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January 4, 2007 at 8:08 am
Really elegant! Almost a “Flemish painting” look.
January 4, 2007 at 9:12 am
I love the folds and shape of the fabric. A lovely detail. She looks elegantly fluid!
January 4, 2007 at 9:25 am
It looks oddly out of proportion. Maybe it is just the way she is standing.
January 4, 2007 at 9:33 am
Wow! This is incredible – the textures in the bag and shoes, the way her hair color echoes the outfit. And she looks like she’s wearing the clothes, not the other way around. Really chic.
January 4, 2007 at 9:47 am
I love the black, I love the photo and the greenery in the background.
But why would anyone wear something that actually creates the illusion of huge thighs? She’s obviously a thin woman, but it just looks a little unbalanced.
January 4, 2007 at 9:49 am
I love that black bag! It reminds me of a game I had as a kid called Triominoes. The peices were black triangle dominoes with numbers you had to match. I think. What a fun memory!
January 4, 2007 at 9:57 am
She is totally elegant. Love the hair and every other detail in the picture that spells commitment to her look. Where is she standing? It looks like a religious background; and the garb is “monkish.” And she looks tall. Is she? Oh, do tell us all!
January 4, 2007 at 10:11 am
i love the whole ensemble…not sure but her head seems too small for her body. Or maybe the outfit makes her head really small
January 4, 2007 at 10:19 am
her bag is astounding, i even like her shopping bag. how chic!
January 4, 2007 at 10:28 am
the bag looks like the opera House in sydney. stylish.
January 4, 2007 at 11:16 am
She looks fantastic….Very Issey Miyake…and I believe that bag is from the “Pleats Please” collection of Issey Miyake.
January 4, 2007 at 11:32 am
I like the duplicity of the outfit–the organic forms of her clothing and the very architectural, polyganal form of her purses. Wonderful photograph.
Sidenote: The purse is a Pleats Please by Issey Miyake bag. I bought one about a year ago in Japan and it’s incredible. I love how it mutates according to the amount of stuff you put in it. The objects inside the purse manifest themselves, in a way, into the purse. Chouette.
January 4, 2007 at 11:50 am
Cool hypercube bag. Very “theoretical physics”…in a good way.
I love your point about minimalism without texture being too plain. I have learned something today that I hadn’t realized before. Excellent observation.
January 4, 2007 at 12:18 pm
Want all of it. >sigh<
January 4, 2007 at 12:58 pm
Very simple and stylish. Even flathering.
Once again, you did a great job!;)
January 4, 2007 at 1:04 pm
Fantastic. What finesse.
January 4, 2007 at 1:41 pm
She looks smashing and texturally inviting. I just want to touch her clothes and bags. Assymetrical man,assymetrical!
January 4, 2007 at 2:37 pm
So welldressed with terrific details and accessories, but yet so simple.
January 4, 2007 at 3:03 pm
Alessandra, does the black bag have a ‘name’?
January 4, 2007 at 4:39 pm
Origami! love love love this outfit.
January 4, 2007 at 4:52 pm
her bag is marvelous, i believe its from Issey Miyake.
January 4, 2007 at 5:11 pm
Very stylish and tasty. I don’t like the bag as such but as part of that outfit it turns into a well chosen fashion accessory.
January 4, 2007 at 6:32 pm
Normally I lurk and never post. Reason being I think most of the people photographed look like shit. Well, maybe not that bad, but definitely like they crawled out of bed, dressed in the dark, and forgot to look in the mirror on the way out the door. Boo Hiss on leggings and trendy wear. (The older gents photographed are always dressed like they get it.)
This woman is the exception. She looks amazing, truly beautiful inside and out.
Anon…don’t hate me because I only love classic beauty
January 4, 2007 at 6:37 pm
I want to like this but I really don’t. She’s lost in those clothes.
January 4, 2007 at 6:48 pm
Great bag without a doubt! She is really something!
January 4, 2007 at 7:22 pm
I think she looks amazing. Even the part in her hair is a perfect accessory!
January 4, 2007 at 7:39 pm
She looks like a piece of art. Plus comfortable. Plus gorgeous. Not to mention the shoes.
January 4, 2007 at 7:50 pm
If she is who I believe her to be, she actually lives in NYC and works in a Modern Art museum….
January 4, 2007 at 8:08 pm
this has been the most inspirational post I have seen thus far. Original and exciting.
January 5, 2007 at 2:54 am
I don’t know the name of that particular style, but the that purse has been in the Pleats Please line for several seasons now. It’s made of vinyl and mesh. You could contact them at any of their stores in New York, London, Japan or Paris–the information is on their website at http://www.pleatsplease.com. Good luck!
January 5, 2007 at 7:25 am
No one hates you anon 6:32, at least not me, but consider not everyone is a classic beauty, but some are romantic beauties. If you say only classic is beautiful, you are excluding at least half the world from your love!
We all have a preference, and sometimes that even changes in the course of a lifetime. I vascilate sometimes. I take what suits my beauty, and all may do the same, because all are beautiful, and if you can’t see this, you don’t know what to look for. You will learn on this blog! To be so rigid though is to confine yourself ultimately. It is all about blossoming and bearing good fruit as the tree that we are. We are not all oranges and apples. Some are starfruits.
I must say, I appreciate the whole spectrum of beauty. But what I truly admire, is when someone knows themselves, enjoys themselves, and does not dictate to others. Freedom.
January 5, 2007 at 10:26 am
I work with this woman, and indeed, she does work at a modern art museum. So psyched to see her on this site. She’s a truly classy woman–lovely to look at, lovely to know!
January 5, 2007 at 11:08 am
Thanks, Alessandra. I’m in NYC; I’ll go to the store this weekend. :)
January 5, 2007 at 11:11 am
To anon 9:47 a.m.: Maybe she wasn’t thinking about her thighs. Maybe–*gasp*–she doesn’t CARE about the size of her thighs. Maybe–and this I’m pretty sure of–she’s just a really stylish woman.
January 5, 2007 at 11:24 am
i love love love her bag! where can i find this bag? i’ve seen it before, but don’t know where it’s from.
January 5, 2007 at 12:33 pm
Dear Anon 7:25,
Allow me to elaborate on my classic beauty statement. I’m almost 39 and was adopted and raised by a couple old enough to be great grandparents. When I was young, everything about them was horribe – my mother always wore dresses and red lipstick (or a bright pink), drove a big Cadillac (safer than newer compact cars, you know) and her hair was stark white by the time I was 10. She was obsessive about SPF and I was drenched in it whenever I was outside and, in the fall when it was windy, she always wrapped a scarf around my head and tied it under my chin so my hair would not get tangled. I hated it all, my best friend’s mother was so cool in her polyester pants, driving her Pinto. My mother died suddenly when I was 27 and as I sat by her hospital bed an odd thought occured to me – while her body lay falling apart and shutting down her skin was as perfect as ever. Amazing. After she died I found all of her dresses and realized they were beautiful, it was the polyester clad there were not.
So for my mother here is what I mean by classic beauty. It’s not a statment meaning that your facial features have to be a certain way or you have to dress a certain way or pay a lot for your clothing. It’s not that you have to be a certain height and weigh next to nothing either. It’s about being yourself and ignoring the rest.
I quote your post here:
“I must say, I appreciate the whole spectrum of beauty. But what I truly admire, is when someone knows themselves, enjoys themselves, and does not dictate to others.”
I’m inclined to agree, however in the confined photos of this blogger and the subject, most of the women are cookie cutter images, give or take very little. The colors might differ, or the scarf tied differently. But most look trendy, and nothing more. Most likely a year from now they won’t be caught dead in the same outfit. Off to the next trend.
Regarding the woman who sparked my original post she looks classic, as if she would wear the same outfit 20 years from now…I best described her as my opinion of classic beauty with the following words ‘She looks beautiful inside and out’ It seems like quite a few of the women photographed on this blog are smiling for the camera and look like they’d rather be anywhere else.
Final thought: The photos of men recently posted in their suits and ties are fascinating. So many look to be perfectionists.
January 5, 2007 at 12:38 pm
Simply eye catching. It’s not just prettiness or elegance. Where on earth have you found these people?? (or the scene??)
January 5, 2007 at 3:18 pm
I get the feeling that most of the comments – all postive – are coming from women. I have a more feminine ideal of wome’ns beauty and elegance and this does not even come close. She looks, as someone has remarked completely out of proportion; indeed, she reminds me of Olive Oyle and looks just as cartoonish. the best thing she is wearing are the shoes and perhaps the handbag. There fare more beautiful examples of well dressed women in this blog.
January 5, 2007 at 5:09 pm
I absolutely LOVE that bag!!!
January 5, 2007 at 5:40 pm
I love the way she plays with volume, all pieces are very beautifully put together!
January 5, 2007 at 6:31 pm
I love her paleness – such a contrast to her outfit!is this a normal look for a Miami Winter…I just imagined Miami style to be so different…
January 5, 2007 at 8:12 pm
as they say in Germany “Black is Beautiful”
January 5, 2007 at 9:25 pm
Ha ha ha — the comment by Anon 3:18pm made me laugh. : )If the positive comments are coming from women, surely *they* are feminine. It sounds like your ideal of what a woman’s beauty should be is one that should be determined by men. Hmmmm….And yes, I’m a woman, and in my feminine opinion, the woman in this shot looks luminous, her clothes are chic and comfortable (and are probably well-made). And hooray for another blue/black mixer. I think this blog has definitively buried that taboo.
January 6, 2007 at 8:09 pm
I love how both of the bags has the geometrical shapes and the black and white just perfect accents each other.
January 8, 2007 at 11:28 am
I saw this woman a few days ago on 13th street in NYC. It was odd to recognize someone from The Sartorialist, she seemed like a mini celebrity. She was wearing a very similar outfit and carrying the same bag. Guess she’s found a look that works for her.
January 8, 2007 at 12:31 pm
Oh the bag. *LOVE* I wonder if they deliver to Marrakesh?
January 11, 2007 at 5:55 pm
I would love to see what this woman’s home looks like. I imagine a lot of contemporary furniture. I bet her bathroom is filled with skin & beauty care products! Pretty much- a dream home. And A LOT of shoes!
July 30, 2009 at 4:49 pm
PLEASE, if someone knows where I can find this Issey Miyake bag, let me know!
I'm diying to have it >:(