I’m so excited you’re snapping in london! I spent 5 years there and I miss londoners’ elegant yet cool and quirky style. May I suggest you check out Sloane Street and Bond Street for sartorialistic inspiration, and then head over to Spitalfieds in the East End for edgier, individualistic style. I look forward to seeing what catches your eye!
ps…which city in your opiniong is more stylish – nyc or london?
These are both quite wonderful–and yes, they respond to, and embody, that special Brit sensibility that encompasses the eccentric, the quirky individual gesture, and something broader that speaks to the spirit of the times….
ooooooo You are in London at last! My wish has come true. ^^
I sososos miss Dover Street market and I love CommeDG! Good enough to eat.
I totally agree about goin to East End. Bricklane, Canarby Street, Covent Garden are also great! One of the very obvious but easy to forget places is actually TopShop! I think if you are to go out at night, I would suggest Old Street area (loads of designers, artists and arty students alike) as well as the posh West End like Funky Budda and China White etc.
If you have the time, Go to Conduit Street and you will see the amazing Vivienne Westwood store plus B Store (for London upcoming quirky new designers) and Sketch (Restaurant-cafe come gallery with beautiful beautiful bathroom < ---totally serious!!)
Anyways, good luck and I totally look forward to your snaps!
An article I read quite recently really hit a nail on the head with “London’s quite hard to enjoy”. I live here and it’s my favourite city, but without good insider knowledge i suppose it can be a bit disappointing (especially if the weather’s bad). In terms of spotting Sartorialist-worthy style, you could go for days not really seeing anything much and then suddenly – if you hit the right area and right time – see some of the most amazing and wacky looks ever (today, for example, I saw a woman whose orange hair matched the colour of her Hermes bag exactly)
I think that you should come back here again (after all, London somewhat pioneered ‘Street Style’ in the 60s and there are loads of great places to get shots where you aren’t just surrounded by business people and tourists.) and spend time in areas which you obviously didn’t have time to go to during your short stay this time.
Just thought of another comment I want to leave! – Enjoy Paris, and – if you can – please, please go to the Jean Charles de Castelbajac show. Even if you don’t have tickets, just hang about outside (or blag your way in) because I feel fairly sure there’ll be some truly mad style on show there (at the show of the man of the coat made of soft toys, the dresses shaped like Coca-Cola bottles and skeleton gloves!)
For me Comme Des GarÃ§ons has a better place in europe because of the urban architecture, not the people. The clothes have a beautiful backdrop in europe. It is a pity that Architecture in the states is one of the “ugly” elements that people have to live with. I wish people with power to influence architecture would do something…but the individualism is present even in the buildings. The us needs really bad an architectural aesthetic wave…but I guess that is a very optimistic expectation. People call it “class”, but I believe that is the result of different waves of aesthetic movements intertwined rather than merely a matter of individual expression.
I’m not quite sure about some of the london suggestions … I mean ‘carnaby street’! … it’s nothing but tourists, certainly not stylish! anyway, i’m slightly surprised at your dover street market pics – it’s a pretty large store with many staff … out of all the stores i’ve been in around the world it has the most uniquely dressed staff … i’m just surprised you didn’t get anything more unique than the above pics … london is far more spread out than n.y or more importantly manhattan so i guess it makes your job that much harder … as you’ve been in dover st market you should hit colette in paris & dieci corso como in milan – lets compare the ‘concept store’ sales assistants …
I think that Maria’s comments on the Urban Architecture lacking in the United States is unfounded.
The United States was the first country to have urban architecture aka skyscrapers. I believe that I speak for a lot of people when I say that the architecture in the United States is not an “ugly” element to deal with. It is in fact inspiring.
Also remember most cities in Europe are hundreds of years older than any city in the United States. I think Rei Kawakubo creates clothes that look interesting and really reflect the wearer’s mindset. Her clothes looks great regardless of the edifices that surround them.
While I enjoy your postings, I’ve been a bit disappointed that most have been on the traditionalist bent. I adore the Rei Kawakubo aesthetic and consider myself a “devotee”. I’m very pleased you featured it. Bravo!
P.S. Some of us Yanks do a bloody good job embodying an eccentric individualistic style! Don’t count us out!
I like the short jacket with the polka dot shirt underneath. But these ladies are wearing far too much clothing!! shapeless and dark clothing works on any body type because you can’t see the body underneath!