Book review: A Year in the Life of Face Hunter

Face Hunter coverYvan Rodic’s long been one of my favourite streetstyle documenters, mostly for his dedication to and role in the mythologising of Sundays at Bric(k)-a-Brac Lane during the 2000s. Sundays used to be a day when you could get away with wearing at best what you had on the night before or at worst some skinny jeans and massive sunglasses. Over the last decade that dress code has changed in London, which is partly (no) thanks to him.

Whether you cared about getting on the east ldn-comedown catwalk or just wanted to watch, it’s always been fun keeping up with Face Hunter’s blog, a place for more playful and individual style than the grown-up chic spotted by other bloggers.

In the three years since his first book, his focus has shifted from street looks over to travel and this volume combines his personal photoblog with his fashion one, keeping the focus on style, but also glancing across at nightlife, food, interiors, street scenes and other adventures.

The photographs are arranged by city with an introduction to each by FH and I of course flicked to the London section first. Sadly it reminded me how much style has to do with the weather: the chapter-fronting snap for London is a shot of Oxford Circus in the rain, umbrellas the only splashes of colour in the grey and it’s not the capital’s dressers who shine in this volume either. [yeah, I totally blame the weather.]

In spite of the lucklustre showing for London in A Year in the Life of…, the international eye candy makes up for it, with beautiful young people around the world looking somewhat homogeneously smiley and hip and carefree.

A Year in the Life of Face Hunter by Yvan Rodic is out now (Thames and Hudson, £14.95)

These are a few of my favourite pix from the book:

New York! I love the windswept girl and the Misshape hovering about behind her.

New York! I love the windswept girl and the Misshape hovering about behind her.

Face Hunter in Rio de Janeiro, November 2012

Face Hunter in Rio de Janeiro, November 2012

 

Berlin, July & October 2012

Berlin, July & October 2012

 

São Paulo, January & February 2012

São Paulo, January & February 2012

 

 

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