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January 29, 2008 at 9:21 am
If you grow tired of cleanness, non-linear silhouettes, pastels and black (observing recent posts), you must come to Oxford in England some day. I have just moved here from art-crazy London and it is full of dons in full three-piece tweed, horn-rimmed spectacles, academic gowns and ladies in layers and layers of printed silk – all flying around on bicycles. My eyes can’t take it all!
January 29, 2008 at 9:36 am
Don´t know about these latest pictures you have taken. I don´t like them. The people are dressed in a weird way.Where in the earth have you found them?
Mother Gin Sling
January 29, 2008 at 9:37 am
This girl is a poem! She looks like a collage by Georges Braque. I don’t know what I prefer, the contrast between textures, the clownesque touch of the trousers and shoes, the floral print against the cold pale grey—and magnificent detail in the whole mise-en-scène, the yellow lines on the stairs echoing her trench coat…
Laguna Beach Trad
Curious photo. But how the hell do you define ‘harmonious,’ Sart? This ‘hobo chic’ outfit doesn’t work on any level, I’m afraid. It’s chaos. Hippy clothing and granola gear are never attractive, IMVHO. The only harmonious element in this photo are the yellow police lines, which are saying: ‘stay away!’. I wish you had heeded the warning.
January 29, 2008 at 9:41 am
Wow i wish Birmingham was more like Oxford, all you get here is wall to wall chav scum!
January 29, 2008 at 9:46 am
for LBTI think “never attractive” is a very short-sighted statement.
I wouldn’t expect a self-proclaimed “trad” to like this look anyway
again, for me, this is about inspiration – maybe you see mixing just two of the four elements in a new way and that in-its-self is worth it to me
i rarely think of graphic patterns with a pastel but I might remember this when I am starting to put together early spring outfits – maybe a houndstooth jkt with a pastel tie, cream pants and suede monk strap shoes
that is what I see when I look at this from my perspective.
January 29, 2008 at 9:50 am
This girl is a Van Gogh picture!!
January 29, 2008 at 9:51 am
I doubt about tha lady’s chioce of shoes. the rest (or the most actually) looks great together!
January 29, 2008 at 9:59 am
Very tough (especially the shoes) but very effeminate. I like it.
January 29, 2008 at 10:25 am
My favorite part of this photo is the way the bright yellow stripe on her pale gray coat is perfectly echoed by the painted yellow stripe on the cement steps. Amazing!
January 29, 2008 at 10:41 am
Oh, fabulous, I wish I had seen her on the streets. She is amazing!
January 29, 2008 at 10:43 am
January 29, 2008 at 10:50 am
This “look” is to style what Pollock is to art.
Questionable at best.
January 29, 2008 at 10:52 am
Someone put their wardrobe in a blender this morning, but I don’t think I’ll have a drink.
January 29, 2008 at 10:53 am
I like everything but the bag. I don’t mind the florals, it’s the shape and positioning of the bag that stops the “flow” for me. That said, many times I’ve worn my own work satchel that way so I could get at whatever it was I needed. Must not forget that these are real people on real streets doing real things, like fishing in their bags for train fare or cell phone. I especially like the sweater color and collar (I’m a sucker for turtlenecks) and the under-coat’s(?) color and collar.
January 29, 2008 at 10:57 am
OK, I am not going to comment that this girl is Asian as I am offically blind to race, but honestly, if you blurred the face, I would have told you that this is Japanese stree wear par excellence! Something you would see in Ginza as a matter of course.Maybe unusual in Paris but the girl really knows what works for her!WOW is all I can say!
January 29, 2008 at 11:07 am
what a combo! that is what makes you the sartorialist, mr. sart. i like to read your defenses, as i like to understand the inner workings of where you find inspiration. if only i could see a pic of your inspired outfit, that’d be a delight.
clearly, she’s purchased each piece with care, and she loves each item. then, she combined them in a most unexpected way. many of the pieces could steal the show as part of a simpler outfit. it definintely keeps your eye moving.
and may i say, mr. sart, i’m not sure of your exact process, whether you quickly identify a proper backdrop, or somehow transport your subjects there, or if serendipity repeated aligns the stars just for you, but you really must again be commended. her coat IS the stone stairway with the yellow tape. it boggles the mind.
January 29, 2008 at 11:10 am
You’re right Sart — this shouldn’t work at all. But in the moment you took this image, you caught her in a context that works somehow, this young, adventurous woman walking in a city whose people can see art in clothing, and harmony in disparity.
Btw, LOVE the echoing yellow lines.
January 29, 2008 at 11:13 am
I think it’s the strong anchors of coral and yellow, balanced and then repeated in the bag, that make it hum; the bag also ensures that the reaction isn’t just “Hey, her pant legs don’t match!” but instead is a generalized “Whoa, strong visual!”
January 29, 2008 at 11:18 am
I am a long time fan, but this is the first time I’ve commented before. And I have to say I was shocked at the number of negative comments. I love the picture. not only do I think that her outfit is very creative and unique, but I love that you included the matching yellow line of the steps.
January 29, 2008 at 11:41 am
She reminds me of Pippi Longstocking, in a good way. She is not afraid to mix colours, patterns and fabrics. It looks very good, even if it´s not something I would wear. She´s just like Pippi, not afraid of anything, curious and it all turns out very stylish.
January 29, 2008 at 11:44 am
Seeing this picture makes me happy. It’s beautiful.
January 29, 2008 at 11:46 am
Hi Sart. Okay, I take it back. Hippy clothing can be passably attractive, I guess, only if the lady wearing them is drop-dead gorgeous, in which case what she is wearing means little to me anyway. ;) Your suggestion of a houndstooth jacket with a pastel tie, cream pants, and suede monk strap shoes sounds excellent. If I can get past my narrow trad preconceptions, maybe I’ll even try it myself.
January 29, 2008 at 11:56 am
I like it too!The picture gives me a smile.
Please Sart, just continue taking pictures of “people are dressed in a weird way”. I may like what they wear or I may not, but it’s always a joy to see your pictures, and they are a great inspiration. I appreciate your appreciation of the unusual ;-)
January 29, 2008 at 12:14 pm
She matches the steps!
January 29, 2008 at 12:15 pm
I’m a Trad and I love her look. And I’ll bet you dollars to Kripsy Kremes some designer working for RL is knocking this off right now.
I’ve moved around and traveled a lot. As an Army Brat and as an adult. You see a lot of stuff. Try wearing what was cool at Ft Monroe, VA in Ft Carson, CO. The rubes will laugh at you every time.
What I learned was to appreciate the unusual and different. Whether it was food or clothes.
The guy with the clown shoes did nothing for me and upon a closer look –he looked sad. Like a clown. But this girl looks fantastic and what she’s wearing…Don’t ask me how…works for me.
January 29, 2008 at 12:16 pm
A touch of wackiness can take you into divine territory! Adorable!
January 29, 2008 at 12:17 pm
I want to have tea with her. I adore her pants and bag and if dress is a reflection of character, it makes me happy to glimpse her existence. Her look goes well with the grey man’s bellow- both are styled beautifully and black and white checks- houndstooth? is my favorite- after Buffalo of course.
January 29, 2008 at 12:20 pm
I actually prefer my trouser legs to match. But that’s just me.
I am in the cap that doesn’t get this recent spate of pictures. It’s not my thing–never will be. I loathe this mis-matched, thrift-store look. There is no harmony here at all.
To each their own.
January 29, 2008 at 12:25 pm
I actually see 2 women here. If you break down the sum of her outfit, there are definitely 2 themes going on…Look #1) You can see the uniformity of her coat, mock/open sweater, and pants/tights. Very modern actually, nicely done.Look #2) The turtle neck sweater, the hat, the bag, the shoes- very casual, relaxed.
It’s as if her work-week self fought with her weekend self and they could not compromise, so they agreed to disagree. Very cool.
Dearest wonderful Sartorialist Scott,
Not only a wonderful photo, but also a delightful headline!
January 29, 2008 at 12:33 pm
I am happy that you are taking a stand for this photo. Mostly, I’ve seen too many bloggers come to this site expecting just another fashion blog that focuses on the über slick, the très, très chic, the rive gauche, as it were. And, of course, these particular characters completely miss the point — each and every time.
In my interpretation, this site is not about taking an ensemble and replicating it for your own wardrobe, but, rather, looking to every-day examples of inspiring and unique touches: an interesting combination of patterns or colors (as illustrated here), a rich, unexpected layering of textures, a subtle detail that, though often forgotten, seems to make an ensemble come alive.
In short, the blog is about inspiration. And if you’re paying enough attention, one can find it in each and every single photograph that you post here.
January 29, 2008 at 12:35 pm
Cool photo. Cool mix. I love what’s going on with the yellow stripes.
January 29, 2008 at 12:45 pm
Her dignity and good posture add to the outfit; she wears it with conviction!
January 29, 2008 at 12:51 pm
She’s gutsy doing what inspires her. I think that’s worth a lot and deserves respect. She’s not mimicking anybody and that’s great. I love your work Sartorialist.
January 29, 2008 at 12:52 pm
You know, it’s funny.
Here we have blog commentators heaping praise on this young woman’s bizarre outfit. And yet yesterday commentators fell over themselves to dump on stylish Mr. Angelo Inglese, who was the recipient of some pretty nasty remarks.
Sart, I think it’s time for you to replace your current audience with an upgrade!
January 29, 2008 at 1:14 pm
To Laguna Beach:
Chaos is beautiful.
January 29, 2008 at 1:15 pm
her shoes are freaking awesome! also, i completely the coat’s color. the stripe makes it really unique too, but i agree with some previous comments that the coat’s stripe kind of says ‘construction zone.’
Asian Models Blogger
January 29, 2008 at 1:16 pm
Like you said, she managed to mix all those elements and yet came out looking great. Her floral and graphic elements are in extreme small doses though so they didn’t overpower the utilitarian clean lines.
Totally chic! I can see Marc Jacobs doing an entire line based on this concept.
January 29, 2008 at 1:19 pm
January 29, 2008 at 1:25 pm
Right on! Inspiration! Love the yellow lines!
January 29, 2008 at 1:36 pm
To Laguna Beach Trad: What is your definition of drop dead gorgeous. Some bimbo with bleached hair, showing a pierced belly button in february? Or some chick in ugg boots and a short denim skirt? Because as far as i know, that’s the uniform in your part of the woods. Please. Individuality never hurt anyone.
January 29, 2008 at 2:10 pm
she’s adorabble!worn with a nubby cord jacket this would’ve been perfect. her jacket is great just doesn’t seem to flow with the rest of the look for me.i’d totally rock the pants and the shoes. they look super comfy!
January 29, 2008 at 2:13 pm
I like Phineas’s summary of how this blog is more about inspiration than emulation.
Personally, I come here to sort of break my habitual ways of seeing. Sorry if that sounds too John Berger-fra-fra-fra, what I’m trying to say is the site is about mindset much more than it is about pictures of outfits.
Or something like that.
January 29, 2008 at 2:32 pm
Yes, I agree, this whole outfit would appear not to work at first, but it does work well. I love how it is effortlessly put together or at least seems that way. The colors and patterns compliment each other. I think it has a lot to do with the person too, she definitely pulls it off quite well. Not everyone could wear this…obviously.
January 29, 2008 at 2:38 pm
bravo for her to have confidence mixing so many elements together! its as if she got dressed in the dark, and was happy w/ what she was able to concoct.and i agree w/ what phineas said, Sart portrays everything from the uber chic, vintage, street, to wacky, and wow what were they thinking? this is what Sart is famous for…potraying people from different fashion perspectives and inspiring us all to either hate/love it.
once again, thank you mr. Sartorialist for your amazing eye
January 29, 2008 at 3:06 pm
I love you Phineas.You articulated my feelings exactly.
January 29, 2008 at 3:36 pm
Now, I am something of an (ahem) eclectic dresser myself, and I do love a pattern mix/clash, so I have no issue with the floral + check + stripe thing going on here. My problem with this is too many horizontals breaking it up in the lower half: bag cuts across body, then the yellow line on the coat, then the hem of the coat, then the cropped trousers, then a strip of sock, then the criss-cross lines of the boot ties.
Would have worked for me with plain black leggings to pick up the back of the bag and the boots but not those trousers. If the trousers had to stay then some other footwear with different proportions.
Do like the coat, the way in which the hat frames her face and love the way the pink jersey picks up the pink tones in her skin and complements her lips though…
January 29, 2008 at 3:41 pm
I agree with previous posters. Yes, this photo is very inspiring. It inspires me never to dress even remotely like this. Or to interact with anyone who dresses like this. Ever. This outfit simply doesn’t work, no matter how many excuses you come up with.
Fed up with this guy
January 29, 2008 at 3:46 pm
Replace your current audience with an upgrade?First of all, the sentence makes no sense grammatically. OK “dude” from Laguna beach?Second of all, why don’t you put your real picture up? Is your face scarred by adolescent acne? Are you cross-eyed? Hair-plugs?
January 29, 2008 at 3:47 pm
i agree with anonymous 10.57she just knows how to dress herself – on her it’s brilliant because she makes it look organic. you believe her. there’s nothing that seems awkward when you look at the whole picture – her+outfit!i like it a lot.
On my period
January 29, 2008 at 3:48 pm
WOWLaguna beach trad has some seriosuly nasty remarks today. Is someone on their period?
January 29, 2008 at 3:54 pm
Have to admit, I didn’t notice the stripe repeated until reading the comments. Subtle. Everything Phineas said.
January 29, 2008 at 4:21 pm
I think the only thing that clashes with the rest of the photo is the bag. The big floral sack thing really isn’t working. But that doesn’t matter much, because for me, this photo is all about those bright yellow lines on the coat being repeated so perfectly on the steps. I’m assuming that was at least partly deliberate. ;)
January 29, 2008 at 4:32 pm
what’s with all these weird granola foreigny types. it’s weird. bring back the predictable, unoriginal, plain vanilla, cookie-cutter clothes and people that dumb people like me can appreciate and emulate!
January 29, 2008 at 4:36 pm
This is what I like to imagine happened here: The girl was walking by and saw the fresh yellow painted stripe on the stair and was suddenly inspired to have the same stripe on her coat, so she went and pressed her coat against the yellow stripe of paint and felt a sense of completion that she could now get on with her day as it should be done.
January 29, 2008 at 5:09 pm
what a lovely little elfin look she has! that bag is glorious, and i love her sly style. very suitable for paris, too.
January 29, 2008 at 5:17 pm
What I like about this picture is that it looks like she really has fun when she gets dressed in the morning. Most people I know don’t take pleasure in or have a sense of humor about their clothes. I can also take mine much too seriously, being a perfectionist and very particular.
She makes me smile because of that.
January 29, 2008 at 5:18 pm
I just noticed how the yellow lines on her jacket mimimc the yellow lines on the staircase–how do you do it?!
January 29, 2008 at 5:29 pm
Love the way the stripe on the steps matches her coat, very considered. Maybe she take the stripe with her wherever she goes? I like to think so.
January 29, 2008 at 5:30 pm
sart, I like the recent pairings of figures and backgrounds.
The marble pastels and yellow lines here (what serendipity).
The little count in his cape on a street with wet, black boughs.
The bold black silhouettes of the couple on via Roma against a neutral canvas.
The Asian man in grey against a flat, non-perspectival design (like a Manet, that one).
The caped medieval peasant caught in the vortex of modernity.
The Englishman in Italy, buttoned up with characteristically controlled ebullience, in a Mediterranean gravelled court.
I even think it’s not a stretch to say those chaps with the knit vests echo in some way the colorful and patchwork stone walls behind them.
I don’t know how long you have to wait for Lady Fortune, but clearly she’s been smiling on you.
It’s a pleasure for all of us.
January 29, 2008 at 5:31 pm
I have a feeling this will be the inspiration for Marc Jacobs’ next spring/summer line. Wait and see. I’m sure he is aware of your blog. or at least his “people”.This photo is breathtaking!
January 29, 2008 at 6:10 pm
Love the colours and how she brings an arty and fun element to dressing, some people seem to get so very serious about it all.
Piece by Peace
January 29, 2008 at 6:12 pm
It looks as if the yellow tape is dancing all over throughout the streets. I just love it.
January 29, 2008 at 6:39 pm
Walk across any fine arts college campus and you will see at least five ladies doing this EXACT same thing.
lauren k p
January 29, 2008 at 6:47 pm
I too am surprised about the high number of negative comments. We should take a step back and realize that their is brilliance in her weirdness. I could never put together an outfit like that, but I read this blog for inspiration and take bits and pieces of what I see and make it my own.
January 29, 2008 at 6:59 pm
I will concede that her ensemble doesn’t do anything for me, per se, that I don’t think we’d see it as an editorial in W or V or Flaunt or Swindle, and that, at the least, it is a bit jarring. The challenge, however, is to understand why Sart has chosen it: obviously, it’s not his “style” either, but there is something unique, something inspiring, and something definitively creative about what she’s done. And Sart is open-minded enough to recognize it, even when a person’s ensemble is not ostensibly “fashionable.”
Do I like the end result? Would I want to emulate it? No, on both counts.
But, if you’re capable, you can render the inspiration in a way that’s applicable to your style, as Sart attempted to illustrate earlier. And, mostly, this site is about doing just that: taking inspiration and making it work for you.
I think you’re missing the point altogether: if you’re looking for yet another “my-style-reflected-in-photography” resource, this site will most likely prove useless to you. You’re better off with a subscription to Details or Men’s Vogue, my preference being with the latter.
And, for the record, I thought Angelo looked perfectly dashing.
January 29, 2008 at 7:03 pm
Urban dude: you’re wrong about Laguna, despite whatever MTV would have you believe. What you’ve described is, rather, more indicative of its oh-so-gauche neighbor to the north, Newport.
Though it may be hard to believe, there are, though small and certainly the exception to the rule, small locales in Southern California where sophistication, and not silicone, rules.
January 29, 2008 at 7:14 pm
laguna beach trad suggests an audience replacement/upgrade! Perhaps he’ll be the first to go… He could always start a pure “trad” fashion blog. Godspeed, LBT! The case of Moët et Chandon is in the mail.
January 29, 2008 at 7:50 pm
I for one would never classify this as “hobo chic, hippy clothing or granola gear” You’ve obviously never really been around hippies! Try Boulder, Colorado sometime! I think she is an inspiration, a muse! She makes me want to put patterns together and wear boots with things I never thought of before! What a vision!
January 29, 2008 at 7:56 pm
I think it doesnt work at all. But if thats what she likes, then good for her to do her own thing.
January 29, 2008 at 8:03 pm
i so diggg this look. what a study sart. the yellow stripe contrivance is nothing short of inspiring. ur photos make my day esp. after a mid century modern furniture shoot
January 29, 2008 at 8:07 pm
I don’t want to poke a whole in your lungs satorialist, but you’re not turning out the usual content which seemed to attract most of us who enjoy youur perspective and your usual submitions seem to be kind of questionable and not at all pollack worthy. Sorry, but your photos are less than inspiring.
January 29, 2008 at 8:28 pm
Well played ensemble. That bag is fab. And though I’m sure it isn’t, the pattern has a Liberty of London floral look about it. It could be needlepoint…it would be nice to see a closeup of it. The serendipitous coat and stairs dialog is a thought provoking sartorial touch. We live in our clothes as we live in our buildings…
Phineas is right. This blog is all about small doeses of inspiration. Paris, Tokyo anyone? Makes me want to go have lunch on Omote-Sando, the Champs Elysees of Tokyo. Unfortunately, I have to clean the hall closet.
January 29, 2008 at 8:36 pm
Sharp eye, as always, Sart. I’ve found your last dozen or so pics to be incredibly exciting!
January 29, 2008 at 8:46 pm
I like his pants and boots. The bag and hat come across a little feminine though.
“morty said…Don´t know about these latest pictures you have taken. I don´t like them. The people are dressed in a weird way.Where in the earth have you found them?”
The person who wrote this saddens me. Are they that boring and uninspired?
January 29, 2008 at 8:49 pm
Goodness I am glad this is Sart’s blog, and not Laguna Beach Trad’s… despite the latter’s desperate attempts to draw attention to themselves. Try appreciating what you like instead of throwing a hissy fit about what you don’t. Really, there was plenty of appreciation for Angelo. There are both positive and negative comments for most photos — a phenomenon you must have observed, since you comment on every single one.
January 29, 2008 at 9:08 pm
It looks a little silly.
January 29, 2008 at 9:24 pm
PHINEAS: I am from southern california. I have eyes and i can see, thank you very much. People from socal have no taste nor do they care about how they look.flip flops, sweatpants, and summer clothes in the winter while saying “gosh its cold”
January 29, 2008 at 9:32 pm
cant stand it, what happened to clean lines? This is the opposite of avant gaurde
January 29, 2008 at 9:37 pm
The last couple of days i’ve seen some strange comments and personal attacks on the guy who runs this blog. How can you say to someone that their pictures aren’t what they used to be? On what merit?It’s weird and rude to leave comments like that, and it only speaks badly about the people who say that, i.e, peasants and fools. I won’t name names but we all know who they are. (LBT sandwiches anyone?) So, if you don’t have something constructive to say, don’t resort to granolas and hippies and other similar banalities. Open a dictionary and find some more interesting words.
January 29, 2008 at 9:52 pm
I agree with LouiseLaguna Bitch Trad should be banned
January 29, 2008 at 9:58 pm
Nope, shouldn’t work; and doesn’t.
January 29, 2008 at 10:06 pm
She’s so pretty, beyond anything whe’s wearing.
The hat is sweet and smart, with it’s little sparkler buckle.
The pink of the sweater matches the winter-blush of her cheeks.
Clearly when she gets where she’s going, takes off the outerwear and is in the pink and the patchwork trousers … that’s going to look charming.
Safety coat!Boots look almost like her ankles are bound!
But she’s so pretty – she looks like an art student between classes. It’s creative, not evolutionary.
January 29, 2008 at 10:15 pm
“Chaos is beautiful.”
No, chaos is chaos.
Order is beautiful. Doesn’t have to be boring order. Can be syncopated beat order, but has to contain relationship between its parts. This outfit has no relationship between its parts, hence no order and no beauty.
January 29, 2008 at 10:41 pm
I LOVE YOU SART!!!!The negative comments on this post only confirm my humble opinions of your genius work.To teach people you must brake their egos a little… and this photo is a hammer. The perfect example of how a classic japanese youth dresses… and let me say here, do not expect that the average fashionista will understand the kimono heritage of japanese women. If you are acquaintance to An-An or Ginza magazine you will now what I mean, It takes a proper connoisseur of street fashion to appreciate this outfit.I thank you for your efforts in educating us ignorant viewers and please do not let the mob get in your way MASTER.
January 29, 2008 at 10:45 pm
She is perfection!!! and the photo is exquisite, Sart you DID IT AGAIN and the ones that don’t understand are missing “it” and that is a fact…This woman is one of the best combination of textures and colors in your site!
January 29, 2008 at 10:48 pm
And do not doubt it for a second dear Sart, your perspective is always right, that is why I see your blog every day!
January 29, 2008 at 10:55 pm
I would have to agree with Sart, the 1st part that is…IT’S SHOULDN’T WORK, that’s right and it dosen’t!
January 29, 2008 at 11:04 pm
Phineas, I appreciate your thoughtful comments. I am perfectly capable of appreciating outfits that have nothing to do with my personal style. If you go back through this blog, in fact, you will find positive comments (from me) about a wide range of clothing. So that’s not the issue at all.
I am slightly dismayed, however, by the negative comments directed at perfectly sensible-looking chaps and chapettes, whilst the absurd outfit displayed today by the nice young lady in Sart’s photo gets a free pass. I think her kit is objectively absurd. Others disagree. Life goes on.
You are right about Southern California, interestingly enough. I actually live in Newport; my primary summer house is in Laguna Beach. Most of the fashion-conscious people in SoCal are trying to emulate the Hollywood/pornstar set, though as you say there are pockets of sophistication, class, and taste to be found.
January 29, 2008 at 11:24 pm
Oh LBT is a troll who makes offensive comments all over Sart. Please just ignore him!
I would comment but Phineas said it so beautifully — so I will just quote!
” Phineas said… too many bloggers come to this site expecting just another fashion blog that focuses on the über slick…[and] completely miss the point — each and every time.
In my interpretation, this site is not about taking an ensemble and replicating it for your own wardrobe, but, rather, looking to every-day examples of inspiring and unique touches: an interesting combination of patterns or colors (as illustrated here), a rich, unexpected layering of textures, a subtle detail that, though often forgotten, seems to make an ensemble come alive.”
I like this about the woman:her pastel “canvas” lets the random funky elements jump out at you. The bag is a little distracting but I love her mismatched pants sneaking out under that kind of “GAP”ish colored coat.
January 30, 2008 at 12:48 am
The attention this outfit has brought has made for a hilarious read, I’ve enjoyed it immensely! Thank you to all bloggers for adding your insightful, funny and honest remarks, it’s just another reason this site is a delight to the senses.
January 30, 2008 at 1:47 am
The people on here to speak of fashion as either/or a mixture of…self-expression, creativity, attention to detail, a love of shapes, a love of textures, a love of clothes and accessories and of new discoveries – sometimes sizzling hot sometimes interesting sometimes wild sometimes demure…I salute you.
And for those who speak of fashion as simply a lemming-like following of trends or an urge to be ‘appropriate’ and to fit in and to ‘never, ever offend other’s sensibilities’…I would just like to tell you, life is short, we all die, so have fun while you’re here and wear what makes YOU happy.
This girl’s clothes may be a little quirked out, but she looks absolutely thrilled and that smile is always in fashion.
January 30, 2008 at 2:08 am
Notice the yellow stripe on the coat and the yellow stripe on the steps. This outfit is ingenious and this girl is synthetic cubism in motion! Beautifully composed.
January 30, 2008 at 2:42 am
There is one outstanding element in her bouquet: the trouser legs!
Since winter is such a depressing season for me, I live for days when I witness such vibrant individuals.
Thanks Sart for finding and sharing these unique people with the world.
January 30, 2008 at 2:55 am
YES SHE IS A WORK OF ART AND I MUST SAY IN SOME WEIRD WAY ITS GENTLE ON THE EYS.
January 30, 2008 at 4:24 am
I can see how the principal can be reapplied in my own wardrobe. I am partial for clashing patterns/ prints that just somehow work. Thank you for looking a little harder at what you see. Whilst I don’t actually like this woman’s outfit this photo, among others, in an example of looks which prompt me to reconsider how I dress on further inspection rather than just provide and outfit to recreate. There are people commenting who obviously want an outfit to copy, and who’ve stated you’re losing touch, but maybe they just need to remember what you stated as your purpose at the beginning of all this.
Vistiendo a Candela
January 30, 2008 at 5:56 am
The same color in steps and jacket?
January 30, 2008 at 6:33 am
January 30, 2008 at 8:01 am
Finally, the readers of this blog caught up with the strangeness that is Laguna Beach Trad, whoever or whatever he/she might be. Strange can be great, however in LBT’s case it’s just strange in a very disturbing way.
January 30, 2008 at 8:12 am
10:41 PM Ditto. Japanese street fashion is so fun. One sees this sort of thing all the time in Tokyo. Thank you, Sart!
January 30, 2008 at 8:21 am
I’m honestly surprised how many people dislike this outfit. Maybe it isn’t something you yourself would wear, but this girl rocks it. It’s unique, and obviously very her. I feel happier looking at her and wish that you would feature more photos of people like this, in unusual outfits.
This is what fashion should be. Not a designer name, or this season’s trend, but an expression of who you are as a person.
Also, compliments on the way you composed this photo. I love that the yellow tape or paint on the steps emulates the stripe in her jacket. :)
January 30, 2008 at 8:28 am
101st comment, for luck: have you ever really READ what the figure called laguna beach trad is writing – not only today, but in general? It’s pure fiction, unfortunately not even very good one, but nevertheless fiction. He’s plain boring, I really wonder why so many voices were strained to react on this ********. If you want to go for the real stuff, read the wonderful P. G. Wodehouse, or have a look at Edward Gorey’s The Unstrung Harp. And leave that poor sod with his half-baked ****.Oh, and I almost forgot to say that I absolutely adore the photo at question.
January 30, 2008 at 9:18 am
Why all the hate? LBT has a right to his opinions. I like his comments, even though I don’t agree with everything he has to say. Everyone needs to chill.
January 30, 2008 at 9:23 am
This kind of mixing and matching seems to be something that (young) people with an asian background are really good at. (I always wonder what the are going to look like when they are 60 or so)…
January 30, 2008 at 10:01 am
I agree with Margaret and concerned citizen. Laguna Beach Trad is the reason freedom of expression has its drawbacks.
January 30, 2008 at 10:11 am
i think she is adorable,you can see the expression of happiness and youth exuding from her. i would be delighted to have seen her. she is a study in self confidence. sart, did you put down the yellow tape? i dont know how you blend the subjects with the backgrounds as well as you do. artistry!
January 30, 2008 at 10:14 am
i would love to see the photos of a day in oxford as josephine suggests, this would probally make old cranky lbt happy as well.
January 30, 2008 at 10:39 am
This is truly the kind of outfit that inspires me on so many different levels…think Gee’s Bend quilt.
January 30, 2008 at 11:49 am
YES! !! !
January 30, 2008 at 12:04 pm
A free pass, indeed. But I think many of the readers that seem to fawn all over every ensemble are missing the point just as much as though who denounce ensembles for being too outlandish or inane.
Whether for or against, these are just superficial judgments, and if you can’t offer any unique or astute insight, who the hell cares if you like or hate it?
January 30, 2008 at 12:05 pm
I think pale grey, pink and cream is a lovely combination for her colouring, one that others could borrow without the funny trousers….
January 30, 2008 at 12:06 pm
Sart,While your photography remains top-notch, the types of outfits you have been capturing on film lately have been…puzzling, at best. While style changes over time and I can’t, nor should I, expect your photos now to resemble those you posted when this blog first began, I can’t help but notice what seems to be a devolution rather than an evolution. Occasionally you still manage photos of people who look lovely, but in this picture and others…the hipster car bags? The mismatching pants? Leg warmers, terrible suspenders, and that woman in the cowboy hat, whose outfit was terrible?What’s going on? What is particularly upsetting is that most of the pictures of men you post are fine, while the women you seek are dressed foolishly. I see women everywhere I go dressed with panache, whether in a traditional or more personal style. Are you deliberately not finding them? Your new hipster tendencies are a little disappointing. It’s not just that I dislike the outfits; it’s that these people look tacky, like they absolutely lack any modicum of class. I wouldn’t go to pick up milk at Zabar’s in this outfit, much less march around in it all day.
January 30, 2008 at 12:08 pm
The sweater frames her face beautifully and brings a healthy flush to her cheeks. And that bag is great — fun, versatile and functional.
January 30, 2008 at 12:53 pm
I just want to sit down with this woman and have a cup of tea with her. She looks genuine and interesting, and her sartorial choices reflect that.
I love what Tim said above:
“This girl’s clothes may be a little quirked out, but she looks absolutely thrilled and that smile is always in fashion.” Amen to that!!
Every photo on this site is worthy of consideration and to pass petty judgements seems a waste of time. Thank you to Mr. Sart for mixing it up and offering your audience a variety of images to enhance our days. I for one enjoy all of it.
January 30, 2008 at 1:37 pm
i guess the difference between us is that i find beauty in a lot of different types of people and you find beauty in only a certain kind of person
I’m not making you wrong for liking what you like but don’t make me wrong for my taste
if i look over the last month of this bog i think I have a wonderful variety of people and I am very proud of that – I;m sure you can find a few even that you like
January 30, 2008 at 2:19 pm
Your first impression was right; it doesn’t work.
Hi Sart — I’m late in getting in my two cents but wow, what a brilliant photo — the woman’s idiosyncratic style and the serendipitous echoing of the yellow stripe on her coat with the yellow lines on the concrete step.
January 30, 2008 at 2:22 pm
Don’t know if I would’ve used the word “harmonious” to describe this outfit, but I do agree it takes talent to put this together in a way that the textures, colors, and shapes don’t clash with one another. Only an Asian could’ve pulled this look off and still look good.
January 30, 2008 at 2:48 pm
I often wonder if those same sets of outfits would look so good on another individual. I think part of the outfit is actually the human wearing it all. This outfit would look ridiculous on me, maybe because it wouldn’t coicide with my personality. There is something inherent about this woman that shows through her clothing choices. I like it, and I think I would like her too.
January 30, 2008 at 4:35 pm
It’s funny how some people get so upset over a negative comment. Not everyone has to love everything!
The comments that mindlessly fawn over every thing are just as bad.
Art needs both criticism and praise to evolve
Personally I don’t like this look, in part or in parcel. But I still appreciate the photograph. I think some people forget the photography element and focus only on the fashion and vise versa.
January 30, 2008 at 4:48 pm
LBT Dear, your comments are tainted with green. My good advice to you: Jealousy will get you nowhere…. anyway I think living in Laguna Beach is punishment enough for you.And for other amateurs that have dared to leave negative comments in this sacred space I will say please when curious about inspiration please go to Laguna or visit LBT’s blog.THIS IS SART’S KINGDOM AND WE LOVE HIM.
January 30, 2008 at 5:00 pm
I have to agree with Trad. There are some great photos that are ridiculed, and then something as noisy as this gets so much praise.
Cho – you say freedom of expression has its drawbacks – well so does democracy because it panders to the lowest common denominator which are many of the commentators on this site.
I agree that there are elements of this outfiut that work, particularly above the waist, but on the whole I think there are better subjects to photograph.
January 30, 2008 at 5:05 pm
How can people come to this blog and criticize Sart’s genius choice of images is a scandal to me. I can only attribute it to coarse sense of style and lack of knowledge.Sart, your true viewers come to this space because of your exquisite taste and infinite curiosity for human expression, please do not consider those malicious comments they are envious of your talent and master ability to see beauty, true.The girl deserves a prize just for finding that Pink turtle neck and shoe laces!!!, she is such a japanese doll.
January 30, 2008 at 6:10 pm
This has been the most controversial picture ever on this blog!
I agree with Anon 12:06 to a certain degree. Sart’s work and taste for his subjects seem to be getting more complex by the minute. Not that I dislike his recent work, but I do prefer his older material. Then again, it is a matter of personal taste.
I’m sure there’s lots of fans out there who might think the other way around.
I love the way Phineas puts it all together. I know LBT is a true Sart fan. Perhaps he was looking to get some extra attention. After all, he is a big part of this blog, as many of us are. He has succeded in this.
About the pic in question… I like her aura, dislike the clothes, love the way Sart had her stand next to the yellow painted steps.
This Blog has taken a life of it’s own. We even have Sart defending himself, both in and out of the comments box.
petit pain chaud
January 30, 2008 at 6:28 pm
the answer is : pink
January 31, 2008 at 12:41 am
This is honestly a work of art, everything is so perfect. Her outfit is something very special indeed. No, this outfit does not match and for sure should not work. But it does. Don’t tell me for a second if she passed you by she wouldn’t be given a second glance.
January 31, 2008 at 1:58 am
Hey everybody who think this picture has nothing to do with beauty, harmony. take a look at a picasso painting and tell me if you see any predictable lines or matching colour. This is why it is inspiring, this is how I picture every outfit posted here or created: as a painting or sculpture made of clothes only. But, to grasp this the eyes must have been exercised and, as much clishée as it might sound, must open……your mind.
January 31, 2008 at 2:40 pm
reading through the comments, i was compelled to review what LBT had actually said. the repeated and vicious lashing out made me think that LBT had spewed forth an equally hateful comment, but upon review, i’d say that while opinionated and a little colorful, it wasn’t far from par for this site. mr. sart responded with thoughful dissension and a useful example for explanation, which it would seem provided inspiration to LBT, judging from his later response. he graciously admitted, with self-depricating humor, to posting perhaps a kneejerk reaction, and many wouldn’t.
mr. sart’s response seemed to move LBT to look deeper for inspiration, while other’s snide comments forced him to go on the defensive.
it almost seems that because mr. sart was moved to post a rare-ish direct response that people read that as open season on LBT, and some of the comments were pretty shameful. i’m embarassed for you. how silly is it to condemn someone for condemning someone elses taste, and follow up by ragging mercilessly on their own personal taste?
if you’re going to take mr. sart’s lead, then take inspiration from his diplomacy and dedication to intellectual discourse.
January 31, 2008 at 6:42 pm
this is the ULTIMATE pattern clash. ULTIMATE.
February 1, 2008 at 7:05 pm
wow! such controversy… i was enjoying this photo for the way the coat with the yellow stripe looks so nice next to the stone steps that also wear a yellow stripe. nice photo.
February 2, 2008 at 5:52 pm
What I like about this picture is line harmony (it really exists) urban randomness creates surprising line harmony, look at the yellow lines, the trench and stairs’ steps have it. Was it really random or was Mr Photographer really randomnly cleaver?… Also, I like her bag, looks like merry summery lawn at dusk somewhere in the woods… on the outskirts of Paris ;)
February 8, 2008 at 9:19 am
Totally wrong, but because she did it on purpose, it’s just great.
February 8, 2008 at 8:52 pm
a sophisticated blend of color, prints, texture, all well-proportioned. well spotted.
pardon my french
February 9, 2008 at 4:48 pm
Oh this is Akira Minagawa’s partner at Minä Perhonen!I met her last month and she was wearing a lovely dress from their collection. I love her coat here.
March 6, 2008 at 2:09 pm
not his partner, she just works for him. he employs a great group of young women who look fantastic in Mina. this coat has the most beautiful yellow embroidery on the back by the way
November 17, 2009 at 10:07 am
The jacket suits with the stairs at the right.. I like how she's dressed, all seems to be well-matched.
October 7, 2015 at 11:38 am
i like, more than any clothe fashion element, the soft smile and japanese style acknowledgement of this patient kind buddha women …