Out-of-the-trunk (and the closet, too) fashion. Interesting that “dressing up” in this case means evoking styles past; were people also parading their newest duds, or has the show become a set-piece entirely?
I don’t think it’s a set piece, per se. Rather, I think both of these pictures highlight the fact that these classic, iconic examples of style are light years from what men – and a lot of women – wear these days.
I’d like to see these folks walking down the street any day of the week. In a word – snazzy.
amazing photographs of these guys are becoming an easter tradition on the sartorialist! take a look at last year: **michael aranella wore a seer-sucker suit & straw boater hat (this year with pipe & taupe coat) **roddy caravella wore a victorian tux (this year in an incredible grey bowler hat) **roddy’s girlfriend was breathtaking in ivory/ layered/ lace ensemble (this year even better in marlene deitrich-style ivory & black)
glad you caught them again this year! (i was cozy inside out of the…easter snow?!)
here, in my city, we celebrate a fair, the first weekend of May , and everybody here dress like in the 1900′s…like in the modernism ….and as I see in this picture, there happen something similar! cool!
It is very rare that an outfit forces me to take a sharp intake of breath at its sheer loveliness, but the lady in the second picture has acheived just that! Wow-ee! All the elements are just perfect, the bracelets, the collar, the tilt to her hat… I am quite speechless!
I would add more photos but because it was quite chilly not as many people were there as last year. It even snowed a little while I was shooting.
I did get contact info for this wonderful group of characters so I might shoot them again soon.
regarding “costume” I get the sense that these particular people dress very close to this the majority of the time. For them it is not costume but a style chioce. I did see a lot of people playing “dress up” that day which I choose not to shoot.
I want to meet these people! Absolutely perfect. I don’t think this is costumey at all. A costume connotes taking on the identity or persona of another person. The beauty of these people (and Sart’s skilled photography) is that you can tell that this is just THEM. As depressing yet INSPIRING as it may be (haha) there are actually people who look this amazing practically everyday. Bravo.
Thanks to all of you for your nice words about our “duds” in the two beautiful Easter Parade photos that Scott shot and posted (I’m the guy in the white trenchcoat in the first pic). It’s really great to find like-minded folks, fashion-wise, and the six of us in the photos are all fine friends who wouldn’t miss this parade for the world. Presumptuously speaking for the six of us, reading all the positive comments here has been a real boost. It’s so nice when you “follow your heart,” fashion-wise, and others appreciate/”get” it, you know? Scott was correct when he said that most of the six of us choose to dress “of vintage” all the time…Easter Sunday is simply the day we “pull out all the stops”.
To those of you who’ve never been to the parade, start planning now for the ’08! It’s really a singularly wonderful conflagration. There’s a refreshingly relaxed feeling of “bonhomie”. I think the biggest misconception is that this is a parade that includes floats and marching bands, or heaven forbid, clowns/mimes. Truth to tell, I’m from the Midwest, and floats and marching bands make me very, very nervous for some reason (not to even mention the clown/mime thing), and this is the only “parade” I ever go to. Fortunately, this parade is just a few thousand festive folk who gather to mill about and observe the [sometimes shocking] fashions of others. It seems in the past few years, there are fewer and fewer people who actually dress for the occasion…and in this era of “cellphone cameras,” more “would-be-Scavullos”. That’s cool, too. I’ve lived in NYC a long time, and I love it when I’m incongruously over-dressed (especially on my bicycle, which is my main form of transportation in Manhattan, rain or shine) and have a shocked tourist take my photo, muttering in their native patois, “Honey, that man is biking in a tuxedo!” That’s why I live here: A town where you can bike in a tuxedo…and the locals think not much of it…and maybe the non-locals will go back home and show their photos of NYC and say, “NYC knows how to dress!”
Again, thanks to all who made the kindly comments, and to Scott for this teriffic, informative site. I’m hopelessly addicted to The Sartorialist!
I met Roddy at the Vintage Fashion Expo here in SF last month. He mentioned the Easter Parade, now I see why! He looked great then, and now, and was very generous with his time.
I don’t know if it’s possible to convey the amount of time and effort required to put together such immaculate ensembles; finding vintage clothing in perfect condition is terribly difficult, then finding enough of it to make a few outfits takes YEARS of searching and lucky finds. My hats off to them all.
I limit my truly vintage clothes to motorcycle gear, and know how long it’s taken me to get a decent selection in that very specific genre. The prospect of assembling a whole wardrobe inspires awe.
The man in the second picture is my uncle! And i’m damn proud that he is. He comes over for dinner in outfits such as this. It’s a thrill to have them over and examine his and her outfits. They’re classic and amazing.
For the record, this couple is the fabulously fashionable Gretchen Fenston and Roddy Caravella! Sophisticated and simply dazzling, Gretchen and her beau are a treasure to the vintage fashion world and all New Yorkers.