love it! they all look fabulous. edginess never goes out of style. speaking of hair, i’ve been cruising your archives and come across some remarks about style as one ages and whether to dye or not. i just hit 50 and let my hair go natural about a year ago. it was hard at first but now i am used to it and am so glad i did. many compliments on my beautiful silver streaks! dyeing is expensive, time consuming and damaging to sometimes delicate older hair. a question- why do so many american women chop their hair off when they get older? they all look the same! a lovely chignon or ponytail is so classic and looks good with anything.
modern? I’n not so sure. We were looking at some old pics over the weekend, my friend had the same haircut as the dude in the first pic on the left in the mid 80s. We also wore a lot of shaved off sides in various candy colors (manic panic!) then. Everything old is new again!
I adore the entire adrogynous/punk/dishevelled(second image) brilliance within these outfits, as all evident personalities; they thrive a personal depcition of mind, and portray themselves somewhat beautifully.
The 80′s are back! They seem like rather serious poets. I was far more interested in their clothes and look forward to seeing these gorgeous people when they’re hair grows back. They’ll need it for winter.
Thank you for sharing and offering such a unique glimpse into the world. You are wonderful!
To anyone who thinks they might not be able the pull this hair off, we did it all the time. I worked with my page boy/mohawk in a very conservative government agency. It was down and in place during the day and spiked by night.
These looks can easily go the same way – spiked/fluffed for weekend/night and smoothed for conservative time. It’s all in the styling (and to some degree, make-up).
The guy’s hair in the first picture is to die for. Kind of reminds me of David Lynch’s. I really fancy the second picture, though…makes me wish you’d do a shooting in Camden Town. One thing I am having trouble understanding is the reason why most people who have commented these captions seem to criticise these styles, claiming they belong in the 80′s and, therefore, have nothing refreshing to it. I disagree. Putting looks like the ones shown above together comes through as a great way to express yourself, regardless of whatever is considered fashionable, these days.
At the person who said these where people thinking for themselves and that it is a sign of modern times… no, its not modern, all the things they are wearing are retro inspired. And it is a trend, they are not thinking for themselves. A lot of rich, trendy people are dressing the exact same way. (Speaking mostly of the people on the second picture. the people on the first picture-especially the girl- have a more modern unique look- which is still trendy but respectable)
@ PammieTaj–I have an old Commander Salamander t-shirt illustrating exactly the look you’re describing–the “before” drawing shows a bob worn with pearls; in the “after,” the hair has been spiked into a Mohawk & is worn with a leather jacket. :)
cross between skin head and punk nothing new but a street style adapted by fashionista I don’t think it will catch on to the massed…….but some are done well love the talk about hair i am a hairdresser and hair is everything
I agree with the vibe i’m getting from my fellow commenters: it looks ’80ish and grunge. In my opinion, they would all (the girls, I mean) would look so much classier with a chingon or a fishtail braid instead of no hair.
Nicely polished punk rock. Lovely and cute. I am a sucker for different period dressing. Liking it more and more. This reminds me of a graphic novel I bought used called “Love and Rockets”. It is likely from the 80′s. The fly doesn’t bother me. Tight pants are part of that …package. No pun intended, but it couldn’t be helped. Sorry.
Ooh. Didn’t see it at first, but I like the great necklace on the cute shaved haired lady in the bottom picture. to the right Its almost a choker of a type I am seeing a lot and liking. All kinds of choker things are going around. i really do want to try that. maybe about her length.
I love it. When I was younger I wore my hair buzzed, or in different varieties of punk and New Wave styled cuts. Back then (the 80s) hair like that really turned heads and I was always told I looked like Sinead O’Connor. Oh and the Docs too! So nostalgic!
The man’s pants in the first picture are so tight he couldn’t get his zipper done up. Maybe that should be an indication that he needs one size bigger. I LOVE tight pants on a man, but there’s nothing attractive about pants that don’t fit well…no matter how chic or fashion forward he may be.
As a second point of interest, there’s a lot of “modern” hair in these shots that all looks the exact same.
Lately you have really been documenting some fascinating shifts in street style. I’m telling you Scott, you were an anthropologist in your former life! We are going to be scrutinizing your photos for decades to come the way we do Slim Aarons and Jacques Henri Lartigue!!
These people are gorgeous. Modern punk /rockabilly /new wave done so well.
People should always try and see when something is done well in a certain style. Don’t get all defensive about your own styles like these are a threat to you. See it from their eyes not yours. This punk style was/is something that cut a connection with people and that is good–no matter if few do it or everyone. And if you think they are nostalgic, then think again–many just go that way simply because they like it.
Everyone should have a heartfelt connection with a certain look. Going through stages to find it is also ok! Punk style is here to stay–it’s not vintage or retro if you see it as the right one for you today. It’s a style that is evolving, as all are, and will do so for a long time yet.
I am so in love with these photos! I loved the look back in the day and it suddenly feels fresh and appropriate again. A bare bones reaction to everyone and their mother sporting extensions to the extreme. I already have short hair but I think I’m getting out the clippers LOL!
Cosmopolitan societies tend to have diverse trends in clothing and hairstyle. The streets of New York is one good example where you see people subjecting themselves to fashion mainstream while some are quite expressive in setting a unique style of ‘individualized’ taste. Fashion is a dynamic and continuously evolving art. Back in the old days (like centuries ago), the same style of fashion dominated a particular period in history for a very long time. Fast forward to the 20th century, each decade (let’s say from the 1920′s to the 1990′s) seemed to have a defining character or concept that dictated the trend in fashion within that period of time. Today, it’s a whole lot different. Interestingly, there have been style revivals from different eras with cool updated twists. Some emerging fashion trends even appear to be ‘surrealistic’, very futuristic, and very unconventional. Fashion is an ultimate expression of the ‘self’. Capturing the essence of fashion in everyday life experience is truly interesting (like the picture above). Everyone owes a lot to Scott Schuman for bringing that essence right into this blog site. What is the essence of 21st century Fashion? What will happen to Men’s Fashion? Women’s Fashion? These are questions that every reader of this site might want to ponder on.