Sunday, June 8, 2008

Jazz-Age Lawn Party on Governors Island, New York

Friday, June 6, 2008

On the Street…..Friends, Nolita

Friday, June 6, 2008

(The Original) John Lobb, London

William Lobb, 5th generation shoemaker

Frank Sinatara’s boot last

Rows and rows of lasts stacked to the ceiling

Dusty old sales records – i love stuff like this

Thursday, June 5, 2008

From Paris Vogue – Magdalena

I realize that since the supplement i shot for Paris Vogue wasn’t distributed in the US that a lot of you didn’t get to see the photos.
Well, I am pretty proud of them and I want to have them on my blog so i will run a few of them over the next few days with a little background story – if there is one.

This is probably my favorite shot of the whole series because it was so hard to get.

It was literally raining sideways while I was shooting Magdalena
Because it was raining so hard I had her sit on a covered loading dock that had a little light coming in from the side. Since I was using an 85 lens I was back quite a bit, standing in the rain, while my assistant Lynn held an umbrella right under my chin. We must have looked like we were playing stand-up Twister because we were both trying to huddle under this little umbrella. I’m surprised that none of the raindrops show up in the shot. I think it is because of the dark background and lack of and direct light.

I prefer to shoot outside in natural light and rain can make life difficult but only if you let it.

Thursday, June 5, 2008

On the Street…..American Beauty, Greenwich Village

To me, this is a perfect “inspiration” shot.

I think she looks great just her way she is (very American, healthy, full of life, it just feels like Summer) but if i was a designer I would immediately start thinking “this would also look great if it had a pintuck detail right here…. or a braiding detail on the strap…or this color/print/pattern might….”

I guess what I’m saying is that the dress here is important and yet complete irrelevant. The value is it makes me start thinking of a thousand different variations. I could totally imagine a designer printing out a shot like this, taking white-out to all the specific design details, keeping the overall silhouette and begin designing Resort 09.

To be honest, I think the more perfect “a look” is, the harder it is to be inspired by because it is difficult to imagine it any other way and on any other person. The ability to look at this shot and not see the dress (I know it sounds weird) is very valuable here.

Thursday, June 5, 2008

On the Street…..Shorts & Cardigan, Here and Abroad

I love wearing shorts in the Summer but it is often hard to feel “dressed” wearing shorts while maintaining the casual feel that you want from shorts.

Working shorts (especially the dressier wool shorts I’ve been seeing a lot lately) back to a cardigan seems like a great solution. At least everytime time i see it done it usually looks really good.

For me this Summer I’m wearing a lot of shorts with super-lightweight, unlined jackets.
They work even better for me because they fit a little looser and when I am out shooting all day I have more to carry (extra battery , CF cards etc) than I can carry in a cardigan.

I have recently bought jackets from Engineered Garments, Junya Watanabe, and 45 RPM. I find I’m having an Italian Winter and a Japanese Summer.

I will have to do a separate post on these jackets soon, maybe during Pitti when I am really putting them to the test.

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

On the Street…..Best Use of Vintage, Soho

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

On the Street…..Black & White, West Soho

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

On the Street…..Ian Hylton, Soho

I used to work with Ian when I had a showroom and he was designing for one of the companies I represented.

He is an original Sartorialist – he really love the act of dressing-up.

Think a male Diana Vreeland.

Ian lives in China now and we just happened to bump into each other in Soho yesterday.

Like everytime I see him, I was completely blown away by the perfection of his suit (MTM, of course).

Heavy cotton, unlined and must have been perfect for yesterdays early Spring weather in NYC.

While he is in town I am going to shoot Ian a few more times because he is one of those guys that I can’t wait to see what he comes up with each day.

Of, course I asked about the manbag (I hope it doesn’t distract this post from the perfection of the suit).

Apparently it takes so much paper money to buy anything in Hong Kong dollars that he started carrying the bag just to tote around the cash.

Sounds like a perfectly Vreeland-ish response to me.

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

On the Street…..Mercer St, Soho

Yesterday I shot two people wearing great items from Uniqlo.

I have only been in the store once or twice but I will have to start taking a closer look.