Because it sure bothers a lot of Sartorialist readers.
We hate to mention Justin Bieber twice in one afternoon, but dude’s a living, breathing news peg. Basically, the Canadian 270,738 people tried to deport posted a photo of himself with an unlit cigarette in his mouth and the caption “This is James Dean inspired. Don’t ask me if I smoke ciggys cuz I don’t.” (1) Thanks for the clarification because no one would have made that connection on his/her own and (2) Bill Clinton and the BIebs have more in common then either of them realized.
JB’s latest blunder as a human being who doesn’t seem to do anything but screw up gives us an opening to talk about smoking in fashion, specifically street-style images. Scott Schuman has gotten a not-insignificant amount of flak recently for a string of posts that show well-dressed men and women smoking/holding cigarettes, and we’d like to know if you agree with the criticism. Some commenters argue that it glamorizes an unhealthy and aging habit, while others assert that cancer sticks make Schuman’s Prada-Hawaiian-print-clad subjects look “cheap.”
If you want our opinion, Schuman’s just keepin’ it real. Because authenticity is the backbone of street style, and in life, some people who can put together cool outfits do make the personal choice to smoke. We’d be singing a different tune if it was an editorial, but in this instance, the smoke never bothered us anyway. What about you?