Thursday, September 20, 2007

At Thakoon

So this is exactly how I saw her as I arrived at the Thakoon show.

Back on her heels like that, perfectly relaxed

As I approach her, she sees me and knows I want to take her picture.

I don’t want her to move a muscle so I have to start saying “don’t move…don’t move…don’t move …that is perfect” which , of course, makes her laugh.

A split second, a timeless image.


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  1. Misterparticular

    September 20, 2007 at 9:06 am

    A perfect match! Right up there with Marilyn Monroe above the subway grate…super shot Sart! The outfit is fine, if not even a little fun….You sure you didn’t get photoshop happy with this one?

  2. Laguna Beach Trad

    September 20, 2007 at 9:11 am

    Amazing photo! Timeless indeed. That’s a very red dress with a striking turquoise belt. The dress is just the right length to show off those legs. I like the “G.R.L.” on the wall above her. A classic glamour shot.

  3. Alice Olive

    September 20, 2007 at 9:11 am

    Fabulous shot (and even more fabulous shoes…)

  4. Nerine

    September 20, 2007 at 9:12 am

    Wonderful picture! Great shoes.

  5. andrea

    September 20, 2007 at 9:14 am

    Fascination pure!
    Hey Sart, are you going to the fashion shows in Milano next week as well?

  6. Anonymous

    September 20, 2007 at 9:14 am

    great pic! love the combo of the bright dress with the bright belt and the bright smile!

  7. Anonymous

    September 20, 2007 at 9:18 am

    I saw this picture on and thought to myself, this has got to be my favorite Scott Schuman picture of all time! (And I have many favorites…)

    Greaaaat job!

    PS Ok, I gotta give it to her, she is not a bad subject herself!

  8. Lucy

    September 20, 2007 at 9:19 am

    this is very cool – I love these recent photos of people in head to toe colour – pink, orange, now red

    (but if I was being picky, I’m not crazy about the shades – sorry)

  9. The Sartorialist

    September 20, 2007 at 9:21 am

    how do you mean photoshop happy?
    I didn’t do anything unusual to this one.

  10. Stacy

    September 20, 2007 at 9:35 am

    A perfect example of when preparation meets opportunity.

    I know you are constantly adjusting your aperture and shutter speed as you move into different light, even if you haven’t found a subject, but just to be in the ready.

    Paid off nicely…no?

  11. Anonymous

    September 20, 2007 at 9:40 am

    Nice one especially with the red in the back and the letters GRL = girl :) Good one!

  12. couturealisme

    September 20, 2007 at 9:41 am

    Sart, you truly find yourself in the right place at the right time.


  13. AnonymousJK

    September 20, 2007 at 9:43 am

    Love the burst of turquoise!

  14. Ashe Mischief

    September 20, 2007 at 9:46 am

    I agree with Laguna Beach– the G.R.L. tag above her is a wonderful touch to a beautiful picture. What really takes it over the top of lovely is the story that accompanies it.

  15. bopsy

    September 20, 2007 at 9:56 am

    Love it! I love to know other women lean back on their heels…even though we know it can’t be good for them. She is lovely. Not to mention her trim and toned arms. Either she has great genetics or she works hard for them. Either way….

  16. landis

    September 20, 2007 at 10:04 am


    GRR indeed!

  17. rcburris6

    September 20, 2007 at 10:10 am

    Absolutly adorable! Great shot Sart.

  18. Anonymous

    September 20, 2007 at 10:11 am

    This might well be your best photo yet.

  19. Carolina Lange

    September 20, 2007 at 10:24 am

    Great shot!
    Her shoes are amazing?

  20. ni

    September 20, 2007 at 10:26 am

    this photo makes me remind old movie stars… it was a lucky opportunity… she’s great!!

  21. Escapist

    September 20, 2007 at 10:34 am

    Wonderful indeed. Very chic and she perfectly finished off her clothes with the hair and lips.

    The red on the walls helps, too. ^_^

  22. Iheartfashion

    September 20, 2007 at 10:36 am

    Great shot! I love how the graffiti in the background picks up the red of her dress. And those shoes are fantastic!

  23. materfamilias

    September 20, 2007 at 10:51 am

    great shot! such an effective pose yet completely unaffected, unposed.

  24. diana

    September 20, 2007 at 10:54 am

    love the “title” overhead… G.R. L ! perfect.

  25. Jane Flanagan

    September 20, 2007 at 11:23 am

    She’s perfectly giddy and this is perfectly the decisive moment down pat…

  26. Lesley Denford

    September 20, 2007 at 11:23 am

    I absolutely love it! She’s so stylish, and so real. Great shot.

  27. Anonymous

    September 20, 2007 at 11:50 am

    I like it a lot, but Sart, it’s a little tacky to praise one’s work as timeless. You probably didn’t quite mean it that way but still…. Time is harsh.

  28. veryfastfeeling

    September 20, 2007 at 11:54 am

    this is a perfect image. it looks like an urban fashion shoot, especially with the G.R.L. behind her with her ultra feminine style and the sexy grit of the scene

  29. Anonymous

    September 20, 2007 at 12:03 pm

    does anyone know who this woman is? just looking at a picture of her is pure pleasure.

  30. Tanya M.

    September 20, 2007 at 12:07 pm

    Stunning and fun!

  31. Butch

    September 20, 2007 at 12:14 pm

    Perfect in every way: spontaneity and inevitability.

    Love the GRL, particulalry.

  32. Sztywniara

    September 20, 2007 at 12:14 pm

    Definitely one that should be included in a “The Best of Sartorialist” collection :)

  33. mahret

    September 20, 2007 at 12:17 pm

    i love love love that one. it’s so super relaxed ♥

  34. Mrs. Blandings

    September 20, 2007 at 12:25 pm

    you deserve all the good things coming your way – this photo is perfection.

  35. marie

    September 20, 2007 at 12:34 pm

    The first thing that came to mind when I saw this photo was the song “Lady In Red” by Chris De Burgh.

    I love the contrast of the colors of her hair and dress. :)

  36. J MARK

    September 20, 2007 at 12:38 pm


  37. Anonymous

    September 20, 2007 at 12:46 pm

    This shot is Fab-U-Lous! Bravo!

  38. lucas

    September 20, 2007 at 12:50 pm

    beautiful photo… she has some kind of gwen stefani vibe that i really like.

  39. Anonymous

    September 20, 2007 at 1:08 pm

    totes! i though it was gwen!

  40. Anonymous

    September 20, 2007 at 1:09 pm

    Sart ~

    How did you get the color of the
    graffiti and ladder to go with
    the color of the dress? Just amazing!
    Great shot.

    ~ Blaumax

  41. The Sartorialist

    September 20, 2007 at 1:14 pm

    for Blaumax
    all I had to do was “see” the shot and click the release button

  42. Anonymous

    September 20, 2007 at 1:19 pm

    To be repetitive, brilliant.

  43. editor

    September 20, 2007 at 1:26 pm

    great pic but…
    the reason a woman would have her feet back like that (and leaning against something) is because her shoes are killing her feet, and she’s trying to give them a break and ease the pressure.
    that doesn’t seem to detract from the visual appeal for anyone though.
    like i said, great pic

  44. Anonymous

    September 20, 2007 at 1:55 pm

    This is my favorite picture that you have taken (that I have seen).

  45. jennine

    September 20, 2007 at 1:57 pm

    i like this shot a lot, just because it’s such a candid, ‘something you’d actually see in real life’ moment. i used to lean back like that, until i busted a pair of tod’s… argh.

    also, she reminds me of gwen stefani. is it her? could it be? i guess every time you see a super in shape platinum blonde in red, you think gwen.

  46. WendyB

    September 20, 2007 at 2:01 pm


  47. TheFeminineMyst-chic

    September 20, 2007 at 2:20 pm

    what a shot!!!

  48. Joanna Bolick

    September 20, 2007 at 2:21 pm

    perfect placement!

  49. Wintermute

    September 20, 2007 at 2:28 pm

    Oh, how I covet those shoes! Great pic! =)

  50. Anonymous

    September 20, 2007 at 3:00 pm

    perfect outfit.
    perfect shot!

  51. Anonymous

    September 20, 2007 at 3:04 pm

    I used to do that when I wore heels, because my feet hurt. lol
    Doubt I ever managed to look photogenic, so I admire her jolly expression as much as I do her peppy style.

  52. Asian Models Blogger

    September 20, 2007 at 3:32 pm

    Brilliantly captured. Perfectly timed.

    That is what makes you, the photographer and the site/blog so different from other fashion photo magazines/blogs.

    This photo and caption below it explained EXACTLY what this blog is and who you are.


  53. B

    September 20, 2007 at 4:07 pm

    Lurve the colours.
    She reminds me of Gwen Stefani.

  54. Anonymous

    September 20, 2007 at 4:31 pm

    i love the graffiti research lab! they have some of the coolest things ever!

  55. Schmick

    September 20, 2007 at 5:03 pm

    I find it hard to believe this wasn’t orchestrated (she must have seen you coming ;) what with the red graffiti wall and all. Nonetheless, I think it’s my favourite photo/outfit this summer. Very Gwen Stefani only better.

  56. Eira

    September 20, 2007 at 5:06 pm

    I LOVE it!
    The shot and the woman is just amazing.

  57. Jack Daniel

    September 20, 2007 at 5:22 pm

    cool shot!

  58. Faust Haus

    September 20, 2007 at 5:53 pm

    Gorgeous girl & composition!

  59. Girl Spy

    September 20, 2007 at 6:10 pm

    To me she looks like Annie Nicole might have done had she been happy. Shot made my day. Thanks, Scott!

  60. iopine

    September 20, 2007 at 6:14 pm

    That’s so great, everything about it. The red paint is almost a perfect match for the red dress.

    I leaned back on my heel once like that and it broke off. D’oh!

  61. Candid Cool

    September 20, 2007 at 6:15 pm

    You know what makes her even more amazing, is how these people just so happen to match their surroundings. The red & blue paint, the red ladder, the blue on that metal equipment, & the GRL, or “Girl” it seems like to me. It’s utter perfection

  62. daniqueconijn

    September 20, 2007 at 6:25 pm

    from a distance it seems gwen stefani but..
    shes not
    i do like her style though

  63. Patricia

    September 20, 2007 at 6:31 pm

    I love your blog, I’m addicted, haha. Your photos are amazing!
    Why do you keep going to Sweden all the time?
    I really like this shot!

  64. Anonymous

    September 20, 2007 at 8:00 pm

    She is totally Gwen Stefani-like, without the usual tacky + cheese factor. She’s channeling the same looks, but actually getting it right!

  65. greg

    September 20, 2007 at 8:04 pm

    > …which, of course, makes her laugh.

    I always wonder (enviously, I might add) how you get so many gorgeous women to give you such beautiful smiles! Thank you for this tiny peek into the making of another great picture.

  66. Hannah

    September 20, 2007 at 8:29 pm

    Hi, I love this blog, but I’m very curious. Do you avoid photographing pregnant women? just curious as I’m sure there are fashionable ones out there that we would love to see.

  67. Rachel Galperin

    September 20, 2007 at 9:13 pm

    awwww… she’s so cute. love it!

  68. Blaise

    September 20, 2007 at 9:27 pm

    At first I thought, she was Christina Aguilera..

    She looks really good.. I love the red on her..

  69. Anonymous

    September 20, 2007 at 9:36 pm

    mr. sart, you truly are an artist. and this girl has killer style. (she actually doesn’t look like gwen stefani, aside from similar style influences) when i see hair like that, i wonder where these girls get their inspiriation from, and for that matter, how they learn to execute it (because i wanna do it too). so much whimsy in this one. please, someone, tell us where to get those shoes, dress, belt. i was starting to tire of red, but i love it again. i cannot rave enough about the girl or the artist. btw what is that g.r.l. for? is it graffiti, too?

  70. Anonymous

    September 20, 2007 at 9:50 pm

    Who is she?

    It’s a lovely photo, Sart.

    – desertwind

  71. AnastasiaC

    September 20, 2007 at 9:58 pm

    its perfect!! she’s perfect….

  72. Scrappy

    September 20, 2007 at 10:37 pm


  73. suzie

    September 20, 2007 at 11:12 pm

    She’s unconciously channelling Gwen Stefani.

  74. Directorial

    September 20, 2007 at 11:26 pm

    You were on your toes as she was on her heels. Great shot.

  75. giuseppetimore

    September 20, 2007 at 11:29 pm

    gwen stafani be damned, people!

    this young lady is infinitely cuter.

    you can gloat over this one all you want, sart. this photo wins the gold star for the day.

  76. Anonymous

    September 20, 2007 at 11:32 pm

    I love it! I love her!
    Good story!

  77. Belinda

    September 21, 2007 at 1:57 am

    I love the boldness of this look. Absolutely stunning and perfectly captured.

  78. Anonymous

    September 21, 2007 at 4:48 am

    turqouise with red! matchin real well! :)_

  79. fashionholic

    September 21, 2007 at 5:23 am

    amazing!! love everything she’s wearing.. red is such a hot colour!!

  80. Kevin Lee Allen

    September 21, 2007 at 5:28 am

    thanks, your images bring a bit of joy every morning when I visit

  81. Anonymous

    September 21, 2007 at 5:36 am

    blue on red. fantastic combination

  82. Anonymous

    September 21, 2007 at 6:58 am

    How tall is she? like 6-5 with heels? Jeez she look giant!

  83. Anonymous

    September 21, 2007 at 10:34 am

    So … when does the line of Sartorialistposters come on the market? This would be one to own!

  84. greg

    September 21, 2007 at 10:47 am

    anon 9:36
    > what is that g.r.l. for?

    GRL = Graffiti Research Lab

    See here for more info.

  85. Anonymous

    September 21, 2007 at 1:15 pm

    A moment in time.
    The blink of an eye.
    That smile.
    That lean.
    That garbage in the background.
    Adds up to an Iconic image.
    Sart, great shot as usual.

  86. Anonymous

    September 21, 2007 at 5:16 pm

    Great shot SART

    as usual you capture the best moments !!!

  87. wrza

    September 21, 2007 at 5:18 pm

    this girl is stunning but what i’ve also noticed are these letters G.R.L. on the wall. this is form Graffiti Research Lab. must see it

  88. Anonymous

    September 21, 2007 at 5:50 pm

    miu miu pumps!

  89. Anonymous

    September 21, 2007 at 6:06 pm

    wow, thanks greg. I wasn’t sure if my question would get answered. Interesting. Especially about the throwies.

  90. Anonymous

    September 22, 2007 at 2:34 pm

    I am in love with this GRL, is she real? Perfect job!!!

  91. Anonymous

    September 22, 2007 at 5:45 pm


    Yeah, I want this one on a poster.

    Great job Sart.

  92. Anonymous

    September 22, 2007 at 7:59 pm

    An image to remember forever!

  93. josephine butler

    September 22, 2007 at 8:40 pm

    Goodness me! What a picture, what a girl! I love most of your photos but this is a scorcher. The sublime coincidence of her colour combo almost perfectly echoing the graffiti behind her. I hope she gets to see this, it will be something to show her grandchildren.

  94. Anonymous

    September 22, 2007 at 10:05 pm

    you know what i love about this? that she paired a bold red with a vibrant blue, but they don’t look all primary together, like children’s toys, you know? or patriotic, or nautical, as i feel like red and blue often end up reading when juxtaposed. i’m inspired

  95. Bright Modern Thing

    September 23, 2007 at 10:15 am

    Great shot, incredible outfit… classy, feminine, and elegant and yet still laid back!

  96. gabrielle

    September 23, 2007 at 11:18 am

    goodness me – is that what they call a pregnant glow or what?! she looks fabulous.

  97. Sherry

    September 23, 2007 at 2:47 pm

    I think this is one of the best pictures you have ever taken, and I think it’s just a compliment to you that so many people think that it MUST be posed or it MUST be photoshopped.

  98. riz

    September 23, 2007 at 6:20 pm

    love that BELT esp with the dress. another outfit I’ll rip off in the future…

  99. Kim

    September 23, 2007 at 11:29 pm

    I talked to this lovely young lady myself during Fashion Week. She had a fabulous Italian accent and was very sweet indeed when I stopped to compliment her Miu Miu shoes. Her reply: “No, they are not so comfortable. But they make me very happy!”

  100. Anonymous

    September 24, 2007 at 2:46 am

    I know this fab girl.. used to work with her in Sweden. and yes she┬┤s for real.

  101. Anonymous

    September 24, 2007 at 11:07 am

    Great shot sart.

    This is your best photo so far. I love the colours and the glamour girl, she is fab.

  102. fashionchronicles

    September 25, 2007 at 12:16 am

    lovely picture, it’s just..perfect!

  103. Anonymous

    September 25, 2007 at 5:32 am

    How much do I want those Miu Miu shoes……..comfort bedamned

  104. Anonymous

    September 25, 2007 at 7:37 am

    How strange, I know this girl. Her name is Sofia. We grew up in the same, very small town in Sweden. Our parents are acquaintances. Really odd to see her here after all this years… I can just agree with everybody else, great photo of a really nice girl!

  105. Anonymous

    September 25, 2007 at 1:13 pm

    This girl is just perfect. Do you have more photos of her?

  106. cd

    September 25, 2007 at 1:54 pm

    She’s wearing the Vernice Pop Pump in Rosso from Miu Miu!

  107. Anonymous

    September 26, 2007 at 5:05 am

    A M A Z I N G – love this shot!

  108. Anonymous

    September 27, 2007 at 11:02 am

    great red match on walls and metal things in the baground.

  109. Anaïs

    September 29, 2007 at 12:17 am

    This girl is just wonderful…What a smile!

    She look so glam relaxing in that tiny little backstreet place…I love it!

    Big up for the shoes and the perfect lipstick! ;-)


  110. The Slagger

    October 3, 2007 at 1:49 am

    Cue up that Chris De Burgh song from back in the day!

  111. leia

    October 3, 2007 at 9:23 pm

    That is exactly what I do when my heels are killing me! I’m waiting for the day when they snap!
    I loooovvvve her Miu Miu’s!

  112. Mrs. Span

    October 4, 2007 at 2:00 pm

    I keep coming back to this picture! I love her, I can’t possibly get over it.

  113. Anonymous

    October 4, 2007 at 3:30 pm

    great pic! love the miu miu shoes

  114. Anonymous

    October 4, 2007 at 6:20 pm

    Amazing photo and amazing girl. This is your best one so far.

  115. bomb.ass.ting

    October 5, 2007 at 11:41 pm

    “A split second, a timeless image.”
    You should be writing product descriptions for Goyard.

  116. Nidya R. Wiguno

    October 12, 2008 at 6:07 am

    she looks just like Gwen Stefani hahaha

  117. Anonymous

    March 10, 2009 at 6:31 pm

    Beautiful. Simply. Beautiful.

  118. Theresa

    May 4, 2010 at 3:31 pm

    you really capture the joy in fashion

  119. Anonymous

    May 10, 2011 at 1:54 pm

    i love how it says "grl" or girl int he background….

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