Sunday, February 18, 2007

Just Hit Milano!

So I just arrived in Milano for the womens collections.
The weather is great, surprisingly warm for Feb.
While I was waiting for the plane in New York I received an email from this woman – Renata Molho, remember her from a recent post?

She wanted to say thanks for the post and for all of the lovely comments.
Well, small world – when I got into Milan I really only had time to buy some magazines before doing todays posts and dinner. I went to the big Emporio Armani on Manzoni because almost everything is closed on Sunday. While I was there I saw a biography on Giorgio Armani titled Essere Armani.
As most of you know, Armani was a huge influence on me when I was young so I have secretly always wanted to write the first book on him.
Anyway, I quickly flipped through the book and was crushed to see that it was in Italian (makes sense).
As I tried to find the publisher or see if there was an English version and came upon this

It’s her!! Renata
I was so surprised.
What a small world.
Maybe if I bring the book with me to the shows she can read me a few chapters.


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  1. Candid Cool

    February 18, 2007 at 1:13 pm

    a small world indeed.

  2. Anna

    February 18, 2007 at 1:22 pm

    She has the greatest look I ever seen.
    Simply wonderful!

  3. Anonymous

    February 18, 2007 at 1:23 pm

    Whoa! Timeless beauty.


  4. Anonymous

    February 18, 2007 at 1:31 pm

    Love the scarf Sart!

  5. Richard

    February 18, 2007 at 2:11 pm

    Just got back from Milan. The weather was spectacular. Check out the Margiela ‘show’ (for lack of a better word) at Corso Como.

    The silhouette of the mannequin in the sweater blew me away.

  6. BaskingShark

    February 18, 2007 at 2:13 pm

    Yes, I love your scarf, too. Would you mind sharing where you got it?

  7. joanna

    February 18, 2007 at 2:30 pm

    Definitely a timeless beauty… any my god your eyes are absolutely stunning ! You look fantastic.

  8. Butch

    February 18, 2007 at 3:03 pm

    Blue eyes, blue scarf, blue sweater…molto bene!

  9. Athena

    February 18, 2007 at 3:06 pm

    Great post. Your blue top and lovely scarf bring out your blue eyes amazingly. Also, this story is delightful. She is simply beautiful in that book jacket. Classic beauty.

  10. invisible girl

    February 18, 2007 at 3:43 pm

    Whoa! What a story.

    That woman’s smoldering intellegence is captivating. A kindred spirit, no doubt!

  11. Anonymous

    February 18, 2007 at 3:58 pm

    Small small weird and wonderful world. Hope you meet her again. Hope you also get to write an Armani book. Your the best.

  12. falcon

    February 18, 2007 at 4:34 pm

    I love your scarf!

  13. Gudl

    February 18, 2007 at 5:22 pm

    Your scarf looks like ‘Oilily’ to me.

  14. Anonymous

    February 18, 2007 at 5:48 pm

    What a lovely coincidence! The world is beautiful, when it lines things up like this. And towards your previous post – your little girl is so cute!

    - Hilmir from Singapore.

  15. artoftime

    February 18, 2007 at 6:01 pm

    poigniant and lovely – post more when you see her.
    Great scarf – the blue on blue on blue is working.
    one can only hope you’re sporting winter white trousers as well

  16. Anonymous

    February 18, 2007 at 6:04 pm

    oh jesus, sart. why do you dress like a 60 year old? stop it with the silly neck scarves man. so lame

  17. Dutch

    February 18, 2007 at 6:10 pm

    Great muffler, Sart.

  18. lerieluvlie

    February 18, 2007 at 6:13 pm


  19. Mauri D

    February 18, 2007 at 6:24 pm

    Don’t you just love it when coincidences like this happen? It makes me think it’s not coincidence; it’s life. You just have to be aware. There’s no telling what’s under your nose, or around the corner at any given moment. :)

  20. Mauri D

    February 18, 2007 at 6:28 pm

    Pay no mind to anonymous booing the scarf. It’s a thoughtful accessory; I dig it. You look handsome.

  21. Anonymous

    February 18, 2007 at 7:25 pm

    GUAUUU. u r so nice!!!

  22. Edu

    February 18, 2007 at 7:26 pm

    What a really small world and what a huge coincidence! You had to flew across the Atlantic to come across this dazzling surprise! It seems it was prepared for you to have the book in your hands. Who knows this is the starting point of a nice friendship. You both have things to share! Go ahead!
    Eduardo – Brazil

  23. derekcardigan

    February 18, 2007 at 7:41 pm

    i think you were meant to be friends*

    please update us if you ever run into her again. she seems like a very very interesting woman.

  24. styrene

    February 18, 2007 at 9:31 pm

    i luuuurve her. the first time i saw the post about her i sent the link to all my friends and told them i aspired to be her in thirty years. also she gives me hope that smoking will not necessarily make you age gracelessly.

  25. Anonymous

    February 18, 2007 at 9:39 pm

    A story of serendipity…my favorite.

    The start of a great love story, no?

  26. Axelle

    February 18, 2007 at 10:11 pm

    That is an amazing (and stylish!) example of Jungian synchronicity.

  27. pamela

    February 18, 2007 at 10:48 pm

    woah. rare moment. fantastic.

  28. Jane

    February 18, 2007 at 10:51 pm

    Where did the original post go? For some reason I can’t find it… didn’t you have two photos of this lovely woman? It’s very cool that we should get to know a little more about this person.

  29. Anonymous

    February 18, 2007 at 11:15 pm

    I have to say, one of the things I enjoy about your whole blog community is that no one is ever outright rude. Sure, people say something looks to cookie-cutter, they comment on the wrong color, they say they just hate a certain look–but there is never any ridicule and the comments are overwhelmingly positive. I know you must first approve the comments, but really, the politeness and positive attitude is in no small way due to the tone of professionalism you maintain with your blog and community. So congrats on something other than the photography–though that’s what makes the blog truly addictive!

  30. Comment commentator

    February 18, 2007 at 11:16 pm

    I’m sorry, apparently 6:04 pm above was an aberration from the norm….of polite and productive comments.
    I love neck scarves, keep it going Mr. Sart.

  31. Anonymous

    February 19, 2007 at 12:21 am

    u have gorgeous eyes especially with the scarf and pullover pulling them out. keep it coming with those fabulous pictures!

  32. Jessica M.

    February 19, 2007 at 12:48 am

    Hey, you like it when your subjects smile – what about you? Don’t be one of those guys who thinks it’s unmanly to smile (of course, every photographer I know is one).

  33. Anonymous

    February 19, 2007 at 1:21 am

    your best find to date! she actually looks ALOT better and more interesting now than in her earlier years. Great!

  34. Blue Floppy Hat

    February 19, 2007 at 2:29 am

    Nice scarf up there, Sart :) and what a lovely example of cool mature chic.

  35. The Sartorialist

    February 19, 2007 at 2:45 am

    to Anon 6:04 pm

    Excuse me, I am not dressed like a 60 year old!!

    I am very clearly dressed like a 70 year old!!


  36. zuccotto

    February 19, 2007 at 2:45 am

    Brava, Renata Molho!

  37. Cristina

    February 19, 2007 at 4:17 am

    If someone knows that the book it’s going to be published in spanish or catalan, please let me know…of course, i’m interesting in reading it.
    kisses to everybody!

  38. David Price

    February 19, 2007 at 7:06 am

    That’s quite an author’s photo!

  39. Anonymous

    February 19, 2007 at 7:11 am

    she is one of the major italian journalists, fashion critic for the economic newspaper Il Sole 24 ore!

  40. Jack Daniel

    February 19, 2007 at 7:36 am

    It’s good to know you’re having a great time in europe.
    I envy you.

  41. Cut of cloth

    February 19, 2007 at 8:04 am

    A naturally beautiful woman whatever she wears. and as for your scarf very debonairre!

  42. Anonymous

    February 19, 2007 at 9:02 am

    Beautiful woman.

  43. rockstar

    February 19, 2007 at 10:05 am

    Melt me. You are gorgeous. *sigh*.

  44. lewehrman

    February 19, 2007 at 10:21 am

    What a serendipitous happening! I just love your blog!!! Keep us posted! I hope that I am half as stylish as Renata when I am that age. Boy she is sexy!

    By the way, I like the scarf!

  45. Anonymous

    February 19, 2007 at 10:21 am

    Lance Armstrong? Well, maybe just a little, but much much better!

  46. Anonymous

    February 19, 2007 at 11:08 am

    Sart, with all your hookups, you’ve probably seen it, but if you haven’t, ask the Armani people if you could see “Made in Milan.”

    For those who don’t know, it is a short film that Armani commisioned Martin Scorcese to shoot. Not a strict biography per se, it does cover his background and his philosophy towards design, at least at the time it was filmed (late 80s).


  47. Anonymous

    February 19, 2007 at 11:15 am

    You are beyond hot.

  48. mĂ­a

    February 19, 2007 at 1:28 pm

    what poetic justice!

  49. Anna-Klara

    February 19, 2007 at 1:55 pm

    I love her too! one of your best!

  50. Maricota

    February 19, 2007 at 2:32 pm

    I love her look. Everything is just so perfect and still, it doesn’t seem she has put a lot of effort into it. And the ciggaret, the way she holds it… ah it just did for the whole thing!!! Couldn’t be any better!

  51. Maricota

    February 19, 2007 at 2:37 pm

    P.S – I just have to agree with some people here, yes you do look amazing… the whole blue thing going on, the shape of your face, the scarf, the sweater and last but not least, your eyes… totally hypnotized me.

  52. Anonymous

    February 19, 2007 at 5:18 pm


  53. positively the same dame

    February 19, 2007 at 6:18 pm

    i guess there really are no accidents in life. in the meantime while waiting for a translation, whether in print or by the author herself, you might read “The Beautiful Fall” which profiles the lives and careers of yves saint laurent and karl lagerfeld and their nearly life-long rivalry. not about your idol, but an absolutely fascinating and entertaining read nonetheless.

  54. Anonymous

    February 19, 2007 at 9:55 pm

    I think she is fabulous! There is hope for us women of a certain age in the US if we know that women like Renata exist somewhere out in the world. She is a relief from the forced mediocrity of the aging process here in the land of the average. Thank you so much for your site. It has changed my life and my world view. It gives me hope that originality and spirit still exist at any age and that creativity is an asset to be celebrated.

  55. Model Citzen

    February 19, 2007 at 10:00 pm

    this could be the beginning of something lovely…

  56. Just an Observation

    February 20, 2007 at 1:04 am

    I see you already found one you like…scarf that is. beautiful colors ..looks great!….it’s funnny because my Etro scarf is nearly the same color..only lighter and I wear it with my suits or sports coat…I cann’t quie make out the pattern on yours ….and i like that yours is longer oo ..allows for the wrapping around the neck and layered looks … adds to that chic witout effort effect.

    Thanks, Always Sar.

    p.s. my dad just has been saying the same thing about the weather …he lives there …he likes the pleasantness instead of the harsh weathher they would be having now.


  57. Ming_the_Merciless

    February 20, 2007 at 1:26 am

    1. Is that a new paisley scarf?? You’ve been talking about getting one.

    2. You should wear blue more often. It makes your eyes POP!

  58. Fearlessly Female

    February 20, 2007 at 3:42 am

    She is beyond captivating, both in her earlier photo and in the present. She exudes seduction in the most surprising way.

  59. LaLa

    February 20, 2007 at 8:07 am

    1. you are not dressed like a 70 yr old
    2. i’m sure those blue eyes and that blue scarf wasnt a coincidence ! its like saring into the sea .. somehow
    keep up the good work :)

  60. Anonymous

    February 20, 2007 at 10:18 am

    Your charm is so needed in this midwestern girl’s winter. I am glad you finally got your scarf (blue is your color) and over the moon with your Renata connection. Please keep us posted on this as it develops. Armani needs a successor….why not you!?

  61. Clement Frenchy

    February 20, 2007 at 11:11 am

    Ohhh The Printed Scarf !!!!!!

  62. Anonymous

    February 20, 2007 at 12:02 pm

    Renata! What an incredible, serendipitous story. I do hope you follow up with her. She seems like a woman who can teach us all how to possess style, not just wear it.

  63. Anonymous

    February 20, 2007 at 12:31 pm

    You look fabulous!

  64. S&M

    February 20, 2007 at 3:11 pm

    viva renata

  65. Anonymous

    February 20, 2007 at 3:16 pm

    Those piercing eyes – more Max Von Sydow than Lance.

  66. Anonymous

    February 20, 2007 at 4:12 pm

    I’m so pleased you learned who Renata was, and that who she is justifies your instinct in taking her picture several weeks ago.

    I wish you would show us more “women of a certain age” like her who have a great sense of personal style.

    Where is the female equivalent of all the well-dressed mature gentlemen you photograph?

    I’ve seen enough of itty-bitty dresses and mini bubble skirts over long legs in tights. And I already know what a head-to-foot Armani princess wears to one of his shows (nice picture, however). I want to see what real women over 35 wear — those who mix up things from several seasons ago, or vintage, or this from one designer, that from another.

  67. Maria

    February 20, 2007 at 5:29 pm

    I knew it!
    She has a style that defyies assumptions. LOVE THAT!

  68. lucianamalta

    February 20, 2007 at 6:20 pm

    oh!, god…

    what a scarf…
    what a sweater…
    what a guy… ;))))

    always great, s. you’re the one.

  69. invisible girl

    February 20, 2007 at 7:59 pm

    Blue is very you!

  70. Piccolina

    February 20, 2007 at 9:10 pm

    The scarf is wonderful.
    Renata = my idol. She’s so elegant and nonchalant at the same time, which is so rare these days. Everyone seems to be trying so hard.

  71. lenas

    February 21, 2007 at 6:22 am

    Certain age???
    Who cares .
    You attract what you project.
    At any age.
    If you´ve got something to project.
    Act don´t react.
    All of you: Be YOU !!!!

  72. Zaydoun

    February 21, 2007 at 12:55 pm

    Born in Asmara too… Is it me or are the world’s most interesting people always born away from their original country??

    (Asmara is the capital of Eritrea. A former Italian colony!)

  73. Anonymous

    February 21, 2007 at 7:38 pm

    Age?? Certain age???

    I think you misunderstood.

    The French have a lovely, subtle expression for a mature woman: Rather than be so blunt and intrusive as to speculate about whether she is in her 40s or 50s, or more, they say she is “Une femme d’une certaine age”. I believe the phrase is most often used to suggest that age does not matter when a woman is attractive. I don’t think it loses anything in the translation, and Renata is a good example of someone it might be said about.

  74. ol' blue eyes

    February 21, 2007 at 9:59 pm

    I think I have a crush on your sart. it’s the blue eyes.

  75. Anonymous

    February 24, 2007 at 4:37 am

    Her name is familiar, she writes regularly for L’Uomo Vogue.

  76. rollergirl

    April 15, 2007 at 3:55 pm

    What a great story. I have spent the last 3 weeks reading your archive and am nearly finished – phew! It’s been so nice reading your progress. What I like about this blog:
    *The photos
    *Being inspired by real people style
    *Your observations
    *How inevitably one of the posters will ID a subject, or the subject themselves will post a comment
    *How posters comment on each other’s posts (usually in a polite way) and sometimes give each other advice
    *Discovering other bloggers through their comments on your blog

    Keep it coming Sart, you’re an original…

  77. f-spy

    February 5, 2010 at 8:49 pm

    My aunt translated her book to Russian!
    and her book is amazing, I loved the way she showed Armani there!!!

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