Monday, November 24, 2008

On the Street…. Back Buttoned, Milan


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  1. starbahks

    November 24, 2008 at 10:03 am

    i recently saw a coat like this in Manhattan – so unique! I wonder if it’s hard to put on… haha

  2. sandman_gr

    November 24, 2008 at 10:04 am

    Brilliant – so elegant! I bet this was taken before the current bad weather hit Europe!

  3. Anonymous

    November 24, 2008 at 10:05 am

    Look at those fabulous shoes on the woman on the right. Great shot!

  4. Carolina Lange

    November 24, 2008 at 10:08 am


  5. Hadley Gets Crafty

    November 24, 2008 at 10:13 am

    Oh, how I LOVE buttons at the back. I’m sometimes temped to turn my cardigans around and wear them buttoned up the back, too.

  6. NikkiJoon

    November 24, 2008 at 10:21 am

    very chic. however, i bet she had some help getting dressed that morning!! that cant be easy to get into. the lady walking next to her has some hot pumps too!

  7. Klever Girl

    November 24, 2008 at 10:24 am

    I love love love, what is the purse she’s carrying???

  8. Muru

    November 24, 2008 at 10:24 am

    Is this jacket practical? Other thing that amazes me is that these girls really still go around bare feet like that!? It’s COLD. I was in Milano one monht ago, and I couldn’t have imaged to go out like that! WOW! Superwomen?

  9. Anonymous

    November 24, 2008 at 10:39 am

    maybe there are also buttons down the front? I’d love to see…

  10. suzanne nelson

    November 24, 2008 at 10:41 am

    Great photo! i love the way she is positioned against all the other people in solid colours that compliment that lovely coatdress. It has a classic and timeless feel. Lke her hair too.

  11. Anonymous

    November 24, 2008 at 11:51 am

    It’s really cool but I wonder though what she does when she needs to pee?

  12. Anonymous

    November 24, 2008 at 12:08 pm

    I love this photo and wish this is what my world looked like. The dress is stunning, and carries with it the sexy twist of needing help getting it buttoned…and unbuttoned!

  13. anna

    November 24, 2008 at 12:08 pm

    oh my gosh…that dress is ADORABLE!!! (i wish i could see the front though…) love that shoes and bag, but the shoes of the other lady is kinda distracting.

  14. Anonymous

    November 24, 2008 at 12:09 pm

    miss mary mack mack mack
    all dressed in black black black
    with silver buttons buttons buttons
    all down her back back back

    first thing that came to mind :)

  15. Petulia

    November 24, 2008 at 12:25 pm

    Love the buttons and the fabric as well.

  16. -h of candid cool

    November 24, 2008 at 12:26 pm

    this strikes me as something i could see alfred hitchcock loving

  17. Stephanie

    November 24, 2008 at 12:33 pm

    Reading the comments, I do also wonder how she got dressed. Doesn’t matter, though…the unknown element makes this ensemble more appealing and interesting. So chic, classy, elegant!
    The modern but classic gray pumps add further appeal.

  18. Evelyn

    November 24, 2008 at 12:33 pm

    i like her hairstyle and the button-down dress!!!

  19. monique

    November 24, 2008 at 12:47 pm

    Beautiful from hair to sole. Even the bag (Gucci?) is nice.

    I assume the coat buttons in the front as well.

  20. Hilda

    November 24, 2008 at 1:21 pm

    Love the dress, shoes, bag and hair. She’s gorgeous!

  21. Wanderlusting

    November 24, 2008 at 1:22 pm

    Lovey shot, great moody colours and a great coat!

  22. Dominica

    November 24, 2008 at 1:23 pm

    Very sexy outfit…Imagine you have a date with her and at the end of the night you have the honour of unbuttoning….

  23. The Dark Bohemiian

    November 24, 2008 at 1:44 pm


    the dark bohemiian

  24. Anonymous

    November 24, 2008 at 1:44 pm

    Could it be a dress rather than a coat? Then she’d only have to get into it once a day. I had a dress like this. I had to slip it on over the head with just the top few buttons undone, then reach back and button those. Not too hard.

  25. Anonymous

    November 24, 2008 at 1:53 pm


  26. Anonymous

    November 24, 2008 at 2:26 pm

    !kool siht ekil i erus ton ma I

  27. Anonymous

    November 24, 2008 at 2:34 pm

    One doesn’t see much navy/dark blue but this is lovely. I like the close values of coat/dress, bag, shoes. I would love to see the front as well. She looks elegant and the back buttons are a surprise.

  28. Cameron

    November 24, 2008 at 2:48 pm

    Well spotted. Love the support lent by stripped shoe at right.

  29. Anonymous

    November 24, 2008 at 3:04 pm

    You’ve really outdone yourself Mr. Schuman… This image is more than a commentary snapshot of fashion: It’s a beautiful, composed and fantastically surreal portrait reminiscent of the playfulness of Magritte, Man Ray and Duchamp; Everyone’s got their back to the camera, except the coat/dress!!!

    I want this on my wall.

    Thank you so much for sharing,

  30. Cris

    November 24, 2008 at 3:25 pm

    That's from Paul & Joe!!

    I love it too. It suits her so much :-)


    November 24, 2008 at 3:28 pm

    it is extremely chic
    yet reminds me of a straight jacket

    i just can’t help myself!

  32. Cris

    November 24, 2008 at 3:30 pm

    That dress is from Paul & Joe!!

    I absolutely adore it and it really suits her!

    Nice pic!

  33. Helga

    November 24, 2008 at 3:30 pm

    oh,i love this!

  34. Anonymous

    November 24, 2008 at 5:03 pm

    Klever Girl she has a Gucci hysteria bag

  35. Anonymous

    November 24, 2008 at 5:17 pm

    Super-chic! I love this.

  36. Brigadeiro

    November 24, 2008 at 5:17 pm

    Flawless & gorgeous! LOVE it! Also love the shoes on the lady on the right! Beautiful shot!

  37. Jérôme

    November 24, 2008 at 5:24 pm

    Salut Monsieur Schuman,

    how could i stopped thinking of back buttoned dresses…………. i am dreaming ………….the good old times are back to 100 percent! Yeaaaaaaah!!!


  38. Nicky

    November 24, 2008 at 5:36 pm

    i love this coat its so chic and unique and the colour facing backwards as well is just so cool! can’t imagine putting it on though!

    You should check out!

    Nicky X

  39. Hilda

    November 24, 2008 at 6:30 pm

    I have pictures of my mother during the 1970s in dresses like this. Simple and elegant with a very interesting detail — I like it.

  40. karmapolice

    November 24, 2008 at 7:25 pm

    stunning. both conservative and provocative at once.

    i have a delicate backbuttoning top, and i love it.
    but it's too cold for me to wear right now! i need backbuttons in a dress. any idea where i could find some nice ones? i realize hers is from paul & joe…

  41. Dan in Richmond

    November 24, 2008 at 8:06 pm

    A beautiful shot and a beautiful dress. If it were impracticable to wear I assume she wouldn’t be wearing it. Love anonymous 3:04′s reference to Magritte, Man Ray and Duchamp, “everyone’s got their back to the camera except the coat/dress!!!”. Well done!

  42. Alexa

    November 24, 2008 at 9:27 pm

    Impeccable: the twist of hair, the beautifully back-buttoned dress, the stride, the perfectly toned calf, the dusty gray shoe, and the sumptuous bag.
    Now THIS is style.

  43. Anonymous

    November 24, 2008 at 11:15 pm

    Audrey Hepburn, is that you?

    Oh, the elegance. And what a beautiful composition to boot(ie)!

  44. FASHION AND THE CITY....exhibition of style

    November 24, 2008 at 11:35 pm

    I love it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  45. Solid Frog

    November 25, 2008 at 4:27 am

    Gorgeous! I really like the buttons on the back and also the shoes. Very elegant.

  46. carmin

    November 25, 2008 at 5:50 am

    Love her look!So elegant!!

  47. Afrin

    November 25, 2008 at 6:05 am

    Love the colour.

  48. Barbara

    November 25, 2008 at 8:11 am

    I love when a garment buttons in the back.

  49. Ruthie Fruit

    November 25, 2008 at 5:28 pm

    Wow great picture and I LOVE the back buttons :)

  50. Geek Porn Girl

    November 25, 2008 at 11:38 pm

    I love the coat dress, which feels very Tippi Hendron. Love the shoe choice and the bag. Love the well-formed gastrocnemius and the light tan. Whew. However… I don’t love the hair. I feel like she should have had either an immaculate pony or twist, maybe a combo of the two… but something with *intention*… rather than this messy thing she’s got going on behind her head.

  51. Jasmine

    November 25, 2008 at 11:54 pm

    I absolutely love coats with buttons on the back!

  52. Anonymous

    November 26, 2008 at 7:10 am

    I’m sorry, all I can think off is Kriss Kross. :D

  53. Anonymous

    November 26, 2008 at 3:01 pm

    I guess that buttons on the back were associated with upper social classes, since one needed the help of a maid to dress.

    My real problem with these kind of dresses is to sit over buttons.


  54. Lady Lala

    November 29, 2008 at 2:37 pm

    gorgeous!! i think this kind of dresses are really sensual and provocative even it seems to be modest.

  55. Anonymous

    November 30, 2008 at 1:42 am

    this reminds me of the book “The Giver” when before the kids reach a certain age they have coats that button up in the back so that the person who lines up behind them buttons it up for them, it’s supposed to teach them teamwork and stuff. I wonder if this works similarily

  56. Anonymous

    November 30, 2008 at 6:05 am

    very nice pic. it has movement, beautiful details and very nice fashion items.

  57. Anonymous

    December 2, 2008 at 8:45 am

    one of my favorites ever. from the dress/coat to the hair to the bag to the color and weight of the shoe. stunning. good find!

  58. Smilla

    December 3, 2008 at 2:14 am

    Trun your cardigans around? I have done that!

  59. Kat

    December 11, 2008 at 1:31 pm

    I love buttons in the back.

  60. Nagehan Bayindir

    December 14, 2008 at 9:23 pm

    I want one! I love it!

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