What to wear to the opening of the Sartorialist’s photos, the most stylish event of the year thus far in a city of ill-tailored suits and sneakers? It seems to be a question those in attendance grappled with for days beforehand, as if each person hoped the Style.com photographer, blogger, and rising fashion icon would pluck them and their brightly hued tights or comically oversized glasses from the gallery floor to be featured on his site. Surveying the outfits of the crowd and their attempts to emulate photographer Scott Schuman’s taste was as much a part of the exhibit as the photographs. For fans of the man-on-the-street style blog, there’s nothing new here—just big, glossy prints of the photos of fashionable people in fashionable cities, many of which Schuman’s fans have already seen on the site throughout the year. His talent lies not in his photographic skill but his impeccable taste and persistence in tracking down beautiful people wherever he goes. Viewing the blog’s photos in a frame rather than on a screen lends a greater eye for detail. Pattern and texture are two of the things that draw Schuman to his subjects, and he often has to enlarge shots to explain his choices on the site. But here, the beauty of each garment is readily apparent and inspiring. These are, with the exception of the models and editors he captures outside of fashion shows, regular people—and the flash of a colorful shoe or an artfully placed scarf are within the grasp of even the unfashionable schlubs of Washington, D.C.
The exhibition is on view from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and noon to 5 p.m. Saturdays to Saturday, April 26, at Adamson Gallery, 1515 14th St. NW. Free. (202) 232-0707.