Talkin’ ’bout A Revolution

Hi everyone – join me at Evolving Influence/IFB Conference on Feb. 10th and at the Blog Lovin’ Awards on Feb. 13th! I’ll be moderating the first panel of the day at the conference and hanging with friends at the awards show. Here’s more…
As some of you may know, I’ve been shooting street style and posting the photos online since 2005. At first, I was just sharing the photos with friends and a few people in the industry – I still made most of my money DJing runway shows and various parties. Since mid-2007 however, style blogging has been my full-time job. (Prior to launching Mr. Newton in the late summer of 2009, I was the photographer and blogger at Stylesightings.) During this time, I’ve watched fashion blogging grow from a cute-n-precocious child (who people got a kick out of, but didn’t really take seriously) up into a are-you-available-on-Wednesday-for-a-meeting young adult. Because no one enjoys bloggin’ for a livin’ more than me, no one is happier than me about this transformation from cute hobby to “I think I need to get an agent/intern”.
All of which is really just a ’round about way of saying, “Wow fashion blogging! It’s pretty cool, huh?” Now it’s even got its own industry conference AND awards show! (Well, the industry conference has been going on for a few seasons now – but the awards show is brand-new.) I’m super excited for both Evolving Influence – aka the Independent Fashion Blogger Conference – and for the Blog Lovin’ Awards. They’re both being held in New York (of course) during NYFW. How about you?? Do you have your ticket yet for the IFB conference? Or are you watching it via live stream? Have you cast your votes yet for the awards?? Better get on it – this revolution is not going to wait! xx Mr. Newton

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Fashion Blogs – The Book

I have been looking for this book EVERYWHERE for weeks now but it seems that it is completely sold-out worldwide. It is sold-out or listed as “currently unavailable” at the following sites – Amazon US, Amazon UK, Amazon France, Amazon Japan, Colette, Papercut – even the book’s publisher (d’jonge Hond) has removed it from their site. This is quite unusual considering that it is a new-ish and apparently popular title…but I feel pretty certain that what is going on is that the first printing sold-out…and the small Dutch publishing company behind it has not yet done a second printing. Will they? Or is this book going to become a collector’s item? I don’t know…but what I do know is that I want to read it! So if someone could please get it back in stock one way or another that would be really rad – okay?
(P.S. – Doesn’t it look amazing?! There are apparently interviews with like 40 international fashion bloggers…and entire sections devoted to street style photography blogs and party photo blogs…and I’m friends with lots of the people involved…and I think it’s always really interesting to read interviews with people who you know personally, right?)
(P.P.S. – there was also briefly a blog about the book – but when the book quickly sold-out that appears to have been abandoned as well – too bad.)

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Style and the City

Let’s face it – the stylish and the trendy (i.e. me, you, and everyone we know) travel differently than the common folk (aka “civilians”). Not only do we travel more frequently, we also just approach the whole process differently – in fact, we often approach it in a backwards fashion. Your average commoner will generally want to make sure to tick their list of all the top sites…and then, perhaps after visiting a city multiple times…might finally stumble upon some of that city’s more stylish nooks and crannies. The stylish traveler on the other hand – after spending only say, half a day in a new city – will already be riding a bike through the coolest neighborhood…heading to an illegal party in an unfinished loft…after shopping at the best indie boutiques…in a marginally-gentrified industrial area. This sort of traveler might never get around to seeing that city’s top tourist sites – unless you count whizzing past in a taxi. Put more succinctly: I’ve never set foot inside the Louvre.
If this is the way you roll jetset, then you really must grab a copy of the new CityStyle: A Field Guide To Global Fashion Capitals. Covering New York, Paris, Milan, London, Tokyo, Stockholm, Sydney, and L.A., this book is quite simply the best travel guide ever written – EVER. (And they’re not paying me a penny to say that!) The approach here is far more magazine-like or blog-like than your average laggardly travel guide. It’s actually quite revolutionary in that respect – and as someone who loves books, I would love to see more book publishers take this approach. I mean how many travel guides do you know of that touch upon: essential blogs and magazines for each city, Vena Cava, Terry Richardson, Filippa Berg, Baby Mary, thecobrasnake, Parsons School of Design, Central St. Martins, Elizabeth Spiridakis, street style photography, various Fashion Weeks, Rad Hourani, Japanese hipsters, Opening Ceremony, Papercut, Purple Diary, thechicmuse, Garance Dore, Ponystep, Laforet, Nakameguro, thefacehunter, Dover Street Market, and self service magazine? I mean really.
I suppose my affection for this book is not hurt by the fact that I have several photos and an interview in the New York section hehe! But I can honestly separate that out and judge the book on its overall merits. I’ve shot street fashion in all 8 of the cities covered in the book…and was surprised to see quite a bit of stuff that well, is honestly insider information. I mean sure, we all know Colette (p.62)…but Abney Park Cemetery (p.127) “a popular location for fashion shoots in Stoke Newington”?? I mean c’mon CityStyle – keep that on the low! xo Mr. Newton
(P.S. – If you want to read my interview, here it is below. If you click on the pages they pop open larger – it’s easier to read that way.)
(P.P.S. – The three other “best travel guides ever written” are 1. Pimp London: The Guide, 2. The Vice Guide to Helsinki, and 3. The People’s Guide To Stockholm. Just FYI. You should track these down.)

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In The Mood

Hey – I was up at Pamela Love’s studio recently to shoot her photo for a project I’m working on. While I was there though, I couldn’t resist snapping a few photos of her awesome mood board. It seriously is one of the coolest mood boards that I’ve ever seen – and I’ve seen a lot of them. I thought you guys would want to see it too! Click on the images to pop them open large and take a closer look at it…my favorite bit is the old padlock. No wonder her jewelry is so amazing… (Speaking of amazing – did I mention that I’m now on Twitter???) xx

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