Ryan Lobo is one of the most prolific and talented stylists in Australia at the moment. You name it - he's probably styled them . He also happens to be the editor of Pages Digital - which has been delivering quality fashion, music and entertainment news since 2004. With a background in fashion design, he started his fashion career at illlustrious Australian boutiques Robbie Ingham and Belinda. MUTT sat down with him to find out about his thoughts on RAFW.
First question, how do you feel about RAFW?
I think its an exciting year, being that its 15 years young. There's a lot of industry support this year, especially. I think there's a lot being showcased more than previous years. The old hacks are stepping aside. I think Christopher Esber had a debut that was phenomenal last night, and that was as strong as say Dion Lee the year before, in a different vein. As an emotional reaction to the show I was really overwhelmed, even more than when I saw Dion's show. I though Sarah Phillips was pretty cool.
You styled that didn't you?
I thought it was really fun. Went to Dion's show. I'm looking forward to Therese Rawsthorne, Arnsdorf on Friday. I'm looking forward to Magdelena Velevska...what else am I looking forward to?
Do you think the fashion industry has changed since you first started?
You know the industry has. Designers have a higher profile. The week itself has grown. I mean, back in the day, the only thing to get excited over was Akira, and maybe a swimsuit of Zimmermann, or you know like a Rebecca Dawson top, but really there's a lot to herald and get excited about this year.
What would your favourite thing about fashion week be?
The venue. Seeing all the Aussie girls on show. Catching up with people that I haven't seen in a year or longer. Free Nando's.
Free Nando's! Nice. And what's the worst thing?
Long days. Long days, sleepless nights.
If you could do one thing to change, or to better develop fashion week, what would you do?
A diversity of venues.
Images of Sara Phillips and Flannel at RAFW 2010. Styling under the direction of Ryan Lobo.