Interesting green paint on the floor – I like the bike colour two and how the two match & clash. Is this typically American? The surroundings are but, otherwise, imvho, the person on the bike could really be in Paris (she would probably be on a v
I completely agree with your caption. I love how you've portrayed a woman whose beauty is her strength. She looks crisp and fresh, even while surrounded by the concrete of the city. The vintage-y feel of the bike enhances the beauty of this look.
From a photographic standpoint, the light in this photo is an element in itself. The highlight on her hair and the shadows on the concrete serve to further enhance the juxtaposition of her fresh look and the urban environment.
I love this post. It's a great example of how street photography and fashion are intertwined, and how beauty can come from a healthy place.
I love the pose, we have all been there- ready to go! It is a classic outfit, but it is accentuated by the fabric straps in the back, and the sheerness of the top, you can kind of see through it but in a very classy way. And the coup are the shoes, very delicate, almost dressy! Jorge from WPB
First, I thought this was a man. Second, while the rider may look "stylish", those shoes are too flimsy for biking, the shorts look darned uncomfortable on a saddle, and the lack of a helmet is foolish. I'd rather see serious cyclists with real style, not some fashion plate posing on a bike.
I can't see the details that well but I wasn't sure if this was a woman or man. However, my first impression was European, maybe Dutch or Scandanavian with the strong, tan limbs and the blondish hair. Most Americans are still in their cars. It's a nice vision you have, though.
I would have to say this is the typical "dressed up" dutch girl two summers ago. No helmet (mind you, only toddlers do over here), relaxed unisex look, long blond pony tail… yep, i would say she's dutch.
I love all this bike style! Yet as someone whose main mode of transportation is a bicycle it worries me to see all these beautiful people without helmets. Although helmets are somewhat unattractive, I'm even less attracted to people who'd rather put their lives in danger than ruin an outfit. But maybe that's just me!
I agree with Scott! Although I find the "Anonymous" said quite interesting (quote: "seriously that's american to you ? i'd thought american was a obese dude in a fast food joint"). I dont know if this is "American" but it sure is "New York". When i was visiting NY last year, the friend i was staying with told me that there are no fat people in Manhattan. When I later pointed one out on the street, he said: "Oh, but clearly they are tourists!" .. I was lost for words
Yeah, that's why I like so much your pictures from USA: healthy/strong factor! They instillate energy immediately! I like it (maybe because i'm from a very old country in Europe – Portugal, where energy is lacking). More pictures from USA, please!
Anon 2:24 and the Sartorialist: What's this all about??? I am French, I travel a lot and I don't think all americans cart their obese bodies to fast food chains. The photo is great as all photos are in my opinion. The woman could be american, she could be european, she could from the moon, most of all she looks healthy, well dressed, unaware of the dangers of city cycling and careless and happy to be out in the sun. Let's not make it a diplomatic issue. Love your blog, it brightens my day to see how people take life all around the world. No need to see beyond that.
Anon 2:24 and the Sartorialist: What's this all about??? I am French, I travel a lot and I don't think all americans cart their obese bodies to fast food chains. The photo is great as are all your photos in my opinion. The woman could be american, she could be european, she could be from the moon, most of all she looks healthy, well dressed, unaware of the dangers of city cycling and careless and happy to be out in the sun. Let's not make it a diplomatic issue. Love your blog, it brightens my day to see how people take life all around the world. No need to see beyond that.
Really? That's debatable, this stroke me as being more European. American bikers aren't always so stylish when biking (unless you're referring to a specific neighborhood maybe?). Compare contrast your U.S. shots and your European ones on the blog, I think most would agree
I think what Sart is referring to when he says "American" is the strength and sport you see in this woman's body. America has a rich tradition of sports; one that starts at a very young age and is encouraged for both boys and girls, men and women for life. This includes baseball, softball, basketball, kickball, football, hockey, soccer, lacrosse, gymnastics, cheerleading, dance, swimming, volleyball, etc. Sports are social in the United States, and cultural.
I think what Sart is referring to is the sport in this woman's body. She surely played one of the above aforementioned sports- as is seen in the strength of her legs and the strength in her upper body.
Some have posted silly "is she a man?" comments, which reflects naive chauvinism at worst, and cultural differences at best. For all those people in the world (specifically Europe) who say America doesn't have a culture— take a look at this picture. In this picture you will see a healthy strong beautiful American athlete. And that's just her body language!
As for the style, arguably also American in the soft khaki + white tones…. notice: no black or bright colors.
While regrettably, I am not the woman in the photo, this would be just my luck. I run into The Sart in my neighborhood, he's impressed by my personal style enough to take my photo….and it's of my backside!
Wish Spring would return to Bleecker Street. Instead, rain has replaced the weekend's howling winds…
For whatever reason- and someone feel free to back me up here- I sort of cringed at the terms of "strong/healthy" that were used to describe this woman. They made me feel as though Scott just HAD to distinguish her from the models and waifs he seems to normally shoot, and that this this fact somehow lends to the quality or specialness of the photo and her ensemble. This woman is, what, maybe a size 6? Eyeballing it. Possibly an 8? Since when are "strong and healthy" AMERICAN characteristics? Look at the majority of us! Neither word would qualify to describe the phenomenon occurring here. I'm possibly half this woman's size, or maybe just a bit more than half her size, and when I WAS her size I was certainly never made to believe I was "strong and healthy." Just normal. Average. And I got the sense that Scott, in using these terms, is almost implying that her stylishness is so special in light of the fact that she is, well, normal and average (when taking into account, as I said before, the medium size of women normally featured here). Anyone else see my point??? Perhaps I just hate any reference to body type at all in fashion blogs….
I don't see why some are getting offended, Sartorialist included.
I agree with Joelle. She could indeed be American or any other nationality. And, Americans aren't the only people who do sports. So, maybe certain Americans should also start traveling (I mean, the French don't travel? Where the hell did you get that from???) and see what's going on in the rest of the world before getting all offended about nothing and posting silly remarks.
True enough though, this is very New York. Although, I must say, being a New-Yorker myself, spend an hour sitting on a bench in NY and you'll see the entire world walk by.
The girl in the picture has a gorgeous style, let's leave at that.
Uh, i agree with the post who said it's Caroline B. Kennedy's ghost riding through NYC. And my whole take on Scott saying its an "American" style is that its reflective of the look American designers (Kors, DK, Ralph Lauren) have made synonomous with the country in regards to sportswear. Afterall thats what the American designers are known for.