Posts Tagged ‘street style’

October 22, 2014

Peter Meckel

Peter Meckel is a buyer for Barneys New York and a one-time fashion blogger with a penchant for classic, everyman menswear and a knack for putting things together in an unexpected way.  I was drawn to the subtly novel and thought-provoking ways he wears otherwise normal items of clothing, almost as an antidote to the faltering normcore trend—the prevalence of layering ill-fitting over unflattering, or worse, the cheap styling trick of putting Birkenstocks on an outfit and calling it progressive has all become disconcerting.  “I prefer dressing for day than night, because I like to be subtle – with a small detail making the outfit different or my own,” says Peter.  On his brief flirtation with fashion blogging, he recalls, “I felt very exposed and unprotected, but excited, too, because I felt it was very true to myself.  It was exhausting and at times I wasn’t sure what I was doing it for.”  Settled and geared towards years of growth in the numbers-driven field of fashion buying, Peter manages to do one thing many of today’s bloggers only aspire to do, which is to inspire someone to think about clothes.

Peter Hunter Meckel in a Dickies jumpsuit, Saint Laurent boots, and Henschel bucket hat, in hand.

Peter Hunter Meckel in a Dickies jumpsuit, Saint Laurent boots, and Henschel bucket hat, in hand.

Peter Meckel

Peter Meckel

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Brooks Brothers glasses

Brooks Brothers glasses

Saint Laurent shiny leather lace-up boots

Saint Laurent shiny leather lace-up boots

Dickies

Dickies

Margaret Howell coat, Margiela shirt, Carhartt jeans, Grenson boots

Margaret Howell coat, Margiela shirt, Carhartt jeans, Grenson boots

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Carhartt jeans and Grenson boots

Carhartt jeans and Grenson boots

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Acne women's dark gray leather jacket, J. Crew henley, Carhartt pants, Buttero boots

Acne women’s dark gray leather jacket, J. Crew henley, Carhartt pants, Buttero boots

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Buttero suede boots

Buttero suede boots

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Greenpoint

October 14, 2014

Rhamier Auguste

Rhamier Auguste is a manager at Opening Ceremony, and a freelance stylist and creative consultant.  There is a subversive sense of humor in his style that is tempered by an impossible sense of cool: I look at him and I don’t see a fashion plate, just a guy with great style, who seems like someone cool to talk to.  I was even more thrilled when I came to his Bed-Stuy apartment to shoot, and found a very tightly curated wardrobe of mostly crazy pieces, with a smattering of a few basics.  “Everything goes with anything,” Rhamier quotes stylist Lori Goldstein, who he’s previously worked for.  I questioned my notion of what is essential in a wardrobe: as I trekked to my favorite consignment store hauling bags filled with the perfect Comme black jackets and must-have white Thom Browne shirts in every version, I thought, what a pleasure it might be to get dressed in the morning picking through a very concise wardrobe of clothes you love.

Rhamier Auguste in a Patrik Ervell cap, XXBC sweatshirt and sweatpants, and Opening Ceremony x Timberland boots

Rhamier Auguste in a Patrik Ervell cap, XXBC sweatshirt and sweatpants, and Opening Ceremony x Timberland boots

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Opening Ceremony X Timberland boots

Opening Ceremony x Timberland boots

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Citizen watch in blue and gold

Rhamier Auguste in a Raf Simons sweatshirt, Supreme New York x Champion warm-up pants, Ice Cold New York socks, and Raf Simons x Adidas trainers

Rhamier Auguste in a Raf Simons sweatshirt, Supreme New York x Champion warm-up pants, Ice Cold New York socks, and Raf Simons x Adidas trainers

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everyday jewelry

everyday jewelry

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Ice Cold New York 3M reflective socks and Adidas x Raf Simons shes

Ice Cold New York 3M reflective socks and Adidas x Raf Simons shoes

Comme des Garcons coat, Uniqlo oxford button-down, +J by Uniqlo trousers, and mismatched Comme des Garcons x Doc Martens shoes

Comme des Garcons coat, Uniqlo oxford button-down, +J by Uniqlo trousers, and mismatched Comme des Garcons x Dr. Martens shoes

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Patrik Ervell hat, Supreme New York Nairobi shirt, Stone Island t-shirt, Dickies trousers, and Nike Air Max Plus TN trainers

Patrik Ervell hat, Supreme New York Nairobi shirt, Stone Island t-shirt, Dickies trousers, and Nike Air Max Plus TN trainers

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Patrik Ervell hat, t-shirt, and jeans, Nike Huarache trainers

Patrik Ervell hat, t-shirt, and jeans, Nike Huarache trainers

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double Ervell

double Ervell

huaraches and "original hems"

Huaraches and “original hems”

Patrik Ervell sweatshirt and a Supreme pin

Patrik Ervell sweatshirt and a Supreme pin

September 29, 2014

Nick Blumenthal

Nick Blumenthal is a visual artist who does mostly photography, but dabbles in painting and some mixed media.  He counts memory and psychological tension as his greatest inspirations, and unrequited love on occasion.  Nick recounts the most romantic thing that has happened to him in New York: “An ex of mine who royally fucked up took a 10-hour bus ride to show up at my work, teary-eyed with apology roses.  Granted it didn’t work out, but seeing the girls on my train home passing glances, whispering about the lucky girl who I was bringing them home to, was entirely satisfying.”  There is a melancholy romance that drew me to his photos, as if the teenage angst of a once Myspace-emo kid had been distilled into something much more pure and refined. We share a very similar creative path: his work is mostly personally driven, rather than politically or otherwise, and seeks to apply this personal material into a universally digestible narrative.

Nick Blumenthal in a Hood by Air sweatshirt

Nick Blumenthal in a Hood by Air top

Hood by Air top, Rick Owens shorts, Air Jordan Retro 1's

Hood by Air top, Rick Owens shorts, Air Jordan Retro 1′s

with BLK DNM bomber

with BLK DNM bomber

detail on the Rick Owens shorts

detail on the Rick Owens shorts

Nike Air Jordan Retro 1's

Nike Air Jordan Retro 1′s

Daniel Jackson for Topman jacket, Rick Owens silk muscle tee, Nicolas Andreas Taralis jeans, Dr. Martens boots

Daniel Jackson for Topman jacket, Rick Owens top, Nicolas Andreas Taralis jeans, Dr. Martens boots

silk muscle tee by Rick Owens

silk muscle tee by Rick Owens

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Rick Owens DRKSHDW coat and jeans, Asher Levine top, Air Jordan Retro 11's

Rick Owens DRKSHDW coat and jeans, Asher Levine top, Air Jordan Retro 11′s

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Asher Levine long t-shirt

Asher Levine long t-shirt

custom ID necklace by Drawn & Quartered

custom ID necklace by Drawn & Quartered

"BLU"

BLU

Air Jordan Retro 11's

Air Jordan Retro 11′s

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At home, with his portraits of trans men. Jil Sander t-shirt, Calvin Klein boxer briefs

At home, with his portraits of trans men. Jil Sander t-shirt, Calvin Klein boxer briefs

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Alpha Industries jacket, BLK DNM sweater, basketball shorts

Alpha Industries jacket, BLK DNM sweater, basketball shorts

August 4, 2014

George of Grand

George Inaki is Filipino and Japanese, and lives in New York City.  He worked PR for American Apparel, Chanel, Dior, and YSL Beauté in Tokyo before moving stateside to start his clothing line George of Grand: luxury t-shirts with graphics created in collaboration with Japanese artists, all produced in New York.  He and his partner Jed Root are fantastic hosts, graciously welcoming me to their Palenville estate a few weekends ago.  George invited me over to their fabulous flat in SoHo to take pictures and peek through his closets of treasures—here’s what I saw.

George Inaki in Prada

George Inaki in Prada

shoes: Chanel, Nike, Bottega Veneta, Saint Laurent Paris, Chanel, Chanel, Prada

shoes: Chanel, Nike, Bottega Veneta, Saint Laurent Paris, Chanel, Chanel, Prada

Jil Sander jacket, George of Grand t-shirt, Vans

George Inaki in a Jil Sander jacket, George of Grand t-shirt, Nike shorts, and Saint Laurent sneakers

Persol sunglasses, Cartier watches, Leica Camera, Saint Laurent wallet, jewelry by Cartier, Chrome Hearts, Chanel, Givenchy, and others

Persol sunglasses, Cartier watches, Leica Camera, Saint Laurent wallet, jewelry by Cartier, Chrome Hearts, Chanel, Givenchy, and others

George of Grand t-shirt

George of Grand t-shirt

May 24, 2014

Sam Lee

Sam, or Samantha Lee is a film director and a graduate student at RMIT Melbourne.  Wes Anderson, Alexa Chung, and Jenna Lyons are her inspirations, and she describes her style as organic and personal, with whatever feeling she has at the moment transcending into her work.  I decided to have Sam be the first woman I photograph in this series of style portraits because I found in her a kindred spirit.  She told me about years of her early life feeling compelled to wear what was typically expected of her, frilly dresses and skirts, and how menswear just feels right.  Like Sam, I’ve spent years of trying to conform to the expected, but as I grow older, and closer to my truth, I realize the power of clothing–how common interests in very specific styles of clothing can bring people of similar philosophies together, how people in other parts of the world can run the risk of public lashings and imprisonment for wearing things differently, how something seemingly superficial can speak volumes on what is going on inside–and I wear what I want.  When asked to describe how wearing menswear makes her feel, she quotes a line from Vampire Weekend’s Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa that goes: “Is your bed made?  Is your sweater on?  Do you wanna fuck?  Like you know I do.”

custom suit by Ziggy Savella, Acne top, Vans shoes

custom suit by Ziggy Savella, Acne top, Vans shoes

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Banana Republic jacket, Acne top, Gap pants, Converse shoes

Banana Republic jacket, Acne top, Gap pants, Converse shoes

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burgundy suit by Ziggy Savella, Topshop boots

burgundy suit by Ziggy Savella, Topshop boots

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Stradivarius jacket, Uniqlo shirt, Dr. Martens shoes

Stradivarius jacket, Uniqlo shirt, Dr. Martens shoes

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shot at EDSA Beverage Design Studio

make-up by Sari Campos

March 4, 2014

Andrew Chipman

Andrew Chipman is one of my favorite men’s fashion bloggers, and a DJ in Winnipeg, Canada.  His blog, Pull Teeth and The Dandy Project were on the forefront of a little DIY movement in menswear a few years ago.  He lists the Internet, his peers, and his friends as inspirations.  A little while ago, Andrew came to New York to visit, and we had quite an interesting chat about the current state of blogging.  He says, “It’s a little sad, but it’s interesting to watch people take the tools they’ve acquired through blogging and apply them to other things. I think now is a time to adapt and to explore other things, but not to completely give up.” Blogging five years from now will not be the way it was five years ago, but I do believe that the consumption of media generated by users deemed as trusted influencers, fashion bloggers, if you may, isn’t going away.  For old time’s sake, my friends, here’s a collection of photos of a blogger, taken by this blogger—long shots, detail shots, and beauty shots, all on the street—fashion-blogger style.

Pull Teeth's Andrew Chipman in a Raf Simons t-shirt, Cheap Monday jeans, Vans sneakers, and wholesale rings from eBay

Andrew Chipman of Pull Teeth in a Raf Simons t-shirt, Cheap Monday jeans, Vans sneakers, and wholesale rings from eBay

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brass rings from eBay

brass rings from eBay

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a thrifted Fox Racing long sleeve jersey, dollar store hat, Y-3 culottes, Vans sneakers

a thrifted Fox Racing long sleeve jersey, dollar store beanie, Y-3 culottes, Vans sneakers

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Proudrace t-shirt, thrifted bomber jacket, vintage leather shorts, thrifted leggings, Timberland boots, dollar store hat

Proudrace t-shirt, thrifted bomber jacket, DIY-shortened vintage leather shorts, thrifted leggings, Timberland boots, dollar store hat

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black nubuck Timberland boots

black nubuck Timberland boots

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Cheap Monday sunglasses, Miharayasuhiro trompe l'oeil coat, Uniqlo thermal and jeans, Vans sneakers

Cheap Monday sunglasses, Miharayasuhiro trompe l’oeil coat, Uniqlo thermal and jeans, Vans sneakers

Kurt Cobain bug-eyed glasses by Cheap Monday

Kurt Cobain bug-eyed glasses by Cheap Monday

Miharayasuhiro trompe l'oeil jacquard spring coat

Miharayasuhiro trompe l’oeil jacquard spring coat

February 18, 2014

Victor Basa

Victor Basa is a Philippine actor, photographer, and television personality.  He stars in the recent controversial series “My Husband’s Lover,” a show that takes a stand in the conversation on equality issues in Asia.  “It’s surprising and great to see that people know love when they see it,” says Victor.  He and his infinitely fabulous partner Divine Lee are in many ways arbiters of style in my home country, and Victor’s sense of dress represents the increasingly open-minded Filipino man: active, somewhat creative and appreciative of tailoring, and keenly global.  He cites the counter-culture movement, Hedi Slimane’s photography, and music of all genres as his inspiration.  He says, “Pop’s great.  People should listen to it sometimes, if they can get over themselves.”

Victor Basa

Victor Basa

Victor Basa in a t-shirt from Suan Lum, Bangkok, H&M x Versace trousers, Superga trainers

Victor Basa in a t-shirt from Suan Lum, Bangkok, H&M x Versace trousers, Superga trainers

Victor Basa in a Sandro peacoat and Maison Kitsune shirt

Victor Basa in a Sandro peacoat and Maison Kitsune shirt

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Rolex Submariner, Bergdorf Goodman shoes

Rolex Submariner, Bergdorf Goodman shoes

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Victor basa in a Joy Division sweater, Adidas shorts, and Superga ombre trainers

Victor basa in a Joy Division sweater, Adidas shorts, and Superga ombre trainers

Nixon watch

Nixon watch

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Gian Romano jacket, Guess x Tiesto jeans

Gian Romano jacket, Guess x Tiesto jeans

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Yankees baseball jersey, Dior Homme jeans, Red Wing boots

Yankees baseball jersey, Dior Homme jeans, Red Wing boots

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Dior Homme jeans

Dior Homme jeans

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak

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November 12, 2013

Daniel Villareal

Daniel Villareal is a designer from Chicago, a one-time reality TV star and sex blogger, a coffee enthusiast, and a resident of New York City.  He is a graduate of architecture, and came to New York to find a niche somewhere between architecture and fashion.  As a student, Cristobal Balenciaga’s vision of a woman resonated with him and influenced his understanding of form and structure.  His sense of style is a fascinating play on gender and theatrics, with unexpected touches of restraint.  He barely wears any jewelry, and the night I met him, he wore a women’s fully-sequined sweater in reverse, for a less garish sparkle.  Daniel takes inspiration from the forgotten, the details of everyday life that go unnoticed, and the things that are left unsaid.

Daniel wears an unknown sheer body veil blouse, Topshop slim leather pants, and Dr. Marten's steel toe construction boots.

Daniel wears an unknown sheer body veil blouse, Topshop slim leather pants, and Dr. Marten’s steel toe construction boots.

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sheer + steel-toe

sheer + steel-toe

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90's vintage Bergdorf Goodman leather shirt, Charles Chang Lim black and white spotted trousers, Gucci loafers, and Robert Marc sunglasses

90′s vintage Bergdorf Goodman leather shirt, Charles Chang Lim black and white spotted trousers, Gucci loafers, and Robert Marc sunglasses

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Gucci loafers with "ghost" horsebits

Gucci loafers with “ghost” horsebits

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vintage alpaca wool headscarf, Japanese knit tank, Acne jeans, and Y-3 sneakers

vintage alpaca wool headscarf, Japanese knit tank, Acne jeans, and Y-3 sneakers

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vintage Japanese knit tank

vintage Japanese knit tank

Y-3 floral print sneakers

Y-3 floral print sneakers

vintage motorcycle jacket, David Beckhams, and Dr. Martens boots

vintage motorcycle jacket, David Beckhams, and Dr. Martens boots

Vintage riding helmut by M.J. Knoud, Raf Simons face-print tunic, Theory slouch pants, and Duckie Brown boots

Vintage riding helmut by M.J. Knoud, Raf Simons face-print tunic, Theory slouch pants, and Duckie Brown boots

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October 8, 2013

Ricky Pedaline

Ricky Pedaline is an art director from Ohio.  His work, just as much as his clothes, reflects this bold, esoteric, pleasure-seeking spirit that seems to captivate most of New York’s creative underground scene today.  I’ve long admired Ricky’s sense of style—I’ve known him for years of looks that I could probably never wear or even attempt to.  He gets a kick out of taking pieces that are typically difficult to wear, and making them his worn, and I find great merit in that.  He lists science fiction, sportswear, and “tacky Eastern European style” as his inspirations and says that a European undercover cop/spy is the look he tries to achieve.

Ricky Pedaline in a Margiela sweater, Vivienne Westwood watch, Narciso Rodriguez trousers, and Z-coil sandals

Ricky Pedaline in a Margiela sweater, Vivienne Westwood watch, Narciso Rodriguez trousers, and Z-coil sandals

Vivienne Westwood bracelet watch

Vivienne Westwood bracelet watch

Z-coil orthopedic spring-heeled sandals

Z-coil orthopedic spring-heeled sandals

Narciso Rodriguez iridescent blue trousers

Narciso Rodriguez iridescent blue trousers

Libl top and Jean Paul Gaultier pants

Libl top and Jean Paul Gaultier pants

detail on the stretch top by Libl, a European activewear brand

detail on the stretch top by Libl, a European activewear brand

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Jean Paul Gaultier cargo pants

Jean Paul Gaultier cargo pants

vintage Helmut Lang quilted vest and Issey Miyake quilted pants

vintage Helmut Lang quilted vest and Issey Miyake quilted pants

with Prada sunglasses and boots

with Prada sunglasses and boots

Prada boots

Prada boots

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Libl top and pants, Givenchy shorts, and Saucony Razor shoes

Libl top and pants, Givenchy shorts, and Saucony Razor shoes

the same Libl shirt, in a grayscale colorway

the same Libl shirt, in a grayscale colorway

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Saucony trainer-aquashoe hybrids

Saucony trainer-aquashoe hybrids

military-issue jacket, JF and Son top, Bruzzer shorts, and Nike Air Max sneakers

military-issue jacket, JF and Son top, Bruzzer shorts, and Nike Air Max sneakers

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contrast seat on the Bruzzer shorts

contrast seat on the Bruzzer shorts

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September 16, 2013

NYFW on Film Part I

I went analog this season and took pictures of New York Fashion Week with an Olympus Trip 200 film camera.  It sure beats carrying a big SLR, and the quality of film photos simply cannot be recreated on any digital camera.  But shooting on film is an arduous process; film is expensive, and limited, and needs to be developed, scanned, and edited.  Having to change rolls mid-show can cause heart palpitations on a young fashion boy.  This is the New York Fashion Week that I love: friends, favorite designers, what I saw, ate, and wore, and where I went after dark.

This striped shirt is the one Robert Geller piece I need next summer.

This striped shirt is the one Robert Geller piece I need next summer.

"From Russia, With Punk" by Robert Geller

“From Russia, With Punk” by Robert Geller

Mustachioed man of the hair backstage at Geller

Mustachioed man of the hair backstage at Geller

Robert Geller and daughter Luna, before the show

Robert Geller and daughter Luna, before the show

Highland's easy and impossibly cool streetwear

Highland’s easy and impossibly cool streetwear

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green brows + vintage + Yohji

green brows + vintage + Yohji

Dashiel, entering Le Bain in Comme

Dashiel, entering Le Bain in Comme

Dustin in Sons of William

Dustin in Sons of William

+ on M. Boudet

+ on M. Boudet

man in a dress

man in a dress

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the inimitable Willy Cartier

the inimitable Willy Cartier

Birkenstocks, the unofficial uniform of Team The Dandy Project

Birkenstocks: the unofficial uniform of team The Dandy Project

William Yan #bloggerstakingpicturesofbloggers

William Yan in SoHo #bloggerstakingpicturesofbloggers

Baptiste Radufe walks General Idea

Baptiste Radufe walks General Idea

cool and clinical at Duckie Brown

cool and clinical at Duckie Brown

Richard Haines, being Richard Haines

Richard Haines, being Richard Haines

Converse sans Margiela

Converse sans Margiela