Designer Spotlight: Rory Hutton

As a big believer of everything happening for a reason, I’ve always been open to the idea of change and grabbing an opportunity when it presents itself. Starting afresh at a new University and studying a subject I love made the whole process very exciting, and I was therefore eager to throw myself into a particular project that allowed my team mates and I to be creative whilst gaining some wonderful experience, enjoying ourselves immensely in the process.

As part of our coursework at University, my group were given the opportunity to work as part of a consultancy with the incredibly talented fashion designer, Rory Hutton. Rory specialises in menswear accessories such as bow-ties, pocket squares, cuff-links and pins. After graduating with a first-class honours degree in fashion design, Rory went on to work for some incredible designers such as Vivienne Westwood and Hardy Aimes of Savile Row. Having been featured in major publications such as the The Irish Times, Tatler, Marie Claire, Harpers Bazaar, Men’s Health and Savile Row Style, his gift did not go unnoticed.

The products he creates are hand printed and made with either 100% silk or 100% Irish linen and are of the highest quality. His current collection, “The Orient Collection,” is inspired by the fantasy of far-flung places and foreign travel in days gone by. The colour palettes are derived from children’s story book illustrations and travel posters of the 1920’s, the age of glamour and adventure. The design of the products are intricate and charming and are perfect for distinguished gentleman in the search of a unique accessory.

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(Bow Tie: “Sebastian” from The Orient Collection: https://roryhutton.co.uk/)

After attending a networking event, Rory agreed to work with us and give us some real experience. Working with a real fashion designer opened my eyes to the amount of work that goes into being successful and I immediately admired his incredible talent and drive as an entrepreneur. As part of our consultancy, he agreed to let me take some photographs for his social media pages and to conduct this profile of him. I’ve found this aspect of my course the most enjoyable so far, and I am so grateful for the opportunity he has given us to grow and develop as marketers.

One thing I found relatable about Rory’s personality is his love for antiques and his fascination of history. When I first had the pleasure of viewing his products, he kept them safe in a beautiful wooden antique box and on the day I took his photograph, his choice of setting reflected this aspect of his personality too. Rory’s confidence in his brand and passion for his product is very inspiring for someone like myself.

 

What made you initially interested in becoming a fashion designer?

I intended to study painting when I went to art school but fell in love with fashion design in my first year. I enjoy the discipline of design.

 

Your new collection focuses on the 1920’s and the mystery of far-flung places, do you have a favourite era?

I am very interested in history and I have an MA in Design History so this influences most of my work. The 1920’s is an incredibly glamorous era and very inspirational to many designers.

 

Do you have a favourite part of the world in terms of fashion/design?

I love visiting Paris in the winter and seeing the grand dames sporting their fur coats and hats, they look so timeless and elegant. But having lived in London for eight years it’s still my favourite fashion capital. I understand its nuances better than anywhere else and this makes it feel like home.

 

What are you wearing today?

The coat is Dior, it’s my favourite item in my wardrobe. I’ve had it for almost 10 years and it’s seen better days but I still love it! The knitted waistcoat is William Hunt of Savile Row and the shoes are Marks & Spencer! I can’t remember where the trousers are from.

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How would you describe your own personal style?

Generally quite classic with a bit of a twist! I like high quality fabrics and my favourite colour is blue!

 

Do you have any artistic icons that you are inspired by?

I am interested in all aspects of design and art and my work is influenced by this cross-pollination. I like interior designers John Fowler and Nancy Lancaster. Grayson Perry is a great inspiration and I love Vivienne Westwood for her incredible pattern cutting and Diana Vreeland for her imagination and ‘vision’. Madame de Pompadour is also someone I find very inspirational for her influence over the decorative arts of France in the eighteenth century. I love pattern and I think that’s the common thread that runs between all of these. Iris Apfel says ‘More is more, less is a bore’ and I subscribe to this idea!

 

Why Glasgow?

Glasgow is a beautiful city, there is some spectacular architecture here. The work of Alexander ‘Greek’ Thomson can be seen everywhere and he’s one of my favourite architects. In terms of modern architecture there’s also some fantastic examples here, my favourite being The Transport Museum by Zaha Hadid. Having lived in London for a long time I was ready for an adventure and I find it easier to work in Glasgow without the constant distractions of parties!

 

Do you have a favourite place to visit in Glasgow?

I like walking around the west end. The botanic gardens are a lovely place to visit and also Kelvingrove Art Galleries.

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What influences you?

Everything and anything, books I’ve read, things I’ve seen in museums, iron railings! I’m constantly looking for patterns in nature or architecture.

 

What’s your favourite film?

The Last Emperor (1987) or Reign Behind the Curtain (1983). At the moment I’m into Chinese history and the costumes in these movies are stunning.

 

What do you think makes the Rory Hutton brand unique?

Our quirky and original prints, made in the UK.

 

How would you describe your customer?

A stand-out gentleman in search of something unique. He likes classics with a twist and takes pride in his appearance.

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(Bow Tie: “Gordon” from The Orient Collection: https://roryhutton.co.uk/)

Rory’s vision for his brand derived from years of experience and inspiration is unique. Personally, I’ve never come across a men’s accessory brand quite like this before. The products which make such good use of colour are distinctive and handmade – the culmination of passion and hard work.  They make stunning gifts and can become staple pieces in any person’s wardrobe. Be sure to check out the Rory Hutton website and social media pages for regular updates on the new collection and existing products:

Website – https://roryhutton.co.uk/

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/RoryHuttonLdn/

Instagram – @RoryHuttonLDN

Twitter – @RoryHuttonLDN

 

Until next time,

Glasgow’s Golightly xo

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Come Rain or Shine…

Hello my lovelies,

So… Again it has been a little while since I’ve taken some photographs, however life does get in the way at times! I finally finished college with an A in my Graded Unit which I was so happy with! Direct entry to 3rd year of university will be nerve wracking but I think I’m ready for it. Since summer started I’ve been busy applying for jobs and dealing with a few health complications. Hopefully it’ll all be sorted soon!

Anyway, if you read my last post, you’ll have seen that yesterday I woke up feeling very inspired and determined to take photographs. I’ve decided to just listen to my body from now on, I don’t think it’s healthy to put too much pressure on myself when it comes to something I love. Going with the flow seems to be the best thing to do, however I will try and get out there as often as I can!

Yesterday was definitely a successful day in terms of documenting the bold and the beautiful people of Glasgow. I think I managed to capture a number of different styles which showcase what the city is all about: diversity. I am continuously proud to be part of Glasgow, it’s such an accepting and warm city with a big heart. The people manage to keep their spirits high and smiles in tact despite the sporadic rain we tend to experience.

Here is the first lovely lady I managed to photograph:

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This is the very beautiful and fashion forward Caroline Johnston. From the pop of leopard print to the very cute braid in her hair, this girl means business. When I mentioned if she’d ever done personal styling before, it turns out it was actually her job, which didn’t surprise me in the slightest! She’s paired everything together in such a quirky and stunning way, and I really admired her sense of style. She actually has a blog of her own which is wonderful! It can be found here at: https://carolineclairejohnston.com/

Her items are from the following:

Waistcoat – Zara

Top – Topshop

Mom Jeans – Topshop

Belt – Vintage

Shoes – Zara

Bag – Jones Bootmaker

Sunglasses – Rayban

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This lovely All Saints fan is the gorgeous Roslyn Heaney. I loved her “All Black Everything” look bar the slight brown tinge of her Raybans and her beautiful blonde hair. Her look reminds me slightly of Taylor Momsen, who which I adore! I would definitely wear this look myself, but I doubt I’d look half as amazing as she does. Her items are from the following:

Jacket – All Saints

Dress – Cheap Monday

Shoes – Bronx, ASOS

Sunglasses – Rayban

Bag – Stella McCartney

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This amazing girl’s name is Shannon McQuade. I’m surprised I didn’t give her and her friend Aslan (see as follows) a heart attack when I came running towards them. This kind of colour and creativity is what I hope to find whenever I step out and do this. People can have style, but very few have the confidence to be bold and beautiful like this stunning girl. Before I photographed her she said “Oh wait, let me put on my cat ears..” Haha! Love love love it. Her items are from the following:

Jacket – Depop

Top/Waistcoat – River Island

Trousers – Hollister

Shoes – Converse

Ears – Topshop

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This is the extremely cool and colourful Aslan Jeffrey. He and Shannon were such kind souls and were so lovely and interesting to speak to. I loved his combination of colours that he’s showcasing in this look, and I was far from surprised when he told me he was actually an artist. His never-ending bracelets and small braid in his hair gave him such character. Such a pleasure to photograph. His items are from the following:

Hoodie – Vintage

Top – Topman

Jeans – H&M

Shoes – OSIRIS

Scarf – Vintage

Bag – Vintage

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Last, but by no means least, was the beautiful Hollie Burgoyne. I stopped this lovely lady just as it started to pour with rain and I felt so bad for making her stand in it! I couldn’t help but stop her, she looked amazing and I loved this look. I’m a big stripe fan and this look just emulated Parisian city chic. She was such a lovely person to talk to and I was so thankful that she stopped for me. Her items are from the following:

Jacket – Vintage

Top – Vintage

Jeans – Topshop

Boots – Vintage

Bag  – Primark

Glasses – Red or Dead

Overall I’d say these beautiful souls were worth waiting for, whether it was rain or sunshine. I love seeing the variety of different styles this city has to offer, and the kind hearted spirits that come along with it. All of these lovely people had their own unique stamp on what they wore, which is what I love to see. I really hope they know how wonderful they look!

Until next time,

Glasgow’s Golightly xo

Bill Cunningham: 13/03/1929 – 25/06/2016

Yesterday morning when I woke up with a particular urgency to take photographs, I never would have known that I’d be delivered such awful news later that night. Bill Cunningham, the inspiration behind this entire blog and one of my favourite humans to ever walk this earth, died yesterday aged 87. Knowing I would never get the chance to see him whiz by me on his bike in a street in New York or have the chance to thank him for the wonderful creative awakening he instilled inside me broke my heart in two.

If you’ve followed this page previously, you’ll probably have seen my little post dedicated to him. He was an incredible person with an unbreakable spirit and I’m so grateful that I picked up “Bill Cunningham’s New York” just by chance one day. I’d felt quite tired and drained yesterday when I first woke up, however the need to snap photographs is what got me out of bed. I’d like to think his encouraging spirit had a little something to do with that.

Bill barely took a dime off anyone and was driven by his passion alone, which I find so admirable. His idea was that money means power, and if he didn’t take their money, they couldn’t control what he did. He enjoyed the simplest things in life and thrived off of people and their creativity more than anything else. The inventor of street style who was described as a “living landmark” of NYC, will be irreplaceable and eternally missed.

He’s a perfect example that being a good person and following your heart / passion can get you far in the fashion industry, despite what others say.

His beautiful spirit and legacy will live on in the streets of New York City through other incredible New Yorkers. Rest in Peace, Bill.. I hope you’ve got a good shot from up there!

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(Photo Cred: Cynthia Collins, New York Times Colleague – April 2014)

Summer is that you..?

So the past week has been incredible in terms of the weather, as I’m sure you’ve all experienced! I’ve been pretty busy, however I was determined to take some photos while the sun was out. Sunny weather always seems to make the Glaswegian population flourish and thrive… especially when it comes to fashion!

We don’t often have the opportunity to get dressed up for the weather here in Scotland, but when the heat does arrive it makes it such a treat for us. We definitely don’t take it for granted. Whenever there’s an inch of sunshine there seems to be no visible space in the likes of George Square or the steps at the top of Buchanan Street. Everyone flocks out to get their yearly dose of vitamin D. We’re never sure if it’ll be all we’ll get for the summer!

My new favourite place to take photographs of the trend setters of the city is within Royal Exchange Square. The GOMA area has always been a favourite of mine, especially at Christmas time with the twinkle lights. However, it’s also great when stopping people because it’s not quite as mobbed as Buchanan Street. People feel less exposed when getting their photo taken, and it’s a lovely background too.

So! On to the lovely ladies I photographed.

I’m very aware of the fact I haven’t photographed many guys recently, I need to keep my eyes peeled next time…

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This is the beautiful Sarah Caughey. She looked so summery and bright, I just had to stop her! She was so lovely and approachable, I’m always thankful for people like her. I loved the variation of her outfit, and I’m especially in love with her maxi skirt. I’m really enjoying the long skirt trend this season! It’s so feminine and pretty. Her lovely items are from the following:

Jacket – River Island

T-Shirt – River Island

Skirt – Topshop

Sandles – Topshop

Necklace – Vintage

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These two besties looked so cute in their outfits. I love how people’s personalities shine through in their outfits at times, it just shows how fashion really is a way of expressing yourself. Here they are individually:

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This is the gorgeous Lauren O’Hare. I really loved her look, it’s so sophisticated yet cute and playful at the same time. Her little shirt reminded me of a brand I really love at the moment called Olive Clothing – check it out if you like this kind of look! The little mini pussybow tie really brings the look together. I love how she’s accessorised too! Her items are from the following places:

Shirt – Zara

Trousers – Zara

Shoes – Office

Bag – House of Fraser

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Top – INED

Trousers – INED

Sandals – Ropé

Bag – FLURA

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This is the very beautiful and photogenic Emily Morrison. I always enjoy meeting a fellow Emily, hehe! I absolutely adored her outfit, it’s so fashion forward. Her modelesque frame carries the clothes so well. I love how her flared trousers give the look a 70’s feel but the rest of her outfit is very current and gives off a cool city vibe. Her items are from the following:

Top – All Saints

Bralet – H&M

Trousers – Topshop

Shoes – All Saints

Bag – Longchamp

Sunglasses – H&M

And that’s all I have for you guys this time! I hoped you loved these lovely ladies outfits as much as I did. I look forward to summer time when I can do this more often and be more regular with my posts. I actually took these photos on Thursday and I’m only just getting round to posting them now! Oops.

Remember to keep an eye out for me when you’re in Glasgow, I’d love to meet all you little trendsetters!

Until next time,

Glasgow’s Golightly xo

Spring has Sprung!

Hello my lovelies,

First of all may I just offer a massive apology for how silent I’ve been over the past couple of months, life has just been completely mental! Since I last posted, I turned 21, met a handsome Australian fella, went on a last minute spontaneous trip to New York and have had massive amounts of college deadlines. It’s been an absolute whirlwind but I’ve enjoyed every minute of it. As well as all this, March was the awareness month for the condition I suffer from, and I was offered the opportunity to share my story with the Daily Record. You can find the article here if any of you are interested in reading it:

http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/lifestyle/health-fitness/sufferer-emily-slade-tells-wants-7610372#ICID=sharebar_facebook

Originally, this blog was a project for college but I promised myself I would continue it even after the module finished, so this is me continuing it.. Despite how long I’ve left it haha! I love taking photos of you lovely people, and even though there’s still the odd day where snow is falling in April, the sun does decide to shine in all its Spring-like glory on rare occasions. Yesterday was a beautiful Scottish Spring day and the four ladies I managed to stop in the hustle and bustle of Royal Exchange Square were totally worth waiting for. Producing this blog always makes me feel so connected to my creative side and it’s a wonderful opportunity to just meet some really interesting people, too.

So! On to my first lovely lady…

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This beautiful gal’s name is Eve Ferguson. I actually caught her on her way to work, still looking fabulous with her uniform on underneath her stunning coat. Her outfit had such a classic city vibe to it, and with the Glaswegian sun shining she definitely stood out from the crowd. What a pleasure to photograph, too! Such a photogenic person. Her items are as follows:

Jacket – Topshop

Glasses – River Island

Shoes – New Look

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This very lovely lady’s name is Marina Fraser. There are often times when approaching people that I get rejected pretty badly, but Marina was so kind and open. After learning where each of her items were from and that she worked in marketing, I realised she was also my ideal future self haha! I absolutely loved her look – very fashion forward with subtle neutral colours and pops of blue which matched her eyes. Such a beautiful human being all round! Her items are from the following:

Jacket – Ralph Lauren

Shirt – Jager

Scarf – Morgan and Oats

Trousers – Hobbs

Shoes – Nine West

Bag – Prada

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Perfect in pink, this gorgeous gal just emulated spring chic. This lovely lady’s name was Laura Parker. Wearing all of the same colour can be risky at times, but she looked incredible in different hues of the same blush pink. I especially loved her little Vivienne Westwood bag, so gorgeous! She looked just perfect in the Spring sunshine. Her items are from the following:

Jacket – Zara

Dress – Zara

Shoes – Zara

Necklace – Topshop

Bag – Vivienne Westwood

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This is the absolutely amazing May Lawson. This lovely lady is definitely one of my favourites that I’ve ever photographed. Reminding me of a red haired Anna Wintour, I felt almost nervous in her presence with how incredible she looked! I absolutely adore her look and she was so kind when I approached her. Such a beautifully fashion forward and inspiring person. Her items are from the following:

Coat – Topshop

Skirt – Topshop

Boots – Paul Green

Bag – Radley

And there you have it! I wish I’d managed to stop more people but it can be difficult with how busy the city is at the weekend. I hope you all adore these ladies as much as I do, it was a pleasure photographing them all. I’m going to try keep this blog updated weekly for you guys, I promise!

Until next time,

Glasgow’s Golightly xo

A Rainy Weekend in Glasgow

Who am I kidding..  lets be honest, it rains in Glasgow constantly, not just on the weekends. However, despite the miserable weather I still managed to take some lovely photos of you all out on the street. It was a long, cold and wet process but I managed to capture 6 little trend setters. I started off my day on Saturday in the West End and walked up Byres Road to the Botanic Gardens and walked back through Ashton Lane and through to the subway station. During this time I never managed to photograph anyone which was really disappointing, but the weather was so awful and there wasn’t many appropriate places to stop. I’ve decided to go back there when it’s a much brighter, sunnier day in the hope that people will be out and about. Also, during the week may be better in terms of catching some students from the university.

I headed to the city centre and walked to George Square, then back to Royal Exchange Square, where I managed to capture these lovely ladies. I hope you find them as wonderful as I did:

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This is the very kind and extremely beautiful Hvang. She was the first person to stop for me on such a difficultly long day and was such a sweetheart. I love how she’s teamed her stunning fur coat with tweed trousers and a pop of leopard print from her flats. This look is incredibly innovative and works well on her petite frame. To top the whole look off is her stunning Louis Vuitton bag. When I asked her where each of her items were from she simply told me they were from Italy, therefore I’m not sure about the individual retailers, but I’m sure you can agree that she looks fantastic!

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This is the beautifully unique Kaitlin Tarrier. I loved photographing this girl, she was incredibly kind and she’s very photogenic. I loved this look of hers because she completely stands out from the crowd and looks amazing while doing so. Her pale complexion really suits the double print of the coat and the scarf she is wearing. Something about this reminds me of the mods/rockers era with her black leather boots which give the whole look an edge. A list of her items are as follows:

Coat – Vintage & Co

Scarf – Primark

Boots – Vintage & Co

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This lovely lady’s name is Arta Tilgale, she was such a sweetheart. Stopping in the rain is never pleasant but she had such a kind soul. I loved her oversized scarf look, especially since she belted her scarf into the waist of her coat to accentuate her beautiful hourglass figure. A list of her items are as follows:

Scarf – H&M

Coat – ASOS

Boots – H&M

Bag – Deichman

And now.. on to my Sunday adventure! I went back to my usual spot next to the steps at the top of Buchanan Street.

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This is the absolutely stunning Robyn Davis. This girl takes city chic style to a whole new level if you ask me. Her camel coloured coat is a beautiful base of this look which features a splash of green tartan, black jeans/boots and an extremely cute grey beret. This look is very Parisian with its colour palette and style. Her items are from the following:

Coat – Laura Clement

Boots – H&M

Jeans – Topshop

Scarf / Hat – Vintage

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This is the incredibly sweet Natalie Weir. This lovely lady was so modest when I stopped her and explained that I loved what she was wearing – clearly she’s a natural at putting things together! I love her black coat with the fur lining at the collar, it’s extremely cute. Her patent Chelsea boots and woolly hat just bring the whole look together. A list of her items are as follows:

Coat – Topshop

Hat – Forever 21

Top – Zara

Skirt / Tights – H&M

Boots – ALDO

Bag – Marc Jacobs

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This little Irish beauty was here visiting Glasgow for a dance competition, hence her incredible posture and pose. Her name is Tara Blake. I had noticed a few dancers walking to and from the Royal Concert Hall and stopped this lovely lady when I clocked her gorgeous outfit. She was so sweet to talk to. I love her look of all black bar her khaki coloured jacket, it’s a very sophisticated yet edgy look. A list of her items are as follows:

Jacket – H&M

Top – New Look

Jeans – New Look

Boots – H&M

Bag – River Island

Glasses – Specsavers

And there you have it! That’s street style in Glasgow for another week for you all. A big thank you to these lovely ladies for stopping for me despite the horrible weather, you were all worth braving the cold for!

Until next time,

Glasgow’s Golightly xo

An ode to an idol…

In terms of fashion, a lot of people have their own significant idols to look up to and take inspiration from. As most of you already know, my main style muse is the beautiful Audrey Hepburn, but in terms of street style and what inspired me to do this blog, my biggest hero is Bill Cunningham.

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I first discovered Bill Cunningham’s work when I was visiting a fashion photography exhibition in Edinburgh called “A Century of Photography at Condé Nast”. Funnily enough, it wasn’t from his photos being on display, but it was from a DVD being sold in the gift shop called “Bill Cunningham’s New York.” The cover of the DVD was extremely bright and colourful, and featured a series of street style shots taken by him in New York City. I bought the DVD and took it home to watch that night. If you’re interested in street style, I highly suggest you give this a watch.

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Not only did his work amaze me, his genuine and real nature really spoke to me as a person. His job was also something I would love to have – he rides around New York City on a bicycle taking photos of incredible looking people on the street.

At 86 years of age, this man is still producing a weekly “on the street” column for the New York Times. The fashion industry regard him as a treasure who often spots something on the street before the larger fashion houses do. He provides a flash of excitement wherever he goes, with most people dying to be photographed by him on his infamous bicycle.

“I’ve said many times that we all get dressed for Bill.” – Anna Wintour, Vogue Magazine

The wonderful thing about this man as well as his talent, is his morals. Within the beginning of his career, Cunningham was continuously offered cheques for the work he was doing, however he would refuse to cash them in and would often rip them up. He believes that money is power, and he refused to let the creativity of his photographs be taken away from him. If he didn’t take the money, they didn’t have control over him.

“If you don’t take the money, they can’t tell you what to do, kid. Money’s the cheapest thing – liberty, freedom is the most expensive.”

– Bill Cunningham

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With no interest in materialistic things, Bill wears simple, durable clothes for the weather and previously lived in an apartment in Carnegie Hall for a massive portion of his life. After being forced to move, he now lives in an apartment overlooking central park, however requested the landlord to remove his kitchen cabinets so he had more room for his file cabinets. Surrounded by cabinets full of all of his film taken from over the years, Bill lives a very basic, happy life devoting himself to photography. When eating out, he has no interest in fancy restaurants, quoting:

“I like very simple, down-to-earth, basic things – I don’t like anything fancy.” – Bill Cunningham

Considering he devotes his life to photographing fashion, whether it’s high fashion or street style, this creative genius doesn’t need much to be happy with what he does. He is often considered the creator of street style, as the concept first came about in the 1960’s when he received his first camera and started photographing people. He is an incredibly kind and professional man whose biggest aim is to report what he sees as trends on the street. He has no interest in celebrities with their “free dresses,” and would much rather photograph the creative people rather than the well-known ones.

“A lot of people have taste, but they don’t have the daring to be creative.” – Bill Cunningham

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What I find so admirable about Bill is that he is incredibly modest despite how wonderful his work is. He has worked hard his entire life, building a name for himself purely through capturing what he loves. He doesn’t consider himself a professional photographer, but merely a documenter of style. He snaps so quickly and is on to the next person that he’s too focused on the picture he’s taking rather than how he’s taking it. I also find him incredibly inspiring considering he’s 86 and still doing what he does. I hope when I’m his age that I’ll be just as happy and content with my career.

“It’s as true today as it ever was – he who seeks beauty will find it.” – Bill Cunningham

Until next time,

Glasgow’s Golightly xo

P.S – If you’d like to keep up-to-date with Bill’s work, you can do so by clicking on this link:

http://www.nytimes.com/video/on-the-street