It is always such a rarity to find a couple as stylish as each other let alone complement one another. Why is it that most couples who try too hard to keep their sense of “style” look as if the guy is one of the guidos from Jersey Shore and the girl is just hoochie-mama-d out? Or we see so many couples where the man looks as boring as Mr. Rogers with his grandfather sweater and the lady looks like a reincarnation of an Oompa Loompaish tanned housewife from the O.C.? (No wonder why it’s called “Orange” County.) Then there are those few instances where you see a sharply dressed man with a woman who desperately needs to befriend more female friends or gay boyfriends for a total intervention. And of course we see so many couples just plain exhausted of their relationship that the last thing on their minds would be to make any effort to look at least decent for one another. What is it about couples and complacency or far-fetched opposite attraction? Dear God, for those complacent, y’all need to spend some time away from each other and for those who are after something that is not remotely near your boundaries, you just need some honest therapy. I’m just saying. What do I know? I am just educated in fashion. That is all.
Style: In Flight
I saw him while shopping in SOHO. Retro with a modern edge is what’s so fresh! There is constantly so much material for me to use in NYC. (In this sense, “material” meaning my subjects.) But what always really draws me and intrigues me to photograph and write about is when I see men dressed with meaning.
Airport Style: ICN (Seoul)
I agreed to go with my niece and nephew to their church in Seoul. It was kind of eye-awakening and liberating that these seemingly conservatives came just how they were. I saw some hipsters and even some punk-rockers on a Sunday, but they were all too shy for me to photograph. As I was leaving Seoul, I thought the best people to photograph would be the non-Koreans. When I tapped Holland’s shoulder, I thought she was Japanese by her dress and her light-brown hair color. She was in fact a foreign student from California on her way to Sapporo. Her cute style matched her cute personality. Maybe I was drawn to her style because it somewhat reminded me of my own style; not too vomiting-ish femininity coupled with sexy solids in different textures.
Well, not exactly SF, but the northern Bay Area is where I ran into casual coolness. This proves that you don’t have to be trendy or over-the-top with fashion to be stylish. I always think that style comes from within and it truly shows when someone is trying too hard which usually results in uber fashion faux paus-es. Even with a simple t-shirt and jeans, accessories with character can accentuate low-key into a dapper look.
Airport Style: SFO
So effortlessly chic. Her floral dress reminded me of a Monet painting and the colors of Van Gogh’s Starry Night. Although I am not a fan of true floral patterns and prints, I cannot get enough of artistic prints. Tan accessories work with anything! It is not only the new black, it is way better than just black. Her naturalistic hair and beautiful face works so well with the whole ensemble.
Airport Style: DEN
For some reason, I was getting a lot of luck out of the underrepresented Denver area. This man wasn’t too pleased with me when I asked him for a photograph, but nonetheless, he was going to be in my blog. The mixture of patterns on his shirt and scarf work because of the neutralness of his jacket and pants. His glasses were even beige. An unconventional color for eyeglasses, but very cool! Sir, you can smile now.