91 comments

  1. Candid Cool

    October 18, 2007 at 8:54 am

    how fantastically random that cowboy is!

  2. The Clothes Horse

    October 18, 2007 at 8:55 am

    what a mixed bag of style. it’s wonderful!

  3. winst

    October 18, 2007 at 8:58 am

    #3: Ai Tominaga, if that’s she, is as breathtaking as ever… I remember seeing her for the first time and just kind of melting under her (very tall) presence–and smile.

  4. Alice Olive

    October 18, 2007 at 9:02 am

    I love the first photo!

    That collar is fab-u-lous! She is striking. I love how she is boldly posing and is unflustered by the people crowding by. Fantastic shot!

  5. Anonymous

    October 18, 2007 at 9:12 am

    I’m not sure if the lady in the first picture is a beautiful amazon decended from heaven, or an alien from outerspace? I do know that she is certainly an inspiration – hopefully to the dowdy woman I thought was a man to her right!

  6. Anonymous

    October 18, 2007 at 9:27 am

    Look at the tourist woman on the left in the first photo. I love the look of realization on her face at how pedestrian she is in comparison.

  7. Alice Powers

    October 18, 2007 at 9:30 am

    The cowboy is from Paris???
    I never saw any horse in town, exept the police’s one. ;o)

  8. Anonymous

    October 18, 2007 at 9:33 am

    And here I am struck by how, in your photos, the women are sartorially stunning and the men are sometimes… not.

  9. Pauspling

    October 18, 2007 at 9:34 am

    ve the way your subjects stick out from the crowd. Especially in the top picture, the astounding woman looks gigantic and so much more beautiful than the rest. Actually, she seems to come from another planet altogether.

  10. VivElise

    October 18, 2007 at 10:04 am

    I applaud how you juxtaposed the cowboy between two fashion plates. Of course, it might be melancholy as I’m positive that is what my father would wear to the Louvre.

  11. AnonymousJK

    October 18, 2007 at 10:04 am

    These pictures should be hanging in the Louvre! Bravo!

  12. Anonymous

    October 18, 2007 at 10:05 am

    okay, i too thought that woman on the left side of the first picture was a man. i resist, however, the idea that she ought to feel lesser in comparison to the very wealthy woman standing in ludicrous shoes. don’t get me wrong, i think her whole outfit is wonderful and it would make my day if more people were that fanciful in their approach to fashion – but not at the expense of other people’s feelings. people who embrace fashion should do so for themselves, and not to pose and not to intimidate or reduce others. personal style is just that, and it does not compensate for intellect, experience, humor, graciousness, compassion, etc. I read recently that in England, manicured nails imply that you have too much free time. applying that approach of effort=time, the subjects for many of these wonderful pictures have waaaaaay too much free time/nothing better to do, while the “pedestrian” woman must be very busy.
    it ruins it for me when people treat fashion as a way to be superior. that’s delusional.
    that other woman is going about her business and did not ask to be featured on this blog for all to criticize.
    is the model, ai tominaga, in picture 3 working, or on her own? if she’s working, it feels misleading to present her as someone with great street style. if she’s not working, she is fantastic!

  13. Anonymous

    October 18, 2007 at 10:19 am

    She looks really beautiful! I love this style!

  14. Anonymous

    October 18, 2007 at 10:25 am

    The woman on the first picture looks very elegant but stiff. The cowboy looks very happy and the girl on the last photo is incredibly beautiful and really knows how to wear her outfit.

  15. cigalechanta

    October 18, 2007 at 10:41 am

    Lol, he’s like a thorn between two beautiful roses.
    The ladies look so in control of themselves. Great photos!

  16. Asian Models Blogger

    October 18, 2007 at 10:43 am

    #1. Gorgeous jacket and love the drama in the collar and shoes. I can’t believe nobody was looking at her in the photo.

    #2. Cowboy in Paris?!?! Now I’ve seen it all!!

    #3. Ai Tominaga — GORGEOUS!

  17. James

    October 18, 2007 at 10:52 am

    Don’t be melancholy if your father wears that to the Louvre. The iconic cowboy look has inspired tons of “fashionable” people, from Ralph Lauren to the gentleman in the “Style of Paris … Texas” post from a couple of days ago.

  18. David

    October 18, 2007 at 11:18 am

    I think the man in the western wear has a look that is as put together and well considered as the ladies. In fact, his choices are far more radical and single-minded. Bravo to the gentleman! And why NOT wear that to The Louvre?

  19. ricpic

    October 18, 2007 at 11:36 am

    The top photo is right out of Weegee.

  20. Anonymous

    October 18, 2007 at 11:41 am

    The first woman looks obscenely tacky, with those huge, bug-eye sunglasses, perm, and perma-tan. Ick! Proof that money can’t buy style.

  21. Anonymous

    October 18, 2007 at 11:44 am

    The first one reminds me a little of the famous Diane Arbus photo of the crusty society ladies with their furs and tiaras, marching past the homeless people.

  22. Deirdre

    October 18, 2007 at 11:47 am

    Love the red dress versus the red sweater in the first picture. But the shoes the red dress woman is wearing — they look outer space-ish. Not sure I like them.

  23. Anonymous

    October 18, 2007 at 11:50 am

    I love the cowboy! He looks so jolly. I’m only disappointed he didn’t have a more pronounced crease down the front of his jeans!
    SD

  24. Thomas

    October 18, 2007 at 11:51 am

    You are simply amazing. The depth of field in the illustrator’s (?) photo a few posts down is brilliant. And the middle picture here shows how open you are to finding good shots, not just the “right” shot or the “right” style.

    I don’t even know how you managed to snap that first shot.

  25. lintmag

    October 18, 2007 at 11:54 am

    I think the average Jane in the top pic is thinking “how on earth does she walk in those things???”
    Not keen on the fur sleeved dress at all – two fur patterns in one ensemble (the purse) are too much for me.
    The cowboy – love him!! He looks like he’d be so much fun anywhere he went, telling good jokes and charming the ladies.

  26. Anonymous

    October 18, 2007 at 11:59 am

    The first woman reminds me of my friend’s mother who is Greek. Her mother always looks so chic compared to most moms. I love this woman’s strong posture. I want both women’s outfits from head to toe, and I want to go riding with the cowboy, and then mosey on down to the local soda fountain with him for a scoop of ice cream.

  27. CK

    October 18, 2007 at 12:05 pm

    The gentleman in the middle reminds me so much of my father that I just burst into tears at the office. It’s a wonderful photograph, and a wonderful reminder that style is not necessarily fashion.

  28. The Stiletto Effect

    October 18, 2007 at 12:05 pm

    wow that lady in the first picture! amazing :)
    I imagine Sarah Jessica Parker’s character “Carrie” wearing something like that!
    Love
    Su

  29. CC

    October 18, 2007 at 12:07 pm

    LOVE the top pic, her poise enhances the outfit’s kick, the middle cowboy is just adorable and the bottom woman is really pretty. just pretty.

  30. Becki

    October 18, 2007 at 12:22 pm

    That third girl´s just gourgeous! What a smile, what legs. Pure perfection!

  31. t.r.b

    October 18, 2007 at 12:23 pm

    i want to BE that woman in the first photo…sartorialist hat’s off!! she looks like the female gordon gekko, exuding power and strength….and i love how it looks like somehow you caught her in the process of moving, and she stomped still just long enough for you to grab the shot!

  32. Iheartfashion

    October 18, 2007 at 12:30 pm

    That first woman: talk about standing out in a crowd!! She’s amazing.
    And the last photo: fantastic fur sleeves!

  33. Girl Spy

    October 18, 2007 at 12:32 pm

    The women are great, but you gotta love the guy in the middle: “Je suis Americain? Americaine?” indeed. (Say it with a Texas accent). And who knows, he might be Texas rich and own a few ‘lil’ paintings…you’d be surprised.

  34. REC

    October 18, 2007 at 12:32 pm

    I’m always curious when I see women in belted coats like your first subject is wearing. Obviously, a beautiful statement, and very eye-catching, but what happens when you get where you’re going? I don’t think that belt is attached to the coat, and it just seems weird to me that you’d be buckling yourself into and out of it in front of a coat check.

    I hope she doesn’t plan on traipsing all over the Louvre in those shoes. The whole outfit just seems unwearable for the rest of us mortals.

  35. Anonymous

    October 18, 2007 at 12:45 pm

    That woman at the top looks like she owns the world, and looking like that, maybe she should! A beautiful picture really, a step up once again Sart.

    Energie

  36. applevenusian

    October 18, 2007 at 12:46 pm

    An eclectic mix of styles and people! I love it. The woman in Picture #1 is SO striking. I see her as a sartorial shimmer of sunshine atop a sea of (what looks like) tourists behind her.

  37. Anonymous

    October 18, 2007 at 12:48 pm

    #3, isn’t that Bruna Tenorio? If it is, she’s stunning as ever.

  38. Anonymous

    October 18, 2007 at 12:50 pm

    What a stunner she is! Any idea who makes the dress?

  39. Richie Designs

    October 18, 2007 at 12:50 pm

    That first woman is HOT HOT HOT. I love that women over the age of 30 are rockin it HARD!!

  40. Butch

    October 18, 2007 at 12:51 pm

    The lady in top shot is, sartorially speaking, wound more than a mite too tightly.

    Nice combi-platter of dress approaches, though.

  41. Nanashi

    October 18, 2007 at 12:58 pm

    The lady in the third picture is Ai Tominaga indeed. I think she got prettier after she gave birth to her son, she looks more confident and happy, an added sense of glow to her face.

    Her puffy sleeves must be difficult for anyone with an ordinary proportion but she managed to balance it well with her shoes and bags. Beautiful.

  42. The haircuts résumé

    October 18, 2007 at 1:25 pm

    What a genuine and personal style! Quite fantastic!
    And her slim lined hairstyle to, suits perfect to her square face form and lathy facial feature. Maybe the parting could be more to the left, but that she surely already try out.

  43. Alicia

    October 18, 2007 at 1:32 pm

    THe first photo is just WOW. Those shoes are insane! THey’re like those basketball shoes that are supposed to help your vertical, only in pumps! She’s so refined. Love it.

  44. Anonymous

    October 18, 2007 at 1:51 pm

    Look at the tourist woman on the left in the first photo. I love the look of realization on her face at how pedestrian she is in comparison.

    That’s awfully presumptuous. She might just as well be thinking how utterly ridiculous that woman looks.

  45. Joanna Bolick

    October 18, 2007 at 1:55 pm

    The contrast between photo #1 and photo #2 makes me laugh!

  46. BoatoLuxo

    October 18, 2007 at 2:04 pm

    I love the first photo too…
    the posh lady….
    bye

  47. Anonymous

    October 18, 2007 at 2:06 pm

    Fabulous contrast in #1! I am always intimidated to wear my most fabulous clothing when everyone around me is in sweat pants and will make comments if I even wear a casual dress and flats. She is an inspiration! #3 is just lovely.

  48. Anonymous

    October 18, 2007 at 2:10 pm

    WOW,where do you find all these people?The first lady really stands out from the crowd and in a not fun way.I like the old chap best cause he is real. The girl in pic. 3 looks odd.Her outfit is just too much of nothing.

  49. Anonymous

    October 18, 2007 at 2:15 pm

    Actually, I believe #3 is Bruna Tenorio

  50. PeaceSignWithChocolate

    October 18, 2007 at 2:35 pm

    I love the first and second photos. The woman looks so stereotypically European and the man so American. And he looks like a great sport, too. Funny that only in Paris could his style stand out as unique. Most places in the US he’d blend right in.

  51. ceenik

    October 18, 2007 at 2:36 pm

    Although the woman in the top photo is superb, I really love the woman, the hair, dress (?), and shoes in the last. The fur-trimmed sleeves are fab!

  52. Thysz

    October 18, 2007 at 2:44 pm

    Hi Sart! Im extremely happy to see my most favorite model, Ai Tominaga in here! Whew! I kinda not expected that she would appear here specially because I think she’s the really private type… But she is extremely glamourous and who could pull off those sleeves? My friend and I are ecstatic actually, since earlier you featured Agyness Deyn (his fave model) and now I got my wish! Haha! Thank you Sart for bringing the best style inspirations from around the globe. I actually think everytime i go out to work, “If the Sartorialist is in the street, will he ever shoot me?” ( then I throw the drab outfit out and change into something expressive and lively! ha!). keep it up!

  53. Anonymous

    October 18, 2007 at 3:10 pm

    when I think of France, I think of the wonderful woman in the first photo

  54. Anonymous

    October 18, 2007 at 3:46 pm

    That cowboy is not from Paris. I’m guessing Texas or New Mexico. Those are the traditional style wranglers that cost about $20 and I doubt the shirt was much more. The hat on the other hand, was probably hand-made and rather expensive. But he probably wears it every day. It’s funny – I see guys like this all the time and don’t give it much thought. Put him in a different setting, however, and he’ll really stand out.

  55. Anonymous

    October 18, 2007 at 4:05 pm

    great mix! Love it!
    big hugs from sweden

  56. Anonymous

    October 18, 2007 at 4:21 pm

    I find the woman in the first photo to be very striking, but I think her shoes are weird.

  57. chimere

    October 18, 2007 at 4:46 pm

    Her Shoe are NOT Weird. She is awesome. What a presence. LOVE both top and bottom shots. And the people around both models only add to the images.

  58. Anonymous

    October 18, 2007 at 5:08 pm

    I think the woman in the left of the first photo is wondering how the other woman walks in her shoes. To call her ‘pedestrian’ (particularly when she’s not aware she’s the subject of a style critique) is downright insulting.

  59. Anonymous

    October 18, 2007 at 5:25 pm

    I love that you take pictures of people of all ages. It just goes to show that you can have style no matter how what age.

    Thanks for making my day.

  60. daniqueconijn

    October 18, 2007 at 5:29 pm

    oooh thats a very very very original dress!
    people claim it’s hard to look good in beige (or that type of color) but she’s obviously not one of them, i love it!

  61. atelier

    October 18, 2007 at 5:34 pm

    I love the first pic, and how the woman in jeans is looking at the shoes…great pic

  62. Anonymous

    October 18, 2007 at 5:44 pm

    The woman in the 1st pic is so memorably dressed that I’ll bet you snapped her pic on the one day a year she wears it. As for the shoes — do they have cloven heels?
    The whole thing reeks of pretension & affectation.

  63. Kat

    October 18, 2007 at 5:58 pm

    Great subjects and beautiful photos Sart, the first one is really exceptional. The contrast between her tall elegant presence and the crowd behind her is striking, I’m sure it was no accident either! And as somelse said, beautiful depth of field.

  64. Alexis

    October 18, 2007 at 6:04 pm

    in the first photo, she holds the whole world, doesn’t she? every one around her disappears, is invisable and yet somehow there only to show they are smaller and less fabulous than her. maybe it is the confidence in her stance. maybe she just knows she owns the world. at least for that moment!

    perfect.

  65. Anonymous

    October 18, 2007 at 8:32 pm

    The woman in the first photo is fabulous. I agree with the commenters who noted that she looks as if she’d just arrived from another planet. A planet ruled by glamorous Amazons, at that.

    And while the woman on the left didn’t ask to be photographed and posted on a fashion blog for all the world to see, the contrast is simply too great to not comment on it. True, very few women can pull off the glamorous look of the woman in the center of that photo. But is that any reason to simply give up and fall to the woman on the left’s level of slobbification? None of her clothes fit, and she doesn’t even seem to be wearing a bra, for crying out loud. And she’s hardly unique.

  66. Anonymous

    October 18, 2007 at 8:36 pm

    I wonder if that old cowboy is old enough to have first visited Paris in 1944? My Dad has frequently returned to Europe to see places he flew over (or bombed) in ’43-’45.

  67. Anonymous

    October 18, 2007 at 9:00 pm

    i applaud her general boldness, but woman #1 could use some softness. she honestly looks over-produced and over-worked, from her fake nails to her crispy coif to her orange legs to the (unnatural?) stiffness in her face. there, i said it.

    sincerely,
    woman in the red sweater

    (not really)

  68. pearlescent

    October 18, 2007 at 9:21 pm

    eioLove the last photo! The movement in the backround and her elegance. Love the fur sleeves, and her grainy dress dress.. Nice textures

    The first photo is very voluminous from her coat to her hair, even her heels..

  69. Anonymous

    October 18, 2007 at 10:19 pm

    The Girl in the 3rd Picture is Ai Tominaga and NOT Bruna Tenorio. Bruna doesn’t dress like that, she is a shirt and jeans girl.

    I have seen Ai in the backstage of fashion shows and she always dresses well! kudos to her, not all SUPERMODELS dress well

  70. Anonymous

    October 18, 2007 at 11:51 pm

    #1-Way to much time. #2- Doesn’t cut it for me. What’s wrong with art criticism?

  71. alice

    October 19, 2007 at 2:33 am

    i am positive that’s Ai Tominaga. the ears tell all.

  72. huimin

    October 19, 2007 at 3:22 am

    im amazed by how the lady in e 1st pic balances herself.

  73. Pistachio Of Liberty

    October 19, 2007 at 6:29 am

    My father, who did western art before Parkinsons hit, had some paintings selected for a show at the Louvre in 1976, “Americans In Paris”. I love that you have brought back this memory for me!

    And ditto that the other people – the busy ones – though literally pedestrians, are likely to have led a life as worthy of our interest as a fashion plate.

  74. Lucy

    October 19, 2007 at 9:34 am

    I think Victoria Beckham will look like woman number 1 in 20 years time. I don’t know if this is a good thing or not.

    And I love cowboy man, he looks like a jolly sort. I think it just goes to show how important context is. Maybe he wouldn’t stand out in some states, but crikey he does in Paris!

    The diversity of your vision is so enriching!

  75. Anonymous

    October 19, 2007 at 4:02 pm

    The cowboy is the real charmer in this trio. I bet the people of Paris were totally in love with him.

  76. Anonymous

    October 19, 2007 at 11:18 pm

    The first picture actually is quite funny.This madame with everything trimmed to it´s best promenading on the street and then suddenly this elderly American? tourist alongside her on the left being caught by surprise in the same picture.It would be interesting to know what she was thinking at that moment…

  77. Eva

    October 20, 2007 at 1:38 am

    Why can’t everyone be secure within themselves?

  78. cLaus

    October 20, 2007 at 12:09 pm

    Your eye for the intentionally fashionable and the ironically fashionable is as keen as ever. The unsuspecting ‘Cowboy’ tourist fits right in with the ultra-self conscious subjects above and below. Bravo.

  79. Lola

    October 20, 2007 at 9:49 pm

    the man with the cowboy hat made me smile.

  80. Anonymous

    October 21, 2007 at 2:53 pm

    I love ai tominaga…i met her at a go-see and absolutely breathtaking!!

  81. Anonymous

    October 22, 2007 at 3:52 am

    i love them all, but i must admit, the cowboy is my by-far favorite. he is a breath of fresh air in the middle of all of these almost-overwhelmingly-chic fashion week (month) pics. i’d been thinking in recent days how excited i will be to see you get back to NYC, back to photographing the real street people… not that i don’t love the fashionistas but i can only take so much of them.

    but anyway – out of all of these, with the cowboy, i instantly wanted to know everything about him – where’s he from? what does he do? what’s he up to in paris? what does he think of paris? how do people there react to him? and on and on… this to me is a GREAT style picture.

  82. ciac

    October 23, 2007 at 1:48 am

    my my.. the third picture was breathtaking, truly.

  83. platinum blonde

    October 24, 2007 at 5:31 pm

    the cowboy is unexpected…i love it!

  84. groovy_tp

    October 25, 2007 at 6:33 am

    The first woman looks so refined and elegant. It may be a bit formal, but it is stunning none-the-less! I find that older people usually look more stylish in formal clothes.

  85. class-factotum

    October 25, 2007 at 10:55 am

    I love the cowboy! I see him as a hard-working guy who has finally saved enough money and has the time, because he’s either retired or found someone to take over the ranch for a few weeks, to take the trip of his dreams. His clothes are clean and pressed and I’ll bet he’s not wearing running shoes.

  86. Anonymous

    October 31, 2007 at 2:52 pm

    a cowboy in paris?? :) this photo is art to me. great portrait.

  87. Anonymous

    November 3, 2007 at 10:03 pm

    I am so touched by your first two photos and their subjects. Universal and ageless. The joie de vivre of the gentleman and the elongated elegance of the lady perfect. Thank you Especially love the gentleman. He reminds me of all wonderful gentlemen in the American south and southeast.

  88. shawfayguo

    February 17, 2008 at 8:52 pm

    great photo of the super model Ai Tominaga! she looks even better off the t-stage!

  89. Anonymous

    January 11, 2009 at 6:33 pm

    I know the first woman. She dresses like that almost everyday. She is so lovely and pleasant to talk to and has such a killer sense of style.

  90. Paige

    December 17, 2009 at 2:22 pm

    Sart, i can't thank you enough for the gentleman in the Western wear! What an eye you have. brilliant selection of people. The cowboy most certainly has his own sense of style, which is more important than fashion anyway.
    As a Texan and a lover of fashion, this picture had the same effect on me as when i was studying abroad in Madrid and came across a pick-up truck in front of a high end store… tears of joy!

  91. Linda

    September 20, 2011 at 7:09 am

    This is spectacularly fashionable from head to toe …. so well put together yet not contrived…. love it!

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