Photos: Sonny Vandevelde
If you’re in New York this Thursday and wondering which of the many and varied Fashion’s Night Out events to go to, let me throw Sonny Vandevelde’s hat in the ring. The Australian photographer is hosting his seasonal exhibition at the Tribeca Grand Hotel from 8:00pm – 10:00pm so stop in, say hello and enjoy the work of a guy who is well and truly on top of his backstage game. I must admit I’m a little biased – I’ve done the menswear circuit with Sonny for about six seasons now, we stay in the same hotels and eat breakfasts together and he makes fun of my amorous love for sheep – but I’m a true fan of his work. He achieves that same quality in his photographs that I like so much in Justin Wu’s videos – a combination of energy and momentum and just plain old fashioned good times.
I stopped by the Tribeca Grand this afternoon to choose a few shots for my online preview and he told me that it’s a bloody hard task trying to decide on 12 odd photographs from the tens of thousands he takes over fashion month. He made his decisions based on three criteria: energy and atmosphere; models and designers he feels a special affinity towards; and those names that make a big splash in the press. I’m sure you’ll agree that he’s done an admirable job.
See you at the Tribeca Grand Thursday night!