New York Fashion Week 2013 ended last Thursday. It took place in my neighborhood and provided fantastic people watching. I stopped by daily to observe the whole public spectacle of preening and posing. It was really quite fascinating.
It was also a great opportunity to see the amazing Bill Cunningham at work. If you don’t already know who he is- he’s a photographer for the New York Times who rides his bicycle everywhere and documents street style, fashion and the social world. He’s beloved by BikeNYC, the fashion world and socialites alike. Do me a favor- if you haven’t seen the documentary about him– rent it and watch it now. You’ll fall in love.
Watching him in action is amazing. I’ve spotted him around town several times before, but never got such an up close opportunity to see him at work. Let me tell, this guy can move! It’s hard to keep up with him.
I wasn’t the only person excited to spot Bill in action. There were many of us. I met Maya Fuhr who was in town to photograph the shows for MTV India. We had fun fulfilling her wish to get a photo of her and Bill together.
Chatting with several of the photographers (and a trendspotter too) I discovered that many of them ride often for transportation. One of my favorites was Reuben “Big Rube” Harley, a street style photographer from Philadelphia. Just like Bill Cunningham, “Big Rube” rides his bike all over the Philly area and takes pictures. He didn’t bring his bike to NYC this time around, but he promised me he plans to bring it for the next round of fashion week in the fall. I didn’t get a good picture of Reuben, but you can see him and his gorgeous smile in the far right of the picture below.
Though I didn’t see any of the shows, a picture (below) of a sweater from the Carlos Campos Fall 2013 collection caught my eye. His inspiration for his Fall 2013 collection? A bike rally in Argentina and his love of bicycles.
It’s fun to see fashion inspired by bicycles (or bike lanes). I just hope that motorists don’t get inspired to park on fashion models or anyone who might buy and wear this sweater- since we all know how much cars love bike lanes.
If you could care less about BikeNYC but are still reading this post because you really really wanted to see pictures of people dressed up for Fashion Week…click here and enjoy. When you’re done, give BikeNYC a try. You might like it.