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November 23, 2009 at 2:48 pm
Wow, what a dame!. Her pendant looks very interesting indeed!
November 23, 2009 at 2:49 pm
This is actually what I want to look like when I'm her age. Forget the sexy Parisian smoking women, forget the smart aristrocratic British ladies. I want to look like a cross between a shock poster and a Mona Lisa. Love.
November 23, 2009 at 2:53 pm
A very distinguished looking lady.
November 23, 2009 at 2:58 pm
she has a very interesting face, that's the only thing *
November 23, 2009 at 3:03 pm
Shs has a face you don't forget, like an Almodovar woman.
November 23, 2009 at 3:08 pm
Elegantissima!I love the fact the elder women in the mediterranean countries maintain their traditional elegance and still take their time to dress up and put their best jewels on and the best coat they have and go on a walk with their husbands, girlfriends, dogs, cats.. for a show-off and don't abbandon themselves because of the years. GREAT! I love them:)
mom & son
November 23, 2009 at 3:09 pm
it's nice to see a woman like her age, she stilllooks glamorous! i like her big pendant!
November 23, 2009 at 3:13 pm
YOU'RE ALIVE!! LOL ;) I CAN'T BELIEVE YOU SHOOT ENRIQUETA, YOU'RE A LUCKY GUY!!
November 23, 2009 at 3:14 pm
I want her necklace and that coat!
November 23, 2009 at 3:15 pm
November 23, 2009 at 3:16 pm
i don't think anything is special here. she's just got an expensive coat on. i'm not a makeup artist, but the colors don't seem to go with the rest of her outfit.
November 23, 2009 at 3:17 pm
i love her beautiful style! She is just a smart woman.
November 23, 2009 at 3:20 pm
She's so elegant!
November 23, 2009 at 3:34 pm
She's a true lady.
November 23, 2009 at 3:35 pm
All special here. Une grande dame. Quelle élégance!
November 23, 2009 at 3:37 pm
This really pushes the envelope for me… kudos to you for that, and to her for panache.
November 23, 2009 at 3:41 pm
I've seen that woman tons of times back when I was in school!! I can't believe she's in here, but indeed, she's very elegant and cares about her looks. Not every woman at her age puts lipstick on everyday.
From what I can see of the coat, I love it!
November 23, 2009 at 3:43 pm
Maybe she is a fantastic and very intelligent woman, but I think, that she looks at least not good.
Marquis de Lannes
November 23, 2009 at 3:45 pm
she's going to kill someone
Into the Fashion
November 23, 2009 at 3:47 pm
Special lady with interesting make-up color palette…the Iris Apfel of Barcelona?
November 23, 2009 at 3:48 pm
I'm sorry this is frightening.
November 23, 2009 at 3:55 pm
Elle fait peur non ?
Can't buy me style
November 23, 2009 at 3:57 pm
This is how people should age, with caracter and dignity.
November 23, 2009 at 3:59 pm
Just what Sharon Stone would never be in future… and though it's rather more interesting!
November 23, 2009 at 4:01 pm
To me she looks like a mix of Almodovar woman and Picasso, I like it. I hope I will be so stylish at her age!
Wow, she's really something.
Classy. Love her necklace too.
I agree with Merilin. There is something really beautiful on the Spanish tradition on looking your best. There is a care and an appreciation of yourself and the people around you, that I find very touching. Give me that anyday instead of a pair of sweat pants.
November 23, 2009 at 4:09 pm
November 23, 2009 at 4:15 pm
I love the necklace!
November 23, 2009 at 4:17 pm
Today? Fur! Interesting…
November 23, 2009 at 4:33 pm
November 23, 2009 at 4:34 pm
whoever said "Almodovar woman"…YES! wonderful reference. Kudos Scott!
November 23, 2009 at 4:44 pm
November 23, 2009 at 4:47 pm
Dear God, I aspire to be this woman.
November 23, 2009 at 4:52 pm
Viva la Señora Española de poderío y abolengo.
November 23, 2009 at 4:55 pm
A really emblematic lady from Barcelona. Amazing!
November 23, 2009 at 4:56 pm
This is how to differentiate someone who's got style as opposed to someone who just buys a different catwalk each season.
Long may this woman, and similar others show that difference.
I'd love to see how she dressed when she was younger.
November 23, 2009 at 5:01 pm
What a lovely looking lady, and her pendant is to-die-for!
November 23, 2009 at 5:02 pm
Eyes, hair, mouth, figuredress, voice, style, movementhands, magic, rings, glamourface, diamonds, excitement, image…
just a little touch of star quality
November 23, 2009 at 5:03 pm
Old school is the new black!!
November 23, 2009 at 5:04 pm
Hooray!! An older woman who is not botoxed within an inch of her life. Thankyou Sart for including her. She rocks.
November 23, 2009 at 5:10 pm
November 23, 2009 at 5:14 pm
Barcelona es especial y la gente también.
November 23, 2009 at 5:17 pm
This reminds me of a Diane Arbus. I love a portrait with character!
November 23, 2009 at 5:19 pm
I love the mixed comments here. Keep making us face the inevitable of aging and see the unique beauty of older women.
November 23, 2009 at 5:28 pm
First photo in Barcelona, THANKS!!
November 23, 2009 at 5:30 pm
Her freckles are distracting in a Lauren-Hutton-gapped-tooth way. I'd be proud if she were a relative of mine.
She's glam alright, and above all she OWNS IT at her age, not at someone else's. We all could take a lesson.
November 23, 2009 at 5:36 pm
This a truly a face that has lived. So wonderful!
November 23, 2009 at 5:52 pm
she is priceless :)
November 23, 2009 at 6:18 pm
She may have been pretty, once. But she is beautiful now. To be celebrated.
Aristocratic catalan lady. Wonderful face, something dificult to find actually.
November 23, 2009 at 6:20 pm
Interesting shot Mr Sart.. and its interesting to see the comments here the ones posted and more importantly the ones not posted.
Whatever is not said – the lady has some style. Most of us could do with some of what she has!
November 23, 2009 at 6:24 pm
hmmmm. Her necklace is beautiful, but other than that it's a bit witchy. Especially the giant fur coat (bleh).
November 23, 2009 at 6:26 pm
My first thought was "Dear God, what is she doing here"? And then I swallowed me knee-jerk reaction and took a closer look. Sure, some of her style sense may look dated or out of place, but here's an older woman who took the time to have her hair styled, put makeup on, and carefully assemble her outfit. Sure she's no supermodel, and I'm sure she knows it. But she still finds joy in fashion and presentation. Huzzah to her! And huzzah to you Sart, for once again showing us that a love of creative fashion is not exclusive to beauty, thinness, youth or money.
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November 23, 2009 at 6:34 pm
It is wonderful that she owns her face..warts and all !
November 23, 2009 at 6:37 pm
I love her… she's a real woman…
November 23, 2009 at 6:39 pm
Reminds me of the new A Christmas Carol movie for some reason
November 23, 2009 at 7:05 pm
November 23, 2009 at 7:07 pm
November 23, 2009 at 7:09 pm
I simply see a lifetime of memories, and stories when I look at this…
November 23, 2009 at 7:47 pm
So sad: I wish she didn't feel as though she had to hide her beautiful face with so much toxic makeup. Let your lovely wrinkles shine!
John M. Doyle
November 23, 2009 at 8:01 pm
"Anonymous @ 6:26" (almost sounds like a biblical quote!), you are absolutely on target: what is to be celebrated is the joy in being who we are in the manner in which we present ourselves to the world. Yes, it is easy to be oh so fashionable and chic when you are young and have money, but if you are lacking in one or both of those areas, that hardly precludes an ability to be fashionable-in fact, it can often be a spur to greater creativity. Regarding this particular shot, I think that it is very well-timed given that this is Thanksgiving week. Why? I think that this woman, who has obviously made some effort to present herself to the world, gives a great demonstration of the idea of being grateful for who she is. She can be no one else other than who she is, just as none of us can, other than by modulating the public face she shows to the world in the makeup, accessories and the garments she selects to wear every day. Living in the fashion industry as I do, it is always the most rewarding thing for, not only me personally, but also. for so many of my colleagues, to see the joy people take in making their best appearances to the world, particularly when they fall outside of the conventional standards of beauty. As I age, I am often reminded by my older clients of the importance of humor and gratitude for whatever life throws at you, even when it is not something you want to deal with.
November 23, 2009 at 8:23 pm
I dont get it. This picture is sort of scarying me. I am sure I am not the only one with this reaction.
November 23, 2009 at 8:24 pm
This is why I love your blog. She's got style–the red lipstick, the big mabe pearl earrings, the fur coat, the necklace, the hair fresh from the salon, clearly.Scott, you've got such an eye. MORE LIKE THESE!
November 23, 2009 at 8:27 pm
Character, wisdom, personality & style.
November 23, 2009 at 8:34 pm
November 23, 2009 at 8:44 pm
I'm glad this didn't get posted with commentary on "The Dignity of Growing Old." It's good to let the pictures speak for themselves.
I love that choker. I imagine there's a great story behind it.
November 23, 2009 at 9:10 pm
November 23, 2009 at 9:36 pm
wow!! i love this picture -reminds me of your early days…real people and not just fashion types… striking image
November 23, 2009 at 9:39 pm
Is she fabulous or what?! I love that you posted this photo! Older women like this inspire me so much! Sure, she's not the most beautiful woman in the world but she's classy and elegant and has a beauty all her own. I can just imagine her gabbing in a fabulous Spanish accent with some other ladies that are just like her. Love it.
November 23, 2009 at 9:42 pm
She's beautiful and classic. Her face moles add to her story. Thank you so much for showing the world a different face of beauty.
November 23, 2009 at 9:43 pm
haha love how someone mentioned 'her freckles'… they are not freckles but age (sun) spots that appear as you (we) age…and I applaud this woman for embracing them and not rushing out to be lasered & botoxed to pale smooth perfection!
November 23, 2009 at 10:05 pm
What a lady… what a coat!
November 23, 2009 at 10:16 pm
Well, now, isn't she glamorous!
November 23, 2009 at 10:23 pm
I love Barcelona!!! The people and lifestyle is so very desirable. She is enchanting!!!
November 23, 2009 at 10:41 pm
I like how the creases on her coat are mirrored by the creases on her face :)
I adore this woman and what she represents. Her authenticity is not to be messed with and that is the point, really.
November 23, 2009 at 10:45 pm
I love her, but, one word for the rest of us, sunscreen.
Charlie in Philly
November 23, 2009 at 10:50 pm
Style and grace. The two qualities that truly matter.
November 23, 2009 at 11:17 pm
I love how she stills carries herself so confidently. Don't love that she still carries fur.
Art is a blast
November 23, 2009 at 11:25 pm
I can almost imagine how it looks like in her house. Just by looking at this photo I can tell that she owns romantic vintage interiors in soft brownish colors and loads of dusty old photo albums and books.
November 23, 2009 at 11:36 pm
Can I just say, bravo for the Sartorialist, I am always impressed by the diversity that Scott celebrates in his photography.
Other than her undeniable elegance, I tip my hat, for she embraced and is a 'poster-child' for aging gracefully. ¡Me fascina su aura!
November 23, 2009 at 11:55 pm
May we all have the pride and energy at her age to show our own personal style. It's a lesson to not give up.
November 24, 2009 at 12:08 am
Not to say that she is not austere and dignified in her own right!
November 24, 2009 at 12:47 am
u have a great amount of talent.
November 24, 2009 at 7:46 am
This woman is fantastic! She is the classic lady of Barcelona of the whole life … I am charmed!
November 24, 2009 at 10:17 am
I was in Barcelona last week, really powerful city!bye bye Venette Waste
November 24, 2009 at 10:46 am
It's nice to see a natural woman with no plastic surgery. She is beautiful.
November 24, 2009 at 11:09 am
what a classic.
November 24, 2009 at 11:12 am
Her expression says so much. Her elegance is coming out of her eyes.
Not to mention the sartorial splendor.Although, a few of your fans seem to forget the subject of the blog which belongs not to youth.
November 24, 2009 at 11:24 am
Absolutely adorable! She seems my grandma.. so elegant, so charming,.. so classy!
November 24, 2009 at 11:34 am
a woman of age well worn and cared for, someone asked why she was here- because she deserves no less.
November 24, 2009 at 11:35 am
A distinguished looking lady.
November 24, 2009 at 11:46 am
the picture is slightly shocking at first glance, but after a while you're drawn to it and want to analyse everything about her face…i am not a fan of the fur coat though
November 24, 2009 at 12:29 pm
Dios mio! For me she's just a concentrate of old elegant european lady; the make up :(
Big City Nights
November 24, 2009 at 12:41 pm
Fantastic face. The earrings and necklace remind me of my Grandmother.
November 24, 2009 at 12:48 pm
I love this so much!!! This reminds me so much of my grandmother in her day. By far, the art deco necklace is what pulls you in. That is such a timeless piece! I think this is the perfect symbol of what fashion can be. People seam to think that fashion is only something that "pretty" people can do. Well to be honest, most of the people I've come across with incredible fashion style don't always fall into that group. I'm so glad that there's people like this women out in the world. They make me enjoy life even more. Good work.
November 24, 2009 at 2:09 pm
Love how the original necklace gives a totally different halo to her outfit, making it less classical but as elegant.
November 24, 2009 at 2:52 pm
This is the kind of women we should be applauding, those who refuse to have plastic surgery and wear their life on their face. In my opinion she looks so much more interesting- you can tell she's really lived life.This is a different type of growing old gracefully, but no less effective.
November 24, 2009 at 3:12 pm
I think she would look better with a bit less eye makeup. The lips are fine and her eyes would come out prettier with less blue and thinner, lighter kajal. Her hair is sweet. The fur collar gives a neat foxy look!
November 24, 2009 at 3:17 pm
She is so beautiful in her own way!! I love this photo, her eyes tell such a great story!
November 24, 2009 at 3:46 pm
I have to take the time out and comment on this Image . If any thing , Stop And look at her .Her Eyes , the shape of her bone structure . This woman was ,In her day very beautiful,and it shows . Shes like a steam ship old but still graceful .And ..Yes.. I also covet her pendent and coat .
November 24, 2009 at 3:56 pm
I want to know her story!
November 24, 2009 at 3:57 pm
I noticed that my heart softened as I watched this image unfold on my screen. So elegant. Such a sly, mischievous smile. She has a secret, perhaps?Sometimes I'm afraid of aging. But ha! Why?Thank you Madame for saving me!Love from Vermont
November 24, 2009 at 4:34 pm
Maravillosa!!!!!!!!! la belleza no tiene edad o la edad te da una belleza diferente. Mejor asi que recauchutada y con más parches que la rueda de una bici.Thanks!!!!!!!!!1
Real. Not beautiful, somehow stuffy and a little decrepit. But what a capture of the aging process of a grande dame. The expression on her face is so soft, as soft as the fur on the coat.
November 24, 2009 at 4:51 pm
I love her face.
November 24, 2009 at 5:36 pm
Classic…..elegant…..perfect at her age
November 24, 2009 at 5:37 pm
November 24, 2009 at 6:35 pm
Thank you for continually expanding my idea of what beautiful is with your excellent portraits. What a wealth of character in her person!
I hope that when I am her age I have the dignity and the brio (and the fur coats) to live life like she does.
November 24, 2009 at 6:36 pm
November 24, 2009 at 6:38 pm
I love it!
November 24, 2009 at 7:03 pm
Once again, it's in the eyes. What a lovely lady.
November 24, 2009 at 7:40 pm
Whoa Nellie, you couldn't find a better looking old "dame" than this? I have an aunt that is 93, just as stylish and has a beautiful complection to boot. I though this is what too much sun would do to you. Not they way i want to look at any age.
November 25, 2009 at 12:33 am
WOW – life experiences have clearly shaped her face;
the first thing that comes to mind is her great style; then the sparkle in her eye;the time it took to put herself together;and last of all, how surreal she looks, but so-very-real at the same time!
I love it. this is how we should all live our lives – to the fullest!
November 25, 2009 at 1:28 am
your best and most "speaking" shot ever!I wish I had taken it…
November 25, 2009 at 2:24 am
what a fantastic portrait! sheesh.
who is this woman?
November 25, 2009 at 3:46 am
No surprises!! Very typical upper-class old lady from Barcelona!!! You must have a look on the preppiest streets of BCN,(like Bonanova, Passeig de Gracia, Mandri, Muntaner, etc..) and there are plenty of aged woman like this one. She remembers my grandmother or my mather -in-law. Always perfectly dressed, always carefully hair-dressed, etc… And the most important, always perfect for the bridge game, or the tea-time. A true classic here.
November 25, 2009 at 5:50 am
very interesting and… absolutely shocking!
November 25, 2009 at 6:27 am
Beautiful photo. The whole look is amazing but the eyes make everything come together and give it something of depth … makes you ask questions about her …
November 25, 2009 at 6:29 am
Not so long ago, it was norm for old well-off women in Catalonia to dress like this, with all the makeup and so. You don't see it that often these days, well done!
November 25, 2009 at 8:17 am
AT LAST! You've made it to Barcelona! Keep seeking and shooting, you'll find a lot of very self-conscious fashionistas here with the occasional delight of a true find. This lady would be defined as "una senyora com cal" (which means something like, "Now that's a real dame!")
November 25, 2009 at 10:00 am
For anyone who has spent any time in Barca or the surrounding area, this picture just screams "I am CATALAN!" Love it, and miss Barca, Badalona, Manresa, Girona etc…..
November 25, 2009 at 10:40 am
Yes, PLEASE more older women to go with your "old man style" features! Love this blog. Thank you!
November 25, 2009 at 10:43 am
she has an interesting life to tell …. you can see it in her eyes.
November 25, 2009 at 11:42 am
One of the many things I love about your blog is the fact that you record the style of men and women of all ages and races.
Most fashion magazines are dominated by images of very young girls in clothes you have to be well into your 30s to afford to buy. Unless the the designers only want heiresses, rock stars and models as clients they might do well to emulate you and not just in the "age" issues.
I love this subject's old school glamour: the sheared furs, the pedant necklace and its interplay with the print she's wearing, and especially the big lipstick. Thanks for sharing her with us.
November 25, 2009 at 12:10 pm
One can imagine seeing her with a mantilla on her head. She speaks of endurance, character. Thanks for the portrait and to the senora for letting you do it.
November 26, 2009 at 3:13 pm
TOTALLY AMAZING. LOVE IT.
The Accessory Lady
December 1, 2009 at 4:19 pm
Fabulous. Style is ageless. I went to a Holiday party recently and all the ladies in their 80s were rocking amazing looks!
December 1, 2009 at 8:54 pm
I am so glad to finally see photos from Barcelona and Madrid! Spain has tons of style
December 2, 2009 at 5:55 pm
she hasn't given up….good to see!
December 3, 2009 at 11:54 am
Great photo! I'd like to see more of what you depicted in Barcelona..
December 3, 2009 at 3:27 pm
I like seeing older women who still care enough to dress in a dignified, elegant way. Hats off to Ms. Coscolluel.
December 8, 2009 at 12:26 am
dont give up on yourself… this is what i see here…. she is older than we may imagine…maybe fashion today does not pleases her… no furs..and im with the ones who are against it… but this is dated…she is living in her glorious time…she is bringin it back.. i guess we will refuse to succumb to fashion one day when we get older…we cannot swallow some trends..just like her.. and i think it wont fit…but she is alive…look at her moles… its kinda creepy and all….i dont know how im going to look like if i reach my 80's…for now.. the hair is impecable i believe its not easy to aplly make up on yourself correctly at her age… if she did it by herself… its perfect…. its kinda…. decadence avec elegance….
black pearl earrings
December 10, 2009 at 6:40 pm
such a numbers of comment you have here…i love to read all your comments..can you tell more about her..?
December 23, 2009 at 1:30 pm
Lautrec would love her.:)
December 27, 2009 at 2:37 am
She's my best friend's grandma. Es "La" Dama.
January 27, 2010 at 2:13 am
Thank you for such an inspiring photograph.
February 19, 2010 at 3:58 am
Sart. Just wanted to tell you that no matter how many times I look at this remarkable photograph, she scares me. So surprising how strong a reaction she brings.
March 20, 2010 at 9:56 am
It takes a while to get used to her face. But I think she looks fabulous, and would have a personality to match.
April 20, 2010 at 9:55 am
OK, now I have been to Barcelona and I was looking all the time for this lady. I did see men and women of her vintage dressed in their classic clothes strolling the avenues and I thought "Catalan!"This picture horrified me at first, I guess because of the age spots. But she really grew on me and now inspires me. She faces life headlong and uses the perks of age, fur, jewels, attitude. But I still put on my SPF 45 every day. Please go back to Barcelona and take more pictures.I thought they were really stylish there.
April 5, 2011 at 10:34 am
I think she looks rediculous with all the makeup.
October 30, 2011 at 2:18 pm
She has the strong presence of mediterranean women, with the “garr” of a Spanish queen. She’s surely a bourgeoise barcelonese with power.
April 27, 2013 at 11:19 am
She’s lovely…. and she shows that “fashionable” never gets old.