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Friday, April 30, 2010

On the Street……Short over Long, Tokyo

Men wearing leggings under shorts, a very popular “look” in Tokyo right now.

Friday, April 30, 2010

On the Street……High School Hooky, Sydney

Friday, April 30, 2010

Australian Patio Furniture??, Sydney

I could shoot this same picture all over Sydney.

So, what’s the deal with the house couch on the front porch?

Thursday, April 29, 2010

On the Street……Aoyama, Tokyo

Thursday, April 29, 2010

On the Street……Fine & Dandy, Tokyo

Thursday, April 29, 2010

On the Street……Oxford St., Sydney

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

On the Street……Oxford St., Sydney

UPDATE: Of the 100 comments so far, for this image, only two mentioned what I thought was most important element – the strong eyebrows of the girl on the right.

That is a real stylistic choice, as much as choosing a great pair of shoes or a bag.

So what about a strong brow? Can it be a trend or is it totally dependent on the person?

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

On the Street……Oxford St., Sydney

On the way back from Tokyo, I made a quick stop over in Sydney. I still have more shots from Japan, but I wanted to get these Sydney shots up right away.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

At the Flea Market with Rei, Tokyo p.3

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

At the Flea Market with Rei, Tokyo p.2

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

At the Flea Market with Rei, Tokyo p.1

Monday, April 26, 2010

On the Street……Circles & Color, Aoyama


Monday, April 26, 2010

On the Street……Husband & Wife, Aoyama

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Compare & Contrast, Tokyo


Saturday, April 24, 2010

Rosie, Vintage Photo Contest

Recently I ask my grandmother to send me some old pictures of herself and our family, as my girlfriend and I started decorated the apartment. This is one of those photos. She was 14, a freshman in high school and apparently on Belle Isle in Michigan. She looks beautiful. Also, she said at that time, 1949, she made her own clothes, which is pretty neat.

Friday, April 23, 2010

On the Street…..Young Tokyo

Friday, April 23, 2010

At United Arrows Party, Tokyo

Friday, April 23, 2010

The Sartorialist @ United Arrows Harajuku

Mr. Kurino and United Arrows have offered to host a VERY informal “Meet & Greet” at their Harajuku location this Saturday from 1pm to 4pm.

I’d love to meet some of my Tokyo audience. If you have a book (I mean, my book) and want me to sign it, bring it along.
See you Saturday!

Thursday, April 22, 2010

On the Street…..Dangerous Curves, Tokyo

Thursday, April 22, 2010

In the Hotel Room Refrigerator, Tokyo

After having arrived in Tokyo from New York, it’s 2:45AM and I can’t sleep.

Already drank the can of Coke that was in the mini-bar and all that’s left is Pocari Sweat.

Pocari Sweat???

Everything but the name is written in Japanese.

As you know, I am American and I like to eat as healthily and as naturally as possible. I can only hope that the sweat in this drink is organic and not artificially flavored sweat.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

At Bunka Fashion College, Tokyo

Thursday, April 22, 2010

On the Street…White & Blue, Tokyo

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

On the Street…Harajuku, Japan

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

On the Street…Omotesando, Tokyo

Prada, Aoyama

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

On the Street…..Hot Pink in Tokyo, Japan

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

On the Street…..The Focus on Shoes & Socks, Tokyo

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

On the Street…..Horizontal Stripes, Tokyo

Monday, April 19, 2010

The Music Room, New York

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Milano (?) , Vintage Photo Contest

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Floppy Hat with a Tailored Coat, Vintage Photo Contest


The lady on the right looks like something out of a Yohji fashion show.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Majorca, Vintage Photo Contest

I don

Saturday, April 17, 2010

With the Boys, Vintage Photo Contest

Saturday, April 17, 2010

A Single Man, Vintage Photo Contest

Sartorialist note – notice the button placement on his DB jacket

We don’t know much about the gentleman on this picture, despite the fact that he always wore something in his breast pocket.


The photo reads something in the back in a mix of french for the title “Le Leme “(North of France, near Paris), and Italian for month “Aprile”.
1922 – it was bought at a flea market in Florence.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

The Hunters, Vintage Photo Contest

Here is my grandfather, Harry Walters. It was 1928 after a few months out in the mountains of Southern California on a hunting/mining trip.
-Carol


I am delighted to send in photos of my great grandmother Alta Phillips. Before she married, she moved to Hollywood and sewed the sleeves for the silent film star Lillian Gish. She was an amazing seamstress and sewed all her clothes and my grandmother’s. My great grandfather was a chemist for a silver mine in Arizona and despite living out in the middle of nowhere, my great grandmother never let that stop her from being as fashionable as ever. Her husband would have her get all dressed up and then pose with his guns or a brace of pheasants. For me, she is truly a style inspiration. She didn’t have to live in any major city, but she had such true class. She also passed on her love of sewing to my grandmother who then passed it on to my mother. I only hope I can continue the tradition!
-Chloe

Friday, April 16, 2010

A Little Over One Year Later, Moscow

Now

Then


Friday, April 16, 2010

On the Street…..Spring St., Soho

Friday, April 16, 2010

Wrist Management

Why are cufflinks so hard to find?

They are always so over-the-top!

Today’s cufflinks often lack a sense of elegance. It?s as if they need to justify their price by shouting, “We’re here!”. Someone once said, “If you notice a man’s cufflinks, then they are too loud”.

That’s why I was so happy, when I stumbled upon a great collection of cufflinks at LEO Design, in the West Village. I have been patronizing the store for years, but I never noticed the array of cufflinks. Basically, all pieces are vintage and priced very reasonably (not inexpensive- but appropriate for their quality and vintage).

The buyer is passionate about his selection and can share dates and design details.

Check them out here:
LEO Design
413 Bleecker St., New York, NY 10014
nr. 11th St.
212-929-8466

Thursday, April 15, 2010

The Hamptons, Italian Vogue Pelle

I shot this story for Italian Vogue Pelle last August. As you know, magazine editorial budgets are extremely low, especially in this economy. Instead of packing up for an exotic location, I shot this at the hotel where I spent Summer vacation with my kids.

We didn’t officially ask permission to shoot there, so we quietly ran around the grounds with a hair stylist, makeup person, fashion stylist, tech person and four or five assistants…. you know, a typical vacation day.


The fishing poles, boogie boards and bag of charcoal belonged to my neighbors. I shot this very early in the morning and kept telling the stylist, “Hurry! Get the bag and bikinis in place, so I can shoot this before they wake up”.


Thursday, April 15, 2010

On the Street…..The Cranky DJ, Manhattan

Oh yeah, now Mike tells me he is a born and bred Queens native….actually still lives there.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

On the Street…..Ludlow St., New York

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

On the Street…..Horatio St., New York

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

All in the Family, Vintage Photo Contest

(click on image to enlarge)
I have always loved this picture of my mother and father (Ann and Herman) enjoying a night out at Grossinger’s Resort in the Catskill Mountains in New York. (It was the inspiration for Kellerman’s Mt. Resort in Dirty Dancing). This was taken sometime in the early 1950′s. My father, who is now 90 years old, told me this was some kind of mystery themed event. What I love so much about this photo, besides that it always makes me laugh, is that it shows what a cute couple they were and that they loved having a fun time together. They were happily married for 65 years and were madly in love.

Growing up poor in Philadelphia did not stop my mother from expressing herself through fashion. She had such a wonderful and carefree style – she loved wearing bright colors and patterns, and never left the house without looking perfectly put together. In this picture I love her plaid skirt and how it matches my dads plaid jacket. Also her lace up shoes are just fabulous.

My daughter Hannah Dilworth was on your site in September ’09 (attached is the photo you took of her) and she always says that her Bubby is one of her biggest fashion inspirations, and someone who influenced her towards a career in fashion.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

On the Street…..Abstract Inspiration, Milano

I talked about “abstract inspiration” in my book and this photo, I took recently in Milan, is perfect example of this idea.

Sometimes I think the readers of this blog take the images too literally as my suggestion of what you should wear or what I think is super fashionable. To be honest, I’m not sure I actually like anything she is wearing. However this image, as a concept, makes me think… but in the abstract.

Most of the designers I know work this way. They might look at a shot like this and think “uhm….matching hat and coat…uhm interesting, but I wouldn’t do the matching with color but maybe a print instead.” Or, maybe it makes them think about the contrast of a soft, floppy hat paired with a super tailored, structured coat.

To me, this image is in the same vein as the image below of the old Italian gentleman, with the hat and coat that are both patterned. I don’t know if anyone would run out and try to copy this look exactly, but it inspires us in an intangible way.


If you remember this photo was one of the images on Lucas Ossendrijver’s, Lanvin Homme, mood board when the The Selby shot his design studio.

All I’m saying is, sometimes, these images can make you think about something totally different than what the actual shot portrays.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

On the Street…..Essex St., New York


ps. you might recognize this young man from a post I did about Coney Island in August 2006 and from my book.

UPDATE – I should have written this when I first posted this image. One of the reasons I take a shot like this is that it is so uniquely American.

I took this shot Monday, I had just returned from Moscow and Berlin and, guess what, you don’t see this there.

You don’t see this type of style in Milan or Paris or Sydney or Stockholm. When I see a gentleman like this, like his style or hate his style, I’m forced to react. I think my blog only works when I can have both Lino AND a gentleman like this presented.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Why Don’t You?…

Why don’t you…

Use a tie clip to clip your ipod headphone wires to the inside of your shirt?
- Josh Marlow
Thanks for all of the great “Why Don’t You…” submissions, There were some really great ideas. I’m going to start posting my favorites. I like it when people stayed true to the spirit of DV and married folly and practicality. The beauty of her wisdom was suggesting to do something unexpected with an ordinary item or do something mundane with extraordinary flair.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

On the Street…..At the Bus Stop, Moscow

There was just something so fascinating about the combination of these two people sitting at the bus stop.

The body language alone speaks volumes about expectations and experience.

(Click on the image to enlarge)

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Then & Now…Lismore Hosiery Co., New York

This

A few years ago I just happened to walk by Lismore Hosiery Co. on the day the shop was moving out. Lismore had been a hosiery wholesaler for decades on the Lower East Side and before that a pizzeria.
I’m not going to romanticize the place and say it was a treasure or anything but you just don’t see this type of interior in New York much anymore.



Is Now This

Monday, April 12, 2010

On the Street…..Lino of Spring, Milano

I know that I take a lot of photos of Lino, but I find him endlessly inspiring.

I love how he eases into Spring with a soft pastel tie and pale grey DB sportscoat.

Perfection for this time of year.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Finally……JAPAN!!

Next week, I will be visiting Japan for the first time!

I will be doing a few events with United Arrows, but most of my time, will be free to shoot.

I will update you later with details of the events.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Let’s Hear from Queens!!

So some of you were a little upset at my OBVIOUS joke about Queens the other day.

Well, I don’t want to fight you; I want to join you.

So help me love Queens the way you do. (does that sound right?)

I always love finding new places to shoot, like Ft. Greene, last Summer.

Imagine I had an afternoon to spend in Queens. Please share some specific suggestions of neighborhoods, shops and streets to see.

I think the cultural diversity, architecture and open spaces that Queens offers make it unique in comparison to Manhattan and Brooklyn.

Monday, April 12, 2010

On the Street…..Young Moscow, Russia

Monday, April 12, 2010

Thanks Moscow, Berlin and Nespresso!

I want to thank everyone that attended the events in Berlin and Moscow.

I especially want to thank Nespresso.

Remember last week, when I hinted to show up to the Moscow event early?

Well, I did that because my book isn’t readily available in Russia.

Nespresso imported about 200 books and instead of inflating the price, they gave them away for free!

I thought that was super generous.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Luna Park, Vintage Photo Contest

My Grandmother Nola (aged 19) 1931 on the eve of her engagement, at Luna Park Melbourne, Australia.
She lived to 97 and I never saw her wear pants ever!

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Little Rascals, Vintage Photo Contest


This is our Uncle Matt circa 1925 in Hannibal, Missouri. After school baseball game. Uncle Matt is the one with the shiner. Love those socks!

Saturday, April 10, 2010

On the Street…..The Mix, Paris

Friday, April 9, 2010

They Call Her Snowflake, Moscow

I met this young lady yesterday at a great new shop in Moscow, called Kuznetsky Most 20.
She said her name in Russian means Snowflake, that’s cool.
I think what she has done with her hair is great, but she took it a step further with her dramatic razor thin eyebrows. One of those elements, without the other, would have made the whole look less effective.
I also love how she plays with the contrast of tough but femme sexiness. Yes, she has an obvious punk sensibility, but she still shows a little bare shoulder, has some sparkle in her top and just the slightest touch of color on her lip.
Well played young lady.

Friday, April 9, 2010

On the Street…..Moscow in Color

Growing up during the end of the Cold War, I had always heard that Russia was super grey and depressing. Isn’t there an old, famous Burger King commercial about a Russian fashion show? All the “models” were wearing head-to-toe grey and dressed exactly alike. Not that I base my world view on burger commercials, but I continue to be surprised at just how much bright, vivid color is in Moscow. I love that this young lady, who is so dramatic in her tailored, red coat, is not a fashionista but a typical working girl… actually, an “Account Manager for a built-in appliances manufacturer.”
I mean, I don’t know any “Account Manager for a built-in appliance manufacturer” in Queens, New York that dresses like her. If so, I’d visit Queens more often.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Hidden Treasures

Why is it that old-school boutiques seem to be the only retailers left that understand the idea of the “hidden treasure”.

Shops today over-indulge in the visual display of product and images. Shouting at customers to dance to their music and submit to their own experience. Shops of yesteryear seduced, like a strip tease, slowly revealing themselves to those that gave their time and attetion.

It is strange that these shops of yesterday are so much more seductive than the “tits-out” stores of today.

Le Louvre, Melbourne

A shop in Barcelona

Thursday, April 8, 2010

On the Street…..Bold Outerwear, Milano

Thursday, April 8, 2010

On the Street…..Mitte, Berlin

Thursday, April 8, 2010

On the Street…..Mitte, Berlin

Thursday, April 8, 2010

On the Street…..Alessandra in the Mirror, Milano

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Can I Take A Picture? – Italian Vogue Pelle

How did this cellphone picture end up as story in Italian Vogue Pelle?
Giovanna Battaglia (Fashion Director of Vogue Pelle and Sartorialist Super-All-Star) took this shot of Garance with her cellphone, while Garance was shooting her, and I was in the background shooting both of them….is that clear?
Anyway, a couple of weeks later Giovanna showed me the picture on her cellphone and asked me to do a full story for Vogue Pelle, based on the idea of the “cool, blogger girl”.
Giovanna loved the idea of the photographer/blogger being more stylishly dressed than the subjects of the photo….which sometimes is the case!
Here are a few images from that story.

The shoot was lots of fun but instead of talking about it you can take a look at the “making of” video below.

 

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

On the Street…..Knit Jacket, Florence

I love a knit jacket if for no other reason than how slim the sleeves can fit.

A slim cut sleeve drops 10 pounds off any guy in a suit.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

On the Street…..Mitte, Berlin

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

On the Street…..Bowie-ish, Milano

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Hello Berlin and Moscow! UPDATE

Next week I will be in Berlin and Moscow shooting and doing some events with Nespresso.

Berlin
Open to the Public
A moderated discussion on blogging and fashion
April 7th
Michelberger Hotel, Warschauer Strasse 39 ? 40.
7pm to 9pm-ish

Moscow
Book Signing
April 9th
Nespresso boutique
Petrovka Street 15, bld 1.
7pm to 9pm-ish

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

On the Street…..Little Ms. Adorable, Paris & London


Monday, April 5, 2010

On the Street…..Lynn Yeager, Paris

Monday, April 5, 2010

On the Street…..Variation on a Theme, Milano

Monday, April 5, 2010

On the Street…..Anna in Red, Paris

Friday, April 2, 2010

A Month In Fashion


Fashion month really feels like fashion year (but all crammed into one month)!

It starts in January with Pitti Uomo in Florence and doesn’t end till March with the womens collections in Paris.

Garance recently did a mash-up (my kids watch Glee) of some of our favorite moments.

I remember that most of the times Garance or Chris were filming me, I really didn’t want to be filmed. They seem to find my exhaustion very funny. However , they say (not the Garance and Chris “they” but the general “they” that say things that we say they say) that comedy is pain plus time and now that I have a little time away from the pain the whole thing does seem pretty funny.

Garance Dor

Friday, April 2, 2010

The New Sartorialist Contest!!


So the recent Diana Vreeland posts have really been a teaser for the next contest.

For those of you unfamiliar, Diana Vreeland was a fashion editor and writer at Harper’s Bazaar from 1937-1963 and later the Editor-in-Chief of Vogue from 1963-1971, after her editorial career she became a consultant to The Costume Institute at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

If you haven’t yet, you have to find a copy of DV, Diana Vreeland’s autobiography, written in 1984. For fashion fans it is a fantastic glimpse of real chic in the last century, . It was the first book I read when I moved to New York twenty years ago and it helped me see fashion and Manhattan in a fantastic new light.
Ms. Vreeland was also the inspiration for the character of Maggie Prescott in Fred Astaire’s ( as Richard Avedon) movie Funny Face. Remember the famous “Think Pink!” musical number…pure DV!
She was also the creator of the wildly popular “Why don’t you…” column, which she began for Harper’s Bazzar in 1937. I love the complete whimsy of these suggestions, they seem over-the-top and crazy, but at the same time they kinda/sorta make sense. What you have to remember is that the suggestions were based in reality, but it was Diana Vreeland’s reality!
So, the idea of this contest is to update “Why don’t you…” with a modern twist.
Maybe focus on the things that were not around at Ms. Vreelands time; the iPhone, Internet or the modern-day celebrity or just something in everyday modern life that we can all relate to but just a little crazier…..surprise us!
VERY IMPORTANT!
Submissions must be sent to sartorialistvreeland@gmail.com, that is the only way I can confirm the winner and know where to send the Celine book.
Please put “Vreeland Contest” in the subject line.
I will post the top submissions on the blog.

The contest will be open fron now until April 12th.

Friday, April 2, 2010

On the Street…..Park Ave., New York City

Friday, April 2, 2010

On the Street…..18th St., New York

Thursday, April 1, 2010

On the Street…..17th St. New York

Thursday, April 1, 2010

On the Street…..Before Armani, Milano

Thursday, April 1, 2010

On the Street…..The Young West Village, New York