|With "Bill Cunningham New York ", Richard Press has created a simple and engaging film about Bill Cunningham, an octogenarian fashion photographer. It is full of interviews with notable people who are keen to hold forth on Mr. Cunningham's contributions to fashion and photography. But the man himself has some unexpected charms. A good-natured aesthete from a Catholic, working-class family, he spent decades as a resident of the Carnegie Hall studios, living in a tiny room crammed with a single bed and filing cabinets stuffed with negatives. In an especially poignant scene, he admits that he has never had a romantic relationship. He still goes to church.
|No fan of "cookie cutter" fashion, Mr. Cunningham has been an important chronicler of style for decades. He hovers on street corners awaiting signs of a burgeoning trend, which he documents in his "On the Street" column. "I let the street speak to me," he says. "There are no short cuts." His own sparse wardrobe consists of the same blue jackets worn by Parisian street cleaners. He rides his bike in this humble uniform, careening precariously (and without a helmet) through Manhattan's traffic in search of the perfect shot.
|He snaps socialites, philanthropists, hipsters, dandies, artists and fashionistas for his "Evening Hours" column. Mr. Press's film includes interviews with some of these colorful characters, such as Shail Upadhya, a retired Nepalese diplomat who wears outrageously patterned suits, and Iris Apfel, a quirkily bespectacled 89-year-old fashion muse.
||他还给社会名流、慈善家、时髦人群、花花公子、艺术家及时尚达人拍照，作品刊登在 “晚宴时分”专栏上。在普莱斯先生的这部电影里，就有对其中一些鲜明人物的采访，包括退休的尼泊尔外交官Shail Upadhya，他常穿着那种夸张的带有图案的套装；还有89岁的时尚女神艾瑞斯•阿普菲尔，她总是戴着那副看上去稀奇古怪的眼镜。
|Everyone seems to love Mr. Cunningham, from Brooke Astor (shown at her 100th birthday party) to the staff at events. Even Anna Wintour, editor-in-chief of American Vogue, defrosts around him. "We all get dressed for Bill," she says with a smile.
|Mr. Cunningham says he wanders around fashion shows hoping to see some "marvelous exotic bird of paradise". His egalitarian spirit persists, even at the Paris shows. "If a normal woman can't wear it, I'm not interested," he says.
（China.org.cn Wendy 译）