Thursday, September 17, 2009

On the Street….Black in Motion, NYC



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  1. Anonymous

    September 17, 2009 at 12:01 pm

    finally…. Fall!

  2. Laura

    September 17, 2009 at 12:06 pm

    really amazing

  3. Fermina M

    September 17, 2009 at 12:12 pm

    Mhhh black is the new black this year, it seems.

  4. Anonymous

    September 17, 2009 at 12:13 pm

    I like the motion in this picture–she looks like a stealth hippie ninja on a mission to get her morning paper.

  5. Hawa

    September 17, 2009 at 12:15 pm

    i love the atmosphere you have captured as well as the movement…and her lovely hair in the wind!!! congrats on all your success!

  6. holierthannow

    September 17, 2009 at 12:26 pm

    BIRKENSTOCKS SS10

    i knew it.

  7. Anonymous

    September 17, 2009 at 12:27 pm

    BIRKENSTOCK????

  8. Katie

    September 17, 2009 at 12:28 pm

    That looks very comfortable! :)

  9. Anonymous

    September 17, 2009 at 12:29 pm

    simply chic!!!

  10. Little Rus

    September 17, 2009 at 12:35 pm

    When in motion, wear black… :) Gorgeous photo!

  11. Petey

    September 17, 2009 at 12:36 pm

    She flies through the air, with the greatest of ease…

  12. beba,

    September 17, 2009 at 12:37 pm

    Baggy style (: Her hair in the wind look really cool.

    Peace and love!

  13. Dominika

    September 17, 2009 at 12:53 pm

    love black colour ^^

  14. Anonymous

    September 17, 2009 at 1:12 pm

    I never, ever take my Birkenstock clogs off, that's why I have many pairs in many colors, so this makes me happy!.
    To think that one day the Sartorialist might see me in the streets and would not get put off by my shoes!.

  15. Alice Olive

    September 17, 2009 at 1:17 pm

    Wonderful shot!

  16. Graham I. Haynes

    September 17, 2009 at 1:46 pm

    Reminded me of Henri Cartier-Bresson's photo behind the Gare Saint-Lazare train station. I've often wondered if you use continuous shooting to capture such great motion in your subjects… ?

    Graham
    suckmysavvy.com

  17. Anonymous

    September 17, 2009 at 1:49 pm

    Lovely motion.

  18. Anonymous

    September 17, 2009 at 1:49 pm

    I can't yet shed my Birkenstocks (Gizeh in a variety of colors) although it feels cold already here in Paris…

  19. Anonymous

    September 17, 2009 at 1:56 pm

    Oliver Peoples Riley glasses you're wearing in the signing photos, Scott?

  20. MIA

    September 17, 2009 at 2:01 pm

    birkenstock! the trousers are beautiful and very original.

    you're work is really god!

    kiss kiss

  21. Gil

    September 17, 2009 at 2:03 pm

    I wish she would not have worn Birkenstocks. She looks good from the ankles up, and then that horrid footwear.

  22. claire schiffer

    September 17, 2009 at 2:20 pm

    I love black, but during the day, under sunlight it seems heavy, doesn't it?

  23. SallyO

    September 17, 2009 at 2:34 pm

    I love her "Spock-like" eyebrows!

  24. Dr.Kraft

    September 17, 2009 at 2:37 pm

    beautiful image !!

  25. Anonymous

    September 17, 2009 at 2:39 pm

    beautiful shot and THANK YOU THANK YOU for the variety–this woman doesn't follow trend but has a ton of style and good sense judging from her cool birkies.

    thank you AGAIN!

  26. Billie Kinson

    September 17, 2009 at 2:52 pm

    Wow, the hair

  27. Reg

    September 17, 2009 at 2:52 pm

    Very nice! Comfortable, chic and sensible footwear. How refreshing!

  28. Mcmaris

    September 17, 2009 at 3:23 pm

    Such a perfect outfit for today's weather. NY fall is the best. I love her blond hair in contrast with the all black ensemble!

  29. Elaine

    September 17, 2009 at 3:45 pm

    Interesting contrast of being bundled up in a warm jacket and wearing sandals.

  30. sanmiguelense

    September 17, 2009 at 4:14 pm

    Baggy and Birkenstocked! What an excellent turn of events!

  31. Hanna Persson

    September 17, 2009 at 4:18 pm

    Oh I love this photo! Very elegant and classic!

  32. hc

    September 17, 2009 at 4:42 pm

    glorious. where's she going? per se perhaps.

  33. Anonymous

    September 17, 2009 at 4:46 pm

    The outfit does nothing for the female form lovingly bestowed upon her by the heavens.

    It is as though she were protecting herself from her environment further highlighted by the left arm sheltering the torso.

    Her expression befits her clothes.

    Non mi piace.

    Pietro

  34. Anonymous

    September 17, 2009 at 4:47 pm

    This is a neat photo. Its what fashion photographers are always trying to capture in studio shots where the models are jumping around and there are fans blowing, but this is real. i like how the straps of the shoes add to the motion. My least favorite shoes in the world, by the way.

  35. Brittany Trotman

    September 17, 2009 at 5:23 pm

    Love this site. Great inspiration!

  36. Anonymous

    September 17, 2009 at 5:25 pm

    I joked on Birks about one hour ago. Context: Sitting in the locker-room with a friend after having played icehockey for the first time this season, complaining about our feet hurting. He said: good to be back in the Birkenstocks. I answered: Birks are the problem – They ruin our mental strength. (german cliche on german shoes)
    Since I also wear Birkenstock occasionally I am appeased to see this strong woman just after coming home.

  37. Anonymous

    September 17, 2009 at 5:36 pm

    aaaahhhh.

    refreshing.

  38. Anonymous

    September 17, 2009 at 5:38 pm

    I love the look-head to toe !

  39. Dana

    September 17, 2009 at 6:01 pm

    birkenstock…. please no…
    otherwise – nice!

  40. S.I.Q.

    September 17, 2009 at 6:12 pm

    love it!!
    the pants so such a cool motion!!
    very good photo and amazing pants!!

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  41. phyllis

    September 17, 2009 at 6:39 pm

    With hair like that she can get away with Birkenstocks.

  42. elen houin

    September 17, 2009 at 6:41 pm

    also reminiscent of boccioni's unique form of continuity in space

  43. Brigadeiro

    September 17, 2009 at 6:59 pm

    Birkies!!! It gives a very 'naturalistic' vibe to her flowy outfit, love it! :)
    xx

  44. Anonymous

    September 17, 2009 at 7:33 pm

    like abbey road…birks, high fashion and big hair…captured that beautifully

  45. Anonymous

    September 17, 2009 at 8:10 pm

    Let's be honest Birkenstocks have never been chic.

  46. Anonymous

    September 17, 2009 at 8:38 pm

    Thank G-d this woman is wearing shoes that are not crippling her feet. I am so tired of the gorgeous, yet ridiculous, things women in NYC wear on their feet.

  47. Mateo

    September 17, 2009 at 8:55 pm

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  48. CHICMUSE

    September 17, 2009 at 9:37 pm

    LOVIN YOUR PHOTO. SMOKIN….

    XX
    CHICMUSE

  49. Krystal Simpson

    September 17, 2009 at 9:49 pm

    it was so great meeting you, and having you photograph me (i was with pete from style sightings in front of MILK)–of course im a huge fan!congratulations on the book!
    x
    Krystal

  50. Bianca and Isabella

    September 17, 2009 at 10:19 pm

    lovely hair
    xx

    the crumpet girls

  51. sparkle motion

    September 17, 2009 at 10:19 pm

    amazing photo

  52. Ave

    September 17, 2009 at 10:22 pm

    I used to think the black birkenstocks were particularly ugly (not that I don't own them in different colors) but the other day I saw someone wearing them in real life and I thought they looked really pretty. Somehow it works, especially here with that nice hair!

  53. Anonymous

    September 17, 2009 at 10:44 pm

    Is this tonne goodman?

  54. Acid

    September 17, 2009 at 11:07 pm

    Was at first surprised to see the Birkenstocks. But pulling back and looking at the entire low-key outfit, it quite nicely fits. :)

  55. Zuse MarafaYunianto

    September 17, 2009 at 11:21 pm

  56. Holly

    September 17, 2009 at 11:40 pm

    You captured a lady on a mission…I love it!!!

  57. Pearl Bhasin

    September 17, 2009 at 11:42 pm

    OMG! I never thought I'd see Birkies on The Sartorialist!! I am SO happy, 'coz I am in them 24/7… Woo-hoo!

  58. The Photodiarist

    September 17, 2009 at 11:59 pm

    Wonderful motion shot.

  59. CeK

    September 18, 2009 at 12:07 am

    Effortless, classic; literally a woman on-the-go. Her mane makes her look like a lioness.

  60. Jennifer

    September 18, 2009 at 1:06 am

    Love the blustery movement of this one. Looks like fall!

  61. Anonymous

    September 18, 2009 at 1:49 am

    what a beautiful picture.
    i really don't know (i'm a guy,) but i think that look could be very affordable, right?
    i was just browsing the antithesis of this site: http://www.peopleofwalmart.com
    they get a lot of hate mail for "picking on the poor." but, having class and style is not limited to the rich. to me, this is the beauty of your work, Scott.
    "i could be that beautiful" (well, maybe not me, but my wife.)

  62. Lemonia

    September 18, 2009 at 2:40 am

    I love black outfits, but I am afraid I do not like at all her shoes!!!

  63. The Storialist

    September 18, 2009 at 3:20 am

    I love how the cars are still and she is moving…very interesting movement here!

    And her hair is great.

    I agree that the jacket looks a bit heavy, but I know mornings can be chilly in fall…

  64. Anna

    September 18, 2009 at 3:49 am

    I'll never rid of my affinity for Birkenstocks.

    C'mon you know you'll be wearing 'em soon.

    Dr. Marten's came back, why not Birkenstocks?

    skiddish.blogspot.com

  65. Anonymous

    September 18, 2009 at 4:18 am

    Birkenstock:

    unfortunately hyped by bored fashon-victims (like ugg-boots…)

    was nasty
    is nasty
    will be nasty for all time

    only reasonable for nurses and doctors

  66. Anonymous

    September 18, 2009 at 5:06 am

    It reminds me Tood Lynn… Did you see the show? He's great!!! Look here the last show he made in Milan with Alexis Mabille… GREAT!!!!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UBK0Xv8hrk0&feature=channel_page

  67. DudĂą

    September 18, 2009 at 5:27 am

    The shoes are very… crazy… and the atmosphere is so cold!

  68. Luciana Martins

    September 18, 2009 at 5:48 am

    It looks like she's going to buy cigarrets.

  69. pixie

    September 18, 2009 at 6:22 am

    I'm not a Birkie fan at all and someone commented that they look pretty. To me that is no "pretty" shoe. It is a great photo however. You can still have comfortable footwear that isn't so damn ugly.

  70. Polly Farthing

    September 18, 2009 at 6:39 am

    Great picture – love the movement

    Polly x

  71. Anonymous

    September 18, 2009 at 7:32 am

    This is refreshing. Does EVERYONE have to wear 6" stilletos outside the confines of their homes????

  72. Anonymous

    September 18, 2009 at 8:20 am

    The only shoes uglier than these are crocs. But this picture is really about her beautiful hair, and the all black outfit in contrast with the color of her hair, and the sense of volume, empty space, enclosed by the hair and the bagginess of the clothes. And about the coming of fall! Hooray!

    But seriously, I agree with the post that she looks like she is running down to the corner to buy some smokes. Or cold medecine. It's a strange thing about cities: you have the chance to be vulnerable in front of a lot of people. And I think that is why this image is appealing.

  73. Jamie

    September 18, 2009 at 8:33 am

    love it.
    exchange link?
    Kisses

  74. Tainá

    September 18, 2009 at 8:58 am

    Kind of the beatles pic, at the Abbey Road!

    Very Nice!

  75. Anonymous

    September 18, 2009 at 9:17 am

    fantastic. birkenstocks actually work. love the shot!

  76. ohonemorething

    September 18, 2009 at 10:32 am

    She looks so regal… like the wind is carrying her away in her all-in-black glory!

  77. Anonymous

    September 18, 2009 at 10:44 am

    i really like the motion of motion in the picture; not convinced however about those birkenstocks!

  78. Anonymous

    September 18, 2009 at 10:53 am

    that's monicka hanssenTeele, producer of all the calvin klein shows

    explains a lot

  79. SleeplessDemelza

    September 18, 2009 at 10:56 am

    I absolutely ADORE the Birks in this shot. As everyone else has said, I love the sense of motion, the color aesthetics of the whole shot, the motionless cars, her gorgeous hair in flight, the black outfit, the sense of fall captured by the jacket–and the practical shoes!

    I know Birkenstocks trigger either a love 'em or hate 'em response–no one is ever neutral on Birkenstocks, which in itself speaks volumes about the power of their "look." For me, though, they say "Screw conventional beauty, I'm my own person."

  80. andressa

    September 18, 2009 at 11:04 am

    great picture

  81. Alessandro

    September 18, 2009 at 11:20 am

    I agree with Pietro completely, the clothes are too baggy and they detarct from her natural gifts of beauty. However, the true eyesore, terrible eyesore, is the footwear. There are many comfortable shoes around; a pair of Superga runners in blue would have been perfect with this outfit, but the Birkenstocks send an odd signal of deliberate: "i'm angry and trying my best to look ugly".

    Non mi piace affatto; i Birkenstock fanno schifo

  82. The Daily Connoisseur

    September 18, 2009 at 2:06 pm

    Who knew Birkenstocks could look so chic?

  83. Allen - East Hampton

    September 18, 2009 at 3:02 pm

    Great pants. Great shot.

  84. Anonymous

    September 18, 2009 at 3:16 pm

    In my "mind", if it's cold enuf to wear a coat, then it's time to put your sandals away……….Love the blog!

  85. Anonymous

    September 18, 2009 at 5:14 pm

    I love that she's making Birkenstocks look so fashionable. They should hire her for an advertising campaign to lose the hippy stigma!

  86. Wanderlusting

    September 18, 2009 at 5:26 pm

    It's just a cork bottom and two straps…how can that be considered the epitome of ugly to so many people?

    Crocs, Uggs – YES! But BIRKS? They are just harmless sandals, chill out everyone. I don't find anything offensive about their look, only perhaps about their outdated hippie conotations.

  87. The Cool Vibe

    September 18, 2009 at 5:32 pm

    Black is the color of elegance. I once read that in GQ. I believe it. Her look is so refined. Black is Beautiful.

  88. Anonymous

    September 18, 2009 at 6:10 pm

    i love the bagginess of the clothes. looks so yoji yamamoto. the birkenstocks don't make or break it. i thikn she looks so casual and cool. im sick of the typical fashion week outfits..

  89. Anonymous

    September 18, 2009 at 6:45 pm

    I feel this picture epitomizes NYC, the girl in motion, hurrying somewhere, all in black, and the yellow cab… I love the outfit and I think the shoes raise it to another level, it would not be the same, if she were wearing some other footwear. It's so nice to see someone not in the uniform of the day, shoes with heel lengths longer than their skirts!

  90. Anonymous

    September 19, 2009 at 3:44 am

    the two Italian men commenting on here that this woman's clothing isn't revealing enough make me laugh. News flash, boys: fortunately, the vulgar and all-too-prevalent Italian bimbo look (overly-tanned muffin top, pushup bra under tight, artificial fiber top, and a huge, shiny metallic, studded handbag doubling as a reflective safety vest) just isn't much seen outside of Italy. This woman epitomizes grace, style and individuality. One doesn't have to "put all the goods in the shop window," as my great grandmother would have said, to show real beauty. And PS: women were not put on this earth to display themselves to you, despite what you may have "learned" from Italian television.

  91. Kiwi

    September 19, 2009 at 4:50 am

    this is so refreshing!!!!!

  92. Ashley

    September 19, 2009 at 8:29 am

    Love this. Great movement and the Birkenstocks are very unexpected but SO right.

    http://fashionroadkill-halifax.blogspot.com

  93. Anonymous

    September 19, 2009 at 12:48 pm

    I'm not much of a Birkenstock fan, but those shoes are infinitely more practical for NYC than the sky high stiletto heels I see in so many of the pics here.

  94. Ljerka-Susanna-Lukic

    September 19, 2009 at 5:52 pm

    GREAT!!!
    Susan,Designer&Writer,Toronto

  95. Anonymous

    September 20, 2009 at 9:55 am

    I agree with Alessandro completely and I disagree with Anon 3:44 AM completely. Finally, a bit of discussion.

    With all due respect to you Anon, and the reason which triggered Scott to deem the subject worthy of immortality on his esteemed blog, I broadcast my sentiments not out of malice but genuinely from my aesthetic perspective as a man – an aesthete that has been embroiled in the industry for some time.

    Leonardo Da Vinci once said that "simplicity is the ultimate sophistication." The clothes that I see being dragged across the zebra crossing are neither simple nor sophisticated.

    They may be appealing to you from the perspective of a woman but to me they do zero.

    You say, "women were not put on this earth to display themselves to you [men]" In the grand scheme of things and the finely tuned cogs of mother nature, you will find that you are wrong.

    Respectfully Yours,

    Pietro

  96. Anonymous

    September 20, 2009 at 10:56 am

    But Pietro, it's only your perception that this woman is not dressed attractively.

    Once upon a time, a woman could dress with taste and discretion — and in shoes in which she could walk, yet — and men would still find her attractive, despite not being able to see her cleavage, her navel, eight inches of thigh and her thong underwear. Are you seriously arguing that, for instance, Audrey Hepburn or Grace Kelly were somehow sexless, simply because they weren't spilling out of their clothes and tottering down the street in six inch heels?

    The obvious and the vulgar have only recently and regrettably become the norm; the words "lowest common denominator" spring to mind. Still, it's amazing how quickly someone like you has managed to develop the sense that you are entitled to see a T&A show on the street.

  97. Anonymous

    September 20, 2009 at 11:25 am

    Living in Portland, Oregon. I can definitely say this is the most fashionable I have ever seen Birkenstocks look.

  98. LaFra'

    September 20, 2009 at 2:53 pm

    love it!

  99. Anonymous

    September 20, 2009 at 9:14 pm

    Anon 10:56, you're preaching to the choirboy. I find what you describe just as detestable. From a man's perspective, I find an overabundance of skin to be vulgar. Any of my comments throughout Scott's blog are a testament that I admire taste and discretion in a woman's choice of clothing rather than peeking thongs, winking navels, stilts and cleavages.

    Give me an Audrey Hepburn or Grace Kelly whose feminine charms still inspire today over a Pamela Anderson or Paris Hilton type anytime.

    Look, read my comments about Gloria above (posted by Scott at 10:11 AM) or the two ladies under Tonal Trenching (posted by Scott at 5:00 PM) and you will understand that our sentiments run somewhat in harmony.

    Yet I stand firm, although the lady is obviously attractive, I find this lady's outfit somewhat reminiscent of a burka, too isolating from her environment, too protective of imaginary fiends, whether they be the climate or ogling male eyes. As a man, I would not approach the lady for fear of having a ninja star lodged in my forehead.

    Pietro

  100. kristinsdottir

    September 20, 2009 at 9:29 pm

    Of course I'm female and thus biased, but IMO comfortable and confident can't help but come out looking sexy …

  101. flybynightkarmarepair

    September 21, 2009 at 1:06 am

    Scott,

    I saw the Avedon show at SFMOMA last week, and in my mind have been comparing and contrasting your work and his.

    I love your work, but often it's static, and one of the things Avedon did was put motion into fashion photography.

    I was just this evening telling someone about your work, and noting it's largely static nature, and now this!!!

    Well done.

    =================

    I don't see this particular picture as being about the clothes. In fact, the details that much of the work on this site concentrates on – fit, for instance – are lost here. This image is about the purity of the image itself. If you caught a glimpse of this woman out of the corner of your eye, this image, would it not burn into your retina, and it's after-image shimmer in your cortex, for a noticeable period? I would consider myself LUCKY for the rest of the day.

    Who gives a shit what shoes she has on?

  102. Anonymous

    September 21, 2009 at 8:49 pm

    Agree. This picture is simply beautiful. Who cares about the clothes? The way you've captured movement is breathe-taking.

  103. Alessandro

    September 22, 2009 at 5:58 am

    The pictures is beuatiful, no doubt. But given the title of this blog and the majority of posts, it's hardly out of place to comment on the clothes. It is most certainly not out of place to comment on Birkenstocks, an item of clothing that in my view is always out of place. If anything this picture serves as yet another example of how Birkenticks (and shoes) can affect the way somebody looks. These shoes have the power to infuse ugliness; even Heidi Klum looks ugly with them. Birkentocks are the proverbial 'ugly stick'.

  104. Cindy

    October 3, 2009 at 10:13 am

    I,too, am shocked to see Birkenstocks on the Sartorialist. But she looks great in them. Maybe with enough exposure I won't be self-conscious when I wear my comfy shoes.

    See this sart posting with chic Brikenstocks:
    http://www.thesartorialist.com/photos/9149Vespa0131Web.jpg

    There's hope for me.

    lottiebird.blogspot.com

  105. Jules, London

    October 28, 2009 at 4:21 pm

    Great fluidity. Great citywear. Black is sooooo the colour for blond hair. A traffic stopper.

  106. capucine

    October 19, 2012 at 4:13 pm

    celine ss2013

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