One of my all time favourite photographers is Bill Cunningham of NYTimes who rides his bicycle around town professionally observing the fashions of everyday yous and mes. A lot of designers – myself included take influence not only from media/art but from what you and you and you are wearing on your way to work, on your way to a gig on your way to the deli to buy some juice. I recently read a bio he had written about himself – click here for the full piece – that tells of how he started out for personal interests sake, just hovering around taking shots of people dressed in a way that were innovative, be they celebrity or not. And eventually how we see that it grew into a full time job. I watch all his videos each week and when you read the piece you can’t but help hear his voice in your head as though you are sitting around the table having a coffee and cake.
Anyway, the weeks issue I want to highlight which I am personally pleased about is how for men we are seeing a wash of gentlemanly dressing. I think this was definitely more evident to me when I was living in Brooklyn, especially noticable in Williamsburg. It was more a uniform for the hipster boys but I see it is moving all over Manhattan – or maybe they are.
Now I’m no tee hater, as I write this I am wearing one myself – vintage Universal Studios – with some blue and white pinstripe tailored shorts by Argentine genius adorhada I am just enjoying seeing many types of ways of dressing. Three cheers for the bow tie, the waistcoat, the skinny pant and the brogue!