Wednesday, October 14, 2009
I was lucky enough to be able to visit talented shoemaker Phong Chi Lai's Brunswick studio to see first hand where he designs and makes his collection. I fell in love with his beautiful handcrafted Japanese Horror inspired wedges (and wished I had known about him before my own Japanese Horror inspired fashion shoot) as did Emilia who didn't want to take them off her feet after modelling them for my camera. The shoes have all the elegance of an old world Geta worn by a Gion Geisha with a touch of rock n roll thrown in for good measure. To see more of my photos or to read Em's interview with Phong, head over to Melbourne Street Fashion.com. Phong is truly a talent and I'm so glad I got to see him work. I am really passionate about discovering local talent and hope to do a series of posts about great young Melbourne or Australian designers. If you are a designer who wants to be featured or if you know of anyone please comment. Coming soon is a sculptor/illustrator/fashion designer extraordinaire who mixes art and fashion together in an exciting unusual way.