessed about AusNTM last year and now, all of a sudden, I have met some of them in flesh?

I need to catch up with Cycle 4. I'll do that as soon as I get home.

Akira Isogawa

Akira Isogawa Finale

Akira Isogawa is one of Australia's brightest fashion stars! His show this Friday was the last show on the official RAFW schedule. I took this video from the front row.

What a beautiful collection. A lot of the dresses are absolutely stunning, especially the colours. Gorgeous!

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