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The Sartorialist takes a look at fashion trends as seen on the streets of New York City. [via Gothamist]
posted by riffola (35 comments total)

 
Oh, I love fashion.
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 1:14 PM on February 20, 2006 [1 favorite]


More proof that I wouldn't know good fashion if it kicked me in the head. Nice pictures though, I guess?
posted by Dr-Baa at 1:19 PM on February 20, 2006


This really needs more commentary ala The Hall of Douchebags
posted by horsemuth at 1:21 PM on February 20, 2006


Cool street photography.
posted by chunking express at 1:23 PM on February 20, 2006


I love it, thanks! I am especially pleased with the focus on menswear.
posted by like_neon at 1:26 PM on February 20, 2006


Ah, now I know what to rush right out and buy.
posted by HTuttle at 1:27 PM on February 20, 2006


this makes fashion look interesting to me, not a small achievement.
posted by Busithoth at 1:32 PM on February 20, 2006


I get my fashion tips here. (Probably NSFW and a little harsh)
posted by Ohdemah at 1:33 PM on February 20, 2006


more menswear-related things: Ask Andy About Clothes Forum, The London Lounge, English Cut.
posted by beerbajay at 1:39 PM on February 20, 2006


I like this -- simple, accessible and quick. Being on the West Coast, I have a bit of a fascination with aesthetic minds East of the prairies.

However, are the bulk of New York residents really so damned good looking as this suggests? Particularly in the face... is it the clothes that make everything else look so handsome? I may just have to move out there and play the ugly-face-card-as-sexy-novelty and get me some hot strange.

But damn, that's some tight steez.
posted by Extopalopaketle at 1:40 PM on February 20, 2006


Ok, that was a bit too much awkward mixed-slang for someone of my age and fogey-ness. Sorry 'bout that.
posted by Extopalopaketle at 1:42 PM on February 20, 2006


they're ok, but his taste is limited.

and my peacoat's a million times nicer than this guy's ; >
posted by amberglow at 1:43 PM on February 20, 2006


This is confusing. Pictures of people outside of the fashion week tents and fashion magazine editors doesn't seem like "just pictures of stylish people on the street." It would be much more interesting if it was clear that the people in the pictures were unaffiliated with the fashion industry.
posted by mullacc at 1:44 PM on February 20, 2006


However, are the bulk of New York residents really so damned good looking as this suggests?

Yup.

No, really, I moved to NYC from the New England area.... and there are just a lot more attractive people here than there were there. Particularly women- less of what I refer to as the "New England face".
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 1:53 PM on February 20, 2006 [1 favorite]


Cool post. I could look at stuff like this all day.

Pictures of people outside of the fashion week tents and fashion magazine editors doesn't seem like "just pictures of stylish people on the street."

I assume this is just because the pics are from Fashion Week. It looks like the archives have more photos of regular New Yorkers... who are still alarmingly good looking.
posted by 912 Greens at 1:56 PM on February 20, 2006


Wow, I'm so glad I left NYC. I was sooooo sick of the constant preening of everybody who had the cash to not be dragging their ass to work too hard for not enough money.

The name of that blog should be changed to gallery of ass monkeys. Pah.
posted by lumpenprole at 1:57 PM on February 20, 2006


Heheh, I think you have a point, lumpenprole- I now desperately want to be pictured on that site.
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 2:01 PM on February 20, 2006 [1 favorite]


If he keeps this blog up on an ongoing basis, it would be a valuable historical document. I loved it. And The Pinksuperhero is right, there are more good-looking people in NYC than in your hometown. I mean, a lot, lot, lot, lot, lot more. And you'll think you've seen a lot of good looking people when you go to New York. And then you'll go to Los Angeles...
posted by Faze at 2:07 PM on February 20, 2006


I think I just filled my bingo card.
posted by loquacious at 2:07 PM on February 20, 2006


I moved to NYC from the New England area.... and there are just a lot more attractive people here than there were there. Particularly women- less of what I refer to as the "New England face".
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 4:53 PM EST on February 20 [!]


I did also, though from a secluded, abby normal cross-section, since it was infested with colleges. I noticed a difference in people, but there's plenty of uglies in NYC, you just tend to keep roving your eye to the next pretty one (human nature?).
posted by Busithoth at 2:11 PM on February 20, 2006


Where were these people the day I wore my pants inside out? That's a fashion statement.
posted by Citizen Premier at 2:15 PM on February 20, 2006


And you'll think you've seen a lot of good looking people when you go to New York. And then you'll go to Los Angeles...

Wow, I can't believe I'm actually going to quote Swingers in public, but...ahem:

ROB: I can't get over how cute the girls in this city are.
MIKE: I know. It's like the opposite of inbreeding. The hottest one percent from around the world migrate to this gene pool.
ROB: Darwinism at its best.
MIKE: I've been around here six months and I still can't get over it.
ROB: It's like, every day I see a beautiful woman. I'm not used to that. I'm used to seeing a beautiful woman, I don't know, once a week. I can't handle it.
MIKE: Wait till summer. I swear, you can't leave the house. It hurts. It physically hurts.
ROB: I can't wait till I actually get to touch one of them.
MIKE: Ah, there's the rub...
ROB: There's the rub.
posted by Ian A.T. at 2:23 PM on February 20, 2006


Why is it that all the women look relaxed and the guys look self-obsessed and shallow?
posted by doctor_negative at 2:35 PM on February 20, 2006


I love the guys in scarves - make sure that neck's bundled up against the cold, but better find a really good moisturizer for those BARE HANDS.

The tight bomber-jacket guys put me in mind of middle-aged guys trying to fit into their peewee hockey jerseys.

Disclaimer: I'm a middle-aged guy who wasn't good enough to play peewee hockey.

And where oh where is this famous New York fashionista to be found?
posted by hangashore at 2:38 PM on February 20, 2006


Living in NYC compared to the suburbs I notice there's not so many obese people here, or they're somehow less visible. It was striking working a weekend job in the suburbs and seeing all sorts of obese people and then coming back to the city and seeing just skinny to slightly overweight people.
posted by TheOnlyCoolTim at 2:48 PM on February 20, 2006


What struck me is the number of people smoking. Yuck, nothing uglier than that.
posted by fixedgear at 2:55 PM on February 20, 2006


They are great pics. I do have to self link here so if I get punished i'll just enjoy mefi in the future from an outside perspective.

Anyway I have been building a video site of similar nyc fashionable interest at www.idonothingallday.com

I do have a more voyeuristic feel and a slant towards the female form.

Lastly, please give me and the site a bit of a break as I am still working on design elements. I am also working on removing the songs. Quicktime is needed.
posted by hpsell at 3:12 PM on February 20, 2006


This got posted in an AskMe answer the other day. It's absolutely enthralling.
posted by stopgap at 3:31 PM on February 20, 2006


hpsell, shoot more random people...everyone i see highlighted is playing it really safe (but please ---no neo-80s people).
posted by amberglow at 3:43 PM on February 20, 2006


I want this coat and this coat and this scarf and this jacket. And these boots and these are fantastic. Cool blog.
posted by octobersurprise at 9:01 PM on February 20, 2006


What struck me is the number of people smoking. Yuck, nothing uglier than that.

well maybe except someone who is self righteous about what other people do to themselves.... that can be pretty ugly too.
posted by sourbrew at 10:48 PM on February 20, 2006


The site was a bit too gushy for me.
A bit too "oh, look how beautiful we are." (gag)

After spending a long time in France, I have paid a lot of attention to dress in the US on my return. -- a lot of it wondering what the hell are people thinking!! My resolution: well basically we aren't thinking about that. In most of america dockers or jeans are the standard.

But then there is NY. Shiny, shiny NYC.

I agree with doctor_negative that the men in the pics look rather smug and, in my eyes, way too clean to be trusted. And yes, some of the girls look relaxed. But that is more casual than "mode."

The looks are largely European, with some can't miss American thrown in. Although, this guy looks like a sick Brit school boy.

But why do I feel it is so unnatural for US to be stylish in looking at these pics? Like we try a bit too hard and the end effect is just...well....a bit forced.

NY is about the only place in the States where girls dress like this -- and she pulls it off. Maybe you need the atmosphere. Most American girls seem to go for the jeans or even sweatpants look and then go through some sort of metamorphosis inspired by the latest celebrity type cocktail dress thing that they saw in a magazine at the check-out of their local supermarket on Friday night.

I think that is the big difference between us and the Europeans is that people here "dress up" and girls over there get dressed. Friday night might ask for a little more, but it is by no means the transformation that occurs here. It seems that there is a lot of influence of the "Stars" here -- just look at all the shows and media focusing on the red carpet. While Europe does import many US films, they don't tend to be influenced by the way our stars dress and their own celebrities don't hold much weight in their fashion world. In any case, the star of Friday can't be maintained all week. That is when the flip flops and sweats come out.

But why? Maybe it is the traumatic and scarring influence of the prom. Or maybe the old days of the silver screen are now engrained.

I was talking with my wife earlier today and we agreed that in the US people dress more for others where, in Europe, people dress more for themselves. She is convinced that no matter how hard we try there is always something wrong.

But why do most all of the Satorialist photos look so Euro? (ok, there is some unmistakable NY) Moreover, why does everybody look like they spent WAY TOO MUCH TIME an THOUGH into putting their ensemble together? About all of the photos look like the subject just stepped out of the store. Maybe we are just incorrigeable consumers and, like octobersurprise above, we want this, this, and that. I must say that I am impressed with Satorialist's eye and generally superlative state of amazement.

Incidently, one more fashion related qualm before I quit my rambling. AMERICAN GIRLS. PLEASE!! IF YOU ARE GOING TO WEAR KNEE HIGH SPACE BOOTS....PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE LEARN HOW TO WALK WITH THEM!!!

There is nothing more sad than a poor girl thinking she is all that clunking up the street. And it sho ain't pretty round 3 in tha mornin'
posted by pwedza at 12:12 AM on February 21, 2006


What's going on here? I have 8 of the exact same t-shirt, 4 black, 4 gray. I have two pairs of jeans that I alternate. Formal occasions call for 7-year-old Frye boots instead of 3-year-old New Balance sneakers. I am a girl and I am the anti-fashion-yet I have been looking at this for well over an hour. I think maybe beautiful clothes are like opera or ballet. I can't do it, I don't quite understand it, but I love it anyway.
posted by cilantro at 12:23 AM on February 21, 2006


I wish I had the cash to stay with the times.
posted by TwelveTwo at 7:39 AM on February 21, 2006


mmm. Thom Browne.
posted by Utilitaritron at 11:10 AM on February 22, 2006


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