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NYT 'Man on the Street' Bill Cunningham Hails Men's Fashion, Says Bike Messengers Leading the Trend: VIDEO


Says Cunningham:

"There's not a shadow of a doubt in my mind that the sensation at this moment in fashion is on young men's clothes. They are breaking down barriers. You can't imagine what's going on. Not since the hippies and the flower kids tore everything to part there is emerging totally new silhouettes oddly enought he vague outlines seen both in Paris and in New York are based on the 17th Century court dress of men where they didn't wear knickers, they wore open bottom shorts with leggings!"



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  1. Don't worry, haters, they aren't going to stop making Dockers.

    Posted by: Adam | Dec 11, 2012 1:10:35 PM

  2. Bill Cunningham is only photographing/reporting on what he sees on a daily basis. And he is out on the street doing this every single day for many hours. He's not creating trends, he's only reporting on them.

    Posted by: Joe | Dec 11, 2012 1:58:08 PM

  3. My take on this is that if he weren't at the times -- where they probably get a lot of these messengers in the newsroom, he would not run into them much. It is at best Fagan and the boys from Oliver all over again -- urchins lead fashion oh whatever...

    Posted by: David B. | Dec 11, 2012 4:14:13 PM

  4. Oh Eric -- Don't be so provincial. No one said there are as many bike messengers today as in yesteryear (and what does that have to do with this article anyway?) But each city is different. DC and SF don't have the kind of traffic congestion that has been a part of NY since the 1960's, nor are their business districts as large as New York's. And, as Johnny said, there are all kinds of things beyond legal documents that also need actual physical delivery in this world. Office products, samples, swatches and lunches (to name a few) can't be digitized. So, yes, NY has bicycle messengers. I hope you can come to terms with that fact.

    More to the point, why are you making this argument? What does it have to do with Cunningham's piece? I suppose if I told you some of these photos were taken with film cameras, you'd go off on a tangent about how nobody in SF or DC uses film anymore, either.

    Posted by: Buster | Dec 11, 2012 6:26:46 PM

  5. Where the hell have you been, Cunningham? This has been going on for decades're just now figuring it out?? If you'd just visited the East Village before it became"safe" for Bridge and Tunnel Crowd you wouldn't have written such a stupid article of old news.

    Posted by: DannyEastVillage | Dec 11, 2012 6:28:41 PM

  6. Buster... DC and SF don't have NY-style traffic congestion? Try getting from DC's Union Station to, say, the Fairmont via cab (since when lugging a suitcase, there's no nearby Metro station). Disaster. And in Los Angeles, you used to see scads of them both in Century City and Downtown, with them clipclopping into the courtrooms, bicycle seats in their hand, to drop off or pick stuff up. Haven't seen that in the past 5 years or so.

    Posted by: BobC562 | Dec 11, 2012 9:50:14 PM

  7. Seriously, this is new? Wasn't Boy George working this look during the mid eighties? It looked like bad drag then, and looks like even worse drag now. Bill Cunningham is a bloated old has been who has somehow managed to hang on even though he should have retired years ago!

    Posted by: rebarb | Dec 12, 2012 12:21:41 AM

  8. I deal with bike messengers everyday and they are HOT.

    Posted by: Brion | Dec 12, 2012 12:36:22 AM

  9. I deal with bike messengers everyday and they are HOT.

    Posted by: Brion | Dec 12, 2012 12:36:29 AM

  10. What trend?? The one you're trying to create?

    Posted by: Gary | Dec 12, 2012 12:47:30 AM

  11. Ah ... I am very open to new trends, but this one. Ah NO!

    Posted by: FunMe | Dec 12, 2012 3:00:48 AM

  12. @Buster, can you read? The heading of this post mentions bike messengers.

    Posted by: Erik | Dec 12, 2012 6:03:48 AM

  13. People getting angry and agitated about new fashion trends are officially old.

    Posted by: reality | Dec 12, 2012 10:36:42 AM

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