Toronto-born, Sydney-based art director Giuseppe Santamaria started his blog, meninthistown.com, in 2010 as a way of documenting stylish men in their natural habitat: the city streets. In that time, the way men dress has changed considerably, particularly in Australia. “I guess I wasn’t used to the beach culture,” explains Mr Santamaria of his initial reaction to the sartorial landscape. “But over of the last five years, Australian men have grown to want more when it comes to fashion.” The best of Mr Santamaria’s photographs are included in Men in this Town (Hardie Grant), his debut book comprising five series of images shot in London, Tokyo, Sydney, Milan and New York. “I’ve had this body of work living online and always wondered what would happen to it in the future,” he says of the decision to publish it in hardback. “Having a hard copy of my photos that will live on is an amazing thing.” So how does Australian men’s dress stand up against the other stylish cities? “Our style is a bit sportier, more modern,” says Mr Santamaria. “We don’t have a long history to look back on and learn from so you do see more experimental looks out on the streets.”
In other publishing news, a slew of glossy books hit the shelves this season. Navigating the expansive global fashion market is no easy feat, but it’s made easier for men in Contemporary Menswear (Thames & Hudson), a comprehensive guide to the best independent designers, labels, stores, blogs and websites that have shaped menswear over the past decade. Featuring in-depth profiles and over 500 illustrations, the most creative names in the business – from the heritage Alban Clothing to new guard labels like Tellason – are included in Contemporary Menswear.
As a medium, fashion photography has exploded in popularity in the past decade, thanks in part to its accessibility via the internet. But in an industry defined by its speed, Glen Luchford remains at the top of his game. Glen Luchford: Pictorialism (Rizzoli) is a visually arresting chronicle of one of the world’s top fashion photographers, whose work defines a generation in its highly cinematic, narrative-driven style. Presenting some three decades of work, and designed as one continuous overlapping montage, included are polaroids, prints, tear sheets and ephemera, making this an informative educational tool as much as inspirational coffee table eye-candy.