Monday, September 19, 2011

On the Street….Corinne, New York

I had no idea who this was when I shot her. ¬†I mean, I know who Corinne Bailey Rae is; I just didn’t know this was her! ¬†I think I would expect to see her in London, but it didn’t connect for some reason here in NYC.

 

I think it’s so interesting when you meet someone like Corinne, who is so artistically gifted ¬†- and able to express that gift not only through the instrument of her voice but also the execution of her style.

 

 

Sunday, September 18, 2011

On the Street….Classic American Sportswear, New York

Sunday, September 18, 2011

On the Street….18th St., New York

Saturday, September 17, 2011

On the Street….15th St., New York

Friday, September 16, 2011

On the Street….22nd St., New York

Friday, September 16, 2011

On the Street….Everywhere, New York

Garance and I would like to thank our drivers for New York Fashion Week, Mr. Huffy and Ms. Schwinn.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

3.1 Phillip Lim Spring 2012….Denim Jacket

As I’ve mentioned before, I think some people have lost the thread on how to relate to fashion shows.¬† Shows aren’t something that should make you feel bad about not being able to afford what you’re seeing, or not looking like a model.¬† Instead, they should just be pure inspiration for color, silhouette, genre, pattern matching…and DIY projects.

 

This denim jacket, for example, is a great DIY.¬† Steal your boyfriend’s denim jacket, split it up the side to your true waist, slide a belt through, cut the sleeves off, and let it billow.

 

It’s a great example of how to be ahead of the curve; no need to wait six months for this trend to hit stores.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

On the Street….Marina, New York

This is Marina.  I used to work with her at Style.com.  As you know, she consistently looks incredible.

 

But to me, these are two separate pictures; above is a great shot of Marina, but below is a shot about the beauty of clothes in motion.

 

It’s the same reason I shoot so many people on their bicycles; shooting a person walking and smiling at the camera for you is one kind of movement, but a completely unselfconscious shot in which you see the flounced hem kicking up and the silk shirt billowing as she saunters shows you a beauty in the silhouette that your average standing portrait can never achieve.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

On the Street….Richard Chai in His Button-Up Jean Jacket, New York

Above is Richard Chai, who I’ve known for a while and who has consistently great style.¬† That’s not the main reason I took this photo, though; it’s also a guide to how I should buy a jean jacket.

 

Like almost everyone out there, I am hypercritical about how things fit on me.¬† Jean jackets never seem to hit me at the right place.¬† But then I look at this picture of Richard – who has a couple inches on me – and the jacket hits at the same place they always hit on me!¬† It’s making me rethink things.¬† Maybe I’ve been too self-conscious.¬† Because, really – this is a great look.

 

To be honest, this is the entire reason I started The Sartorialist.¬† I was hungry for a set of visual references.¬† If I thought someone was dressed well, I wanted time to look back at images and go over them – to learn why I thought that, since sometimes in the moment it’s hard to piece it all together.

 

Back to the jacket, though; it’s not just the shape, but the fabric.¬† There is an easiness, and a softness, that you just can’t get with a true jean jacket.

 

Thanks for the constant inspiration, Richard!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Fall Shopping…Aspesi

I was really excited to read today on WWD.com that Aspesi has launched a new international e-commerce site.

 

Aspesi is one of my first stops in Milan when I go shopping, along with Piombo (now available at Barneys) and Al Bazar.  I want to say the store is world-famous (but it might be Euro-famous?) for their down-filled outerwear Рespecially their down-filled shirt.

 

I would imagine I probably have 5 or 6 pieces of Aspesi outerwear in a range of styles – overcoat, shirts, layering vests (like the Italians wear on their scooters!), a nylon sportcoat…

 

To now be able to buy it online and have it shipped direct to door is not only great because of the convenience, but it is also going to open up space in my suitcase that is always reserved for my new purchases from Milan.  Believe me Рa puffy shirt takes more space than you think!