101 comments

  1. Anonymous

    April 9, 2010 at 8:33 am

    If you stopped by Queens you'd be surprised, very.

  2. Simon

    April 9, 2010 at 8:34 am

    you are extremely lucky to visit Moscow on an unusually warm and sunny spell, and our women do dress lively after the long gray winter

  3. Clare

    April 9, 2010 at 8:38 am

    So beautiful, love the vibrant colours.

    tweet tweet tweet

    x

  4. The Boob Nazi

    April 9, 2010 at 8:43 am

    I love this. What a great coat.

  5. Jaci S

    April 9, 2010 at 8:47 am

    There is some style in us office drones, you just have to look really closely! My co-workers and I work in insurance (in Chicago!) and I think our little team livens up our grey cubicle office with our style and color! some of our office mates think we are slightly crazy for wearing skirts and/or dresses and heels, especially in the winter, but who cares!

  6. TwoPatentPumps

    April 9, 2010 at 8:47 am

    I definitely know what you mean.. I think people tend to dress up a bit more overseas. I've been to europe and, in general, the people just look more polished. I never ever saw sweatpants or sweatshirts.

  7. Ashley

    April 9, 2010 at 8:53 am

    The simplicity of just red and black but ironically, the look is so dramatic. The black sash around her waist is adorable. But not a fan of her auburn hair, kinda too matchy-matchy.

    http://www.ashluxe.blogspot.com

  8. Julia

    April 9, 2010 at 8:57 am

    Moscow used to be gray-er in the times of the USSR era, it's certainly far from being gray now :) Perfect picture, I totally love this deep red against the baby blue of the church behind her!

  9. PrairieSurnise

    April 9, 2010 at 9:14 am

    I love that coat!

  10. Kathleen

    April 9, 2010 at 9:15 am

    She is lovely and so self assured. We close our minds to certain parts of the world with a fashion stigma placed on them, shame on us. Some of the greatest art in the world, I'm thinking Carl F. has come from Russia. And what about the furs? Please! I love her red coat, the sexy black leather sash as a belt, the black shoes and tights. She is simply fabulous, very regal, and she knows it!

  11. Daniel

    April 9, 2010 at 9:15 am

    That's just an old stereotype! Moscow is supercool right now. Love her coat!
    Let's grow up Later

  12. Monique

    April 9, 2010 at 9:25 am

    True..nice red coat
    but the gorgeous background impress me more!

  13. Anne

    April 9, 2010 at 9:38 am

    "I never ever saw sweatpants or sweatshirts." I actually giggled out loud from the generalisation :D In my hometown, wearing sweatpants is seen as dressing up almost!

  14. Moscow-girl

    April 9, 2010 at 9:47 am

    It is not unusual for Moscow.
    There are ordinary office employees who do not work in fashion, dress like this lady, with good taste, in classic style, with heels.

  15. InspiringUs

    April 9, 2010 at 9:53 am

    So goog contrast: red & blue. I like it!

  16. miss anna katie scott.

    April 9, 2010 at 10:02 am

    the red against the blue in the background is really effective and eye catching..

  17. Anonymous

    April 9, 2010 at 10:02 am

    Julia, it is not a church. I think, it's a historical mansion in the city centre.

  18. Nataliya

    April 9, 2010 at 10:07 am

    the only reason it was grayer was that there was no opportunity for people to buy the clothes they wanted… but let me tell you, my mom and dad were rockin the 70s look no doubt about it.. and people made their own clothes which could definitely compare to the ones we buy in stores…
    and the women ALWAYS wore heals in Russia. No matter what. the majority of women are in heals and dresses… i wish women were more inclined to do the same in NY but then again.. they hurt so much!!!!! haha.
    cant wait to see more pictures from russia, i know you will find knockouts.

  19. Nataliya

    April 9, 2010 at 10:07 am

    the only reason it was grayer was that there was no opportunity for people to buy the clothes they wanted… but let me tell you, my mom and dad were rockin the 70s look no doubt about it.. and people made their own clothes which could definitely compare to the ones we buy in stores…
    and the women ALWAYS wore heals in Russia. No matter what. the majority of women are in heals and dresses… i wish women were more inclined to do the same in NY but then again.. they hurt so much!!!!! haha.
    cant wait to see more pictures from russia, i know you will find knockouts.

  20. Vijay Kumar

    April 9, 2010 at 10:08 am

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    Please give me some tips for improve my blog.

  21. Methinks

    April 9, 2010 at 10:24 am

    I left Moscow during the cold war and it was a grey, drab place.

    You're looking at Moscow 20 years after the collapse. I returned in the early 90's when huge piles of rubbish were piled up around the city and I've been back since. The difference is striking.

    Women schlep around Moscow in stilettos and big fur "shuba" or colourful coats. They're always dressed up. I tend to dress in jeans and unassuming coats when I'm there so as not to attract attention and become a target. One of my aunts asked me why I insist on dressing "so poor". In NYC, the way I dress would be considered normal.

    I love her coat. The cut, the colour, the sash. It hearkens back to a pre-revolutionary Russian style.

  22. Hera

    April 9, 2010 at 10:25 am

    I love her coat and everything about this picture, the blue background , the combination red and black.

  23. ML

    April 9, 2010 at 10:28 am

    Are these YSL pumps, I wonder? She is refreshing

  24. Anonymous

    April 9, 2010 at 10:30 am

    Ashley-how can you comment negatively on someone's given hair color?!! Can't blondes wear yellow? And redheads wear red? She looks great and very approachable.

  25. FASHION SNAG

    April 9, 2010 at 10:42 am

    Wow, love her vibrant red coat. x

    http://www.FashionSnag.com

  26. Anton

    April 9, 2010 at 10:42 am

    It was a Wendy's commercial. Of course the hamburger is as gray as the clothes:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5CaMUfxVJVQ

  27. girl6_nyc

    April 9, 2010 at 10:47 am

    No offense, but maybe you should venture out in the city a little more. I see tons of well dressed women on their way to work and Im one of them. You're not going to see the trendiest outfits but you will see more than a few women who take the time to look good even if theyre not working in the fashion industry.

  28. Brigadeiro

    April 9, 2010 at 10:54 am

    Gorgeous vibrant colour, and so beautiful against the blue backdrop…

  29. Sky Pies

    April 9, 2010 at 11:12 am

    I've always wanted to go to Moscow. I've heard so many great things about Russia but haven't had the chance to go! I know it's famous for beautiful girls lol and she is definitely one of them!

    http://skiepies.blogspot.com/

  30. Katerina

    April 9, 2010 at 11:13 am

    I am a Russian living in the USA…definitely agree that streets in Moscow and actually in most cities in Russia are full of surprises,great taste,characters and beauty..I miss it here a lot..people,ladies especially,don't take pride in dressing up,i rarely see some effort…
    sometimes,although Russians dress up too much,but i'd rather see that than sweatpants or pajamas.. after all I think Russian women are very beautiful,they take care of themselves and they are anything but grey!!

  31. no-more-wire-hangers

    April 9, 2010 at 11:15 am

    Red coats will ALWAYS create a great impact i reckon :)

  32. thebeautyphilosopher

    April 9, 2010 at 11:24 am

    Wonderful; just wonderful.

  33. Anonymous

    April 9, 2010 at 11:30 am

    I love your blog, but why the dig at Queens? Maybe you just need to meet more account managers.

  34. TakeTheMoment!

    April 9, 2010 at 11:37 am

    Such a great colours! ! !

  35. Amita

    April 9, 2010 at 11:47 am

    really wonderful!(:

    ashesofcarnations.blogspot.com

  36. Archie

    April 9, 2010 at 12:04 pm

    The russian Samantha Morton

    http://www.thearchblog.com

  37. Anon.:

    April 9, 2010 at 12:04 pm

    Dear Scott,
    I remember you made a similarly disparaging remark about a geographic location's fashion shortcomings about my city, Pittsburgh, a few years ago with regard to the surely appalled reception men's leggings would receive. On the contrary, a tightest pants contest around here would elicit some skeleton-defying results from the boys. It seems contrary to reason that a street fashion photographer would assume on superficial contact that a place lacks no style. Shooting in the village and Milan is like fish in a barrel.

  38. Alterations Needed

    April 9, 2010 at 12:14 pm

    Man, red coats are the best. They just exude confidence. I like the contrast belt she's wearing too. makes it more interesting.

  39. Poivre Monkey

    April 9, 2010 at 12:40 pm

  40. Anonymous

    April 9, 2010 at 1:15 pm

    If you stopped by Queens you'd be surprised, very.
    ———————-
    word!

  41. Jessica

    April 9, 2010 at 1:21 pm

    Don't write it off. A girl I know who is a project manager for a commercial fixtures manufacturer here in Portland is one of the most stylish women in town.

    It's the sort of job that means you want to move up in business, and at the sort of business that makes tangible objects, as opposed to the businesses that just advise or advertise or comment.

    You don't become the CEO of P&G by starting at a magazine…

  42. @nnoushka

    April 9, 2010 at 1:34 pm

    I want that coat! Maybe I should move to Moscow????

  43. Mumei

    April 9, 2010 at 1:50 pm

    fantatic contrast in her outfit and the hot foregroud vs. cool background.

    very nice.

  44. Fashion As a 2nd Language

    April 9, 2010 at 2:01 pm

    Moscow and St. Petersburg can be beautiful, romantic places: look at those pretty blue walls and grand windows! Like most of the world's great cities, they also hold striking contrasts: the very poor next to the very rich, the very old and traditional next to young trendsters. It's interesting, though, how the color & shape of her coat manage to say "fashion" in so many languages.

  45. Anonymous

    April 9, 2010 at 2:20 pm

    You're sounding pretty snobby here Scott. There are many vibrantly dressed and beautiful women in Queens.

  46. Jessica

    April 9, 2010 at 2:25 pm

    If there's one thing I like about Moscow, it's that women dress like women.

  47. THESTREETFASHION5XPRO

    April 9, 2010 at 2:34 pm

    super

  48. Anonymous

    April 9, 2010 at 3:22 pm

    Don't go knocking Queens. It's New York's last redoubt of ethnic neighborhoods – and hopefully will stay that way.

  49. Mari

    April 9, 2010 at 3:33 pm

    Russian girls wear the craziest things, we like all that is bright and showy. Sometimes malheureusement also bling bling.. But I think we do it to contrast with the rather grey-shaded Moscow.
    http://mariwoolf.blogspot.com

  50. Anonymous

    April 9, 2010 at 3:47 pm

  51. katrina kay

    April 9, 2010 at 3:50 pm

    love the red with the blue background!

  52. Heather Taylor

    April 9, 2010 at 5:38 pm

    Fabulous coat!

  53. stylespotterfashionblogger

    April 9, 2010 at 5:45 pm

    Love the colour of the coat! And the belt! Very striking!

  54. Ava86

    April 9, 2010 at 6:13 pm

    That divine coat and historic building…together are sublime.

  55. Anonymous

    April 9, 2010 at 6:17 pm

    It's a beautiful coat, but it overpowers her. Also, wondering if you've ever been outside of half a mile radius of red sq. Since you're complaining about queens, you might want to check out people in Moscow suburbs. Let's compare apples to apples.

  56. Krispahlyn

    April 9, 2010 at 7:03 pm

    WOW! I'd love to have her fierce red coat.

    http://www.kdaria.posterous.com

  57. Anonymous

    April 9, 2010 at 7:15 pm

    Dear Scott,
    Can you please post more pictures from Russia? There are a lot of wonderful pictures from NY, Paris, Milano on your website. I believe Eastern Europeans deserve some attentions too! I live in Boston now but I am originally from Belarus. Every time I go there I feel so inspired to dress up when I come back!
    Kisses,
    Yuliya.

  58. Shrimpton Couture

    April 9, 2010 at 7:20 pm

    Russia is one of the most fashionable places on the planet. It one of my favorite places period! Moscow is ALL about fashion. They play FTV there like they do TSN in the USA. What a sensible country no?

  59. rj

    April 9, 2010 at 7:27 pm

    quietly confident and cool, and one of the best photos in my opinion. also, she is attractive woman!!!

  60. Anonymous

    April 9, 2010 at 7:53 pm

    I'd forgotten how powerful red is to wear. I love it with those shoes, otherwise it wouldn't work for me. Creates a kind of romantic look.

  61. Kristina Karenina

    April 9, 2010 at 7:57 pm

    Moscow is like any other place in the world. There are women in stunning designer labels and there are women suffocating in outrageous spandex. Its a matter of taste and of course finances.

    The red military-inspired coat is absolutely gorgeous because of its regal simplicity, but I do agree it slightly does overpower her fragile features.

  62. Costume Jewellery

    April 9, 2010 at 8:26 pm

    Looking good for an account manager. Maybe she's in the wrong industry!

  63. Maya

    April 9, 2010 at 8:39 pm

    Believe me, all communist block countries wore gray/ brownish quite shapeless and garments for years, because there was nothing else- unless you had an aunt in US who sent you used clothing, black-market dollars or ability to make your clothing yourself. People were starved for fashion. We had some fashion heroes – Barbara Hoff in Poland singlehandedly produced small collections sold in thousands.
    It's all very different now.
    By the way – red coat – nice, but not remarkable.

  64. Nicole Then

    April 9, 2010 at 9:34 pm

    haha love your comment about the burger commercial. her coat is fantastic and against that blue building = awesome

  65. Masha

    April 9, 2010 at 11:23 pm

    When I came to US 2.5 years ago I was very uncomfortable in my clothes because I stood out, I was overdressed, even though in Russia the way I dressed was not even considered flashy. So I started wearing more unfashinable clothes, which now I regret because I shouldn't've been influenced by all the sweat-pants and t-shirts that people wear in public (which I will wear only if someone hits me on the head pretty hard with a hammer)…
    Now I am going back home this summer and I will feel definetly in my shoes…

    Red coat + high heels = perfect!

  66. Anonymous

    April 10, 2010 at 2:47 am

    FINALLY!!!! Some real color! So sick of seeing the same boring shades of camel, gray and black!!

  67. HBTN

    April 10, 2010 at 5:46 am

    the clash between the tiffany blue wall and her cherry red coat is spectacular. Love it. http://www.hbtnstyle.com.au

  68. catch-life

    April 10, 2010 at 5:52 am

    Dear Scott, thank you very much for yesterday's book signing – and for the book, fist of all! Like many others, I came yesterday in hope to buy it, and it was great to receive it as a gift from you. I hope you like Moscow. Come more often – our city looks quite different in different seasons, and street fashion as well. Thank you again, best wishes – Natasha.

  69. Isabelle

    April 10, 2010 at 7:37 am

    Oh, fabulous sash & big red coat combo!

    http://izzenxoxo.blogspot.com

  70. Milt-fresh_best-dressed

    April 10, 2010 at 9:56 am

    THAT COAT IZ DANGEROUZ AND SPEAKZ VOLUMEZ!!! RED IZ A STRONG COLOR ANYWAY. SO WHEN ADDED TO A GARMENT SUCH AZ THIZ IT HAZ THE POER TO SPEAK ON ITZ OWN.

  71. Ellie

    April 10, 2010 at 10:28 am

    I love the way she's set against the blue back drop. Nice!

  72. Susan

    April 10, 2010 at 10:55 am

    Yes, Queens! My job has recently moved to Long Island City and I've been impressed with what I have have scene, food and people wise. There are so many studios doing creative, tactile work, galleries, PS1 and the MOMA outpost. It's definitely worth a walk around.

  73. kendal croix

    April 10, 2010 at 11:24 am

    just a beautiful coat.

  74. Gene Wicker Jr

    April 10, 2010 at 11:51 am

    Killer red coat. Great contrast of her red/black against the blue in the background.

  75. Nadine

    April 10, 2010 at 12:29 pm

    Scott, thanks for this picture

    i live in Moscow for all my life and can assert it's a typical outfit for work. more or less. rather more.
    that's great that simple russian women's style was appreciate by you. And you showed it to people in your blog hehe

    we're waiting you back!

  76. TheKiwiBex

    April 10, 2010 at 1:20 pm

    Absolutely stunning! I love the way she has the collar up and has cinched the waist with the leather belt…

  77. Anonymous

    April 10, 2010 at 4:59 pm

    Love the blog and her fabulous red coat but picking on Queens … wha!?… like someone else commented, taking pictures in Paris and Milan is like shooting a fish in a barrel. Visit Queens.

  78. The Photodiarist

    April 10, 2010 at 7:53 pm

    Gorgeous colors.

  79. Erin Clare

    April 10, 2010 at 8:33 pm

    After just returning from Moscow, I realized that Russian women embody the concept of "Nahodnost" –or making due with what one has in a creative and clever way–to a T when it comes to fashion. Chances are this is her only coat, and those heels were purchased with three weeks wages (Though if she's working in the area where you shot this, she's probably making a bit more…) or as knock offs at the Cherkizovski market. But regardless of whether she's wearing a tattered housecoat at home, she'll make this look amazing every single day. It also never ceased to amaze me the speed at which Moscow women could walk through the snowy streets in their stilettos, all winter long… it's an art form.

  80. Anonymous

    April 11, 2010 at 12:30 am

    The Russians are quite fashionable in my experience- both in Russia and abroad. The old Wendy's commercial did have some truth to it- I visited GUM on Red Square not long after the fall of the iron curtain, and the lady shop workers all wore those blue dress/cover thingys. It was pretty amazing!
    I was back several years ago- both Moscow & St. Pete had most major world class cities beat! Leave it to the Russians!

  81. Pernilla

    April 11, 2010 at 10:52 am

    i don't know why, but she looks like Carey Mulligan!
    love her shoes..

  82. Jack Daniel

    April 11, 2010 at 2:27 pm

    Woah, such a good looking lady.

  83. Liya

    April 11, 2010 at 9:31 pm

    I love that coat! And it is so true that people in Russia dress up more for work… I guess its their way of beating the all-year-round cold weather blues..

  84. Alex.and Ria

    April 11, 2010 at 10:25 pm

  85. Duke E.

    April 11, 2010 at 10:38 pm

    Pure beauty! Pure elegance!!

  86. Jacq

    April 12, 2010 at 4:23 am

    She is super stylish. The cut of that coat is just lovely, particularly with the wide belt.

  87. Gant Jumper

    April 12, 2010 at 7:28 am

    That red coat is to die for! Stunning colour as well

  88. I love this coat – the red is so uplifting for winter and the collar is fab!

  89. Story Collector

    April 12, 2010 at 9:32 am

    The vibrant red against the cool blue makes a fab combination. I love the collar, it's really elegant.

  90. shopgirlpenny

    April 12, 2010 at 9:58 am

    I'm an account manager who lives in queens who I'd like to think has a keen eye for fashion. ;)

  91. Little Lovables

    April 12, 2010 at 10:18 am

    so lovely, love the shape how the coat bottom flares out like a dress

  92. Laura Trevey

    April 12, 2010 at 11:10 am

    I love red coats! What a bold statement ~~

  93. GLOw

    April 12, 2010 at 11:19 am

    Marvellous contrasting colours!

  94. Anonymous

    April 12, 2010 at 2:27 pm

    Anon 12:04, I second that!
    "Shooting in the village and Milan is like fish in a barrel."

  95. enterrement vie de jeune fille Paris

    April 12, 2010 at 4:37 pm

    très jolie manteau.
    Lilou

  96. soyouthinkyourecool.com

    April 12, 2010 at 5:53 pm

    Love it! Great color, very cool

  97. SoggyFrog

    April 13, 2010 at 3:36 am

    I'd expect an account manager to be quite attentive to her appearance, as this woman is. Not to be confused with a management accountant.

  98. Cheryl Lynn

    April 13, 2010 at 10:20 am

    Oh my goodness! I remember that commerical and was just discussing it the other day with a friend. Every time I think of it, it still cracks me up!

    This young lady is beautiful and very stylish. Red suits her just fine. I'm one of those office workers who dresses in high heels and skirts, dresses and suits every day. I get laughed at for my 3,4, and 5+ inch stilettos and platforms, but hey, that's okay with me.

    Great pic!

  99. SANTA VESTE modas

    April 13, 2010 at 11:33 am

    It's beautiful, uma inspiração o look dela!!

  100. kkollwitz

    April 13, 2010 at 1:44 pm

    I was in Moscow for a couple of weeks in the winter of 2000-2001 for an adoption.

    Like many visitors I was struck by the elegance of Russian women.

  101. Anonymous

    April 19, 2010 at 4:26 am

    Were there any Built in Appliance Manufacturers in Moscow where a typical working girl could afford to dress with fashion during it's gray period?
    Are there any in Queens now?

    A.M.

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