The streets, call it a cliche, but it is the streets from which we truly draw our inspiration, where we will often see what is fresh and new in the worlds of both art and fashion. Street Style is big business in the fashion indutsry; perhaps pioneered by the New York Times Bill Cunningham, it is today perfected by the multitude of bloggers who document it today (The Sartorialist for example) and a prominent feature on the pages of every major fashion publication. Street Art, once maligned as ‘grafitti’ and seen as a blight on the urban landscape, is now considered by many to be an art form in itself; it has entered both the pop cultural zeitgesit and the mainstream art world, and also become a tool for regeneration, as well as one which has rightfully captured the public imagination. It is the new ‘Pop Art’ if you will.
In both cases, nowhere is this more evident than in the bustling 21st Century metropolis of London. This city prides itself on it’s cutting edge style and p.o.v, one which is forever at the forefront of what is ‘cool’ and it has embraced street art, especially in edgy East London. As for street style; combine traditional British eccentricity with a multi cultural and international population, and the streets of London become some of the most diverse in the World.
Chasseur took to the streets of the famous Brick Lane in East London to photograph both these phenomena, combining the two to capture unique and riotous images that showcase the distinct flavour of the streets of this modern day cultural mecca in a shoot that combined funky street art with London’s famously eclectic street style. Our shoot captures a variety of London creatives that include Mei, a fashion designer from Taiwan living in London, Chris from the new York who is an artist in London en route to Berlin, Jacques who is a filmmaker from Paris, and Aaron a set and costume designer from London.
Photography : Starr Bailey for © CHASSEUR Magazine