56 comments

  1. stella b.

    August 9, 2006 at 9:07 am

    you’re not wrong. i feel sad for kate too.

    and yes, i’m soooo tired of the celebrity picture mill. that’s why i’m HERE.

  2. cassie

    August 9, 2006 at 9:22 am

    Yes, I’d much rather see REAL people and the style they put together, rather than a celebrity that was just given an outfit and put it on without any thought to it. Give me real anyday….

  3. Maria

    August 9, 2006 at 9:43 am

    Kate, Kate, Kate…Coke Kate!

  4. whatwouldjanicedickinsondo

    August 9, 2006 at 9:49 am

    well, my love for Kate is almost obsessive, so i can’t be impartial when it comes to her. I will say, however, that she never looks as though she’s wearing a store-bought outfit; rather, she strikes me as someone who has put something together on her own and i don’t know if it’s down to her stunning looks, but it just always works. It’s hard for me to separate whether her beauty affects how favourably i regard her clothes.

    As for the rest of the list….yep, royalty and celebs. But that’s how it’s always been, from the time of Eleanor Lambert.

    Maybe next year they can have you guest edit?

  5. invisible girl

    August 9, 2006 at 9:57 am

    I do think what is so exciting about style blogs that capture non-celebs is the way real people interpret style without the benefit of professional stylists.

    For me, it’s kind of like an ethnographic exercise. We get a glimpse into another person’s culture.

    That said, I must say, am a fan of the Kate Moss look; specifically loved the boots with the shorts look. I think Kate really does bring a lot of her own personality into her wardrobe. Wish she would really “own” herself enough to get away from the negative influences surroudning her, though.

  6. Queen of Sheba

    August 9, 2006 at 10:04 am

    Oh, wow, a non-celebrity-ridden Best Dressed list would be a great thing. You should do one!

  7. Gabe

    August 9, 2006 at 11:07 am

    I too would rather see real people that have style.

    Sometimes I can’t believe what some celebrities wear.

  8. Swagger

    August 9, 2006 at 11:09 am

    I totally agree about the best dressed list. I dont feel that someone who probably has a paid stylist or fashion consultant on the payroll should qualify. Than again it is the best dressed not the best style.

  9. tee

    August 9, 2006 at 11:33 am

    VANITY FAIR REALLY DISAPPOINTED ME WITH THIS YEARS LIST, I MEAN ROYALTY… HOW DULL. SUIT AFTER SUIT AFTER SUIT, AFTER A WHILE ITS ALL JUST CONFORMITY.
    AND HOW DARE THEY NOT PUT JUDE LAW OR SIENNA MILLER IN THE MIX, SOUNDS LIKE BLASPHEMY TO ME. THE ONLY ORIGINAL DRESSER IN THERE WAS KANYE WEST.

  10. GusW

    August 9, 2006 at 11:55 am

    I think you are identifying the primary appeal of your site and what gives it it’s unique voice. Every magazine focuses on the famous and celebs, as well as the major fashion advertisers. Please keep doing what you do so well. It is so enjoyable, everyday, to see regular people enjoying clothes, fashion and expressing their own personal style.

  11. Lord Byron

    August 9, 2006 at 11:57 am

    Right on. Next year’s VF fashion issue should include Sartorialist photos and an article about you.
    Letters to the editor, everyone!

  12. Georgiana

    August 9, 2006 at 12:05 pm

    Lappo Elkan (did I spell that right?) was on the list. You’ve featured him before, right?
    Otherwise, I agree with you.

  13. EnidP

    August 9, 2006 at 12:34 pm

    I have a total different opinion of her. When I see her, I say “poor little pretty girl”. Looks beautiful in the outside…but in the insude something isn’t right.

    About the cover, I think it looks like a Winter cover…

    I think the Best dressed list should include “celebrities and real” people…

    ENIDP. http://www.allabout-style.com

  14. trakkstar

    August 9, 2006 at 12:45 pm

    I hear you. Money can’t buy you real style. That’s exactly why I’m here also.

  15. inbalance

    August 9, 2006 at 1:11 pm

    There are strange similarities to the W cover and the Vanity fair cover..just look.

  16. robsta

    August 9, 2006 at 1:13 pm

    absolutely, couldn’t agree more!
    but then again, the magazine probably wouldn’t sell if they didn’t name some celebs (well-dressed or not) on the cover, i guess that’s just how most people still perceive fashion these days…

    but looking at one of your latest entries, this seems to be about to change. i can’t wait to see your first contribution in GQ! keep up the great work!

  17. Daniel L.

    August 9, 2006 at 1:18 pm

    I think it is sad that so many magazines only show famous people who have style, because the thing is if you look at half of them when they are not in front of a camera they have no style at all. They are the few people who can afford to have a personal stylist go shopping with them and dress them whenever they go somewhere.

    The thing I like about your blog is it helps me realize that anyone on the street can have a good sense of style and that you don’t have to be rich and famous to be able to afford to have good style. Keep up the good work.

  18. Jeanne-Athenee

    August 9, 2006 at 1:23 pm

    You are so right!

    This is why I love your blog…it is honest.

  19. Abbey

    August 9, 2006 at 3:25 pm

    this blog is such a breath of fresh air. i get so much more inspired by your pictures of stylish “every day” people than i ever have from all the magazines to which i subscribe!

  20. Abbey

    August 9, 2006 at 3:26 pm

    I am so much more inspired by your pictures of “every day” people than I have ever been by the many magazines to which I subscribe. Thanks for supplying us with a better best dressed list!

  21. whyioughtta

    August 9, 2006 at 3:26 pm

    Coco Chanel said something to the effect that true elegance is about revelling in hidden luxury, rather than ostentation. Who could be more of an oracle than the woman who brought fashion into the 20th century (at least for women). How did she do it? By breaking rules and being true to one guide: her own sense of comfort and beauty.

    Today, ‘style’ –at least in a lot of the fashion mags–is often conflated with $2,000 purses, $700 shoes, ‘It’ bags. But what your site proves is that money and fame has nothing to do with true style. Maybe GC has cottoned on to this…Maybe we’re seeing the beginning of something really new and exciting. A style democracy???

  22. EMNH

    August 9, 2006 at 5:08 pm

    Who was voting? My Niece votes for Stella Schnabel, my Mom votes for Sophia Loren, my Husband votes for me and I vote for Mory.

    As for Kate Moss…she’s not easily dismissed. I think people also forget that she is “pretty old” for a model. She is in her early thirties while the rest of them are 18 years old. Not bad for someone who has been around…rehab, Depp, rehab. When you think of it that way, it’s not so sad.

  23. Ardian Kastrati

    August 9, 2006 at 5:12 pm

    About Kate: I think that her private life is private. Doing coke is not good, but in the end it’s her choise. And people around her like her now ex boyfriend Pete isn’t a good influence on her.

    But what matter in the end, is her work as a model. And that is always great. She is a profesional.

    As for the list: I totally agree!

  24. Saffron

    August 9, 2006 at 5:13 pm

    Have seen Coke Kate in London. In real life she looks wasted. Sart, you of all people should know how that what you see in magazines are all Photoshopped. The sad thing is that young girls want to look like someone that does not exist.

  25. Alice Olive

    August 9, 2006 at 5:18 pm

    The other thing about the ‘celebrity’ aspect is the stylist. Okay, so Kirsten Dunst (just plucking her as an example out of the air here) arrives at a red carpet looking fabulous. But she hasn’t picked any piece of her outfit. She hasn’t done her hair or make up. It’s all done for her. Takes the edge off abit. That’s why the ‘on the street’ shows real (as in original) style.

    Still really like Kate Moss (drugs or no drugs – cancelled campaigns or no). I was happy to see the new Calvin Klein ads with Kate again.

  26. whyioughtta

    August 9, 2006 at 6:59 pm

    Oops…meant GQ not GC…I must have keyboard dislexia…

  27. design4all

    August 9, 2006 at 7:15 pm

    I really think the best dressed in VF exemplefies the exhaustion of our winner-take-all culture. The focus on ‘winners’ (royalty, celebrities, etc) has grown so narrow and so exclusive of anything that is actually different or interesting. Something’s gotta give!

    This blog is a refreshing alternative to the pervasive insipid and depressing celebrity worship. Visitng your site is one of the inspiring parts of my day. The fact that Style and GQ are embracing Sartorialist’s POV gives me hope that the beauty, diversity and suprise of this blog might find its way into more outlets.

    You’d think if the wider media could begin to celebrate all people the way this blog does, then perhaps society might begin to do the same.

  28. Kathleen

    August 9, 2006 at 7:16 pm

    What I am one-hundred percent over is the Rachel Zoe look: Lindsay Lohan, Keira Knightley and other assorted children are all fine on the cover…as long as they can actually dress themselves. I have no interest in reading about Mischa Barton’s fashion picks if they’re actually being picked out by a cookie-cutter stylist who can only work with the kind of physical looks she herself possesses.

    Kate Moss IS one of our style icons – she imbues her own clothes with a personality and it can vary from the one she gives clothes she’s paid to wear. Bring models back to covers, let them do what they’re good at.

  29. Tamberk

    August 9, 2006 at 7:30 pm

    I agree about Kate, but I mean, it’s time to move on!!!
    Sure she has style, but so what?!
    I dig Anderson Cooper, though!

  30. ctracy1999

    August 9, 2006 at 7:50 pm

    Here is an email I sent to Vanity Fair
    Hello,

    I have been a subscriber to Vanity Fair for the past 16 years and this is my first letter to the editor. As a well-dressed man, I found some glaring exceptions .Here are the men and women who would be included on any best-dressed list and maybe yours next year.

    Men
    - Matteo Marzotto, CEO, Valentino
    - Carlos Souza, Valentino PR
    - Alessandro Benetton, Benetton heir and banker
    - Luca Cordero di Montezemolo, Fiat President
    - Diego Della Valle, CEO, Tods
    - Sergio Loro Piana, CEO, Loro Piana
    - Kofi Annan, Secretary General, UN
    - Prince, Musical Legend

    Women
    - Lavinia Borromeo, Italian aristocrat

    Couples or Individuals

    - Spanish Prince Felipe and his wife Princess Letizia
    - New York banker Dennis Paul and his wife and Charriol heir Coralie Charriol

  31. Mrs. de Winter

    August 9, 2006 at 8:00 pm

    We don´t need all those boring lists.
    We are lucky, because we´ve got The Sartorialist :)

  32. pitbullrn

    August 9, 2006 at 8:06 pm

    Is it really a celebrity’s “style” when some stylist was paid to create it and put it together? What we are often viewing on the “famous” is no more than created image…an extension of marketing. This cannot be said of the “street-stylers.” Their style is an original extension of their personalities and joie de vie!

    I say, keep it personal, keep it original!

  33. James

    August 9, 2006 at 9:00 pm

    Kate is a bit of a downer. However, her usual bored martian look is gone in this Mert & Marcus shot. She looks engaged and actually quite lovely, which is unusual (at least in my opinion). She always wears clothes well, but she comes off looking like a dazed chihuahua more often than a model should. Is that mean?

  34. Lola is Beauty

    August 10, 2006 at 6:18 am

    It makes me think of the recent Mischa Barton thing where she turned up in Australia to promote Aussie designers – paid 52,000 (dollars or pounds – don’t know) to do so and when she was asked what she was wearing she had no idea! It was reported here:
    http://www.vogue.co.uk/vogue_daily/story/story.asp?stid=37556

    BLAND!
    BORING!

    (Got out of the styling game for just this reason)

    I think Sofia Coppola has great personal style. She deserves to be up there even if she does get loads of free clothes…it doesn’t matter how much money you have, it’s what you do with it – just look at Paris Hilton!

  35. Ortensia

    August 10, 2006 at 6:21 am

    The 2006 Best dressed list sounds to me too American..I mean style has not American roots…I do not want to be offensive to anybody’s patriotism…I can’t imagine to put Beckam (both Mr and Mrs) in the same sentence with “style”….I do not know you completed the list but they should have put a full stop after Kate ..if they are not to discern…as for the royaties… Moreover I can’t stand that they put Charlotte and not have mentioned the coolest guy: Andrea Casiraghi who is the true epitome of glamour….and Lapo Elkan? I think he looks stylish but his little accident last year (google it)showed that style is only exterior while I think that it should the transposition of an inner state..

  36. Maria

    August 10, 2006 at 10:57 am

    Besides money, self promotion and blood lineage, is there something else to determine style? Everybody seems to forget even how this people are some sort of role models (moral status) :the true zeitgheist!

  37. Anonymous

    August 10, 2006 at 4:40 pm

    Ortensia at 6:21am…I don’t understand. Are you saying the Beckhams are “American”? Also, I personally think you can find Andrea’s “style” at almost any Ivy League university and/or prep school.

  38. Blue Floppy Hat

    August 11, 2006 at 5:39 am

    There are glaring mistakes in that list all right, but I’d never disagree with the choice of Kate Moss. As people have said before, her clothes actually feel like an extension of her personality: my mum would say she wears them, they don’t wear her.

    Too much celebrity dressing these days is about how they’ll look to other people, while true style is really about individuals and how they choose to present themselves. And that’s why so many people come here: the people might be attractive, but they’re real. Faults, foibles and all, they actually exist, they have classes and offices to go to, work to do, and a real life to live, in which their clothes are important, perhaps, but not paramount. And even if Kate Moss is Cocaine Kate, it’s not for us to judge her- leaving her personal life out of it, the mere fact that, in her thirties, despite the wastedness, she’s still one of the world’s most sought-after models (possibly THE most, too) speaks for itself. I remember comparing the black-and-white Burberry ads shot with Kate to the ones in which she was replaced by Gemma Ward after the coke scandal, and the difference was stunning, simply in terms of the fact that even though they’re both beautiful women, Kate just brought so much character to her shot, while Gemma just looked well, pretty and bland. I suppose in some ways that’s what we all react to in Kate and in the people photographed on this blog- the individualism.

    Cheers, Sart.

  39. Anonymous

    August 11, 2006 at 6:33 am

    i don’t have a copy of this issue but yes i think we rely too much on celebrities. in today’s hollywood there are no cary grants or fred astaires for men and catherine hepburns for women. the only current celebrity who has style now is reese witherspoon. for a person her size she does pretty well. i’m not sure if she gets her clothes from designers and even if she does she knows how to wear them because she has style.

    Sart,
    as fas as GQ, i think going back to real male models instead of celebs for cover is the way to go.

  40. Ortensia

    August 11, 2006 at 9:26 am

    I didn’t mean that Beckams are American but I assert tha they can be defined stylish only by Americans for the same reason that D&G have so much success in the USA: yes, they have a distinguish style but it is ridicouls to consider such kind of designer magister elegantiurum…As for Andrea Casiraghi I think it is not only what he wears (simple shirts, delabré trousers ) but is the way he wears them..as for Kate Moss…
    I forgot…I think that Carolyn Besset Kennedy is still among the best dressed woman…ever..if I look to pics of her, I can’t help of thinking how unique and contemporary her style was…just like Jackie

  41. Anonymous

    August 11, 2006 at 3:42 pm

    All those who feel sorry for kate moss – please! she wouldn’t want any of you guys to feel sorry for her … she is one of the most admired models in the industry today in terms of being down to earth & the same girl now as she was when she started … it’s rare that you find female models so down to earth … as for the drugs … unless you work within the fashion industry I dont think you can comment … cocaine abuse is rampant within the fashion industry – not just the models but the the designers, fashion house bosses etc etc … as for the poster that commented on her appearance in the flesh … I have seen her many times in the flesh around london & she always looks amazing … I also think we should remember that she’s not a media whore like many models / celebs …. she has done virtually no interviews in all these years, instead concentrated on being a model first & foremost ….. I challenge anyone to actually find an interview she has given …

    as for the list … i’m glad lapo elkann & charlotte casiraghi made it … she is absolutely breathtaking in the flesh, the camera certainly doesn’t capture it.

  42. Anonymous

    August 11, 2006 at 3:51 pm

    I have to say that Anderson Cooper belonged on that list. I have seen him a number of times at Bouchon Bakery and he is ALWAYS perfect.

    As for the rest of the list, consider the source. It’s Vanity Fair. You have to love the magazine for exposing Lapo then putting him on the best dressed list.

  43. chanchow

    August 11, 2006 at 6:47 pm

    Kate Moss has great style and individuality. I can’t say the same for Sofia Coppola. Yea, Sofia often looks effortlessly chic, but who wouldn’t (a) with a closet full of Marc Jacobs and (b) if you wore a little black dress all the time? At least Kate Moss can mix and match, Sofia is like a one look, one label gal.

  44. Miss BFH

    August 12, 2006 at 7:20 am

    I suppose another reason why people are getting tired of celebrities is because of the whole stylist phenomenon- starting with the ubiquitous, and now loathsome, Rachel Zoe. Celebrities have always been style icons, it’s just that in earlier decades they used to dress themselves- the Hepburns (Audrey and Katherine), Brigitte Bardot, Sophia Loren and other women whose looks defined the decades they worked in used to pick their own styles for the most part, even if studio stylists did occasionally enter the picture.

    Another problem? The very definition of celebrities today. I mean, if you look at it most of them have done very little or nothing at all in terms of substantive work, and their only claim to fame is getting their picture taken and printed in assorted glossy magazines. Most of them are famous precisely because they’re media whores- which is one reason why I respect Kate Moss; she’s done fantastic work which speaks for itself. How many people on that list can say the same for themselves?

  45. inez

    August 13, 2006 at 5:54 pm

    Chanchow, I have to strongly disagree. I went to CalArts w/ Sofia Coppola in the early 90′s, long before the Marc Jacobs muse thing, and that sense of effortless chic was as strong then as it is now. It isn’t just the clothes – it’s her … she is luminous. Just look at those images of her on pg. 352 & 355- breathtaking! And she is wearing neither Marc Jacobs nor a black dress.

    Sartorialist, thank you for your beautiful images and insightful commentary!

  46. Don Cornelius

    August 13, 2006 at 6:16 pm

    You forgot about Charlie Watts! He looks like one of the chaps you’d photgraph strolling down the street! Is there another rock & roller who’s been able to pull off wearing suits so successfully???

  47. Anonymous

    August 13, 2006 at 6:56 pm

    i COMPLETELY agree with whoever said they’re tired of seeing celebrity fashion and that is why they are here. i enjoy real, on the street fashion so much more!

  48. catchcopenhagen

    August 15, 2006 at 12:12 pm

    i really do not get all the fuzz about kate’s personal life! how about naomi and the rest of the gang in the industry, who are really a mess and shows no respect to their coworks- yet keeps being booked, simply because of their mad looks!
    kate made the world open their eyes for a different type of model!
    show her your respect next time you put on your skinny jeans, your cute ballerinas,oversized handbag,rainboots & shorts.
    simply stop reading the gossip pages about her personal life and start enjoying her great work & personal approach, she knows how to put great pieces together (given to her or not), she know’s how to dress flashy w/out looking overdone.
    Poor celebs who hires a stylist to make the mags show them some attention…it’s all about the $

    The Vanity fair list was a joke to me, another typical american money matter and the worst part is that the people go for it. Sad story, i am happy to find a blog like this, street & stories from the past is what makes the fashion of tomorrow!

  49. Anonymous

    August 16, 2006 at 9:47 am

    I bought the latest VF number at the airport and paged through the “fashion” issue. It was the most unengaging issue in recent memory. If you had Lapo Elkann’s money of course you’d have a decent wardrobe.

    Rich people have cool clothes. This is not news. The real challenge is to do more while having less. Keep it real.

  50. Anonymous

    August 16, 2006 at 1:26 pm

    As i read the best dressed list i thought that many of the photos reminded me of your blog. Kate is doing exactly as she pleases, I do not feel sad for her, I feel happy she’s not trying to be someone else

  51. Killer Kitten 12

    August 17, 2006 at 1:31 pm

    I like Kate and respect her ability to remain herself.

    Yeah, yeah, here in 2006 this is bad, that is bad…but you know what…I was raised by sixties people, and they are alive and healthy and did a little experimenting too back pre-puritan.

    As Kate grows up, she’ll even out like all the rest of us—or maybe some of us. We all got some kind of demon.
    This era’s bandwagon needn’t be her bandwagon anymore than her bandwagon needs be ours.
    Kate’ll get all of her bills payed and money left to eat.
    At the end of the day, whatEVER demons she has in her private life she can afford to be buried, and that’s more than I can say.
    (But then I’m not ready to be buried any damned way)

    Aside from that, I HAVE TO SEE LUDWIG!

  52. Kate

    August 20, 2006 at 9:40 pm

    I would love to see more celebrities taking clothing risks… championing really unknown designers, or even having fun with their high profile “power”… taking the Bjork swan dress route! They seem to play it so SAFE, fearful of appearing in a cheap magazine with some idiot’s comedic critique of their wardrobe.

    Go to an art school or a design school and see what fun, risk, and self expression is about…
    How about a category for “best dressed with an annual income under $50,000?”

  53. Anonymous

    August 22, 2006 at 3:51 am

    love Kate, always have. She looks like a doll, and like the “love letter” says, she doesn’t make excuses or spin the PR mill after being outed. People shouldn’t be so judgemental…

  54. Laura

    November 14, 2009 at 5:24 am

    yes! it's so easy to look chic and fit when you're a VIP :(
    and that's why I read so avidly this blog, stilish, fresh and bold from the first post to the very last one

  55. Martine

    October 25, 2011 at 5:59 am

    Kate is just human. She is certainly not tragic. She does things that plenty of people do, and she lives rather well, I should think, even if she takes some extra risks. Its not like her entire family died in a fire. In some ways I would far rather be like her then your average half of a couple who dine with friends, and talk about their kids non stop. So yes, Scott, you are wrong. As for best dressed lists, thats just silliness. All these lists are silly. The most beautiful people lists is the silliest though.

  56. Joankb

    March 18, 2012 at 2:36 am

    It is remembering it must work at all angles, and if it works, really works in one, a 360 Should be easy.
    Thanks for your place for me to see art from all the people you photograph.

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