What a beautiful face, she’s perfect. Red lipstick on a face like hers is meaningful (in a way that it make sens without being obvious). And the dust of lace on her sleeve makes her look even more fragile. (And please excuse my bad English on every of my comments… I’m French!).
I love that it looks like the boringly dressed girls behind her are sort of laughing or gossiping about her – when she looks fabulous and original! This is a whole movie waiting to happen about how some girls (or boys) are brave enough to wear something different from the crowd. Love her!
This is a very interesting picture. The stance of the lady is somewhat a shy or awkward one, yet she also seems to be very comfortable with her style, the blue of the laces really matches well with the dress, and her dark hair along side her light skin really help bring out her lip colour. I also find it somewhat amusing of the two girls in the left of the picture that seem to almost be laughing at this girl (perhaps not), yet they are sporting that very annoying fashion of ripped jeans, not very well dressed themselves, although the right one has lovely hair. I like the photo in context with the background, I think it has much more charge and excitement, than if it were against a blank background. Nicely done!
This is what I love about inspiration pictures…even when the style of the picture is not one I’m likely to imitate, the color combinations featured can be easily replicated and reinterpreted in my own style. This is the case here, although for her, it certainly fits great!
This reminds me of high school. I’ve “pinned” it to my Beautiful Pictures board and my caption reads, “Who cares what they think.”
She’s beautiful, and beautifully and individually dressed. Love the story this picture tells.
I have never commented on any of your pictures before but I will on this one.
It goes beyond the girl and the outfit she’s wearing, it tells a story. About fashion, identity, and confidence (or the lack of it). Looking at her awkward posture one might think that she is not really at ease (and maybe she isn’t) but at the same time it takes great confidence to put on bright red lipstick in the morning (talking from experience I waited to be in my thirties to give it a try) and pull of such a quirky outfit.
While the two girls in the back have chosen a saver option to dress themselves (the prevailing aesthetic of t-shirt + jeans + sandals) and by such assimilate to most teens in the world, she has chosen to go her way and experiment with fashion. Using it as a tool to express herself. That’s why you chose to shoot her and not the two girls…
But then again…all this is based on my assumptions, judgments and thoughts. The picture operates as a mirror. My mirror. The two girls might be saying: Wow, look at her cool socks and bleu laces!
wow, very interesting picture.. especially the jealous (?) looks of the two girls behind her. She really stands out. Love the colours, the teal, brown and red go very well with her skin and hair. Really beautiful dress as well, anyone knows where it’s from?
She is very special! I immediately like her. Those two girls behind her, though; can’t make up if they accidently looked at her while laughing or if she was the joke. But that wouldn’t bother me either; it takes strength to stand out from the crowd! Especially when you do it in a good way.
My compliments will include the â€śtres chic shadowâ€ť of the gentleman on the right that also is wearing a combination of browns and blues. I will said it looks like her harmonized sartorial guardian angel.
LOVE this! Everything that was said about both the girl being photographed and the girls in the background. Did anyone else notice that the girls are also wearing the same sandals, just different colors?
Scott, your work inspires everybody on the web. With no exaggeration (pardon my english, I’m french!), the way you and Garance took over the blogosphere and find a new way of expressions is really inspiring.
I’m not a fashion blogger, I’m in fond of cinema (it shows how much you put yourself outside the “fashion industry”) and I love to picture the great life that could be seen on (on or at, damn I never know!) the big screen and I think yours would clearly deserve a movie!
Here is the link of my article (in french and english): http://www.jaivuaucinema.com/2012/06/ovvac-37-scott-schumanthe-sartorialist.html
If you have some times to loose or if you want to make fun of my english lol, you can read it!
LOVE! Adolescence captured. The girls behind her are wearing whatever Seventeen Magazine is telling them to (they even have identical shoes on), but you can bet after seeing this, they went to the next store to buy turquoise shoelaces.
I also love that in this shot it’s not just about the subject — there is so much movement going on in the background. Truly a story being told.
Initially, adoring the colors of the center subject but not really liking the outfit but loving the freshness and originality of her way of thinking……then there’re the “mean girls” off to the side with their body language giving off “what’s so special about her looks?” and they make me love the center subject even more!
I don’t usually comment on blogs I follow, but this time I can’t help it. The moment I saw this picture, it just stroke me. This picture is all about your blog is.
This girl might look insecure but she dares look different from others. And those girls at the back, mocking or making comments on this girl just reflects the reality of facing ‘the street’ and people’s look.
Your blog, is about self-expressing through clothes and style. It is about being ourselves, daring and bearing. The thing is that it is not necessarily easy and it can represent a big challenge. This girl seems to live this challenge, and being featured on your blog is a kind of reward.
To me this picture says ‘Look, you may want to make fun of me but here I am standing out of the crowd’
Your blog is all about standing out of the crowd, and thank you for giving us so many reasons to dare being ourselves, this girl give us a big lesson. Let’s be proud of being what we want. Great job !
This picture is definitely worth at least a thousand words. The color combination, her doll face, the pairing of the dress with the sneakers, all so chic. The way the girls are reacting in the background is also very interesting.
Wow – what I love the most about this shot is the two girls in the background and the looks on their faces. Obviously, I have no idea what is actually going on, but it seems like an image out of a high school hallway: ‘awkward nerdy girl with style’, gets made fun of, behind her back, by the ‘mean girls’. Completely my own perspective and not meant to be at all realistic – I don’t mean to offend anyone.
the enlarged view of this photo shows the world weary expression of the girl, yet she seems to express her hope in the beauty of life with her clothes.
it is wonderful to see such care taken in putting together an outfit, from the cute lace tee underneath the great fabric chosen to match beloved shoes. i have no doubt the dress was home sewn.
i for one was so captivated by the main subject of this photo i didn’t notice the background girl until reading other’s comments :)
I think we all want to believe the two girls in the back are smirking little *&()%)(.
But we don’t know! The story of Snow White being told here may have nothing to do with the reality of the moment. In that split second of the photograph, they may have been admiring the shoes or looking at them while laughing about something unrelated.
I’m confused. I love the sassy, standout look of her outfit, but the way she’s posed is apologetic. Stand up, girl. You did good, be proud. I hope you are not a model, being paid to look helpless. The world does no need more helpless women.
Perhaps my comment will have no connection to the style of the girl, however what I found interesting about this pictures, are the two girls on the left side of the picture. I am not sure if it was done on purpose, but looks cool!
This is one those photos that 5 or 10 years from now, that girl is going to look back at this photo and realize what it was saying. No matter how people perceived her back then, this photo was saying, “You’re gonna be great.”
I hope she realizes that she’s beautiful and knows it’s people like her who make the world grow and be new.
And it’s also crazy how people seem to be judging these girls in the background for judging the girl.. When you’re doing exactly the same thing, judging their looks, etc. Little do you know, these girls might not be mean or bitchy, simply intrigued.
I love this picture! There is so much meaning to what might be a very straight forward shot. My eye went straight to the two girls admiring the subject’s style. Maybe they are deciding to take her picture also, since one is holding a camera in hand ready to sneak a shot. I love the subjects calm demeanor as she stands in the middle of a busy scene. I love the American flag that hangs above it all reminding us that we are all different yet the same. I love this picture!
I have never been to USA. But I read your blog more than two years, and sometimes I think that photos of yours made New York a place quite familiar to me. “I’ve seen this man!” – I think, like I saw him in person walking near Grand Park. This picture is so vivid that I almost hear city noises.
I really love what you have captured here. The girl looks amazing, her akwardness and imperfection of the outfit simply make her perfect! (I really hope those two girls are just admiring her, and not laughing at her!).
hmm a lot of these comments are VERY judgemental of the girls in the background just because they have a more typical style, but actually the girl with the white top her jeans are the perfect cut and colour. It’s great to appreciate people who have fun with fashion but i don’t think we need to make bitchy comments about those who dress more normal and everyday. They probably have different interests. The girl’s dress is stunning though!!
This is a fabulous photo.
The central element is this young woman. From her, four figures seem to move around and complete what she symbolizes.
At the far right, a woman walks in the opposite direction that this young woman goes to and her boring style and substance donÂ´t stand out from the crowd. She disappears from her. SheÂ´s everything this young woman is not. She symbolizes what is uncatchy.
At the left, two provocative girls look at her, at the same time making fun but admiring her. TheyÂ´re beautiful, possibly have artistic tendencies, but they are like all common beautiful girls everywhere in the world. Never did they had the courage to dress like her, and maybe by looking at her, they will copy her style, but will never have her substance. They symbolize what is beautiful but without a soul of its own.
But for me, it was really curious to see how this young womanÂ´s style and substance was solidly supported in the background by the manÂ´s classical style. What gives us the sense of meaning and timelessness of this young womanÂ´s style is this subtle blend with the menÂ´s style, in my opinion.
SheÂ´s bold but balanced, strange but comfortable, shy but full of fire and she symbolizes what a bright future stands in front of us in a quiet moment of the present. Only in the U.S.A. can we see this.
IÂ´m sorry if i was too long or pretentious, but, again, this is a remarkable picture.
I like that you captured the two girls in the background. They seem to laugh at the girl’s shoes or socks, but I think there’s nothing more rewarding in fashion than evoking some kind of reaction… even if it’s jealousy or hatred. There’s nothing worse than indifference.
It’s hard to tell whether the girls in the background are just checking out that lovely young woman’s look or being snarky. If they are being mean girls, I hope they come to understand that she looks far more interesting and cool than they do. (And I hope she stands up tall and strong and owns her coolness!)
Love the shot, especially all of the peripherals! The girl has a lovely, understated look, and she’s very pretty. The only thing that I dislike is that she doesn’t look comfortable in this shot. Whether it was her being caught off guard, or she’s generally shy, but I just wish she straightened up and really took a minute to enjoy her gorgeous look with a bit more confidence.
This is a great picture. The background is as interesting as this amazing girl. Wow, don’t see that often. Plus I just downed a bottle of wine. Maybe that is way I am so impressed, but who cares, this is a great pic.
This is great. I read avidly and rarely comment, but felt I had to…I still don’t know why exactly. “Kendal Lo” drew the parallel to high school mean girls which is exactly what I saw when I looked at this. However instead of the girl I instantly saw myself and relived the exact same looks I used to get. Today, my style is still entirely my own, however I get more looks of admiration than disdain. Perhaps my perception has changed of the onlookers and what their stares mean. My confidence has certainly grown which has taught me that how you wear something is just as important as what you wear.
Now I assume the girls behind are malicious however I acknowledge I can’t truly know. However this was my first and lingering impression in spite of fight against prejudice.
I’ve read that you often try to “arrange” your subjects in such a way that appears natural or creates a sort of character of them in the moment (my regurgitation of your ideas), however this picture is so involved with the various figures in the background that I’m curious how you orchestrated it. It is brilliantly done, and like I said much of that is because of the relationship between background and the figure.
She is beautiful. She looks awkward and unsure of herself but seeking her own voice in a world that is so busy with its own norms. This actually gives me a sense of hope as well. I see her inner strength displayed by her unique beauty which sets her apart from others. Though it may separate her now you can see the potential within her to blossom above the rest. Anyways, there are my thoughts.
I love it and everything else you do. I don’t think I would have developed my own sartorial confidence and breadth of knowledge if it were not for your work’s influence. So thanks for being awesome. Stay classy Scott.
The girl with the red lips is cute, but it’s interesting how most of the commentators assume the two girls in the background are “mean
girls”. Maybe they are just posing for the photographer they see on
the street as is the girl with the red lips.
- Look, they’re taking her picture!
- What’s so stylish about her, I look better!
- Come on, don’t be jealous, just smile, we can get photographed by Scott Schuman!
- Actually, I like her dress… and the sneakers are not bad…
Defenitely one of your best photos. Love the way she is possing and the two girls, who look like they are gossiping, or justing watching, I don’t know. But its so perfect. Love the colors in the picture and that girl.
It find it amusing that the girls in the background of the photo with their mocking/judgmental glances have absolutely no idea that the very girl they are seemingly making fun of is about to be featured on a fashion blog for her style and beauty.
Never, ever be bothered by what others think of you – be YOURSELF!
i love this shot – i dont think the girls behind are mocking or making fun of the subject, i dont get that feeling at all…to me they appear to be more curious as to why you would pick a girl with those kind of shoes whereas their outfits are more to the ‘norm’ of a young girl….its a great shot! great city scene…love the metallic dress too…
So perfect. The way she is standing, the two friends looking at her, one with a camera, possibly herself wanting to take a photo of your subject. The man in the suit…everything is just amazing. And how pretty is the dress and her tennies!!!
I am rather disturbed by how everyone has jumped to the odd conclusion the two girls are somehow showing animosity to her or Scott. I doubt they are. But people obviously are very ready to think that women hate each other, and that makes me sad. You people need to clear your minds. Its not the girls that are acting mean, its you.
Don’t get me wrong, I love the photo, I love the dress, I love the face + awkward stance . . .
But do people still get kudos for (barely) matching laces and socks to the dress?? I mean cmon, you can picture her out shopping for exactly this pair of colors to “go with”. Haven’t we gotten past MATCHING and onto COMPLEMENTING?
The entire composition of this picture is one in an million. Her pale skin against the dominant colors in her outfit. The fancy fabric against the allstars. The uncomfort in her pose and the two girls that are walking by.. Amazing picture Scott Schuman! This has to go in your (hopefully) new book!
This is what I love about New York. What works in a smaller town is not so celebrated in Manhattan. Different and unusual is looked at with curiosity elsewhere but is photographed and applauded in NYC. As a hat wearer, I can attest to the fact that I get second looks from people on the street every day, both quizzical and admiring. I’m sure this photo did not have to be ‘staged’ at all.
I love the subject’s quirky style but for my honestly the girl with the camera stands out not only for her beauty but also because she is dressed in alot simpler than the subject and stood out to me as a simple yet effortless beauty with less makeup than the subject too.
This isn’t just a beautiful photograph of a great outfit on a beautiful young woman, it’s a story! I see Cinderella…those two snickering girls off to the side are her wicked step sisters. We know who is the most beautiful! We know who will win the fashion prince! Love it!
This photograph is incredible. The awkward, unassuming genius of the girl in the fantastic dress and sneakers versus the “mean girls,” straight out of a Delias catalogue. Those girls can snicker all they want, but the subject of the photo will always stand out because of her creative style.
haha, love how the people who say they never comment have written so much! can’t read all these to know what they have said, but the girls in back are so super cute, i imagine they are all friends, and are smiling with her, not laughing at her. CUTUMS!
I have to agree with most commenters that this is an incredible, incredible image. I love her outfit, the colours, textures, accessories, the way that she’s playing with items and has a true sense of personal style. And I love the way that those girls in the background add a greater narrative to the photograph.
What I like about this picture is that the girl you’re shooting has a unique style, but she does look a bit shy. And the funny thing are the two girls in the back. They stare at the girl who’s begin photographed, even laughing about at her (maybe), but the thing is that you’re shooting HER and not them in their convenient style. So GO shy girl with the original outfit!
This is why I still read your blog by the way among the oversupply of other street style blogs! X An-sofie from Belgium
The man behind with the (possibly gabardine) suit in brown, mix of blues & mauve in shirt & tie, perfect white handckerfief in the breast pocket, and I pressume.. tassel loafers; it’s more important to me than the “wanna-be” posh girls, and of course, the main subject of the pic. This man exhales class!!
I think the photo captures the subtle gorgeous shy girl in the forefront as the two obvious pretty run of the mill girls are in the background. They both really want to be her but they can’t,because this young lady is beautiful, in every way.
It’s funny how the girls behind her make fun of her… I find the photo really well-taken. I don’t know if it was made in purpose but anyways, that photo is just perfect. (and the girl is absolutely gorgeous.)
Come on! It’s a photo taken in a split second that captures other people’s slice of life too. I’m surprised your usually savvy readers see this as girls being jealous and judgmental of each other (popular culture stereotypes). They seem more in their own world and just happen to be looking in the direction of your subject.
She looks like photoshopped into this background, especially looking at the shoes, it feels like she’s hovering over the ground, it’s this feeling and her straight look that makes people feel attracted to the picture I guess.
Awesome dress and make up on the girl in front.I am delighted we are getting back to matching rather then “going together” it make more impact.
Great photo as always. Scott’s most interesting shots are group like this, and its interesting to see what pople make of them. Well…except this time.
The two girls in their beat up shorts and plain clothing are obviously not looking to be photographed, and are NOT laughing at anyone. they are just walking and talking with each other and laughing at something. Watch less TV, people.
Great composition, the young lady displays all the characteristics of a wallflower, just like her dress. Plucked from obscurity to center place she displays her insecurity – just beautiful. The two wannabe “it” women in the background captures an apt reflection of today’s society. It is interesting that one of the women is quite interested in the wallflowers shoes or bag and carries a camera, perhaps a potential street fashionista?
I LOVE that outfit. I love mixing dressy with casual, it’s a great way to avoid looking boring. And I think she knows she’s pretty. I do that awkward thing too, to be cute, and I don’t look anywhere near that beautiful. She’s not insecure. And yes, it looks like the girls in the back are mocking, but I might be wrong. It makes an amazing picture, though.
The girl in the background holding the clipboard has pretty turquoise nail polish. I wonder if she’s noticing the blue/aqua/cyan of the outfit on the girl in the foreground because it’s a favorite color?