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NYFW men's SS17 street style day 2
(Paige Campbell Linden )

Often times the fashion bloggers, editors and store buyers attending the presentations and shows during New York Fashion Week display a personal style as alluring as anything seen on the runway. Here is what we spotted on the streets yesterday when Perry Ellis, Linder, Suit Supply and Oak showed their men's collections for SS17. Check back daily for more images from attendees at NYFW Mens.

All photos taken exclusively for Fashion Times by Paige Campbell Linden.

This will be the first time in decades that iconic street style photographer Bill Cunningham has not been a presence at the shows. He will be terribly missed.

A familiar figure in New York, Cunningham rode a bicycle in all weathers, the better to spot what he loved to shoot -- someone wearing something he found interesting. As Jacob Bernstein of The Times points out, Cunningham "turned fashion photography into his own branch of cultural anthropology."

Originally Cunningham made hats under the name William J. and later started writing, first for Women's Wear Daily, and then for the Chicago Tribune.


Photographer Bill Cunningham attends a celebration for his career at Bergdorf Goodman on September 10, 2008 in New York City.
(Photo : Scott Wintrow/Getty Images ) Bill Cunningham 


However, he will best be remembered for his New York Times column "On The Street."

In a career that spanned over 40 years, long before the advent of the Internet, bloggers, and other street style photographers, Cunningham was documenting the ever-changing shifts in fashion and style as seen on the streets of Manhattan.

His life and work came to the attention of a wider audience when filmmaker Richard Press and Philip Gefter of The Times produced a documentary about the photographer called "Bill Cunningham New York."

The film was released on March 16, 2011. It shows Cunningham traveling through Manhattan by bicycle and living in a tiny apartment in the Carnegie Hall building. The apartment had no closets, kitchen or private bathroom and was filled with filing cabinets and boxes of his photographs. The documentary also detailed his philosophy on fashion, art and photography. The documentary was a huge hit but apparently Cunningham was not thrilled about becoming a recognizable figure. Dressed in his blue utilitarian jacket and khaki pants, he preferred life behind the camera, not in front of it.

Click through the slide show for all the looks seen outside the Skylight Studios in New York. 


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