The streets felt emptied Saturday afternoon, after the news broke that Bill Cunningham would no longer be out in them, taking photographs of people and their clothing. Cunningham died at the age of 87, apparently about as well as one could have hoped—quickly, after a stroke, less than three weeks after his last set of photos had run in the New York Times.
Rachel Weisz and Darren Aronofsky in Noho pushing their son Henry in a stroller ... Karolina Kurkova shopping in SoHo ... Hamish Bowles walking uptown ... Shia LaBeouf walking to the set of Wall Street 2 ... Terrence Howard leaving the Gramercy Park Hotel ... Naomi Watts carrying her son in SoHo ... Times photographer Bill Cunningham taking pictures on the UES ... socialite Genevieve Jones walking her dog in SoHo ... Taylor Momsen shooting scenes for Gossip Girl in Queens ... Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony posing for photos outside the Pierre Hotel ... and David Blaine riding a motorcycle in SoHo.
In the good old days of the 1960s, everyone was always scared that Black People were going to burn all the cities down. They burned a couple pretty good, understand, and then all the white people left the cities and things sucked for a generation or two, until the white people all came back, thanks to Rudy Giuliani. Now, though, if Obama loses, Black People will burn all the cities down, again! It's true, syndicated talk radio host Bill Cunninghan (that is an actual photo of him) said so, on his radio program.
Well, you are a plebe, so you obviously didn't spend it with Bill Cunningham. The New York Times' roving fashion photog doesn't waste his precious film on just anyone with a cute tank top and those adorable sandals you got on sale. The guy is hanging with Eva Mendes, for Pete's sake! Mayor Mike! People named Rockefeller! Peggy Freakin' Noonan!! Maybe next Fashion Week, you'll get into one of these beautiful people parties, but let's be honest—you're nothing but a pair of shoes to this guy. [Party Photos, FW Street Shoe Show; audio slideshow warning @ NYT]
Getting your photo snapped by New York Times fashion photographer Bill Cunningham as you click around Manhattan is every girl's secret dream. But Fashion Week is full of heartbreak—there will always be more richer, thinner, and better-connected than you. Cunningham, who captures seen-about-town street style, is apparently no exception: a student from the Fashion Instutite of Technology says he summarily dismissed her with a "slight wave of his hand" when she spotted her idol in the FIT lobby earlier today:
In his "On The Street" slide show for the Times Style section today, longtime fashion photographer Bill Cunningham (pic) can't get over the kids today and their saggy jeans. In fact, Cunningham keeps waiting for a pair of low-slung trousers to fall off someomne's torso, yet they refuse, and the whole thing is a tragedy. Said Cunningham: "I have waited and thought, 'Oh my God, I'm going to get one right now, his pants are going to fall off. And it hasn't happened. It's just terrible. I've waited and waited." But he'll probably get his coveted "saggy jeans fall off some kid" shot soon enough since, according to Cunningham's theory, male waistlines seem to fall in sync with the ailing stock market. Video excerpt after the jump.
It recently occurred to us that the men (yeah, they're all men) who take New York City's party pix are in a dangerous, fun, peacocky league of their own. And aren't they, after all, the most important people to know if you want to work the benefit circuit and the little red carpets? So who are the hotties behind the hot photos of hotties? Why don't you tell us which lensmens' charms inspire you to give genuinely good face? Ball-rolling: we hear extremely good things about former Patrick McMullan photog Chris Ford and WWD's Steve Eichner. Of course the Times' Bill Cunningham is everyone's favorite uncle. But who really uncaps your lens, ladies and gents?