Snapshot: Meet Savo and Anik, our new street style photographers
Sure, it’s fun to admire international street style stars like Alexa Chung and Giovanna Battaglia, but what about all the exciting personal style that’s showcased on sidewalks across Canada every day? We’ve partnered with ELLE Quebec to bring you a daily hit of our top street style looks in Toronto and Montreal (to start!). Introducing "Style Snaps", which officially launches on Monday, June 4, featuring photographs from street style snappers Savo Sok and Anik Lacasse Richards. Read on for a snapshot of both photographers.
How did you first become interested in photography? As a kid, I was always really lazy with sticking to a journal so I figured, why not just take pictures?
What was your first camera? A Canon Powershot I had bought with my own money. It was built like a small brick. I was crazy about it. You know how some guys get wallet marks on their jeans? Mine were in the shape of a lumpy camera.
What camera do you use now? I’m still using a fairly old Nikon D80 that I bought when I first became serious about photography. Quality lenses are more important than the body anyway and when I need something with a higher resolution or video capability, rental companies are my go-to . I know a few pro photographers who don’t even own their own camera.
Who are some street style photographers that you admire? There are the obvious ones like Tommy Ton, The Sartorialist and Garance Doré. Then, you’ve got your veteran Bill Cunningham whose been doing it since before street style became a thing but if you want to go way back, Henri Cartier-Bresson was and still is king in my books.
What do you personally find inspiring about street style? Street style can be such a cool mashup of artistry, subtlety and personality. It’s a world without rules—there’s no right or wrong subject to shoot. I mean, everybody’s got their own obsession. It’s exciting for me to see a young woman interpret a head-to-toe peony print from the runway to something a bit less crazy for her regular life. But I do love the crazy.
Read on to hear Savo’s dream street style subject, and meet Anik, our Montreal street style photographer!
What’s been your most memorable experience as a street style photographer? It always warms my heart when the least approachable looking person ends up giving me the most delightful interviews.
What do you look for in a subject? Be yourself, don’t try too hard and have fun.
What do you think makes Toronto street style unique? Everyone’s boning up on their fashion vocabulary and it really shows. I think we’re still growing and trying to find our own identity so it’s an exciting time to document.
Any trends/pieces or looks that you personally steer clear of photographing? Leggings as pants. It ruins an otherwise great look. They look sloppy. There are so many other great alternatives out there like nylons, skinnies, shorts, skirts, skorts! I will shoot a skort before I shoot leggings. I’m still pondering printed leggings. That being said, I’d love for someone to prove me wrong.
Who is your dream street style subject? RuPaul.
What’s your favourite stylish movie?
A Single Man and
Grey Gardens. They’re stylish beyond the clothes.
What’s your personal motto? Everything looks better a bit battered.
Montreal street style photographer Anik Lacasse Richard, who writes the popular blog Montreal In Style.
What inspires your style? Street style never fails to inspire me, but for my own personal style, I love to combine masculine and feminine look: wearing a semi-transparent blouse under a boyfriend blazer with Oxford shoes and a cute little dress…
Who are your favourite designers? Isabel Marant, Chloé, Stella McCartney, Marc Jacobs and Alexander Wang on the international front. Eve Gravel and Valérie Dumaine in Montreal.
Your fashion obsession? Leopard print! I love it, and you’ll find a lot of it in my closet.
Blogs that inspire you? When I started Montreal in style three years ago, I had an idea to create a snapshot of street style inspired by well-known blogs like The Sartorialist and Facehunter.
What makes Montreal style unique? The city is full of very stylish people. I find our street style inspiring and more accessible than in the international fashion capitals.
What’s your photography objective? I look for outfits and details that are striking, people who don’t follow the letter of fashion. To get my attention, you have to have courage, and bold style, while also looking effortless. I look forward to discovering a brilliantly combined colour blocking look!
Where do you like to hang out in Montreal? Around Mile End and in the Plateau. At the Boutique Unicorn, where I work most days during the week. Downtown, where I inevitably stop at Zara, H&M and Editorial! In the evening, I like to have a drink at Sparrow, at Bily Kun, or at Barraca in the Plateau.
Check back on Monday for the inaugural edition of Style Snaps, and let us know your thoughts in the comments!