Web Pose-Off 2011: #Menswear vs. #Fashion
I'll be frank with you guys: we spend a lot of time in the Lucky offices reading fashion blogs. One might say we border on obsessive. With all that time spent perusing personal styles, we've noticed that bloggers love to pose. (We know. Shocking.) Some have a signature, some mix it up and others just go with the flow. One day, while pondering the complexities of the universe, we decided to challenge some of the #menswear writers on the web to mimic the poses that some of our favorite #fashion bloggers love.
And that's exactly what we did. After accepting the challenge, Justin Chung (who photographed the whole thing), Sean Hotchkiss, James Jean, Gabe Alonso, Noah Emrich and I took to the streets of SoHo and tried out some blogger poses. I'm not going to tell you who posed best, because we're all friends here, I'll leave that up to you.
And ladies, please remember, for the love of all that is good: imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.
Who: Nicole is one of the more popular fashion tumblrs out there. She posts outfit shots, answers reader questions and has done some pretty impressive projects...she was also a finalist for our Faces of 5F contest.
Trademark: Sultry MacBook photo shoots.
Who: Noah, like Nicole, is big into tumblr. His blog has tons of menswear imagery and photography and he's done some work with the New York Times. Considering his age—actually, considering anybody's age—that's impressive. (He's wayyy under 25.)
In this shot, Noah does his best impersonation of Nicole using the mirror effect.
Who: Everybody who has heard of fashion blogging has heard of Jane. She's a pioneer. Ms. Aldridge has been sailing in her sea of shoes for quite some time and has appeared on television shows, done some major collabs and has just launched another blog. Where does she find the time?
Trademark: Some of the world's finest (and at times weirdest) shoes.
Who: There's a running joke that James works off of the bench outside Balthazar. He's a stylist by trade and can often be spotted shooting somewhere in the SoHo/Nolita/West Village fringe area. He's up on the tweets and blogs over at The Mod Rockers.
He makes for one sassy shoe blogger.
Who: Carolina, Sweden's favorite blogger, is probably one of the kindest people you'll ever meet. She puts together some of the coolest looks on the web and has worked with some of earth's finest brands.
Trademark: Mid-step Blue Steel.
Who: By day, Gabe works as a community manager, keeping a watchful eye on social media. By night, he's the style editor at Guyism.com. He tumbls, he tweets and he loves menswear.
This is Gabe's best attempt at mimicing Carloina's mid-step Blue Steel.
Who: She's easily one of the best known bloggers on the web and hails from L.A. After gaining huge success on Fashion Toast, Rumi teamed up with her blogging friends and started NowManifest.com. Which is you know, a superblog. You can spot her cavorting with Bryanboy all over the world, especially during fashion week—and she's served as an inspiration for thousands of baby bloggers.
Tradmark: Camera stare.
Who: Justin is a photographer from Brooklyn, NY. You can find his work on GQ.com, in lookbooks for Mark McNairy and Unis and most recently, this slideshow.
You can't help but get lost in his piercing gaze.
Who: Kelly is known for her editorial eye—her looks are always shot beautifully and she's got the style to back it up. Recently, she's been named an ambassador for Tiffany & Co., good for her!
Trademark: Killer accessories and glossy shots.
Who: She's known for dressing in a way that repels the dudes (fur sleeves, lots of layers and bangles on top of bangles). As it turns out, she's found a man who loves her for all that she is and more, and is now engaged. Which just proves that you can dress as you like and still find happiness. Good for you Leandra, congratulations!
Trademark: The Arm Party.
Who: Sean is a contributor to our upstairs neighbors at the GQ Eye. Previously, he ran the golf blog Khaki Crusader. He's usually somewhere in the East Village, or something.... (Okay, I made that part up. I have no idea where he usually is.)
We had trouble deciding if this was a "passing gas pose" or a "dog peeing" pose, but either way he nailed it.
Alright, this is a double, but we couldn't resist. Nicole loves a good GPOY (gratuitous picture of yourself) and has the pose down pat.
So does Noah.
Have a great holiday!
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