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

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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.

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Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Then & Now…Lismore Hosiery Co., New York


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.