Classic beauty meets avant garde: designs by Phoenix Keating

You know when an international phenomenon like Lady Gaga singles your designs out and asks if she can wear them on stage, you must be doing something right. Phoenix Keating is a young Australian designer already picking up that international attention – from Gaga and others – for his edgy yet utterly refined designs. This exclusive shoot brings together Keating’s trans-seasonal pieces (a mix of couture and ready-to-wear), and photographer James Broadhurst into shots that can only be described as simply stunning. To make things even better, Broadhurst nabbed winner of Poland’s Next Top Model, Olga Kaczynska, for the shoot while she was temporarily visiting Australia’s shores.

Shot in a special made studio using only daylight, with “old warehouse window draped with lace to give a nostalgic feel to the images,” Broadhurst captures some candid portraits of the designer as well as an elegantly poised Olga wearing the designs.

phoenix keating shoot by james broadhurst

Click the thumbnails for full pictures:
Olga Kaczynska by James Broadhurst
Olga Kaczynska by James Broadhurst
Olga Kaczynska by James Broadhurst
Olga Kaczynska by James Broadhurst
Olga Kaczynska by James Broadhurst
Olga Kaczynska by James Broadhurst
Olga Kaczynska by James Broadhurst
Olga Kaczynska by James Broadhurst

There’s nothing quite so fitting to Phoenix Keating’s aesthetic than a classically beautiful Olga in a headscarf and cat-eye liner, contrastingly bound by bondage ropes.

Kaori Harigae was behind the hair and beauty look.

You can view the full shoot by James Broadhurst at the gallery above.

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Some people's wardrobes are about a small selection of pieces that all fit within one aesthetic - Tania Braukamper isn't such a person. With a wardrobe that spans three different rooms, her approach to fashion is a mixture of current-season key pieces mixed with vintage finds she's sourced on innumerous shopping trips around the world's more cultured capitals. Despite a disparate approach to shopping, Tania is adamant that the key to mixing vintage with new season is to stick to key looks and colours that work for oneself. And it's a theory that she works into her writing for Fashionising.com, where she serves as the publication's Editor.