Bill Cunningham, the 81 year old New York Times photographer is arguably the greatest contemporary street photographer. For decades, this Schwinn-riding cultural anthropologist has been obsessively and inventively chronicling fashion trends and high society charity soirées for the Times Style section in his columns “On the Street” and “Evening Hours.” Documenting uptown fixtures (Wintour, Tom Wolfe, Brooke Astor, David Rockefeller—who …
Two years ago we snapped Kingston Course Director Mo Ali at Graduate Fashion Week, and we spotted him again outside EC2 with some rather fetching trainers.
You might have noticed my absence from Brandish for a couple of weeks, I made a trip round the West African countries of Burkina Faso and Mali.
Having never been to Africa before it was a memorable trip, and I felt it was my duty to snap some of the well-dressed men that I saw out and about for you Brandish readers. Burkina Faso is one of the poorest countries in the world, but people are turned out in brilliant clothes, and the Touareg men in Mali are a vision! This is only a tiny percentage of the amazing outfits I spotted, because snapping away at people felt a lot ruder than it might in Japan or the UK for example, but hopefully it gives you a taste for African fashion.
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The Sartorialist may have crowned New York as the centre of street style but Paul Flynn has written an eloquent piece on why London style is among the most interesting in the world, as part of the G2 London fashion special in the Guardian today.
Nicola Formichetti, the fashion extraordinaire and creative director of Dazed & Confused, writes an awesome blog which he manages to update almost three times a week. With pictures from his various trips, nights out, karaoke parties and Tokyo fashion-fests, the blog is a treasure trove of great images and this is no different. The pic was only put up yesterday morning and it shows some of Nicola’s friends posing on a night out in London.
This gallery showcases some of the hottest street style looks I’ve seen in quite a while. Granted, some of the photography is a bit shifty (and the background of sun-washed Camden during the summer is enough to provoke resentment from most Brits,) but these looks are on-trend and rival a lot of professionally styled magazine editorials.
Brandish loves street style and there will definitely be more to come in the next few months. Just prepare for rain drops on the camera lens.
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Here comes the inevitable news that Scott Schuman aka The Sartorialist is to release a book. It was only a matter of time before everyone’s favourite street style photographer got a book deal and word is that Harper Collins have agreed to publish the coffee table volume.
This is a guy going by the name of Designerman, similar to the Sartoialist but at the same time oh so different. The difference comes in that where the Sartorialist is armed with a camera, Designerman is armed simply with some pencils and a sheet of sketch paper. His blog is filled with some really cool sketches of people wearing some really cool clothes, or perhaps just some pants. Though obviously less detailed than photographs these sketches give you the essence of a look, which is a lot more adaptable and easier to taylor to your own image, also they give you a crazy post modern backwards view into the process of fashion design: from sketch to garment and back to sketch again… ooooooh post modern and stuffff…
It’s a simple look but Jaakko’s tonal outfit posted on Hel Looks a few days ago hits the fashion spot. Breaking up the monotony with a patterned scarf is a wise move and he shows that black and brown can be worn together (more about this soon) without incurring the wrath of the fashion gods.
Last Friday I went out to stalk the streets of Covent Garden with a camera and a hidden agenda. I have chosen some more accessible and practical looks, less suits and boots and more work shirts and trainers. Check out the men here and the women over at catwalkqueen.
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Drop-crotch jeans have been dubbed the ‘future of denim’ and ‘the next skinny jean.’ I am an unbelievable skinny devotee (yes, I am scarred after wearing them in Summer-heat London and not even joking) and for this reason, I decided to road-test an exclusive pre-production sample pair from Trousers London.
Here on Brandish we love a bit of sartorial realism. While Jason deals with cool buys and indie-labels, I tend to veer towards the bright lights of magazines and the high-octane glamour of ridiculously expensive items (WISHLIST anyone?) and the glossy adverts they inhabit.
I do love the high-street and so, with editor’s camera in hand and a trusty phone in the other (who knows what pickle one could get into asking for photos on the streets of Camden?) I set off to find London’s fashionistos.
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One of the few pictures from the Sartorialist’s London visit has surfaced and it’s a wonderful piece of British nostalgia.
Italy might be one of the only places where the men dress better than the women. This is of course a massive generalisation but diamanté, stripper shoes and white capri pants will never be a match for the classic, timeless style that many Italian men adopt.
I swear on my Margaret Howell wide-leg trousers that this isn’t deliberate… What are the odds of snapping two of River Island’s designers at GFW?
I’ve been literally running around Earl’s Court trying to get pictures of the best-dressed men at GFW for you.
Running after potential street style victims is embarrassing but worth it [Culture Creators]
Pot Noodle for dinner again? Indulge in a reverie of luxury [I Luw Fashion]
This week Brandish and Catwalk Queen are featuring street style pictures from Brighton’s Great Escape music festival.