Joshua Kissi: Only occurring two times over the span of twelve months, New York Fashion Week illuminated a different type of energy this go around. Straying away from its usual Bryant Park location, the fall iteration of NYFW operated out of Lincoln Center. The event, which brings in the most stylish and fashionable people from every creek and pond of the world to New York City, would be impossible to define with one word. Instead, we decided to put together a montage of images and a video to express this idea.
Last fall was our first time taking part in NYFW. For our newer readers, we provided you guys with a taste of that experience first hand. In the span of a year, things changed dramatically for us, including a site re-design and overall post presentation. Even with that growth, we remain as excited about the festivities as we were the first time.
* Note – A special thanks to all the designer shows we’re invited to.
We had the pleasure of working with photographer-model Bill Gente of BackYardBill on a style series presented by GQ Magazine. Each day of the seven-day, style-filled week, Gente would snap a photo of us for the online feature. In between all the shutter snaps, we built a meaningful relation with Gente as we took on conversations spanning from personal style conundrums to marriage. Expect to see us on his great photography blog very soon.
Below are some of the entries from Gente’s week-long project:
GQ Magazine: Five men—and one beautiful woman—with serious fashion-world street cred and totally individual senses of personal style. Seven action-packed days in New York City. One intrepid, artful photographer with an eye for detail and a knack for portraiture. Every day during New York Fashion Week, Bill Gentle—otherwise known as Backyard Bill—will be shooting our superbly-dressed subjects in what they happen to be wearing out on the town. So without further ado, an ever-expanding photo diary of real-life sartorial splendor.
Day 1 -
- Vintage Levi’s trucker jacket (eBay)
- Uniqlo Merino wool V-neck
- J.Crew Stanton Pant (Urban Slim Fit)
- Vintage brown horsebit loafers
- Men’s COACH Harrison slim tote
- Brixton Gain trilby
Fit Description: The usage of the trilby is not only great for stylish use, but also for those oh-so-dreadful bad hair days everyone encounters at some point. I’ve had a growing fondness for the hat and you should expect an upcoming post on the piece. Strangely enough, these orange chinos – ideal for summer use – got their first use on this day, with the weather feeling more like autumn. Regardless, who doesn’t love the color palettes of orange, brown, and maroon for the current season?
- Vintage denim paperboy
- Vintage Tommy Hilfiger crewneck sweater
- Nudies Black Grimm Tims
- Ralph Lauren loafers
Day 5 -
- J.Crew pocket tee
- Zara linen blazer
- Lands’ End pleated trousers
- Tanner Goods belt
- Soludos espadrilles
Fit Description: In all the years of receiving Lands’ End catalogs, it never occurred to me that I would be ordering pleated trousers from the brand. For many of those years, I was a knucklehead to anything outside of the box in a sartorial sense. But as we all know, things change and this brand has great quality pieces for the pricepoints, after some slight alterations (depending on your preference to fit). The important factor with pleated pants is the realization that the overall fit has to fall between slim and straight. Because of the pleats, the option of skinny fit is not the best one.
- Vintage Ralph Lauren
- Uniqlo trousers
- Ralph Lauren belt
Day 2 -
- Vintage Haris tweed blazer (eBay)
- Vintage Ralph Lauren paisley shirt
- Topman trousers
- Del Toro velvet slippers ($195.00)
- Men’s Coach Harrison slim tote
- Thrifted pocket square
Fit Description: Judging by this picture, we can all agree that a well-fitting blazer is essential in any man’s wardrobe. The fall season, where layering comes with comfort, I’d recommend having a creative mind with the concept. Here, Travis has a nice beige jean jacket under his blazer. I scored these nice velvet slippers from a brand inside of the U.S called Del Toro. It’s great that a $600+ price tag wasn’t attached to them, like usual velvet slippers.
Day 4 -
- Vintage tweed blazer
- Uniqlo oxford shirt
- RL pocket square
- Zara messenger bag
- Vintage jeans
- Sebago Boots
Once again, we paired up with good friend and film director Jake Davis. Street style photography is an influential medium for online readers to view the personal style of millions of different people throughout the world. I feel like street style video will have just as strong of an influence when done correctly, and Davis is the best example of why that is. His work provides the ideal mix of style and great music to create the perfect 60-second video. This time around, that mix includes some sound bytes by myself.