A KALTBLUT exclusive menswear editorial. Photography by Chris Brown. Styling by Beau Idaho. All fashion by Millie Shorter and Beau Idaho. Model is Dan Brown represented by FiveTwenty Model Management. Grooming by Millie Shorter. RACKED: (n.) The act of taking that which belongs to another, without right or permission. Stealing, esp. from large, expensive stores. Generally done as a hobby or as a means of survival for urban youth.
Beau Idaho and Millie Shorter are both graduates from one of Australia’s premiere design colleges, Fashion Design Studio in Sydney. The college prides itself on the success of its graduates and fames itself on its local talent – design houses Akira Isogawa, Alex Perry, Lisa Ho and Romance Was Born. The college is renowned for the innovation in contemporary design and old hat techniques in tailoring and couture.
Millie Shorter is a textile and fashion designer who creates bold designs with a unique Australian charm. Her work is the result of lengthy exploration into obscure conceptual ideas and playful experimentation across multiple mediums, including screen-printing, drawing, dyeing, collage and digital manipulation. Her debut collection “Dolly Takes A Trip” draws references from her fascination with Dolly Parton as an eighties style icon and her love of all things bold, tacky and glamorous.
A visual cacophony of print designs colour the collection, referencing neon nineties surf graphics, psychedelic rave prints and the Australian bush.
Beau Idaho is a designer that focuses on social, economic and political crossovers constructed through online, social media and commercial entertainment, concentrating on themes around queer phenomenology and post gender production, consumerism and commodity. Largely, concepts that reference, reconceptualise and reframe pop cultures influences. Beau’s graduate collection “What About Me” was an attempt at understanding the disparity between conservative and radical politics being expressed on television and opinion on social media in Australia.
Visual conflations were made using Instagram, looking at how young males formulate identity through sexual expression and how modern manhood is defined by commodity based social media, selfie culture and pornography. Contextually linking this to queerness in Pop culture and how the use ‘textual cosmopolitanism’ can package otherness as a softer, safe and sexier a-political product, see: Spice Girls, Shania Twain and Paris & Nicole…