Winner Joseph Altuzarra and Seth Weissman
It’s no secret that Sam Shipley and Jeff Halmos are two of my favorite designers. I suppose I’ve taken a liking to them ever since I met them last year at Barney’s. Aside from being designers, the duo also like to sell quirky knick-knacks and draw characters at their blawg Numerous Drawings. I’ve mentioned Numerous Drawings in the past so today I kind of want to focus on their shop Things! where they have recently started selling these Mystery Flower Seeds. I’m not quite sure which flowers they will produce, but I guess that’s the fun part right? Buy them for yourself or buy them for a friend because they are only $3.99.
Ever since Dov Charney announced the hipster era was “out” several months ago, I became concerned. As a part-time hipster, I guess I don’t really understand how it can go out of style. Being a hipster is not just about the fashion or the music. It is a culture. It is a way of living.
Okay, who are we kidding? While I accept the hipster lifestyle, there’s still something about it that makes me giggle. I actually am amused by the hipster culture. While the rest of the world slash the bros at my school find that it is something to joke about, you’d be surprised at how ahead of the game they are. Hipsters all over have paved the way for various trends that began years ago, but are just now turning mainstream as described in a recent Flavorwire post. When I think of this, I am reminded of the scene from The Devil Wears Prada when Miranda puts Andy in her place by telling her that her retail store sweater was hand picked for her by the people in that room because they made that sweater what it was. I know that that movie has nothing to do with hipsters, but all you need to know is that the hipsters ARE Miranda.
Below are some of my favorite hipsters of our time today:
Natalie Portman has been a bad ass ever since she made her acting debut back in 1994 with The Professional. Since then, she has blown us away with her acting abilities and even her rapping skills. She may have portrayed hipster-ish character Sam in Garden State, but we know that she’s a true one at heart. Natalie is a Harvard grad, vegetarian, and an activist!
This past summer, my best friend Jeanette and I ventured down to Barneys in Seattle for our chance to meet designers Sam Shipley and Jeff Halmos of Shipley & Halmos. It was such a great experience! While it was exciting for us to meet the designers, the best part was actually getting photographed by them for a chance to be featured in their new book “We’re An American ______“
Over the course of a few weeks, Shipley & Halmos embarked on a road trip visiting Seattle, Austin, Philly, DC, Santa Monica, Beverly Hills, Boston, Houston, Georgetown, and a whole slew of other cities along the way. Camera in hand, the two were out to capture character and personality. While this can typically be found instantly in someone’s outfit (from a fashion standpoint,) this was the opposite of what they were looking for. Instead, the 80-page book features only portraits.
The book is now available for $40 here.
Today, New York based designers Sam Shipley and Jeff Halmos of Shipley & Halmos came to the downtown Seattle Barneys location to shoot photos for an upcoming book to be published in November. The “Fill in the Blank” tour has given both Shipley and Halmos the opportunity to travel to 13 Barneys’ locations across the country to snap photos of what the people are wearing in their respective cities. I became interested in the project after hearing about it a couple weeks ago and thought that I would bring Jeanette down with me to the impromptu photo shoot being done right in the middle of the store.
Before we got in front of the camera, they had us fill out a sheet of paper with various questions such as “What is your favorite bone?” and “Name an animal in the zoo.” It was supposed to resemble a mini mad lib, but they didn’t give us too much information on it just that it would be included in the book that they would be publishing. In my conversation with Jeff Halmos, I learned that they have taken over a thousand photos at each of the 13 locations. They’re going to have to spend a lot of time on editing to pick the best photos, but when the process is all done, they will have a book available at every Barneys location. There will also be a website with all of the photos published online even for those that don’t make it into the book.
How do I feel about the whole experience? GREAT. I’m so glad that Sam and Jeff are taking the time with their project to showcase street style. Street style these days has become overly exaggerated by sites like chictopia and lookbook.nu and even by some bloggers. I used to be a huge fan, but when I peruse through the pictures now, I’m noticing that some of these outfits are not wearable. You wouldn’t really wear that outfit in public. It’s easy to take a picture of you in it at your home or something because it’s convenient and you have the time to style it slash pile on a million accessories and layers, but you’re only wearing it for the picture. You don’t have to actually walk around town to either school or work in that outfit.
With that being said, I will definitely be trying to get in contact with both Sam and Jeff in the near future to learn more about their plans for their upcoming collections and grab some more dirt on that book! Also after the less than one minute photo shoot, they provided all of us with Smart Water and Trophy Cupcakes. I was a happy girl.