What makes the outfit for me is not so much the clothing (fab, by the way) but the mischievous grin on her face. Clearly the woman is enjoying the moment and that is the crowning accessory of any outfit.
She’s adorable, but I’m not loving the big, orange bag. (Not a fan of logo bags in general.) I guess I’m not crazy about the jacket’s cutesy pink bow either. I liked her look in the last photo better….
how do we all feel about the aesthetic (or lack thereof) of the split toe shoe? I can’t help but liken it to a mule or other heavy pack animal. net: as cute as the pink/orange/LV/fur combo is w/ camera….I don’t feel anything positive towards the shoe. Am I missing something?
everything but the shoes = GENIUS. I’m just not a fan of shoes that show an indent where the toes should be. But otherwise everything else makes up for it, the pose/camera/fur jacket with bow/hair style/purse/etc.
Split toe shoes just should not be worn, same with split toe socks. They are not comfortable, are not pleasing to the eye, and serve absolutely no purpose. It’s not the girl’s fault for buying them, it’s the manufacturer’s fault for making them. Otherwise her choice of the metallic on the ballet flat fits with the rest of the outfit, it’s just the split toe that’s worrisome.
Her combination of a teddy-bear jacket and a double-layer dress works because of her smile and her two-handed gesture; holding her camera so that one hand does all the work, and the other hand adds a small accent – guiding a just little – as if she had recently held the camera close to her face.
I truly wouldn’t add anything or take anything away. every element of what she’s wearing makes this outfit work. if she had a more traditional bag or shoes, she might appear too matronly. i don’t think anyone else could ever wear those shoes. i don’t like them personally, and i’m blown away at how she makes them look so cute. what i do love is her skirt/dress layering. surely those are separates? brava. i just hope that isn’t real fur (even though it’d be kinda perfect if it were)
this is a superb example of personal style. it looks like she has taken some vintage pieces and a riff on a LV bag, along with some Margiela tabi flats and combined it with an adorable grin. you can’t copy that! it’s uniquely her. i would also like to know who she is and what she does. her outfits are amazing! i have seen her looks 3 times so far and each one is teriffic.
It’s Amelie!!! She is amazing. I LOVE her ability to transform her look. This Kid is Crazy Cool!!! If anyone can rock Martin Margiela shoes she is the girl. I adore her. Please keep us in a wash of her rotating looks…she’s one to watch!!!! Thanks For bringing her back after the malestrom of your last posting…I LOVE HER!!!!
The split toe shoe is (I think) a play on Japanese (and maybe throughout Asia?) construction boots and or split toe socks called “tabi ” that are worn with Gaeta, and other Japanese shoes. She is SO cool.
mr. sart, i’ve been enjoying this site for some time, and just recently began checking out your pics on style.com. so fun! except that it’s hard to go back in the archives and review your past work for them. is there any way to set up a comprehensive archives list like you have on this site? that one only goes back to September 5 2007. I really wanted to jump back to last fall to get some shopping inspiration, but i had to just keep clicking “previous post.” Also, how do you choose what pics to put on style.com, and what ones to include on this site?
She looks so cute and happy. I love her bag, too. I also like the look of the lady behind her… she was bummed because she wasn’t the one being photographed. Yeah yeah, her eyes are closed, but you know that’s what she’s thinking. =)
she’s so cute, great fur capelet indeed. although, not one of my favourite looks of hers. i saw a photo you took of her on style.com and thought she looked great there. this outfit all together doesn’t work too well in my opinion.
You have to tell us now. Who IS that exuberantly quirky woman? What do you know about her? (What I wouldn’t give to see the inside of her closet! It must look like a grownup version of The Dressup Box)
I love the split-toe shoe and the light airy dress and slip, especially with a heavy furry jacket (love the whimsical bow!) This is what makes fashion fun.
I’m biased. I see a glimmer of how I dressed when I could only afford to shop at thrift stores, but being before ebay that meant easily mixing up quality vintage and new pieces. I lined my eyes kohl-black and powdered my face white back then, but I would wear this now!
That smile and that skin — I bet you captured just how lovely she looks in person.
What really makes this outfit for me is that she’s wearing a watch! I haven’t seen a woman wear one in ages.
As to jimmy‘s comment about his assumed price of her outfit…first off, why so much contempt for people who choose to spend their money a certain way? Second, it looks to me like she’s layered a sheer cream slip over a vintage pink skirt/dress. That fur stole could likely be vintage, as well as the red bow pin. Oh, and the orange bag looks like swag to me.
On closer inspection I believe this is the same sheer dress in her previous (“girl against the car”) picture. Only this time she’s definitely layered it over a pink dress instead of white slip. Awesome!
She’s wearing an oyster perpetual sea dweller rolex for starters! James, what’s Amelie’s full name and who is she??? the mere fact that she’s jumping around the world to photograph fashion is certainly a tantalizing mystery!
So if she’s the girl against the car, she seems to have a fondness for very large bags(which are maybe practical)that are way too big for her and flat shoes that work against the super feminine outfits(but again are practical. The gold shoes are wierd, and the black converse have a similar effect. But the colors, pink orange gold brown, and the smile. Its quirky and individual and I love it.
I’ll totally be behind you if you just stalk this woman and take a photo of what she’s wearing everyday. I’ve loved everything she’s worn so far because she carries it all off so well. Sometimes it’s less about the clothes and more about the fabulous personality.
Love the oversize orange bag and the fucshia bow on the cropped fur coat. Her outfit would look weird and absurd on a career woman or a wealthy philanthropist but it is worth one million dollars on her. Clothes are related to personality, not to social class or bank account.
Something that annoys me about the comments above is that those who don’t like the dress, shoes, etc., miss the spirit of the outfit–the retro/punk/hip aesthetic that it seems to me this woman is totally rocking (as in the previous pic of her). A punk aesthetic to me = quirky elements + vintage pieces + a general insouciance/”anti-fashion industry” mood. She looks great and completely fresh. Advising her to get a smaller bag and less interesting shoes completely misses the point.
She looks so much more pretty just by smiling, even healthier. And seeing she is wearing the same dress but combined it in another way making it to special by layering it with another colour and the new colour the transparecies form, very pretty and special. Also love her gold shoes.
There is a little too much going on in her outfit.Were it night time,it wouldnÂ´t be so annoying.Mixing furs and see-through skirts isnÂ´t quite sensible.Luckily there are so many people around her that she can mix in the crowd.
unfortunately, i must agree with the nay-sayers. i’m not a fan of not just the outfit but the general vibe of the photo – something about it makes me feel uncomfortable. love the bag as an individual piece, however.
I’m surprised more commentators don’t recognize her as a “Harajuku” girl — and in terms of the fashion we have seen on her so far, a tame one at that.
Japanese street fashion is much wilder than either this or the outfit worn when she was photographed leaning against the car. Maybe she’s just warming up and there is better yet to come.
And the split toed shoes are definitely an ironic and amused reference to Japanese tabi socks, split to wear with thong sandals — they aren’t “gross” in Japan, they are very old-fashioned and practical. I have no doubt she understands the reference.
Also, that looks like a wonderful little Bakelite pin on her jacket; another indicator of fashion savvy, I must say.
i like all of this, even the pieces that would be bad on their own (label-y bag,the shoes). i think, however, that the reason i like all of it is the bow. it ties the entire look together into something truly saucy.
From the tone of your title, it doesn’t seem like anyone is getting your message. Well, for me, when I read the title and looked at the picture I imagined that you took about 10 photos of this lady posing here and there and everywhere, flaunting her “beauty” and feeling way too confident about herself, more so than your regular models. Not that confidence is bad, but sometimes, when you wave yourself around too much it can a bit pretentious and haughty.
Personally I enjoy the calm and collected look. I guess I’m just a really modest person. But then again, modesty can get a little annoying too. Moderation is the key if you get what I mean.
But for the sake of the outfit, I do give her some points for it.
Something about this photo that I like is that the lovely young woman seems to be in the middle of an intriguing crowd. In the background there are little glimpses of more people who might look stylish–a hot pink skirt, a curvy shoe, a yellow dress, a black shawl. It is interesting to think about the context we wear our clothes in, and the meaning of dressing for the occasion.
To hel, with all naysayers, this woman really is an inspiration of what fashion needs, some individuality, some quirkiness. She has morphed from the previous pic, yet retains her signature look, amazing. And, no one has noticed how hot she is, the most beautiful skiin. She’s extraordinary Sart and I know that you know that you are on to something quite special with this girl. Don’t worry, some of us do get you.
i think this girl looks like she’s having fun in her clothes – there’s a bit of whimsy in this look. if this is the same girl as the (in)famous girl-on-car post, i think i like the way she wears this outfit better. it’s not a question of her body – some people are just little, some people are just big – but of how she seems to be in the clothes. there was something missing for me in how she was presenting herself in the car picture – great style, not terrible on her – but this look is simply fantastic. or maybe it is a little about body – these clothes fit her frame, fit her face (that smile! those eyes!), the earlier ones didn’t strike me in the same way.
how about interviewing this girl the next time you see her! The image is one thing, but how and what inspires the person in the image would be even more entertaining. what feeling is she channeling in her look? what background has brought her to this point in her style choices.
I think her choice of shoe is the glue that keeps it all together. With a more traditional shoe her look is sacrinne. With the split toe it’s just a little naughty/ disturbing/interesting, much better!
For all those who have commented distaste for the split toe shoes… I’m curious…. is fashion about beauty alone? or can fashion (like art) involve social commentary and historical reference? In european history, the cloven toe references 18th and 19th Century images of devils and witches. The accusation and subsequent punishment of witchcraft was something used to control women in particular, and sometimes men. In Japanese culture, the split toe has other references. The multiplicity and overlap of references, and their ways of oozing into popluar culture, is the very essence of post-modernism… and for me, one of the most wonderful aspects of both high and street fashion.
Oh dear, I think the bag is absolutely horrid with the rest of it. But then, I have never been a fan of flaunting logos all over the place. It’s just too big. If you have that much to haul around, hire a boy to follow you around. I think I would like it minus the bag, but it’s hard to tell.
Just a note but, why is it that everyone assumes every stylish Asian person must be Japanese? Or that split-toed shoes *must* be some arcane reference to Japanese geta shoes when shod by an Asian person? As an Asian, these comments always surprise/confuse me. After all, as we know nothing about her, there is no point in projecting stereotypes or expectations onto her.
Anyhow, she is adorable and so spirited. I love the shoes – they are creepy and sensual.
There is a slim difference between quirky and tacky. But, she is quirky – with her odd ensembles, mischievous smile, and details of her outfits.
Tacky is when you try too hard to seem richer/sexier than you can pull off.