Thursday, August 27, 2009

On the Street….West Village, NYC

Short skirts are so hard to wear in a sporty way. I thought this young lady did a great job looking sporty chic on a warm Summer day.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

On the Street….Pattern Mixing to Beat the Heat, NYC

It’s hot as New York in August here in New York in August. Nobody feels like getting dressed up, or even dressed for that matter. The city is awash in tiny solid color Summer dresses or tees and jean shorts.

However, there are occasional glimmers of inspiration. For example, this young lady without adding any extra layers was able to skillfully mix florals, dots, geometrics and lace into one chic but subtle summer look.

To me this shot isn’t about if this look is perfect, but about the inspiration of doing a lot with a little. Actually I look at this and think about color mixing. If you kept the shape of all these pieces but each was a different color, or even shades of the same color – with or without the patterns.

Looks like this remind me that in Summer, even though we are working with fewer layers, we can still have fun playing with pattern.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

On the Street….Watch It, NYC

It seems the watches on the guys in Europe (especially the Italians) are getting so big and gaudy that soon they will need two wrists to carry them.

I think that is why I don’t wear a watch. With smart phones, iPods, etc. always having a time function it is hard to justify wearing such a ginormous hunk of metal.

However, I have had a growing fascination with small vintage watches. They are sleek, chic and almost hidden. I stopped this gentleman coming out of Starbucks because I thought his watch looked so cool, retro and yet totally modern.

So this question is for the guys – but answered by the ladies. Ladies, are you really attracted to guys with giant watches? Doesn’t it feel like a bit of overcompensation? Or does it read like a symbol of success – like a shiny sporty car for your arm (and not much smaller)?

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

On the Street….New York Bike, NYC

Maybe it is all of the new bike lanes (thanks Mayor Bloomberg), but New Yorkers have fallen in love with their bikes again. What I am proud of is that like any real style capital New Yorkers are doing it their way – sporty, sexy, and built for speed.

Just look at the difference between these New York ladies I shot yesterday and the young ladies Garance shot recently in Amsterdam. I’m not saying one is better than the other, but it is great that something like this can be so reflective of a cultures taste and aesthetics.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

On the Street…. Starting the Transition

Mid weight cottons, rich colors, light layers…it is still the dog days of Summer, but transition is right around the corner.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

On the Street…. So Simple, Florence

Monday, August 24, 2009

On the Street…. Well Suited, Florence

Monday, August 24, 2009

On the Street…. at Pitti Uomo, Florence

Friday, August 21, 2009

On the Street….Garance DorĂ© in Full Summer Beauty, Paris

Friday, August 21, 2009

On the Street….Grey Suit, Milan

How do they do it?
Without fail, no matter the miserable weather outside, September fashion magazines make me start dreaming of flannels and cashmere.

I guess I am partly to blame. I took this photo of a Cucinelli suit in Milan recently, for the September issue of GQ, and have been thinking about it ever since. Shame on me.