Street photography and fashion is a hugely influential phenomenon, and one of its best exponents is Linlee Allen who is also an influential fashion journalist. I always enjoy reading her opinions and work, her site which collates a great collection of street shots is one of my daily checks.
Linlee is originally from Australia, where she started to take photos at parties in order to get them published in local magazines. They loved them and asked her to add some text to accompany her photos which she did, and ended up working as a photo journalist. She left Australia at the age of 21, heading for New York where she found herself running out of money…..so in order to fix that Linlee brought a laptop and started researching websites that she could write for on her travels that could in turn fund her travelling experiences! One site in particular brought two of her stories as they really liked the way she wrote and offered her a job in Paris with their new project fashion.net, in which she ended up staying for 3 years.
With that under her belt she then visited her home, Australia, where she worked as a Daily News Editor for the company who produce Australian Fashion Week. Within a year they decided to start a cable fashion TV show which Linlee hosted.
But then she got bored…… she found herself in Paris freelancing, and met Sarah from Colette who offered her a job at the store. After one year she was working the in their press offices and travelling with Colette internationally as their PR ‘know who’ of the company.
About a year ago, Linlee emailed a director in LA to ask for an interview, but as he was already coming to Paris for an exhibition he was working on they met there….and they fell in love! She has just moved to LA to start a new life with him there where she is currently working for Style.com and V Magazine as their LA correspondent and was recently named the west coast editor of Paper Magazine. She also contributes to new york magazine and men.style.com and if that wasn’t enough to her resume…. she is hoping to publish her semi-autobiography book about life in Paris and LA.
We have compiled some of the best shots, from her site linleeloves, from her archives. Have a look at the fashion, the knowledge and the best.
Thanks Linlee x