Saturday, May 22, 2010

Alejandro & Mom, Vintage Photos

I love the idea of the contest, of sharing and being able to see other people’s vintage photos. We tend so much to see fashion as something idealized and this really connects it with people’s lives, it’s great.

This a picture of my mother Willy van Rooy and me in Paris, I’m guessing the year must be 1970 or 71 at the most (I was born in 68). Apart from being an iconic model in the 60′s and 70′s who worked with the best photographers and designers, my mother was, and still is, a person with an amazing and very individual fashion sense (which later in life led her to become a successful fashion and shoe designer). I never remember her following fashion or buying clothes off-the-rack.

What I love about this picture is that it really shows her style, the mix of old-Hollywood glamour (the 30′s vintage coat, the red lips, the short snake-skin jacket), with absolute freedom (the embroidered dress, the hand-made spanish boots, the Ibiza basket, the scarf and the flowing hair). And… don’t I look like the cutest little hippie?

All the best,


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  1. Sophie P

    May 22, 2010 at 9:09 am

    Such a photo. Thanking you muchly xx


    May 22, 2010 at 9:10 am

    great style…I love this picture

  3. Emilia

    May 22, 2010 at 9:10 am

    this is magnificent.

  4. Joana Darc

    May 22, 2010 at 9:10 am

    Gorgeous pic!

  5. Lisa Borgnes Giramonti

    May 22, 2010 at 9:10 am


  6. cakes

    May 22, 2010 at 9:12 am

    This is so beautiful! What a great woman?!!!!
    This picture belongs in a fashion magazine

  7. Marcela

    May 22, 2010 at 9:21 am

    I'm not sure if this is the best one, but her outfit is..! She looks stunning (I love her scarf with the coat) and the kid's outfit's fun too..

  8. Caddy

    May 22, 2010 at 9:22 am

    I love this photo and the fact it's in color. She's able to pull off what she's wearing quite well and I love how it does come off that this is her personal style.

  9. Hari

    May 22, 2010 at 9:26 am

    She's wonderful…she was in a vintage Vogue cover !


  10. Theresa Cheek

    May 22, 2010 at 9:28 am

    Priceless photo,,,,she shows such confidence with her style!

  11. Rene Schaller

    May 22, 2010 at 9:38 am

    I love the picture when she was running in front of plan for helmut newton. and this picture is very nice too!

  12. AnonymousJK

    May 22, 2010 at 9:39 am

    I find the kid's post fascinating though the mother looks totally disinterested… Her mad fashion mix is alot to absorb at first, but broken down piece by piece, it's quite interesting. I wish she had smiled in this photo so that I could impose my view of happiness upon her ;)

  13. the style crusader

    May 22, 2010 at 9:55 am

    this photo is absolutely incredible. it truly looks like from another world and time altogether. love the eccentricity and individuality of both of their outfits. truly inspiring. xx

  14. AlexC

    May 22, 2010 at 10:06 am

    What an amazing photo. The epitome of individual, bohemian style. Just beautiful!

  15. *Marine Fleury* Cupcake chantilly

    May 22, 2010 at 10:09 am

    oh my god!
    what stylish woman!
    how charismatic she is!
    sorry for my bad english

  16. boots and tights

    May 22, 2010 at 10:25 am

    this photo is amazing. she is the epitome of 60s/70s bohemian glamour. sometimes i wish i would dress like this everyday!

  17. Erica

    May 22, 2010 at 10:31 am

    Wow. I really can't express how much I love this photo. It's beyond words.

  18. jisabird

    May 22, 2010 at 10:53 am

    What an amazing photo.

    Yes, you were adorable. Not only was your Mother's style fabulous but the style she dressed you in was just as cool.

    Thank you for sharing suck a memorable shot.

  19. Anonymous

    May 22, 2010 at 11:01 am

    I can only hope that one day I will be a mother who is that cool. Fantastic mix creating a great individual style.

  20. Anonymous

    May 22, 2010 at 11:07 am

    She is indeed special. I like her style, and yet… I remember wearing things like this in the '70's as well. It was a time when fashion was far more far-flung, shall we say? Everyone was travelling and bringing back treasures to wear, whether that was Indonesia, or Paris or England. Because this was the time before globalization and fashion wasn't dictated to us, we simply put stuff together.

  21. Iheartfashion

    May 22, 2010 at 11:14 am

    What a great photo! Beautiful mom and son with such style.

  22. kayang

    May 22, 2010 at 11:16 am

    amazing!!!!! This is why I love the 70s.

  23. Dr. David Powers

    May 22, 2010 at 11:22 am

    Love the fur. It ties everything together.

  24. Suzanne

    May 22, 2010 at 11:26 am

    What a gorgeous photo, Mom and babe! I love the clothes…your Mom's style, the way she wears that scarf and her adorable hippy girl. Thank you for sharing!

  25. Diogenes

    May 22, 2010 at 11:33 am

    The interesting thing about this photo is that I could not guess when it was taken.

    It could be the 1920s, 30s, 40s, 60s or last week. The only time period I knew it couldn't be was the 50s.

    Very chic and clever mom.

  26. Martha

    May 22, 2010 at 11:42 am

    AMAZING, so inspirational. What great style

  27. Tácio Assis

    May 22, 2010 at 11:57 am

    It's one of the most beautiful picture and woman i've ever seen, and dont forgetting you of course. auhauha..^^ it's true, really cute.

  28. Rachelle

    May 22, 2010 at 11:58 am

    This is absolutely beautiful!

  29. gaby

    May 22, 2010 at 11:58 am

    Amazing Pic!! love the style, and yes you look like the cutest little hippie ever!!!

  30. Vero

    May 22, 2010 at 12:12 pm

    wow!this photo is unique and looks like new from fashion magazine)
    And…yes, the cutest!)

  31. The Librarian

    May 22, 2010 at 12:15 pm

    I LOVE it!

  32. jokemijn

    May 22, 2010 at 12:24 pm

    it's in your blood :) you were the cutest!


    May 22, 2010 at 12:29 pm

    Mother and son both look so chic and stylish. I really love her style. x

  34. Anonymous

    May 22, 2010 at 12:30 pm

    wow! great pic! i've really loved it, she's amazing and you look so cute!

    thanks for sharing it with us!



  35. gabrielle

    May 22, 2010 at 12:32 pm

    this is definitely my favorite photo out of all of them so far. she is stunning and her ensemble is timeless. and, alejandro, you were a beautiful baby with impeccable style.

  36. Anonymous

    May 22, 2010 at 12:33 pm

    love the colors and the way they perfectly match.

  37. not so zen -quilts in Paris

    May 22, 2010 at 12:37 pm

    Willy van Rooy? I remember her well, she was a regurly seen model for a magazine called Avenue,another called Hitweek, remember my parents HATED everything like flowerpower and avantgarde….. I went to Paris, like she did. She had a sop Rue Fontaine if i remeber it well….
    Where does time go?
    Will in Montmartre

    • willyvanrooy

      February 24, 2015 at 6:06 pm

      Dear Not so Zen, yes, you know me thats what it sounds like but do not know your name because you use a different one here but nice you remember, yes, time flies. Hope you are well and fine, love and peace

  38. Anonymous

    May 22, 2010 at 12:44 pm

    Wow! Style with a capital S T Y L E – beautiful & inspiring.

  39. Julie Anne Rhodes

    May 22, 2010 at 12:47 pm

    OMG, I love that Biba look. Never ever get tired of it.

  40. Anonymous

    May 22, 2010 at 12:47 pm

    This is my favorite vintage photo yet. Really magical…

  41. The Photodiarist

    May 22, 2010 at 12:51 pm

    This is fantastic. Thanks for sharing this, Alejandro and Scott. I love her mix and match eclectic style.

  42. Lisa

    May 22, 2010 at 12:59 pm

    You both look amazing!
    Totally love your mother

  43. Lis

    May 22, 2010 at 12:59 pm

    what a couple you make:) I don't believe my childhood pictures are quite that stylish!

  44. mamá de martina

    May 22, 2010 at 1:40 pm


  45. La Feem

    May 22, 2010 at 1:44 pm

    This photo is AMAZING. I wish I had it framed on the wall!

  46. Julia, the Thanksgiving Girl

    May 22, 2010 at 1:49 pm

    Ha, this is one of the most adorable pictures I've seen in a while! I wonder what the little one in the picture grew up to look like :)

  47. nico

    May 22, 2010 at 2:07 pm

    what a beautiful photo!

  48. Suzanne Nelson

    May 22, 2010 at 2:19 pm

    Wow. Wow. And Wow again!

  49. tuto

    May 22, 2010 at 2:24 pm

    sublime timeless style

    how does the little hippie look today?

  50. Copious Couture

    May 22, 2010 at 2:25 pm

    OMG your mom is gorgeous and might I saw has impeccable style!!!! A woman could wear that today and would still be in style and super glamourous!!! Gorgeous!

    Hope your having a great weekend!

  51. Anonymous

    May 22, 2010 at 2:28 pm

    It is absolutly amazing! Your mother is beautifull and ellegant! I loved. And you were a cute kid!

  52. Rar Traum

    May 22, 2010 at 2:41 pm

    It reminds me of some Roman Polansky movies. She's got style. Definetely.

  53. MJCK

    May 22, 2010 at 3:03 pm

    Yes indeed, the first thing that came up on my mind was that the kid sure looks like the cutest little hippie ever.:) Awesome to have a mom like that. She must be quite inspiring, that's for sure..

  54. Anonymous

    May 22, 2010 at 3:07 pm

    this looks like it could be a modern fashion photo – so pretty!!
    Kate from Reno

  55. Anonymous

    May 22, 2010 at 3:14 pm

    Perfect! It's just my style; it's timeless. This picture could be taken in 2010. Vintage is hot!

  56. Maggie

    May 22, 2010 at 3:21 pm

    Georgeous photo, Alejandro. I would love to see how your mother dresses now (as I think we are the same age).


    May 22, 2010 at 3:32 pm

    wow she's so gorgeous !
    and look at the little boy.
    who knows he dressed up by himself!

  58. greybreaks

    May 22, 2010 at 3:50 pm

    tres chic! love the child's boots, and the head scarf. great scarf!

  59. stone

    May 22, 2010 at 4:00 pm

    wow she is quite stunning. i love seeing stylish mothers.

  60. Sunniva

    May 22, 2010 at 4:03 pm

    This looks like a photo that could have been taken yesterday, rather than in the 70's. Your mothers style is fab! And you look like the cutest little boy.

  61. Anonymous

    May 22, 2010 at 4:17 pm

    Breeches and patterned socked! Most stylish little tyke

  62. Chelsea

    May 22, 2010 at 4:23 pm

    I can see where you got your love for fashion! There's nothing better than mothers that continue to love style even when they have children to take care of, and pass down that love to our future fashionistas. She is a gorgeous woman with an incredible ability to put an outfit together. It's inspiring to see her unique take and the confidence/ability she has. I'm not surprised that even at age 3 style played a role in your life (whether you knew it then or not)!
    I absolutely love your blog, keep up the wonderful work!

    Feel free to check out my brand new fashion blog

    Thanks! Have a wonderful weekend!

  63. elizabeth

    May 22, 2010 at 4:25 pm

    Have a more recent pic of your mom? Love to see how she rolls today.

  64. Deezmon

    May 22, 2010 at 4:56 pm

    Mate I love the indian influence in your jacket, its gold!

  65. Camille

    May 22, 2010 at 4:58 pm

    fantastic outfit ! the fur coat on the snake-skin jacket looks amazing

  66. Daniel Hill

    May 22, 2010 at 5:12 pm

    Wonderful photo! I love the clothes and the direct stare into the camera.

  67. Katy

    May 22, 2010 at 5:12 pm

    LOVE, with big juicy loveburgers. The seventies were insane in the best possible way.

  68. Danny

    May 22, 2010 at 5:13 pm

    The little boy is so cute.

  69. archer

    May 22, 2010 at 5:16 pm

    haaha classic!

  70. pretty pink tulips

    May 22, 2010 at 5:54 pm

    Your mother ooooozzzzes style! So chic. And she dressed you pretty snazzy as well.

    I am heading to Paris next month and am so ready for some fashion inspiration. I looked to your Paris pictures to help me prepare what to pack.


  71. Anonymous

    May 22, 2010 at 6:08 pm


  72. spirited

    May 22, 2010 at 6:09 pm

    So many elements of this image are inspiring, not to mention the image as a whole is touching.

  73. TheFashionAddict

    May 22, 2010 at 6:20 pm

    she has such amazing style

  74. Karen

    May 22, 2010 at 6:21 pm

    This photo is incredible and the story as well. I'm in awe of your mother's sense of style! And yes, you look like the cutest and most stylish little hippie!

  75. RepublicOfChic

    May 22, 2010 at 6:22 pm

    Haha. You do!

    She looks sensational. Such individuality!

    PS. Much admiration all the way from India.

  76. john benjamin pritchett

    May 22, 2010 at 6:29 pm

    Absolutely great! Fantastic photo and styling!

  77. imSpanish Fashion Victim

    May 22, 2010 at 6:33 pm

    I love this photo too it is quite glamorous

  78. window shopper

    May 22, 2010 at 6:33 pm

    you are soooo lucky to have such a great natural looking photo of you and your mum. wonderful! Yes your mum has style.

  79. I am Spanish Fashion Victim

    May 22, 2010 at 6:33 pm

    I love this photo too it is quite glamorous

  80. Anonymous

    May 22, 2010 at 6:42 pm


  81. Anonymous

    May 22, 2010 at 6:43 pm

    I am honored to be the first to comment on this photo since it may be one of my favorites EVER. The colors and textures of your mother's clothing and particularly the scarf with the gold border makes it all tie together and light up. You, of course, are the best accessory.

  82. Anonymous

    May 22, 2010 at 7:21 pm

    This is the true haute look that all those 'wanna be' reproductions and knock offs only hope to be! STUNNING–and adorable as well.

  83. couldihavethat

    May 22, 2010 at 7:49 pm


  84. Eilish

    May 22, 2010 at 8:02 pm

    She is beautiful. Her style is beyond words. I love it !

  85. See Your Style

    May 22, 2010 at 8:07 pm

    Amazing, timeless style.

  86. Marie

    May 22, 2010 at 9:34 pm

    This is stunning.

  87. kathrynnova

    May 22, 2010 at 9:40 pm

    i'm really quite in love with this photo!

    short on words today.

    this woman is absolutely captivating.

  88. lintmag

    May 22, 2010 at 9:40 pm

    I would love to see this photo recreated as they are today – I'm sure both are still equally chic!

  89. Cultivated Ah Lian

    May 22, 2010 at 9:48 pm

    you look at this pic and go : Oh.My.God!
    coolest shit.

  90. leather lace blog

    May 22, 2010 at 10:04 pm

  91. Sara

    May 22, 2010 at 10:06 pm

  92. iAmAko

    May 22, 2010 at 10:31 pm

    WHOAH!!! This was taken almost 40 years ago??? I thought this was taken sometime this year :)

  93. jojo

    May 22, 2010 at 10:48 pm

    Love love love this!

  94. Kim

    May 22, 2010 at 11:19 pm

    I just found your blog thru Enhabiten. The photo of you and your mother intrigued me and I am so glad I found your blog. I love vintage photos and I just doesn't look that way now! Such style there was in the past. Your grandparents reek with elegance…that is so apparent! I will be back. Kim

  95. Lee Oliveira

    May 23, 2010 at 12:06 am

    She looks very stylish!
    but i found a little bit too much..


  96. kateaddict

    May 23, 2010 at 1:23 am

    I want to meet your mom!

  97. Kaila

    May 23, 2010 at 2:11 am

    Interesting outfit! Love it.

  98. Dominica

    May 23, 2010 at 2:20 am

    I just love all these vintage pictures …. great to see how fashion today picked up the best things from the past !

  99. noelakadjtambour

    May 23, 2010 at 3:28 am

    attention moms: a kid may be the best fashion accessory :)

    but seriously this photo is tremendous. there is so much richness in it. plus i've never seen a cuter hippie ever.

    i agree with a lot of the posters, an update of how the people in pictures look now will be interesting but i don't think wholly necessary.

  100. Creative Soul

    May 23, 2010 at 4:08 am

    love the style!!! your mom is stunning and you, are addorable, already showing the sign of style at a young age :)
    all the best

  101. The Pilgrim

    May 23, 2010 at 4:49 am

    OMG… thank you so much for posting it!!!! (yes folks, this is me when I was a cute blonde baby)! And all the nice comments… thanks. n_n

  102. maryb

    May 23, 2010 at 4:54 am

    Fantastic photo – love it..

  103. Holly

    May 23, 2010 at 5:02 am

    I love this photo!!! Do I relate to what she is wearing…brings back MY youthful memories!

  104. Miss Jess

    May 23, 2010 at 6:14 am

    I love the individual style this image shows, mums can still posess amazing fashion with little ones to look after!

  105. Di

    May 23, 2010 at 7:08 am

    Congrats Alejandro and Willy!

    And now, I want to see a present photo of both of you here :)

  106. gih

    May 23, 2010 at 7:14 am

    That kid was cute. Cool photo.

  107. louis vuitton replica handbags

    May 23, 2010 at 9:35 am

    i really really love your outfit, and style, i love your dress !

  108. Siblings

    May 23, 2010 at 9:43 am

    old photos are the best!

  109. thegoldenmist

    May 23, 2010 at 11:35 am

    so strong, so epic.

    I should upload some photos of my mother too, she`s a real beauty and star. While others wore the 90`s fashion catastrophy, she put on a huge men`s suit, turkish trousers and looked fantastic.

    (just started)

  110. Finds

    May 23, 2010 at 11:35 am

    dear A.
    You are blessed to have lived in a big city.
    It is not so easy to carry off this look in a small town:)

  111. Charlotte

    May 23, 2010 at 11:39 am

    Completely endearing. I also would love to see what you both look like today.

  112. Vargas

    May 23, 2010 at 12:33 pm

    Totally groovin', absolutely mind blowing, and, as Frankie would day, swingin'! I love this shot!

  113. TaxiShoes

    May 23, 2010 at 1:23 pm

    Her look is timeless, I love it.

  114. misshill

    May 23, 2010 at 1:24 pm

    Amazing photo – both of the outfits are gorgeous. It would have been really, really difficult to define the year if you wouldn't had revealed it. I have to admit I'm quite jealous of that fashion sense.

  115. The Beso Team

    May 23, 2010 at 2:58 pm

    Thanks for sharing an amazing photo. You both look so stylish than and today. Your blog is wonderful and I look forward to reading your daily posts.

  116. Helena

    May 23, 2010 at 3:24 pm

    This is an amazing photo. What a beautiful lady and a very, very cute child! Totally gorgeous!

  117. princess glee

    May 23, 2010 at 3:30 pm

    Yep, the 70s are my favorite era and this pic illustrates that perfect bohemian/hippie fashion of seemingly unrelated items mixing well. I think American culture was reflective of the fashion times or vice versa.

  118. ladybug

    May 23, 2010 at 3:35 pm

    wow, thank you all for such wonderful compliments, it makes one feel good and yes Alejandro was the cutest baby ever and still is, indeed we have to put a picture of us today, that would be interesting but it will have to wait till he comes to visit me in Oregon this summer, he looks now better than ever and me …well, I still have my style because that lasts forever, we'll see but thank you again for your kind words, Willy

  119. ladybug

    May 23, 2010 at 3:55 pm

    Wow, thank you all so much for taking the timer to comment on this picture. It was taken on an ordinairy day by Salvador Maron,( a snapshot) my painter artist husband and father of Alejandro who was indeed the cutest baby, so smart and always making incredible drawings. It warms the heart to hear all your wonderful comments and it indeed would be great to make a picture like that again now but will have to wait Alejandro comes to visit us in Oregon this summer and although I may not be that pretty anymore I still have my style because that is forever and as far as Alejandro is concerned he became a man with lots and lots of style and looks better then ever. Love and Peace to all and everyone and make sure that inside you look better than on the outside. Willy

  120. a

    May 23, 2010 at 5:15 pm

    I was totally blown away when I saw this picture. The atmosphere that is surrounding this picture is magnificent and I totally adore it. The colors, the style and those two are perfect and completes the picture. Beautiful

  121. Kate

    May 23, 2010 at 6:45 pm

    This is an amazing amazing photo! Your mother certainly has an individual style she looks amazing! Not to mention the cute hippie by her side!

  122. Anonymous

    May 23, 2010 at 7:38 pm

    What a fabulous photo. Definitely one of my vintage favourites.

    Although Willy is wearing many bold pieces they mix together SO WELL. And its so wondering to see that she is wearing the outfit not the outfit wearing her.

    LOVE IT.

  123. Anonymous

    May 23, 2010 at 9:15 pm

    LOVE!!! Thanks for sharing!

  124. The Totally Vain Lorraine

    May 23, 2010 at 10:21 pm

    Now that's real style, expressing herself!

  125. Leah

    May 23, 2010 at 10:32 pm

    wow, this is by far my favorite vintage photo. It truly shows your mother's impeccable style. Oh, if I could dress like her!!!

    Amazing pic!

  126. noelakadjtambour

    May 23, 2010 at 11:28 pm

    @ willy & alenjandro
    looks like both of you are just as stylish then as now

  127. Anonymous

    May 24, 2010 at 1:46 am

    Gweneth Paltrow in The Royal Tenenbaums

  128. Anonymous

    May 24, 2010 at 5:05 am

    adore this photo, it's just wonderful. Thank you for sharing, your mother (and you) is gorgeous!

  129. Sara Bentley

    May 24, 2010 at 5:34 am

    This photo is stunning!

  130. proletarian Great Gatsby

    May 24, 2010 at 6:53 am

    Interesting Photo.Don't forget the little Daniel Boone.You were also perfect,Alejandro.

  131. inclassy

    May 24, 2010 at 9:31 am

    such an amazing look!j'adore!!!!!

  132. Mariona

    May 24, 2010 at 11:53 am

    I've told you many times, the clothing itself is irrelevant, however, some people have the innate ability to maximize insignificant parts. Everything about them is simple, especially at a time, his attitude, his gestures, his style … she certainly has it.
    A wonderful picture, moments to remember, thanks for sharing

  133. Anonymous

    May 24, 2010 at 12:07 pm

    Very noir-ish…Looks like a still from a Hollywood movie…where is Redford at? His better half and child await him for the rest of the scene to finish…

  134. Maria Angelica

    May 24, 2010 at 1:10 pm


    Also proud to have a hippie chic mom, they have a particular sense of fashion which made a mark on our kids.

    Peace & Love from Cartagena de Indias, Colombia, Patrimonio Hist

  135. i.c. blogspot

    May 24, 2010 at 1:59 pm

    At first glance I didn't even realize that this was a vintage photo, it could easily be mistaken for a women today.

    This photo is divine. I love every quality, emotion and style this photo evokes straight down to the mother and child's clothing, their interaction with one another and their location and the architecture of the doorway.

    Great great great!!!


  136. olen

    May 24, 2010 at 5:48 pm

    OMG you're totally cheating. Your mother was a supermodel!

  137. Anonymous

    May 24, 2010 at 8:52 pm

    There is so much to see in this pic. Love it!

  138. Kyle

    May 25, 2010 at 4:07 am

    that's a wicked picture

  139. Stella Koureli

    May 25, 2010 at 5:57 am

    It's a poetic photo. I assume that she knew well how to live and share her life.

  140. Anonymous

    May 25, 2010 at 9:58 am

    Perfetto !! I moved from Holland to Paris around the same time. I am a bit older… Nostalgic…

  141. Deborah

    May 25, 2010 at 11:13 am

    You look absolutely adorable and your mother is stunning!

  142. MuseElle

    May 25, 2010 at 4:25 pm


    Not a conformist to what everyone else is wearing and a sense of individualism. Thanks for the inspiration!


  143. Mackenzie {Design Darling}

    May 25, 2010 at 5:45 pm

    she is stunning. lovely submission.

  144. guccilily

    May 25, 2010 at 11:53 pm

    Thats a treasure of a picture!

  145. pilcuis

    May 25, 2010 at 11:57 pm

    this photo really make a difference in my life, wow!! it's all I can say, I'm so happy to see stylish people with talent do exist!!

  146. Just me and my bon genre!

    May 26, 2010 at 5:18 am

    Looks like a photo from a fashion spread! Mum's got Killer Cheekbones with a crazy outfit! Love what Alejandro is wearing (Ale-ale-Jandro singing to GAGA right now). Arn't you a lucky boy.. getting styled like that at a young age. No awkward photos to hide!

    visit my blog..

  147. ladybug

    May 26, 2010 at 3:43 pm

    For the fun I will tell you all what we were wearing as I remember well, the furcoat I hade made in London a few years earlier but since I wore it a lot and often used it as a blanket, it was a bit worn so I put a new beautiful black lining and wore it inside out. The snakeskin vest I had made in Ibiza from leather I had left from making leather clothes in NY, the skirt I bought in Kashmir (India) which was actually from the 30's when the Englih were there and they made with their folkart clothes for the English, it is hand embrodered. The scarf comes from Ivory coast were I was for a Photo shoot. The boots are spanish and the bag ofcourse from Ibiza. Alejandro is wearing an outfit I made for him in Ibiza and he also wears spanish boots…. Voila, there you have it. Love and Peace

  148. ladybug

    May 26, 2010 at 3:45 pm

    sorry Alejandro is not wearing his boots but some incredible socks ha ha

  149. Jacinta Montgomery

    May 27, 2010 at 4:02 am

    What a superb picture, visually beautiful, you must be so proud of your lovely mother she looks so great and elegant and individual, and you look cute too.

  150. Jacinta Montgomery

    May 27, 2010 at 4:09 am

    Dear Ladybug, I admire your creativity, to think that your coat was made by you and then transformed again is an inspiration to all sewing enthusiasts, It looks amazing what you wore then still looks good today a classic look no doubt!

  151. emanuele

    May 27, 2010 at 4:44 am


  152. Mónica Díaz Barbosa

    May 27, 2010 at 9:13 am

    Loved this pic at the very instant I saw it…. so great!

  153. märta sweden

    May 27, 2010 at 9:51 am

    i want to be that child

  154. Richard

    May 27, 2010 at 10:14 am

    Alejandro en The Sartorialist. Me encanta esta foto.

  155. honeybeeandme

    May 27, 2010 at 11:55 am



  156. Ingrid

    May 27, 2010 at 4:14 pm

    this is amazing!!!

  157. Anonymous

    May 27, 2010 at 4:20 pm

    and we have a winner!!

  158. Anonymous

    May 28, 2010 at 9:04 pm

    That is AMAZING

  159. keren B

    May 29, 2010 at 7:07 pm

    That s what we call STYLE!

  160. deer in the forest

    May 30, 2010 at 5:42 am

    This picture is fantastic!

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    May 30, 2010 at 12:29 pm


  162. Geisslein

    May 31, 2010 at 3:27 am

    I have fallen in love today…with this cute picture! really amazing…Greetings from rainy germany, geisslein

  163. The Swank Bank

    June 1, 2010 at 1:52 pm

    When I first saw this picture I had to pause for a second a figure out if it was vintage or from today!

  164. The Mini Satorialist

    June 4, 2010 at 4:14 pm

    I was scrolling down the page when I stopped, scrolled back up and gazed in wonder at this amazing photo that had caught my eye. Look at how amazingly beautiful she is; and her fashion sense is complimenting her figure immensely. I applaud this lady and her photographer.

  165. Justyna

    June 6, 2010 at 5:59 pm

    adorable, charming, sophisticated

  166. chauss

    June 6, 2010 at 11:16 pm

    this pix is fabulous! mom and son look look uber chic. :))))

  167. Anonymous

    June 7, 2010 at 5:08 pm

    beautiful !!!

  168. Muse Play

    June 9, 2010 at 3:11 am

    Wow, such a phenomenal photograph. Your mother's style is so fabulously ecclectic, and while there is a vintage feel, she could walk right out of the picture and down the street today. And your style is certainly noteworty as well ;) Thanks for sharing.

  169. Pae

    June 12, 2010 at 8:13 am

    I hardly comment on your blog and you probably won't have time to read anyway but I just wanna say your mum is so beautiful. She has such a great style. I totally love the photo and you look so cute…

  170. Anonymous

    June 14, 2010 at 3:41 am


  171. kknahass

    June 22, 2010 at 3:58 pm

    so cute and with impeccable style. with great expression!

  172. Yoli

    June 24, 2010 at 10:14 pm

    Alejandro she is beautiful, what flair!

  173. Anonymous

    July 9, 2010 at 1:45 pm


  174. wiley woman

    August 16, 2010 at 7:13 pm

    well that sure does explain a lot.
    fabulous. the real deal.

  175. Oley

    September 6, 2010 at 11:53 am

    wow. quite stunning.

  176. lindayoga

    August 6, 2011 at 12:09 pm

    Ohhh… The good old 70s. Many great memories. Thanks for bring some back;)

  177. Ceecee

    August 6, 2011 at 9:07 pm

    This is one of my all time favorites.

  178. LuLu Mallory

    January 5, 2012 at 5:00 pm

    What a great vintage shot, for the time period the combo of old and new fashion is genius. Today’s equivalent might be designer jeans and a baja?

  179. Juliet

    February 22, 2012 at 5:38 pm

    The clothing itself is not very pretty,but your mom made a incredible mix with her genius’s taste, it is a amazing outfit put together,every thing like it should is, and with beautiful scarf, and your painter artist dad great catch, they together look so gorgeous and fabulous, like it was not from this world, just a scene from a Hollywood movie. You are the cute little boy Pinocchio, voila your fabulous jacketing and boots, and that little hand!
    wait to see a present photo of your family would be great! love your wonderful work and blog.

  180. Sharon Olberg

    April 11, 2012 at 1:46 am

    Willy, as you already know, this is in the top 5 of my favorite photographs ever of you. I would LOVE to see this in a current Vogue. I’m guessing that was taken about 42 yrs. ago? Every time I see this photo I see something new in it that I hadn’t remembered seeing before! And, yes, it would be great for you to get a current pic of you and Alejandro and put on here. I’ m glad that it was Sal who captured this magical, timeless photo. For any of you who want to see the “now” Willy, all you have to do is google Willy van Rooy….. I’m sure there are pics of Alejandro that are fairly current, also.

  181. hani

    April 11, 2012 at 8:15 am

    Amazing! I just saw this pic on google and was going to post it on FB! Fantastic outfit!

  182. Barbara

    May 10, 2012 at 1:45 pm

    I have those exact same handmade boots! I bought them in Spain on my honeymoon 25 years ago and now my 23 year old daughter wears them.

  183. Artist in NY

    March 25, 2014 at 8:32 pm

    Oh Wow, What a MOM & yes, the cutest Little Hippie!!
    I do appreciate sharing this photo in public like this, it always is such a pleasure to see photos of Mom & Child(ren) which put me a big smile on my face :))))

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