FashionFeed: Nina Garcia Joins Moda Operandi, Leo DiCaprio Snags Erin Heatherton

● Marie Claire style director and Project Runway judge, Nina Garcia, has officially joined the advisory board of Moda Operandi. [The Cut]

● After dating Gisele Bundchen, Bar Rafaeli, and Blake Lively, Leonardo DiCaprio has now moved on to Victoria’s Secret model, Erin Heatherton. How does the man do it? [Telegraph]

● Supermodel Lara Stone thinks young models should at least finish high school before they dive into the business.  [Styleite]

● If you have one last person on your gift list, Style.com rounded up a great last-minute list of fashion coffee table reads to pick up at a bookstore near you today. [Style]

● Business of Fashion just released a list of their top 10 articles of 2011, which features this controversial profile on Scott Schuman of The Sartorialist. [BoF]

● Carine Roitfeld on no longer talking to her former Vogue Paris colleagure, Emmanuelle Alt: "Maybe this was not supposed to be a friendship […] I am very happy, in the end, because I am the winner.” Burn! [NYT]

The Sartorialist’s Scott Schuman Opens Up About His New Book

“I don’t need a big important coffee table book right now,” says Scott Schuman, the leading street-style photographer better known as The Sartorialist about his new book of photographs, Closer. Since launching his popular blog in 2006, Schuman has inspired a bevy of professional and novice photographers around the world to pick up a camera and hit the streets in search of stylish pedestrians. Schuman has not only been a creative muse for many within the blogger world, but his savvy and strategic business moves, which have won him coveted advertisers for his blog and placed The Sartorialist.com on the list of financially successful blogs, has many hoping to follow in his foot-steps.

Despite his numerous accomplishments, a CFDA Media Award 2012 (which he shared with fellow style blogger and girlfriend Garance Doré) being one of them, Schuman couldn’t dream of releasing a pristine coffee table book. He was adamant about releasing Closer in paperback in hopes of encouraging readers to use it as a workbook. “I don’t want it to be something people are intimidated by. I wanted people to be able to rip out pages and put them on their walls,” says Schuman via cell phone during one of his daily outings in New York City searching for subjects to shoot. “I love the fact that he gets inspired by artists outside of fashion; I think he’s bigger than fashion and that is very motivating to me,” reveals Doré, who has a section in Closer dedicated to her easy, chic sense of style.

Similar to his first best-selling book, this second volume will feature photographs Schuman has posted on his blog and many special ones he’s held onto especially for the book. Editing down his monstrous collection to 500 book-worthy images then proceeding to match them side-by-side is no small feat, so Schuman initially enlisted the help of his readers. “It was a great idea until I realized that not only is shooting these images personal but also how you lay them out is. That’s just something nobody can really help me out with. I just have to go through the process.”

We caught up with Scott Schuman to talk about his new book, the upcoming Fashion Week shows and street-style bloggers’ focus on editors.

What can we expect from this second volume of photographs?
Igot to go to much more diverse places this time around. The first book was the first three years of the blog, and in the beginning you have to go where people would send you. For the last couple of years, I’ve been able to take a little more control over my own career. I get to decide where to send myself on trips. I’ve got shots from Morocco, Savannah, Georgia or Dublin. That’s on top of all the fashion capitals.

It’s a big coup in fashion circles to be shot by you. What drew you to the subjects who made your two covers for Closer?
The young lady has such calmness to her in the photograph and such a direct gaze. What she was wearing looked beautiful and the way she has her hands looks very calm. Using this image for the cover was almost a no-brainer. It is such a strong image and she’s very beautiful, but I think there’s that beautiful ease that I love. I like the colors she is wearing and the darkness of the background. I knew right way this was the cover.

I feel that a lot of times we’ve lost the masculinity in men’s fashion. I love designer fashion from Givenchy or Jill Sander because they do beautiful work, but I don’t know if it always portrays men in a masculine way that I’m particularly inspired by. I can understand how others are inspired. I’m inspired by those designers in an abstract way, but I think we’ve lost the masculinity of the ‘30s and ‘40s. This photograph [on the second cover] brings that back for me. I mean, there’s a guy who looks great, his clothes fit amazing, and there’s this sense of masculinity about him. He’s cool and he’s kind of a throwback. I think one of the reasons my site took off in the beginning, particularly in the men’s section, is because of that element I brought. When you look at fashion magazines or ads with men it’s almost like women’s wear now. The ads are covered with a bunch of 22-year-old very skinny little boy models that many men, or women, can’t relate to. Maybe young girls can relate to them. For those reasons, that picture just felt so right.

Your images are rooted in fashion. Do you consider yourself a fashion photographer?
August Sander was a strict photographer but because he captured such interesting elements of life at that moment, now a 100 years later you can’t help but look at the fashion in these photographs. The only difference with me is I have a chance share a fashion experience for a contemporary audience with my photographs. People won’t dress the way we do now and I think they will be able to find inspiration in my images 100 years later, but in a more abstract way. What life must have been like back then!

New York Fashion Week is coming up. There are going to be men and women vying for your attention. Do you ever experience awkward moments when people try to get you to take pictures of them?
I don’t really have people who try to get me to take their picture. I don’t always wear my glasses and I have a hard time seeing. Sometimes when I run into Garance [Doré] on the street, she’ll say, “You look so mean.” It’s because I’m having a hard time seeing. The only awkward moments are when I run into people I’ve photographed in the past and maybe I don’t want to shoot them this time around. It’s usually those people who expect to be photographed and that’s more awkward.

Your blog is one of the few that still highlight non-fashion industry folks. Most street-style blogs today are consumed with editors. What do you make of this focus street-style blogs have taken?
I think it’s just laziness. I have been doing fashion for a long time before the blog. I love going to see the shows and I do think the editors can be interesting, but that’s just a part of the blog. In an odd way it’s about the person, but it’s about my abstract romantic ideas of that person. I never mention their name or what they do. For me it’s much more abstract. It’s completely out of my control that a lot of these editors, like Anna Dello Russo, ended up becoming individual stars. I understand why people look up to them, but I always got much more out of it when they were just an idea. I do love going out and shooting real people on the street. That’s an area I’ve been pushing myself to more. If you look at the last couple of weeks of the blog, you really see some great New York moments. I know that’s my point of differentiation in this world. I think the way Garance and I have evolved is we go to Paris for Fashion Week, but we are not obsessed by the shows. We might check out a different neighborhood or go to a store. We try to create it as if we are going on a trip to Paris to see shows, but there are other things to do too. That keeps me from being too excited about seeing any particular person.

Do the hordes of photographers at the shows make your job harder?
It makes it harder in the sense that it takes away from the specialness and the romance. If I saw Anna Dello Russo in a particular way, I was very careful to shoot her as I saw her in the right light and create a mood. Once she’s taken off as a star, all the lazy bloggers want to just take a picture of her. It’s doesn’t matter if it’s a good picture, they just want to report what she is wearing. We end up with a million bad pictures of her. It kills the romance, ya know? What I’ve done is continue to not just look at the front row but also the behind scene people, the fourth row and the fashion fans. I also enjoy shooting other photographers. There’s something I love about the physicality of taking pictures. It looks beautiful.

FashionFeed: Met Ball Secrets from ‘Vogue’ & Rules from Anna Dello Russo

Vogue’s special events planner, Sylvana Soto-Ward, reveals what to expect at the Alexander McQueen-themed Met Costume Institute Gala, taking place this Sunday. [The Cut] ● And if you’re lucky enough to be attending the Met ball, the always-entertaining Anna Dello Russo has some important rules you should know about. For one, it’s “rigorously forbidden to take iPhone pics at VIP’S and CELEBS!” [ADR] ● Read why The Sartorialist’s Scott Schuman isn’t a fan of personal style blogs, and be sure to catch him at Fiat’s Soho pop-up gallery (18 Wooster St) from 7-9pm tonight. RSVP: TheSartorialist@framenoir.com. [Style]

● Opening Ceremony’s new commercial for their Intimates line features cute nouveau-disco sounds by Leno Lovecraft and even cuter French actress Alma Jodorowsky. [OC] ● Should you find yourself in the market for a pair of luxury handcuffs, Louis Vuitton’s got you covered. [Imagist] ● Another day, another fight over a model. DNA Models is suing Ford Models for allegedly stealing Maryna Linchuk her from their company. [Fashion Copious]

To Bryanboy, From ADR

Being Anna Dello Russo, fashion director at large for Vogue Nippon, isn’t easy. A self-described “passionate fashionista,” Dello Russo is a fanatic for wearing completely different, creative ensembles from head-to-toe every time she steps out in her stilettos. She is also known for being very media savvy, which is why she recently gave Style.com her gift ideas for some of the most famous fashion bloggers in the biz. See her picks, after the jump.

“For Bryanboy because he’s a frequent flyer.” Trussardi leopard-print ponyskin iPad holder, $390.

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“For Scott Schuman to wear on a date with his girlfriend, Garance.” Brioni made-to-measure tuxedo, price upon request.

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“For beautiful Garance Doré to make her even prettier.” Dolce & Gabbana Smooth Eye Color Quad, $59.

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“For Tommy Ton’s equipment. He’s always outside and it’s waterproof!” Prada Tessuto camouflage messenger bag, $1120.

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“For all my followers—they are beyond!” Anna Dello Russo Beyond perfume, $25.

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Garance Doré’s Holiday Wish List

One of my favorite style bloggers is French photographer and illustrator Garance Doré. She has a natural fashion flair all her own, but when paired with her equally stylish boyfriend, Scott Schuman (a.k.a. “The Sartorialist”), it is almost too much fabulousness to bear. So when Garance shared her holiday wish list with Harper’s Bazaar, I paid close attention. See what she wants for Christmas, after the jump.

1. Personalized stationery from Smythson: I am trying to write more letters.

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2. A new diary. 3. Dinner with all my family together: It’s difficult as we’re all in different places. I would love to have us all be together for just one night. 4. A year of massage/spa treatments: amazing! 5. A ring by Gaia Repossi.

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6. A vintage Kelly Bag—in red.

Love for Burberry: Digitally Intelligent Luxury

We bow down to Burberry Creative Director Christopher Bailey and his team, as they have managed to remain fashionable and innovative through new media in ways many competitors wish they were. Their fresh and fun print ad campaigns were delightful, especially as they featured the lovely Emma Watson. Then the creation of Art of the Trench, a collaboration with photographer Scott Schuman, where people from around the world could share their love for their iconic Burberry trench coats, was even more impressive. And now the last few months have brought about Burberry Acoustic, a place for Bailey to spotlight his favorite music, most specifically independent British acts he loves and admires, that have been recorded performing live all around London and beyond.

“Alleyway” by Life in Film for Burberry Acoustic

The Sartorialist’s New Clothing Line & TV Show

Apparently there’s no stopping Scott Schuman — the brains behind The Sartorialist. After parlaying his street-style photo blog into gigs for the likes of Style.com and DKNY, Schuman launched a tome dedicated to the site for which he is renowned within the fashion industry; not to mention he curated his own pop-up shop under Barneys’ roof. But apparently the next step is fame by way of both a TV show and a clothing line for Schuman. The photographer spilled the beans at a book signing in Australia recently, although the details he divulged were minimal.

“There’s a lot of negotiating going on right now … I was offered a lot of shows before and I don’t think the companies were right that were asking me. But this company I think is right. It’s a very well known Director and all, they’re a company,” Schuman told Pedestrian TV. But, according to Schuman, he wouldn’t be the focus of the show; his subjects would be (which I imagine as a more polished version of New York Magazine’s Video Look Book). “So maybe there’s a TV show maybe there’s an accessories collection that might lead into a full clothing collection. So there’s a lot of other things coming up but it’s still early in the process,” Schuman added. My guess? A collaboration in the vein of Filson-esque man bags, or Brooks Brothers shoes. That or a line focused solely on cuffed pants — a Sartorialist signature.

Homeless Chic Comes Full Circle

Months ago Erin Wasson proclaimed Venice Beach’s homeless population to be a great resource for sartorial inspiration. Not surprisingly, the model-turned-stylist-turned-designer caught significant flack for her comments (not to mention inspiring Julia Stiles recent eco-friendly fashion line spoof). But it seems Wasson’s controversial comments weren’t all hot air. Italian Vogue has followed suit, showcasing a homeless chic-inspired cover for its September issue. Meanwhile Elle just hired a homeless internin a move that’s garnering a lot of positive press coverage. Now Scott Schuman (a.k.a. The Sartorialist) is weighing in on the matter.

Schuman posted a photo of a surprisingly stylish homeless man on his heavily trafficked blog today with the title, “Not Giving Up, NYC.” The photo comes with a fair bit of commentary: Schuman muses, “I don’t usually shoot homeless people. I don’t find it romantic or appealing like a lot of street photographers, and if you asked homeless people they are probably not to happy about their situation either.” However, in this particular situation, Schuman says, “In my quick shot I had noticed his pale blue boots, what I hadn’t noticed at first were the matching blue socks, blue trimmed gloves, and blue framed glasses. This shot isn’t about fashion — but about someone who, while down on his luck, hasn’t lost his need to communicate and express himself through style.” Intentionally about fashion or not, the photo can’t be assessed without analyzing the man in question’s outfit — one (aside from color coordinating) noteworthy for its use of layering. The man in question has cut-off jean shorts layered over heavy black pants, and a collared shirt peeking out of a knit pullover visible underneath his navy blazer, which he’s wearing open. The outfit (save for the gloves) could just as easily be spotted on guys and girls strutting down Bedford Avenue (except in the case of the latter the cut-offs would probably be sitting atop black leggings or tights). In other words, for better or worse, homeless people’s penchant for layering is as timely a sartorial trend as any. Even if a large group of people think saying so is un-PC.

The Sartorialist on Fighting Ageism & Launching Sartorialust

imageThis weekend, the Times of London ran an interesting profile of street style documentarian Scott Schuman, whose photo blog The Sartorialist has earned him a steady gig with Style.com, a recent DKNY ad campaign, and, come September, a book launch via Penguin. In other words, the photographer is poised to become as ubiquitous as the Ugg boots he despises, as he reveals in the aforementioned profile. In the piece Schuman also muses on his favorite cities to shoot men. “In New York, they’ve got their shirt undone and their pants hanging really low,” he says. “It’s horrible.” As for London, Schuman rates the city “so-so,” citing the fact that “the men [there] express character by wearing maroon socks.”

His favorite city to shoot: Milan. It’s “much more of a man’s city,” he tells the Times, referencing Italian men’s propensity to keep their ties and jackets on no matter what the weather calls for. In the piece Schuman also reveals the fact that, in conjunction with his tome launch later this year, he’ll open a pop-up shop in Barneys called the Sartorialust, which will stock “great accessories that really define a look. A great watch, great pajamas, great suspenders …” Also in the works: a possible partnership with Net-a-Porter and aspirations to consult for a major men’s wear brand. It’s all in a hard day’s work for Schuman, who also alludes to the fact that his blog boasts anti-ageism underpinnings. “I’ve had people say, ‘Oh, this is so silly, so frivolous, so unimportant to the world.’ But I totally think I’ve done something good. I’m proud of the fact that I’m one of the few fashion outlets where people can say, ‘Wow, that’s how I want to look when I get older.’”