Monday, June 20, 2016

Philadelphia Street Style: Laura, Sansom St

 "You caught me at my most slobbish," Laura said to me when I stopped her at the corner of Sansom and 17th. "Then I'd love to run into you some time when you're more dressed up," I responded.

In this shot, Laura's wearing an oversized flight jacket from Alpha Industries, a pair of classic checkered Vans, and a pair of sunglasses by Celine. The T-shirt and pants are vintage. Laura described her style to me as "modern," then added "boy" as if for good measure.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Philadelphia Street Style: Dominic, Sydenham St

Friday, June 10, 2016

Philadelphia Street Style: Tom, Chestnut St

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Philadelphia Street Style: Nikki, off 4th Street

I stopped Nikki as she was about to step into a tattoo shop on 4th Street to get her elbow done. "It's going to suck!" she told me. But from the number of tattoos she already has, I'm guessing she can take it. 

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Philadelphia Street Style: Isaiah, Walnut Street

"I was feeling very Prince today," Isaiah told me, on his way to a photo shoot. He describes his style as "sleek, edgy, and androgynous," all attributes the Purple One embodied like no other. The motorcycle jacket is from a brand called Cooper. Neither of us were familiar with it. We had to check the tag. The pants are J Crew. The boots are Talbots. The choker he picked up from Buffalo Exchange, a partnership with a local jewelry company. 

Monday, May 2, 2016

Philadelphia Street Style: Kat, Walnut and Broad St

Kat has gotten quite adept at recognizing the potential in the clothes her mother no longer wants. That bleached denim jacket was hers. So was the Gap sweater. The jumpsuit she's wearing underneath those, however, she scored at Goodwill. Same skill applied in a different venue. The boots are Doc Martens, though I didn't recognize them as such without the signature yellow stitching. Kat never much cared for that stitching. 

What works so well about this outfit for me is that none of it should work together at all. It is pieced together, almost haphazard. It is not on trend. It is not easily identified as some recognizable type. Instead, it creates its own visual vocabulary.   

Friday, April 22, 2016

Philadelphia Street Style: Monika, Walnut St

Monika described her style to me as "a good mix of '90s, classic style, and a little bit of western minimalism." I'm not sure what western minimalism is, but I'm pretty sure I would like it. 

In this shot, she's wearing Calvin Klein jeans, Guess vintage westerns booties, an American Apparel top, and an Urban Outfitters bag.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Philadelphia Street Style: Lukeja, Walnut St

I first photographed Lukeja back in February of 2013. I didn't recognize her when I saw her walking around Center City the other day. But she remembered me, and reminded me of who she was when I stopped her. Her look, you'll notice, has changed pretty dramatically over the last three years. 

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Philadelphia Street Style: Gibbs, Walnut St

Nearly everything Gibbs is wearing in this shot has either been personalized in some significant way or has a personal story attached to it. As an anthropologist, that's exactly what I would want in a photographic subject. The hood, Gibbs told me, they got for $2 at a surplus store in Minnesota. They added the staple pliers patch after working on a puppet show. Staple pliers play an important part in puppetry, apparently. The jacket belonged to Gibbs' friend Max. Gibbs borrowed it, and after Max got used to seeing it on them, he decided they looked better in it than he did. So he gave it to them. The pants, you've probably noticed, are covered in paint, because Gibbs is a painter (though I failed to find out if they're the kind of painter who paints buildings or the kind who paints canvasses). The pants are patched up, Gibbs said, "because I'm broke." Peaking through the jacket is a Siouxsie and the Banshees T-shirt. The googly eyes, Gibbs explained, they started wearing a few years ago. Gibbs was a spider for Halloween and adhered a whole bunch of them to their face. Gibbs liked the effect. So they've been wearing them ever since. But only three, lined up like this. The Doc Martens Gibbs has had for only a couple of years, but they're already falling apart. Gibbs is convinced Docs used to be made better than they currently are. 

When I asked Gibbs how they would describe their style, Gibbs looked pensively off into the distance, placed their hand on their chin and eventually said, "utilitarian."

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Out Now!!!

After four years of research and writing, my book about street style bloggers is finally out. Purchase now through Bloomsbury or Amazon.