1. Brigadeiro

    November 21, 2008 at 8:12 am

    Wow! Incredibly sculptural!

  2. Anonymous

    November 21, 2008 at 8:14 am

    Couldn’t stand them in the 80s, won’t start liking them now, sorry.

  3. Anonymous

    November 21, 2008 at 8:36 am

    Hi Sart.,

    I guess it is a sign of aging when you stop saying ‘look what’s in fashion’ and begin saying ‘look what’s BACK in fashion.’ Mega-shoulders are back. Wow. (It’s actually depressing, but lets not be too grumpy).


  4. Alex Edward

    November 21, 2008 at 8:39 am

    I love the woman with the trench coat … so chic … dig those crazy toe boots!

  5. The Clever Pup

    November 21, 2008 at 8:45 am

    Sorry, I’m going to say it but 2 of these 4 would benefit from a better hair cut and make-up application. The shoulder’s aren’t going to make any difference.

  6. gregorytoddsmith

    November 21, 2008 at 8:46 am

    That trench coat is wild, I love it.

    I like the mix of patterns on the guy with the big scarf.

  7. Anonymous

    November 21, 2008 at 8:48 am

    Why would you want to walk around inside a black coffin… and to the lady in the “sculpted neck trench” please do not ruin yourself with those shoes!

  8. NikkiJoon

    November 21, 2008 at 8:57 am

    no no no no no no no to the first picture. the rest are tolerable.

  9. sat

    November 21, 2008 at 9:04 am

    oh holy god, cameltoe shoes. please, no. who comes up with these ideas?? but i can see the start of another debate here LOL.

    woman number 3 is nice, the silhouette works. nice fall to the skirt. i wanna be like her when i grow up.

  10. Anonymous

    November 21, 2008 at 9:08 am

    These are all so inspiring. Where do you get the silver booties?

  11. y.f. dubble

    November 21, 2008 at 9:21 am

    Interesting look even though the bottom two look Bride of Frankenstein inspired.

  12. suzanne nelson

    November 21, 2008 at 9:24 am

    What i’m learning from his post is that the Bold Shoulder needs a stong face and good hairstyle. The lady with blonde hair reall works he look and those shoes rock!

  13. Anonymous

    November 21, 2008 at 9:26 am

    These shoulders doesn’t do it for me, although the second outfit looks elegant in a japanese-meets-space sort of way, rather cool. The last black “straight-jacket” is horrible… Have a lovely weekend everybody!

  14. Hyakoukoune

    November 21, 2008 at 9:31 am

    WOW !!
    Jikatabi with Talons Haut on the number 2 !!
    Mdr…pas mal pas mal.

  15. Stephanie

    November 21, 2008 at 9:39 am

    I’m confused…is this a cape? If so, it’s very narrow. Looks like it’s made for someone who has no arms.

  16. Anonymous

    November 21, 2008 at 9:40 am

    the second woman wears it the best. but what is with those freaky split-toe shoes?!

  17. Jorge from W Palm Beach

    November 21, 2008 at 9:46 am

    I love that in all these examples, they knew when to stop when it came to accessories. When your clothes are so outstanding and significant, you don’t want to dull their impact by adding belts, jewelry or even a purse! All the shoes I can see are great, btw. Jorge from W Palm Beach

  18. Stephanie

    November 21, 2008 at 9:49 am

    Oh, the pale blond woman in all black- very striking! Also the man’s look really works as a casual but very stylish look: black jacket, dark wash jeans, gingham shirt with that scarf (is that an Arabian scarf? looks like the one my husband got during his travels…)

  19. monkeyeve

    November 21, 2008 at 9:53 am

    the last one reminds me of the playing cards from Alice in Wonderland…

  20. Ian

    November 21, 2008 at 9:53 am


  21. Anonymous

    November 21, 2008 at 9:54 am

    At last, shoulders are back!!! Europe is always so stylish and fashion-forward. Americans only want to blend in, copy what everyone else is doing, then never change.

  22. Dan in Richmond

    November 21, 2008 at 10:11 am

    I think the third from the top works well and I love his scarf and shirt combination. I like the coat in the second photo- yes, it’s extreme for the street but that makes it kind of fun. I like her gloves because she’s paired something traditional and formal with something outre. Love his boots too.

  23. Anonymous

    November 21, 2008 at 10:42 am

    Margiela. Luv it! Actually, I love all of it! Thanks Sartorialist!

  24. nan

    November 21, 2008 at 10:49 am

    #3 Channeling Madonna, Who’s That Girl edition. At least from the neck up. Big shoulders, well, they were due for a comeback sooner or later.
    Keffiyahs are controversial in the States but like seeing them worn anyway. It’s like taking back the night or something.

  25. Simone

    November 21, 2008 at 10:53 am

    definitely not a look for the NYC subway ride…

  26. Iheartfashion

    November 21, 2008 at 11:00 am

    I love the silver split-toe boots.
    Live a little!

  27. Jack Daniel

    November 21, 2008 at 11:04 am

    the last pic caught my attention!!

  28. Anonymous

    November 21, 2008 at 11:09 am

    they’re trying a little too hard…

  29. Anonymous

    November 21, 2008 at 11:20 am

    Third pic is my fave.

    As a woman with naturally large shoulders, it’s nice to see fashion flaunting them again.

  30. M

    November 21, 2008 at 11:35 am

    What is interesting is that all these daring outfits are carried by older women.

  31. Dominica

    November 21, 2008 at 11:43 am

    The guy in the 3rd picture down can come and live with me….so I can borrow his clotes and especially his scarf !
    Love his complete look ; he looks effortless as for the other people in this shoot they all look like they had advice from a stylist, it looks less personal to me….

  32. Anonymous

    November 21, 2008 at 11:55 am

    i’m really sick of those Keffiyeh scarfs – really played out at this point

  33. Emily

    November 21, 2008 at 12:06 pm

    Day gloves in 2! Rock it, sister! Now I don’t feel so silly for buying vintage cotton gloves for a Halloween costume.

  34. AnonymousJK

    November 21, 2008 at 12:12 pm

    Love the Margiela boots on the lady in the crazy trench! I always try to picture these clothes in normal everyday life and then I laugh when I am reminded that these people obviously don’t lead normal everyday lives! I could see myself walking the dog in that trench – LOL! The people at the dog park would die laughing!

  35. Anonymous

    November 21, 2008 at 12:12 pm

    These look like costumes. Yuck.

  36. underneath

    November 21, 2008 at 12:49 pm

    Two of these shapes is fashion at its best and worst… The silhouettes does nothing good to their bodies and I am not sure wether these ladies ever dare to take them out of the closet the next season. Sometimes a NEW idea isn`t always a GOOD idea.

  37. saro

    November 21, 2008 at 1:08 pm

    Finally, shoulders – I’ve been longing for it. My wardrobe is full of that!

  38. Anonymous

    November 21, 2008 at 1:16 pm

    My personal opinion is that the brown looks silly. I rather like the rest, but the shapeless haircuts detract from #1 and #4. Guess that means I like #3 the best – too bad it looks like she is freezing. But that does bring up the question of what to wear as outerwear over extreme shoulders.

  39. beths

    November 21, 2008 at 1:26 pm

    Beam me up, Scotty.

  40. minimax

    November 21, 2008 at 1:47 pm

    i´m so sorry for all of them…

  41. minimax

    November 21, 2008 at 1:51 pm

    i´m so sorry………..

  42. Anonymous

    November 21, 2008 at 2:13 pm

    That trench coat is certainly not for rainy days.

  43. Anonymous

    November 21, 2008 at 2:19 pm


  44. ell

    November 21, 2008 at 2:52 pm

    thats a bit too much margiela all in one go, i think; the camel toed shoes & the trench coat.

  45. Anonymous

    November 21, 2008 at 2:53 pm

    The second photo screams fashion victim. She looks uncomfortabe in her own ensemble.

    The third outfit works – she wears it beautifully, it’s as though the others have clothes which are wearing them.

  46. Anonymous

    November 21, 2008 at 2:54 pm

    I loved the coamel toe definition, it made me laugh… Big shoulders look experimental today but in the wrong way: seen them before and never ever been flattering. Just a comment about these (allegedly) French women: typical French “arrogance”: no need for make up or to look after hair style as long as the clothes look expensive…

  47. Anonymous

    November 21, 2008 at 3:03 pm

    Number one needs less volume on the bottom to balance out the proportions of the shoulders.

    Number two’s trench coat is interesting, but I don’t think it communicates well with the gloves and the shoes (camel toe? too true…).

    Number three is sophisticated and proportionally balanced. I really like her style.

    Number four… well this isn’t too flattering… I guess it’s an interesting idea.

  48. Anonymous

    November 21, 2008 at 3:07 pm

    Yikes! The first and last pics are not good– extremely fashion victim-esque: The physicality of the individual does not match the graphic lines of the design. This is the perfect example of “(Designer) Clothes do not make the man– or women.”

    The woman in the trench dress coat seemed like such perfection except for the footwear: She would be sublime wearing a strong, structured and sharper design.

    Hands down, the third woman from the top wins! She looks fantastic with such a strong and elongating silhouette. No fashion victim here. Beautiful.


  49. Anonymous

    November 21, 2008 at 3:22 pm

    the silver booties are martin margiela.

    and the woman with red hair looks very belgian to me, she resembles one of the designers for a.f. vandervorst.

  50. Anonymous

    November 21, 2008 at 4:44 pm

    Regarding the hair comment…

    simple hair is required for this look. it must offset the stand-out shoulders. Thats why this is an evolution from the 80′s where such a look would consist of big hair, big shoulders, big earrings, big bracelet….

    Not too much of a fan but I like it if its a rare site rather than a trend.


  51. smilla

    November 21, 2008 at 5:26 pm

    The woman in space age trenchcoat with silver booties looks amazing. She really carries that off, and with genteel little white gloves! I always love the black silhouettes and these are no exception. The woman in the cape looks warm – and not to be messed with.

  52. Anonymous

    November 21, 2008 at 5:53 pm

    Is that a scarf the guy is wearing or a table cloth from a local tea-room?

  53. Anonymous

    November 21, 2008 at 6:12 pm

    Just last night I was trying on some Thierry Mugler jackets and Claude Montana suits I saved from way back when……I love the fact that they are chic again. The construction of these pieces is superb and quality is without measure. I am encouraged to pair the vintage jackets with some of the accessories of this season…booties..etc. Oh, I like the Space Cadet Trench the best…looks like she is in a voting booth.

  54. Anonymous

    November 21, 2008 at 7:58 pm

    The final picture channels those old caretakers that open the heavy doors of haunted mansions you see in cartoons!

  55. Anonymous

    November 21, 2008 at 10:35 pm

    Wow! Those jackets actually DO look like that off the Funway! Margiela rocks the hard cccore!

  56. Anonymous

    November 22, 2008 at 12:10 am

    What smart clothes!!
    I like that all the clothes shown today incredibly unique without looking costume-y. I really love the trench and the cloak without sleeves. definitely making a social statement as well as a fashion statement

  57. Terri

    November 22, 2008 at 12:13 am

    Ah Sart, thank you. You have been taking a lot of pictures of “beautiful” women lately and let’s be honest, beauty is one of the great joys in life. I am not complaining. But these women are not only stunning, they interest me. I would love to talk to these women.

  58. Anonymous

    November 22, 2008 at 12:37 am

    The second woman down, maybe she would like to play chess. She’d make a good rook.

  59. monique

    November 22, 2008 at 12:46 am

    Lady in the Blade Runner trench— so demure with the gloves. It’s incongruous and beautiful.

  60. Anonymous

    November 22, 2008 at 1:00 am

    I don’t get it.

  61. Anonymous

    November 22, 2008 at 2:04 am

    I love pictures #2 and #4.
    The first one could have been shot from a more flattering angle, which may be why she has attracted some critical comments. You are usually kinder to your models…

  62. Anonymous

    November 22, 2008 at 2:07 am

    Big shoulders? Such a terrible look! Would someone please drive a stake through its heart! I suppose this means some horrible iteration of YSL’s harlequin look will be back momentarily. Yuk.

  63. The Life and Times of a Southern Foodie

    November 22, 2008 at 7:52 am

    They are SO not 1987.

    More as an art statement.

    Love that!

  64. Anonymous

    November 22, 2008 at 10:26 am

    This is the ugly eighties fever I have mentioned before. what a pity!

  65. Guy

    November 22, 2008 at 10:46 am

    I know it’s not really the point being discussed, but the thing that most leaped out at me was the guy in the second picture:

    Is the bowl cut back?

    And how is he making it look so good?

  66. jpc

    November 22, 2008 at 10:57 am

    Interesting, the range of comments on the Middle Eastern scarf in #3. Each country has its own color/pattern combo. This might be Iraqi. The black (or red, if you are in Jordan) is hand embroidered on the better scarves.

  67. Maddie

    November 22, 2008 at 4:03 pm

    ick… straight jacket, much?

  68. Anonymous

    November 22, 2008 at 6:34 pm

    the third girl is workin the tributes and the arm candy – hands down winner

  69. Anonymous

    November 22, 2008 at 6:53 pm

    i’m sick of seeing the keffiyeh/middle eastern scarf everywhere. it is no longer a political nor a fashion statement when you can buy these things at Urban Outfitters

  70. pretty kitty publishing

    November 22, 2008 at 7:14 pm

    Sculpted shoulders?

    No. Not again. Never again, please.

  71. Anonymous

    November 22, 2008 at 9:18 pm

    the third look is gorgeous. The proportions are perfect, and the rounded shoulders work off the round toe shoes.

    With the second pic, I’m compelled to set a vase of flowers in each of those “pockets” on her shoulders.

  72. michelle

    November 23, 2008 at 2:39 am

    My shoulders are wide enough as it is!

  73. Ann (MobayDP)

    November 23, 2008 at 8:14 am

    oh no. the 80s are back. >.<

  74. Anonymous

    November 23, 2008 at 12:53 pm

    we need more of this in the world. sorry short ladies, this is wonderful

  75. Anonymous

    November 23, 2008 at 3:07 pm

    is this from a star trek convention?

  76. Erin

    November 23, 2008 at 5:01 pm

    Hmm it so happens that I really can’t stand all of these. Very interesting and worth photographing, though.

  77. Anonymous

    November 23, 2008 at 5:14 pm

    LOVE the Margiela. I covet those silver tabi booties. Wouldn’t say no to the trench either. Woot!

  78. charmschool

    November 23, 2008 at 8:31 pm

    These are totally amusing pictures. The expressions of the women really match the clothing. Almost disturbingly so. Most notably the 2nd woman looks as concerned as one should when peeking out of a khaki castle-parapet to ascertain the position of the approaching enemy forces. And the poor woman in the odd sleeveless garment looks as dour as one might expect after being captured by a black straightjacket.

  79. yours truly

    November 24, 2008 at 3:30 am

    brilliant shoulders. love how mostly all of them are in black.

  80. susan

    November 24, 2008 at 4:47 am

    it’s like the last woman took a military coat and distilled it down to its conceptual essence.


    there’s something bizarre, simple and strangely right about it. If here hair and makeup didn’t look so ghostly, the outfit would look less coffin-like. (But perhaps this is in keeping with the military theme)

  81. Anonymous

    November 24, 2008 at 6:46 am

    Belgian fashion rules with Anneke Vandervorst and Martin Margiela!!

  82. Anonymous

    November 24, 2008 at 7:35 am

    The first time I saw somebody bringing this look back was Róisín Murphy. She was wearing a gray one. I think it´s totally chic, the cut it´s amazing. I don´t care if it´s 80s or not. It seems extremely confortable and warm.

  83. S

    November 24, 2008 at 10:50 am

    Pic. 4= Ann Vandevorst or her twin sister

  84. yellowshoe

    November 24, 2008 at 1:49 pm


  85. Anonymous

    November 24, 2008 at 4:04 pm

    i wonder if that guy in the second pic even knows what a keffiyeh is and yet, he’s wearing one. odd.

  86. Anonymous

    November 24, 2008 at 4:05 pm

    my mistake, third photo.

  87. Anonymous

    November 24, 2008 at 4:51 pm

    Although some are critical of it, I absolutely love the last coat. Does anyone know who makes this unbelievable coat?

  88. Donata

    November 26, 2008 at 7:26 am

    The woman in the first piture is Nicola Knels, fashion editor from German Vogue.

  89. Anonymous

    November 26, 2008 at 4:47 pm

    What does the ginger lady do if she falls over? Will she lie on the ground flailing around while strangers walk past, whispering, “Don’t touch her, I think she’s an artistic intervention”.

  90. melbourne

    November 26, 2008 at 6:24 pm

    Can’t believe the nasty comments. I love these individualistic pictures. Clothing is not ALL about enhancing your figure for the viewing (perving) public. Kudos to the wearers. Oh, and tabi boots are very comfortable and stable to wear. Try ‘em! Why do you think then ninjas wear them?

  91. Anonymous

    November 27, 2008 at 1:57 am

    Anon. 4:47

    If you look closely, there are sleeves. Just shoulder caps (?) then pockets.

    The look is very Margella… but not very attractive

  92. Anonymous

    November 28, 2008 at 1:34 am

    all great. love it!!! though lady in pic 1 from the neck up looks like a suburban mom or someone at the gym. get rid of the bobby pins.

  93. Liz

    November 28, 2008 at 7:43 pm

    does anyone else think the woman in the shoes looks like a ninja turtle?

  94. Anonymous

    December 1, 2008 at 1:53 pm

    those camel toe boots are martin margiela

  95. Anonymous

    December 2, 2008 at 6:45 pm

    I like the guy’s style in the second picture, he seems to be really in a motion…And those Pierre hardy are really killing everything.

    I got one question though : what is he wearing between the jacket and the shirt? An oversized plain grey cardigan?

  96. Anonymous

    December 5, 2008 at 1:03 pm

    She IS AF Vandervorst (Belgian designers, couple) in person !

  97. coco

    December 8, 2008 at 1:16 am

    first one… balenciaga… i bought that jacket and returned it… i just looked like a football player

  98. l'incognito

    December 14, 2008 at 12:50 am

    The last pic looks like a Jil Sander FW08 piece

  99. Ljerka-Susanna-Lukic

    August 19, 2009 at 11:35 am


  100. Däään

    June 16, 2010 at 4:49 pm

    Love the 3rd picture .. the guy with the scarf has definitely much style!

  101. Heidi Howard

    March 4, 2012 at 10:29 am

    The black on black is always a win and the shoulders on the coat are just fine but the overall shape of this coat…she looks trapped in a tiny black mattress!

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