04/11/14 2:00pm

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As you may have noticed, there are a lot of people in New York City. For some personality types this is overwhelming, but for others it offers a sort of strange comfort. Personally, I love being surrounded by people that I have no obligation to talk to or interact with in any way. The ability to totally ignore anyone who is giving you unwanted attention is not rude, it’s a valuable life skill—is this man just looking for conversation, or is he trying to get close enough to bite me? Who knows! Welcome to New York!  (more…)

03/20/14 10:00am

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Bill Cunningham is a beloved icon of New York. With little more than a bicycle and his camera, he’s been photographing fashion for the New York Times for over 35 years, taking pictures of every-day people, and discovering the “fashion show on the street.”

His love of fashion is a widely known obsession. At a young age, his family was already aware of his focus: ”I think they were worried I was becoming too interested in women’s dresses… I could never concentrate on Sunday church services because I’d be concentrating on women’s hats.”  (more…)

02/28/14 12:00pm

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Fur coats and diamonds are well-established as Rich People Clothes, but what about a fur-trimmed coat with a diamond built right in?

Last weekend, I went for a walk around Central Park and into the Upper West Side. It was bright, sunny, and about fifty degrees, so it felt like the entire city was outdoors out of sheer gratitude that it wasn’t below freezing. Prime people-watching circumstances.  (more…)

12/06/13 1:00pm

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It’s been oddly warm in New York this week but as I’ve mentioned before, inappropriate weather is no hindrance to true style devotees. It’s not cold enough for fur as insulation, but still plenty chilly for fur as statement piece. I went to Chelsea Market on Wednesday (and left with five different kinds of cheese thanks to the one-two punch of Lucy’s Whey and Buon Italia), noticed Rag & Bone advertising a sample sale, and figured I’d head outside to the entrance they specified just to check it out. Cheap fancy clothes are the best kind of fancy clothes, after all.  (more…)

07/06/13 10:00am

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 I like American music, do you like American music?

I’m not trying to capitalize on the spirit of Independence Day. This is an actual human I saw on the subway (probably the F, probably in Brooklyn) a few weeks ago, way before Fourth of July festivities kicked off. There’s something to be said for the unapologetic garishness of wearing the American flag as your shirt, so here’s to you, Patriotic Subway Guy. Take advantage of the fact that the Fashion Police are not a real law enforcement agency. Enjoy your freedom.

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06/21/13 2:30pm

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What are the chances he’s actually playing Angry Birds?  Spotted on 34th and 8th Avenue

My newest multimillion dollar idea is the invention of a game called Angry Beards. To collect points, you wander around the city of your choice (in beta testing, we’re using New York) and snap photos of angry men with beards. If your Angry Beard doesn’t start chasing you, then you win. If you lose… well, you’re on your own. Revenue details remain hazy, but I’m still in the brainstorming process. Creative minds are at work, okay?

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