Sunday, January 9, 2011

(A Look At) Street Style

A new dimension of fashion appreciation.

I believe it was back in 2005 that Scott Schuman began The Sartorialist, and to follow, would be an entire new world of discovery and street style appreciation. Described in minutes on this documentary above, Scott takes us through bits of his daily life, his view on photography and defining his purpose for The Satorialist. Some believe that fashion is a reflection of who one is as a person—their tastes and sensibilities, their style and how they outwardly introduce themselves to the world. And so, I believe it is safe to say that Scott has not only created quite a following of fashion and style lovers, but also an honest account of some of the fashion and style of our time. From fine to grunge, and rugged included, true to form, and entirely captured spur of the moment. There is nothing overly staged or pretentious about his photos, so the saying explains.

Perhaps Scott is the master of a new movement, for I do not believe street style is merely a trend to come and go. In fact, often I find myself going back to some of his earliest work for inspiration, whether it be fashion-forward style, classic style or neither for that matter; one can find plentiful inspiration throughout different touch points of world and most importantly, with uniqueness of style... for his choices of photography are of interesting people, not solely fashion's elite. Now that is truly inspiring.

+ also, some news about Vogue Paris... who the new editor in chief is to be!

— with thanks to David for discovering & sharing this video / images: The Sartorialist / video: vimeo


  1. Hello - am so glad someone posted on this and you are the perfect blog for it! I loved the Scott Schumann documentary - captures it all so perfectly. I love at the start where that charming woman on the street corner says 'what's it for?' then he says 'The Sartorialist' and she is just precious in the way she says 'Ohhhhhhh!' as in...the answer is yes you can take my picture!! He is a master and absolutely inspired me to start blogging. Lou x

  2. Scott truly is amazing ... and the image of the black caped lady with the Louboutins in the snow, is one of my most favourite images of his!

    I loved the documentary ... so raw...

    Thanks Sarah

  3. You know, that why I love Scott's work the most out of other Street Fashion Photographers; He doesn't just photograph Fashion's Elite. People in the fashion industry aren't the only people in the world to have great sense of style, and Scott shows us that all the time. The people he photographs have an amazing sense of style and I believe they have a strong sense of self (which shows through in his photographs). It's unfortunate that there are others in his line of work that don't seem to feel the same way and only follow and photograph those in the fashion industry.
    Great post! I've been meaning to watch that video, just hadn't gotten around to it :)

  4. Thank you for posting this Sartorialist video! Such a great little film. I met Mr. Schuman when I was in Sydney last year at his book signing. What a pioneer!

    Hope you are well!


  5. Great post Sarah! How can we not love the work of Scott? He certainly does capture the moment!
    I hope that you are having a nice weekend.

  6. I so much enjoyed that video when I saw it on his blog. And I love that you included one of my favourite photos of his, the one of Garance photographing in heels ;-)

  7. What a great video!
    So let me get this straight, Scott is the one who started it all? I've always wondered who the first street fashion photographer-blogger was. Thanks for the post. :)

  8. love the way you impart Scott's work -- great post!

  9. I really really enjoyed this post Sarah, thank you for posting

  10. Lou: I laughed at that part, too! too funny...

    Biaa: I couldn't agree more

    Caroline: lucky you—that's wonderful :)

    MJ: I cannot say for certain that he was the one to start it all, but it's possible. His work has had such a major impact.

  11. What Scott has created through the Sartorialist is truly inspirational. Lovely post, thank you Sarah x

  12. Thanks for posting, Sarah! I do love the "eye" of Scott. i start viewing fashion in a different way. He inspires me to just be myself and wear what I like...


  13. Well said, Sarah!
    I hope he keeps posting for a long, long time!!

  14. Hi Dear Sarah
    Running a bit late to say Happy New Year.... Hope this year brings you much joy!!

    Well Scott's photos are always fabulous.. and these here no exception.. If only I could see such beauty on my streets here.. although I should venture out to Paddington in Sydney .. always interesting people there!

    Have a lovely year.. xxx Julie

  15. Julie: I know exactly what you mean! Sometimes I wish I lived in a more inspiring city... truly. Must stop by and see what you've been up to :)

  16. Fabulous post! Nothing better then fashion week in NYC! And the best photo is the one thatch took of the blondemwith the older gentleman in the knit capmwith a camera! He is thee most famous street photographer in the world!

    Great going!
    Happy New Year!
    Jamie Herzlinger

  17. I just discovered you blog & loved it. I'm an interior designer from Melbourne, Australia & I found it very inspiring. Blogging is all new to me but I have just set up my own blog
    You may like to check it out because I had so much fun doing it. It's got a bit of everything fashion, interiors, food, travel spots - hopefully you will find something in there that you like.
    Thanks for providing me with such great entertainment!

  18. I love street style because it is much more interesting and easily attainable! Love his blog.

    p.s. Sur la table $50 gift cert. giveaway if you would like to join in! xo

  19. The Sartorialist remains my favorite street style blog, but it's much more than that. As he suggestively puts it at the end of the video: "The whole world is opened to us now."

  20. Emmanuelle eh?
    It's funny because there was a whole debate about Paris Vogue on the Sartorialist.

  21. Hi Sarah...yes, I agree
    Images of interesting people...
    not just apparel...
    have a great day..

  22. I watched this video yesterday on Scott's blog. It is gorgeously made.
    I have his book, too. I have to agree with you. I can go back and look at it a hundred times and every time it will seem different to me. I will pick up something that I didn't see before or see it in a different way. So, yes, I think street style will always be relevant. And quite inspiring.

  23. Love how everyone has their own unique style! Can be so much more interesting than a staged photoshoot! Happy Monday, love. xoxo

  24. I think I was commenting on this marvelous post when I was interupted and never did leave my comment. Sarah, this is such an enjoyable read and I lost myself in your link to Vivian Maier--wow, what a find! Wishing you much happiness as we start the second week into the new year!


  25. Isn't this such a great video?! I think it s so interesting to sort of watch him work, ask people if he can take their picture, see what he looks for... such a cool perspective. I hope there are more like this!

  26. Sarah, what a fabulous post and tribute to the ever-inspiring Sartorialist! You are quite inspiring yourself darling :)


  27. Dearest Sarah,

    Great eye for Street Style; well spotted by Scott!

    Love the elegant legs; he's master in bringing the best out in those pictures. Often even better looking than anything off the cat-walk!

    Have a great week and lots of love,

    Mariette's Back to Basics

  28. i found this video so inspiring. i always wondered how scott went about finding people and what his everyday happenings are like. he never ever fails to deliver.

  29. Style and fashion... you're right it will never go out of style.

    I'm hosting a very interesting giveaway. Would you like to come and enter?

  30. DCC: thank you :)

    Julie: on my way!

  31. love this movie... and what a fabulous post full of inspiration dear Sarah!


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