Older European women are very difficult. Older women, in general, say no all the time. They're just very vain. And girls who are pretty, who've always been pretty. Not models — like the prom queen. They're like, 'Oh my god my beauty is such a curse! Nooo!' They're not really into fashion, because they've always been pretty. It doesn't happen very often, because they rarely dress well. They dress so-so, because they've always gotten attention whether they want it or not. But I almost always know those girl[s] are going to be like, 'No! Not again!
With Scott Schuman and Garance Doré gearing up to receive the media award at this year's CFDA Awards, the pair have been in the press a lot recently. This week Schuman spoke to GQ about everything from the problems created by sitting front row at that Dolce & Gabbana show to the failings of street style blogs today. In a joint interview with Style.com, the pair criticise the eagerness that showgoers have to be photographed and Schuman talks about how he feels when people criticise them.
On choosing not to shoot purely at the shows:
SS: Other people do this and they shoot very much at the shows—and that's great and that's very fashion. Where for me, that's an element of it, but also people on the street, people in different places. Still to this day, the most fun is just getting on my bike, going out, and shooting. Sometimes I don't get anything—yesterday I didn't get anything—but it's still that absolute search and challenge to go out and see someone.
GD: He really loves that. It's really his thing. I'm not like that. It's rough! You spend hours outside—it's like hunting. You're so frustrated. You don't like that comparison?
Leandra Medine isn't the only blogger doing well off the back of her blog. Street style photographer favourite Tommy Ton is doing just that. As well as continuing to shoot for GQ and Style.com, he recently designed a two-piece collection for Club Monaco and has been working with magazine's like Harper's Bazaar on full-on fashion editorials.
Having done all of that, a photobook in a similar vein to that of Yvan Rodic or Scott Schuman seems like the logical next step, no, but in a recent interview with Exposed Zippers, Ton confirmed that he has no plans of going down that route. 'I was approached but I think I should wait because my photos are a documentation of what goes on outside the shows and it's changed quite a bit over the last five years,' he said. 'I think I will wait another five years to see how much the shows have changed since then.'
Yesterday Diane von Furstenberg and CFDA CEO Steven Kolb held an event in New York to announce the nominees for this year's CFDA awards. The nominees were not a surprise. The usual names like Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen for The Row was in the mix alongside Jack McCollough and Lazaro Henandez for Proenza Schouler, Marc Jacobs, Rachel Roy and Alexander Wang.
Last year's fashion icon award went to Lady Gaga leading many to question how they will be able to top that. Even Kolb tweeted: 'How do you top @ladygaga from last yr? We will!' This time the award will go to Johnny Depp, the first male to ever receive the award but while I've always been a fan of his, I'm not convinced that he can top Gaga.
Almost a year ago, Scott Schuman revealed that a TV show and clothing line was in the horizon but failed to let slip that he'd bagged a deal with Intel. Schuman aka The Satorialist, appears in a mini-documentary called 'A Visual Life' sponsored by the company.
Despite being in the street style game for a long time, he explained that "it's almost like going out there and letting yourself fall in love a little bit everday."
Our favourite line from the documentary? "It's like a digital park bench".
Since the likes of Tommy Ton and Scott Schuman started taking street style images of the editors during fashion week, they have arguably become as interesting as the designers and the collections themselves. Want evidence? The street style photographer's queen Anna Dello Russo, Vogue Nippon fashion director, has just featured on a line of t-shirts produced by Yoox.com, all showing the style icon modelling her top ten outfits. Unfortunately, you won't be able to get your hands on them as they completely sold out on the site in under 48 hours.
After coming under some perhaps well deserved criticism, Garance Doré - fashion blogger and girlfriend of The Sartorialist's Scott Schuman - has apologised for her critical comments on plus size models (after she branded them "not really physically healthy and not always flattering to fashion") and declared "I, myself, am not a model, and have always said that I've liked my curves".
"I think it's almost naive of the fashion industry, because it would be nice in a few years that the idea of different body shapes is normal, but right now it's not quite there yet" Doré concluded in her interview with Sky News. However, in an attempt to reverse the somewhat negative comments, she told the Huffington Post on Wednesday, "I never said that plus-size models are unhealthy. That would be totally stupid of me. To me, they represent the diversity of women's bodies, and what I said is I will be happy to see them on a runway on a regular basis, just mixed [in with regular models] and not [walking] all together at the same time."
At the end of last year Scott Schuman let slip that he was in talks about a reality TV show but stressed that nothing was confirmed. However, if Garance Doré's recent interview with the Huffington Post is anything to go by, the show will materialise sooner rather than later and Doré will play an instrumental role in the show with him.
So what will it be about? "Well, I think it will be based on what we see. And the world is in such little pieces now and you take your information from everywhere," she said. "I'd like to go ask people I trust, "Who's a great musician?" and then maybe meet the musician and then do the same with fashion or food. I think it will be more fashion-oriented. But my dream project is to do a movie."
But we will just have to wait and see. She stressed that the concept of the show is still up in the air. "We don't know yet exactly what form it's going to have," she added. It's the same thing: why would we do a classic TV show, when the world is changing? And the world of media is changing? So we are working on the concept. We want something that talks to the people very easily and that you can see on the Internet."