MFW Street Style Highlights 2017

This year, I had the pleasure of teaming up with Melbourne Fashion Week to capture 30 of my favourite street style looks as featured in Vogue Australia.

As most street style shooters would tell you, shooting in day light is ideal for crisper images, but what happens if shows start late, like 6:30pm? Well that’s the interesting challenge. Instead of fearing night light, I embraced all available light like lamp posts or car headlights to light up my subjects, or triggered my off camera flash to create artificial light. The trick is to create some kind of wall where I can bounce the light from, without creating harsh lighting. To be honest, it’s all about experimenting what works best and the type of look you are after. For softer artificial light, you should consider using a diffuser or portable studio lights like the Profoto B1. They give you excellent fashion studio lighting but be prepared to carry it around.

So what challenges do you face when shooting street style at night? 

 

 

MFW 2017 Models Off-Duty Street Style highlights

Did you know that Melbourne Fashion Week (#MFW) is the new, and cooler brand name replacing the old name, “Melbourne Spring Fashion Week”? 

I’ve teamed up with the City of Melbourne, who is proudly presenting Melbourne Fashion Week (M/FW) to hunt down my favourite models off-duty street style looks. My standout looks were definitely Lin Xie’s Vetement’s x Champion sweater and sneakers by Seppe Zanotti; Bianca Guest’s slick black vintage Guess jumpsuit; and Bradley McGill’s hound tooth pants by COS and Calibre turtleneck.

I also went behind the scenes at the model casting day to capture a few moments of the models charming the judging panel of 11 people with their personality, walk and posing. 50 new fresh faces will be chosen to walk the runway at the MFW and I’m super excited to see who will be walking at this year’s runway shows.

On the same note, I will snapping up my favourite street style looks at Melbourne Central so please come down and say hi, and hopefully get your most fashionable snapped and featured on their social channels. Pencil the details down on your diary now:

Vogue American Express Fashion Night Out (VAEFNO)

Date: 1st of September 2017

Time: 5pm to 9pm

Where: Melbourne Central (in and around the centre)

Ok, so here are my favourite looks and moments from the MFW Model Casting day.

 

VAMFF 2016 Famous For Fashion – Street Style Runway

Presented by the City of Stonnington and Supported by Cosmopolitan.

This inaugural event brought to life the uniquely identifiable styling language of a blogger-led street style on to the runway. Expanding beyond trends and broader than ready-to-wear, I captured my favourite Street Style Runway looks off the iconic Chapel Street retail precinct.

The Designer Line-Up were:

  • AUTONOMY
  • DIESEL
  • RYDER
  • SIR
  • STEVIE MAY
  • TALULAH

Enjoy the looks and the babes xxx

(c) All images are created and copyrighted to Karen Woo. Please email hello@karenwoo.com.au for usage rights, thank you.

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VAMFF 2016 Opening Night Street Style

With the new venue set at the Royal Exhibition Building, the highly anticipated fashion event has officially begun! I couldn’t be more excited to capture the style on the streets, and from what I’ve seen – pleats, fringes, high knee boots and strappy heels were the common threads.

Thanks for all the snaps, and it was great seeing a few new faces and catching up with everyone. Enjoy the highlights pre-David Jones opening runway show!

 

Images taken by Karen Woo. Please email hello@karenwoo.com.au for copyright licensing usage. Thank you so much xx

 

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Living on the Edge

It really isn’t that hard to believe that we do live in one of the world’s most liveable city. Melbourne is the epicentre of coffee, food, art, sport and music culture. Over the past years, I’ve noticed a peak increase of cars jamming up our roads, housing prices sky rocketing, childcare waiting lists nearing 2 years and blogging becoming the norm, the way of life.

I recently finished reading this biography book, “In order to live” by a young North Korean girl called YEONMI PARK who recalls her tale about the hardships, the starvation, the violence and propaganda she had to endure, in order to fight for freedom. She was “living on the edge” practically everyday. Though her struggles were incomparable to my life – but it’s a reminder to me to stop complaining, take a moment and appreciate all the little things. I need to remind myself daily to count every blessing, every experience with the biggest gratitude and smile. It’s always good to put things back into perspective and not get caught up in this fickle world of materialism.

So how fitting it was when Eureka Skydeck88, the Edge invited Melanie (@theTiaFox) and I to see and capture Melbourne at a different perspective. It was actually something I’ve been meaning to do for a long while but never made time for it, even when I lived at Eureka back in 2008! We rocked up at 4pm (tips: park at Crown, and wait till sunset), took the elevator to the 88th floor and stepped into the Edge which slowly pulled out from the building. Before we knew it, we were suspended nearly 300 meters over Melbourne city in a glass cube – glass walls, ceiling and floor, and we had 10 whole minutes to ourselves.

Though I wished we just stood there and soak in the majestic city views, we were too busy scrambling around the cube for the quickest fashion shoot EVER! But seriously it was all worth it. I’ll do anything for great snaps.

Enjoy xx

 

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Just imagining what my office life be like on SkyDeck88 – haha!

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MELANIE is wearing BCBGMXAZRIA blazer and detachable skirt // TONY BIANCO strappy heels

I’m wearing VIKTORIA + WOODS ribbed knit dress // H&M denim shirt // BEAU COOPER mules