Q&A with Myles Kalus from Keishikibi
Intellect caught up with Myles Kalus from Keishikibi (Japanese for ‘The Beauty of Form’) on what inspired him to start this fashion blog showcasing Australia’s vibrant and diverse street fashion.
Can you tell us a few words about yourself?
I’m a Malaysian-born Sydneysider who studied engineering but decided it wasn’t for me after I graduated. So now I do marketing and photography!
Could you describe your own fashion style briefly?
My own style would be a mix of streetwear and indie/hipster.. With an inclination towards monochromatic looks with a hint of colour.
How would you describe your blog in a few words?
A documentary journal of how Australians present themselves in the moment.
What do you think makes Australia so fashionable?
Our love for culture. Beach culture, bohemian culture, indie culture. It drives us to dress in our own ways to suit the culture we’ve adopted into our lives.
What trends are emerging now in Australia?
I don’t think that there are any trends emerging here. In fact, I don’t think Australians follow trends anymore! I’ve been photographing street style for a few years now and I’ve noticed that Australians dress to suit a style they like rather than getting into trends. It also doesn’t help that we’re behind 6 months fashion-wise that what’s trendy has already become outdated when it reaches our shores, making us lose interest in them!
What interests you about street style photography and fashion in general?
Fashion is a great way to express who you are as a person without needing to say anything. Which links to why I like street style; I love getting to know people and your first interaction with them is by looking, seeing what they’re wearing and how they present themselves.
What do you think makes Australia’s fashion stand out on a global scale?
We do our best to be fashionable even if we’re dressing down. Australians live pretty relaxed and laid back lifestyle. So, we dress to suit our way of life. That in turn gives us a signature “relaxed” fashion, I guess.
Do you have any other favourite Australia fashion and street style bloggers?
Ashka Shen of Xssat is by far my favourite. She did street style way before I did and is someone I look up to in the street style scene.
Giuseppe Santamaria of Men In This Town is also another one. I usually have trouble finding fashionable men to photograph but he seems to find them so effortlessly.
Zanita is my favourite Aussie fashion blogger. To me, she epitomises the Australian style. She’s also one of the loveliest people in the fashion industry thatI’ve had the pleasure of knowing.
Elle & Tash from They All Hate Us is my favourite fashion blogger duo. They’ve such a unique style and I really admire the friendship they have with one another. They’re also some of the first people I was able to talk to when I photographed my first fashion week when I absolutely knew no one there. So, I’m truly grateful for that.
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