Full disclosure: Kat Irlin is one of my favorite people that I’ve met in recent years. I like her a lot. And not just because of her talent as a photographer, her ability to see the world through a 1960s cinematic lens, or the way in which she makes me look far cooler than I really am, though those are good reasons. I like Kat because she’s a no-nonsense human who doesn’t suffer fools, who tells it like it is, who works insanely hard, and who is an inspiring friend — when I’m around her I’m forced to up my game considerably. Kat works so much that it’s difficult to pin her down for more than 15 minutes, but yesterday, after trying for months, I finally managed to get her to sit still and chat for an hour. We covered a range of topics from transitioning social media glory into real world success, her opinion on Instagram’s proposed algorithm change, and why she never keeps photos of herself up for more than three hours.Click to Continue!
Hey, gidday mates! I flew back to New York from Paris last Monday, and I was joined onboard by a couple of cool Californian designers named Ant De Padovane and Joshua Willis, who’d just been showing at Project Paris. We got talking, they told me about their labels Second Layer (which they’re presenting tomorrow at NYFW Men’s) and Article No. — worn by guys like Future, Jared Leto and Eugene Tong — and I asked if I could record what was said and post it as an interview. The following conversation on New York VS LA, Mexican gangster style, and tacos took place 30,000 feet above the English Channel.Click to Continue!
Team #Menswear is on the homestretch here in Paris, but for some of the traveling fashion circus, the real tour hasn’t even started yet. Beginning with London Collections: Men on January the 8th, and ending with the Paris women’s shows on March the 9th, the first two months of the year are particularly grueling for the street style photographers, who spend long days outside in the elements, and long nights inside editing their work. Melodie Jeng is one of the few female photographers who does the entire stretch (all 10 fashion weeks), for a range of clients including Vogue, models.com, Barney’s New York, Saks Fifth Ave, New York Magazine, and more. Over the last few seasons I’ve interviewed almost all of the top male photographers, so I thought it was about time I spoke with one of the most successful females. The following is a conversation with Melodie Jeng.Click to Continue!
Few things excite me more than good things happening to good people, and Dan Roberts is most definitely good people. The New Zealand-born, Australia-living streetstyle photographer is on a fast-track to success — in his first international fashion week season he shot exclusively for his blog, in his third season he started shooting for Elle USA, and now in his fifth season, he’s shooting all the streetstyle for Vogue Paris. He just flew into New York for the women’s shows, and I caught up with him to find out just how he landed the French whale, what shooting for Vogue Paris has taught him, and what he thinks of people who say that streetstyle, as a movement, is dead:Click to Continue!
As one of the most successful streetstyle photographers on the international scene, Michael Dumler spends his days running around after models, editors and the well-dressed milieu (you probably know his work over at On Abbot Kinney). What you might not know is that he picked up his first camera just four years ago in an attempt to distract himself while he was getting sober in California: At his father’s behest, he took a photography course at UCLA, “Filled with Moms who wanted to take photos of their gardens,” then planted himself out the front of Abbot’s Habit on Abbot Kinney and began asking interesting-looking people if he could take their portraits. He bought his URL On Abbot Kinney soon after, and fast forward a couple of years, he now shoots for everybody from Vogue to Levi’s, GQ to Helmut Lang, and counts Gigi Hadid as a fan. He and I shoot together fairly regularly, so I figured it was time we sat down for a chat:Click to Continue!
As one of just five caucasian kids at a predominantly Asian school in Vancouver, Paige Bourassa spent her teen years hanging out with Chinese friends who lived with multiple generations of grand and great grandparents. She recalls a constant thought: ‘Why are these people not dying? I have Aunts and Uncles who are dying of cancer at 40, and this Chinese guy over here looks like he’s 120 years old.’ She spent the better part of the next decade studying numerous methods of healing, before finally settling on acupuncture, which she now practices full-time in Chelsea, NYC. We met at Maderas Village in Nicaragua last month, and I was fascinated to hear that she spends a lot of her time treating patients with broken hearts and sexual hang-ups (alongside the more traditional aches and pains you’d expect). Intrigued, I decided to ask her a few questions about how acupuncture pins can help the lovesick:Click to Continue!
Every resident of New York knows Dan Perino’s face, but they might not know his name. He’s the hapless guy who got rejected by women he fancied a few too many times, and decided to take matters into his own hands. So about halfway through last year, he had a flier made up advertising himself as a guy looking for a girlfriend, posted 500 of them around the East Village, and within a few hours found himself on a date, then in bed with a woman he’d just met. He posted another 500 the next day. A CBS News interview came next, then an article in Vice Magazine, and now he’s going worldwide, with a possible reality show, plus a documentary and an independent film in the works. I ran into the man posting fliers on the Bowery yesterday morning, so I couldn’t let him get away without a little Q&A. Here’s what he had to say.Click to Continue!
I couldn’t exactly interview Tommy Ton and Adam Katz Sinding without talking to the father of streestyle blogs himself, The Sartorialist, aka Scott Schuman. So on Saturday afternoon, after the Dior Homme show had finished, we caught a car from way out in the 15th Arrondissement to the centre of Paris, and talked the entire way about all sorts of interesting things, including how he differentiates himself from the next generation of streestyle photographers and his take on the cult of Chiara Ferragni. But first, I asked him about his relationship with Garance Doré, and more specifically, about how it began on social media and ended on social media. His honesty was refreshing.Click to Continue!
Virgil Abloh is the modern-day renaissance man. He’s Kanye West’s creative director; he owns the Chicago concept store RSVP Gallery; he DJs parties all over the world; and he designs and runs his luxury streetwear label Off-White. No doubt connected to his success is the fact that he’s also a natural born communicator.Click to Continue!
If Tommy Ton is the Michael Jordan of the international streetstyle set, then Adam Katz Sinding is the Zinedine Zidane — exceptionally talented, and not at all concerned with kissing babies or shaking hands. His website, Le 21ème proclaims, “This is NOT a Street Style Blog”. He wears head-to-toe black, a long, dark, beard, and travels in a pack of similarly clad photographers. His shots are moody and sophisticated. He’s not an easy conversationalist.Click to Continue!