NYFW wrap up with Aussie India Hartford Davis.
It was hard to miss the bubbly girl with a mane of serious curls, all dressed in Zimmermann at MBFWA earlier this year and even harder to forget the beautiful images she captured. It's those amazing images that have since made us avid followers of Australian photographer, India Hartford Davis... Sydney girl turn Londoner (arriving only days before she hit the IFW circuit), India has been a street shooter for about 16 months. With New York, London and Paris fashion weeks the only thing on her agenda over the last month, India has been kept extremely busy shooting for Australian Harpers Bazaar.
We were lucky enough to touch base with her post NYFW and get the low down from the streets. xxx
LIZ: Hi India. I'm so excited to be chatting to you about NYFW. Being your second year and also the second year not at the Lincoln Centre, I really want to know everything there is to know about NYFW this year. I always think of September fashion month as so hot, especially contrasting with the fact that we're coming from an Australian winter. How did you find the heat? Who was your favourite Aus standout from the week? Tell us about the Australian designers - obviously we adore/worship Zimmermann and the epic collections they produce. Knowing you have a quite a good relationship with them, having worked with them pre locating to London 10 days ago... tell me about their show and the experience of being backstage?
INDIA: NYFW - What a whirl wind! This season was certainly a step up from last. We were fighting 30+ degree temperatures, high humidity, lack of sleep, Sydney deadlines, jumping between sticky subways and cool ubers - when the budget allowed - racing against time to make it to shows across town, while brushing shoulders with the likes of Naomi Campbell, Anna Wintour and Olivia Palermo… not to mention some style studded Australians!
There were some incredible aspects to this season. Shooting backstage at Zimmermann was certainly a highlight, and shooting Street Style for Harpers Bazaar also added a new level of pressure and expectation to the week. The heat made everything a lot harder. It was hot and VERY sunny, compounded by the fact that I was constantly sprinting after people to get that perfect shot. I also forgot to pack water almost every each day which I’m sure added to the overall exhaustion from the week. Thankfully it did start to cool down toward the end of the week, as if the gods were finally giving us poor Street Style photographers a break!
Australian designers and influences alike certainly made waves throughout NYFW. In terms of Street Style, I have to say I was a huge fan of 18 year old Sarah Ellen. Sarah has really elevated her style in the last year or 2 and it was a pleasure to work on a little content with her in between shows. She fuses high fashion and luxury brands with more wearable pieces such as the always fabulous go-to Zara bargain. From a Street Style photographer’s point of view - she certainly stopped traffic every time she arrived at a show - and the wall of photographers that formed around her was incredible!
Another Aussie I loved looking out for was Chloe Hill. Chloe has a very eclectic sense of style so it's always exciting to see her latest curation of mix matched styles and prints. Nothing she wore was ever predictable and, as the editor of a magazine as unique as Oyster Mag, this seems somehow appropriate. She was always keen to pose with a beautiful warm smile for a fellow Aussie - which is often rare!
The lovely Jess Hart was out and about also exuding her beautiful looks and natural style. Jess has an amazing and unique face and was always glowing and always front row - right where she should be.
Australian designers did a fantastic job representing Aussie fashion during NYFW this year. Zimmermann, Dion Lee, Tome and Misha were among the top designers to show, but with no surprise to me, Zimmermann and Tome were my top picks.
The Zimmermann show was on another level. I was backstage during the AW16 show in February which was very special and a departure from the classic Zimmermann show. It was great to see diversity from the iconic Sydney brand. This September, however, was a whole other story. Although scheduled for the hottest day of the week - the venue was deliciously air conditioned. As I arrived, Bridget Malcolm, Brooke Testoni, Natalie Cantell, and Shanina Shaik were all strutting their stuff for the sea of photographers outside. Shanina wore a dress from the next collection (have no idea when its coming out) which had never been seen before - and she looked incredible!
Backstage was even better! You could definitely feel the excitement and anticipation in the room. Hair and makeup was just finishing and the models were getting into first looks when I got there. As the models emerged from the change rooms, I noticed there were numerous Aussie's set to walk the runway. Astrid Holler, Nicole Pollard, Fernanda Ly, Madison Stubbington and more were among the runway beauties. There were a few other well known faces in the mix also such as Hanne Gaby Odiele, Ola Munik and Irina Kravchenko. The girls certainly gave off the high fashion vibe. - especially en masse!
My immeidate thoughts are that the collection will be extremely be successful. It's everything we love about Zimmermann x 50. The lace, the florals, the femininity and elegance, the stylish boho vibe - the designers have nailed it and I wouldn't be surprised if it's even more successful than amazing Master and Mischief collection. It might be a bit harder for the everyday Aussie girl to get their hands on the pieces however, as I think they could be priced out. The ready-to-wear collection however, will draw references from the runway and will be more accessible for the Australian customer.
Tome was INCREDIBLE! It was my favourite show to sit and watch by far. The geometric harlequinesque prints, flared sleeved shirts, off-the-shoulder tops and intricate textiles were all beautiful - it was all in the detail! Tome definitely stood out with the diverse selection of models this season. What I loved most was their inclusion of plus sized models and older models. One model in particular was over 50 and looked fabulous! She had an amazing walk! My favourite aspect of the show was the Nina Simone song the models closed to. So often we are bombarded with trans-house music on the runway, or what sounds like very loud thumping. To hear Nina Simone blaring from the speakers was really special and very refreshing! It definitely resonated.
MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT -Shooting Naomi Campbell - and having her smile straight at me!
TRENDING - GUCCI is EVERYWHERE! Loving little chain hand bags and velvet EVERYTHING
SHOE OF CHOICE -White Nike Rosche’s - throw them in the wash for a fresh white look!