By Jonathan Smith on February 27th, 2009
Lastnightsparty.com is ex musician turned socialite photographer Merlin Bronques photo-blog documenting New York’s hottest parties and people. His victims are always well dressed, usually drunk and sometimes topless and as a result the collection of photos provide a snap shot of fashion in motion… whatever that means. The images are far more accessible than that of fashion photography and give insight into the trends currently being peddled across the pond in NYC- a far more useful tool than any forecast.
This “in the moment” kind of photography suits well to show off trends and styles more than it does clothing -which at times is totally unidentifiable- and needless to say it primarily serves to pamper the ego’s of those being photographed but personally I find it hard to take a trend seriously until I’ve seen someone I consider “real” sporting it. The site has been praised and slated in equal measure and you have to totally forgo your feelings on the vapid nature of the photographs and the photographed before you can use the site as an excellent source of voyeuristic research, though be warned if you look at it for too long you do get scenester blindness where everyone looks like the same generic guy or girl but persevere, it’s well worth it.
Lastnightsparty is also available in a slightly too small to be coffee table sized and slightly too vacuous to be of any use book!
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