Scott Schumann: The Sartorialist

Photographer Scott Schumann, Milan
In case you don't already know, Scott Schumann (aka The Sartorialist) was born in Indiana and majored in Apparel Merchandising at Indiana University.  He worked in the fashion industry for over 15 years in sales and marketing for designer collections and distributors.  He eventually started a showroom in New York to foster the growth of new designers.

Shortly after 9/11, he closed his showroom and began focusing on his photography.  It was then that he took to the streets to shoot real people in real fashion - The Sartorialist blog was born.

Although he never wanted to become a fashion photographer, his strategy for The Sarorialist was "to try and shoot style in a way (he) knew designers hunted for inspiration".

Photographer Scott Schuman, Milan
Check out the Intel Visual Life video below - a documentary style look at The Sartorialist by Director Tyler Manson.

Also check out a great interview with Joseph Aguirre the Director of Photography - here.

Special thanks to Hannelore at Double7 Images for bringing the Schumann video to our attention!

Baggy, Bold, & Boxy - Menswear F/W 2011

Looks like the Fall 2011 collections from most designers are stretching the limits of proportions.  Using yards more fabric than the days of skinny jeans and short-crop jackets, designers like John Varvatos, Kris Van Assche, and Neil Barrett are all getting in on the act.

Here are some highlights and faves from the past few weeks and a look at what seems to be a new silhouette for the upcoming season:

3.1 Phillip Lim 
Costume National  
Dior Homme
Gucci - Backstage
Gustavo Lins 
John Varvatos
John Varvatos
John Varvatos
John Varvatos - Backstage
John Varvatos - Backstage
John Varvatos - Backstage
Kris Van Assche 
Neil Barrett
And a little backstage glimpse via FashionTV:

Dolce & Gabbana - Backstage
Iceberg - Backstage
Frankie Morello - Backstage

Golden Globes Round-Up

Just a quick recap on the Golden Globe awards that aired this past weekend. Though everyone is talking about Ricky Gervais, let's not forget the winners. The Omnivore got 6 out of 8 predicting wins for The Social Network, The Kids are All Right, Annette Bening, Geoffrey Rush, Melissa Leo, and Natalie Portman.

How'd we do on fashion predictions? Well, there was a lot more color this year than expected though balanced well with off-the-shoulder looks and neutral tones as we anticipated. Check out some of the highlights below:


Helena Bonham-Carter

January Jones

Natalie Portman

Anne Hathaway

Eva Longoria
Olivia Wilde

Sofia Vergara


Catherine Zeta-Jones

Elizabeth Moss

Mandy Moore

Tina Fey

Michelle Williams

Jennifer Lopez

Julie Bowen

Kaley Cuoco

Sandra Bullock

Scarlett Johannsen
Photo Source: HFPA and Getty Images

Countdown to the Golden Globe Awards

With the Golden Globes only a few days away, there remain a lot of unanswered questions.  Consider this your quick primer for the things you need to know to win the office poll or impress your friends with hollywood tidbits.

#1) Who is nominated this year?

A complete list of nominees can be found on the Hollywood Foreign Press Association's website - Golden Globe Nominations

A few key nominations that you should know:

Best Motion Picture - Drama; Black Swan, The Fighter, Inception, The King's Speech, The Social Network
  • Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama
    • Halle Berry - Frankie and Alice
    • Nicole Kidman - Rabbit Hole
    • Jennifer Lawrence - Winter's Bone
    • Natalie Portman - Black Swan
    • Michelle Williams - Blue Valentine
  • Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama
    • Jesse Eisenberg - The Social Network
    • Colin Firth - The King's Speech
    • James Franco - 127 Hours
    • Ryan Gosling - Blue Valentine
    • Mark Wahlberg - The Fighter
Best Motion Picutre - Comedy/Musical; Alice in Wonderland, Burlesque, The Kids Are All Right, Red, The Tourist
  • Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Comedy/Musical
    • Annette Bening - The Kids are All Right
    • Anne Hathaway - Love and Other Drugs
    • Angelina Jolie - The Tourist
    • Julianne Moore - The Kids are All Right
    • Emma Stone - Easy A
  • Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy/Musical
    • Johnny Depp - Alice in Wonderland
    • Johnny Depp - The Tourist
    • Paul Giamatti - Barney's Version
    • Jake Gyllenhaal - Love and Other Drugs
    • Kevin Spacey - Casino Jack
  • Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
    • Amy Adams - The Fighter
    • Helena Bonham Carter - The King's Speech
    • Mila Kunis - Black Swan
    • Melissa Leo - The Fighter
    • Jacki Weaver - Animal Kingdom
  • Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
    • Christian Bale - The Fighter
    • Michael Douglas - Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps
    • Andrew Garfield - The Social Network
    • Jeremy Renner - The Town
    • Geoffrey Rush - The King's Speech
  • Best Director - Motion Picture
    • Darren Aronofsky - Black Swan
    • David Fincher - The Social Network
    • Tom Hooper - The King's Speech
    • Christopher Nolan - Inception
    • David O. Russell - The Fighter
While there are many more categories (including TV noms), all of which are important, we're going to focus on the main 9 above. 

#2) Who will win?
In a year full of big-budget movies and quiet, quirky dramas and with such a weird, split-voting situation within the supporting categories (not to mention the complete absence of Meryl), it's anybody's guess who will take home the coveted award from the HFPA.

TAO Predictions Color Guide:
To Win
Could Win / Dark Horse

The Women in the Drama category are all extremely strong contenders and really deserving of the recognition - this one is going to be tough.

The Supporting Actor in a Comedy/Drama category is almost too comical to even bother predicting so I'm leaving that one blank.  

A few FACTS that you should know for Sunday night:
  • The Cecile B. DeMille Award is being given to Robert De Niro who has been nominated for 8 Golden Globes and won 1 for Raging Bull in 1981.
  • Miss Golden Globe 2010 is Gia Mantegna who is a 20 year old actress and the daughter of Joe Mantegna who played Joey Zasa in The Godfather: Part III
  • Calvin Klein will air its first-ever fashion commercial on Sunday during the Golden Globes on NBC

#3) The Fashion
As this is really the kick-off to award season, expect the Golden Globes to set the tone for the rest of the year.  We're expecting to see (the oft popular) beading and shoulder-revealing dresses for the ladies.  Be on the look-out for jewel tones and monochromatic neutrals.  For the gents, expect the standard sophisticated looks we've seen in the past with a bit more of a fitted, designer edge this year.

The Hollywood Reporter has a great article about "The Psychology of the Dress" - check it out here.

#4) Last, but not least...The Talent
This year THR had some great roundtable events with the men and women of the 2010 award season.  Here's a great glimpse of into some conversations with today's strongest talent:

Check back next week to see how The Aesthetic Omnivore did in predicting the winners!  Be sure to tune in to the Golden Globes - Sunday on NBC.

Enjoy the show!

Vivian Maier - Street Photographer

It would seem that Vivian Maier may continue to elude the captive audience that has recently discovered her talents.  If you haven't heard, Vivian Maier was a nanny in Chicago during the 1950's.  It was during that time that she took to the windy streets to take what may be considered some of the most impressive street photography images of the 1950's and 1960's.  But who was this woman who is capturing the attention of photography lovers and art critics alike?

Vivian Maier 1926-2009
Described by her employers as a "loner", Vivian Maier spent her free time doing what she did best; scouring the streets, whether knowingly or not, documenting brief but beautiful moments in time. John Maloof, who discovered a large collection of her work in 2007 has found himself spending the majority of his time archiving and cataloguing what could amount to thousands upon thousands of breathtaking images.

See his story here:

Though the mystique of who this woman was may add intriguing layers to this story, it's safe to say that her work needs no backstory or introduction.

The images she left us can speak for themselves:

Vivian Maier's work is now on exhibit at the Chicago Cultural Center and more information and updates about her can be found on John Maloof's blog: Vivian Maier - Her Work Discovered

[Photo Source: Vivian Maier - Her Work Discovered]

2011: A New Year

Happy New Year to all of our loyal readers and fellow Omnivores.  2011 is the beginning of new changes and exciting additions to our blog.  While many of you have seen the growth over the past year and experienced the expansion of topics featured on the blog, some have noted that more in-depth feature stories would be a good way to learn more about the world of film, fashion, photography, etc..

Well, as the new year continues, watch for exciting monthly features on designers to know, artists to watch, and blogs that we recommend.

We hope you continue to enjoy The Aesthetic Omnivore and keep the comments coming!