Friday, September 9, 2011

On the Street….Modern Hair (more or less), New York


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  1. Lauren

    September 9, 2011 at 9:20 am

    Or more and less! ;)

    The Styleseer

  2. Bohemain Style

    September 9, 2011 at 9:35 am

    Love the hair on the guy in the first pic on the left. The scarf in the second pic is so bohemian chic.

  3. c1ara

    September 9, 2011 at 9:50 am


  4. Parisian ShoeGals

    September 9, 2011 at 9:53 am

    Hair is the most versatile accessory! Very inspirational photos!

  5. Hillary

    September 9, 2011 at 9:55 am

    Ha! This reminds me of myself and my boyfriend in high school. I love it!

  6. Rubén Prado

    September 9, 2011 at 10:03 am

    Fashion is an art
    always open
    new windows
    and keep our mind and heart
    fresh, flexible,
    and pointing to the future.

  7. thesecretcloset

    September 9, 2011 at 10:13 am

    Love the crazy hair…not so much the shaved look…

    Post about London FNO on

    if you are interested ;-)

  8. Commefraiche

    September 9, 2011 at 10:13 am

    I like the second photo, a lot of interesting fashion going on there

  9. michelle

    September 9, 2011 at 10:20 am

    These hair styles are emo/punk/80′s, not necessarily modern

  10. Greydove

    September 9, 2011 at 10:24 am

    Wow! I know the girl in the first photo! I went to highschool with her. Hi Michele!!!!

  11. Sabina

    September 9, 2011 at 10:30 am

    At first I thought this was one of your vintage photos! I love all the hair! Nice to see people making an effort again.

  12. lintmag

    September 9, 2011 at 10:33 am

    Not really liking any of the hair here, mainly because it looks rather badly do-it-yourself. However, I am loving the skinny pants with boots and the great brogues!

  13. elena

    September 9, 2011 at 10:34 am

    I love the girl who’s on the right in the second photo, shot hair/masculin clothes and still looks very feminin.


  14. Lalunenoire

    September 9, 2011 at 10:35 am

    Keep asking myself what kind of a tribe they belong to. A bit disturbing and facinating at the same time.

  15. Susanna

    September 9, 2011 at 10:44 am

    Top- front- left- guy. Edward Scissorhands. :)

    He did a great job with the rest of gang. ;)

    Happy Friday

  16. maria

    September 9, 2011 at 10:47 am

    I can appreciate these photos because they show a sign of modern times and people thinking for themselves.

  17. NYCboy

    September 9, 2011 at 10:50 am

    Love that guys hair in the first picture!

  18. a.m.cunningham

    September 9, 2011 at 11:10 am

    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.

  19. The Sluice Box

    September 9, 2011 at 11:16 am

    Reminds me of what the 1980s California punks wore to high school in the 1980s. At the time it seemed shocking.

  20. Fotautomat

    September 9, 2011 at 11:20 am

    So in love with the styling on all of them…! Black on black and ingenious layering…

  21. monkeyshines

    September 9, 2011 at 11:20 am

    love their shoes!


  22. J9

    September 9, 2011 at 11:25 am

    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!

  23. davidsl

    September 9, 2011 at 11:35 am

    is it still the 80′s? none of this is new or interesting.

  24. Geezer

    September 9, 2011 at 11:36 am

    Sorry, not interested in nostalgia.

  25. XĂȘnia Virginie

    September 9, 2011 at 11:40 am

  26. Name*

    September 9, 2011 at 11:41 am

    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.

    X Neda X

  27. Paul Gonzales

    September 9, 2011 at 11:47 am

    Love the hair!

  28. PammieTaj

    September 9, 2011 at 11:47 am

    That’s very eighties hair! I bet they aren’t using sugar water to keep it in place. Or the better part of a can of AquaNet!

    I’m considering revisiting a modified page-boy with shaved head/detail lines underneath along the sides and back myself (it can spike into a mohawk on a whim).

  29. Fluffy

    September 9, 2011 at 11:58 am

    la plus ca change!

  30. Quigley

    September 9, 2011 at 12:03 pm

    Yawn…I lived through the 80.

  31. Susu Paris Chic

    September 9, 2011 at 12:03 pm

    This is NYC alright! So big-appley, so groovy;) Paris pales along the funky way…

  32. Barcelona m'enamora

    September 9, 2011 at 12:04 pm

    I am too classic for this. For me is too much….

  33. La Perle

    September 9, 2011 at 12:19 pm

    I like less :) but maybe that is because I have way too much hair, but can’t bring myself to cut it.

    I saw some amazing hair cuts last night at Paris’ Fashion Night Out – people are so courageous!

  34. Jo

    September 9, 2011 at 12:24 pm

    Love the first guy’s hairstyle… Is so amazing! I simply love it! WOW!

  35. Jox

    September 9, 2011 at 12:40 pm

    Blimey, the one on the left looks like me twenty years ago; hair, clothes, how retro!

  36. Reliving the 1980s

    September 9, 2011 at 12:49 pm

    I think I knew these guys in 1986. So happy to see they haven’t changed a bit.

  37. Heather Strang

    September 9, 2011 at 12:53 pm

    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!

  38. L.C.M.

    September 9, 2011 at 1:52 pm

    Hair is a major fashion accessory; the lack of said hair is certainly an accessory as well.

  39. Amy

    September 9, 2011 at 2:04 pm

    Love the shaved look on the young women. So much fun, and unlike tattoos, you can change the look as you mature!

  40. john

    September 9, 2011 at 2:11 pm

    And the soundtrack for today’s post is:

  41. julio

    September 9, 2011 at 2:22 pm

    awesome, i love it, nice catch…for me is to much in a good way

  42. Refusal

    September 9, 2011 at 2:39 pm

    I love this. So glad there is a New York.

  43. Michael

    September 9, 2011 at 2:40 pm

    Love the scarf.

  44. Marcel Da Chump

    September 9, 2011 at 2:54 pm

    I’d call it post-modern hair (if you go by Clement Greenberg’s definition of post-modernism).

    @john, Bauhaus for sure, with a Ministry segue.


    September 9, 2011 at 3:03 pm

    I love this hair style.

  46. Sarah

    September 9, 2011 at 3:12 pm

    they look like extras from Pretty in Pink…

  47. C.

    September 9, 2011 at 3:14 pm

    Yeah.. I was wondering what kind of music are these guy listening to come up with this kind of outfit. I Love . i’m sick of sweeties.

  48. PammieTaj

    September 9, 2011 at 3:23 pm

    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).

  49. AnthonyC

    September 9, 2011 at 3:28 pm

    The rockabilly, goth look has always been cool to me but seems out of place in the US. Is the semi-unzipped fly and bulge a part of the look?

  50. Ann

    September 9, 2011 at 3:28 pm

    You may call this modern, but I call it Iggy Pop Concert, circa 1983. And, it’s still kind of cool.

  51. Kat

    September 9, 2011 at 4:27 pm

    Great short cuts!

  52. Paes

    September 9, 2011 at 4:27 pm

    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.

  53. Arianna

    September 9, 2011 at 4:30 pm

    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)

  54. Giedre

    September 9, 2011 at 4:32 pm

    Kegan Singh is always good-looking!
    I like his hair!

  55. Name*wrey

    September 9, 2011 at 4:37 pm

    I like the hair 0f the w0man 0n the 1st picture! =)

    P.S. please f0ll0w 0ur bL0g:

    thank y0u! =)

  56. anonymous

    September 9, 2011 at 4:44 pm

    I love this look, the hair is so edgy. I guess I didn’t do this in the eighties, so I don’t feel nostalgic for it. I still think it is a very interesting way to do your hair.

  57. une chatte grise

    September 9, 2011 at 4:52 pm

    So glad to see these looks again!

    @ 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. :)

  58. CBC

    September 9, 2011 at 5:31 pm

    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

  59. Gregg

    September 9, 2011 at 6:28 pm

    I pretty much had every one of those hairstyles in the 80′s but am I surprised that no one has commented that the guy in the first picture needs to pull his fly up!

  60. lioninthecloset

    September 9, 2011 at 6:44 pm

    Very cool, but they look very posed. Is this a photoshoot or just how people stand around in these Modernist circles?

  61. up and coming fashionista

    September 9, 2011 at 6:54 pm

    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.

  62. olga

    September 9, 2011 at 7:22 pm

    Haha love the pun on more or less!

  63. Sophie

    September 9, 2011 at 8:01 pm

    Women with shaved off heads and Doc Martens… A classic, I love it!

  64. figtree

    September 9, 2011 at 8:28 pm

    oops…fly’s open…too tight…!

  65. Jeanine Reyes

    September 9, 2011 at 9:44 pm

    love the “more or less” lol

    I don’t know if the whole going bald thing is a new trend right now, but interstingly enough, a good majority of the girls that go to my college have cut there hair like the girls above. Interesing.

    Also, love the scarf that the guy in the middle is wearing!

    Love the colors in the photo too. My eyes first go to the girl standing on the right, then shift to the left: from light to bright to dark.

    I really enjoy this photo:) love their body language too lol , its like you caught them mid conversation lol


  66. Martine

    September 9, 2011 at 9:58 pm

    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.

  67. Martine

    September 9, 2011 at 10:02 pm

    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.

  68. Linda

    September 9, 2011 at 10:33 pm

    Groovy hair!

    The Style Moodboard

  69. Audrey

    September 9, 2011 at 10:42 pm

    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!

  70. antique engagement rings

    September 9, 2011 at 11:04 pm

    I love her necklace in the second photo!

  71. vintage engagement rings

    September 9, 2011 at 11:04 pm

    Looks like new wave 80′s hair is back!

  72. clarity enhanced diamonds

    September 9, 2011 at 11:05 pm

    I love his scarf… very chic.

  73. Ceecee

    September 10, 2011 at 12:01 am

    Joy. I love the liberation. And no-visible-tattoos. The face of the man in the second photo is something out of Europe in the early part of the last century.


    September 10, 2011 at 4:12 am

    I usually don’t like extreme hairdos, but I have to admit that that guy to the left in the first photo looks really cool!

  75. Erica

    September 10, 2011 at 7:10 am

    Love the short leather jacket with a long jumper an Docs :)

  76. Art Monstr

    September 10, 2011 at 9:50 am

    Smth strange look. :)

  77. Michelle

    September 10, 2011 at 12:35 pm

    Hahaha! Did anyone else notice that the guy to the left in the first picture has unzipped his pants?

  78. chris

    September 10, 2011 at 1:09 pm

    Enjoyed the hair shots but I guess everything is retro now, same things come back over and over and over

  79. IS THIS IT? models review

    September 10, 2011 at 1:27 pm

    Yep, “not exactly my genre” I guess… but I love there are so many styles and unique identities around. :)

  80. Brittan

    September 10, 2011 at 2:24 pm

    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.

  81. Eva

    September 10, 2011 at 2:58 pm

    eh, not too into the shaven head look… the photos though…that’s what i love about ny, different styles galore…i miss it so much!

  82. Hello Balloon

    September 10, 2011 at 6:50 pm

    What is the name of the woman in the first picture? I LOVE her look! And that hand resting on her hip makes her even more chic!

  83. Style Dilettante

    September 10, 2011 at 7:31 pm

    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!!

  84. Jacob Boner

    September 10, 2011 at 7:45 pm

    I actually really like this, don’t think I could pull it off though

  85. Liz S.

    September 10, 2011 at 7:48 pm

    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.

  86. WTF

    September 11, 2011 at 2:36 am

    There’s only one appropriate response to this.

  87. Cristiana Nunes

    September 11, 2011 at 7:29 am

    I’m loving his style!

  88. Riiight

    September 11, 2011 at 9:18 am

    someone must be playing a trick .. this is just silly
    looks like a couple of kids looted the goodwill box

  89. Constantinex

    September 11, 2011 at 1:04 pm

    Michelle wrote:

    Did anyone else notice that the guy to the left in the first picture has unzipped his pants?


    It’s alright sweetie, the cage may be open but the beast is asleep.


  90. Pearl Westwood

    September 11, 2011 at 3:09 pm

    What a great second shot, looks they were having an interesting conversation!

  91. Name*

    September 11, 2011 at 3:34 pm

    the man in tge middle looks so good, fantastic!

    a fantastic picture

  92. Janae

    September 11, 2011 at 8:03 pm

    I love the modernity of it all however the poor diy styled haircuts are so “unique” they lack originality. Great pictures nevertheless :) I have always valued your eye.

  93. Name*Georgina

    September 11, 2011 at 8:53 pm

    So consciously edgy yet glam. Loads of fun!

  94. kelliblue

    September 11, 2011 at 10:27 pm

    Wow. So hip. It hurts.

  95. Andy

    September 12, 2011 at 2:56 pm

    I’m a big fan of the whole sprezzatura thing, but leaving your pants unzipped is taking it a bit too far :-)

  96. Robina

    September 12, 2011 at 8:54 pm

    I had hair like this for 10 years. The growing out was NOT FUN! Think before you buzz….But I did love it.

  97. Brie

    September 13, 2011 at 2:22 am

    The guy in the first photo is Keegan Singh. I want to know more about the girl with him!

  98. Francois

    September 14, 2011 at 8:00 am


  99. spacey

    September 14, 2011 at 9:16 am

    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!

  100. iBoutiques

    September 14, 2011 at 9:35 am

    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.

  101. Jolene Kvoeschen

    November 20, 2011 at 4:43 pm

    You made some decent points there. I looked on the internet for the issue and found most individuals will go along with with your website.

  102. danny kim

    February 19, 2012 at 2:13 pm

    HOLY SHIT I LOVE IT especially 2nd photo!!!!!!!WHOOOOAH!!!

  103. rine

    April 29, 2012 at 6:02 pm

    These pictures are so scarry; Especially the 2nd one, they have this steampunk villain – like look going on; like they’re plotting, carefully planing their next move..very interesting

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