Monday, April 20, 2009

On the Street……Leader of the Band, Milano


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  1. diamondsinchampagne

    April 20, 2009 at 10:27 am

    Statement jackets how I love thee.

  2. gilty pleasure

    April 20, 2009 at 10:35 am

    love her jacket.

  3. Molly Jean

    April 20, 2009 at 10:36 am

    i need this coat! love!

  4. Oh Dear Charlotte

    April 20, 2009 at 10:37 am

    Isn’t she just?! I love how she plays favourites even though she would have an amazing wardrobe to dress from, because not everyone can afford a different coat for every day..

  5. Allison

    April 20, 2009 at 10:41 am

    I just love those Balmain military jackets…so beautiful.

  6. Allison

    April 20, 2009 at 10:42 am

    And might this be the amazing Emmanuelle Alt, in this amazing jacket?

  7. Jorge from W Palm Beach

    April 20, 2009 at 10:43 am

    I know this jacket has been criticized. I happen to like it. I would like to see the inside of the shoulders to see how it has been constructed. This is definitely a one-season wonder; all those fashion mag articles on buying pieces with staying power tell you not to buy anything like this. But for now, I think it is a great look. Love the faded black t underneath. Jorge from WPB

  8. Angeles Almuna Design

    April 20, 2009 at 10:46 am

    Nice jacket!!!!!

  9. issyme

    April 20, 2009 at 10:53 am

    I just can’t get to liking this type of jacket. It just seems too contrived to me. Though she is definitely
    one of the better ones since everything else is so simple.

    The only time I thought it looked great was on a young women who was wearing a long lumberjack shirt underneath.

  10. Bong

    April 20, 2009 at 10:55 am

    That jacket is amazing, I want it! It’s Sgt. Pepper, Mad Max, and Steampunk at the same time…

    Can anyone figure out what those strips are? It looks like it could be made with epaulets…?

  11. Rowdy and Chic...

    April 20, 2009 at 10:57 am

    I would jack her for the jacket!;)

  12. Lucy - The Fashion Setter

    April 20, 2009 at 11:03 am

    I like this jacket but… I’m sick and tired of seeing her wearing it! It seems like if she didn’t have any other! =)
    Actually, Balmain has being repeating the same old stuff for too long now, it’s high time for them to move on!

  13. ilovestilettos

    April 20, 2009 at 11:09 am

    Love beautiful miss Alt in the beautiful Balmain jacket.
    I love the way she wears it, very simply, in a kind of low profile way.

    It’s even more stunning and beautiful

  14. Karen

    April 20, 2009 at 11:13 am


  15. lovelylissy

    April 20, 2009 at 11:14 am

    don’t get me wrong, I LOVE Balmain

    but….I’m so sick of this jacket honestly.

  16. Vanessa

    April 20, 2009 at 11:37 am

    simply beautiful,this statement Jacket….
    Everything so well done…

  17. Anonymous

    April 20, 2009 at 11:40 am

    I feel the black jeans are killing the jacket, it needs a bit of contrast. Like Jorge from WPB, i would love to see how it’s constructed too. It may be a one season wonder but it’s fun.

  18. Anonymous

    April 20, 2009 at 12:11 pm

    There it is again…

  19. Anonymous

    April 20, 2009 at 12:13 pm

    This just looks ridiculous.
    Has anyone seen that commercial with the woman in the yellow 80′s power suit avec football-shoulder pads? And the security guard saying “Where’d you park your Delorean?”. This pretty much does the same.
    Some styles should stay in the past.

  20. James Taylor

    April 20, 2009 at 12:30 pm

    Umm, Chrissie Hynde called: she wants her look back.


    April 20, 2009 at 12:34 pm

    With so much great stuff going on on the front and sleeves, I think pointy shoulders are a bit too much.

    However, she looks great.

  22. -h

    April 20, 2009 at 12:35 pm

    i dont care for balmain overall personally, but alt wears it exceptionally well, as she should being their stylist and all.
    but really anybody happen to know who makes the shades? my first guess would be tom ford… they are fabulous!!

  23. Anonymous

    April 20, 2009 at 12:39 pm

    She is lovely! I just love her style cos she wears grey or black jeans a lot, and simle t-shirts even if she could afford almost anything. So it’s not about the money, its about the attitude. And she is my age and she really is an icon in dressing for me.. That jacket looks amazing on her, but I wldnt wear it.

  24. junglesiren

    April 20, 2009 at 12:50 pm

    I see someone showed up at the Michael Jackson sale. Good for him. Every penny counts when you’re raising kids in this tough economy.

    Had to choose between MJ and a Sgt. Pepper joke…. so there you go.

    I dig the fashion nun/rocker chic style that Emanuelle has perfected. She’s totally cool, dude and I could like totally get sycophantic over her…. and all the voguettes for that matter.

    However, truth be told….

    I’m not a huge fan of marching band chic. I guess my main problem with this jacket (among a few) is that even though, yeah, it’s Balmain (oh my!), it’s inherently Forever 21 to me. I suppose up close and personal the fine workmanship takes it far from the F21 realm. I also suppose given the right venue the jacket is rockin’…. but in the daytime I find it costumey.

    That said, I’ve seen the jacket numerous times and Emanuelle rocks it the best.

  25. Anonymous

    April 20, 2009 at 1:06 pm

    saw this same jacket in a different color, “love it in black”…..

  26. JFK Jean

    April 20, 2009 at 1:17 pm

    Love that jacket and the shoulder detail. Oddly this is the only trend I’m willing to jump on….must find one…..

  27. The Clever Pup

    April 20, 2009 at 1:18 pm

    Jimi Hendrix jacket bought his iconic jacket at “I was Lord Kitchener’s Valet”

  28. Anonymous

    April 20, 2009 at 1:32 pm

    i hate to say it, but i’m already tired of the balmain jacket! too many people wearing an over familiar piece.

  29. tj

    April 20, 2009 at 1:49 pm

    Unplug the jukebox
    and do us all a favor
    that music’s lost its taste
    so try another flavour

  30. Fly Girl

    April 20, 2009 at 1:56 pm

    Love this! Rocker/millitary chic never went anywhere. And I don’t think it’s a one season piece. It depends on your location. In Chicago, you get lots of wear from jackets like these. I have an authentic military jacket that I wear from September through May.

  31. Ruhvana and Flanelli

    April 20, 2009 at 2:05 pm

    That jacket is such a statement! love it.

  32. louliedeparis

    April 20, 2009 at 2:22 pm

    A dream…

  33. Amber

    April 20, 2009 at 2:39 pm

    I love how effortless this look is on her. The jacket does not overwhelm her the way that many Balmain jackets seem to with their owners. It fits her perfectly.

  34. Thomas Davies

    April 20, 2009 at 3:45 pm

    Like toy soldiers…XX

  35. Patricia S.

    April 20, 2009 at 3:52 pm

    Sooooo beautifull! :)

  36. indigo warrior

    April 20, 2009 at 4:47 pm

    *sigh* Sartorialist your shouldn’t have! How did you know I needed buttons today? (c:

    I think it’s beautiful. For those of you who have seen this look too much, shift your gaze elsewhere. I wonder how much it weighs?

    Thank you for the button porn!

  37. Anonymous

    April 20, 2009 at 5:10 pm

    This again? Arrrrrgggggggg!

  38. Ichiki

    April 20, 2009 at 5:38 pm

    really black

  39. Anonymous

    April 20, 2009 at 6:20 pm

    Does it come with a replacement button?

  40. Anonymous

    April 20, 2009 at 6:38 pm

    too much.. and the shoulders aren’t helping either..nice shades, hair, and wind blown effect

  41. Brigadeiro

    April 20, 2009 at 7:17 pm

    Not for me, but Emanuelle looks amazing!!!

  42. an

    April 20, 2009 at 7:21 pm

    i’ve actually never seen this style of the balmain jackets. it’s nice, maybe more so because i love black. but i agree that this is a one-season wonder. by next month, it will be seen as terribly outrĂ©.

  43. julia

    April 20, 2009 at 7:30 pm

    the balmain shoulders feel ubiquitous, but don’t you think a portion of the sartorial punch goes away when the waist isn’t cinched in?

  44. Anonymous

    April 20, 2009 at 7:34 pm

    The marching band coat is going to soon be a fashion clich´e of what not to wear. It is way too costume.

  45. Bookworm

    April 20, 2009 at 8:41 pm

    Not my thing (overly buttoned) but I see how it could work. I’m just not a big shoulder-pad fan. And too many buttons!

  46. Ayana♥

    April 20, 2009 at 8:42 pm

    i need a military/marching band blazer in my life

  47. travelbug

    April 20, 2009 at 8:44 pm

    You’re not going to like this, but I think this Balmain jacket thing is too much of an “in” item NOT to be out.

  48. stylePOVist

    April 20, 2009 at 9:04 pm

    Leader of the band – Alt certainly is.

  49. glitzy

    April 20, 2009 at 9:42 pm

    wow! great shot and great jacket!

  50. The Man Who Knew Too Much

    April 20, 2009 at 10:11 pm

    Really fierce jacket. Gotta love balmain.

  51. Rita

    April 20, 2009 at 10:17 pm

    I was really into these jackets before, but they are so easily recognizable, and I seem to be encountering so many of them around… that they have sort of lost their charm… not their beauty and all… but just that essence of uniqueness or novelty I used to see in them before. Great look, though, and I do love her sunglasses, those I’ll never get bored of.

  52. eric g

    April 20, 2009 at 10:29 pm

    channeling Michael Jackson…

  53. Jack Daniel

    April 20, 2009 at 10:50 pm

    The title of this post really suits the picture.

  54. FiL

    April 20, 2009 at 11:11 pm

    Jacket is soooo great. I’m just not well connected with the shoulders…


  55. George

    April 21, 2009 at 12:35 am

    balmain everywhere!!!!

  56. geezi

    April 21, 2009 at 12:45 am

    Overkill I would say.. nothing to soften the blow of the jacket!

  57. Tristan

    April 21, 2009 at 1:57 am

    reminds me of those jackets matadors wear :)

  58. karadita

    April 21, 2009 at 2:36 am

    i’m absolutely loving this jacket!! very cool!

  59. Anonymous

    April 21, 2009 at 4:04 am

    really trying to push this jacket-style?…she, not really everybody, does something right with it…my opinion…


    April 21, 2009 at 5:08 am

    I’ve seen a picture of BeyoncĂ© wearing that coat, it’s awesome.

    Carlos Silva

  61. Anonymous

    April 21, 2009 at 5:12 am

    Military jackets like this were the London look abt 30 months ago. She carries the haute version (though dated) off with aplomb.

  62. Anonymous

    April 21, 2009 at 5:21 am


  63. Coco

    April 21, 2009 at 8:18 am

    I have seen this woman at Paris fashion week…
    It is Emmanuel Alt, fashion director. I love how she mixes pieces with that rock attitude!

  64. zara

    April 21, 2009 at 8:29 am

    Jacket is too trendy to be stylish.

  65. Aurora

    April 21, 2009 at 8:57 am

    I understand people getting tired of images of “The Jacket”.
    What I love is that Sart captures images of an individual’s look, but I am so often disappointed when I see comments like “where can I buy those shoes/that handbag/that turban?”
    Use these images as inspiration, not a prescription! A Balmain jacket will not make you cool, yet any outfit will look cool if you make it yours. Play around with what you have.

  66. Kristen

    April 21, 2009 at 9:11 am

    amazing jacket!

  67. cheapo

    April 21, 2009 at 9:22 am

    Reading Les MisĂ©rables has taught me the name for that type of ornamentation on a military jacket: “brandebourg“. The jacket is a “dolman“.

  68. Amy

    April 21, 2009 at 10:41 am

    Very nice. I appreciate the uncomplicated look. Simple and winsome.

  69. Camila

    April 21, 2009 at 12:15 pm

    it’s all about the jacket… although I don’t like this 80′s remember…

  70. Ryan Mulkey

    April 21, 2009 at 1:04 pm

    I recently saw a photo of Beyonce Knowles wearing a military jacket similar to this one. I don’t know…it just seems so juvenile to me…but then again, it does remind me of The Black Parade by My Chemical Romance.

  71. Gaia

    April 21, 2009 at 1:09 pm


  72. CW

    April 21, 2009 at 1:39 pm

    She can toss my baton.

  73. Cyrielle- Unlimited Clothes

    April 21, 2009 at 1:53 pm


  74. RUinSTYLE

    April 21, 2009 at 2:31 pm

    I bought a jacket very similar to this in Camden Market London when I was 14 years old. Yes, a while ago!
    I loved it! She looks fab sporting this cadet-style jacket – and what do you know? she’s hit the nail on the head with current fashion trends! Both Beyonce and Rihanna have been spotted wearing one.

  75. laura

    April 21, 2009 at 3:06 pm

    I don’t care whether it is currently trendy, or even–gasp–trendy two years ago. I WANT THIS JACKET.

    She looks great in it, too.

  76. Magsli

    April 21, 2009 at 3:31 pm

    Does anyone work black as well as Ms. Alt?? She always looks fantastic. I love Balmain as much as the next person but this jacket is everywhere at the moment and i can’t believe i’m saying this but i’m a little bit over it.

  77. Chris Praley

    April 21, 2009 at 6:18 pm

    Is this from th Balmain collection?

  78. jessica

    April 21, 2009 at 6:36 pm

    fab jacket

  79. Anonymous

    April 21, 2009 at 10:05 pm

    For some reason, I don’t think that it looks that great on her. Not horrible, just not somehow right.

  80. catherine

    April 22, 2009 at 1:45 am

    i was impressed by the price of balmain jacket in printemps store in Paris, so expensive! but not good quality. It is pity so i have created my own and i’m glad it’s great!

  81. Anonymous

    April 22, 2009 at 9:54 am



    April 22, 2009 at 4:11 pm

    Eyemazing. This woman does NOT disappoint — ever.

  83. Stephanie

    April 22, 2009 at 4:49 pm

    I dream in Balmain

  84. thwany

    April 22, 2009 at 5:26 pm

    she’s rocking that.

  85. Ausrine

    April 22, 2009 at 10:56 pm

    wow… those shoulder pads…

  86. Your Conscience

    April 23, 2009 at 10:21 pm

    exquisite jacket


  87. Anonymous

    April 24, 2009 at 12:08 am

    rock star chic! :)

  88. Anonymous

    April 24, 2009 at 12:23 am

    The shoulders of the jacket are very intriguing, but the jacket’s just too theatrical for my taste. It does make an interesting picture–at first I thought she was wearing ammo around her neck, then realized they were buttons.

  89. Anonymous

    April 24, 2009 at 9:41 am

    o hai, my jacket makes me looks like a skeleton with gigantic/boney shoulders.

    aside from the jacket, I really like the novelty of the blue jeans. it’s simple, but the statement itself speaks volumes.

  90. Alexus1325

    April 24, 2009 at 7:30 pm

    I’d buy Balmain’s pale blue denim jacket (the one the does up on the side) if I could afford the ungodly price tag. Even if the shoulders are a bit too “edgy” for me.

  91. Annie

    April 25, 2009 at 9:55 am

    aaaaahhhhhh… it’s love!

  92. Cutdrop

    April 26, 2009 at 5:31 pm


  93. Anonymous

    April 28, 2009 at 11:21 am

    Tough chicks say it all! Underneath as sweet as they come!

  94. Anonymous

    April 28, 2009 at 12:37 pm

    Oh!! It’s easy to recognize! Balmain you did a great job!

  95. Justine

    April 29, 2009 at 3:18 pm

    Is this the Balmain jacket? It's amazing and impossible like $10,000. The statement shoulders are so amazing.. I have a delicious section just for things 'I want' this jacket is on there at least 10 times! And Alice & Olivia is coming out with a cheaper ($1,000) version.. still out of my limit!

  96. Anonymous

    April 30, 2009 at 8:49 am


  97. domokun

    May 1, 2009 at 1:49 pm

    The jacket…amazing shoulders. Just love the style.

  98. Anonymous

    May 1, 2009 at 7:09 pm

    I love the whole look.

  99. Uniformic

    May 4, 2009 at 3:15 am

    As “Cheapo” correclty pointed out, the original style of this jacket is called a “dolman” and it was originally part of the combatwear of the Hungarian light cavalry known as “hussars”. As the employ of hussars spread to all European armies in the 17th and 18th centuries, their fashion followed suit. The use of the Brandebourg pattern later spread to other mounted units, such as artillery. This type of uniform is still used in many countries as part of parade gear.

  100. rickyjames

    May 11, 2009 at 4:59 am

    I so wish I had this jacket.
    I would wear it everyday, who cares that Im a guy haha

  101. Fiorela Rocha Reyna

    May 15, 2009 at 9:27 pm

    omg!!!!!!!!!! its a dream!

  102. Anonymous

    May 27, 2009 at 9:53 am

    Nonon, Balmain = :(.

  103. Kimberley

    May 29, 2009 at 1:02 am

    I love the Balmain jacket, don’t like the sunnies.

  104. Angelkrist

    January 16, 2010 at 3:47 am

    Is she Alt, a Fashion Director of Vogue Paris?

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