1. forlikeever

    December 6, 2007 at 7:15 pm

    very cute…. but forgettable. the typical classic items mixed with trendy platforms and grey tights. girls downtown have been wearing this the past 2 years.
    somehow it just doesn’t pop.
    beautiful healthy hair.

  2. Anonymous

    December 6, 2007 at 7:17 pm

    blue purple grey and brown. brilliant.

  3. Carlene

    December 6, 2007 at 7:17 pm

    The chocolate and navy with grey tights looks so fresh to me.

  4. rosemary x

    December 6, 2007 at 7:23 pm

    i love the blues and browns in this! different shades of blues together are so charming. i’ve been coveting a pair of similar leather gloves as well. i’m in love with the buckle detail on them!

  5. Jonathan

    December 6, 2007 at 7:35 pm

    I love the coat-dress-tights color contrast, but oh! those shoes! Quelle malheureuse! She looks like she’s about to tip over. Maybe better in motion?

  6. Alice Olive

    December 6, 2007 at 7:44 pm

    What a beautiful colour for the coat – purple/blue. Love the texture and richness to the style of colder months.

  7. The Sartorialist

    December 6, 2007 at 7:45 pm

    sorry forlikeever

    girls downtown have not been rocking this look or color combo for the past two years

  8. lovestoshop!

    December 6, 2007 at 7:50 pm

    i feel a little special, that me a born new yorker but raised in the suburbs of Toronto have been rocking this look! with the blue, brown and grey…though i do wonder where her coat and shoes are from in specific?

  9. Donovan

    December 6, 2007 at 7:52 pm

    i’d have liked a better look at what the man behind her in the plaid sportscoat was wearing.

  10. Laguna Beach Trad

    December 6, 2007 at 8:25 pm

    Superb! I love the colour combinations here: blue, purple, grey, brown. Very well done. She looks so happy. She has seriously gorgeous hair. Nice photo.

    The older gent behind her looks similarly intriguing in his plaid jacket, sideburns, black turtleneck (?), black trousers, and chain. I am certain there is a story there, or at least a photo. Scott, did you manage to interact with him and get a pic?

  11. JO

    December 6, 2007 at 8:32 pm

    Love the jacket and the shoes! I will take both Santa :)

  12. Anonymous

    December 6, 2007 at 8:55 pm

    leave all the fashion issues beside, this one is ownzed by her smile!

  13. Trillina

    December 6, 2007 at 9:15 pm

    Totally fresh and beautiful – the clothes and the woman! I’m totally inspired.

    A classy color palate and spot on with the accessories – the thick strap on the gloves, the dainty almost imperceptible shoe strap. I love, love, love it!

  14. Alana in Canada

    December 6, 2007 at 9:24 pm

    Wow. I certainly can’t see.
    I too didn’t think much of the outfit until the blue,purple,grey,brown comment. Then I saw it.

    I don’t know what would inspire someone to think of putting brown shoes together with that ensemble–but then I noticed hey, her shoes match her gloves–and that’s such a throwback, it’s wonderful.
    Thanks for making me see that indeed, this is interesting.

  15. Angelina

    December 6, 2007 at 9:38 pm

    Is that Sylvana Soto-Ward, the associate accessories editor at Vogue? Whoever she is, she looks fantastic. Quietly beautiful.

  16. Sarah

    December 6, 2007 at 9:38 pm

    I LOVE the brown shoes with this. finally. yes. great photo of a girl tying together grey, brown, black AND blue. C:

  17. Anonymous

    December 6, 2007 at 9:42 pm

    Sart, I’m amazed.

    You took a picture of her, but didn’t get a real pic of Hal Rubenstein, who is standing behind her?!

    How could you miss that?

  18. Anonymous

    December 6, 2007 at 9:43 pm

    I love her face! It looks so fresh and soft. I wish I could pick her brain for winter makeup tips.

  19. Anonymous

    December 6, 2007 at 10:06 pm

    This is a great look and I agree, not rocked by the downtown girls for two years! I believe that you have a much better feel for style and color and mise en scene and what fashion is all about than anyone else on the planet.Keep it up, you are a true inspiration and are singlehandedly changing the fashion world.

  20. Brittany

    December 6, 2007 at 10:54 pm

    anna wintour’s ex assistant

  21. Anonymous

    December 7, 2007 at 12:22 am

    I love her whole ensemble, but the gent beside her leaves me wishing you had captured his full look as well. Either way, a great shot!

  22. Anonymous

    December 7, 2007 at 12:30 am

    yes that is sylvana soto ward from vogue and i agree the whole look is very forgettable

  23. Anonymous

    December 7, 2007 at 12:38 am

    blue + brown = love

  24. Anonymous

    December 7, 2007 at 1:57 am

    brillz! she is totally rockin the mix of colors. love the platforms and bag.

  25. Jessica M.

    December 7, 2007 at 2:10 am

    Alright, one small nit pick on the photos lately, and I don’t know if this is your choice or the choice of your subjects: lately a lot of ladies are putting their bags front and center in the photograph. It makes them look as though they think their bags are more important than they are. The bag is an accessory, not the story, and I don’t like the way this woman holds it in front of her like armour. Other women in your photos hold the bag in their hand and let it fall against their leg or to the side, and that is much more real to me, both in how I would walk down the street with a beg like that, and in showing the woman and her choice of clothes, not just the Big Bag. I’m tired of status bags, and while big bags are fine, I hate it when they obscure your photographs and your point about personal style.

  26. Chic Too Chic

    December 7, 2007 at 2:10 am

    Blue Coat….Chocolate Shoes… y el pelo que cae.
    (sorry, my terrible english…)
    Fantastico encuentro, fantastico trabajo…


  27. Anonymous

    December 7, 2007 at 3:12 am

    this is nice look, but i would like it better if she had a different bag. something about the type of brown of the shoes and gloves doesn’t look fitting with that black bag.

  28. Vistiendo a Candela

    December 7, 2007 at 4:28 am

    Blue + chocolat + grey this outcome perfect

  29. serin

    December 7, 2007 at 4:29 am

    i love the shade of blue on her coat!

  30. Anonymous

    December 7, 2007 at 4:46 am

    Lovely, but brandishing her big-and-undoubtedly-expensive bag is a real turnoff. It’s screams way too loudly for such quiet elegance, at least for my taste. An “it” bag does not a lady make.

  31. Seattle Bites

    December 7, 2007 at 5:27 am

    Love the mixing of all similar intensity of colours, the blue, purple and brown. They all work so well because they aren’t competing with each other. You have such a good eye for colour.

  32. Anonymous

    December 7, 2007 at 5:30 am

    Are big bags “the thing” this year?

  33. The Sartorialist

    December 7, 2007 at 6:34 am

    the bag thing is pure coincidence
    I certainly did not get the feeling that they were trying to show the bags off.

  34. Hanne

    December 7, 2007 at 6:54 am

    You take beautiful photographs Mr. Sartorialist. I love the colour combination in this one.

  35. Carolina Lange

    December 7, 2007 at 7:06 am

    Very nice! Love the coat!

  36. Anonymous

    December 7, 2007 at 7:27 am

    In a lot of cases, I think that’s just a cold-weather stance – you know, you hug your arms to your body and then your bag falls where it will. It doesn’t strike me as bag name-dropping, though I am with jessica m. in that “[t]he bag is an accessory, not the story…”

  37. Meg

    December 7, 2007 at 7:52 am

    I adore this. The colours of her coat, tights and shoes are so muted that the purple skirt is such a nice surprise. The platform shoe may have been around for a while but it still looks great!

  38. jeddy

    December 7, 2007 at 8:26 am

    check out the man behind her.
    james bond plaid sportscoat.
    black turtleneck.
    tapered black pants.
    chelsae boots.
    and chain wallet.

    very steve mcqueen.

    should have shot him.

  39. theVE

    December 7, 2007 at 9:34 am

    Beautiful coat, charming smile, great hair, and nice colouring. Have to say I agree with the bag criticism though. Using the bag as a shield or fronting it (maybe unintentionally, although it seems to happen more with designer bags) obscures the otherwise very nicely put together outfit.

  40. Anonymous

    December 7, 2007 at 9:39 am

    Cool combo; can’t wait to try mixing these colors myself.

    As long as we’re talking poses, I’m curious about the prevalence of the pigeon-toed, for lack of a more gracious term, stance on the women here and elsewhere, with the toes closer together than the heels in some configuration. It doesn’t seem to be a stance people spontaneously favor (none of the men seem to do it), and it’s turning up a lot in red carpet shots and such–is this a photographer suggestion these days, or just a posing trend in some areas?

  41. Brazilian Girl #7

    December 7, 2007 at 9:44 am

    i love the colours and the length of the coat and skirt… the proportions including hair. i just don’t like those shoes. at least not there.

  42. Anonymous

    December 7, 2007 at 9:53 am

    Love, love, love! I totally agree with the comment that she looks “quietly beautiful,” in expression and clothing. This is “second-look beautiful” to me, the best kind! My favorite bits are the grey tights and the brown gloves with the buckle.

    And yes, the man with the plaid jacket looks pretty darn spiffy, too.

  43. Anonymous

    December 7, 2007 at 10:21 am

    Great choice of “cold-weather colors”, but in unexpected shades. Feminine, a little trendy, and highly appropriate all at once!

    And I must say, I’m quite envious of the detection of leaves still afoot. I haven’t seen a leaf in some time here in snow-covered Montreal.

  44. Anonymous

    December 7, 2007 at 11:16 am

    The outfit seems kind of average. We see this everywhere. I feel her hair is her best accessory. Its beautiful, long and healthy.

  45. forlikeever

    December 7, 2007 at 12:36 pm

    sorry sart, i beg to differ. me and my girlfriends started wearing grey cotton hoisery 3 years ago and we started mixing it up with marc jacobs platforms 2 years ago after ditching vintage chanel flats. peacoats were always in the mix and some of us got the ysl muse bag. anyways, i am happy to know that i was on to something a while back. have a great weekend.

  46. applevenusian

    December 7, 2007 at 12:38 pm

    Next time Hal Rubenstein’s standing behind one of your subjects, you have to get a shot of him!

    I wish my legs were thin enough to carry off thicker tights and ankle straps. They look so great on her.

  47. Carrick

    December 7, 2007 at 1:59 pm

    Man, NY is SO stylin. Too bad I can’t rock these wintry looks out here in LA. :P (As if I actually had money to get anything like that.)

  48. Anonymous

    December 7, 2007 at 2:02 pm

    She looks great the colours of brown and purple, and that beautiful bag are wonderful. That brown flowing hair is a great accessory as well.

  49. feyamin

    December 7, 2007 at 2:21 pm

    I want this bag! I want this bag! I want this bag!

  50. Shabnom

    December 7, 2007 at 2:30 pm

    Maybe the pigeon-toed pose makes people’s legs look thinner/longer?

    I have to say the best part of this outfit is the fabulous brown shoes/grey tights combo, but that may be because my screen is so bad that the jacket and coat look the same colour…

  51. Anonymous

    December 7, 2007 at 2:57 pm

    I really like her leggins, and her. Also, I like that man’s look behind her.

  52. Candid Cool

    December 7, 2007 at 3:51 pm

    you know what i like best about this shot? the windblown hair. Gorgeous.

  53. Amy

    December 7, 2007 at 6:02 pm

    I like everything about this except the bag. One because it’s overscaled and two, because it’s black. A different color might have been nice. I think in a decade or two we’ll look at photos of this time period and say “Remember those huge bags everyone used to carry?! Ha!”

  54. Anonymous

    December 7, 2007 at 9:04 pm

    The photograph itself is great but…I am kind of over all the photographs of industry people. Of course Sylvana’s outfit is decent and on trend…she works at Vogue. The whole look is slightly contrived and I am sick of that bag. Shoot people with a more individual sense of style.

  55. fashionfool56

    December 7, 2007 at 9:44 pm

    i love it when the sart gets all hot and bothered about a comment, keep shooting your blog is an addiction.

  56. cigalechanta

    December 7, 2007 at 9:53 pm

    The color of her coat really highlights her beautiful hair.

  57. veritas

    December 7, 2007 at 11:56 pm

    Sylvana looks so darling ,and to think she dresses this cute all the time, i hope you get another chance to snap her scott! :o)))

  58. Jessica M.

    December 8, 2007 at 4:07 am


    I couldn’t tell if it was showing off or hiding – putting the bag right in front of the hips and all. I certainly would feel the need to hide if you (or anyone) wanted to take my photo on the street. I just wish these ladies could feel what a compliment it is, and could put the bag down, just a little.

  59. The Sartorialist

    December 8, 2007 at 8:17 am

    For Anon 9:04
    Grow up
    what does it matter where she works?

    Her color combination is brilliant and if you cannot see that simply because she works at Vogue then it is your own problem.

  60. penelope

    December 8, 2007 at 9:16 am

    omg!! her muse bag is so hot and it’s fab she’s reusing the IT bag of the past, just like wht MK is doing with her motorcycle bag.

    love her outfit!! kinda like wht i would wear but i do wish her coat’s a bit longer!!!

    keep up with your great work!

  61. Anonymous

    December 8, 2007 at 11:30 am

    In response to 8:17am, I completely agree with you Scott about her occupation. Where she works is irrelevant, but her color combination is not brilliant. It is on trend, open any magazine and you can see that color combo. That’s all I am saying.

  62. Anonymous

    December 8, 2007 at 11:37 am

    In response to sartorialist 8:17AM, there is no need to be insulting. I am just voicing my opinion like everyone else. Just because it isn’t in the majority doesn’t mean it isn’t valid.

  63. The Sartorialist

    December 8, 2007 at 11:46 am

    for 11:37
    you don’t think it is insulting to discount someone’s style just because they work at Vogue?

    “on trend” come on

    Who remembers or cares about that stuff anyway, do you think I shot her because she was “on trend”

    would you not wear it because it was “on trend”

  64. Anonymous

    December 8, 2007 at 2:31 pm

    quite the argument Sylvana has sparked here! I think that within this collection of photographs there is a lovely mix of “trend” and other sorts of more eccentric style, this particular photo just happens to appear a little more main stream than some of your other shots, Sart. As for Sylvana, it’s kind of hard not to look amazing when you have a closet of FABULOUS shoes and bags at your disposal, don’t you think?

  65. Unna

    December 8, 2007 at 3:08 pm

    I love mixing the darker shades and avoiding black. Its softer, friendlier and more interesting. This is just beatiful.

  66. LalaLeeLou

    December 8, 2007 at 3:26 pm

    Don’t overlook the intriguing gentleman standing to her right. I kinda like his look as well.

  67. Asian Models Blogger

    December 8, 2007 at 3:42 pm

    She has perfected the combination of bulky tops and skinny bottoms.

    I mean, just imagine how different she would look if her dress were down to her knees or worst, ankles.

  68. HelenMary

    December 8, 2007 at 4:16 pm

    Great little outfit – its definately the sum of its parts……

    The only think with it is that I think her hair is a bit too long and it sort of drwons her face.

    The clours are really great.

  69. Anonymous

    December 8, 2007 at 5:17 pm

    Sart, I doubt that you’ll post this, but, it seems that recently your responses to people’s posts have become pretty snarky. What’s up with that? Telling someone to grow up? Wow. I think a lot of people do care about whether clothes are “on trend”, especially if they work in fashion. Come on. I’ve noticed that many of your readers prefer to see images of people who don’t work in fashion. Yes, there’s often a big difference in terms of expressing personal style and you know it.

  70. The Sartorialist

    December 8, 2007 at 5:55 pm

    Anon 5:17
    I get a bit tired of people that feel they can sit back and take potshots at people as if the subjects are objects with no feelings.

    Sorry but if you going to say “The whole look is slightly contrived and I am sick of that bag.” well that is just plain rude – this young lady is not here to please us – she did me a favor letting me take her photo so if you can get something from it great but if not then just move on for be prepared to bring something a little more than “slightly contrived”

    if you think it is so easy to look great with a closet full of clothes (why are you convinced she has a closet full of clothes) then why do so many socialites and actresses look so bad?

  71. lynn

    December 8, 2007 at 6:14 pm

    Very pretty. Actually i love the hair best of all.

  72. Anonymous

    December 8, 2007 at 7:00 pm

    Perhaps people can try to remember that the subjects of the photos are most likely going to read the comments about themselves- perhaps this will encourage people to be kinder, or at least to give an explanation of their comment rather than saying “this is contrived” with nothing about why or how it is contrived.

  73. Iheartfashion

    December 8, 2007 at 7:36 pm

    Blue and brown look great together, but I’m getting tired of the giant bag in the crook of the arm look!

  74. stella

    December 8, 2007 at 8:58 pm

    it’s the gloves – that buckle – it just pulls at my heartstrings

  75. Jae Young

    December 8, 2007 at 9:24 pm

    I love the blue/purple combo. I always have–I remember reading about it once in a book as a child and it’s always sort of stuck in the back of my head. The only thing that confuses me is why people insist upon calling her coat navy. The blue of her coat is a much brighter blue than navy and it’s the whole reason it looks so fabulous with the purple. And the grey tights. Navy would have been too blech and safe.

    I sort of wish the bag were brown so it could be a complete rejection of the easy black, but then you fall into the too much match-y match-y land I guess if it were brown.

  76. Anonymous

    December 8, 2007 at 11:23 pm

    WHERE oh where can I find a purple skirt like that? I’ve been looking everywhere! Love it!

  77. positively the same dame

    December 9, 2007 at 1:00 am

    um, well, i think it would be fair to say that this woman is wearing a number of rather trendy pieces in a somewhat refreshing and visually interesting way, chiefly because of the color combination. there is nothing particularly new going on here except for the creative and playful way she has put the outfit together, which is to say that it is thoroughly new, and quite charming to boot.

    i do think that the bag comments are valid — it’s no accident that the trophy bags are front and center in all of these shots, and i don’t think she’s simply cold. i think she likes her big chloe bag and is delighted that she owns it. young women all over this city (and the rest of the world) are buying $2,000 handbags because you are nothing without one. they have become the new security blanket and you can forge ahead quite bravely when brandishing an enormous leather satchel with the right label on it.

    sure, there have always been status symbols in life and in fashion, but i honestly don’t recall a time when so many people felt so desperate to own them at any cost. at the very least they were objects that you aspired to — now it seems that they are mandatory and necessary for everyone, at every stage of life.

    and yes, hal rubenstein is who you really, really want to see more of, but that’s one of the things that makes this such a cool shot.

  78. Anonymous

    December 9, 2007 at 2:54 am

    YSL Muse bag.
    Been copied to death.
    This is probably not a fake.
    But as soon as the fakes hit the street the original goes out of style.
    Except maybe the Birkin – but that´s probably just a matter of time.
    It bags – soooo has been.

  79. Anonymous

    December 9, 2007 at 5:35 am

    I agree with Sart, A LOT IN FACT. She most certainly did not dress in such a great style, intentionally walking down the road to let herself be photographed by Sart. She must have had the fashion sense and capabilities to even begin to work in Vogue, so you can’t discount her great look in this picture.

  80. Anonymous

    December 9, 2007 at 7:34 pm

    She looks great, despite the bag. The colors are lovely and she’s very pretty. That said, I most like the pics of the random, almost-accidental hipsters who don’t have to look fabulous, but do, anyway. Just a preference.

  81. Anonymous

    December 10, 2007 at 4:24 am

    everyone calm down, they are just clothes and she looks lovely!
    get heated about the things that really matter!

  82. Anonymous

    December 10, 2007 at 12:02 pm

    She looks fabulous and the color combo is gorgeous! As for the bag comments…I have that bag and rarely do I carry it at my side as it gets heavy after awhile. And big bags are perfect for work. There is not one thing wrong with this outfit.
    Sart – Thanks for the amazing photos and all of the ideas on ways to combine colors.

  83. Anonymous

    December 10, 2007 at 12:07 pm

    Anonymous and/or whomever…you should read the comment our Mr. Sartorialist was responding TO, if you want snarky.

  84. Anonymous

    December 11, 2007 at 6:04 pm

    so true to the anon who mentioned the pigeon toed poses that keep popping up everywhere…i go to perezhilton to look at celebutantes looking dumb not regular fab ppl tryin to look edgy…

    great look tho…the brown maryjanes are adorable

  85. Naki

    December 12, 2007 at 11:13 am

    Ummmm, sorry Sart. She’s totally showing off her bag. Who holds their arm in front of chest like that? Would she stand like that without the bag? But can you blame her? It’s hot! And looks similar to another appearing in a subsequent post.

  86. Misterparticular

    December 12, 2007 at 6:45 pm

    God, she’s just plain pretty and Sart takes a great picture. What’s wrong with that? Add Hal Rubenstein with an age-inappropriate wallet chain–but, lookin’ devilish, one orange cone a few fall leaves, apretty blonde in the distance and you have more than enough reason to post this shot.

  87. R

    December 15, 2007 at 6:37 am

    What a great colour combination. This makes me long for winter in Melbourne (I only like summer this year because I discovered cute tailored shorts and breezy cotton sundresses).

  88. Leda

    December 15, 2007 at 2:32 pm

    I agree that the chocolate shoes make this outfit pop! its so great to see such a mix of colors (blue, purple, grey, brown) and yet they all work! her smile, healthy hair and cute pose make this all work well! I especially am in awe of her long legs and slender ankles…!

  89. doingtheunstuck

    December 17, 2007 at 3:22 pm

    This is such a funny photo. I love how it’s actually Hal Rubenstein who is in focus!! When I first looked at this it looked so “grape” (b/c of the blue hue the black bag gives off in the photo), all I could think of was Violet Beauregarde.

    But after enlarging the photo…I just love what she did w/ the colors. She looks so classy, yet comfy…and YES, her hair is outstanding! So glad to see she let it hang loose w/ such a put together outfit.

  90. Anonymous

    January 1, 2008 at 12:51 pm

    I love her
    The bag’s too big
    The shoes also

  91. ashlee

    January 17, 2008 at 6:36 pm

    This is most likely coming too late for the post, but I own that bag and the reason it seems to be so prominently displayed is most likely because once you start loading it up it gets very heavy very quickly. It probably just fell like that, I know mine does.

  92. Anonymous

    March 9, 2008 at 1:46 pm

    So sexy, and yet so little skin.

  93. Nidya R. Wiguno

    October 12, 2008 at 5:56 am

    i just really love her bag… and really want it. btw, she’s beautiful!

  94. Madame Sui Generis

    December 26, 2009 at 6:56 am

    To the Sartorialist –

    I love this blog! I have been following it since mid 2008. Such a fantastic source of inspiration! Thank you for posting such fabulous photographs. Now regarding this photo in particular — I am going through Decembers of past years up until 2009 and absolutely love this girl's look. I think it still is a fresh and classic look –even over a year later. What do you think?

    Happy Holidays,


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