Better Know A Blogger: Monsieur Jerome
"Each and everyone of my looks are unique whether it’s a particular piece or their attitude."
Fashion photographer, menswear trend forecaster and blogger Monsieur Jerome has an impeccable eye for capturing the hottest looks right before they hit the mainstream. Unlike other sites which focus on putting up pretty faces, the Frenchman residing in NYC looks for sartorial surprises. "I always felt street style was focusing too much on being pretty than fashion forward," he says. We spoke to the fashion maven about his inspirations, his dream photo subjects and upcoming trends.
How did you get started with your site?
Monsieur Jerome started last December. It’s something I’ve wanted to do since a long time. I moved to NYC for the beauty of the city but also for its inhabitants. New Yorkers are the epitome of the U.S.A. — they’re free to do and be whoever they want, regardless the rules or the tradition. It translates into their wardrobes and they way they dress. Having a menswear streetstyle blog is also a way to say “New York, I love you” and give back to the city.
Who do you chose to photograph?
People are often saying Monsieur Jerome’s looks are very eclectic. The most important feature is to have your own style. I’m not looking for copycats. Each and every one of my looks is unique whether it’s a particular piece or their attitude. I also like when they are a bit off. Still conscious of what they are wearing but with a certain naiveté. It’s fresh and often very exciting to photograph.
Any funny photography anecdotes?
Usually, fashion editors are dropped off in front of the venue, but for some obscure reason Anna Wintour walked down 15th street by herself. Everybody was so impressed seeing her alone and walking such a long distance that we all stopped talking. Only a few people took pictures.
Is there someone you haven't photographed yet but would like to?
Jeremy Scott would be amazing. But anyone with a bold fashion sense and a love for prints would make the cut.
Which of your posts are you most proud of and why?
I recently posted from my Paris Fashion Week series, images at the Henrik Vibsbov show. It was the most romantic and original street style session with a lot of textures, colors and unusual silhouettes. It was a trip to an imaginary world. The street style during Milan and Paris Fashion Weeks was absolutely crazy. People are living for fashion. Really.
What trends have you noticed for fall?
Neon colors and floral prints are back. For the neon colors, it's used as a sidenote (laces on shoes, iPhone case, bag) but if you're really fashion forward, on pants or T-shirts. Not both. Floral prints are very trendy also. Jeremy Scott designed a floral tracksuit for Adidas for the new Fall/Winter collection.
When I am not blogging I like to…..
I drink Perrier all the time — I'm addicted to sparkling water! Not kidding. More seriously though, I love cocktails, especially gin in things like cucumber martinis.
See a selection of his Paris Fashion Week street style shots below.
Images by Monsieur Jerome/ Top image Photo by Glen Allsop