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Before the start of the latest round of fashion weeks, I’d like to write about street style. Love it or hate it, but the flamboyant crowd of editors and showgoers is captured by a number of street-style photographers whose pictures are seen everywhere, from blogs to major fashion magazines. Buyers tell me they make orders after they see pieces from collections in street-style reports rather than after reading positive reviews. Shall I recall how many fashion influencers started their careers from street style? Let’s omit that point for now, and move on to those who stand behind the cameras. Wataru Shimosato, Adam Katz Sinding, Daniel Bruno Grandl, and Nabile Quenum answer my questions about the upcoming season and share their favorite pictures from the previous one. No matter how different their styles and approaches, they all agreed that they will always pick an unknown yet fashionable editor over a poorly dressed celebrity—which makes them sincere fashion aficionados.

WATARU

Wataru Shimosato

Is there any particular collection/piece of clothing you loved last season that you want to shoot people wearing?
I like Yohji Yamamoto Pour Homme, personally, and loved his A/W14 patterns and prints! I don’t really see people wearing Yohji at NYFW, so I think it’s hard, but I would love to shoot someone in Yohji this NYFW.

Who are your street-style muses?
Anne Koch, Jenna Lyons, Ellinor Stigle, Roberto Lorenzi, Alex Kasavin.

Favorite shot of the previous season:

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Before or after the show?
I prefer after the show. People are relaxed because they aren’t in a rush.

Anna Dello Russo or Giovanna Battaglia?
Giovanna. She wears unique clothes, but I also think she knows what clothes fit her well.

Men or women?
Hmm…I like men’s styles more than women’s because I think men stick to small details like fabric, how the clothes are sewn, how short pants are, or something like that. I think women pick clothes that make them feel good. I like the deep side of style.

Moschino by Jeremy Scott or Saint Laurent by Hedi Slimane?
I would say Saint Laurent by Hedi. I personally don’t like obvious prints or big logo clothes.

 

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Adam Katz Sinding

Is there any particular collection/piece of clothing you loved last season that you want to shoot people wearing?

I love the Dior heels with the athletic sole. I saw a woman wearing them during men’s fashion week and freaked out trying to get a photo. I love the juxtaposition.

Who are your street-style muses?

Isabelle Kountoure, Julie Pelipas, Emmanuelle Alt, Nadja Bender—girls who aren’t dressing for the camera but instead for themselves.

Favorite shot of the previous season:

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Is there any combination of clothing that disappoints you?

Anything with Uggs.

What was the longest amount of time you ran after someone to make a shot?

Probably Hanne Gaby Odiele in Paris after Valentino a few seasons back. Maybe 10 to 15 minutes for blocks and blocks. I got a lot of great photos that time, so it was worth the sweat.

Grand Palais or Tuileries?

Grand Palais, if all the groupies aren’t there! The backdrop is beautiful.

Before or after the show?

After. Models! Chaos! It’s so exciting. Before is too structured.

Anna Dello Russo or Giovanna Battaglia?

Giovanna Battaglia, for me. I mean, she works with W!

Who will you run after to get a shot: a badly dressed
super-celebrity or a stylishly dressed no-name editor?

No-name, every time. I don’t care about celebs. I mean, maybe Kanye or A$AP, but even so, I’m not a paparazzo. It’s only if the situation is right.

Men or women?

Women. No doubt.

Beard or no beard?

Do I even need to answer? ;)

Moschino by Jeremy Scott or Saint Laurent by Hedi Slimane?

Saint Laurent. Hedi is the reason I am even in this industry. He sparked the flame.

 

NABILE

Nabile Quenum

Is there any particular collection/piece of clothing you loved last season that you want to shoot people wearing?

I love to shoot Céline and Yohji Yamamoto, because Phoebe [Philo] and Yohji make their clothes smell [of] coolness. I would say the leather biker jacket from Comme des Garçons with “Live free die strong” written on the back.

Who are your street-style muses?

Jayne Min, Margarita Zubatova, Gilda Ambrosio, Elina Halimi, Sarah Chavez, Edith Blayney, Soo Joo Park, Giovanna Battaglia, Kelly Wong.

Favorite shot of the previous season:

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This picture is from New York. I was walking with some friends, and that woman crossed the street from the other side and she was so cool…. And it was not in front of a show. Even today, I don’t know who she is. This picture explains why I love doing this photojournalistic work.

What was the longest amount of time you ran after someone to make a shot?

I think around 15 minutes, but do you count when you love what you see?

Grand Palais or Tuileries?

Grand Palais.

Before or after the show?

Before.

Men or women?

I love women.

Moschino by Jeremy Scott or Saint Laurent by Hedi Slimane?

Saint Laurent, for sure.

 

DANIEL

Daniel Bruno Grandl

Who are your street-style muses?

Hanneli Mustaparta, Gilda Ambrosio, Pernille Teisbaek, Leigh Lezark

Favorite shot of the previous season:

DANIEL_PICTURE

Is there any combination of clothing that disappoints you?

Many times I have seen horrible print-on-print outfits. I’m not saying such an outfit is impossible to pull off, but it is tricky to do in a good way.

Is there any accessory you hate?

I do not like beanie hats, and especially not on women.

Photos: Courtesy of the photographers

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