Brandon Stanton is the photographer behind “Humans of New York,” a collection of street style photos from around the city. His website, also called Humans of New York, aims to be a “photographic census” of the city’s inhabitants.
A few months ago, Stanton was approached by the clothing company DKNY, who wanted to use his photos as part of a store display. They were willing to pay $15,000 for 300 of Stanton’s photos — a rate of $50 a photo. Stanton wanted more money, but DKNY balked, and the deal never went through.
Cut to this Monday, when a fan of Stanton’s site sent him a photo of a DKNY display window in Bangkok, covered in “Humans of New York” photos. Keep reading »
For years now, the sidewalks outside of fashion week have been as heavily documented and critiqued as the clothes up on the runway. There’s a veritable industry now, of fashion bloggers, online personalities and charming crazies who now operate front and center when it comes to fashion week. And why not? Style trickles up as much as it trickles down, with designers pulling looks and inspiration from what they see around the city.
But not everybody’s happy about it. Take fashion writer Susie Menkes, who in this past week’s T magazine, railed against the ubiquitousness of the street scene. “There is a genuine difference between the stylish and the showoffs,” she notes, alluding that there are far more of the latter than the former in fashion right now. The actual fashion shows almost seem beside the point. “There is something ridiculous about the self-aggrandizement of some online arbiters who go against the mantra that I was taught in my earlier days as a fashion journalist. ‘It isn’t good because you like it; you like it because it’s good.’” Amen to that, but still, isn’t it fun to see what everyone’s preened themselves into now?
Because I was a weird kid, I’ve been reading Vanity Fair since I was, like, 14. There’s nothing I enjoy more than long-form stories about society murders, celebrity addicts and presidential affairs. Every year, Vanity Fair also comes up with a best-dressed list, chock full of names of socialites, French nobility and a gallimaufry of minor European royalty. Usually I don’t know more than a few of the names on the list, and couldn’t even begin to imagine the clothing budgets these people must have.
But this year, VF is making things a bit more democratic. In a ploy to seem relevant, the aged magazine is opening its Best Dressed competition to the public. Nan Kempner is rolling over in her extra-small couture grave. Keep reading »
As 2013 gets its start (we made it!), we’re looking back at our utmost favorite celeb looks throughout the previous year, like these 10 stars who consistently impressed us on the streets…
Nikki Reed loves herself a good pair of waxed black jeans. So do I, my friend, so do I. They have the look of leather without the gratuitous animal cruelty (I make up for that with a pair of leather boots, naturally) or the annoying squeaking sound when your legs inevitably rub together. Paired with an abstract leopard print sweater in monochromes and a cool silver bar ring, you’ll look every bit the city slicker, and at a reasonable price to boot. Find out where to snag Nikki’s look, after the jump… Keep reading »
When the term “street style” was first coined, it was the domain of the unstudied, the unstaged, the stylist or editor or blogger wearing an outfit that she had purchased and put together herself. Candid street style at its heart and in its purpose was refreshingly free of the business element that defines much, if not all, of the fashion world — nobody was being paid, sponsored, or otherwise compensated for wearing a certain article by a certain designer or brand. It was natural, honest, and not ruled by celebrity, and it wasn’t about who was wearing what; it was about how they were wearing it, and with what. It was new and inspiring, the idea that any girl could go swanning about a major city in a top from H&M and thrifted pants by Gucci and a vintage hat via her grandmother’s closet and be photographed (provided she be thin and attractive enough to draw the eye, which is of course the vulgar truth of fashion) with a flashy expensive camera by a well-dressed perfect stranger with a business card and a .com web address and find herself immortalized on the web the very next day. Keep reading »
It’s true: most of the fun of Fashion Week occurs off the runway. It’s not that I don’t look forward to seeing the shows, because of course I do, but with all of the celebrity action that comes with the territory, it’s impossible not to be curious about what they’re wearing to the events. Click through to see some of the looks we’ve spotted on the illustrious front row…
NYFW Day 1
Rachel Comey, Lauren Moffat, BCBG, and more... Read More »
NYFW Day 2
Peter Som, Creatures of the Wind, Thakoon, and more! Read More »
NYFW Day 3
Kate Spade, Charlotte Ronson, Prabal Gurung, and more... Read More »
NYFW: Day 4
Alexander Wang, Suno, Alexander Herchcovitch, and more! Read More »
NYFW: Day 5
Duro Olowu, Prabal Gurung, Victoria Beckham and more! Read More »
NYFW: Day 6
Rodarte, Karen Walker, Marc Jacobs and more. Read More »
Floral prints are everywhere right now: they’re decorating dresses, pants, blouses, skirts, and purses. Celebrities are flocking to this trend like bees to, well, flowers, and we couldn’t help but round up some examples of floral street style. Click through to check out celebs like Rihanna, Hilary Duff, Eva Mendes, and Katy Perry getting their bloom on…
A hat not only shields your skin from the harsh rays of the sun (hello, wrinkle-free face for life!), it can also take your outfit to a whole new level. We’re all about fedoras on the weekend and wide-brimmed sunhats on the beach, and tons of celebs have been rocking hats this summer too. From Halle to Reese to Fergie, click through to check out 10 Hollywood ladies out and about in stylish headgear…
Denim cutoffs are a summer style staple, perfect for everything from beach days to barbecues to coffee runs. Don’t believe me? Just ask these 15 celebs who are rocking cutoffs in 15 very different ways (including high heels, bikinis, sweaters, and knee-high boots!). I love seeing all the interpretations of this super casual garment–click through to check ‘em out, and let us know in the comments which outfit is your favorite!