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Mother Nature's smackdown on Fashion Week continues. After a blizzard wreaked some major havoc all over Friday and Saturday's shows, the bad hair (and shoe) days continue into NYFW Week Two with rain, fog, and plenty of melting ice to crush any dreams of cute outfits attendees may have once had.
So, how is street style faring in all this crappy weather? We caught up with Scott Schuman (a.k.a. the Sartorialist) after the Zero + Maria Cornejo show last night to see how things are going on his end. Here's what he had to say.
So, how is the crappy weather this week impacting your street style shooting?
For me it's a nice change. That's life. I like it. I like the messiness of life. You definitely get a different kind of shot in bad weather. More movement, more jumping around, things like that. I like it. I like the 'under the umbrella,' the background that fog can give you... or the rain. To be honest, I think people want to know... I don't even want to say how to dress in a chic way, but how do you dress in an interesting way in bad weather. So I think it's a great thing to look at.
What are the best bad-weather looks you've seen?
Interesting layering. Not just going with the typical coat or typical kind of layer. Interesting kind of layers. They're mixing more sporty things with more elegant things. There's a girl I shot in Paris and she had really interesting quilted layers on. One looked like a big quilted sweatshirt over something else and pants. You know, something that kind of surprises you a little bit.
How are you dealing with shooting in this weather, sartorially speaking?
I've been wearing these Nikes. They sent them to me in August and they must be some kind of rubberized leather because no water has gotten through them. They're regular Nikes, but the leather must be coated with something, which I didn't even realize, and they've been great! They really work well.
How are women doing shoe-wise in this weather? We can personally attest to seeing women wearing open-toed shoes in the snow.
Yeah! But I've also seen guys carrying their women over the water and stuff like that. I think lot of people say, 'Oh that's crazy, how can they wear that," and they forget that a lot of these girls are getting in and out of a car and they only have to go from a car to a show. But I don't think it's the open-toed shoes as much as how bare a lot of these girls are. I realize the store is full of new things, but it's a little crazy to be so bare in February. Even if you're getting carried from the car to the show.
Do you believe in suffering in the name of fashion?
No. I hate suffering for fashion. I hate suffering for anything. Except maybe a good meal. Maybe I would suffer for that. Like good chips and salsa. Maybe I would suffer a little bit for that.
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