Jump to comment form
April 5, 2010 at 6:27 pm
April 5, 2010 at 6:28 pm
Beautiful shot, completely vivid although it's in black & white.
Love her argyle tights!
the contemporary ingenue
The Fashion Alchemist
April 5, 2010 at 6:31 pm
I absolutely love this photo! From her diamond tights, to that bag, the pear shaped layers and her alice in wonderland esque lips!!
April 5, 2010 at 6:33 pm
i want to be exactly like this when i'm old. or at least with the same lipstick.
April 5, 2010 at 6:34 pm
incredible woman…. her layers and tights with wee ballet flats. very ballet
April 5, 2010 at 6:40 pm
Love it, she looks stunning and it's great that it's in black & white.
April 5, 2010 at 6:41 pm
look at that lipstick. …great shot …love the graffiti on the wall
Amazing image! She's fantastic. So individual.
WE SPY WITH MY LITTLE i
Here is a lady of sheer excellence! The fur, the tatty ballerina pumps, her love for Alber Elbaz, the Vivienne Westwood tights and her bowl cut barnet. I salut you!
April 5, 2010 at 6:42 pm
I love her! First saw her in an article on unique beauty in "O, the Oprah Magazine." An admirable, truly one-of-a-kind, fabulous woman.
April 5, 2010 at 6:46 pm
great choice of clothes and make-up!
In the 1920s, everyone wanted those Clara Bow lips. She's a trend setter to bring them back en vogue. So sweet.
April 5, 2010 at 6:49 pm
I love her look! :)
April 5, 2010 at 6:50 pm
She appears to be an icon. Love her lipstick, purse, socks, and how her fur collar frames her face.
April 5, 2010 at 6:51 pm
same here I am loving the argyle tights! great picture :)
April 5, 2010 at 6:55 pm
When I grow old.I want to be her.
April 5, 2010 at 7:00 pm
beautiful photo.I love the bag and tights!
April 5, 2010 at 7:06 pm
April 5, 2010 at 7:07 pm
what a character, individualism in fashion. love it.
April 5, 2010 at 7:15 pm
See Your Style
April 5, 2010 at 7:18 pm
She's lovely and really holds her style well. Saw her last Sunday in the Club Monaco on Fifth of all places…with a black tutu in hand.
April 5, 2010 at 7:30 pm
Love her. Love her look. I'm such a huge fan of Lynn Yaeger. She's got great vision, spirit and humor. I'm so glad you included her on your blog.
April 5, 2010 at 7:35 pm
i LOVE her. What is she doing now that she's not at the newspaper?
April 5, 2010 at 7:36 pm
She is amazing… What a unique style! One of a kind.
April 5, 2010 at 7:41 pm
How can you not respect her?
April 5, 2010 at 7:46 pm
what a darling she is! she makes me happy to love fashion because you know deep down in her soul she absolutely adores it!
April 5, 2010 at 7:48 pm
this picture is beautiful, she almost looks like a character from a story, the look with the fur, tights and bag is so playful and the black and white image is powerful!
April 5, 2010 at 7:54 pm
LYNN! one of my fave fashon writers. Straight, no chaser.
Hélène - Odha la mode
April 5, 2010 at 7:59 pm
Wow, cette photo est juste sublime! J'adore son sac, son manteau et… ses collants!
Odha la mode
April 5, 2010 at 8:01 pm
Oh my! She's one to behold.
April 5, 2010 at 8:08 pm
This woman is BRILLIANT. There is so much that is awesome about this photo, and her.
April 5, 2010 at 8:17 pm
I am in LOVE with this lady. She just reminds me sooo much of my grams.
April 5, 2010 at 8:31 pm
she always looks the same…I suppose that's part of her charm!
April 5, 2010 at 8:51 pm
This is the most amazing thing I've ever seen. Scott, you have this ability to grab and/or move me everytime. I am a writer and artist and fashion blogger and what I find on your blog is constantly surprising and consistently inspiring. Merci, simplement.http://quicksaidthebird.wordpress.com/
April 5, 2010 at 8:57 pm
She's amazing! Just love her style xx
April 5, 2010 at 9:04 pm
You love her because you know her, or at least have seen her often enough. Otherwise, you'd think she was an eccentric old woman in costume.
April 5, 2010 at 9:11 pm
wonderful and very interesting picture.
April 5, 2010 at 9:14 pm
great bag. hope to be as awesome as her when i'm older.
April 5, 2010 at 9:19 pm
I love the Lanvin bag!
April 5, 2010 at 9:39 pm
I love the photo and I love the woman in it.
April 5, 2010 at 9:40 pm
April 5, 2010 at 9:45 pm
the lips+thebag+thefur+thecoat+ABSOLUTELY EVERYTHING i loveeelovelove
April 5, 2010 at 9:46 pm
Oh, I do adore! Gorgeous.
April 5, 2010 at 9:49 pm
I am a MAJOR Lynn Yeager fan. Lynn Yeager totally shows that clothes are a joy, and the more the merrier. I always feel as though she loves her body, too. She seems admirably free of the notion that one must dress to flatter the body or to improve upon the body. Yeager's outfits always say to me, "Oh, lighten up about your body! It's strong, it makes a good hanger–what's not to love?"
April 5, 2010 at 10:06 pm
Love Her!One of the nicest persons you would ever want to meet!
For the post above about wanting to be her when she gets old-
WHY WAIT ????????????????????????NOW is THE perfect time
April 5, 2010 at 10:25 pm
She reminds me of Vivienne Westwood here – The Eternal Gamine. She has her own POV that is both strange and beautiful all at once.
April 5, 2010 at 10:32 pm
Very interesting black&white picture, it makes her look from another time, even more…
April 5, 2010 at 10:36 pm
Ms. Yaeger's piece on French allure on the cheap in last month's Vogue was humourous and informative. She clearly knows a thing or two about personal style.
April 5, 2010 at 10:53 pm
Lynn Yeager is one of the people I would love to see in a major fashion magazine interview – she is much more fascinating than the boring celebrities they profile every month.
April 5, 2010 at 10:54 pm
such a cool photo
the Citizen Rosebud
April 5, 2010 at 11:00 pm
from the first time I ever saw a picture of her, I have loved her look! She is awesome!
April 5, 2010 at 11:36 pm
April 5, 2010 at 11:49 pm
She's having fun … which looks awesome!
April 5, 2010 at 11:54 pm
I LIVE FOR HER
April 6, 2010 at 12:32 am
Realy beautiful image. Reminds me of the Brassai photograph, La Mome Bijou.
April 6, 2010 at 12:33 am
April 6, 2010 at 1:37 am
April 6, 2010 at 1:45 am
I agree with the anonymous comment above: you only think she's adorable because you know who she is. Your praise is a totally arbitrary evaluation of what would otherwise be considered bizarre.
April 6, 2010 at 1:55 am
I agree with the comment: "…you love her because you know her."
She is a talented writer and may be a charming and amusing person, but if you saw those costumes on a woman walking down the street, you would be appalled. What hypocrisy.
April 6, 2010 at 2:59 am
I LOOOVE HER! She is GOURGES (how do you spell???) anyway… she's perfekt, thats a really good shot!! .., thats good!!! 10/10 points!!!!!
IF YOU LIKE ART —> new pictureshttp://johannaurban.blogspot.com/
April 6, 2010 at 3:38 am
Love your B&W photos!
Rizqy Sultan Alfaroby
April 6, 2010 at 4:16 am
proletarian Great Gatsby
April 6, 2010 at 4:40 am
A good fairy of our days.Is she so angelical & ironical as she looks like?
April 6, 2010 at 5:07 am
impressive! Nice lanvin, indeed!
April 6, 2010 at 5:12 am
Interesting lady, and fantastic picture. I really like the black and white and composition of this photo.Her lipstick and tights move me!
April 6, 2010 at 5:53 am
To Anonymous 9:04: what's wrong with eccentric old women? I think she looks lovely, and I don't even know her name. I hope to become as inspiring when I grow old.
And the picture is beautiful! I love how it's written "Valérie Pécresse" on the wall…
April 6, 2010 at 5:59 am
Yeager channels eccentric chic best! The Lanvin bag matches her personality.
April 6, 2010 at 6:04 am
This is unique style of fashions.
April 6, 2010 at 6:10 am
My god she looks great !
April 6, 2010 at 6:54 am
What a gorgeousness.
April 6, 2010 at 7:13 am
first thought to see her is.. WAT A LOVELY DARING LADY..!! simply loving her style.. looks as the fusion of modern victorian look…doesnt it??
April 6, 2010 at 7:19 am
Good Lord…I love it!!
April 6, 2010 at 7:24 am
Where is she going ?
April 6, 2010 at 7:46 am
NIght Life Blues
April 6, 2010 at 8:15 am
Wow she has four eyes two are as usual that human being have and rest two is on her lovely bag….for keeping eye on the bag…
Jorge from W Palm Beach
April 6, 2010 at 8:33 am
One of the great ladies of fashion! Interestingly enough, if you put them in a line-up, you will see they all have discovered what works for them in terms of hair, makeup, and silhouette- and they stick to that regardless of what is fashionable at the moment. And THAT is style instead of, or maybe in addition to, fashion. Great shot, and I love that it is in black and white. Jorge from WPB
April 6, 2010 at 8:45 am
Love love love her!!!
it´s like a 20´s comeback
April 6, 2010 at 8:50 am
Hello from Bs. As Argentina! Love your blog…i check everyday, it always inspires me…thank you very much.
To the Anon posters: I think your snarky posts are hilarious! Why so angry? Ms Yeager's ensemble is her own whether she's famous, infamous. If you need to interpret her motives or her sanity that's too bad. If you would be "appalled" to see this on a woman walking down the street, wow. Too bad for you.As for myself I simply enjoy the whimsy and unique-ness. A true joy IMHO. I say bravo.Love from VT
April 6, 2010 at 8:58 am
I just want to say thank you for this blog, and for the new perspective to fashion and lifestyle that it gave me. I came back from Paris yesterday (that was my first time in that fantastic city), and during my trip I realized that I know – at least a little bit – how French people's urban-style is today. Thanks to this blog. And also because I check on The Sartorialist every day I've started unintentionally to search for stylish persons "on the street" who would be a good subjects for you:)
April 6, 2010 at 9:14 am
Oh wow! This photo is simply wonderful!
April 6, 2010 at 9:21 am
So Kawaii!(Cute in Japanese)
I have tag your blog on my site. http://www.ylori.com/blog
April 6, 2010 at 9:43 am
April 6, 2010 at 10:09 am
She looks fabulous with that..
April 6, 2010 at 10:19 am
WOW! She's amazing and scary in equal measure – and no, I'm not just saying that because of who she is (thank you, Anonymous) because I have never seen her before. Now that I have seen her, however, I wonder how I never have before – she's wonderful! Love the eyes on the bag.
Allen - East Hampton
April 6, 2010 at 10:28 am
A true original. I would see her here and there in Greenwich Village for years, before learning her identity. She never disappoints. Go Lynn!
April 6, 2010 at 10:37 am
Wanna see the color!!!!!! Especially on her!!!!!!!
April 6, 2010 at 10:38 am
To those of you who say we'd hate her for her oddness if we didn't know who she was, well, I guess if you're in Mall Land, that would be the case. In New York, she doesn't look odd or weird at all. One reason why is that her look is well thought out and very well done. Her clothes and person are clean, and her make up meticulously done. Her look is obviously not the result of a disheveled mind. AND I've seen little kids in NYC beam when they see her, which probably isn't the case for you crankies.
From Me To You
April 6, 2010 at 10:40 am
I saw her in Manhattan a couple of weeks ago having dinner in a cafe in the west village. I myself gasp'd knowing who she was, I wish we had more inspiring people like this in the world.
April 6, 2010 at 10:53 am
Never gets old!!She has young heart definitely.
April 6, 2010 at 10:59 am
I didn't know Adolphe Menjou was still alive.
April 6, 2010 at 11:31 am
I'm kinda in love with Lynn, she can do no wrong in my eyes.
April 6, 2010 at 11:33 am
how can you seriously say she looks remotely good…
April 6, 2010 at 11:39 am
Visions of August Sander!Stylish!
April 6, 2010 at 12:11 pm
Gawd I miss her writing at The Village Voice!wonderful shot…
April 6, 2010 at 12:38 pm
couture by dr who when beautiful worlds a venus among women arises…imagination kisses our check thanks
April 6, 2010 at 1:13 pm
All right.. I like her coat and the fur, I like the four eyes, the hair cut… yes why not, quite interesting. BUT I think the shoes, tights and dress (?) are completely wrong, and the lipstick makes her look like a rabbit. Yet she seems to be an interesting person.
April 6, 2010 at 1:15 pm
I bet anything she was buying the black tutu at Club Monaco to either 1- dress one of her antique dolls or teddy bears or 2- wear as a Queen Elizabeth I ruff. :) I love Lynn, too. Bugger off, haters.
To those "anonymous" commenters who say we love her only because we've seen her around and we know who she is: Many of us, myself included, have been reading her for years. I was reading her long before I had any idea what she looked like or how she likes to dress. She's a writer first and foremost — a terrific one — and if she doesn't fit your mold of what a style icon ought to be, that's perfectly legitimate. But don't waste your time, energy and meager brainwaves lecturing those of us who respond to her look about why we -shouldn't- be responding.
And I'm signing this with my real name.
April 6, 2010 at 1:20 pm
IT SEEMS THE SARTORIALIST HAS MANY FANS IN BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA. WHEN ARE YOU GOING TO VISIT US??
April 6, 2010 at 1:27 pm
She's GREAT but, why do I have a feeling that she's going to hate this photo.Wish I can see her apt. bet it looks fantastic.Love from Cape Town.
April 6, 2010 at 1:29 pm
I LOVE her…
tweet tweet tweet
April 6, 2010 at 1:36 pm
didn't to much but looks young with her style n she enjoy it… cool.. n brave
April 6, 2010 at 1:38 pm
Completely splendid. Thank goodness for people who can inspire simply with cheeky and evocative hair and makeup!
April 6, 2010 at 2:30 pm
Talk about layering… Genius! Nice pair of eyes on her bag too.
April 6, 2010 at 2:33 pm
she's truly an original spirit
April 6, 2010 at 2:35 pm
THIS is style. she is always so comfortable being HER. i had a negative comment about the leopard print with yellow rain coat lady a few days ago . . . that is not style; that is putting trendy pieces together and hoping for the best. but lynn. LYNN!!! she is a true icon. i love her.
April 6, 2010 at 3:31 pm
I love her, she looks truly original and carefree. I wish I had her stance to the world.
April 6, 2010 at 3:35 pm
Whatever you say, you've got to think she got the proportions right.
And really, what do I want from folks in fashion but to push the boundaries.
April 6, 2010 at 4:06 pm
i dream of being this woman. love her.
April 6, 2010 at 4:13 pm
Love that she dresses for comfort and not for trends. And writes damned inciteful fashion articles and critiques as well.
April 6, 2010 at 4:31 pm
I love Lynn and the article she wrote for Vogue a few months ago about curtailing her spending was just what the doctor ordered(for me) .
April 6, 2010 at 5:22 pm
so cute! This makes me think of Spirited Away
April 6, 2010 at 5:26 pm
love this pict…amazing black & white
April 6, 2010 at 7:33 pm
Fashion on the edge. Would be interesting to have a closer look at her earrings and rings.
April 6, 2010 at 7:35 pm
She's like Kazuo Ohno or Tilda Swinton or Jackie Kennedy, she just vibrates at a higher visual frequency than most and I think the haters can't stand that she's just so over the top delightful and positive. I see stories and genius here. And a visual feast and for god's sake she's not THAT old is she? People are living to 110+ quite regularly these days, she's still a kid!
April 6, 2010 at 8:57 pm
This is the real RED QUEEN..off with their head….. She is a legend….
April 6, 2010 at 9:34 pm
I absolutely love that fur scarf that she dons in all of her photos. I almost envy her, it's as if there's some sort of sentimental value to it. Everyone has an accessory or garment that they absolutely cherish, and she wears her fur with such devotion. That's what the world needs more of; people who wear their clothes with devotion.
I love it.
April 6, 2010 at 9:41 pm
i think i saw her today!
April 6, 2010 at 9:49 pm
A person isn't a "hater" simply because their opinion is the opposite of yours. My reaction is the same: if I knew her as a local, I would probably think she was a charming character. If it was my mother who showed up at Easter service looking like that, I'd probably expire from embarrassment.
April 7, 2010 at 2:07 am
As someone said previously, this photo evokes Brassai. But what an awesome work of art this woman is. To be interesting from the top of your head to the soles of your feet is an achievement few can pull off. Perfect.
April 7, 2010 at 5:40 am
she's friggin sassy, its just ageless!
April 7, 2010 at 8:52 am
Klaus Nomi lipstick, anyone?
April 7, 2010 at 9:33 am
GREAT PHOTO OF LYNN….HI LYNN…THIS IS FROM OLD FRIEND 'LYNN'…SHE LOOKS GREAT AND HAS THE MOST PERSONAL OF STYLE…..LOVE IT….THANKS…L
April 7, 2010 at 1:18 pm
Stephanie Zacherak, dear, please calm down!
You made the very point you claim to protest: "Many of us, myself included, have been reading her for years. I was reading her long before I had any idea what she looked like or how she likes to dress." So you already admired her for her fine work — the quality of which no one is disputing — thus were predisposed to look at her style favorably.
Your further comment:"…if she doesn't fit your mold of what a style icon ought to be, that's perfectly legitimate. But don't waste your time, energy and meager brainwaves lecturing those of us who respond to her look about why we -shouldn't- be responding." You seem to be terribly sensitive if you think a few critical comments are "lecturing." You're also rather rude to assume that anyone who doesn't agree with your point of view has "meager brainwaves."
No one attacked Ms. Yeager's character and, for heaven's sake, it's just fashion we're discussing, not nuclear war. Volatile personalities like yours are why many of us prefer to remain anonymous!
Emmit Pax Denver
April 7, 2010 at 1:39 pm
My first, honest-to-God thought was "How overdressed."
It's true; I thought all the layers and everything that's going on made her look like a hobo at first. But closer inspection revealed the Clara Bow lips and the ballet pumps and all the little – and big – things thrown in and I decided to love this woman's style.
It may also have helped that the picture is in black and white. I have a feeling that that greatly flattered her dressing.
April 7, 2010 at 2:21 pm
For many years, I used to see Lynn on the street. (She worked near where I live). I had no idea who she was but I was always enthralled by her way of dressing, very unique. When I finally realized she was "Lynn Yeager" I was floored! In a way, it was a disappointment, because now her look made sense, whereas before she was just a fascinating mystery. For those of you who think Lynn's look would not be admired if "you didn't know who she was", I say: phooey! You must not live in New York City. WE live for people who dress with this much style, famous or not.
April 7, 2010 at 7:11 pm
i really don't get the praise. i don't know the woman or her work. based on this photo…yikes. bag lady chic? it really looks odd, and i live in san francisco where odd is normal.
as my grandmother used to say, "it's a look"!
April 7, 2010 at 7:39 pm
A fantastic look and an even better picture – photographing that Lanvin-bag in front of a graffitied wall – and all black and white is just sooo clever!
April 7, 2010 at 8:03 pm
wonderful style. thank you for posting. how can i be a writer and have never heard of HER? i just read an article saying she was laid off from The Village Voice after 30 years. it seems to be their loss…great bag!
April 8, 2010 at 1:07 am
You said, " if you saw those costumes on a woman walking down the street, you would be appalled. What hypocrisy".
It was precisely her look that originally drew me to her and prompted me to think "Who is this woman? I must find out more!" If I had had the privilege of seeing her walking down the street, I would have thought, "I'd love to hang out with her."
I suggest you read the piece she wrote 5 years ago for the NY Times Magazine, "Doll Face" for a better understanding of why many people would be drawn to Lynn Yaeger or an individual who would dress with the zest and flair of someone like Lynn.
April 8, 2010 at 5:12 am
Funny…it's the second post where i didn't like the style…i wrote it and my messages are not validated.Wow ! Don't tell me you validate only positive words ?
April 8, 2010 at 6:46 am
I really like your use of black and white in this photo, it really emphasizes the texture and layers of the fabrics she's wearing.
April 8, 2010 at 11:02 am
April 8, 2010 at 12:05 pm
I agree with you completely. The person who wrote that is likely jaded by the troll-like nature of so many commenters around the web, and cannot believe so many people appreciate this woman for who she is: herself. And yet we do!
One thing I love about The Sartorialist is the absence of cattiness, of nastiness and of JUDGEMENT! People who post here love fashion as an expression of personal style. They understand that if someone's outfit does not match their own personal style that doesn't mean they need to trash it. I sincerely appreciate coming here and reading so much enthusiasm for STYLE over labels. The so-called fashion police is a bore.
April 8, 2010 at 3:22 pm
I saw her at Angélina last time I was in Paris and she, of course, looked just as brilliant in person as she always does in print. There's really no one else like her.
April 9, 2010 at 12:32 pm
April 10, 2010 at 12:03 pm
Magnificent! Reminds me of Lautrec for some reason. And that fur! What is that? It's so full and lush.
April 11, 2010 at 11:02 am
elle a de la personnalité et le style, l'. aimée
September 24, 2010 at 12:36 pm
I have been to NYC only twice, BOTH times I have seen her. Once in the Comme Des Garcon store and once on the street under High Line park (just last week!) She's pretty awesome. I wish my hair were straight because she's wearing my haircut.
Palm Beach Vintage
December 18, 2010 at 4:16 pm
I hope she writes a book someday! I look forward to reading everything she writes!
May 18, 2012 at 8:45 am
I,m in need of a formal outfit next weekend. I so much would just want to find Lynn Yaeger’s pear shaped dress and fancy flats somewhere. It would be totally me too, we are the same type, mutual taste, she’s just much more IT !!! You’re COOL Lynn.
January 16, 2015 at 3:35 am
love her clothings
September 4, 2017 at 6:34 pm
Well, that’s just ridiculous! Looks like she watched “The Mad Hatter” too many times! I’m a senior, I’m creative and expressive, maybe even edgy, but I have no intention of looking like a street woman with dementia!
September 5, 2017 at 5:08 am
It is very interesting to read it in retrospective.
Thanks for sharing!