30 April 2009
My first mistake was not introducing myself and asking for a photo like I normally do for most of my subjects. After I took my photos and proceeded to walk away, a hobo comes out of nowhere (*note the guy at the "far right"), loosening his tie, nearly threatening me, thinking I was taking pictures of him. After I politely explained to him that I had absolutely no reason to take a photo of him and how awful his life must be, I decided it wasn't going to make my life happier putting his down so I walked away. I just worked 18 hours the day before so it goes without saying that I was too tired to have a back and forth, aside from the fact that he was the least of my worries.
BTW: I'm also realizing even more how much I love hunting with Jane (my camera) for this blog. I got home from my 18 hour stretch at 8am. I had two choices for tuesday: a) head to another store at noon for another nine hours or b) take the day off and sleep. I called out of work so the former was out and I couldn't sleep (I don't much anyway), I stayed up blogging and the weather was way too good to sit around the house all day so I upped and left to do what I once again realize is a new love of mine......
*- Formerly of Ralph Lauren
29 April 2009
27 April 2009
26 April 2009
Whenever I think of the 1980's in general, this video is usually one of the first things I think about. Whether you think that's a good or bad thing is totally up to you (most people usually sum up the 80's back to videos like this one, and not in a good way either). I think liking the song became cool again when "Grand Theft Auto: Vice City" came out a few years ago but I was always fond of ths record, even going back to my youth.
This song was so huge back then that it's presence is still felt, 27 years later. Anytime you see that sloped "Flock of Seagulls" hairstyle (Cameron Diaz, the recent Swiffer "Don't You Want Me" commercial, Zac Efron, GQ's latest coverboy, put a little spin on it), this song is always the first thing that comes to mind, for better or worse. Of my favorite songs of that decade, this is easily in the top 10.
25 April 2009
23 April 2009
I love the creativity here, and not particularly for what their wearing but it's in the details. The accessories, the attitude and they don't overdo it either. Sometimes you get a sense of someone trying too many things at once but I'm highly inspired by this look.
22 April 2009
21 April 2009
20 April 2009
19 April 2009
If anyone deserves to have two videos featured for classic video clip, it's Blondie. They for me are the epitome of my favorite time in New York City (1975-1981). The local teams stunk it up while a lot of the players were coked up, CBGB was the shitty and gritty looking palace it always was (and always will be), Studio 54 was the destination for all things naughty. The New York City subways were littered with graffiti and trash and there was sex in your face at all times from Midtown to the Lower East Side, etc. Basically what I'm saying is that just about everything happening here 30 years ago was dirty.....and I'm sure it was legendary.
Getting back on topic, Deborah Harry at this time enjoyed the peak of her popularity with Blondie, seperating herself with her personal style from her counterparts (it also helped to have a well dressed band behind her as well). These 2 videos are a showcase of her natural beauty and someone I'd want younger girls to look for any kind of inspiration. If I had to draw up a list of my all time favorite Blondes, she's easily in my top 2 along with mid seventies Farah Fawcett (and just so you know, Andy Warhol isn't too far behind).
17 April 2009
I love everything about this photo from her look, her posture, the cigarette placement, her hair, the butterfly tat on her ring finger, her French aura....the one thing she actually is missing is a cigarette filter.....
Another fun thing I love to do as well is mixing different styles within my wardrobe like he's doing with the banker shirt and motorcycle boots (which I really love by the way, maybe enough to own in the near future? Who knows?)
14 April 2009
13 April 2009
I mean the Gay St. picture in particular. I don't think even homosexual men would buy it, let alone hang it in their homes....
BTW: How awesome do the JoBros look?
Random scene of the day (and probably of the month): Mom pushing a stroller leaving the Apple store brings the stroller head first down 3 steps and the baby almost goes flying out of the stroller. Luckily for the baby (and the mother), 2 men were within striking distance to help her get the balance of the stroller. Next time mom, try going back first......
I ran into this sharply dressed fellow in Chelsea last week and judging from his own blog (what is James Wearing), it's easy to see he carries that European (mainly Milanese) aesthetic that I not only feel I have but I try daily to improve and perfect.
12 April 2009
This is one of those records that are so all over the place....I've described whole albums being rollercoasters in 60 minutes but this one in particular does it in 6. Frontman (and hands down one of the best singers/pianists of his generation) Freddy Mercury starts the song with a soft piano intro about a man confessing to his mother about a murder. About halfway into the song, you can easily find yourself air guitaring the solos (along with that, I "air bass", "air piano" and "air drum"!).
Did you know? Ranks as the #3 best selling single of all time in the United Kingdom.
You're My Best Friend
11 April 2009
From the moment I saw this gal, I knew she was a Sartorialista. Maybe it's only me but she can easily be mistaken for Uma Thurman.....
10 April 2009
09 April 2009
Although this look has a bit of a country western edge (the boots), it's a simple one, the fit is on point and it's one that always gets me.
From the neck to knee, again this is another simple look but his addition of the riding boot gives it so much flair. I thought it was a great idea to keep everything else minimal.
08 April 2009
....and that's why I love the energy downtown has to offer...which is not taking away from what goes on north of about 27th street (F.I.T.) but I think there's a sharp contrast between the two. Midtown to the upper east and west sides are a bit more conservative with their attitudes and style while those who reside or spend most of their time downtown (like me) are more casual, friendlier and are more liberal all the way through.
07 April 2009
05 April 2009
One thing I love to do is layer (post #36, random thing #11), even in the summer when I have silk linen sweaters handy. I'm trying to depend less on the layering, especially for the summer for obvious reasons, but for now, a look like this can almost bring a tear to my eye. From the pocket square with just enough pop and the french cuff shirt under the sweater (for some reason, a lot of guys have a problem with that but I not only condone it but do it all of the time).
04 April 2009
03 April 2009
I don't think he was part of the madness, just a awesomely dressed man who happened to be passing along and I didn't get a good enough picture of him
This of all the looks was my favorite...also helped that she had an award winning smile to boot
This is just the line continuing around 2 corners
Management taking care of their shoppers
Man at work
Man, what a day this turned out to be. I planned on showing up right before the opening at 11 am (bad idea) and ended up getting there at 11.15 (not a good look) because the line was wrapped around the block literally for hours at that point. Kate Moss made a quick cameo right before the store opened and was greeted to a roar from the well dressed and mostly patient crowd. There were free "heart" cookies (more on that later), Topshop "chic" water (ok, I made the "chic" part up), gift cards ranging in amounts of $5 and $250 (most, if not all were $5. I collected 7). DKNY had a photo shoot on the next block where the line continued (too bad Hilary Duff didn't have to show until 2pm).
Stood online for 2 hours and when I finally got in, it was a mad house as expected. The atmosphere was beautiful, loved the visual displays and I actually didn't mind the loud music I'll usually find annoying at an Abercrombie or Juicy. Ran into a friend from high school who works there, only ended up getting a pair of Converse like sneakers (pics in the next post or 2) and took a tour of all four floors of this establishment. I've gotta say, the bottom level of the store is dedicated to men's for a reason. 1- the ratio of ladies to guys on the line outside was 9 to 1, 8 to 2 at best, if your not familiar with Topshop to begin with, their mens line, Topman is super trendy. not a place I'd most likely find a whole outfit for myself but I'll find pieces here and there. If they can find a way to mix classic pieces with the trendy items, they should be successful. As for the women, I think the opportunities are endless. The top floor is almost only dedicated to their shoes (which I feel are splendid by the way), lots of 60's Mod inspired pieces caught my eye....you can easily get lost and/or overwhelmed by everything going on.
Well I'll stop now because I have more photos to post so here we go.......