A Look at W Hotels’ Sartorial Obsessions

In case you weren’t able to piece it together from their 1,001 sartorial celebrations, fashion has been a major focus for W Hotels. Back in September, W Hotels Worldwide premiered the fourth season of their Global Glam fashion collection, a fashion show featuring fifteen W-inspired looks from 15 designers curated by the luxury chain’s Global Fashion Director, Amanda Ross. Add to that a series of photo exhibits at their outpost in Times Square, fashion events, and, finally, this spring’s “Drawing Inspiration” Series with FIT.

The “W Happenings Presents: Street Style Photorgaphy Series” ran from September to January and featured: image September – “Models Off Duty: Fashion’s Best Dressed Models Off The Runway” By Craig Arend (of Altamira/Models Off Duty) October – “Night Lifestyle: New York City after Dark” By Nicky Digital November – “A Stylish World” by Yvan Rodic of Face Hunter December – “Scene Stealers – Best of 2010” by Sam Horine of New York Magazine January – “Gentlemen of Nonchalant Elegance & Effortless Style” February – “Bubble + Cube: An Exploration of London Style” by Susie Bubble of Style Bubble and Shini Park of Park & Cube.

“Drawing Inspiration” image In March, they launched the “Drawing Inspiration” Series with FIT, the first exhibition focusing on the works of professors Karen Santry, Steven Stipleman, Barbara Hanlon, and Joe Denaro. This month you can catch their newest installation, “Drawing Inspiration: Ladies of The Night,” featuring drawings by FIT Professor Steven Stipelman and FIT students majoring in Fashion Illustration. Artists include Cristel Schoen, Kayla Burdon, Mara Cespon, Meagan Morrison, and James Skarbek. Check out the series through May, and catch a peek below:


Facehunter’s Fashion Week Speed Dating & BLK DNM Party Snaps

Street style photographers have been out in full force this week, bothering and validating the beautiful and well-heeled in equal measure. Personally, I find it incredulous that people would be anything but flattered if one of these rogue paparazzi stopped them for a quick pic — I know people who spend their Saturday afternoons stomping around Soho in couture in the hopes of bumping into the Sartorialist.

But, as Yvan Rodic, aka Facehunter, notes in his short film on the Nowness, camera stalking New Yorkers can be tricky. Just try going up to a pretty stranger without the help of alcohol. Luckily, there were libations last night at the BLK DNM launch party, where Rodic busied himself shooting willing participants.

Facehunter Takes Manhattan on Nowness.com.

In the film, he outlines his reasons for being drawn to people, and they have nothing to do with his own sense of style. He shoots people who have a certain aura or edge about them, regardless of whether if he likes their outfit. More reasons he might snap your pic: you’re beautiful or interesting; you’re willing to take direction for the pose (no standing on one foot!), which means you’re not running late to something (because you’ll rush the process). Also, play it cool. “When a girl is too willing to be photographed it’s a turn-off.” Accordingly, act like you’re not going to Google him the second you find a laptop — sort of like dating! Rodic would agree. “Fashion week is like speed dating,” he says about the week at hand, “my rejection capacity is around 10%.”

Last night he shot pretty, interesting, unrushed, friendly fashion folks at the launch of Johan Lindeberg’s BLK DNM collection in SoHo. Here are a few of his speed dates: image Arden Wohl & Tara Subkoff are Fashion Week speed dating pros with a “rejection capacity” of zilch, no doubt.

image Fashion Week Speed Dating tip: Wearing a Leica case as a necklace is a great way to break the ice and attract other photographers, which means facehunters will think you’re the opposite of desperate, because you could just photograph yourself if you really cared about getting your picture taken. Right?

image Johan Lindeberg @nytimesfashion: At the BLK DNM party. Johan turned the former Deitch space into virtual retail. DL #nyfw http://yfrog.com/h2ec5wtj

image Max Vallot & Langley Crisman @nataliecwhite: Pretty sure my boob fell out of my dress at least 6 times at the BLK DNM party. #hotmess

Rumi Neely’s Gems, Face Hunter’s NYC Exhibition

Fashion bloggers Rumi Neely and Yvan Rodic, known online as the Face Hunter, are branching out. Neely, a former model who cut her design chops with a capsule collection for Southern California brand RVCA, is shifting her focus to jewelry. The photogenic face behind Fashion Toast has teamed up with DANNIJO, an NYC-based accessories line founded by sisters Danielle and Jodie Snyder. The “six-piece collection of edgy metal pieces,” as Refinery 29 describes it, will launch this month. The all-silver collection is composed of a few statement necklaces and rings with Lagerfeldian pieces that sit both above and below the joint. A simple silver cuff with three tie closures is one of the collection’s standout pieces. The collection will be sold exclusively at Tobi, where a members-only pre-sale has already begun.

The Face Hunter also has a new project up his sleeves. The W Times Square is hosting an exhibition of Rodic’s shots from around the world in its Living Room lounge. The opening party is tonight, from 7-9 p.m. (to RSVP head here). The show is open to the public and will include images Rodic has snapped of some of the world’s most eclectic and inventive young trendsetters, from South Africa to Iceland, Dubai to downtown New York. It runs until November 30, so don’t miss it.