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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

All the Pretty Photographers, Milan

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

THE Traditional Winter Coat of the Milanese Man, Milan

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

On the Street….Viale Piave, Milan

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

All the Pretty Photographers, Milan

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

On the Street…..Rive Gauche, Paris

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

The Reading List…. THEN

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

On the Street….Via Alserio, Milan

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

On the Street…..Via Alserio, Milan

Monday, February 27, 2012

Then & Now…Pasticceria Marchesi on Corso Magenta, Milano


A while ago I bought a book titled Milano: Fotografie (1965-1915).   I love that book.  We all know so much about the basic history of London, New York and Paris, but Milan’s history is still a mystery to most everyone outside of Milan.

 

Did you know that Milan used to have lots of canals circling the city??

 

Anyway, I was looking at this old photo in the book of the Pasticceria Marchesi on Corso Magenta.  I knew I had photographed someone in front of the Marchesi a few years ago, so I went searching for the shot.  After about an hour I finally I found it.

This is where it gets funny.

 

From where this modern day gentleman is standing (below), the sun would throw his shadow basically in the exact same spot as the shadow in the old photo!  Even the hats are similar!

 

I have a few other Milan then and now shots– they’re not as shocking this one, but still very cool.

Monday, February 27, 2012

On the Street…..Via Senato, Milan

Monday, February 27, 2012

Help With Pairs For The Sartorialist II

Even though it’s Fashion Week, I can’t stop working on my next book.  I’m now deciding which images will be paired together.

It’s interesting how some images really compliment others, even though they were shot years apart. This process is actually the most fun part of making a book.

 

While I was creating these sets I got an idea: why not let you guys in on the fun!

Think about image pairings that work based on their color, similarities or contrasts. Surprise me!

I’ve already come up with a lot of combinations so I’m sure we’ll overlap, but it’ll be great to see my work through a fresh pair of eyes.

 

-You can send a screen shot, combine images in a Word document, or send side by side in an email– They don’t have to be perfectly placed, as long as your idea comes across.

-The must be from the beginning of 2009 or later.

-They should be lo-res.

-Please send no more than your best 2 pairs.


To create a screen shot: hold down Command, Shift, 4 then move the cursor over your selection– It will save to your desktop, and you can email as an attachment.

Send images to: thesartorialist.pairs@gmail.com

Please send no more than two combinations. I look forward to seeing what you come up with!

Monday, February 27, 2012

On the Street……via Festa del Perdono,Milan

Sunday, February 26, 2012

On the Street……Faded, Creased, Cuffed Denim @ Pitti Uomo

I saw this gentleman wearing a similiar look two years ago, and have loved the idea ever since.

 

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Marni Fall/ Winter 2012

Sunday, February 26, 2012

On the Street…..Via Senato, Milan

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Jil Sander Fall/Winter 2012


A rare standing ovation after Raf’s last show for Jil Sander.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Vintage Photo



This photo of my mother-in-law and her best friend was taken in the San Bernardino mountains of Southern California, very
near the town of Big Bear in the early 1940s.
-Nancy

Friday, February 24, 2012

On the Street……Pier Paolo Piccioli, Milan

Friday, February 24, 2012

Style Profile…. Mr. Kurino


You’ve built one of the most influential retail empires out there, where did you begin?

 

My first job was at Suzuya, I began on the floor then worked as a buyer.  It was one of the most successful Japanese retail chains during the 70s.  This all led to my current position as co-owner of United Arrows.

 

Has this influenced the way you experiment with clothing?

 

I always play when getting dressed, which really depends on my inspiration; one day I may be an 80’s musician in London, another day I’m a preppy Italian guy. When I followed the glam rock style I wore a bleached out denim jacket with fake snakeskin on the sleeve.

 

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Friday, February 24, 2012

Jil Is Back!

Can bringing back the original ever be wrong? Will she stay the course or totally surprise us with a new direction?

 

Could there be anyone better than her at the helm?

Friday, February 24, 2012

On the Street….After Max Mara, Milan

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Prada Fall/ Winter 2012

Thursday, February 23, 2012

On the Street…..Carlos, Florence

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Pardon My French With Garance Dore

 

I gotta tell you about Garance’s new show Pardon My FrenchObviously I love the show (I’m a biased boyfriend) but the thing I love most is seeing Garance push herself to try something new. The fact that she’s exploring an idea that hasn’t really been done in the blog world is one of the big reasons why I respect her so much as an artist.

 

As you’ll see in the videos, she’s just as charming in real life as she is in her writing.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

On the Street…..After Gucci, Milan

Thursday, February 23, 2012

What’s Next For Raf?

Hey guys, we hear from the gossip that Raf is leaving Jil Sander (Saturday’s show will mark his exit) and potentially going to Dior or YSL.

 

Personally, I’d love to see him at Dior, but where do you think he should go? Dior or YSL?

Thursday, February 23, 2012

On the Street…..Before Gucci, Milan

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Gucci Fall/Winter 2012

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

On the Street…..Mr. Lapo Elkann, Milan

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

The New Search Page!

Recently I promised a few new site updates.  Well, here’s another update!!

 

We’ve cleaned up the tag section of the search page, making it more organized and clear, so you can search by ‘People, Places, or Features’ with all tags listed to make everything more intuitive and visual.

Don’t forget that you can search multiple tags at once, as many as you want, and click ‘Search’ on the top right to see results for all.

 

Hope this makes things a bit easier to navigate– stay tuned for more updates.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

On the Street…….London Legs, London

Fur and bare legs… It’s a thing.  Lots of people say “If it’s cold enough for fur, then it’s too cold for bare legs.”  Quotes like that, to me, seem like getting dressed based only on a concept rather than reality.  I find that if my core is warm (especially my arms and legs) some cool weather feels good and seems to balance my body temperature.

We have to remember that when people go out for the day, they’re not spending hours and hours walking around outside– we’re in and out of shops, in and out of cars, in and out of apartments–  If anything, I get too warm during the winter wearing my coat around all the time.  Also, remember that the temperatures in the morning and at the end of the day (when we’re going back and forth to work) are different than at lunchtime when the sun is in full force.

Dressing for the weather is a very inaccurate science, and quoting tired concepts or rules only shows a lack of understanding for the variety in our lives.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Burberry Fall/Winter 2012

Another great Burberry collection.  The outerwear was reimagined, refit and restyled for a hip young lady.

 

Actually, this brings up a point. I was a bit surprised as to how many of the London collections seemed totally based on dressing for the cocktail hour.  There were so few clothes had any relation to cold weather. I guess it’s a business strategy, but a very narrow one.

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Tuesday, February 21, 2012

On the Street….Anna and the Worst Umbrella Ever, New York

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

On the Street…..Lexington Ave., New York

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

The Reading List…. Cafe Society

Cafe Society captures a time when there was such a thing as an international playboy– a time when ‘jet set’ had not yet become ironic, but was a new phrase meaning sexy and modern.  Looking at these pictures, it feels like a glamour that we’ll never recapture– but, mark my words: there are photographs being made today that will, 40 years from now, create the same feeling that these images do for us today.

 

Glamour is not lost, sometimes It’s just hard to see.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

On the Street…..Tenth Ave., New York

Monday, February 20, 2012

On the Street…..Hudson St., New York

Monday, February 20, 2012

On the Street…..Mr. Blasberg, London

Monday, February 20, 2012

Style Profile….Eva Fontanelli

Current profession?

Editor of Elle Italia


Which cultures or sub-cultures have influenced you lately?

 

Since I’m currently traveling in Morocco, I find myself wrapping scarves mixed with jewelry around my head like the old Berber women—I look forward to wearing long gypsy dresses, sequined pieces, and pastel colors for the spring.

 

What are the most interesting pieces you’ve picked up when traveling?


An old, colorful Peruvian bag and an Argentinean pendant.  I really cherish the pendant; it’s a gaucho medallion, in silver and mother-of-pearl, with the initials of someone very special.

 

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Monday, February 20, 2012

On the Street & In the Mini, London

Monday, February 20, 2012

On the Street…..Hudson St., New York

Sunday, February 19, 2012

On the Street…..Seventh Ave., New York

Sunday, February 19, 2012

On the Street……Weekend Feet, New York

I think (no, I know) that it really helps the shape of the leg when Uggs are rolled down, cutting the leg in a more narrow part of the calf.

I’ve also found that having a dog that matches your Uggs also helps the overall look!

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Vintage Photo

This picture was taken between 1940 and 1950 near Bologna, Italy. My grandmother was fashion obsessed and liked to be captured in her outfits by my grandfather– I call her the pioneer of bloggers.
Martina T.

Friday, February 17, 2012

On the Street….The Graphic Mix, Florence

Friday, February 17, 2012

Style Profile… Maddalena Pelucchini

Current career?

 

My boyfriend Nicola and I own a shop in Arezzo, Tuscany called VOGA– I enjoy my work so much! We’re complimentary in the sense that I work closely with customers, and he loves working on the business side– he’s rigorous and tidy, while I am quite the opposite, so our respected roles suit us well.

 

What do you find challenging about owning a shop together?

 

Things are more difficult now that we have a baby.  She stays with us in the shop sometimes and travels on buying trips. It’s definitely harder to place orders during the buying meetings and run around fashion week carrying all of her things in addition to all of mine!

 

You always seem to be running around in heels…


I still wear heels every day regardless of how busy I am. I wouldn’t wear sneakers or a down jacket, they’re too casual for me, it doesn’t feel right. Every morning I get dressed based on my shoes… I even pack them in my carry-on when traveling in fear of losing a pair!

 

 

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Friday, February 17, 2012

On the Street…..Studded Boots, New York

Thursday, February 16, 2012

On the Street…..Shoulder Strength, New York

Thursday, February 16, 2012

On the Street…. West 15th Street, New York

Thursday, February 16, 2012

A Conversation With…. Scott Sternberg, Band of Outsiders

Tell me about the images that influenced you the most when designing your Fall collection…


Images from Richard Prince, such as the Cowboy ‘rephotograph’ (above), as well as images from artist Gabriel Orozco.  I’m always referencing film stills– most recently from The Last Movie, El Topo, Holy Mountain, Solaris, and Sergio Leone’s Dollars Trilogy.

 

Last August I went on a trip to Casa Barragan and ever since have been looking to the images I captured on the streets of Mexico City for inspiration.

 

Which cultures or sub-cultures do you find yourself referencing the most? 

 

I’m always trying to look at the masculine ideal as it might be expressed in cinema or otherwise in culture during different eras– the idea of the cowboy as one of those masculine ideals really intrigued me this past season.  It was less about a specific sub-culture of cowboys but more about exploring an antiquated image of men and masculinity that is at once totally irrelevant to our daily lives, yet still a constant reference in media and fashion.

 

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Thursday, February 16, 2012

Ralph Lauren Fall/Winter 2012

Thursday, February 16, 2012

On the Street….Leaving Michael Kors, New York

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Michael Kors Fall/Winter 2012

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

On the Street….West 39th St., New York

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

On the Street… After Michael Bastian, New York

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

On Photography…. Alec Soth

 

The images in your current show, Broken Manual, convey a sense of extreme distance between you and your subjects – much more so than your previous work. Will you tell us about this shift?

 

A portrait doesn’t necessarily reveal the soul of the sitter– the final picture is as much about the photographer (and the viewer) as it is about the subject. I’ve often said that when I make a portrait what I’m really photographing is the space between the sitter and myself.

 

In the case of Broken Manual, I really wanted to extend that space. The work is about distance and the longing for separation.

 

How do you make the decision to remove a subject or object from the context?

 

Every photograph of mine removes a subject or object from context– I’m not a big believer in documentary truth.

 

Everything happening outside of the frame is also lost: sound, smell, and most importantly time. If anything, photography is the art of stripping the world of its context. But of course, one does this to various degrees. With Broken Manual, I wanted to make something fragmentary and, well, broken. So I varied my approach from picture to picture.

 

How does removing these elements help to create the image that you see, regardless of the context surrounding it?

 

The idea of escape is a beautiful fantasy, but in reality it isn’t functional. We need other people, but it is still fun to fantasize. Last weekend my five-year-old son made a cardboard house– he was lone pirate in that house, but a few hours later he needed Mommy. Most of us aren’t much different.

 

Do you feel exposed when having a big opening of your work?

 

I’ve never been more nervous for a show than this one, and I’ve been trying to figure out why. I don’t think it is about my relationship with the subjects, it has to do with something more personal. I joke that Broken Manual is my midlife crisis project…but it isn’t such a joke.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

On the Street….Broadway, New York

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Marc by Marc Jacobs Fall/Winter 2012

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

While We’re on the Subject of….Nick Sullivan, Milan

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

On the Street…New York Camo-Lot!

 

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

On the Scene…..Tiniest Editor At J.Crew Presentation, New York

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

On the Street….15th Street, New York

Monday, February 13, 2012

Marc Jacobs Fall/Winter 2012

Monday, February 13, 2012

On the Scene…. At Thakoon, New York

Monday, February 13, 2012

The Season of…..The Raspberry Knit Cap, New York and Florence

Monday, February 13, 2012

On the Street…. After DVF, New York

 

 

Monday, February 13, 2012

On the Street….West Street, New York

Sunday, February 12, 2012

What To Wear On A Snowy Day Of NY Fashion Week?…..Orange!!

Sunday, February 12, 2012

On the Scene…. At Billy Reid, New York

I saw this young lady standing in the back section of the Billy Reid show on Friday night.

I couldn’t help but notice how serene a person can look when they’re doing something they love.

Look at how gracefully she holds the camera, like a musician holding an instrument.

It wasn’t a big or ground shaking moment– just a small, nice moment.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

White Jeans In The Front Row

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Fashion Week Begins… 14th St., New York

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Vintage Photo

This is a photograph of my elegant grandmother, Beverly, taken in a fabric store (she was a skilled seamstress herself) during the 60s in Los Angeles.
Aren’t the colors amazing?
-Cassidy

Friday, February 10, 2012

On the Street…. Quai Malaquais, Paris

Friday, February 10, 2012

Why Are There Swim Suits in Feburary?

About a year ago I did a post called Why can’t I buy gloves right now?  which I’ve been thinking about lately while riding my bike in the cold to Fall shows. I talked about how the delivery of goods to fashion stores each season (like Barneys or Saks) never really seems to be at the right time.

 

The problem is on cold days like these, when it’s freezing cold in February, I can’t find a pair of gloves because stores are full of swim suits and spring merchandise. However, yesterday in WWD I noticed that both Prada and Marc Jacobs are doing capsule collections [for Fall '12] that you can buy immediately following their shows.

 

It’s great to see designers delivering goods that are buy now/ wear now: even though this show says Fall/Winter 2012, Winter 2012 is happening right now! if they’re shipping immediately, what they’re actually giving you is Fall 2012/ Winter 2013. The knock-on effect of this trend is that two years down the line, will designers be able to have collections available immediately after their shows?

 

Imagine what this could mean ten years from now: Instead of having 2 shows per year, what if designers showed all four seasons and collections were available immediately? (We’re already seeing this seed planted with designers showing pre-fall/pre-spring collections that are becoming just as important as their main show)

 

Let’s say a designer, Michael Kors for example, showed Winter 2022 in January, Spring would show in April, Summer would show in June, and Fall would show in September…

 

Maybe this trend towards immediate shipping is a way to finally start filling the stores with season-appropriate merchandise.

Friday, February 10, 2012

On the Street….Viale Piave, Milan

Thursday, February 9, 2012

On the Street…. Dr. J…Peskowitz, Milan & Paris

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Style Profile… Holli Rogers

Have you always worked in fashion?

 

I started in the Neiman Marcus buying office which eventually led to my current role as Fashion Director of Net-a-Porter.

 

Did you have any early influences that sparked your interest in clothes?

 

My 7th grade science teacher never wore the same outfit twice. That’s always stuck in my head and has encouraged me to dress differently every day.

 

What do you read to begin your day?

 

I read The Economist and The Cut for daily updates and love flicking through UK or Australian ELLE Décor. However, I am obsessed with Assouline books at the moment, especially the Chanel leather-bound set by Francois Baudot & Francois Aveline!

 

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Thursday, February 9, 2012

On the Street…..Via Manzoni, Milan

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

On the Street…. Boulevard Vincent Auriol, Paris

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

The Sartorialist II Arrives in September 2012!

The other day I announced on Twitter the forthcoming release of my second book, The Sartorialist II, which will be available in September 2012.

 

I’m excited to work on another book, especially since the process and final result of the first one was so rewarding. The book signings were exhausting, but they were also a great opportunity to meet so many of my readers. I look forward to doing the whole thing all over again and making it even better this time!

 

With a long project like this, I think Twitter will be a great way to keep you guys updated so you can follow the process of creating a book, from the issues faced to the rewarding results.

 

I’m also working on a way for you to potentially contribute to the final result of The Sartorialist II, right now we’re just trying to figure out exactly what that process will be. Again, thank you for making the first book such a success, I can’t wait to complete the next.

 

Oh, P.S.– One of the things that I’ve been working on over the past several months has been saving some of my favorite images, instead of posting on the blog, as exclusives for the next book.  Since I’m addicted to sharing the best of what I find with you, it’s really killing me to save these images instead of posting them on the blog, but I think it will make the book that much stronger!

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

On the Street…..Via Pancaldo, Milan

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

On the Street…Mr. Barbera, Florence

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

The Reading List…. The Modern Century

“A great deal of what is generally classified as photojournalism is in fact not reportage but illustration — a matter of providing an appropriate (attractive, somber, diverting, dramatic, comical, lively, unobtrusive) image to fill the space.  The alacrity with which Cartier-Bresson could grasp the social sense of any circumstance and distill it into an image made him one of the most accomplished illustrators of the twentieth century.”

 

Henri Cartier-Bresson: The Modern Century

 

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

On the Street…..Lincoln Center, New York

Monday, February 6, 2012

On the Street…….Vieille du Temple, Paris

Monday, February 6, 2012

Question For…. Nick Wooster

You’re a fashion role model and Internet style icon, what do you think others see in you that has inspired this?

 

I can only imagine it’s because I’m willing to ‘go there’ and take chances.  Getting dressed is really the only area in my life that I can say I am fearless; I’m terrified of so many things, yet am somehow not afraid to wear anything. For me, it’s always been rather innate. As a 5 year old I was specific about the way everything fit, even a t-shirt.

 

What do you find is the biggest challenge for guys who want to look good, but don’t know where to start?

 

Whenever it’s out of their comfort zone, guys need a blueprint– they have an event: what do I wear? They’re going to a black tie: what does that mean? They’re going to meet their in-laws: how do I impress? I think that overall guys are interested in acquiring a wardrobe based on problem solving; finding something cool that fits into their lives.

 

All the young bloggers geek out about double monk strap shoes and tailoring– very old school, traditional elements. Cool doesn’t necessarily mean avant-garde.

 

The thing that started it all was probably casual Friday; the thing that was supposed to be liberating fucked things up more than anything.

 

 

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Monday, February 6, 2012

On the Street…..quai Malaquais, Paris

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Vintage Photo

Saturday, February 4, 2012

The Sartorialist: Lunch For 25

 

About a year ago, Scott and I were sitting at a small Trattoria in Florence. The place looked amazing– not only the simple and traditional decor, but also the irreproducible Italian atmosphere and overall elegance of the gentlemen.

 

“Doesn’t this place look like the best fashion story ever?” I asked Scott.

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Saturday, February 4, 2012

The Sartorialist: Lunch For 25


About a year ago, Scott and I were sitting at a small Trattoria in Florence. The place looked amazing– not only the simple and traditional decor, but also the irreproducible Italian atmosphere and overall elegance of the gentlemen.

 

“Doesn’t this place look like the best fashion story ever?” I asked Scott.

 

“Yes!” He said, “Real, cool, diverse– It’s like if all the best dressed guys I know got together for lunch….. We should just do that!   Get my favorite guys together in one room, it would be so much fun. These guys have so much in common and yet, for most of them, their paths never cross. Just imagine, someone like Gianluca, with his dreadlocks and modern-minimalist aesthetic sitting next to Lino, with his old-school Italian charm…. Mr. Kurino and Simone Righi discussing their first suit, Kanye and Terron talking about whatever it is those two super funny characters could dream up… I’m just guessing, but I bet these guys would really hit it off.   What a great way to forge new friendships.”

 

“Scott… You should do it!!!” the idea sounded fantastic to me.

 

And that’s what Scott did. I can tell you, I was so jealous not to be in Florence for The Inaugural Sartorialist Lunch. But, here are a few photographs and a video to let you share the first of what we hope will become a biannual event that grows every year through a continually increasing diversity of style and deepening camaraderie between friends.

 

Hope you enjoy,

 

Garance & Scott

 

*We would like to thank Simone and Guido in Florence for their helping to make this event happen, it would not have been the same without you.

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Vintage Photo

This photo was taken in 1972 when my mother was 17. Her best friend dressed her up and took the photo in her home in Greens Farm, CT.
Zoë

 

 

Friday, February 3, 2012

On the Street….. Via Guelfa, Florence

Friday, February 3, 2012

Go Giants!!

Friday, February 3, 2012

On the Street….Rue Linne, Paris

Thursday, February 2, 2012

On the Street…. At The Fortezza, Florence

Thursday, February 2, 2012

The Funniest Booth at Pitti Uomo…. Andrea Pompilio

Thursday, February 2, 2012

On the Street……Spring St., New York

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

On the Street….Via Bigli, Milan

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Style Profile…. Victoire Chopinaud

Current profession?

 

I’m currently studying at l’Ecole de la Chambre Syndicale de la Couture, the fashion school in Paris where “masters” such as YSL, Dior and Vionnet came before me. They’ve taught me that it’s not just about fashion… it’s about style, attitude, and character.

 

I’ve finally learned to embrace color thanks to my travels to Italy, my textile studies, and my work with Proenza Schouler in New York. I used to wear only black!

 

Do you find inspiration in any heirloom pieces?

 

I recently discovered fabric samples that had been used for one of my grandmother’s coats- black velvet with golden embroidery and pearls… It’s so precious, I can’t wait to re-use it!

 

Also, this half-season coat from my mum with a black and grey “pied-de-poule” pattern.

 

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Wednesday, February 1, 2012

On the Street……Lafayette St., New York