Outnumbered by their female counterparts, snapped men can still hold their own in the world of street style.
I began my blog in June, 2006. I was an illustrator and growing frustrated – with the type of work I was getting, yes, but mostly frustrated because I wasn’t really connecting with the readers of the magazines I was working for. I wanted to do something a little more free, more spontaneous.
I had just discovered blogs and decided it could be a great way to get feedback about my work. I opened my blog and published a few of my drawings, and soon after started adding text to them. I found joy in sharing snippets of my life – what got me thinking, inspired me, or just made me laugh.
That’s how it became quite clear to me that fashion was my dearest subject. I like how often it changes its mind and in it, you can see the passing of time. I like that it’s as beautiful on movie stars as it is on the street because everything is only how you look at it.
That’s why one day, inspired by the photos of Scott Schuman of The Sartorialist, I picked up a camera and haven’t let go since (not to the camera, nor Scott – but I won’t write a novel here, promise.) With the growing and unexpected success of the blog, my passion became a career and I now shoot editorials and ad campaigns. Additionally, I shoot videos, give talks, and consult for international brands. And I love it.
My blog continues to evolve and I with it. I continue to diversify my sources of both inspiration and expression – and it’s all always here, on my blog, which remains my dearest form of expression. It’s where I feel most free, and where, together, my readers and I have created a space we can share. And I cherish that with all my heart.
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The Coveteur, founded by designer Erin Kleinberg and stylist Stephanie Mark, is a new way of looking at the creative process and influences of some of today’s most recognized global tastemakers.
The Coveteur takes you inside the closets of internationally influential cultural forecasters, showing us what culminates in their personal style – one item at a time.
In the current issue of Harper’s Bazaar, editor in chief Glenda Bailey interviews Chris Baily, chief creative officer of Burberry who now celebrates a decade with the British powerhouse. He talks about how he’s managed to transform the company into one that stays true to its heritage and place in British culture while also setting its sights on the future.
GB: What makes working for a British label different?
CB: We’ve got our own DNA. I describe it as disheveled elegance, this beautiful craftsmanship with something a bit broken up. That’s very close to my personal view on design. That’s probably what is different. American fashion is much more glossy.
GB: I’m so impressed with the way Burberry’s introduced a technological sea change in fashion. I mean, I can choose a bag from the runway and have it delivered in eight weeks. How did that come about?
CB: I guess it was instinct. If you’re going to live steam a show, suddenly it’s not the industry you’re inviting. So you can’t say, “We’re inviting you into the show, but, FYI, you’ve got to stick to our industry timetables.”
GB: You did the show in China in April, and you had six models, but holograms for the rest. How did that work?
CB: We had to shoot all the holograms here in London. Then we took over a Beijing TV studio and basically covered the walls and ceilings with screens so you had no idea what was real and what was not. The message was that there is a blurring between the physical and digital. Fashion now is much more than product. It’s about entertainment and people feeling a part of something.
Burberry Prorsum Autumn/Winter 2011 Hologram Runway
Burberry Beijing — Full Show
Punchy florals with vivid island colors floated down Spring 2012 runways. Already popping up on the street, in a few months the trend is sure to be in full bloom.
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