Archive for September, 2008

New York Fashion Week

Sunday, September 28th, 2008

New York's Fashion Week recently took place in the balmy warm weather typical of the East Coast in the fall. Blink and you will have missed it - not just the whole week but the couple of days that Tommy Hilfiger's posters advertising the event and featuring one of my shots from the 70's hung on the construction hoardings outside the Lincoln Center.

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The refreshing and elegant Spring collection from Tommy Hilfiger can be seen here and complete New York Times coverage of the September 2008 NY Fashion Week can be found here.

The image used for this show is from the seventies, taken in my studio in London. Its part of a series that experimented with movement lit by a combination of tungsten and flash.

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Style Power to the Pedal

Tuesday, September 16th, 2008

The humble bicycle is once again having its day – pushing back against the motor car in urban environments. Not only environmentally friendly and cost efficient cycling is also becoming stylish and cool in all sorts of ways. At last week’s opening of the Bill Cunningham exhibition at Bergdorf Goodman on Fifth Avenue in NY, a new phenomenon appeared in the evolution of cool partying – the bicyle valet. The super stylish guests were free wheeling up to the red carpet hopping off their bikes and walking straight in to the show – the valets just handed them a ticket and the bikes were kept right next to the entrance – instantly ready when the guests were ready to leave.

Here’s a snapshot of one of the bike valets, taken by my son on his phone.

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Its instantly obvious, in very bicycle centric cities, like Amsterdam and Munich, that cycling is treated by many as a fashion show cat-walk on two wheels.

Nothing new about that. Here’s the famous Ramón Casas painting depicting himself and Pere Romeu on a tandem bicycle. The picture was a centerpiece in the “Four Cats” restaurant where the twenty year old Picasso mingled with the Barcelona art establishment.

To the right is a shot I did for a car rental company calendar in the 70s – each ‘month’ depicted a different mode of transport.

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Here’s another image from the same calendar.

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Below is an impromtu cylcle image, a snatched snap, from a calendar assignment in Normandy.

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The following cycle images are from Cowboy Kate.

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Here are the individual elements of the spread.

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