The wonder of Bill

Image c/o The Sartorialist

After much hype, Diana Vreeland began screening in Dublin’s Lighthouse Cinema yesterday. Since I won’t get the chance to see it until next week , I took this opportunity to finally watch Richard Press’ candid documentary on the inimitable and utterly adorable Bill Cunningham. True, I didn’t know he existed until Richard Press took it upon himself to cast into the spotlight the man who has been a cult street style photographer since before it was the done thing. That in no means takes away from the man himself though, and ultimately, the wonder of ‘Bill Cunningham: New York’. I posted about the film’s London premiere in association with Grazia magazine back in February (!!) and since its subsequent release, there have been millions of reviews, thousands of column inches and even more aspersions cast about Bill’s story and the entire ensemble of characters collected within the film. I myself proffered opinions about the documentary; based entirely upon the trailer, from what I could gauge online and from poring through his archived columns for the New York Times. In effect, it was easy for me to indulge in this documentary because I had only minor details on the man and of his life’s legacy thus far.

Upon watching it this morning I was enthralled and completely fixated, as well as moved by some of the more touching and close-to-the bone parts in the documentary. The trailer depicts a maverick street style photographer, who values his camera, his negatives and his bike above all else. The trailer also depicts an enigmatic, lonely man who has dedicated his life to fashion. However, Richard Press’ genius interpretation of Bill’s day-to-day life, filled in with all manner of characters – from work colleagues at the Times, to fellow eccentrics facing eviction in Carnegie Hall, to those who know him but are unknown to Bill himself – succeeds in showing that if Bill wants, he need not be lonely, he chooses this lifestyle because it works for him.

I take with me my own assumptions on the film and on William J (the name he went by in his former life as a New York milliner), as have many others. The main thing however, which I assume was to be the aim of this documentary, is that the wonder of Bill Cunningham is now out there for all to see. And after that little rollercoaster of emotions, I can only hope Diana Vreeland’s much-anticipated biopic doesn’t let me down.

*witty baseball reference*

A top knot devotee, I did not see myself jumping on this trend, yet, here we are. Added to that, I no longer look at them as ‘baseball caps’ but ‘snapbacks’. Much more fashion-led, I think.

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Hyperreality

Interview Russia with a spread focusing on the work of Rei Kawakubo and her work for Comme des Garcons. Photography from Jason Kibbler is just out of this world in a blaze of hyperreal-meets-digital infusion glory.

//Fashion Gone Rogue //

ASOS Curve: The lookbook

Finally,  a collection for curvy women I can get on board with! ASOS Curve’s AW12 lookbook has gone live, and as would be expected, is so jaw-droppingly gorgeous, it’s a sure sellout. Offering plus-size ladies what they have been calling out for, ASOS Curve is the label to do away with plus-sized fashions of old, which, let’s be honest, have been rather dismal up until now. At times, it appears plus-size retailers feel curvy women should be applauded and deemed stylish for doing away with the grey sweats and throwing on a multi-coloured tunic, or some other equally unflattering curvy girl’s ‘uniform’. In this case, ASOS Curve provides real fashion for real women – not the derogatory term that ‘real women’ has become in the wider media however – but with pieces that are affordable, fashion-forward and most of all, flattering. So on-trend and so lust-worthy are this lookbook’s offerings that I found myself checking them and similar other items out online, and now have a considerable selection saved in my shopping basket (some of which will hopefully make it to the checkout eventually – especially that leather snapback and seriously statement chain).

//Fashion Gone Rogue//

Some love for Love Aesthetics

Latest blogger crush just happens to be on Ivania Carpio of Love Aesthetics. Another Dutch blogger (I’m obsessed, see here), she’s an aspiring journalist, mama (!!), general all-rounder and all-empowered female. She’s my utterly contemporary, minimalistic yet futuristic, oh-so-cool inspiration at the moment, what with her gorgeous photography, focusing on her pared-back aesthetic, DIY endeavours and most importantly of all, her beautiful daughter, Lois.