One could gather a dark/gothic perspective. However the combination of the feathers, the woolen warmth and the ruffly overthrow transforms the look into a delicate, soft feminity despite the harsh colour. Thats the magic of fashion and photography. Well done, this is magnificent. I swear by your work, Come to Glasgow!!! Danielle, Scotland
Texture is right–love the fringes at top and bottom. The section with the transparent piece of cloth across her face and hair is like an artwork in itself. But was she really just hanging out on the street? So mysterious and exotic. (And when did Sydney get so Melbourne?!)
WOW. This is inspiring. Striking photo and striking woman. I love the silver beaded neckline against all the black, and also the feather fringe and chiffon ruffles because they help the all-black look feel less heavy. Just amazing.
So good! it has a sort of Richard Avedon portrait taken outdoors feel. I would love to know you just chanced upon this incredible vision walking down the block but i’m guessing maybe this is part of the project you mentioned? Either way, i still get the impression you did just meet her on the street and i love that!
I agree — I suggest retitling supposedly “on the street” shots that feature fashion insiders to “in the business” or something. There is a difference between snapping someone on her bicycle and catching a designer or fashion editor outside a fashion show in Milan.
To musikcricket 3.01pm: why do we need to know if someone in a photograph is a ‘fashion insider’?? is so we can take a whole bunch of preconceived notions to form an opinion? Should we subject people to some kind of handicapping system in order to appraise their style and clothes? Sartworld encompasses the highest echelons of fashion and its’ representatives at and around the shows in milan or paris to every kind of person on the streets of manhattan (one place where you really do get every kind of person, believe me). Carine Roitfeld in one picture, some guy out grocery shopping, a tourist, or a girl riding her bicycle in the next. IMO whether or not someone is a fashion ‘insider’ is irrelevant and a little bit missing the point….
I’m actually amazed that SO many people who have commented on this picture don’t even know who she is!
Even though she was snapped in Sydney – she is a Brisbane girl and a Brisbane-based designer and i would bet hundreds of dollars that she is wearing all her own stuff.
She is a very talented designer, has a great imagination and she knows how to get women excited about clothes. I own a dress and a frill from her store and i am proud to admit i paid a LOT of money for them but had no issue with it because her clothes are very high quality and her designs are unlike anyone elses!
And everyone wonders why she looks so fab in this shot – she used to be a HUGE international model!!! She is still present on the Dallys Models website! It’s kinda sad that people in Australia who love fashion don’t know much about our Australian designers – we should be more supportive of them!
Dear Anonymous (5:40), mDesiree13 (4:14) has answered your question completely. I would only add that if you scroll through the comments about this very elegant photo, you will find several people who took this to be an example of real street fashion (i.e. butchers, bakers and candlestick-makers expressing themselves through clothes and style) and not of a gifted professional designer showing off her wares. I like seeing both kinds of photo on this site, but I see nothing wrong with knowing what we are looking at.
While trying to find out who Gail Sorronda is (an Australian fashion designer) I found a picture of Sart TAKING this picture! Art of art! You can see it on Sarronda’s blog: http://gailsorronda.blogspot.com/
WOW !!!! GEE I WONDER WHERE SHE IS GOING ? SAFEWAY/COLES PERHAPS !! FANTASTIC SHOT AND SHE LOOKS AMAZING AND I WISH PEOPLE WOULD DRESS UP BUT I DO PREFER THE MORE NATURAL RAW SHOTS ALSO LOVE SHOTS OF PEOPLE ALL AGES ,STYLE NEVER GOES OUT OF FASHION IT IS SOMETHING THAT CAN NOT BE PURCHASED THAT WHY SOME OF MY FAV FASHIONISTA HAVE NO MONEY YET LOOK AMAZING THANKS XXXX
Gail Reid is yet another example of how Brisbane is just as capable as the more renowned Sydney and Melbourne of creating and producing interesting and beautiful fashion.. a beautiful woman and beautiful photo Sart.. make the trip to Brisbane if you can.
If you go to Gail’s blog on her website and scroll down to the last photo you’ll see Scott photographing Gail on the beach. The beach which I had not seen before, I can just now intuit around the edges of this striking woman and striking photograph. Kudos!
gail dresses like that all the time so yes its from the street. its all her own designs. pretty sure the top is called matador poncho from aw09. so many ill-informed comments. yes she’s from brisbane, no she doesn’t live in sydney. she lives in paris with her fiance. gail sorronda blog tells all
how come no one in Sydney actually dresses like this on a day to day basis?? People only dressed well in and around fashion week. You dont see people dressed like this on any other week of the year which is rather disappointing. This girl appears more European in her style, this is an outfit which one would expect to see on the streets of Paris.I feel this girl and a couple of others have given Australia hope in finding people with style who dress like this on a more regular basis like they do in Paris, Milan, Florence, Rome etc.
Need to add another commentary (which I think relates to your work in general). What I love about the photography is that none of it is planned, none of it is styled per se (aside from what the subjects walk out in for the day, and what grabs your attention). If anything, these shots are the antidote to all the photoshopped and ‘staged’ fashion shots in contemporary culture, yet they are all just as remarkable and beautiful whilst doing so. This shot demonstrates just that.
Sydney is really impressing me! I love the all black ensemble, but I especially love the texture, the volume, and the bib necklace. The bob haircut and bangs make her look very Parisian and overall, he looks elegant, sophisticated and chic.
OH, Sir, you continuously surpise me with your gorgeous shots. I’m so glad you’ve come to visit us in Aus. I was waiting for the day ‘Sydney’ would be one of your frequents. PLEASE, just check out Brisbane. It’s the 3rd largest city and I can guarantee a more casual, flirty array of colors.