11 posts tagged "Scott Schuman"
The Sartorialist Ponders Street-Style Blogs As Social Documents, The Worldwide Ubiquity of Denim Cutoffs
In fashion circles, it’s a particular point of pride to get snapped by Scott Schuman, better known as the Sartorialist. Schuman—along, of course, with the genre’s mainstay, the Times‘ Bill Cunningham—can take a fair amount of credit for reinventing and popularizing street-style photography as we know it, and he remains one of its sharpest practitioners. Fiat invited Schuman to present some of his favorite images of Italian style for tonight’s “An Evening With the Sartorialist” at the Italian auto marque’s Soho pop-up gallery. (It’s 7 to 9 p.m. tonight at 18 Wooster St. in NYC; the event is open to the public, but RSVP is required at TheSartorialist@framenoir.com.) Style.com called Schuman bright and early this morning—immediately following the Royal Wedding, in fact—to talk street style’s ascendance, history, and aesthetics. He opened with a mock admission: “I admit it,” he said with a laugh when reached by phone. “I’m the designer!” A slightly more factual conversation followed.
OK, so you’re not Kate Middleton’s mystery designer. But if you saw her walking down the street, would you shoot her?
Uh…next question. [Her dress] seemed appropriate for the day.
That seems to be the consensus. In other news, Fiat is presenting “An Evening With the Sartorialist” tonight. What’ll we see there?
Just, like, a mini presentation of images that highlight Italian style. Fiat called me because, you know, I have a particular fondness for Italian style. It’s more about craftsmanship and fit and beauty than it is necessarily, you know, over-the-top wildness. So we printed photographs—we actually printed them probably about four times larger than the ones I usually print. They’re 30″ x 40″, so they’re pretty good-sized prints—beautiful Italian style at its best.
The landscape has changed so much since you started taking street-style photos.
There’s definitely a lot of people doing it. I don’t do it particularly as competition, but there’s definitely a lot of people doing it now and I think it’s great; I think it makes a great historical document at this moment. In the past, there were people like [Jacques-Henri] Lartigue, who shot street style in Paris in the 1910′s, 20′s and 30′s. Pretty much I think he was shooting the very high end. He came from a very rich family and he was shooting the very dramatic, high end of fashion. And people like the Séeberger brothers did the same thing—shooting the very high end, people going to the racetracks and all that. Bill Cunningham really was one of the first to start shooting on the street, everyday people, from some dressed at a very high level to some dressed at a very interesting level of less expensive clothes. But I think a lot of times he tended to go to the more dramatic.
Now I think the next step of that evolution is people shooting everything, from the overly dramatic to the very subtle to the very trendy. The technology gives us the ability to make a great document of this time. Continue Reading “The Sartorialist Ponders Street-Style Blogs As Social Documents, The Worldwide Ubiquity of Denim Cutoffs” »
If Brazil feels hotter than ever this year, it may be thanks to an influx of international interest: Scott Schuman and Garance Doré both hopped down to Rio to shoot the scene, and some of the world’s most sought-after models—including Lara Stone and Chanel Iman—flew in to walk the runways of Rio and São Paulo fashion weeks. Some of the country’s greatest fashion exports, like Alexandre Herchcovitch, show their collections on their home turf before flying it off to Paris or elsewhere.
But the week also plays host to a few designers less known outside of the country. That isn’t to say they deserve to be less known. Reinaldo Lourenço counts Brazilians in the know among his devotees, including Cássia Ávila, the designer’s muse (pictured). A 20-year veteran model and the country’s answer to Cindy Crawford, she sat front-and-center at his thronged SPFW show and stayed on message. “I almost only wear Reinaldo Lourenço,” Ávila told everyone. “My dress today is from his 2002 collection. You can wear and wear him. I have pieces from 1997 and people always want to know who designed them…” American buyers, take note.