Monday, December 10, 2007

Black Coat Monday……Madison Ave., NYC


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  1. Anonymous

    December 10, 2007 at 9:21 am

    Ladies looking dashing and dangerous outside Loro Piana Midtown!

  2. Anonymous

    December 10, 2007 at 9:25 am

    I love the idea that they are mother and daughter and the fashion sense is passed down and reinterpretted.

  3. fashion_refuser

    December 10, 2007 at 9:31 am

    black on black on black – just wonderful…

  4. Deja Pseu

    December 10, 2007 at 9:38 am

    Top pic, right hand coat…Wow! The detailing (embroidery?) is incredible. And I love the graphic bracelet to accent the design.

  5. Anonymous

    December 10, 2007 at 9:47 am

    Love the shape of the heels on the woman on the left in the top picture. So modern and elegant. does anyone know what brand they are?

  6. cacey

    December 10, 2007 at 10:03 am

    These lovely ladies look so happy. I wish I were in New York right now! sigh.

  7. Anonymous

    December 10, 2007 at 10:07 am

    Aren’t they all vogue editors?

  8. Jasmine

    December 10, 2007 at 10:24 am

    I love that each coat is a different shape and that all the ladies are wearing black on black totally different.

  9. Anonymous

    December 10, 2007 at 10:27 am

    Wow. Talk about a uniform! I don’t see US Vogue much but if they are all editors, how funny would it be that none are wearing the looks they are pushing in their pages!

  10. Gin Sling

    December 10, 2007 at 10:32 am

    Black on black on black is certainly one of the hardest things to match, especially in order to avoid the ‘Sicilian widow’ effect! There’s no doubt that those four ladies didn’t fall in this trap, but still, my eyes are a bit hurt by the brown/black mix of the girl, left of the top photo…

  11. Candid Cool

    December 10, 2007 at 10:46 am

    very nice, chic women

  12. Anonymous

    December 10, 2007 at 10:47 am

    I’m sorry to say that I find all these looks rather dull.
    I’ve gone back to wearing a lot of black again lately, and this is actually making me rethink that.

  13. Suzanna Mars

    December 10, 2007 at 11:03 am

    Sleek as greyhounds, the two in the lower pic. It appears that the women are cognizant of the power of black, whereas the first pair are not as arranged and have no studied awareness.

  14. Anonymous

    December 10, 2007 at 11:31 am

    The top pair look so happy and on a Monday morning!
    Are they going to work or did their boss give them the day off to go shopping?

  15. Stephanie

    December 10, 2007 at 11:32 am

    I love the patent accessories on the left woman bottom picture. I just wish she would have worn patent black heels too! It would have made the whole look complete. Or maybe it would have looked overdone – either way – I’d like to see it.

  16. penelope

    December 10, 2007 at 11:52 am

    wow love the two ladies in the 2nd picture more!!
    so tres chic!!

    but of course!! the embroidery on the coat of the lady on right. in the 1st pic is just GORGEOUS!!!

  17. Anonymous

    December 10, 2007 at 12:24 pm

    I’m not much of a wearer of black myself, but these are terrific pictures for illustrating the effect of different textures. There’s a lot of play of light here, with the patent belt and bag on the bottom, the decorative trim on the right top coat (doesn’t look like embroidery on my screen–maybe appliqued velveteen?), and even the flash of lining on the top left woman. Plus the inky black hair on top right woman really tops, if you’ll pardon the pun, the look.

  18. Iheartfashion

    December 10, 2007 at 12:34 pm

    Candy’s coat is just GORGEOUS! Can anyone ID who makes it?

  19. Anonymous

    December 10, 2007 at 12:55 pm

    the cut on the bottom pic, woman on the left is amazing.

  20. Habitually Chic

    December 10, 2007 at 1:04 pm

    Candy Pratts Price, on the right in the first photo, always looks amazing. Not hard to do when you work for Vogue and in her case but that coat is amazing. I would also love to know who made it!

  21. Anonymous

    December 10, 2007 at 1:14 pm

    As one of the readers who didn’t care for the more colorful guys’ looks below, it’s not surprising that I like these all-black ensembles. They’re elegant and calming.

    I can see how some people would find them dull. I personally prefer style and ease over surprise and being different just because the season has changed.

    All-black seems to be the woman’s equivalent of a uniform. If men have one, why not women? Why shouldn’t they have an easy mode of dress?

    As for why fashion editors and designers often wear black, I hope someone with expertise will respond, but could it be because:

    –Working with fascinating, unusual clothes all day is so stimulating that in choosing their own clothes they want something reliable and comfortable;

    –They’re busy, and creating editorial fantasies that will encourage people to buy clothes is different from living those fantasies every day;

    –The clothes are expensive; unless they’re wealthy or have a clothing expense account, many of the garments are beyond their reach?

  22. madeline from Norfolk, UK

    December 10, 2007 at 2:22 pm

    I have just discovered your wonderful blog, (thanks to the Guardian weekend supplement), and have spent several hours pouring over it. I wondered why there are so few older women generally, compared to young women and older men? As a 60 year old, still wanting to look good (but not so keen these days on high heels), please show us some examples of elegant and funky women of a certain age!

  23. Anonymous

    December 10, 2007 at 2:33 pm

    Seeing all of these beautiful coats makes me so jealous of the cold weather you’re having in New York. It’s currently about 75 here in Georgia, now that i’ve gotten all of my own coats back from the cleaner.

  24. Stefanie

    December 10, 2007 at 3:06 pm

    Every day should be black coat day! I get so much flack from my boyfriend on the amount of black I wear. To me, there is nothing more sleek, timeless, comfortable, and sexy than head to toe black. Especially with a great pair of heels as demonstrated perfectly by the ladies in the bottom picture.

  25. Alana in Canada

    December 10, 2007 at 3:08 pm

    Each and every one of these looks has something going for it.

    The women in the bottom photo are stunning: but I find the collar style of their coats instructive…they are both wearing collars suitable to their body shape. Terrific. (and by the way, to the poster who implicated they may not have “enough money” for designer clothing–those coats, handbags and shoes are not cheap! They are too beautifully cut and draped.)

    But what is really impressive is how you’ve managed to catch all the beautiful details. Photgraphing black isn’t easy.

  26. Shabnom

    December 10, 2007 at 3:09 pm

    I must say they all look very elegant in their black coats – my favourite has to be the white-haired lady’s double-breasted coat in the second photo, it’s just so mannish and ladylike at the same time, especially with the pearls. If I was going to get one myself for practicality’s sake I’d probably go for this look… except that it would look really bad on a petite.

    The Sartorialist was featured in the Guardian? Does this mean there’ll be more readers from the UK? Nothing but good news!

  27. Anne Corrons

    December 10, 2007 at 3:30 pm

    I do love this black “duo”; it’s fabulous!

  28. AnonymousJK

    December 10, 2007 at 4:56 pm

    The similarities between these four ladies just goes to prove how simply timeless and chic the colour black is!

  29. Carolina Lange

    December 10, 2007 at 5:10 pm

    So many beautiful black coats! Love them all!

  30. Lorin

    December 10, 2007 at 5:12 pm

    I love the geometric patterned coat. Black on black can be dull but not with such great attention to details.

  31. Anonymous

    December 10, 2007 at 5:14 pm

    What a great shot of the two women in your lower pictures. Uber-chic.

  32. enc

    December 10, 2007 at 5:16 pm

    Perfect examples of how not to be boring in black coats.

  33. Anonymous

    December 10, 2007 at 6:26 pm


    I wasn’t implying that the coats were inexpensive, rather that a woman with a relatively limited budget might choose to spend her money on classic designer pieces in a versatile color like black, as opposed to chasing after every fad.

    Those outfits don’t look cheap.

  34. Anonymous

    December 10, 2007 at 7:34 pm

    bottom right IS perfection

  35. chris

    December 10, 2007 at 7:40 pm

    The great thing about this look is that anyone can wear it and look incredibly chic -the teen, the young lady and the woman of a certain age.

    And you don’t need to be rich to pull off black elegantly!

  36. editor

    December 10, 2007 at 7:51 pm

    i love the pop-up window for comments- thank you for doing that for us.
    the top picture, that woman on the left is so lovely. there is something so genuine about her, the expression – it’s one of the few timses i’m not paying attention to the clothing.
    bottom pic, one of the few times that ysl bag looks cool and not trendy. love the blackness of their black tights.

  37. Alice Olive

    December 10, 2007 at 8:09 pm

    Love the second shot. Black on black on black accompanied by fabulous sunnies.

  38. realstylepdx

    December 10, 2007 at 8:24 pm

    I love wearing all black, but it’s a bit dull without a little color here or there, isn’t it?

  39. Anonymous

    December 10, 2007 at 11:22 pm

    so what does a lady do with the belt once she has removed her jacket? lower left appears to have belt loops, as the belt originally came with the coat, but what if one were to add her own?

  40. Jennifer Ramos

    December 11, 2007 at 1:20 am

    THE 2 BOTTOM gals look so stylish, love all in black ….

    Jen Ramos
    ‘Earth Friendly DESIGNER Cards’

  41. gracekelly

    December 11, 2007 at 2:50 am

    They all look great, especially love the belted coat. Wonderful look. I agree that the patent bag is great with the coat, but I think patent shoes would be too over the top. Weather permitting, my choice would be suede.

  42. Anthony

    December 11, 2007 at 3:25 am

    Again, how very Melbourne…

    We wear so much black in Melbourne in Winter its not even funny… that said, we do it stylishy and come Summer, then we get colourful.

    These ladies would fit right in.

  43. Jessica M.

    December 11, 2007 at 4:09 am

    I love the look on the left in the upper shot – the swingy coat, the swingy hair, and the matching sweater/ruff with the hair. I also love the woman bottom left – the shape of the coat, and the fur subtly tucked around the neck.

    Madeline, I would understand your comment more if it wasn’t attached to a set of pics that features women who seem to range in age from 30-ish to 50+ (not that it’s polite to speculate). Well groomed women do tend to look a bit younger . . .

  44. Anonymous

    December 11, 2007 at 4:49 am

    Nothing beats black.
    Especially in winter.

  45. Eryl Shields

    December 11, 2007 at 6:56 am

    I saw the article in the Guardian on saturday and am now addicted to this site. So Shabnom, here is at least one more UK reader. It’s nice to see normal people held up as exemplars of style, rich, poor, young, old, thin and not so thin. And men too, where I live men rarely seem to bother with their appearance over the age of about thirty.

    These women look great, the black is so very black.

  46. atheniangirl

    December 11, 2007 at 10:19 am

    Is this Xanthippe Ioannidis? I love her editorials and her style certainly reflects her exquisite taste

  47. Anonymous

    December 11, 2007 at 10:30 am

    I love the black coats, and I am a black coat wearer myself. I too live in nyc and find daily inspiration on the streets. i work way uptown, at Columbia (the hospital) and just yesterday i saw a lol (medical term for little old lady, not kidding) in an amazing outfit that was a nonchalant mix of colors and layers. I was thinking “The Sartorialist should come up here and see some amazing ways of dressing”.

    I love that you chose to highlight the all black ensembles; it is kind of funny that Bill Cunningham showed many women wearing white last week after it snowed. Just goes to show that there is no “in” in fashion. It’s how you put yourself together to express your mood/style that makes it modern.

  48. Sebastian Perinotti

    December 11, 2007 at 11:04 am

    mm so chic!

  49. Susanna

    December 11, 2007 at 11:48 am

    Adore the black-on-black pattern in the first picture. Take notes, Mr. Posen: that’s how to wear a patterned coat!

  50. sam.

    December 11, 2007 at 1:12 pm

    the women in the bottom picture are absolutely stunning…so much power, class, elegance, simplicity, stateliness, and style…just wow.

  51. Anonymous

    December 11, 2007 at 2:13 pm

    I love the patterned coat, top right – is it flocked? The velvety black goes great with her hair.

  52. y.f. dubble

    December 11, 2007 at 4:18 pm

    so nyc. loving it sart.

  53. Alicia

    December 11, 2007 at 4:50 pm

    I love them all, in the sense that you can see a lot of a person’s personality in a uniform, though you might not think it.

    but, am I the only one bothered by the pants tucked into the heels in the top left?! It’s driving me crazy!
    I love the cuffs and cut of the pants on the right, but the ones on the left need something.

  54. tokyosurfer

    December 11, 2007 at 8:00 pm

    how did she get that crocodile valextra bag already!!!!????

    stunning just stunning!!

  55. Keiler

    December 11, 2007 at 8:24 pm

    I love all black clothes – especially when the fabrics, shapes, and textures are so varied. Black clothes are hard to photograph well, so I particularly appreciate that I can see all the details here.

  56. alyson

    December 11, 2007 at 8:35 pm

    this should go directly into a fashion magazines age issue. all of these women look elegant, age appropriate, and chic while showing their own personal style.

    now if only it was that cold here in los angeles…

  57. chrissybella

    December 11, 2007 at 10:09 pm

    I love the total black look, but give us something more colorful, Sartorialist! at least to cheer us up from this gray, gloomy weather!

  58. Anonymous

    December 11, 2007 at 11:10 pm

    so people have ID’ed two of the women – candy pratts price top right and xanthippe ioannidis, lower bottom right. top left is nicole phelps, also from vogue/ anyone know who’s the fourth? nicole phelps is my fave. she looks so happy and comfortable. i love her hair, too.

    even though i prefer looks with more color, i can appreciate these as well. to anon. who said, “I personally prefer style and ease over surprise and being different just because the season has changed.” as a person who enjoys wearing color, it’s not *just* because i want to be different – it’s about expressing myself, and black doesn’t always express how i feel. black to me still resonates of mourning. it also suggests wanting to disappear, which i find troublesome. i’m not saying that’s why other people wear black – just my own associations with the color that make me less inclined to wear it head-to-toe.

  59. Ridonkulus

    December 12, 2007 at 11:24 am

    nyc ppl must just love fashion over comfort. i love love love a nicely-tailored wool peacoat. but sadly had to retire them once it started snowing. love the patent leather belt with patent handbag in the last photo.

  60. kg

    December 12, 2007 at 2:20 pm

    Is the woman on the bottom left Cynthia Leive, Glamour’s Editor in Chief?

  61. onekittyaday

    December 12, 2007 at 10:33 pm

    looove what these girls are wearing! i wished i lived in a country with winter. in my end of the third world, wearing clothes like that on the street will make me a laughing stock… not to mention give me heatsroke!

  62. Anonymous

    December 13, 2007 at 11:16 am

    when i am old i want to be like the ladies in the second picture, they look so elegant

  63. Paul Pincus

    December 13, 2007 at 3:23 pm

    The lady on the right in the second image might want to give some pointers to the younger three!…Even the way she has arranged her body…neck, her hands and feet…brilliant.


  64. LegalLondon

    December 13, 2007 at 4:13 pm

    I too have just discovered your blog via the Guardian weekend magazine. I love it! I recently gave birth to my first baby and very much miss sitting in the cafes of Paris and New York watching the beautiful people go about their business – thank you for allowing me this indulgence in my own home!!

    As for black on black, as a barrister in England, when working I have to wear black on black. After 8 years in this uniform designed to anonymise, I now prefer to wear a splash of colour to relieve the boredom. I will wear a red scarf and carry a red handbag because red sits better against my fair skin and on dreary grey London days, we all need a bit of cheering up. As the women in these pictures have shown – there is no suggestion of dreariness when black on black is worn in NYC. Here black on black is tres chic. Maybe its because in the middle of winter the sun still shines in NYC!! These women look amazing.

  65. Anonymous

    December 13, 2007 at 7:53 pm

    I love the embroidered coat and the crocodile bag in the first photo. Stunning! I do think the brown sweater in the first photo is a bit of a miss, though. Second photo’s ladies are flawless.

  66. behindthe_seams

    December 13, 2007 at 9:05 pm

    i absolutly love what the girl on the top left is wearing, very classy but still casual

    and bottom left, LOVE her bag.

  67. commedesfilles

    December 16, 2007 at 6:55 pm

    summary: black is good at every age, every generation

  68. natalia

    December 17, 2007 at 12:41 am

    Love the high class corporate look in New York, black is always best ;-)


    December 19, 2007 at 10:57 am

    Black forever

  70. kartik

    December 20, 2007 at 11:12 pm


    Black is beautiful! The outfit is an eyecatcher. Both of them look very smart in them. The Corporate class is exhibited. Thanks.


    Fashion Evangelist

  71. firstview

    December 24, 2007 at 10:02 am

    They look just perfect in all black
    so chic & sophisticated~!

  72. Andrew

    December 25, 2007 at 2:42 pm

    They are polished and put together and probably wield a lot of authority somewhere. But I see nothing creative or interesting in their looks. Just a lot of meanness and hyper Manhattanized Upper East Side pretentiousness.

  73. Anonymous

    January 9, 2008 at 10:24 pm

    I interned at Glamour, and can confirm that the lady on the bottom left is the magazine’s editor-in-chief, Cindi Leive, and bottom right is fashion director Xanthipi Joannides. Xanthipi dressed all in black, all the time. Everyday.

  74. Anonymous

    September 28, 2008 at 12:23 am

    Look at those NYC gals having fun! I love it!

  75. Nidya R. Wiguno

    October 12, 2008 at 5:55 am

    is that YSL downtown bag that the girl brought in the second pic?

  76. Anonymous

    May 27, 2009 at 8:18 pm

    Depressing crows! I really dislike all of this matchy matchy clothing.
    Doesn’t take much thought, though.

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