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October 25, 2012 at 9:02 am
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October 25, 2012 at 3:33 pm
Agreed – a powerful woman
She looks so chic in this outfit.
It looks perfect on her and she stands out from the background because of those amazing heels!
October 25, 2012 at 5:54 pm
absolutely beautiful. wow. thanks for sharing.
October 25, 2012 at 9:03 am
Very cool dress, but really it is the girl that makes the dress, in this case. Great attitude, great body, and great self-confidence (it seems!)
Elisa – Wandering Minds fashion
October 25, 2012 at 10:20 am
Lilac looks so great on her. But I agree that her posture and her attitude make her look like a modern Cleopatra.
The 3 F's
Agreed through and through. Beautiful color dress with her skin tone. My feeling about this woman is that she doesn’t stand for anyone’s bs. She knows she is beautiful, empowered, strong…but I feel like you can see in her eyes that this strength arose out of turmoil. Such a gorgeous woman.
October 25, 2012 at 10:46 am
I’m replying to this not as a means of stirring any social pots, but since discussion is encouraged I’ll just say it — describing this woman as having great self-confidence, while certainly meant well, is on the same level as describing a black or African as being “intelligent” or “articulate”. The polish woman in black with the crème scarf from yesterday also looks like she has a lot of self-confidence, but nobody is going to illustrate her this way, nobody did; that sort of thing just doesn’t come to mind when describing whites—words like strong and bold are always more appropriate. When we see blacks in a similar position, words like confident are used, but to us it is comprehended more like an social exception (as in, Hey we found one!) than an individual one. I’m sure this explanation will probably be confused and taken the wrong way…I’m just trying to say that words that are ascribed to us that aren’t ascribed to our white counterparts are often not complimentary to us, even if you truly meant it that way, which to be fair, I think Elisa did.
October 25, 2012 at 11:58 am
I disagree, while I understand your concern, I believe calling a black woman self-confident is not a matter of race or not. Some black woman may not be as self confident, just like some white woman can and cannot be.
The fact that the question didn’t come up on yesterday’s photo equally has nothing to do with race, as I believe it has to do with the person being depicted.
I suppose it’s just the context, a woman in South Africa, so boldy and strongly exuding a confident air about herself. She looks down on the camera, the photographer is taking a picture of HER, she’s not modelling of her.
It’s really not an issue, my friend. And it is exactly this kind of thinking, looking for racism where there is none, that makes racism still persist.
October 25, 2012 at 12:27 pm
Sure there’s an element of racism to it. I’m not by any means calling anyone here (and especially not Elisa, whom I’ve met) racist. I don’t know if you’re a person of colour, I am. The problem lies specifically in the fact that there are certain… compliments.. given to us that we don’t find complimentary. Africans wouldn’t look at this photo and say that, and if you disagree, I challenge you to find me an example. Just like the turmoil comment made right afterwards.. how do we know she’s been through turmoil? Because she’s a young South African woman? If the Sartorialist posted a photo of a woman in Russia with fire in her eyes, is anyone going to think that she’s been through turmoil? These are simply questions that I pose. Of course woman exudes confidence, but so do a thousand other women photographed on this site.
October 25, 2012 at 3:28 pm
As the person who made one the comments described, I want to put out there that all of the above feelings seem completely valid to me. When I wrote about the woman seeming to have arisen out of turmoil, I felt that I was referring to the look in her eyes. If you look at the comments I make on various pictures, they are generally psychological fantasies about what I imagine a person has been through. Howver, these fantasies are going to be informed by my own past, my own experiences, and my own privilege. So if this comment was offensive to anyone, then I think it’s important that I speak to that and apologize, rather than defend my intentions.
October 31, 2012 at 8:10 am
Simbarashe, from one AFRICAN to another: don’t you think such arguments are exactly the sort of perspectives holding the continent back? Just BE confident, BE bold and don’t get offended so easily.
October 25, 2012 at 1:03 pm
i dont know, this is such a tricky topic. in my opinion, most people who are stylish are naturally very self-confident because they trust the way that they look. saying it seems redundant about most people the sartorialist shoots. but it was said. and not just about anyone. it was specifically pointed out on a woman that people want to be self-confident because sometimes there are some people (generally white people) who think, oh gee the life they must have had… so glad to see she looks so good and has perservered… maybe. i cant speak for everyone. no hard feelings to anyone who commented on this either. we all obviously find the photo and woman beautiful.
October 25, 2012 at 12:46 pm
Wearing dress and shoes like that, which undoubtedly make heads turn, you have to be confident whatever your colour!
October 25, 2012 at 9:27 pm
Oh, no apologies necessary! I just meant it for open discussion, awareness, etc. We’re all friends here!
October 26, 2012 at 6:31 am
Yes, we are all friends, to the extent that a human being can be. I agree with you. Nanni Moretti, an italian director, in one of his movie said “Words are important”. They have a weight. But I’m the first that have to learn it.
However, great and intense shot.
October 27, 2012 at 9:54 am
I completely disagree (i am a black african woman too, i should add). You come across as having a chip on your shoulder! Maybe you should scroll through the archives on the site and see that the comments made are simply people calling things as they see them!
I am a regular visitor here and I have seen the word ‘confident’ being ascribed to people of all colours, shapes and sizes thereby rendering your point untrue.
Back to the girl in the picture. She does look confident, she is posing confidently (Tyra Banks would call it fierce, i think), so why should people edit themselves just for the sake of your sensibilities?
And finally, there are worse words in the world than ‘self-confident’….i’m just saying
November 3, 2012 at 2:53 pm
I agree. We OFTEN use words like confident for any person (especially if they are wearing something a bit daring) that seems to show this quality in the photographs. Its a very common description in fashion. (here I go… I am also a person of “color”). LOL
October 28, 2012 at 7:57 am
@Simbarashe – You are really confused! Nothing wrong in being self-conscious. As a black woman myself I can feel the pride this gorgeous lady has. That’s how I want to look up to my sister’s ….. empowered! It’s a beautyful shot. It really represents a new generation of african women.
October 25, 2012 at 11:11 am
And that’s such a powerful picture too, she literally pops out of the background!
October 25, 2012 at 9:05 am
She is gorgeous. Good to see another city too.
This look is so 90s…. yet so chic and understated, despite the ginormous heels. The photo itself is wonderful; the background adds so much!
October 25, 2012 at 9:11 am
She has wonderful regal posture. Just lovely!
October 25, 2012 at 9:12 am
strong, statuesque, feminine, beautiful
October 25, 2012 at 9:19 am
Great to see Johannesburg feature in your blog!
October 25, 2012 at 9:22 am
October 25, 2012 at 9:24 am
SO nice dress !
October 25, 2012 at 9:25 am
Strong woman. Feminine dress. Statement Bag. Such confidence. Love.
Wow she is outstanding!!! really beautifull and classy!
You’re in South Africa!? How exciting! Be prepared to be blown away! Johannesburg is my hometown and I know you will have the trip of a lifetime (and see some great African fashion!)
October 25, 2012 at 9:26 am
I love the context in which you took this pic; I love the expression of this woman.
Lelli, italian fashion family
October 25, 2012 at 9:32 am
October 25, 2012 at 9:34 am
YAY for coming to south africa!
October 25, 2012 at 9:37 am
What a beautiful woman she is!
October 25, 2012 at 9:38 am
October 25, 2012 at 9:39 am
I love the blush colored stilettos…sort of a fresh take on the nude ones that are omnipresent here in the States. I wish I could wear stilettos but I can’t for safety reasons. Besides, the shoebox wouldn’t be bunion-friendly. Sigh. Oh yeah, I love sweater dresses like this…it’s great for traveling. Don’t have to deal with wrinkles!
October 25, 2012 at 9:45 am
Great to see South Africa on your blog! can’t wait to see more.
October 25, 2012 at 9:46 am
Wow. She look amazing. So nice dress and pumps. Great.
Bonnie, Clyde and Marni
October 25, 2012 at 9:47 am
October 25, 2012 at 9:51 am
October 25, 2012 at 9:53 am
FOR REAL? THE SARTORIALIST IS IN MY CITY?
WHERE? I’D LOVE TO MEET & CHAT!
October 25, 2012 at 9:55 am
nice! i love that you went there.
October 25, 2012 at 9:56 am
Bela foto, bela mulher, mas o que me desperta atenção é que o cenário lembra muito a avenida W3 de Brasília. Mais precisamente a ponta da 510 Sul.
October 25, 2012 at 10:01 am
Beautiful. Folks that catch your eye can consider themselves lovingly beheld. Jo’burg is in for a treat.
Daisy Roadster and Coco
October 25, 2012 at 10:03 am
She looks so fierce, so confident ! Love all the colour combinations.
October 25, 2012 at 10:04 am
She looks amazing. We used this colour for our SS13 collection. We are more excited now!!!
October 25, 2012 at 10:07 am
Stunning! I love Joburg!
October 25, 2012 at 10:09 am
she’s gorgeous, great shot.
October 25, 2012 at 10:11 am
October 25, 2012 at 10:17 am
Love this! A lil’ too simple for my taste but aesthetically captivating, then again, I’m on the coast in Cape Town and rocking bohemian chick.
she definitely knows that colour looks great on her! ;) xo, Alma
Style begins at forty
Hanli Mari Nel
I love that you are in SA I am a local, from Pretoria, who has followed your blog for over a year, constantly wishing that your photo’s could make the unique SA fashion scene a part of the global picture (and of course dressing the part).
I would like to humbly suggest you check out campus fashion around University of Johannesburg, University of Pretoria, WITS etc for a vary quirky and diverse look into what the SA youth has to offer.
October 25, 2012 at 10:23 am
October 25, 2012 at 10:30 am
She is beautiful!
October 25, 2012 at 10:31 am
Gorgeous woman. Great legs. Love paint peeling on the ceiling
Welcome to Mzansi, she looks stunning.
October 25, 2012 at 10:35 am
All I can say is WOW! Great shot, love the colour contrast, pose and woman in the shot! She actually looks like she could be modelling something.
It's the Drinks // G
October 25, 2012 at 10:37 am
Wow she is simply stunning! Love her heals :)
October 25, 2012 at 10:42 am
OMG….. She is fierce!!!
October 25, 2012 at 10:44 am
October 25, 2012 at 10:45 am
Such an stunning woman
This is Belgium
October 25, 2012 at 10:52 am
isn’t it amazing how all the previous commentators agree as to her personality and character…
what a photo can say about a person….
Jay, you’re in SA! You should def come down to Cape Town as summer is just starting here.
Would love to see some shots from the shows as well!
October 25, 2012 at 10:56 am
Beautiful woman and beautiful picture! I like the contrast between her and the street! :)
Awesome. Can’t wait to see more. You should visit some of the townships, Alexandra is close to Braamfotein and Soweto is not too far at all. Imagine if you saw some skhotanes.
October 25, 2012 at 10:57 am
Like that color on her!
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October 25, 2012 at 11:05 am
Quel port de tete ! Magnifique !
October 25, 2012 at 11:15 am
stunning!! she can go from day to night with that look and turn heads!!
October 25, 2012 at 11:18 am
That girl knows what she’s doing with her chin!
October 25, 2012 at 11:25 am
From my home city! It’s amazing to finally see some African Queen!!!! What a beautiful shot! Heres hoping Africa will soon be on the map for our vibrant, diverse cultures and warm vibe :)
October 25, 2012 at 11:28 am
Necklines and decolletage are some of the biggest stories for next season..this is a really nice interpretation! her dress reminds me vaguely of some of the pieces for Gucci s/s’13!
October 25, 2012 at 11:31 am
love this picture…reminds me of the late 50s early 60s but really modern
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October 25, 2012 at 11:32 am
i love her outfit!! great photo!
October 25, 2012 at 11:35 am
I love it that she looks so confident. And she does have an amazing body.
October 25, 2012 at 11:37 am
Love your work.
October 25, 2012 at 11:46 am
Wowww…amazing!!! She is beautiful and not only a beautiful body but you can tell there is so muchhhh confidence in her.
The slow pace
October 25, 2012 at 11:47 am
October 25, 2012 at 11:56 am
You were in South Africa? Home. How cool. Hope you enjoyed.
this is really cool! and damn, that girl has excellent posture.
October 25, 2012 at 11:59 am
October 25, 2012 at 12:01 pm
Fantastic Shot, of a beautiful woman perfectly put together!
October 25, 2012 at 12:15 pm
hey, welcome to sa!
October 25, 2012 at 12:17 pm
Well, I just think she’s stunning, it’s a great image and she is just an exquisite looking soul.
October 25, 2012 at 12:23 pm
So happy to see my city featured! I love Jozi and that people know there are jewels such as this lady to be found!
Lilac suits dark skin so well!
She looks stunning!
October 25, 2012 at 12:35 pm
My sister Buhle looks stunning,love u sis!
This is so refreshing to see these looks since Poland.
Now I can notice that actually since there is nothing at stake (streetstyle paparazzi, fashion magazines, etc.), people are more natural. It doesn’t feel like they work hard on they look.
I wish you could travel more out of your comfort zone.
Nice photo !
October 25, 2012 at 12:38 pm
Amazing look! Love it.
October 25, 2012 at 12:43 pm
October 25, 2012 at 12:52 pm
She carries her outfit with such confidence.
October 25, 2012 at 12:54 pm
Best onion bun ever!
She’s beautiful, and her dress style is so classy and classic. Just wow.
October 25, 2012 at 1:05 pm
She’s absolutely stunning. You’ve captured her confidence and elegance in this pic.
October 25, 2012 at 1:34 pm
for me, the only thing that I like, it is the detail on her hair!! nice and diferent…
October 25, 2012 at 1:41 pm
October 25, 2012 at 1:42 pm
Buhle is all attitude – who is this foreigner? And her dress, stunning – Sophiatownesque. I’d love to know how she reacted to you. Its great that you captured Jozi street ads too. Dying to see more from my vibrant home city! Its about time you visited us in SA. Enjoy.
October 25, 2012 at 1:44 pm
wow- so beautiful. classy and fine.
October 25, 2012 at 1:45 pm
Gorgeous look, love the shade of the dress!
October 25, 2012 at 2:00 pm
I love the colors on her and how a simple knit dress looks so flattering.
October 25, 2012 at 2:04 pm
LOVE her look. So simple, elegant and POWERFUL.
-Daisy Nguyen from PS BANANAS fashion blog:
October 25, 2012 at 2:11 pm
enter the necklace giveaway
October 25, 2012 at 2:25 pm
October 25, 2012 at 2:36 pm
Wendy Carlos Williams
October 25, 2012 at 2:45 pm
Her neck and her bones. She’s a beauty!
October 25, 2012 at 2:53 pm
October 25, 2012 at 3:09 pm
Wow!! Johannesburg also features on your blog! Great pic also!
October 25, 2012 at 3:23 pm
(sorry for my english)
Wonderful picture ! She looks “class” ( i don’t know if “class” in french means the same thing in english)
I’m very surprised and very happy to know you go in SA but I think that too many people( celebrities or people who works in mode ) go to SA or Maroco and not to others countries. Africa isn’t that those two countries, there are many others countries to discover in Africa
October 25, 2012 at 3:24 pm
Hermosísima. Sencilla y elegante.
October 25, 2012 at 3:26 pm
loving the colour palette of her outfit and that shot is just brilliant
October 25, 2012 at 3:35 pm
October 25, 2012 at 3:43 pm
So, so Joburg.
October 25, 2012 at 4:44 pm
Oh, so many blah, blah, blahs above…
She IS gorgeous but I don’t like all her missmatches!
I mean, hey, this is fashion, no?
Those shoes doesn’t match the dress and all that plus bag-NO!
2 of those will go, like the dress plus bag plus some flats or the shoes plus dress plus clutch (but I still don’t like the combination of the shoes and the dress), or … well you get it?
Ok, I’m a liar blog
October 25, 2012 at 4:54 pm
WOW! She looks so amazing. Beautiful lady
October 25, 2012 at 4:57 pm
October 25, 2012 at 5:16 pm
Yay! The Sartorialist in my home town! This is so exciting!
As usual, excellent portrait, also will you be having any book signings?
October 25, 2012 at 7:05 pm
Yes! More of this, please, Mr. Schuman.
October 25, 2012 at 7:28 pm
She looks very powerful!
October 25, 2012 at 8:34 pm
What I love is the composition of the photo. You have this stunning woman and then peeling paint, the dated-looking advertising in yellow, etc. It’s interesting, too, how her dress kind of tones with the paving stones and the peeling paint of the ceiling of the overhang in that light. Nice. I really don’t like the shoes though, lest I forget about the fashion for a moment! :)
October 26, 2012 at 1:20 am
I don’t wanna join the debate about this beautiful woman. I will just say what I feel. She is good looking, stunning, self confident; and above all, she is the real definition of magnificent. I love every bit of her.
October 26, 2012 at 2:04 am
Supreme body envy.
It’s been said before, but WOW. Her style is interesting, flattering, and totally works for her. Very nice.
October 26, 2012 at 2:35 am
I like the hint of neon pink bra strap. Great photo. She looks strong and confident.
October 26, 2012 at 2:38 am
Lovely pic, truly excited that you are in Joburg cant wait to see you at MBFWA…..
A Certain Man
October 26, 2012 at 2:51 am
She knows where to find the good deals, even though she doesn’t need them.
Welcome to Mzansi.
October 26, 2012 at 4:54 am
Oh she is so painfully beautiful, this woman; and this outfit looks like it is painted onto her body! And how fitting that this be your first post from Joburg!! Yay for Joburg!!
jeanne de montpel
October 26, 2012 at 5:03 am
j’adore ce qui se dégage de cette photo !
elle semble dire “je suis comme ça mais… ne m’en voulez pas !” :)
plus que le bun, la robe ou les talons je trouve qu’une fois la photo envolée, ce qu’on retient c’est simplement “wouahou, elle dégage !”
October 26, 2012 at 6:29 am
Great picture – love the monotone color scheme. The comments show need to go beyond Europe and USA more often on intl fashion blogs
October 26, 2012 at 8:21 pm
I agree with Video lite,
It will be nice if you could visit some other countries.
There is so much going on in other cities and it will be nice to see it through your pictures.
Thank you so much !!!
October 26, 2012 at 7:32 am
I am very glad that you have been to visit us here in South Africa. I love the juxtaposition of this photograph, beautiful lady……..starter packs sold here.
Lace nd Chiffon - בלוג אופנה
October 26, 2012 at 10:01 am
October 26, 2012 at 10:45 am
Scott, I am so happy for what you are doing for Africa! This is the Africa I know, THIS IS IT! Thank you! xx
October 26, 2012 at 12:11 pm
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October 27, 2012 at 1:43 am
October 27, 2012 at 1:30 pm
Striking, confident, healthy, beautiful.
October 27, 2012 at 2:59 pm
This is a superb example of how keeping it simple can produce the best photography. Beautiful, everything falls into place, a first class image.
October 27, 2012 at 6:26 pm
October 28, 2012 at 8:57 am
She looks great
October 28, 2012 at 2:34 pm
Damn beautiful! The best onepiece I have seen! :-)
October 28, 2012 at 3:49 pm
What a body! – is what immediately comes to mind
October 29, 2012 at 7:07 am
October 29, 2012 at 7:47 am
She is simply drop-dead georgeous.
What an aesthetic photo, what a pleasure to see such beauty
I love it All respects to her for choosing her apparel
proletarian Great Gatsby
October 29, 2012 at 7:51 am
October 29, 2012 at 10:18 am
i’m a south african, and i’ve been visiting this site regularly for the past 3 years. its brilliant to finally have the sartorialist come around to the J-Section. hope he becomes a regular visitor, cos we keep it fresh down here!!
October 29, 2012 at 10:26 am
Stunning – that dress fits her like a GLOVE.
Sea and Swank
October 29, 2012 at 12:57 pm
Delish! SA is a country full of contrasts. Pic depicts that perfectly.
October 29, 2012 at 1:58 pm
I love her pose and the way she looks at the camera as well as her style
October 29, 2012 at 5:55 pm
What a stunning woman.
October 29, 2012 at 9:24 pm
She knows she got it going on!!!!
October 30, 2012 at 5:12 am
October 31, 2012 at 10:29 pm
The lady is so very chic that the dress doesn’t matter!
November 1, 2012 at 7:22 am
She is a vision…
November 2, 2012 at 10:02 am
This lady is my idea of hot and beautiful. She’s got a sassy attitude with that pose and I like the minimalist look and play with nude hues. I am actually rather baffled by the comments alluding to racism above. She’s just a lady with a strong pose that emits self-confidence, no? Why must there be any reference to her race?
November 2, 2012 at 12:09 pm
Beautiful woman who wears that dress beautifully! Her outfit is great. She does exude confidence! I say that because of her pose and her expression. I would say that for anyone with a similar look.
November 4, 2012 at 5:49 am
She’s so elegant!!
November 6, 2012 at 8:23 am
November 6, 2012 at 10:44 pm
I’m not always a fan of the bra-strap, but in this case, I’m intrigued by the way that her bright neon pink strap contrasts with the composed, regal feel of her expression and appearance.