Thursday, October 25, 2007

On the Street…..Dynamic Understatement, Central Hong Kong

Very well done

Couple of things
- This is minimalism at its best
narrow color scheme that uses texture and surface detail to deliver a huge impact

- matte sequins for day

- surprisingly sexy and yet not obvious

- love the extra short skirt with the extra long sleeve – great play on proportions

Again, I don’t think any of the individual items are very expensive it is all in the way she mixed the elements


Close comment

Detach comments


  1. Heather

    October 25, 2007 at 10:19 am

    love it.

  2. Stephie of Fashion Nation

    October 25, 2007 at 10:22 am

    Love how you stated the details!

  3. Stacy

    October 25, 2007 at 10:24 am

    I couldn’t agree with your commentary more.

    I’m a HUGE fan of bare legs and covered arms or vice versa. It keeps the mystery alive.

    And, while I appreciate designer clothing, I usually cannot afford it. Yet I also feel ‘done’ and stylish. Savvy shopping and styling my friends!

  4. micaela

    October 25, 2007 at 10:40 am

    this is one of my favorite ensembles ever. thank you for your wonderful photography and your lovely blog!

  5. Oda

    October 25, 2007 at 10:47 am

    wow that is really gorgeous. she totally inspired me!

  6. Iheartfashion

    October 25, 2007 at 11:01 am

    LOVE the layers and gray color variation!

  7. Anonymous

    October 25, 2007 at 11:16 am

    This is a great shot – the commentary by Sart is spot-on!

    Excellent! Looking forward to more pictures from this region.

  8. bopsy

    October 25, 2007 at 11:19 am

    This is perfection! She mixes hues, textures, and lengths beautifully. Often times I try this and cannot get it right…be it that I do not have the right pieces, or admitedly, I simply don’t execute it well.

  9. Anonymous

    October 25, 2007 at 11:22 am

    Gorgeous. I love the HK shots you’ve posted so far. Can’t wait to see more.

  10. Johanna

    October 25, 2007 at 11:37 am

    I love how the layering of the translucent sequined tank against the simple cotton tee causes you – or caused me, anyway – to look three or four times to figure out what’s going on.

    Question, though: what is that furry green and white item in her hand? A hat? A handbag?

  11. sara

    October 25, 2007 at 11:45 am

    oh my , this is so perfect and inspiring

  12. Anonymous

    October 25, 2007 at 12:07 pm

    love the whole outfit, I would admire the same things if she walked past me in the street.

    The shoes are my favourite part.

  13. Asian Models Blogger

    October 25, 2007 at 12:30 pm

    Sart, you captured an aesthetic that is very popular in Asia (especially HK and Japan), that is the layered look.

    And this girl is a perfect example of it. Multi-layers of thin fabrics of different colors, textures and designs are laid one on top of the other to create a unique look that cannot be easily replicated by anyone else.

  14. pearlescent

    October 25, 2007 at 12:36 pm

    Layering at it’s best.. I love how each piece adds a consecutive layer, and this is proof that sequins are not only for night :) I’m dying to know what’s that grassy eggy thing in her hand lol looks interesting..

  15. dulcinea

    October 25, 2007 at 12:45 pm

    gorgeous!!! those textures. those colors. wow.

  16. Alice Olive

    October 25, 2007 at 12:49 pm

    Agree with everything you said. Especially the layering – beautiful and subtle. I also like the second ‘detail’ shot with the contrasting yellow lines/angles – great photo!

  17. Ms. Moneypenny

    October 25, 2007 at 1:09 pm

    This sequin combo is now my desktop. Inspiration for the day.

    Love, Ms. M

  18. Jane Flanagan

    October 25, 2007 at 1:09 pm

    Great texture, lovely sparkle, these soft greys get me everytime!

  19. alexia

    October 25, 2007 at 1:14 pm

    lovely and very sexy. i want her skirt!

  20. Anonymous

    October 25, 2007 at 1:18 pm

    Layered, but still restrained, particularly in terms of the colour palette: white and greys –very nice!
    I love your descriptions –I know you don’t always have time, but please indulge when you can!

  21. Farzad

    October 25, 2007 at 1:19 pm


    More from Hong Kong, please.

  22. lis

    October 25, 2007 at 3:00 pm

    I love the details in the skirt…oh, who am I kidding, I love the whole thing. It looks beautiful and effortless. Inspiring.

  23. Verdiales

    October 25, 2007 at 3:15 pm

    Good commentary, Sart. Very cool that we get a window into China.

  24. Paul Pincus

    October 25, 2007 at 3:27 pm

    The second image is just so wonderful. You’re a poet…and you didn’t even know it! Seriously, the gray, the hand,…I love it.

  25. enc

    October 25, 2007 at 3:30 pm


    that is GOOD.

  26. Anonymous

    October 25, 2007 at 4:57 pm

    I adore you! She looks amazing, from her head down to her toes. Love it! Thanks for going into so much detail, geektastic man! Matte sequins during the day…heaven! You’ve inspired me! Enjoy the rest of your trip, look forward to more brilliant pics!

  27. platinum blonde

    October 25, 2007 at 5:25 pm

    the detail shot is fabulous!

  28. Carolina Lange

    October 25, 2007 at 6:21 pm

    Love her look! So beautiful! And I agree with what you’ve posted!

  29. Anonymous

    October 25, 2007 at 6:25 pm

    Am I the only person who thinks nothing of this? I think she looks nice but, maybe because I’m asian, it kind of looks like anyone and everyone in my opinion.
    I’ve only been to a few boutiques in HK but have you seen all the girls who work in boutiques in Tokyo?

  30. LuvlyLuvly

    October 25, 2007 at 7:08 pm

    One of my favorites, so far. Very feminine, elegant–chic!


    October 25, 2007 at 7:52 pm

    I really liked the wole thing, the mixing, the proportions, the one gamma thing… BUT THE SANDALS!!! please… the have absolutly nothing to do with the rest of the outfit! (plus, they’re ugly)

  32. Anonymous

    October 25, 2007 at 8:46 pm

    Love these subtle looks. I am quite petite and have never been able to carry off anything very bold without “disappearing” in my clothing and love that you are showing these kinds of simple yet stunning looks. The textural aspect is something I will work with more.

  33. beandiva

    October 25, 2007 at 8:51 pm

    This looks as if it could have been presented as an ensemble in a show…like it was all made to be combined/worn together. It flatters her beautifully.
    Sir, you seem inspired and moved by your travels to Asia.

  34. Anonymous

    October 25, 2007 at 10:47 pm

    I have a piece that looks just like the one she is wearing at the bottom. I have never worn it despite buying it at least 2 years ago. I couldn’t imagine how to pull it off. Now this lady from H.K. shows me exactly how! :) I’m so excited! Thanks for the inspiration whoever you are from Hong Kong!

  35. Anonymous

    October 26, 2007 at 12:03 am

    little pleats just drive me wild with delight! i giggle quietly to myself a little when i see them on the street.

  36. Anonymous

    October 26, 2007 at 12:10 am

    Sart, I would love to you visit Tokyo and photograph the the peop,e who frequent the Harujuki District

  37. Kofi_Anon

    October 26, 2007 at 12:42 am

    There is something innocent and naughty about her.

  38. Blaise

    October 26, 2007 at 12:42 am

    I love minimalism.. especially when textures and proportions are applied..

  39. Anonymous

    October 26, 2007 at 12:43 am

    Kudos to her for pulling this together and kudos to you for have the sensitivity to notice every detail. Love it! One of my faves.

  40. LaLa

    October 26, 2007 at 3:15 am

    Great eye for detail !
    i wouldn’t have noticed the because its to subtle , but then i guess that is what separates the “sartorialists” from he rest of us folk ;)
    i love the mix ! and the colors and pleats.

  41. Anonymous

    October 26, 2007 at 4:27 am

    this is BEAUTIFUL. Wow, wow, wow. Very impressed! And inspired.

  42. Candid Cool

    October 26, 2007 at 6:11 am

    Yes fantastic. I like all the interesting details and layers. Beautiful skirt.

  43. Calenna

    October 26, 2007 at 8:37 am

    Ooh this is fun! I like the pleated skirt under simpler cotton layers, and then matte sequins. Wow. I also love your second photo – the detail shot – that comes with your commentary. Great detail!

  44. Imelda

    October 26, 2007 at 9:36 am

    Wow, amazing outfit!!!


  45. StuckInThePast

    October 26, 2007 at 10:49 am

    A modern flapper. The sequins, the silver pleats, the short hair. Nice to see someone bringing back vintage flair without succumbing to the latest “old is new again” trends.

  46. yiuwai

    October 26, 2007 at 11:15 am

    Can agree no more, a magnificent shot in this bustle city dominated with hiphops/japs style.
    I am a HongKonger myself, I have to say that she makes not only the look, and her dedication to fashion. This place is HOT and humid, an environment you’ll never feel good to style yourself up. You dont want to put on too much here. But she makes it, I admire not only her look and her dedication to fashion.

    PS. Sart you must spend too much of your time to wait for a target to shoot. I know you do, in a city like this.

  47. cami falcĂŁo

    October 26, 2007 at 12:02 pm

    great look! love the proportions and the grey, but those shoes are just awful.

  48. lucy

    October 26, 2007 at 7:35 pm

    my new favourite- that cropped shot. mmm

  49. blissmom

    October 26, 2007 at 9:21 pm

    i love her look
    casual elegance with a kicky vibe
    and i love the subdued sexuality

  50. Sarah

    October 26, 2007 at 9:56 pm

    I want that outfit.

  51. Anonymous

    October 26, 2007 at 10:53 pm

    the green and white furry thing in her hand is a stuffed animal that hangs from her cellphone. they’re all the rage in asia.

  52. Paige

    October 27, 2007 at 2:52 am

    Personally, I really like the “asian” fashion look mixed in with a european look. I’m sure there have probably been developed styles that mix in together asian and european, but lately on your blog, I’ve noticed a trend in a bit much european trends. Not that I dislike it, just that sometimes a change in pace is really nice. I really love your eye for finding the subtleties in fashion. I think the best fashion is in it’s small intricacies and thought into what one is wearing. And I just used a bunch of words that I’m sure aren’t even real.

    But also, I love how inexpensive clothing can still be made into impacting fashion designs. I think with fashion, it’s all about how it looks in the end. Of course fabric usage and sewing techniques are good efforts of fashion, I personally love how one can make good fashion with the most simplest, inexpensive things.

    That right there is true creativity and true art. Anyways, I might also be mumbling about inexpensive clothing because I happen to be young with not a lot of money. Who has time to spend money on expensive clothing when you are to busy living life! (And I don’t mean buying all those pointless things.) Travel, food, necessities, how much more can I afford on fashion! Not that I travel, but I’ve been saving….

  53. Anonymous

    October 27, 2007 at 3:55 am

    love your HK posts!!! it’s so inspiring when you show shots of women with great personal style, who aren’t fashion insiders, and who manage to do it on the cheap!

  54. Lily

    October 27, 2007 at 4:21 pm

    I agree, it’s a brilliant use of materials and proportions.

    She looks great.


  55. DC Goodwill Fashionista

    October 27, 2007 at 6:22 pm

    The layering is perfect; the color, sublime. -the DCGF

  56. treschic

    October 27, 2007 at 6:28 pm

    the monocromatic colour scheme makes this outfit feel so romantic

  57. shopaholic

    October 27, 2007 at 8:32 pm

    Love the white makeup. I’m pretty sure that Lanvin (probably confused the show though)featured like highlighting on its runway.

  58. Material Girl

    October 28, 2007 at 4:46 pm

    I’m going to Hong Kong & Shanghai in 3 weeks, Hope I’ll see such nice images!!!

  59. La Purpura

    October 28, 2007 at 4:52 pm

    Me thinks : this type of very light grey is very difficult, it doesn´t favor almost anybody. I mean, it “hoovers” the glow away and underlines wrong shades in a skin. It easily converts any piece of clothing into a sort of pyjamas.So me thinks this ensemble would be nicer in other colors.

  60. Julian

    October 28, 2007 at 10:11 pm

    I don’t see this look having been as calculated as you believe it to be. In my opninion, she actually manages to make even her sequins look somewhat necessary and immediate. It’s part of the landscape. She might have surprised herself that morning as much as she surprised you.

  61. Carol Diehl

    October 28, 2007 at 10:16 pm

    This is very sweet and beautiful. Elegant, casual, fashionable without looking as if she’s trying…

  62. Fan_atika

    October 29, 2007 at 11:15 am

    I really like the way asian girls mix their clothes, and I think is because this special combination of proportions, lovely!

  63. Serge Kozak

    October 29, 2007 at 8:58 pm

    Lovely detail.

  64. Anonymous

    October 31, 2007 at 3:10 am

    the fabrics make me itch just looking at them

  65. Anonymous

    November 6, 2007 at 10:30 pm

    stunning, its a perfect balance of long and short and very inderectly sexy

  66. Anonymous

    November 19, 2007 at 8:11 pm

    love this. one thing-the shoes. i’ll even take the color combination, but it wouldve looked better with a strap ala mary janes.

Leave a comment

Related posts