How to Survive Fashion Week :: Tip #4

Missed the previous tips? Here's tips #1, #2, and #3.

Tip #4: Know Your Street Style Photographers


Or how else is your best friend's cousin's girlfriend's brother-in-law going to know what you wore to fashion week?

Scott Schuman of The Sartorialist. Image courtesy of Google Images.

Profile #1: Scott Schuman of the The Sartorialist
Don't let Scott Schuman's serious airs and short stature fool you--this man is the Napoleon of the street style empire. He first started his blog as a way to bridge the disjoint between the style he saw on the runway and the style he saw on the street, and he hasn't looked back since. After all, no one wears head-to-toe Chanel just for getting a cup of coffee. His philosophy on fashion and clothes has been far-reaching, and his conquered territories include Stockholm, Berlin, Paris, London, Tokyo, and even Amish Pennsylvania. His favorite hunting grounds, however, are Milan and New York City, which is where he makes his home when he isn't out giving judgment on some poor/lucky individual's outfit.

One of Schuman's subjects. Image courtesy of The Sartorialist.

Tips for getting photographed: Be a rugged European (preferably Italian) male, ride a vintage (not mountain!) bicycle, wear something your grandfather/grandmother gave you. It doesn't hurt to be really pretty either.

Garance Dore of her self-titled blog. Image courtesy of Google Images.

Profile #2: Garance Dore of Garance Dore
Every Emperor needs an Empress, and Garance Dore fits the bill perfectly. Before she became the "girlfriend of that Sartorialist guy," Garance made a name for herself photographing impeccably dressed girls with great clothes and even greater hair. Unlike most street style blogs that focus mainly on pictures,
Garance Dore usually includes a hefty chunk of text detailing a charming anecdote that makes you wish you could just reach into the computer screen and give her a virtual teddy bear hug. So ladies, remember, just because we're on the internet doesn't mean we can't use our feminine adorableness to attract hunky men. Now go and seduce!

One of Dore's subjects. Image courtesy of Garance Dore.

Tips for getting photographed: Be smart, be funny, be classy, wear something vintage. It doesn't hurt to be really good-looking either.

Tommy Ton of Jak & Jil. Image courtesy of Google Images.

Profile #3: Tommy Ton of Jak & Jil
There's a reason why I use so many images from Tommy Ton's street style blog,
Jak & Jil. His candid photographs and extreme close-ups of accessories make him the ideal source for all your fashion fixes. I mean, we're talking about the man who practically invented the shoe porn category here--if that doesn't get you a place in blogger stardom, then I don't know what will.

One of Ton's subjects. Image courtesy of Jak & Jil.

Tips for getting photographed: Become Anna Della Russo, join the fashion mafia (model, stylist, magazine editor, etc...) It doesn't hurt to be really good-looking either.

Yvan Rodic of Facehunter. Image courtesy of Google Images.

Profile #4: Yvan Rodic of Facehunter
You'll find that a lot of the individuals featured on the aforementioned blogs look impossibly well put-together, so if you're someone who's just a little bit
off, may I recommend keeping an eye out for Yvan Rodic of the Facehunter? Not to say that he doesn't shoot his fair share of beautiful ladies and gents--he certainly does--but let's just say that Yvan is a little more inclusive than his fellow blogger brethren. While the photos may not always have that perfect backdrop or that perfect amount of lighting, there is something very satisfying about the "take picture, screw the editing" immediacy of his blog. Who needs Photoshop, anyway, when you've got style?

One of Rodic's subjects. Image courtesy of Facehunter.

Tips for getting photographed: Don't be so prissy! And, really, it doesn't hurt to be good-looking. Just sayin'.

Japanese paparazzi. Image courtesy of Jak & Jil.

Profile #5: The Japanese
Oh my gosh, they're everywhere!!!! The Japanese were, believe it or not, the first to pioneer street style photography, and the posers I just praised up there owe a lot to these tiny little warriors. During fashion week, the Japanese paparazzi storm every runway show waiting for the attendees to file out, and once you're out these guys will surround you like a pack of hyenas. Fear not, however, for should your style be deemed worthy enough, the Japanese will actually form a
cult dedicated to your Fashion Week outfits, effectively making you a demigod. I would say that's worth the risk of almost getting trampled.

Tips for getting photographed: Anything goes. Seriously. Just look at Harajuku.

Aimee Shimizu
BARE Reporter

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