May. Fashion and the city, Chicago. Again, another blending of style and the details of the city and its streets. Joint inspiration from behind my lens, indeed. Quick snapshots in time of changing visuals in a city. Without a doubt, it was officially Summer. And a sweltering Summer day, at that. With temps in the concrete jungle in the high 90’s, the “real feel” was clocked in at 104 while perusing the Gold Coast off Michigan Avenue. On this particular day, breezes from Lake Michigan were non-existent. It was merely hot, hot, hot. But onward. Onward to rejuvenate myself and focus on the details and the city scene I was immersed in. Chicago Love. Fashion Love. City life love.
With a nod to Memorial Day, the windows of Ralph Lauren offered a classic American visual of fashionable style. Polo Style. All white delight, and the red, white and blue stars and stripes that we love. Classic Americana. Summer in America, for certain.
Of course, Max Mara always gains several compilations from behind my lens. A mass of stylish mannequins always lures my camera…
A word about a photographed mannequin from behind the stylish windows of Neiman Marcus. Shock from behind my lens. As I have been capturing visual merchandising from behind my lens for over 5 years, I had yet to come across a mannequin on Michigan Avenue, from such a high-end brand as Neiman’s, with a marred face. As I stood there, debating to share such an image of visual faux pas, I began to ponder as to how the visual merchandiser found it acceptable to leave the mannequin in the window with such glaring defects. Alas, perhaps it is only those of us that truly stop to view, to admire, to look at the details, that notice. Maybe the thought was it would go unnoticed by the fast paced shoppers that only throw a glance towards the fashionable whimsy behind the expansive windows of glass. Yet to me, as a photographer of high style mannequins, I expect more. Higher standards, if you will. Perhaps I am in alignment with the well said quote below…
“I have the simplest taste. I am only satisfied with the best” -Founder Stanley Marcus of Neiman Marcus
Fashion and the city. One more compilation in time. Visual merchandising that changes monthly and the structure and form of the city. A love affair that continues.