You might have seen them around. But it felt like, this fashion month, there was less original street style photography published.
Sure, Scott Schuman rarely puts images up immediately, and Garance typically does one meaty piece a day anyways. But in general, we felt like there just wasn’t as much content as in the past few seasons. Even Tommy Ton of Jak & Jil, who was pulling double duty by working for his own site and Style.com, proclaimed via Twitter: “There’s a famine of street style this season!”
But was there really? It’s pretty difficult to prove, given the fact that there are seemingly more photographers circling the tents each year. So we went straight to the source–Phil Oh, also known as the Street Peeper–for his take on the situation.
He says that, yes, there probably was less from your favorite photogs. But why? For one, they need to save a lot of the images they take for paying publications. What’s more, pure street style photography is increasingly difficult to accomplish.
“Fashion weeks have become so chaotic recently with so many new photogs,” says Oh. “When I first started doing fashion weeks three or four years ago, it was pretty much just the Japanese, Bill Cunningham, Sartorialist, Jak&Jil, Facehunter, me, and a couple of others. It was fun, leisurely, and a lot more civilized. You had time to build somewhat of a rapport with the subjects.”
Unfortunately, there’s little chance to make those natural connections these days. “Throw in a ton of new bloggers, clueless aggressive paparazzi assholes who even more clueless magazines hire, and random modelizer dudes, and the scene is more like a rugby scrum,” he explains. “It’s a bit discouraging.”
Were you happy with this season’s street style? Or disappointed?
(Photo: Jak & Jil.)