Thursday, February 12, 2009

On the Street…..Left Bank Parisians


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  1. Jorge from W Palm Beach

    February 12, 2009 at 8:38 am

    The women are fabulous for sure. The gent on the right, I like the coat- probably quite warm. The idea of cropped pants (I thought) was that they would be anchored by very heavy-looking round toe shoes, like Church’s. The look is quite different with pointed dainty shoes, IMO. Are they really anti-establishment or are they really trust fund babies looking like they are roughing it through their college years? Jorge from W Palm Beach

  2. Laurence John

    February 12, 2009 at 8:50 am

    …and that IS a 1970s women’s coat.

  3. Isobel Saoirse Dylan

    February 12, 2009 at 8:53 am

    A group of outstanding people, like it:)

  4. Anonymous

    February 12, 2009 at 8:59 am

    Toulouse Lautrec would find them inspirational.

  5. MarĂ­lia

    February 12, 2009 at 9:12 am

    c´est ça qui j´aime!!!

  6. suzanne nelson

    February 12, 2009 at 9:14 am

    Love the sheepskin coat tied around the middle! i like the balance of the slighty too small hat and his cropped pants and light shoes. the colours are great too. i’m guessing he’s an artist!

  7. Moi

    February 12, 2009 at 9:21 am

    If he got rid of the belt over the coat I would like it a little better and it wouldn’t look so feminine (to me). I think the gentleman in the green plaid Number 9 coat did the feminine look better. They are women’s coats, right?

  8. Anonymous

    February 12, 2009 at 9:22 am

    in my opinion it makes no sense for men wearing a ladies coat. the cut is for a womans body, you know what i mean?


  9. chachou

    February 12, 2009 at 9:25 am

    A litle bit too much ! too show off for Paris…

  10. SNF

    February 12, 2009 at 9:26 am

    Very Zazou

  11. May Kasahara

    February 12, 2009 at 9:32 am

    oh i LOVE This * * * *

  12. hc

    February 12, 2009 at 9:41 am

    the coat is all alone here…never want one piece to speak for the whole outfit, too gauche

  13. JAKOB

    February 12, 2009 at 9:44 am

    don’t see what’s good about these.

  14. The Concrete Commentator

    February 12, 2009 at 9:57 am

    to the person who said it makes no sense for a man to wear a ladies coat. I think now days things are becoming more unisex, and I appreciate this guy’s self expression. I can’t really tell if it’s a ladies coat anyhow. It looks like it fits him fine, so whats the fuss?!

  15. Anonymous

    February 12, 2009 at 10:06 am

    Thinking out of the box is one thing… making sure you go in the right direction is another.

    While fashion may be subjective, proportions and fit are not.

  16. Andrea

    February 12, 2009 at 10:18 am

    The guy’s hair colour and cut is what really makes this outfit.

    And the dark touch of aubergine on the shirt.

    He pulls it off, but only if the coat were shorter and without the belt could I fancy him :)

  17. pablo

    February 12, 2009 at 10:24 am

    oh i love this one, it’s the kind of photograph that make me come back to your blog more than once a day, i love the black and the warm earthy tones and their smiles.

  18. diane

    February 12, 2009 at 10:37 am

    Wow, this shot reminds me of the beat generation. Absolutely my favorite one so far. My god, you’re brilliant. xo


    February 12, 2009 at 10:52 am

    ohh la la…

  20. Anonymous

    February 12, 2009 at 10:58 am

    His mischievous facial expression is what sells his outfit. I could also see him with a large fur coat, a la Edward Gorey. Well played!

  21. smartheit

    February 12, 2009 at 11:02 am

    cool gathering of people…

    every single one of them very special carachters

  22. Dan in Richmond

    February 12, 2009 at 11:08 am

    The guy in the woman’s coat has just the right atitude to pull it off. He’s having fun but it still works and I don’t think the coat is “alone”- hat, shoes,shirt, pants, and his hair are all working with it. It would be interesting to see the coat without the belt- I think it might look even better. A fun shot.

  23. Alpha Vomero

    February 12, 2009 at 11:09 am

    I like this!
    I wonder what they’re talking about…..

  24. Oskar

    February 12, 2009 at 11:13 am

    Great to see a real friend being portraited here for the first time!
    He was my first boylove, and he got his fantastic fugly style when he moved to London.
    Love him!

  25. Anonymous

    February 12, 2009 at 11:21 am

    the guy’s look is overly effeminate. boldness does not always equal style. that coat could look great on a more masculine, rougher guy/man. otherwise, the whole thing is just out of balance.

  26. Anonymous

    February 12, 2009 at 11:24 am

    Grandma’s coat? A bookend to the shot from a few days ago, of the woman wearing Grandpa’s coat.

  27. crowsfeet

    February 12, 2009 at 11:38 am

    Would’ya look at that smirk? No one loves what he’s wearing more than he does. Rightly so. I love how he starts out from the black and shiny wet street with his shoes and trousers and becomes all shades of brown and auburn with that cocky hat like an expletive on top of his head… like he sprouted there. And Leopard Girl’s beret and gloves match.
    vive la france…

  28. Anonymous

    February 12, 2009 at 11:39 am

    a very poofy old coat

  29. lenmeister

    February 12, 2009 at 11:55 am

    Ouuh la lalaaa you gotta give it to the french, their confident and erratic fashion sense is unparalleled…fabulous bunch lol Concerning the man in the “woman” 70′s coat..regardless of the minor fitting details, Im sure his personality is correlated to his style of garments (thus making him a true sartorialist) and I think in the end that’s the beauty of it “wearing to express” (D. Miller from Barker black).
    This trend of women’s coat wearing men is taking off more than one might think I come to realize.

  30. Anonymous

    February 12, 2009 at 12:00 pm

    I think you used to shoot more people with personal style that came about totally organically, but now you seem to mostly shoot men and women in high end, expensive garments, where it can be more difficult to “go wrong”. I am happy to see some real people here who dress to express–regardless of where the clothing came from!

  31. Jack Daniel

    February 12, 2009 at 12:16 pm

    It’s a women’s coat!!

    But I love this picture.

  32. Anonymous

    February 12, 2009 at 12:25 pm

    adorable, i want to meet them all.

  33. Fran Rosa

    February 12, 2009 at 12:56 pm

    Happy People!

  34. pj

    February 12, 2009 at 12:57 pm

    Men in anything with princess seams is a big no no in my book. But, perhaps I am being too traditional.

  35. Sui Generis - Me

    February 12, 2009 at 12:57 pm

    omg, could these people be anymore FRENCH!?

  36. Royal Tenenbaum

    February 12, 2009 at 12:57 pm

    That leopard-print jacket is unapologetically hideous. Being anti-establishment / contrarian / whatever shouldn’t be an excuse – or a reason – to wear that thing.

  37. travelbug

    February 12, 2009 at 12:57 pm


    I’m not so sure… but they look warm.

  38. Anonymous

    February 12, 2009 at 1:08 pm

    People! so what if it’s a woman’s coat?? The dude can work it – he even got his picture on The Sartorialist today…

  39. lintmag

    February 12, 2009 at 1:18 pm

    j’aime les rouges! very cute.

  40. cami falcĂŁo

    February 12, 2009 at 1:32 pm

    their attitude is better than their style, and attitude is everything.

  41. Anonymous

    February 12, 2009 at 1:57 pm

    As Aerosmith so famously put it…”Dude looks like a lady”.

  42. toutlebazar

    February 12, 2009 at 3:19 pm

    I love this picture! So much energy and fur!

  43. Eunice

    February 12, 2009 at 4:00 pm

    This month’s pictures have been absolutely fantastic, Sart.

    I wish I lived in Europe!

  44. allison

    February 12, 2009 at 4:12 pm

    I love the colours in this!

  45. cordelia

    February 12, 2009 at 4:35 pm

    Usually your b&w photos are exquisite, but this one is pure color painting…

  46. Anonymous

    February 12, 2009 at 4:53 pm

    that boy is so adorable, i enjoy his hair and it looks as if what is under the coat, with the colors of the shirt and tie looks like he is doing something well.

  47. IRENE

    February 12, 2009 at 6:00 pm

    oh yes, I love it. It’s stylish, yet SO decadently french! Great choice of subjects/clothing/styling.

  48. Room4777

    February 12, 2009 at 7:26 pm

    The spirit of Rive Gauche comes alive in this photo. I can almost hear the nonchanlant comments followed by girlish giggles.

  49. Scott W

    February 12, 2009 at 7:42 pm

    Really, really cute! All of them!

  50. Flame Thrower

    February 12, 2009 at 8:07 pm

    oh my god, that fellow is amazing!

  51. Shaynuh

    February 12, 2009 at 9:24 pm

    LOL! He looks so hip! Love the coat! :)

  52. monique

    February 12, 2009 at 11:03 pm

    On paper I would probably not much like what this dude is wearing (woman’s coat, highwater straight legs) but his attitude and youth and surrounding himself with friends of the same feather make it all work. Obviously not a look for everyone.

  53. Jane

    February 13, 2009 at 12:32 am

    wonderful–the hat and stubble makes this perfect. otherwise it would be just weird.

  54. Annie

    February 13, 2009 at 12:51 am

    my favorite parts: that little smirky expression on the man’s face, and the orange hair/blue beret combo. this photograph is stunning.

  55. The Catapult Kid

    February 13, 2009 at 1:19 am

    Has anyone mentioned the orange haired theme that runs in variations among them?
    I find as a texture it contributes to the overall effect of this picture.

  56. Anonymous

    February 13, 2009 at 1:37 am

    FU#%.. finally. someone having fun with syle.

  57. nookiesoup

    February 13, 2009 at 7:41 pm

    yum-ful personality, here. i want to kiss them

  58. Moxie Milquetoast

    February 13, 2009 at 7:42 pm

    I want to be the girl in the leopard print coat. C’est magnifique!

  59. A Weekend in The City

    February 13, 2009 at 10:49 pm

    It’s like they’re talking about whoever is looking at them, right now. Lovely.


    February 14, 2009 at 3:29 am

    So gipsy chic !!
    And they are all red hairs… Love the small hat on guy’s head , very 60′s.
    it could be a cover for a Bruce Benderson book.

  61. Anonymous

    February 14, 2009 at 7:24 am

    London goes to Paris! Student chic with bounty of thrift store bagins. Loves it!

  62. Anonymous

    February 16, 2009 at 9:51 am

    Can’t go with this, sorry folks.

    The colors are fine, and so is his self-confidence, but his mom’s coat has to go back to her closet.

    ~ Pooka

  63. Anonymous

    February 16, 2009 at 7:10 pm

    I had a coat like that in 1969. It had belonged to my mother and was from the thirties. A furrier in Prague, working in his own flat, had adapted it for me and I wore a leather belt which clinched my waist really thin. I travelled to London in it forty years ago to the day. I was sixteen. Nothing changes in life or fashion.

  64. Toothache and Vinyl

    February 16, 2009 at 10:37 pm

    great coats

  65. Dominique

    February 18, 2009 at 1:53 pm

    love his outfit! so epic

  66. Anonymous

    February 18, 2009 at 5:17 pm

    i never knew a fedora and leopard print
    were ” left bank”

  67. mmm

    February 18, 2009 at 6:44 pm

    Wow, is this for real? Love the group of people!

  68. Anonymous

    March 8, 2009 at 8:30 am

    he went to my school here in sweden. a very nice guy and I love what he’s wearing

  69. Caitlin

    September 7, 2009 at 12:02 pm

    But they look so RIGHT bank. He belongs in the 20th, not the 6th…

  70. dcinDC

    July 6, 2012 at 10:20 am

    Guess every big city has a few art and design schools….

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