Saturday, September 6, 2008

On the Street…..Fay, NYC

I hope you recognize Fay from this London shot I took back in May – because I didn’t.
When I took this shot I had no idea that the bowtie-collar-dickie was an accessory.
To me, that is truly inventive and a great, low-cost way to change up lots of different looks.

Now I am curious to see what she has up her sleeve for the rest of the week (no pressure Fay)


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  1. Carolina Lange

    September 6, 2008 at 9:23 am

    She has such an unique style!

  2. thingorjus

    September 6, 2008 at 9:31 am

    I love Fay’s bag. Where can I get one just like it?

    I also think Fay looks adorable in the second photo. Her hair is very chic, very young and fresh. The hair and the black bowtie make the outfit work.


  3. indigo warrior

    September 6, 2008 at 9:41 am

    I’m going to be honest here – sometimes I look at fashion and wonder how the people wearing it can keep a straight face. I don’t understand a grown person wearing a ‘romper’ like the one in the top picture. The under two set, though, that’s a different story. What am I missing? And don’t even tell me it’s a sense of humor.

  4. Iheartfashion

    September 6, 2008 at 9:52 am

    WOW. She definitely knows how to work a look.

  5. suzanne nelson

    September 6, 2008 at 10:06 am

    Wow – Fay is one cool hot chick! Is she a stylist or designer?

  6. Anonymous

    September 6, 2008 at 10:06 am

    What a wonderful idea for an accessory!
    I had always wondered whether these could be worn outside of a black tie event, but as I am only fifteen I have only ever seen my father wearing one, and he is a very classically stylish man who rarely moves off the traditional path. However, Fay has taught us all not to ignore the dickie and to embrace it as a new neckpiece!
    Mr Sartorialist, have you ever considered visiting Australia? Particularly Perth, we are the fastest growing city in Australia at the moment, but unfortunately we are also the most isolated city on earth! But we do have some beautifully dressed people and some incredible local labels who are taking an international stance such as Aurelio Costarella and One Fell Swoop.
    Happy travelling Mr Sartorialist,


  7. Miguel

    September 6, 2008 at 10:08 am

    Wow! So beautiful. It’s all I have to say.

  8. Susanna-Cole

    September 6, 2008 at 10:12 am

    Wow she has superb style! :)

  9. RichardWhitter

    September 6, 2008 at 10:18 am

    (no pressure Fay): streaming_LOL’z

    BOTH looks are great!

  10. Kiki London

    September 6, 2008 at 10:23 am

    The “shirt” in the NY shot is different – it’s made of/from finer material (also, in the London shot, you can see that the shirt she’s wearing is fuller/thicker/wider), so I’m guessing she cut up a different shirt/blouse and then simply used the bow tie (again!) as an accessory.

    Either way, great style!

  11. Anonymous

    September 6, 2008 at 10:27 am


    I love how versatile she seems to be, taking the same accesory and using it as a center piece in two completely different outfits.


  12. Anonymous

    September 6, 2008 at 10:41 am

    love the second photo’s dress

  13. Jordan

    September 6, 2008 at 10:48 am

    Fay is one of my favorite people that you have shot :). Very creative.

  14. Dan in Richmond

    September 6, 2008 at 10:56 am

    Yes she is inventive. I thought the London look was flawless. This one is a bit riskier. In the end this one fails (just barely) for me because I can’t get “art student” out of my mind.It’s a little too self-consciously wacky. I do admire her creativity- see, this is even beginning to sound like an art school critique. Okay, I do like it (I wonder if she is in art school?)

  15. Anonymous

    September 6, 2008 at 11:11 am

    oooh pretty, i love her bag, does anyone know where it’s from?

  16. Anonymous

    September 6, 2008 at 11:14 am

    I appreciate the fact that she makes her outfit so full of personality and fun. The romper could have gone in the direction of too revealing – but the way she paired it with the tights and what might be her constant accessory of the collar the outfit becomes a unique thoughtful statement perfect for fashion week!

  17. Anonymous

    September 6, 2008 at 11:30 am

    The dickie thing is cute, but I’m not so sure about the whole outfit–to me, it looks too costumey and impractical. If it’s hot enough for bare shoulders, isn’t it too hot for heavy black tights?

  18. Anonymous

    September 6, 2008 at 11:49 am

    The fashion week outfit feels so costumey … I prefer the London b&w look – still stylish, very individual, very chic, but also wearable and approachable. In bryant park she looks like a circus burlesque hipster.

  19. Sparkles

    September 6, 2008 at 12:10 pm

    nice.. really individual

  20. Hissy Stitch

    September 6, 2008 at 12:15 pm

    First shot: As a costume for a dance number from a Broadway musical, sure. As streetwear — um, no. Looks like she got lost on her way to rehearsal.

    Second shot: Playful and interesting. Not something I could wear to the office — not sure exactly where it would fit in — but strangely it all seems to go together. Better still without the oversized flowered bag. The purity of just black and white is enough.

  21. Aubrey

    September 6, 2008 at 12:16 pm

    It’s not only what’s she’s wearing, but the way she’s waring it. That outfit on some people I know would be hard to take serious.

  22. sevenhrs-awayy

    September 6, 2008 at 12:20 pm

    that is bloody stylish. great shot too!

  23. Anonymous

    September 6, 2008 at 12:22 pm


  24. Lulu

    September 6, 2008 at 12:30 pm

    What’s her profession? She looks like a hostess to me. She’s the kind of girl that can pull almost any look off i guess… pretty face, slim and a cocky attitude. I’d like to listen to her thoughts about her style.

  25. Anonymous

    September 6, 2008 at 12:37 pm

    Maybe I just don’t understand fashion, but I don’t like the collar, it is just if she trying too much to be … creative and different, which she is, but, for me, at the same time, bit tasteless.

  26. Beth

    September 6, 2008 at 12:37 pm

    The London shot is still lovely, but the latest NYC ensemble is far too precious for my taste. Nevertheless, I always enjoy seeing people have fun with their clothes, a need the Sart blog fulfills for me!

  27. Anonymous

    September 6, 2008 at 1:13 pm

    She looks like she’s walking on a rope in a circus…I’m sorry, I just don’t get it, it seems all wrong.

  28. Anonymous

    September 6, 2008 at 1:15 pm

    Brilliant, she’s like just walked out from a fashion magazine… I really love the first one, although I feel the shoulder bag gave too much points overall…

  29. Chi-Chi and the Greek Vintage

    September 6, 2008 at 1:15 pm


    love it!

  30. Anonymous

    September 6, 2008 at 1:16 pm

    Thumbs up for the bow-tie collar, did she make it herself? It looks pretty anyway, even though I do not approve of the outfit.

  31. Anonymous

    September 6, 2008 at 1:20 pm

    creative and silly.

  32. Ann

    September 6, 2008 at 1:22 pm

    Aw, Sartorialist, Fay is fabulous but that first look is not workin’ for me. It seems somehow costumey.

  33. Kris

    September 6, 2008 at 1:23 pm

    I love it. She is just so lovely! And where can I get that collar?

  34. Troy N.

    September 6, 2008 at 1:26 pm

    long live Audrey Hepburn takes; outstanding.

  35. Anonymous

    September 6, 2008 at 1:49 pm

    Wow! Very cool lady. I like it.

  36. beck

    September 6, 2008 at 1:56 pm

    hot damn! what a lady. i wish i had the confidence to put together and pull off outfits like that. i feel inspired by these shots, maybe coming cooler weather will let me be free.

    lastly, her shoes are awesome in the bottom picture.

    love, beck

  37. Maggie May

    September 6, 2008 at 2:19 pm

    how perfect that her name is Fay, and she is Alice in Wonderland, or Fay in New York City, so interesting to look at, in a way i would never do but am glad other people do, because i get to look at it…

  38. ricola

    September 6, 2008 at 2:38 pm

    Girl’s got moxie.

  39. cassaundra

    September 6, 2008 at 2:46 pm

    she is lovely – with inventive style.

  40. Gabriela

    September 6, 2008 at 2:56 pm

    I’m not a fan of her style, but I recognize that she is very creative and does great things with it.

  41. Anonymous

    September 6, 2008 at 3:04 pm

    Perhaps the bow tie is her trademark like Alber’s? Will she be sporting it all week?

  42. Jessica

    September 6, 2008 at 3:10 pm

    Well, she certainly has a sense of personal style. It’s not one I would ever choose . . .

    But on pure technical merit, I imagine that is really quite difficult to consistently say, “circus performer influenced,” or “high-carny style” without ever looking like you just got off the bus from Burningman. Points for that, definitely.

  43. My Greatest Intervention

    September 6, 2008 at 3:31 pm

    high five for Fay and the mindful camera.

  44. ana

    September 6, 2008 at 3:46 pm

    love it. love her hair too

  45. Anonymous

    September 6, 2008 at 3:47 pm

    I’m sorry. She just looks so sad in the first picture. I don’t know why.

  46. Anonymous

    September 6, 2008 at 3:55 pm

    What the…? You’ve GOT to be kidding, right?

  47. Jack Daniel

    September 6, 2008 at 4:32 pm

    wow, nice pictures!

    finally something fresh.

  48. The Storialist

    September 6, 2008 at 4:57 pm

    Life is a cabaret, old chum…

    Really, she’s captured that look perfectly. She could even pull off a spit curl or two.

    She is so striking, and what a strange/cool way to accessorize.

  49. Kitschen Pink

    September 6, 2008 at 5:11 pm

    Cabaret meets Doris Day! I love that the shirt front is frayed not hemmed. Just all ingenious. t.x

  50. Anonymous

    September 6, 2008 at 5:43 pm

    I consider myself to be open-minded about style and previously commented favorably on her first look. I have looked closely at this picture, trying to find something positive in it….she wears the hat well, and I appreciate the repetition of black throughout the outfit. But for the most part, I badly dislike this. The romper is just awful in many ways, but I particularly dislike childish looks on women. And it seems that the dickey has raw edges, as if it was just cut out of shirt with a not-too-sharp pair of scissors. Maybe someone else can say something to convince me otherwise…

  51. Chessie

    September 6, 2008 at 5:47 pm

    Whoa, I love this. Very eccentric.

  52. Anonymous

    September 6, 2008 at 6:12 pm

    i don’t think it’s a dickie….it looks like she cut it into a dickie – super fab though!

  53. Anonymous

    September 6, 2008 at 6:27 pm

    wow now this is what the sartorialist is all about!

  54. Anonymous

    September 6, 2008 at 6:41 pm

    she looks like a hipster playboy bunny. i think this look is just stupid. also, onesies like these belong on infants.

  55. Sharon

    September 6, 2008 at 6:42 pm

    This is just brilliant. I love how quirky her look is… an innovative approach to retro x

  56. Anonymous

    September 6, 2008 at 6:45 pm

    So Tove Jansson-esque!

  57. Austin.Radcliffe

    September 6, 2008 at 6:51 pm

    i like the b/w look better, but she does well.

  58. miss fashion

    September 6, 2008 at 6:55 pm

    i absolutely love the first look.

    come look at my blog:

  59. Stephanie

    September 6, 2008 at 7:14 pm

    How interesting that a lot of the same pieces are present in both shots – the shoes, tights, dickie accessory, bag – and yet she looks like two totally different people. The creativity and bold individuality is inspiring.

  60. Tina

    September 6, 2008 at 7:26 pm

    That bowtie-collar-dickie is brilliant! I’m dizzy with imagining the possibilities for it. Wonderful idea!

  61. Meredith

    September 6, 2008 at 8:41 pm

    Now this is why I want to live in New York; I’d love to see people really express their personalities in what they wear. Your photo even makes her DHL bag look like a well chosen accessory.

  62. Yellow Vespa Guy

    September 6, 2008 at 8:49 pm

    I wish I was in NYC right now. I miss home.

  63. zerzanfan

    September 6, 2008 at 8:49 pm

    Are we going to the circus?

  64. NY Spender

    September 6, 2008 at 9:43 pm

    Dear Sartorialist,

    I got her first! ;)

    She was my fashion disaster for this week:Cool or Fool?

  65. How!

    September 6, 2008 at 10:10 pm

    Bravi! Many aspects to appreciate. I disagree with the term romper. Is it possibly a vintage bathing suit she has sewn black buttons to and belted? I am awed by the completeness of her look. From the hat to the stockings. That she is wearing this on the street with such poise is enviable. Yay Fay!

  66. Shaina

    September 6, 2008 at 10:50 pm

    To tell you the truth…i actually like the “original” Fay than the “progressive” Fay. but i admire her creativeness with the signature bow-tie and colorful monogrammed bag.

  67. Anonymous

    September 6, 2008 at 11:12 pm

    Not only the girl and the bowtie are the same. Also the shoes, the bag, and I bet the black jacket she’s carrying, too. And probably (what’s left of) the white shirt. That’s the kind of talent in admire most in truly stylish people: the ability to achieve totally different and creative results with limited resources, instead of simply asking ‘where can I get those [shoes/bag/shades/whatever]‘. I don’t like her most recent look, but that’s completely irrelevant.

  68. carrot

    September 6, 2008 at 11:34 pm

    It’s not for me. I’d be embarrassed to walk around in outfits like the first one.

  69. Anonymous

    September 6, 2008 at 11:44 pm

    UGLLLYYYY! sometimes i think people think they HAVE to like something even though it’s crap and they would never wear it.

  70. Billy

    September 7, 2008 at 12:40 am

    I saw when the photo of Fay was posted months ago and it struck me as brilliant. Her hair and demeanor in the look exuded all that embodies chic. I love the direction fashion is going right now, toying with the boundaries of masculine and feminine. Fay’s London look encapsulates that beautifully. However, her New York look doesn’t quite do it for me. It borders on the costumey. Actually, I think it goes there. All I can see is the Playboy bunny costume as I look at her New York look. Another thing I love about fashion now is its reinvention. Everyone agrees that the 80s are back with a vengeance, but with modern alterations. I love where Fay is going with her look, but, and it’s hard to believe, she’s not going far enough. The silhouette belongs to Hugh Hefner. The look would have looked amazing had she been wearing perhaps a high-waisted pant. There are several things she could have done, but the problem for me is that she looks like a Playboy Bunny going to a garden party. However, I LOVE Fay, and her ability to work very creative looks.

  71. Gina Marie

    September 7, 2008 at 2:51 am

    I guess I’d like to respond to all the circus people… some of us like our outfits to be a little costumey, but I feel like it’s almost a dirty word in fashion. Isn’t that, though, what high fashion and couture is all about? And that’s considered the height of glamour.

    Okay, I admit it, I work in theater and am imagining writing a character based on this girl’s style. BUT! That does not change the fact that I still think these two outfits just WORK.

  72. Theo

    September 7, 2008 at 2:55 am

    Two great pictures to contrast. In the second one, she is wearing the clothes while in the first one the clothes are wearing her.

    Also it is not the same cut up white collar with a clip on bow tie in both pictures. In the second you can see the shirt underneath is wider than the handmade “dickie” in the first.

    The first picture is far too costumey, it’s a great look for fashion week where she want to be photographed and get noticed but outside of that and the party scene, this outfit would not work in most settings.

  73. hemoglobin

    September 7, 2008 at 4:13 am

    i heart~~ her!!
    shes terribly stylish and funky(without being frumpy)

  74. alina

    September 7, 2008 at 4:56 am

    errmmm, eccentric? yes. flattering? no.

  75. Anonymous

    September 7, 2008 at 5:18 am

    how cool she is
    there should be more speciaal people

  76. Anonymous

    September 7, 2008 at 7:21 am

    I prefer the London Mary Poppins look with the flat shoes and fun socks. That bag is a great accessory – it will complement so many different looks.

  77. Lucy

    September 7, 2008 at 8:03 am

    I love the anonymous comment that says she looks like hipster playboy bunny and implies this is a *bad thing* – are you kidding? What a fabulous concept!

  78. Vera

    September 7, 2008 at 8:44 am

    The bag has the same “I love you” colorful pattern that my stroller has. The stroller I am referring to is a MacLaren limited edition Lulu Guinness. So I guess the bag is either a stroller accessory, or something by Lulu Guinness herself.

  79. Anonymous

    September 7, 2008 at 10:05 am

    I follow this blog for the inspiration I often find here. But get-ups like this last one, although reflecting creativity and confidence I suppose, offer nothing to me.

  80. Anonymous

    September 7, 2008 at 10:30 am

    I usually respond badly to this kind of romping around, but in the case of Fay I make an exception. Her wit is so well grounded in a knowledge of style, and she is so beautiful that, like Picasso, she can do no wrong!

  81. noe

    September 7, 2008 at 11:55 am

    This looks like a nightgown my grandmother wears to sleep, sans the bowtie and bag. She’s beautiful but this costume does not flatter her, I honestly don’t see the beauty in this. I refuse to believe NY streets can’t provide stylish people to photograph.

  82. BaronArtz

    September 7, 2008 at 12:56 pm

    Her best features are (1) the way she carries herself – subtle confidence and (2) her haircut – genius. The London look, as someone else observed, is very Mary Poppins-eske but still playful enough. I am sorry to say that I don’t find the NYC look a success. This ‘barboteuse’ is better left to toddlers, or if she MUST wear it, it should have been better tailored. If anything, it makes her legs look short. Not very flattering on HER. It’s possible to look playful and gamine, but this is not it. Nevertheless, I can appreciate someone stepping out of the norm. I just think she can do better.

  83. deanna

    September 7, 2008 at 1:01 pm

    i LOVE that top outfit. sure, it’s circus-y and costume-y, but in my book that only adds points. i couldn’t pull it off, but Fay finesses it. We need people who don’t play it safe with their clothing – they make a simple walk down the street a much more interesting prospect.

  84. Anonymous

    September 7, 2008 at 1:35 pm

    I am going to echo a lot of the comments on here, and say that while I adored Fay’s first outfit from a few months ago, I really don’t like this one. As it was mentioned, I suppose the first outfit was unique yet approachable, whereas this look is unique and iconoclastic. She is somehow cold in her boldness.

  85. Anonymous

    September 7, 2008 at 1:47 pm

    I see NY Spender got her first:)

  86. Sohiny

    September 7, 2008 at 3:08 pm

    most of us dress with a ‘measured’ sense of adventure everyday. fashion week is an amalgamation of creative professionals.. stimulating and electric… where the purpose is to stretch conventions. so why not go the extra mile?
    i particularly like the combination of the same accessories with different outfits- she uses her imagination well, and is wonderfully comfortable with herself.

  87. Anonymous

    September 7, 2008 at 4:51 pm

    In the first picture, it looks like she’s trying too hard. it doesn’t look particularly comfortable with a belt that you’d have to adjust to make sure it stays in place, and a romper that looks like it would easily slide down, unless she’d sewn it to the…whatever you call that white strip of leftover shirt.

    She obviously put some effort into this and it still looks sloppy.

    Don’t people realize that fashion can be alienating? Why would you want to present yourself in such a way? So you can feel like you’re better than them? Eccentricity for eccentricity’s sake is not that interesting to me. It’s just gimmicky.

    The second photo is infinitely more flattering! She managed to carve out a look for herself which is distinct and strong yet not obnoxious.

  88. Kat Walks

    September 7, 2008 at 4:55 pm

    she is too good to be true

  89. Robert

    September 7, 2008 at 4:56 pm

    The first style looks like something straight out of post-impressionism. The second: urban gardner.

  90. 1234

    September 7, 2008 at 7:13 pm

    i love how she looks in the first photo!

  91. Hardboiled Boar

    September 7, 2008 at 7:46 pm

    For the top photo, I really like how the framing is a bit off center and there’s all this space and background behind her. It gives a sense of motion, drama and performance. Although the outfit is a bit costumey, it’s really fun. Reminds me of a summertime cabaret if it were outdoors.

  92. Karina

    September 7, 2008 at 10:33 pm

    Ooooh, ouch – on the romper photo.

  93. Anonymous

    September 7, 2008 at 10:57 pm

    I really admire when someone can use a simple accessory to determine the end result of an outfit. She did it so well you don’t even recognize any similarities between the two looks at first. Genius!

  94. Lord Brummel

    September 8, 2008 at 2:19 am

    Nice haircut. Personal look. Nice.

  95. pinktuutuu

    September 8, 2008 at 3:36 am

    that girl’s got impeccable taste and style! very whimsically chic

  96. IRENE

    September 8, 2008 at 4:17 am

    Oh no!In the second picture she’s managed better, though.

  97. elaine

    September 8, 2008 at 5:57 am

    At first glance I assumed Fay was a street performer. She is divinely gorgeous. Doll like. In the first picture it looks as though she is not wearing a real dicky but in fact a cut up shirt! I like her naive talent and inventiveness. It makes me wistful and bored with my workaday attire.

  98. Alice Olive

    September 8, 2008 at 9:39 am

    Indeed! Love her long, long legs.

  99. Anonymous

    September 8, 2008 at 9:57 am

    Delightfully hideous. There’s enough boring tastefulness to go round. Fay gives us something to look at.

  100. Anonymous

    September 8, 2008 at 10:36 am

    Wow. Judging by all the naysayers, punk seems to have never happened in some quarters. Lighten up, you squares–you sound like bumpkins.

  101. Punkimeowzer

    September 8, 2008 at 11:27 am

    I love individuals who express themselves through the way they dress. She has the confidence to pull it off. FABULOUS!!! Love it!

  102. Anonymous

    September 8, 2008 at 12:22 pm

    I feel a little torn over these images. Of course, she is beautiful and her bold style suggests a creative, exuberant mind. But these seem very much like clothes for children to me. I would like to know if she feels she is taken seriously when dressing this way–but then, maybe she doesn’t care about that.

    In the end, I have to be in favor of experimentation and risk-taking with style, so props to Fay!

  103. Keiler

    September 8, 2008 at 4:26 pm

    It doesn't really matter whether it works or not, it would be fun to see what she wears every day. It's more about art & entertainment than looking "good."

  104. Jess

    September 8, 2008 at 5:59 pm

    She has such a great sense of style! I love the colour palette in the first shot.

  105. Anonymous

    September 8, 2008 at 10:20 pm

    I think Fay needs a fan club! She can really pull off some daring looks and she does it SO well!!!

  106. budget chic

    September 9, 2008 at 8:05 am

    Brillant!! She works it like ONLY she can, thats why it looks so good!

  107. Anonymous

    September 9, 2008 at 8:31 am

    the epitome of the St.Martins student! maybe unique in the US but in east London this ‘crazy thrown together’ look is rife and sadly comical!
    London pic slightly better but still trying too hard.. sorry!

  108. rebecca

    September 9, 2008 at 1:43 pm

    she is excellent and i would like to see more. i love her blazer.

  109. pearlescent

    September 9, 2008 at 2:30 pm

    She’s very creative indeed! Love the way she wore socks and stockings in the second pic, great idea! How she wore the same collar piece in such different ways is enlightening..

  110. Anonymous

    September 9, 2008 at 3:04 pm

    there’s style, and then there is trying too hard.

    i dont think people should wear something to the point where it’s a signature.

    we get it. you cut up shirts.

    move on.

  111. Claire

    September 10, 2008 at 9:40 am

    Meh, she looks like every other artschool hipster on a night out.

    I do appreciate the effort, but… dunno, it’s not beautiful.

  112. Amy May

    September 10, 2008 at 1:33 pm

    She’s absolutely beautiful. I think her style is marvelous – ignore all these nay-sayers, Fay. You’re fabulous!

    I’m going to feature her on my Sunday Showcase Seven on my blog, to be posted on Sunday. All credit to you, of course!

  113. Brian

    September 10, 2008 at 4:05 pm

    That outfit screams “PAY ATTENTION TO ME”

  114. Lyralie

    September 10, 2008 at 4:32 pm

    I love it. It’s a total Katy Perry-80s inspired look, from her ray-bans to her romper.

    Fearless and fierce.

  115. Ryan

    September 10, 2008 at 11:33 pm

    Fay is a model and formerly a student of Parsons. As long as I’ve known her she’s had an incredible sense of personal style. Good find, Sart.

  116. Anonymous

    September 11, 2008 at 7:43 pm

    It’s like she’s from a pop-out book.. very cool

  117. Pixie

    September 15, 2008 at 5:04 am

    The exposed romper looks strange to me. Too exposed.

    It doesnt compliment the rest of her outfit… a bit of an Aggyness Deyne look~

    It looks like she is going to a costume party .. but for an Aggyness that would be when she is “best dressed”

  118. MorganeKS

    September 19, 2008 at 9:46 am

    I love her outfit!
    Très joli!

  119. Anonymous

    January 19, 2009 at 8:35 pm

    mad points for being confident enough to wear what every you want. and i thhink that this is a woman who could wear a garbage bag and make everyone believe in it. …but because one can doesn’t mean that they should.

  120. jimster

    April 21, 2009 at 10:00 pm

    leshner, you beautiful girl

  121. Ljerka-Susanna-Lukic

    August 18, 2009 at 5:53 pm


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