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nyc EASTER PARADE 2014 • Men

The EASTER PARADE………always filled with glam men………..[and a few not-so-glam]………..but all in the spirit of the parade.  Real NEW YORKERS! …….and we do it with style and pizazz.

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CLICK ON you favorite man to ENLARGE his image

The EASTER PARADE nyc 2014

The EASTER PARADE on 5th Avenue has been a tradition since the 1880’s……..and it is something I look forward to every year.

Irving Berlin wrote the lyrics to “The Easter Parade” in 1933.

Judy Garland and Fred Astair stared in the film in 1948 and strolled down 5th Avenue singing……..”in your Easter Bonnet.….”

and New Yorkers still parade down the Avenue on Easter Sunday.

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TOM……….and yes, it is MARGO’S fabulous hat.

 

 

 

 

 

NEW YORK FASHION WEEK •Fall 2014• Paparazzi

Everyone asks me what it’s like to photograph FASHION WEEK.  It can be fun.  It can be crazy. Since I do it for the fun…..I am competing with the Professional Paparazzi who are doing this for their living.  Just stay out of their way.  You will get trampled as they chase down a celebrity or model.  They are ruthless.

Here are a few photos of the ones I actually interact with.  The real”nastys” are not included.

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Me and my trusty little Panasonic.  And I dressed “chic and trendy”?  WAH! But my cashmere gloves do keep me warm and allow me to push that little button that snaps the photo.  Hey, wind chill was degrees BELOW!

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Inside the tent…….where the RUNWAY SHOWS take place…….these are the PAPARAZZI.  I am siting next to them in the VIP booth with my little camera. They are squeezed into the back wall.  If the “floor boss” catches one of them hogging more space…..they get thrown out on their ear..

I just sit there in the private booth with a glass of champagne…….. and grin!

CLICK ON……….there are some cuties and a few nightmares.

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This is BILL CUNNINGHAM…the most famous photographer in New York.  He wears this little blue jacket year round …..[ the street cleaners in Paris wear this little jacket]. He travels only by bicycle and covers all the fashion events in NY.  The New York Times prints his photos twice a week.

NY FASHION WEEK SPRING 2014 • Bill Cunningham

Today at Lincoln Center I  snapped these candids of…………

BILL CUNNINGHAM

He has been New York’s premier Fashion Photographer for over 35 years.  He dropped out of Harvard in 1948 and moved to NYC.  While working at Women’s Wear Daily he began taking photographs of fashion on the streets of NY.  He shot one of Greta Garbo…..sold it to the NY Times……..and launched a life-long career.  He has snapped over ONE MILLION photos…….0n film…..and keeps the negatives on file in his apartment at Columbus Circle.

In 2010 the filmmakers  Richard Press and Philip Gefter of The Times produced a doucmentary about Bill’s life…….”Bill Cunningham New York”  Do see it.  His shots of fashion in Paris are fab.

Photographs I took of the PHOTOGRAPHERS at Fashion week Sept 2012

Getting into the tent for a runway show during FASHION WEEK is a cat fight!  The RUNWAY PHOTOGRAPHERS  have to fit into a very tight spot.  They are allotted one square foot and their lens cannot swing from side to side.  If they break this house rule they are kicked out by the production team.  Their goal is to capture a full lenght photo of every model.  They have to catch her with her eyes open and her front foot must be down and flat.  They tend to use 70-200 mm  zooms.  Most shows only last about 10 minutes so they have to shoot thousands of images to get their perfect shots.

 

This is the view I get of the photographers from my spot in the VIP BOX!  I get rude remarks from them…they are squeezed in and I sit there with my little Panasonic  ZS 20 and  a glass of champagne.  Such a rough life!

 

Most of the photographers in this group are paparazzi.…….trying to get a shot that will bring big bucks.  Some are from other countries covering the event for a magazine or newspaper.  Some are very sweet……….others are “killers” and will trample over anyone who gets in their way………. to get their shot.  I miss a lot of celebrities because I stand back from the mayhem.  It is not a glamorous task but I do have fun.

 

Of course, Bill Cunningham was there every day…….shooting like mad.

He shoots 35mm slides.  No digital!  He has over one million negs in his files.

CELEBRITIES SPOTTED AT Fashion Week NYC 2012

Catching celebrities at Lincoln Center as they arrive for the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week 2012 is NOT EASY!  Hoards of paparazzi are there to snap photos they can sell to the magazines and the newspapers.

Of course, Joan Rivers……looking all of her 21 years of age………..was fabulous and took time to pose.

And her shoes [and toenails]  looked fabulous too.

Part of the hoard of people just like me…..trying to get a photo.

Nina Gargia……judge on “PROJECT RUNWAY” show……and fashion director for Marie Claire magazine………smiling as I snap her picture.  Sweet!

Hmmmmmm…….blue jumpsuit?

Paris Hilton and her sister Nikki leaving the Diane Von Furstenberg runway show……….and of course Paris is wearing one of Diane’s famous wrap dress.

Andie Mac Dowell……and ageless woman……..looks great year after year…..and her daughter has inherited her good looks.

Yes……we all know who she is….and the power she holds in the fashion world!  She is also a judge on Project Runway Season Ten.

Was sweet to run into Gretchen Jones.……….the winner of Project Runway Season 8.  Have you seen her new line of clothes?

And who can forget the flamboyant Austen Scarlett of Project Runway.  So adorable.

Ahhhhhh…...Buffy Jashanmal..…also from Project Runway and her fellow contestant Beatrice Guappo.

You’ll remember Raul Osorio and Alica Hardesty from the same season.

Rachel ZOE.…………whipped by so fast all I caught was her hair [and where was her stylist]  ?

And who doesn’t love “Miss J” of the Tyra Banks America’s Next Top Model.  You go girl!

Johnny Weir.……Olympic figure skater………some say too gay for the super straight world of the Olympics.  Just gay enough for the New York crowd….we LOVE him !

Julie B………..fashion blogger……….

When Julie speaks…..as young as she is……the fashion world listens.  Me too.

Linda Fargo…..VP of Bergdorf Goodman…….makes sure she gets only the most luxurious goods for her store.

Bill Cunningham…..the most famous photographer of the fashion scene in New York.  He has over one million negatives in his files……….of the rich and famous……..and their clothes.

Paris in that geo-print dress……….a freebee from DVB no doubt.

Paula Abdul….with her one beau and her two bodyguards.  The hottie is wearing the blue jeans.

FASHION WEEK 2012 Spring…..the FUN…the FAB…and the FAR-OUT

Twas another morning of FASHION MADNESS on the Plaza at Lincoln Center for Fashion Week Spring 2012  In one hour I took 1000 photos of people arriving to see a runway show.  Here are just 50 of them.

Bill Cunningham…the FASHION photographer for the New York Times……….was bopping all over the Lincoln Center Plaza…..along with 300 other photographers.  We do have fun!