As Fashion Week (and the onslaught of DSLR cameras overtaking our sidewalks) winds down, we’ve become ever aware of the tidal wave that is street-style photography. Coincidentally, one of the movement’s poster boys--Scott Schuman, aka The Sartorialist--has a gorgeous new book to keep us inspired long after the tents are disassembled.
Closer, the blogger’s sophomore publication, offers a fresher perspective than simply posting various fashionable folks online. This 512-page flip-book ($30) makes an almost anthropological case for real-world trends by pairing thematic street snaps together based on influence. A trendy young woman in a high-end white cape might be opposite a busboy on a smoke break in his wrinkled white apron, while two very different men interpret military inspiration in their own way. And every type from the fashion elite to the freethinking passerby gets its due credit.
But Schuman offers more than just his signature city-centric images (much of which obviously are in Manhattan); he also includes sporadic written reflections on topics like trench coats, leather, glitter and the (spot-on) myth of “effortless chic.”
It’s a true study on the culture of dressing.