A Street Style Photographer’s Guide To Fashion Week

A Street Style Photographer’s Guide To Fashion Week

Insta-famous street style photographer, Danielle Castano takes us behind the lens of this year’s MBFWA

By Emmy-Lou McKean | 22nd May 2017

When Australian Fashion Week rolls around each year, we can’t stop swooning over all of the #MBFWA street-style snaps from our favourite bloggers that flood our social-media feeds.

Each year there is no shortage of sartorial glory on the runways as Australia’s top designers show off their latest collections. But the street style outside the show also proves to be a melting pot of outfit inspiration.

We had a chat to Melbourne-based photographer, Danielle Castano (aka @stylesnooperdan on Instagram) about all things MBFWA and what it takes to get the perfect street-style snap.

How did you first get into fashion/street-style photography?
I began blogging almost seven years ago, and I was always so inspired by the street style coming out of Europe that I decided to give it a go. I got myself a decent camera and haven't looked back since.

What makes MBFWA so exciting/different to shoot?
It's always interesting shooting people who work in the fashion industry as they tend to have a really unique way of dressing. It's directional and indicative of what we might see in the high-street stores in the coming season.

What do you look for when you’re shooting at fashion week?
Someone who looks natural in what they're wearing. It's really off-putting when someone has obviously over-thought their look and you know it's not what they would wear IRL.

What were your favourite trends from 2017 MBFWA?
The seriously pointy Balenciaga sock boots and pumps. They're super fun and make any outfit instantly look cool. I also really like the continuation of athleisure. The puffer jacket made an appearance more than once.

What are your everyday essentials for MBFWA?
My camera, a spare battery and memory card and my mini wallet come with me everywhere, and sneakers are a must when you're running around trying to get the shot.

What was the best part about shooting MBFWA in 2017?
I really liked shooting at the Opera House (Dion Lee show) and NSW Art Gallery (Ginger & Smart show) as Carriageworks is great, but as a backdrop, it can get a bit tired.

Black outfit Gucci belt

Image: Danielle Castano of Stylesnooperdan

What are your insider tips to creating the perfect street-style photo?
Try to capture your subject when they're not aware you're shooting them. People's body language changes instantly when they know someone is taking their photograph.

What are your MBFWA survival tips?
Eat, drink and don't try to cram too much into the week. It's just fashion, it's supposed to be enjoyable.

What’s next for StyleSnooperDan?
I've got a few cool things I'm working on over the next few weeks and then in September I'll be hitting the overseas circuit for another crazy few weeks of street style!

Pic of Dan

Image: Danielle Castano of Stylesnooperdan

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Article by Emmy-Lou McKean

Emmy-Lou McKean is a Journalist at Style Magazines. She is a self-confessed pyjama enthusiast and on her weekends when she isn't in said pyjamas you'll find her enjoying live music, sipping Matcha lattes and eating her way through Brisbane and beyond.

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