Ever since the Internet was born, girls in pretty clothes have been lugging around their tripods, setting up their timers and taking pictures of themselves in modelly poses to post on their style blogs. It’s not just a hobby. It’s a movement. Street style. Everyone has it. It’s fun, it’s inspiring, and it gives you a reason to get dressed in the morning. So of course men want in on the action too.
You’ve all heard of Scott Schuman and the empire he’s created for himself snapping photos of women wearing hats and riding bicycles and chicly lounging around the cobblestone streets of SoHo with their perfectly mismatched ensembles and cigarettes. But now there’s a new man on the block, capturing fashion’s finest on the sidewalks of New York through a whole different lens. May I introduce Adam Katz Sinding of Le 21eme Arrondissement.
Last night a friend and I traipsed over to the ever-swanky Living Room at the W Hotel Times Square, where the photographer highlighted some of his work in an exhibit curated by Elle fashion editor, Sydney Wasserman. Showcasing what the sage dub THE trends to watch out for in 2012, the “Scene on the Street” display showed gorgeous girls rocking everything from geometric prints to sweet bra tops to polished and preppy button-up shirts. And also Kate Lanphear in a seriously on-trend black leather jacket, but then again what street style exhibit is complete without at least one photo of Kate Lanphear in a seriously on-trend black leather jacket?
Is there really any better way to kick off Fashion Week than to cram 400 people into a dimly lit space, hire a DJ and pass around some unwarrantedly strong cucumber mojitos? Probably not. It was impossible to spot Mr. Sinding over all the already crazy tall girls in stilettos, but his work was certainly able to speak for itself.
The fact is, you do see a lot of cool and wacky things go down the runway but until they pop up on the street, translated into real life, is it really fashion? Wasn’t it Coco Chanel who said something like, “Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street. Fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening”? Isn’t that why we spend so much time browsing through the endless photo galleries that show up on Vogue and Style.com and The Cut, dissecting each look to decide what we like, what we don’t like, what’s editorial and what’s possible? There’s a reason, I think, why we pick up magazines to flip through the fantastically constructed spreads of models in storybook settings. It’s an escape, for most of us. But wandering through Mr. Sinding’s exhibit, you couldn’t help but think, “Hey, I could wear that.”
Anyway, the W Hotel is really pretty. There was water in the ceiling.
My pictures are dark and blurry, but if you want to examine some of exhibit’s photos in greater clarity, hop on over to Refinery29 where you’ll find some examples of what was on display. And of course, don’t forget to check out Adam Katz Sinding’s blog.