By Jessica GD
Moving around New York with his bike and blue jacket while shooting street-style, Bill Cunningham has been seeking creativity in lieu of brands and uniqueness instead of celebrities since he started working for The New York Times 37 years ago. His work is well known among the fashion world and being chosen by his camera is the best complement you may ever receive, after all, as Anna Wintour said, “We all get dressed for Bill.”
Last march 13th was his 89th birthday and to celebrate his unique point of view and amusing personality… kids and muffins, here you have 5 quotes that’ll help you to know Bill better and get to love him forever and always.
- “In order for the street to speak to you, you’ve got to stay out there and see what it is. There’s no shortcut, believe me.”
Patience and a hard work is what helps him to present such refine and exhaustive work. Daily he moves around NYC taking photos in his bike and hoping to find on his way someone, or something, who steps out of the crowds.
- “Lot of people has taste but they don’t have the daring to be creative.”
That’s why he loves to show how everyone wears differently what everyone is wearing –ah?-. He leaves behind boring outfits that follows general trends and “styling rules” that’s why It isn’t weird at all the attention Iris Apfel, Anna dello Russo, Miroslava Duma and, not so long ago, Anna Piaggi, receive from him, right?
- “I don’t care about celebrities’ free clothes.”
Mainly because most of them have stylists as their right hand, which means they only wear trends and “it” pieces instead of personal choices. Also, he adores to catch people acting natural, being truly themselves while moving around. This makes him prefer freezing days because nobody has time to stop and pose while running away from the rain or snow…
- “Each morning when you get dressed, when you go out, fashion just lifts your spirit.”
And given that what lifts each one spirit is not the same, Bill’s weekly column main mission has been to highlight how fashion is upgraded on the streets and how it’s always used as a way of expression.
- “Now, no one has to panic. Nothing is replacing black. NOTHING.”
To find street-style patterns is his things and sometimes (most times) he finds those concepts and details that nobody else has noticed. So every time you check his column a new color is popping up, a new fabric or line is taking over the world but Bill’s experience isn’t free and his feedback about what he finds can be pretty accurate.