The 5th annual William Street Festival, took place on a glorious spring day, Saturday the 28th of September.
Not only the local retailer community were out in great force in support of their big day… This festival also attracted many fashion lovers, shoppers and fun seekers to indulge in William Street Festival’s aromas, live music, street food stalls and of course, fashion, fashion, and MORE fashion! !
After a strolling alone William street, experiencing amazing energy and saw vivid colours of balloons and decorations, pop up bars and even a street ping-pong… I was then introduced to Sydney based fashion designer Sylvia Chan by my close friend – fashion photographer Kent Johnson.
‘Come and sit down!’ ‘Have some lollies! Or you prefer popcorn? It’s organic!…’ Sylvia greeted us warmly and kept offering us more food and drinks.
My first glance at Sylvia, this petite Australian Chinese designer was in a floral print summer dress, without any make up or jewellery….
I looked ‘into’ this fashion designer/couture retailer, thinking : ‘There’s nothing flashy or pretentious about this woman!’
As we sat facing each other across a small round outdoor table, chatting alone in between selling kids and visitors popcorn and offering free lollipops and balloons ( See the fun I had by involving with this festival?! ), several familiar faces and mutual friends surprisingly spotted us and dropped by for some chat and laughter.
The atmosphere was lay back and cruising….
Kent then pulled out his camera, started documenting our little party….
‘No! I have no make up on! Let my niece do it!’ Sylvia happily introduced her niece Kelly – a young up and coming fashion designer – to represent her for Kent’s fashion blog page.
While they were working on the shooting inside Sylvia’s store, here came our Turkish coffees – in Chinese handle free china cups – on an old English style silver tea tray… followed by a plate of mini rolls, mini pies and sausages… all prepared by Sylvia!
Our conversations, from her up coming New York trip to her store’s taking so far at that time. ( No kidding! That’s what she told us all – in an open and humorous way! )
‘You must join us for our pre Christmas lunch party when I return from New York.’ She said to me. ‘There will be all fashion people….’
When I got a verbal invite from Sylvia there and then, I knew she didn’t just try to be polite or social. She meant it!
We had to say good bye to Sylvia while she was inside her store serving a returned customer….
‘I made this lady her wedding gown fourteen years ago!’ Sylvia told us proudly while she was doing a fitting for her client.
Spending such a relaxing and fun-filled afternoon with Sylvia, I was totally wooed by her incredibly down to earth energy!
‘What a warm hearted charmer!’ I said to Kent when we left. ‘She is all real!’ I added.
Yes, Sylvia Chan, this earthy, giving, funny and creative fashion designer…
She ‘had me at hello’! !
Photography by: Kent Johnson
Check out Kelly Chan on Kent’s Street Fashion Sydney blog!