Simon wears vintage Valentino and Patrik Ervell
Alyssa wears Undercover
Jimmy wears A Bathing Ape, Supreme and Nike
Jamie wears Whyred , Opening Ceremony, Acne and a Philip Lim handbag
Sofia wears Chloe, Thierry Colson and Anndra Neen for Opening Ceremony
Rhamier wears Raf Simons, Comme des Garcons Homme and Komakino
While many of my friends own designer goods, their everyday lives are far removed from the images of luxury that brands flaunt in magazine advertisements or perfume commercials. I know many who have hustled to own the clothes they love, whether through using friend’s discounts, buying at consignment shops or lining up for sample sales. This photo series celebrates anyone who’s saved or sacrifice to live everyday in New York a bit more stylishly.
Photos by Rocky Li
As a gatekeeper to one of New York’s nightlife staples (Le Bain) Ian has literally seen it all. Given his own sense of style it’s not surprising that Ian has also made a career for himself as a stylist. He has worked with major brands including Levi’s and Uniqlo but also contributed to countless editorials dressing the likes of Azealia Banks. Most recently he did the styling for DEGEN and ODD’s New York Fashion Week presentations. I linked up with him recently and photographed him in some of his favorite fits while discussing his viewpoints on styling and style.
How did growing up in DC influence your style? How has your style evolved since then?
Growing up in suburbs of DC, I think it’s made my style kinda preppy; but since middle school I’ve always read fashion magazines and had access to the internet which I think influenced my style more than where I grew up.
As of late, I find my style gearing to more simple and classic pieces, less trendy and disposable items.
Mala NY Hat
COMMME des GARCONS PLAY Varsity Jacket
Thom Browne Shirt
Converse ‘Le Baron’ Chuck Taylor All-Stars
How did you start out as a stylist and what approach do you bring to styling?
I came to the city to study fashion design, but realized it wasn’t exactly what I wanted… After learning all the the potential things a stylist could do, I knew it’s what I wanted to do.
When it comes to styling, I just want to propose great outfits that people can actually wear; give new perspectives on layering, contrasting prints, or mixing brands.
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It’s been some time since we’ve featured an ‘It Girl’ here on Third Looks. In case you haven’t seen the other It Girl features, I’ll recap what the label means to me. These are girls who are are free-thinking, charismatic and stylish. These are the girls the world needs more of; the ones that eventually be be at the top of their respective fields.
With that out of the way, I’d like to introduce you to Rachel Hodin. She’s a New York native who grew up in the heart of Manhattan. The first time I met her Rachel was wearing 6″ Wheat Timberland Boots and pulling them off perfectly; a good start to any friendship. Rachel’s warm presence is balanced by a healthy dose of cynicism, in other words she’ll politely cut through the bullshit. Rachel is extremely well read AND will show up to your function in an effortlessly fashionable ensemble. What more can you really ask for out of friends in this city?
Rachel is currently a freelance writer for the The Local (New York Times Blog). You can read her very first published book review HERE.
A special thanks goes to Rebekah Seok for photographing this feature.
Gap Denim Jacket
Ekhaus Latta pink fuzzy irrationally expensive cropped top [Ed.Note Rachel's Description]
Chloe Sevigny for Opening Ceremony black and white Checkered Pants
Tsumori Chisato socks
Vintage Gucci loafers
What sparked your initial interest in clothes and fashion?
I guess it all started with Clueless. Traveling with my family at a young age–to paris and london–definitely helped as well.
I’ve never really been interested in fashion, per se, more so just looking good. I went to college in DC and that definitely inspired me, though in a reverse sort of way. i guess i was inspired to look good by all of the terribly and monotonously dressed people in DC. (hope I don’t offend anyone)
You’re able to really mix designer items with vintage items and make it look very seamless. It’s a pretty delicate balance so how do you make it work?
I don’t tend to focus on the actual designer–just the piece at hand. If I like it, then I’ll wear it. Some of the pieces I like end up being designer, some end up being vintage. Most of my purchases are on impulse; I can’t seem to delay gratification.
How do you think growing up in New York has influenced your style?
I think the city’s diversity and freedom of expression (encouraged by my parents) influenced me the most. I would find a “trend”–or my idea of one–and cling onto it for dear life. I became obsessed with the color neon green and made sure that every subsequent clothing purchase for the next year was of that hue.
Probably my biggest fashion influence growing up in the city were my best friends’ moms. Seriously, it’s an untapped fashion resource in this city.
I’ve been exposed to high fashion since I was very young. I’ve grown up with a ton of privileged kids and most of all what i’ve learned is that privilege does not amount to style.
Vintage Rifat Ozbek Dress
Acne Leather Jacket w/ Detachable shearling Collar
Balenciaga white shoes
When you put together an outfit is there an you generally start from? (ie a jacket, shirt, jeans or shoes?)
Not to toot my own horn or anything, but I’ve recently amassed a dope collection of pants, so lately that’s where I’ve been starting.
What are some of your favorite places to shop in the city?
Narnia, Assembly NY, Brooklyn Flea, Edith Machinist, Opening Ceremony
Who’s style do you admire and look up to?
Don’t really look up to anyone’s style in particular. I admire people who dress for themselves, who incorporate their culture and background into their sartorial choices and, of course, my friends’ styles.
Words by Rocky Li
Photography by Rebekah Seok
Styling assistance by Jimmy Jimeno
The term streetstyle has come to define those who are snapped by photographers outside the fashion weeks of New york,London, Milan and Paris. To me the term is really about how people dress day to day to reflect their personalities, experiences and inspirations. Ackime is one of those rare people who has a style that is pure, as it’s not so much about the items he wears, but how he wears them. The small details from the accessories to how shirts are buttoned elevate an outfit. But even more than that the attitude of the wearer is what really sets one person’s personal style apart from anothers.
Since I’ve known him Ackime has always been had an intuitive sense about what is about to blow in music and popular culture. He is able to assess things and cut right through the bullshit in a way that trend forecasters casters dream of. I shot this style profile in Ackime’s neighborhood of West Harlem and also picked his brain about how his personal style came together.
J Sabatino Trench
Eddie Bauer Vintage Shirt
Nike Air Max 90
How has your style evolved over time?
I guess it was a natural progression. When I used to skate alot I used to wear skate gear and shoes. I’ve been into sneakers and just adding on and refining my wardrobe. I don’t really like to be noticed too much because of my clothes. I like to be low key. I’d describe my style as “casual friday” with a twist. I wear New Balances all the time and be looking like a dad, you feel me?
What are you inspired by?
I guess I’m inspired by normality. I don’t really care about fashion but normal people inspire me. Day to day life and seeing people rocking regular clothes. I’d be inspired by to flip it and do my own thing with it. For example trench coats are being associated with business guys and formal attire but I’m gonna wear it my own way and throw people off. I really like clothes that are athletic inspired because of the sneakers and practicality but really I’m just doing what’s comfortable.
What are your favorite films from a style aspect?
Lots but a couple are Leon the Professional and The Limits of Control.
What kind of clothes do you wish people would make or have trouble finding?
Modernized sportswear without losing the functionality, practicality and comfort of it.
Where do you and how you shop?
Acne, vintage/thrift shops, and online. Opening Ceremony some of the time. I think about the concept I want to go for, say running style, and I find items based around that. I really execute these concepts down to the details, even if it’s a little thing like the right pin. I come up with the concept that I’m really feeling first and then build around that.
You got a good bullshit dectector and you have such consistently solid taste across different things (fashion, music etc)
I trust my interests but I’m also very cyncial and critical person I’m not a hater but I’d say I’m not easily impressed, If I’m excited about something it’s good.
Photography by Rocky Li
Thrifting and vintage shopping are not easy endeavors. Finding great used items for cheap requires time, dedication and most importantly, a discerning eye. The vintage look has approached cliche in New York; one has to travel no further than Williamsburg to see an army uniformed in washed denim, faded band t-shirts, and ill-fitting outerwear.
However when it’s done right mixing designer brands with vintage pieces is a thing of beauty. One of my close friends who does this better than pretty much anyone I know is Jimmy Jimeno who is the men’s store manager at Opening Ceremony. I’ve known Jimmy since his Toronto days and have seen him steadily build up a wardrobe filled with odds and ends from accross the style spectrum. To me Jimmy embodies a style perspective we should all embrace : ‘Wear what reflects your interests and personality.’ I’m excited to share Jimmy’s style with you all and in the spirit of the shoot I let Jimmy give a name to each of the below looks.
“Brown Ken in the Trap House Chillin”
New Era Fitted
Vintage MacGregor NFL Jersey
Dior Homme 2007 German Army Hi-Tops
I asked Jimmy how he shopped and was able to find meaningful additions to his wardrobe.
“For a while now, I’ve been finding most of my clothing at thrift stores or consignment boutiques. If I see something I like then I cop it, but trust that I got it for cheap. As a bit of an impulse shopper, I really don’t look for anything in particular aside from emotional satisfaction. Although, every new piece I buy can definitely be styled with other pieces in my closet.”
Jimmy on his personal style inspiration :
“Having grown up traveling all over the world and moving to a new place every two to three years, I’m what you call a third culture kid. A defining characteristic of a “TCK” is possessing a unique world view, which allows the individual to be highly accepting of other cultures and empathetic towards people who are different. This way of thinking has influenced my fashion sensibilities. Everything/everyone inspires me, and I find beauty everywhere, but to sift through all the bullshit, especially when it comes to fashion, requires a very critical eye and opinion.
Thus, besides adhering to menswear basics of good fit and practicality, my style is finding a comfortable balance between various contrasting elements – masculinity vs. femininity, conservative vs. avant garde, high class vs. hood, monochrome vs. colorful, looking like an anime character vs. looking to get laid, trying hard vs. not giving a fuck…”
Yes I’m wearing Thom Browne and Vivienne Westwood, but I will break your ankles and bust a tre in your face while your girlfriend watches.
Vintage Varsity I copped at Value Village in Toronto
Thom Browne Tank (was a t-shirt)
Vivienne Westwood Shorts
Inspiration: Ed Hardy for J.Crew Realness
Olympia Le-Tan for Gap x Collete Denim Jacket
Ted Baker Floral Shirt
Pink Converse Chucks
Faded at the park call me the Pigeon Whisperer
Vintage New Era Fitted
Reversible Jil Sander Jacket
Polo Ralph Lauren Hiking Boots
A topic that Jimmy and I have discussed at length is what we’d like to see change in the fashion industry.
“In general, I wish menswear wasn’t so cut and dry. I wish it wasn’t so hard for high fashion to embrace other non-Western, atypical ideas of beauty. I wish industry heads would get off their own dicks and be less contrived. I wish true trendsetters got more recognition.”
Photos and writing by Rocky Li