Through Street Style’s Lens

Leandra Medine | February 18, 2012
The runway shows are only one part important during fashion week. Outside the confines of Lincoln Center, Milk Studios, the Piers enters a whole different animal begging critique and photograph: vive le street style star and camera that makes it such. It’s an art, really. You may remember the old layering posts titled How to Get Street Style Snapped. But ultimately, there’s no effective way to learn the trade than through real time experience so find here the outfits and details that beg a Tommy Ton, Scott Schuman approved camera click. Take a few cues should you feel so inclined.
We start with Alexander Wang’s Simona sandals. Questionable footwear is everything and nothing says shoot my feet like a black dust buster that sweeps the sidewalks, includes mudflap on heel. After all, shoe does maketh the Repeller. Try wearing a statement necklace that just so happens to match your statement sunglasses and riff on the Proenza Schouler unattainable tie dye from 2009 manifesting on your arms. Hold multiple things in your hands, it may give the photos new dimension. Giggle, walk, wear a Pre-Fall 3.1 Phillip Lim clutch that’s not out for purchase yet. Do that again, this time with a sweater, make sure there’s an idle cab behind you.
Or take the practical route and wear a whole big load of Celine. A midi length pencil skirt in resort’s infamous floral print and a purse that’s not the carry all tote will likely do it. Quirky socks add good measure. You can also always just be Taylor Tomasi Hill.Or Michelle Harper. Images via Tommy Ton for, Nam for And finally, here’s me. I say you just wear several different layers of fabric, an arm party and excessive hand piece that loops through three of your fingers. Hold your clutch up near your hairy chest and just, you know, hope for the best. Photo by Mark Iantosca. (Rebecca Minkoff purse, Club Monaco vest.)
  • FashionableAsians

    So basically you have to have designer clothing to get street snapped :(

  • Siri Elaine

    I am obsessed with street fashion! Great post, I love it!
    Love the Taylor Tomasi Hill street fashion, super cool.
    Last love the blue clutch.
    I am following.
    Have a great weekend!

  • m.corbett

    i think i'll just take the option of being taylor tomasi hill thanks haha xD x xxx

  • kaye

    This is just such an amazing analysis! GREAT pics, just bloody AMAZING!

  • Fashion Recession

    Hahahaha, love you, cool post with a good sense of humor as always!!

    All love Lola

  • Sketch42

    So, for every person I saw in a gorgeous outfit outside the tents, I saw two in something really really bad. Think ratty colorful faux fur.
    Dressing for the street style photogs is a tricky business, when it works, its amazing. When it doesn't its such a super fail.

  • ~Cleo~

    I love street style it inspires everone to dress in different ways and take a chance. These street style shots are amazing I really love the 6th picture, the printed pants are just amazing.

  • jenaly enns

    your to funny, love your comments on the pictures. they are very nice but the way you explain it makes it very funny.

  • Carolina Sundell

    Thanks for the tips! I understand why the street style photographers love these garments and accessories they're all head-turners.

  • Nuit

    ok. this was BRILLIANT. xox

  • jas

    i absolutely love taylor

  • Natali

    Great photos and great advices! Love your writing!

  • pattyandlo

    love the looped ring. You rock it out!

  • Emanuel I.

    Great styles, beautiful people, inspiring muses!
    Thank you!

  • WearAbouts

    all the bright colors, prints, textures, FEATHERS, have got me on the edge of my seat! love it! <3

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  • Katia

    This made me laugh.. its so true though :)

  • Tina
  • Aubrey and Melissa

    This is such a fun post, you always make us laugh. Seriously though, such incredible street style! Particularly in love with the fist two images!

  • Allegra

    oh there's another tip: timing! if you aren't a topblogger yet, you gotta wait for a sneaky moment when you're the one and only hahaha you know

  • Irene Buffa
  • Shelley Workinger

    Is that a Bliss Lau chain? The link wouldn't work for me.

  • Montes Y Mills

    taylor is my favorite of all time. she is so stylish.

    check out my new "man repeller" skirt!!!!!


  • zeste de citron

    really pretty details ! love everything :)


  • Miss Molly
  • Anonymous

    tone of this blog seems to have entirely changed! who is writing it these days…

  • Collections

    I always just be Taylor Tomasi Hill :)


  • Man Repeller

    Still me…?

  • Man Repeller

    Mark Henry!

  • Charlene Gondo

    you're really my Fashion Guru! Glad you're here to blog something different rather than an usual outfit post.

    a big fan of you,
    Charlene from Summer Flounce

  • kaitlyntru

    Taylor Thomasi Hill & Elin Kling. Fashion Week porn.

  • Material Fixations

    Thank you for the questionable advice, love these street style picture! Are you headed to London next?

  • Sharon

    Nice post!

    I love Michelle Harper.

  • Megan Solla

    i want that clutch!!

  • YoUngLiNgToN

    totally agree with your advices so good and refreshing !

  • Creativity&Chocolate

    Amazing pictures and love those pieces from Philip Lim!

  • Anonymous

    Slave chain? Not cool.

  • I Z A B E L A

    amazing photos! streetstyle photos are the best there are

  • dictionary_of_fashion

    Aaaaaa, love these sandals :)

  • LoveE ♥

    Haha awesome advice, I'm sure to wear bust duster heels and a slave chain next time I'm in NYC!

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  • Man Repeller

    I've googled it and that's their formal name. Weird to me too.

  • Jannine

    haha great pics! i love your writing. it´s original and not the predictable words of a woman drooling over everything every step she takes… doesn´t mean you´re not drooling. it means you type it in a way that makes us feel better and think of fashion as a science, a matter of study.
    i love your blog!
    XO jannine

  • Estherina

    Love these pictures and your sense of humor!

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  • everYOURS everMINE

    nice pics! love your blue clutch and the awang sandals 😀

  • La Petite Olga

    Love how you commented every picture!

    xx Olga
    La Petite Olga

  • Rochelle Fox

    HAHAH love this take on street style very true I will be sure to take note and refer back to it in time for sydney fashion week :) A Fox That Meows ♥ x

  • Devi

    Great pics!! Attention to detail and I love it how u commented every single pics! :)

    xx Devi

  • TheGuayabaProject

    Michelle Harper is so cool. The sunglasses, the hairstyle, the skin, the lipstick, the gloves, and the fact that we can see her arm hairs. Well done. Nice selection repeller :)

  • Benedicte MAGEN
  • Piel del Cosmos

    I love this post!
    quite funny (:

  • Anonymous

    Yeah, can't find anything glamourous about any kind of slavery, past or present! Idiots.

  • Jamie Gillingham

    Head and legless is by far your best look. Sweeping victory. You're a doll.

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  • Violet

    LOVE THE WAY YOU DESCRIBED… sorry my caps lock was on i was too lazy to adjust AND delete… the street style shots. i was wondering what you would say for taylor T H…. good job lol

    love you clutch !


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  • Steph

    haha i love you

  • Gabriele

    love this post, all fab pics! :))

  • matchalattewardrobe

    So many statement pieces, lovely.


    Simona sandals are so chic!

  • anna

    Being Taylor (or even Elin) is not a bad idea at all! this is such a funny post…

  • Loes Elizabeth

    The Alexander Wang shoes are just amazing, the repelling shoes are always the best aren't they? Also amazing; your Club Monaco vest.

  • VSP

    Michelle Harper??? Man repeller…

  • fashiongamble

    Oh love these picutres!

  • Raspberry and Rouge

    FABULOUS pics! So cool! Happy sunday! XO Rebecca

  • lucillejoy

    So much love for all of these, all so crazy but works completely!

  • TeuntjeVDW

    What a nice post haha :) I'll try to be Taylor or Michelle

  • Nuar

    That's genius street smarts!! Though, as a fairly classic dresser, I wouldn't wear many of those striking items, I celebrate watching at them through a clever lens, and so originally carried off.
    XOXO, Maria José

  • Polly

    Ahhh love it. Esp. the Wang shoes. They really remind the sexy slipper Carrie gets in SATC when she's trying to spice things up with Berger. I think the Wang ones would have been a better option for her… slightly more S&M;, in all the right ways!

  • Ms.Fashionista

    I was so surprised at all the street style photographers, this being my first NYFW. It's so neat how the set up is though!


  • monkeyshines ♥

    stunning details!


  • Bonnie,Clyde and Marni…..

    cool photos!!! i like your look the best!!!

  • zina

    Not necessarily. Street style is about street style. What you chose to wear as a person. Not what designers have chosen for you. The reason why these women have been snapped is not because they are wearing designer clothes but because they have a unique and incredible style. One can be stylish with and without designer clothes


    i love the cape-fur-shoes!

  • Ella

    i love the way the floral pencil skirt looks with the leather bag, the two compliment each other wonderfully!

  • Stylist Steph

    Great selection of photos!

  • Julia Sandman

    Great Pictures


  • Anonymous

    I met you last week and you were like, extremely rude to my friend and maybe you're a man repeller because you're mean!

  • Tisha Loves Dress For Less

    The Alexander Wang's Simona sandals not only look chic but they look warm and the clutch would go perfect with the sweater in the other picture. Oh how I love street fashion :)

  • Gypsy_Riot

    oh my god….omg. the teal sunglasses and the proenza schouler shirt are to die for….so is almost every other picture espeically including yours. love that vest. we sell a similar one in the store i work at but its by mackage.

    check out my new post about Marni at H&M; when you have a quick little minute

    xoxo alax

  • Sophia Callahan

    obsessed! can't wait for springtime!!

  • Audrey

    i love the Alexander Wang's Simona sandals !! lovely lovely …

  • Em


  • StreetLounge

    Cool stuff 😉

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  • Nicole @ Giraffelegs

    Well said! I have found some of my most unique and inspiring pieces at Salvation Army.

  • Mallory Nickels

    What a fantastically framed photo of you! Love that shot! Well done, Mark Iantosca. And nice outfit, you! 😉

  • Kristel Louisa

    Really admire Spring 2012 florals. Love those bold colors!

    en la moda

  • LE▲

    ABSOLUT WOOOOOOOOOOW-PICS!!!!! i love all of them, great post!!! i love your blog, your pics…just everything's nice!!!


  • Jess

    The first picture is my favorite!! I <3!!

    check out the prom themed birthday party on my blog and please comment. kisses!

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  • Susana

    I live in NYC now but I lived in Paris for 4 years while I went to AUP and Parisians or New Yorkers do not dress like that. Leandra should be clearer. This is Fashion Week attendees going to a runway show style, far from what true sense of the word street style really is, style of duty. I know, I went to several shows and always found it so tacky and obvious how they stand around pretending to be busy texting on their smartphones knowing they're going to get photographed because they're wearing designer and work in an industry that needs all the press it can get. What I never understood was why do the actual designers are always dressed down and simple..hmmm something to think about for a possible next post.

  • Anonymous

    Wow, M.R. I have really enjoyed you're fun perspectives on fashion in the past year, but the unexpected "slave chain" line just shocked me to my core. The idea of slavery being equated to a the fun frivolity of an arm party is absurd. Just as absurd as naming any piece of clothing/jewelry after relics of other horrific genocides of past. Maybe that's the designer's name for the piece – I don't know, but I would tell him the same thing. Or I'd bet that there's some sort of misunderstanding. But calling it "slave chain" isn't your usual fun, hilarious take on things.

    If you like, take a look at this –’s-‘slave-earring’-controversy/

    Thanks for your other posts that have been entertaining and awesome.

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  • Liz

    gorgeous photographs. however, i wouldnt expect anything less!


  • Man Repeller

    Hey! There's been some controversy over calling it a slave chain but that is actually the formal name that those hand pieces have been given. That said, I likely should have just opted to call it a hand piece and not acknowledged the term slave chain–no particular brand that I know has given it that name, but try googling it. Sorry to have offended in any capacity!

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