Street Photography

Tuesday, 28 January 2014

Ponystep 6 launch

Pandemonia and Snowy donned their party gear and headed to the Ponystep 6 issue celebratory bash.

The gig was held at the downstairs bar of Mr. Buckley, 277 Hackney Road.

Richard Mortimer and Pandemonia

Pandemonia & Snowy eased their way down the stairs and were met by the exuberant Editor-in-Chief of Ponystep Richard Mortimer.
Richard gave them a hearty welcome and then dashed off to the bar to fetch P a tipple.

Pandemonia and Eudardo de Mengalhaes

In the interim, Snowy & Pandemonia surveyed the premises, and were set upon by their Brazilian ally Eduardo Jordao de Magalhaes, Head of International Marketing and Communication for Melissa shoes. Eduardo asked them how was Sao Paulo fashion week for them. "We loved it" P replied.

Pandemonia and Felicity Hayward

The next encounter for Pandemonia and Snowy came in the form of plus size curvy model Felicity Hayward. Felicity took an immediate shine to Snowy. Not that S minded Felicity’s gentle touch.

Olivia Hicks and Pandemonia

Pandemonia detected Snowy’s testosterone making him hot under the collar, so P retrieved Snowy from Ms Hayward clutches and headed towards the exit door to cool S down only to be ambushed by two other comely gals, Olivia Hicks and her pal.
Olivia duly gave P her email address and whispered "I work on the door of Ovalspace the Arts/Music club and you both will be on the guest list forever".

Margi Clarke and Pandemonia

Pandemonia, Snowy were flattered and returned to their table, where they rubbed shoulders with actress/TV presenter Margi Clarke. Margi confessed to Pandemonia & Snowy, "the magazine has done me proud love"

As Snowy cuddled up to Margi, in breezed fashion designer Pam Hogg. Pam couldn't resist telling all and sundry "I made a decision to do a fashion show and I've got 4 weeks to pull everything together”.

Pandemonia exhausted by the thought of the mountain of work that awaited Pam, gathered up Snowy, waved goodbye to Daniel Lismore and David Motte grabbed a copy of the magazine and jumped a taxi.

Ponystep Magazine

In the cab Pandemonia leafed through the magazine pages that had articles mostly on blonds; with blond Holly Woodlawn the Andy Warhol superstar, actresses Gillian Anderson in blond wig, bottle blond beauties Margi Clarke and Amanda Lepore, and a black & white picture story of currently blond Kate Moss, Kate didn't need her St Tropez spray tan. All these images caused Pandemonia to recall her own exciting blond moments in life just as the cab pulled up to home.

photo/copy: Stephen Mahoney

Monday, 6 January 2014

Sao Paulo Fashion week

The following day Pandemonia and Snowy had arranged to meet
photographer Marina Melchers at the hotel.

Snowy and Pandemonia, immediately gravitated to Marina with her
orange/yellow punk hair and big smile.

Marina relayed toPandemonia & Snowy she had been assigned to
accompany them today, and do a fly on the wall picture diary of P&S on
location in Sao Paulo and at Melissa's first ever runway show.

Intercontinental hotel Sao Paulo

Pandemonia and Snowy liked the idea of Marina on their tail.
So they gave Marina her first shot, that of Pandemonia and Snowy
returning to the Intercontinental hotel after their morning constitutional.

Next they all took their seats in the car, and it’s here Pandemonia and Snowy informed Marina of their itinerary this pleased Marina no end.

As art lovers the first place P&S felt morally obliged to revisit was Museu de Arte de Sao Paulo Assis Chateaubriand.

That done Pandemonia and Snowy sped off to Rua 25 de Marco, the cities wholesale shopping street.

Here P&S were curious to see all the miscellaneous products, toys; packaging; jewellery; clothes; bags etc sold there.

Pandemonia & Snowy took to the street and when asked paused to chat and pose for store owners & passers by.
Most of whom snapped P&S with their mobile phones.

Pandemonia noticed Snowy was in a hyper excited mood and when P turned spotted the reason.

A window display of plastic dolls in the Mil Presentes 1000 shop. Obviously P&S couldn't resist investigating this wondrous emporium of all things plastic.

Feeling all empowered and leaving Mil Presentes 1000, Pandemonia & Snowy took to their heels as did a local guy, who endeavored to keep in step with Pandemonia's long strides.

Pandemonia & Snowy, came to a stand still alongside another Melissa shoe fan.

This gal played public footsie with P much to the delight of the onlookers.
Many of whom captured the scene on their mobile phones.

Then as quick as a flash Pandemonia & Snowy quit the place and raced off to another of the capitals visual delights, the Mercado Municipal

and at the Barraca Do Juca stall, the sales team swamped Pandemonia and Snowy with affection.

Not wanting to be left out another bunch of burly looking stallholder lads surrounded them. This time from the Banco du Juca stand.
Pandemonia and Snowy were overwhelmed by their gentleness and tactile manner.

Out on the street Pandemonia remembered to call the Melissa team to say they would be early and really looking forward to seeing their show.


Pandemonia and Snowy fancied a quiet moment, so trouped off to the,Museu Padre Anchieta thinking there would be ideal place,
only to be mobbed by a horde of Spanish cultural tourists.

No visit to Sao Paulo would be complete for Pandemonia & Snowy without touching The First Stone of Sao Paulo.

That done, Pandemonia  &  Snowy scaled the steps of Catedral da Sé de São Paulo.

Exhausted, after gallivanting around the city Pandemonia and Snowy returned to hotel to freshen up, and prepare for the afternoon escapades.

With sun beating down Pandemonia selected a white dress with red accessories, an appropriate outfit for the afternoon sojourn.

First up, they ventured forth to the Municipal Paulo Machado de Carvalho,,

where at the farmers market stall Pandemonia and Snowy purchased a yummy pastel and sugar cane drink with lemon.

Now, fully fuelled Pandemonia & Snowy raced off to Sao Paulo Fashion Week, for Melissa first ever runway show.

Pandemonia and Snowy arrived at the SPFW entrance and immediately were whisked backstage at Melissa's.  There Pandemonia was interviewed pre Melissa fashion show by a stream of journalists one from FFW TV and another from FFW online.

Pandemonia & Snowy were literally lined up and photographed backstage by an army of press then ushered to the front row

and seated where a cute youngster slid up alongside P&S and mimed she'd like her pix taken with them.
P gave the girl Snowy and made her day.

  From one cute female to another more grown up one, who seized the moment and embraced Pandemonia & Snowy, and as if on queue the light went down and the Orquestra Voadora of Rio de Janeiro struck up the ban and played various numbers throughout the Melissa multi cultural wardrobe show.

Post show, backstage, Pandemonia was arm in arm with Brazilian Singer Gaby Amarantos.

Gaby is a real live wire and in the excitement of meeting P&S started swinging poor Snowy about in the air, luckily for Gab that Snowy is a fully house trained pouch.

Pandemonia rescued Snowy just in time to thank the Melissa TV crew before jumping in the car back to their hotel to collect their thoughts.

Back at the hotel to Pandemonia and Snowy's two New Best Friends Luciano Machado de Jesus and Marina Melchers bade them a final fond farewell.

P&S wished there was room in their suitcases for them, but both their NBF knew that wasn’t the case.

So it was hugs all round and off to their suite, to prepare for their return journey. Time now to leave Sao Paulo's glorious sunshine and people behind.

photo/copy: Stephen Mahoney