I met stylist Jessie Cohan way back in September. We were both at the Alex Olsen opening at Lisa Cooley, and we chatted about the madness of Fashion Week (it was my first time shooting streetstyle there.) At the time, Jessie was sporting printed shorts and a chambray shirt, and I liked how casual, cool, and comfortable she looked. I believe that real style means dressing appropriately for a given situation, and Jessie was doing just that.
That’s Yoshiko, editor of Japanese Elle, shot during NYFW F/W 2013. Great bag, right?
I was on a business trip to San Francisco this past week (exhausting), and I have another one next week (more exhausting). So business travel has been on my mind. And here’s what I’ve been thinking about it:
- It makes you feel like a real adult, which is not always the case for me. Anybody else out there feel like they’re pretending a lot of the time?
- It’s an excuse to buy a new work bag, because hey, it’s a freaking business expense. I just bought this one from Baggu for a friend for her birthday. And I’m eyeing this one from Claire Vivier (no idea what color, they’re all so awesome) for myself.
- It means that when people ask you why you’re traveling you can say “business,” which makes you sound Serious and Important.
- You might actually be going somewhere fun.
- It’s a momentary escape from the rest of your life, sort of like a get-out-jail-free card. Or a visit to Fantasy Island. You decide.
- It gives you a million opportunities iPhone photography—a chance to reinvigorate your eye.
- You don’t have to make the bed.
- It means you have an actual change in status to write on Facebook.
- It means getting to experience that wonderful moment when you return home, and the familiarity of the way it looks and/or the people and animals in it it make it feel, for that moment at least, like the most wonderful place on Earth.
Let’s take a minute to talk about the wonderfulness of film. The richness of its color! Its texture! How seeing what you’ve shot after waiting feels a little bit like receiving a surprise gift. So glad Samantha was patient enough to chill while I ordered her around and subjected her to the whims of my handheld lightmeter. Which is on my iPhone, of course. Hi tech and low tech together at last!
I photographed Margaux this past summer while I was in Paris. She was working at Claudie Pierlot, where I had just purchased a pair of black ankle boots that I now wear pretty much every day. She said that she was working at the store to finance a trip to Australia. When I asked her, “Why Australia?” she said, “I’ve always wanted to go to the end of the world, and you can’t go much farther than that.”
Stripes. Can’t get enough of them. I’ll walk into a store and before I realize what’s happening, I’m looking at striped shirts. It’s totally unconscious. Do you have things like that?