Saturday, March 3, 2012

My Weekend Gift to You: Vancouver Street Style

 Here are some images from a blog I recently discovered: Culture Serf, which features street style photography taken in Vancouver, my own back yard!
 I'm really enjoying blogger/photographer Melanie Kobayashi's range of vision as well as her brief explanations of what she likes in each look.
 Her eye is caught by a sleek nod to the 60s, as in the top photo, by bold colour as in the two above
 but also by more conservative palettes. . . .

She snaps men and women, and she doesn't limit herself age-wise.
 I think she captures a West Coast funkiness that challenges impressions that we are completely committed to Gore-tex and LuluLemon. . .
These two (above and below) are a couple -- how charming are they?! (she made his felt stickpin, apparently). LOVE the colour of his scarf!
Melanie also seems to appreciate a variety of body shapes and sizes, along with her inclusion of young and old, men and women,

and I like her occasional nod to different cultural and ethnic interpretations of style.

That's my offering to you this weekend -- a new eye on my city, courtesy of a new-to-you Blog. Check it out: Culture Serf

16 comments:

  1. Oh what a divergent group of people and fashion. I think she's onto something...thanks for sharing.

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    1. You're welcome, Lesley -- she does have a good eye, I think.

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  2. Thanks for that link - I'll go over for a look. This week anyone would be forgiven for thinking we all live in gortex!

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    1. It can only get better, right? Rain, rain, go away . . .

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  3. What a cool blog! I'm so happy to see street style blogs that are actually still about real people seen on the streets, rather than the "lets-hang-out-by-the-fashion-week-tents-and-shoot-the-comings-and-goings-of-editors-and-their-assistants" subject matter which is what a lot of street style blogs seem to have morphed into. Thanks for sharing this; I'm off to browse some more.

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    1. I'm glad you like it too, Sue. I love the mix of real people being creative as we can be rather than looking overly styled.

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  4. Vancouver is full of fun fashion. What a great idea for a blog. Why should New York, Paris, Milan (the Sartorialist) get all the press? And I love her inclusiveness of all ages and body shapes. Real people!

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    1. You'll have enjoyed some of this on your recent getaway, right?

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  5. Have you discovered Melanie's fashion blog, Bag and Beret? You two need to MEET.

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    1. Okay, then, I'll google to check her out. Thanks!

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  6. Thanks, great fun! Loved the diversity and all of them look so cheerful and willing. Not a single pose with legs so deliberately crossed, just people living their lives. Especially enjoyed the women in their salwar kameez, a style I could live in; would love to have the burgundy and brown ensemble on the right.

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    1. It's refreshing, right? Down-to-earth yet inspiring all at once.

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  7. Thank you for the link! That was great fun and everyone looked good. I like the mix of people and styles, and that they looked like normal people you might meet, not just the stylish or avant garde fringe.

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    1. Isn't it great? I think Melanie does a great job, and I'm pleased to add her blog to my roster of regular sites to visit.

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  8. Hi! It's taken me a while to scoot over here but I want to thank you for featuring my street style site in this post! I love finding people who shine and sharing them. Bill Cunningham, NY Times street photographer, said it best: "If you look for beauty, you will find it." I certainly do! I like your blog too!

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    1. You're welcome, Melanie -- glad you don't mind me borrowing some of your great shots. I love that you find beauty outside of a narrow definition of fashion, going to more individual definitions of style.

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