Thursday, October 2, 2014

#2621 Deep Blue Something

Me and Sid Ellisdon on 10th Street in the East Village. Photos: Anthony Urbano

As we all know, the fashion world as a whole, and menswear in particular, is obsessed with indigo. It's hardly a new obsession (I remember reading Nudie's denim catalogues — which called it "A living, breathing colour" — back in 2005), but this summer saw a proliferation of the blue stuff in all manifestations, from denim to t-shirts, and at a full spectrum of outposts, from the high-end designers to the chains like Uniqlo and Gap.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

#2620 How To Get Over Somebody When You Are Still Obsessed With Them

Me in Paris.

Hey Isaac! I've been following your guide to moving on and it's been going well... except for one thing: My ex happens to be a former colleague (he's the one who left the company), and most of our colleagues know about us. I am reminded of him and our relationship every day because of the workplace and colleagues. How do I deal with this? Thank you!

Breakups are always fecking hard. I don't care who you are, what you do, where you work, or what the circumstances are, if you're truly in love with another human and you can no longer be in a relationship with them, then your life is going to feel impossible to maintain for an indeterminate amount of time.

Monday, September 29, 2014

#2619 Handsome Dan's, Nine-Year-Old Selvedge Denim, And Richard Biedul


What a world, what a week, what a lifetime. First up, Handsome Dan. I mentioned Handsome Dan on the blog back in July of 2012, when he had just opened his namesake candy shop in Williamsburg — I used to visit him most days while walking to South 4th Street from the Bedford Ave subway stop; his store was a welcome pitstop on that 15 minute journey back home. (One does have to keep one's blood sugar levels up on a trek.) I haven't actually seen Handsome Dan since I moved out of Williamsburg 20 or so months ago, but he recently opened his second store on First Ave in the East Village where I live now. I walked past this week and saw that he was selling t-shirts alongside the candy, so I bought one, and it's my new favourite possession for two reasons: 1. It reminds me of old times; and 2. I get a 25% discount every time I wear it into the store. If you're reading this, Handsome Dan, Hello! I miss you.

Friday, September 26, 2014

#2618 The Facts Of Life

My favourite New York tree, on the corner of 9th Street and Avenue C, Alphabet City.

1. So I don't often talk about politics, but it was the New Zealand election last Saturday, and for the first time (possibly) ever, our little slice of paradise made international news for the controversy surrounding the campaign. First up, the leader's party (National) was accused of corrupt behaviour in a book that came out just weeks before the election; second, Kim Dot Com, the large German man behind Mega Upload (who potentially bought his New Zealand citizenship) started his own political party (named The Internet Party, no less) and held a press conference at which Edward Snowden revealed that the National Party had been spying on Kiwi computers for ages despite insisting they hadn't; and finally, the National Party got into even more trouble for using Eminem's song Lose Yourself — allegedly without permission — in one of their campaign videos. So much controversy, so little time! Regardless of the setbacks, the National Party still won the election by the biggest margin in 90-odd years, which just goes to show that there literally is no such thing as bad publicity. And also that maybe democracy isn't such a good idea after all?

Thursday, September 25, 2014

#2617 Disposable Camera Portraits Feat. Stella Maxwell, Nat Wolff, Tiesto, et al

Stella Maxwell on the corner of Houston and Lafayette Streets, SoHo.

Like I mentioned the other day, I shot two full cameras' worth of photographs over the course of New York Fashion Week; you've seen the first, now here's about two thirds of the second, featuring a bunch of portraits of people I like, love, am obsessed with, am intrigued by, or just found interesting in the moment. No more words are required, just take a look.