dapperQ’s He Said/We Said has been on the road, documenting queer style in Philadelphia and Cincinnati. We’ll be back in Cincy shortly, but in the meantime we have returned home to catch up with some of New York City’s finest dappers.
Photographer Maria Del Naja, along with Anita Dolce Vita, selected the Hardy Amies spring 2015 menswear collection as inspiration. Here’s what Maria had to say about the inspiration and overall experience:
I can’t tell you how excited I was to have the opportunity to participate in this month’s edition of DapperQ’s He Said/We Said series! I gravitated toward the Hardy Amies spring 2015 fashion line because I loved the natural colors and the blend of patterns. I also felt that the line had a wide enough range of looks to allow that queer sense of individuality to shine through in whatever interpretations our models put together.
It was such an honor to work with all the models (especially N. Johnson who saved the day at the last minute)! Since many of the models are good friends of mine, I knew their personalities were all quite different, and I was certain their interpretations would be eclectic, unique, and highlight their different styles. None of them disappointed! Several people mentioned that this clothing line was a step outside the box from their everyday wear, and I couldn’t have been more pleased with the inventive ways they chose to interpret the look of the collection.
Personally, I appreciated the opportunity to contribute to a series that I follow, regularly, online. I’ve read many incredible, beautifully photographed installments of He Said/We Said since the series began, and a handful of the past photographers have been particular inspirations to me throughout my continuing learning process. It will be quite a thrill to be included in the dapperQ archives along with other photographers I’ve long admired.
I’d like to particularly thank two models, Jess and Andrea, who flew from California and Colorado, respectively, to participate!
The full editorial, including model bios and outfit descriptions, can be found here on our publishing partner, Autostraddle. But, dapperQ is honored to present additional images from the amazingly stylish queers:
Maria Del Naja – Photographer