Streetstyle is considered a recent phemenon and although it has definetly exploded in popularity in recent years, the documentation of style is nothing new. Film documentaries such as Wild Style and American Hardcore captured style through the the lens of subcultural movements and a host of newspapers and magazines have had street style features for decades.
VFILES has collected a small archive of streetsyle shots from the Japan-based Tune Magazine dating from 2005-2007. From these I have selected some of my favorites in this post. Images such as these act as a counter-balance to what has been filling up modern streetstyle blogs. These looks are not based around current trends or designer label whoring. It is clear through the images that these looks are a result of careful consideration and attention to the details. The lesson for me is that stylish individuals wear items in a way that imposes their style on the clothes not the other way around. You shouldn’t have to spend a ton of money to look great, you just have to know how you want to look. Let us know your thoughts on these looks in the comments section.
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Shot on iPhone 3GS
Shot on Yashica Electro GSN Rangefinder
I took the above photos of Bill Cunningham in Union Square the morning after the big storm. As he has done for the last 50 years, Mr. Cunningham was out and capturing New York life. I wish I hadn’t rushed the focusing on the second photo which was taken on my new Yashica rangefinder. The first was a quick snap from my iPhone. Despite changes in the technology of photography, I feel the spirit of the quick street snap remains the same.
I’ll be experimenting with film photography a bit in upcoming posts here on Third Looks. The rangefinder I bought is in need of some repairs (namely a shutter malfunction and some light leak issues) but I have enjoyed the experience of shooting on it despite these issues.
If you have an interest in the modern history of New York you should definitely check out film Bill Cunningham New York which profiles the man’s life and career. You can watch the trailer below.
Photos by Rocky Li
Shirt : Vintage Lacoste, Internet Fame T-shirt
Shorts : Vintage
Shoes : Maison Martin Margiela Replica Sneakers