Street fashion with Dyanna Dawson, coauthor of Street Fashion Photography

Dyanna Dawson, blogger and coauthor of Street Fashion Photography, takes us on a search for stylish straphangers.

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Dyanna Dawson, Street Fashion Style blogger and coauthor of Street Fashion Photography: Taking Stylish Pictures on the Concrete Runway, is no stranger to trailing stylish New Yorkers for the perfect shot. We had her guest-edit Time Out New York’s street-fashion column, scouting the Union Square and Broadway–Lafayette Street subway platforms for fashionable straphangers. We encountered commuters in tailored suiting from Theory and Calvin Klein, timeless vintage threads from Fox & Fawn, and basics from chains such as Uniqlo and Zara.


  • Photograph: Filip Wolak

    California native Dyanna Dawson first began documenting street style in 2009 when she teamed up with photographer J.T. Tran to launch their San Francisco blog, Street Fashion Style (thesfstyle.com). The project went bicoastal two years ago when she moved to NYC, where the Hell’s Kitchen resident continues to search for one-of-a-kind pedestrians. Most recently, the duo penned a new book, Street Fashion Photography: Taking Stylish Pictures on the Concrete Runway ($20, Chronicle Books), which serves as a user-friendly manual for both beginner and seasoned shutterbugs. Although Dawson is selective when choosing her subjects, she’s always prepared to nail the perfect shot, toting either her Canon 5D or Olympus Pen E-P1 camera at all times. “I look for someone who is exemplifying a new trend that I haven’t photographed before or someone who takes a trend that I’ve shot a dozen times and puts their own spin on it to make it refreshing again,” she explains. We took the increasingly mainstream art form back underground—literally—by scouting the subway platforms at the Union Square and Broadway–Lafayette Street stops for fashionable commuters.

  • Photograph: Filip Wolak

    Honey Davis Wilkinson, 22, model; Williamsburg, Brooklyn

    “I really like her mix of textures,” enthuses Dawson of Davis Wilkinson, who pairs a silk leopard-print blouse from Alice & Olivia (755 Madison Ave at 65th St, 646-545-2895 • 431 W 14th St between Ninth and Tenth Aves, 646-747-1232 • 80 W 40th St between Fifth and Sixth Aves, 212-840-0887 • aliceandolivia.com) with a shaggy coat from H&M (locations throughout the city; visit hm.com). “It totally made her outfit when she threw on that jacket.” Combat boots from Kurt Geiger (375 Bleecker St between Charles and Perry Sts; 212-367-0830, us.kurtgeiger.com) and a leather bag from Cos (cosstores.com) complete the look.

  • Photograph: Filip Wolak

    Ronit Genik, 32, fashion designer for Reverie (reverieny.com), Nolita

    “Those pants are a little hard to pull off and she rocked them,” says Dawson of Genik’s New York & Company silk trousers (locations throughout the city; visit nyandcompany.com). “She stole my heart.”

  • Photograph: Filip Wolak

    Ronit Genik, 32, fashion designer for Reverie (reverieny.com), Nolita

    Genik plays with prints by throwing a striped vintage sweater coat from the West 25th Street Flea Market (W 25th St between Broadway and Sixth Ave; 212-243-5343, hellskitchenfleamarket.com) over a checkered knit top from Forever 21 (locations throughout the city; visit forever21.com). “She has such great patterns and a vintage vibe, too—perfect for [fall] weather,” says Dawson. Cat-eye sunglasses from American Apparel (locations throughout the city; visit americanapparel.com) echo the outfit’s retro sensibility.

  • Photograph: Filip Wolak

    Ronit Genik, 32, fashion designer for Reverie (reverieny.com), Nolita

    A vintage beaded necklace from India brightens up Genik’s monochromatic ensemble.

  • Photograph: Filip Wolak

    Ronit Genik, 32, fashion designer for Reverie (reverieny.com), Nolita

    Genik’s neon-orange pedicure in Anise’s Year Round Sunshine (anisecosmetics.com) peeks through her Marais (maraisusa.com) woven clogs and happens to perfectly match her necklace. “It was totally unintentional, which is always the best,” says Dawson.

  • Photograph: Filip Wolak

    Jay Chen, 28, retail operations manager, Gramercy

    “He put some time into thinking about his whole outfit,” notes Dawson of Chen, who accessorized his Theory suit and shirt (locations throughout the city; visit theory.com) with a Suitsupply tie (453 Broome St at Mercer St, 212-828-7250 • 635 Madison Ave between 59th and 60th Sts, 212-259-0400 • suitsupply.com), Tie Bar pocket square (thetiebar.com) and glasses from Oliver Peoples (812 Madison Ave at 68th St, 212-585-3433 • 366 West Broadway at Broome St, 212-925-5400 • oliverpeoples.com). “He didn’t just run out the door in ten minutes.”

  • Photograph: Filip Wolak

    Jay Chen, 28, retail operations manager, Gramercy

    “The first thing I notice about a guy is usually his shoes,” admits Dawson, who says Chen’s Paul Smith brogues (142 Greene St between W Houston and Prince Sts, 646-613-3060 • 108 Fifth Ave at 16th St, 212-627-9770 • paulsmith.co.uk) are what stood out to her most about his polished outfit. “He’s had this pair for more than two years and they’ve got this perfect luster but also [some] distressing,” she says.

  • Photograph: Filip Wolak

    Tim Hoffman, 31, actor, model and fashion blogger; Upper West Side

    “He’s got the rocker thing going on but it’s still super clean,” says Dawson. Hoffman tones down his leather motorcycle jacket from Blk Denim (237 Lafayette St between Prince and Spring Sts; 212-966-6258, us.blkdnm.com) with fitted pants from Uniqlo (546 Broadway between Prince and Spring Sts • 31 W 34th St between Fifth and Sixth Aves • 877-486-4756, uniqlo.com) and a Nick Fouquet Hat Co. flat-top hat (nickfouquet.com). “I love how he mixed blue and black, which a lot of people are afraid to do.”

  • Photograph: Filip Wolak

    Tim Hoffman, 31, actor, model and fashion blogger; Upper West Side

    “You can see the shine on his shoes,” marvels Dawson of Hoffman’s well-cared-for Dolce & Gabanna buckled kicks (827 Madison Ave between 68th and 69th Sts, 212-249-4100 • 148 Lafayette St between Grand and Howard Sts, 212-750-0055 • dolcegabanna.com).

  • Photograph: Filip Wolak

    Laura Chase, 24, journalist, Chelsea

    Chase layers a chunky sweater from Zara (locations throughout the city; visit zara.com) over a Comptoir des Cotonniers button-up shirt (locations throughout the city; visit comptoirdescotonniers.com) and basic black pants from A.P.C. (locations throughout the city; visit usonline.apc.fr). “She’s got a relatively simple base but I love her accessories,” says Dawson, referring to Chase’s Retro Super Future shades (retrosuperfuture.com) and platform sandals from a Barcelona boutique. Her bright M.A.C. lipstick (locations throughout the city; visit maccosmetics.com)—a mix of Viva Glam Nicki and Candy Yum Yum—also caught Dawson’s attention. “It totally makes the outfit.”

  • Photograph: Filip Wolak

    Laura Chase, 24, journalist, Chelsea

    “I love her mix of gold and silver,” says Dawson of Chase’s Rolex watch (rolex.com) and diamond rings, one of which she found at a park when she was six years old. “I gave it to my grandma for safekeeping and rescued it a few years ago,” says Chase. Her textured-leather bag also has interesting origins. “My uncle is an anthropologist and he bought this vintage bag for me in Ghana from an African expedition he went on,” she explains.

  • Photograph: Filip Wolak

    Fiamma Arditi, 64, journalist and founder of Without Borders Film Festival (withoutbordersfilm.org), Upper East Side

    “This woman is so chic,” says Dawson, who spotted Arditi’s Barbara Guidi (barbaraguidi.com) coat from afar. “It’s such a unique piece that’s both age-appropriate and perfect for her body type.” Dawson is also a fan of the Italian expat’s freshly cropped bob, created by Hair Farfalla (1577 Third Ave between 88th and 89th Sts; 212-426-6023, hairfarfalla.com). “She has an adorable haircut,” enthuses Dawson. “I’m obsessed with gray hair.”

  • Photograph: Filip Wolak

    Patrick Reinikainen, 26, lawyer, Upper East Side

    “I have a soft spot for men in three-piece suits,” admits Dawson. Reinikainen purchased his from Calvin Klein (654 Madison Ave at 60th St; 212-292-9000, calvinklein.com) in order to look sharp in court. “Plus, Paul Newman wore one in The Verdict, one of my favorite films,” he explains. He lets his personality shine through with a vintage tie that once belonged to his father, sunglasses from American Apparel, colorful socks that were a Christmas gift and dress shoes from Calvin Klein.

  • Photograph: Filip Wolak

    Cristina Pérez Díaz, 28, Classics Ph.D. student at CUNY; Williamsburg, Brooklyn

    “Everything about her outfit is so low-key, but then she’s got these brocade Versailles tights going on,” remarks Dawson of Pérez Díaz’s Joe Fresh stockings (locations throughout the city; visit joefresh.com). Her bold legwear stands out against her neutral-hued Joe Fresh dress, fringed leather jacket from a Mexico vintage store and Nine West boots (locations throughout the city; visit ninewest.com). “She’s got this adorable presence that drew me in, and her book is actually her best accessory with that pop of green,” says Dawson.

  • Photograph: Filip Wolak

    Cristina Pérez Díaz, 28, Classics Ph.D. student at CUNY; Williamsburg, Brooklyn

    “Her backpack is so rad and I love the pop of color on her,” says Dawson of the bright bag Pérez Díaz scored at a stationery store in Mexico City. She bought her eclectic rings from a street vendor in Williamsburg.

  • Photograph: Filip Wolak

    Samantha Falk, 23, member relations coordinator at the Association of National Advertisers (ana.net); Bushwick, Brooklyn

    “I’m a fan of androgyny,” says Dawson of Falk’s streamlined look, comprised of trousers and a leather bag from Madewell (486 Broadway at Broome St, 212-226-6954 • 115 Fifth Ave between 18th and 19th Sts, 212-228-5172 • madewell.com), a Uniqlo button-up, and a blazer and cashmere sweater from a Florida thrift shop.

  • Photograph: Filip Wolak

    Samantha Falk, 23, member relations coordinator at the Association of National Advertisers (ana.net); Bushwick, Brooklyn

    Falk’s signature frames are from Fabulous Fanny’s (335 E 9th St between First and Second Aves; 212-533-0637, fabulousfannys.com), while her Vale Jewelry (shopvale.com) necklace was a birthday gift from her dad. “I wear it every day,” says Falk.

  • Photograph: Filip Wolak

    Lauren Green, 30, design studio producer; Greenpoint, Brooklyn

    “That jacket is such a standout piece,” says Dawson of the embroidered bomber Green scored at a vintage shop in her North Carolina hometown. “She has on this simple outfit but it totally elevated [the ensemble]—that’s what I look for.” Green throws the topper over a metallic sweater and striped tank from H&M, and cuffs her James Jeans denim (jamesjeans.us) for added interest. “You can also tell that’s her signature hairstyle,” adds Dawson. “Not everyone can replicate it.”

  • Photograph: Filip Wolak

    Lauren Green, 30, design studio producer; Greenpoint, Brooklyn

    Green found this Coach leather bag at Fox & Fawn (570 Manhattan Ave between Driggs and Nassau Aves, Williamsburg, Brooklyn; 718-349-9510, foxandfawn.blogspot.com), one of her favorite neighborhood shops.

  • Photograph: Filip Wolak

    Lauren Green, 30, design studio producer; Greenpoint, Brooklyn

    These Cole Haan loafers were another Fox & Fawn discovery. “Her shoes are beautiful vintage,” says Dawson. “Distressed but just so classic.”

  • Photograph: Filip Wolak

    James E. Patterson, 29, director of cable-entertainment technology at NBCUniversal, Gramercy

    Patternson stays polished yet casual in a jacket and sweater from Uniqlo, and a crisp button-up from Thomas Pink (locations throughout the city; visit thomaspink.com). “He is so classic but he clearly has his own style,” says Dawson. “I love the mix of his ginger hair with that olive green jacket, and the little pops of grassy lime on his glasses and headphones.”

  • Photograph: Filip Wolak

    James E. Patterson, 29, director of cable-entertainment technology at NBCUniversal, Gramercy

    Patterson’s Prodesign Denmark (prodesigndenmark.com) tortoiseshell specs are from Studio Optix (63 W 49th St at Sixth Ave; 212-765-4444, studiooptix.com).

  • Photograph: Filip Wolak

    James E. Patterson, 29, director of cable-entertainment technology at NBCUniversal, Gramercy

    A Tag Heuer Carrera watch (tagheuer.com), Michael C. Fina wedding band (500 Park Ave at 59th St; 212-557-2500, michaelcfina.com) and Monster iSport Intensity headphones (monsterproducts.com) bring together Patterson’s look.

  • Photograph: Filip Wolak

    James E. Patterson, 29, director of cable-entertainment technology at NBCUniversal, Gramercy

    Dawson is obsessed with shoe maintenance, especially for men. “It’s just so important,” she declares. Thankfully, Patterson had his Cole Haan monk shoes (locations throughout the city; visit colehaan.com) shined at Eddie’s Shoe Repair (30 Rockefeller Plaza at 49th St, 212-581-3463) four weeks prior.

Photograph: Filip Wolak

California native Dyanna Dawson first began documenting street style in 2009 when she teamed up with photographer J.T. Tran to launch their San Francisco blog, Street Fashion Style (thesfstyle.com). The project went bicoastal two years ago when she moved to NYC, where the Hell’s Kitchen resident continues to search for one-of-a-kind pedestrians. Most recently, the duo penned a new book, Street Fashion Photography: Taking Stylish Pictures on the Concrete Runway ($20, Chronicle Books), which serves as a user-friendly manual for both beginner and seasoned shutterbugs. Although Dawson is selective when choosing her subjects, she’s always prepared to nail the perfect shot, toting either her Canon 5D or Olympus Pen E-P1 camera at all times. “I look for someone who is exemplifying a new trend that I haven’t photographed before or someone who takes a trend that I’ve shot a dozen times and puts their own spin on it to make it refreshing again,” she explains. We took the increasingly mainstream art form back underground—literally—by scouting the subway platforms at the Union Square and Broadway–Lafayette Street stops for fashionable commuters.


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