MFW Model Casting Day 2018

It was refreshing to see a new wave of bright young faces and personalities at this year’s Melbourne Fashion Week model casting day, and I’m very honoured to be associated with the event which celebrates diversity and beauty from all cultural backgrounds. I still believe and see, that Australia is still sadly a racial discriminatory country. I mean, take a look at all the fashion campaigns on the billboards or have a scroll through Instagram, most talents are white Caucasians. I was chatting to one of my Stylist friend the other day and he shared with me that a Customer called the company and complained about an advertisement which featured a black model. Then she carried on saying she will no longer shop there because of it. What utter bollox! It makes me so upset to know that racism is still predominant in our society. Well isn’t our sunburnt country historically dominated by beautiful Aboriginal people?

Anyway, I’m not here to rant but do let me know if you have experienced anything similar. I want to make a point that we should all support all walks of beauty, size, shape and heights! God created us to be all unique and we should love and be acceptance of each other.

Without further odu, here are some of the favourite moments captured from the MFW casting day. In my next post I will share my favourite model street style looks so stay tuned.

 

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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