New Kid in (China)Town

May 10th, 2011 by  |  Published in Headline, Sydney Man  |  15 Comments

Long overlooked, downtown Sydney is home to the exotic, ever-so-tasty food, cheap clothes and curiousities galore. The perfect setting for someone who is new in town. Chinatown, can’t get you off my mind…

Our downtown hero is a wanderer. He’s a modern Wizard of Oz story…not meant to be here but he is. He can’t quite grasp Sydney winter, nor can we. Smells, colours and sights are so unfamiliar to him that they almost feel like home. In this strange paradoxical comfort Chinatown has it’s final effect. Wanderer’s wonder.

(Opening) Look
Lavender Sweater – Oscar Calvo - $170 | Red Dress Shirt - Saint Augustine Academy - $145 | Grey Chinos – LAB Homme - POA | Case – Katzi - $199 | Scarf - vintage

Look 1
Trench Coat - LAB Homme - POA | Dress Shirt - Oscar Calvo - $240 | Camel pant - Orri Henrisson - $145 from Estate of Mind | Scarf - LAB Homme POA | Calvin Black Casual Shoes - Antoine + Stanley - $185

Look 2
Trench Coat - LAB Homme - POA | Pablo T-Shirt - Oscar Calvo - $180 | Andrew Slim Pants - Alpha 60 - $199 | Belt - Stylist’s own | Calvin Black Shoes - Antoine+Stanley -$185 | Tartan Tote - Belstaff - POA

Look 3
Field Coat - Orri Henrisson - $445 | Sweater - Oscar Calvo - $170 | Collared Shirt - LAB Homme - POA | Messenger Bag - Belstaff - $496

Look 4
Silver Sequined Jacket - LAB Homme - POA | T-Shirt - Orri Henrisson - $95 | Red Chinos - Orri Henrisson from Estate of Mind - $245 | Ivan Suede Shoes - Antoine+Stanley - $159 | Studded Ring - Beasts of Peace from Estate of Mind - $300

Look 5
Coat - LAB Homme - POA | Jetty Hoody - Oscar Calvo - $180 | Weiner T-Shirt - Alpha 60 - $69 | Pinstripe Marlon Jeans - LAB Homme - POA | Belt - Stylist’s own | Black Ring - Beasts of Peace from Estate of Mind - $250

Alpha 60: (02) 9357 7788
Estate of Mind: (02) 8021 9417
LAB Homme
Orri Henrisson
Oscar Calvo
Saint Augustine Academy: (02) 9690 2863

Styling: Genesis Mansilongan
Photography: Xiaohan Shen
Grooming: Yoshimi Kumai
Styling Assistant: Josh Suklan
Model: Tom from eMg Models



  1. Kirstie says:

    May 10th, 2011at 11:07 AM(#)

    I love Chinatown and the fact that you’ve set a fashion story there. Great work guys!

  2. R says:

    May 10th, 2011at 11:47 AM(#)

    Looks great! Love the colours!

  3. Lactose Intoler-Art says:

    May 10th, 2011at 12:06 PM(#)

    I agree! The colors are great. I especially love the third shot.

  4. B says:

    May 10th, 2011at 12:12 PM(#)

    The caucasian model in the ‘ethnic’ setting.
    Done, and kind of offensive.

  5. Hayley says:

    May 10th, 2011at 12:21 PM(#)

    Hi there B. In what way is it offensive? Can only Asians be in Chinatown? That is more offensive. Also fyi the stylist and creative mind behind the shoot is Asian as is the photographer. This editorial is about how beautiful the setting is, lets not ruin it by getting ugly in the comments. Thanks for your input x

  6. Alicia says:

    May 10th, 2011at 1:12 PM(#)

    Half of the images in this shoot aren’t even Chinatown specific - they could have been shot in any brightly lit metropolitan district, so I don’t see how this shoot is even accidentally offensive. Probably my favourite shoot on OntheSOS to date - beautifully lit, strong saturated colours, just gorgeous.

  7. Lucinda says:

    May 10th, 2011at 1:30 PM(#)

    To my eyes, the model has a non-specific look which is perfect for this story. This is Sydney, a multicultural city, let’s celebrate it!

  8. J. says:

    May 10th, 2011at 1:39 PM(#)

    hi b. Pretty presumptuous of you to presume the model is Caucasian.

  9. Genesis says:

    May 10th, 2011at 8:44 PM(#)

    Thanks for all the love and (hate) people. Keep it u. Chinatown is for everyone :)

  10. Jay says:

    May 10th, 2011at 9:20 PM(#)

    I really like the shoot, great fashion, timely jetsetting look in the model, and great capturing of the lights and colour. Really inspiring.

  11. New Kid in (China)Town - Menswear editorial | xssat - sydney street fashion says:

    May 11th, 2011at 11:51 AM(#)

    [...] See the entire editorial here! [...]

  12. Chinatown Kid (Director’s Cut) | Dandy Sachs says:

    May 11th, 2011at 11:57 AM(#)

    [...] here to see the realised editorial on Genesis [...]

  13. Carrie says:

    May 11th, 2011at 12:06 PM(#)

    I would find it more offensive if it was a shoot of an asian model in chinatown. Because that’s clearly where they’d go, right??? Please. Your assumptions are what is offensive. There are plenty of caucasians and people of other ethnicities in Sydney’s chinatown. Maybe if you went down there and opened your eyes you’d realise that.

  14. Jesus Luz says:

    May 11th, 2011at 12:24 PM(#)

    Caucasian as defined in its original meaning by the dicitonary of course.

    Caucasian: “of or relating to one of the traditional divisions of humankind, covering a broad group of peoples from Europe, western Asia, and parts of India and North Africa.”

  15. Oscar Calvo's Blog - Mens Fashion Designer and Online Clothing store » NEW KID IN (CHINA)TOWN says:

    May 22nd, 2011at 4:30 PM(#)

    [...] In this strange paradoxical comfort Chinatown has it’s final effect. Wanderer’s wonder. By On the Streets of Sydney Gear by Oscar Calvo [...]

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