LOVE the combination of the Hermes cuff with the S&M cuff. Brilliant way to pair global luxury brand with something from your neighborhood's sleaze shop! I honestly love it, have to visit my local leather store soon. Jorge from W Palm Beach
It’s funny that you say “elegant” regarding a look with a lot of edgy bracelets and a skull ring, but you’re absolutely right! She is SO elegant! It must be her posture and the combination of pants and jacket, which is divine… thumbs up!
I never missed pleated pants so I’m not sure if I’m glad they’re back or not. They do contribute to a beautiful silhouette here. I love the jacket and her hair. Personally I think this elegant woman could really do without the schoolgirl accessories (spiked dog collar cuff, skull ring)but I like the overall effect of the accessorizing. Even her notebook looks chic.
I don’t think I’d like this on anyone else. Pleated pants? They really don’t flatter anyone’s figure. Rolled-up sleeves. Usually sloppy. But Kate is a special lady. Not only does she pull it off, it actually looks great.
My first thought was that I love the way in which she combines more elegant items (the pants, the jacket, her manner of being, etc.) with casual ones (the bracelets, skull ring, etc.). It makes her look artsy – but not the kind of artist that I’d be scared to let into my home. A very professional look, while still expressing a considerable portion of her personality with subtlety.
The pleats are good in themselves, but what an absolutely spiffing jacket to go with them! There’s always a bit more “sidways” to pleated pants than one wants, and the points on this waiscoat-styled jacket put the vertical just where it’s needed. DO WANT!
sart,i love it – i'm left wanting more info on how she finished it all off – how were the pants cuffed and did her shoes follow in the S&M bondage theme of the bracelets? sets my imagination running wild! T xx
Not only does the woman look fabulous, but the composition of this photograph is perfect. The people standing in the background add a sense of dimension, emphasizing the subject as well as the lines of the pleats. The soft lighting helps guide the eyes directly to her, and the color scheme is simple and classy. Truly an inspiring photograph.
Diane: “Question: are you ever too old to wear your hair like this? I am in my 50′s?”
You can totally do it in your 50s! The only risk I see is that edgy layers like that work best on dry, voluminous, or thick hair unless you’re up for meticulously maintaining the style, and you do run the risk of greasing up your bangs/forehead by wearing them in such a manner (that’s not an age thing, though; fine, limp hair won’t play nicely with the cut, no matter how old).
as for the hair/age q, i am 65 and have been wearing my hair like this since about 1990 (except it is white with a few black stripes) and i get a couple compliments on it per week so it must look ok. the first time i saw a pic of kate i was so happy to see that my hairdo wasn’t just idiosyncratic. now, she is my style ideal, although i could never carry off pleated pants or big shoulders.
Umm, if she wants to wear pleated pants fashionably, fine. But it need not be paired with the huge shoulders…it’s too much. And if she is tall, I think the look is that much more awkward. I think the only reason this works is because her face and hair are so interesting…Parisian Michelle Pfeiffer.
i agree with a few others who have commented about her similarity to gwyneth paltrow. the resemblance is actualy pretty striking to me, must be the hair and angles of her face. i don’t really like it, although i am not against pleated pants per se and would love to see more interpretations of the look. Here, i feel it is a bit costume-y because the whole ensemble is so 80s. what i would really like to see is someone able to make pleated pants NOT look 80s.
I adore this photo. She wears the suite amazing and the pleaded pants are very aesthetically pleasing. Her hair and face combined with her choice of bracelets and ring are very well done. We appreciate this qualities here at Futureclaw magazine. http://www.futureclaw.com
She has found a way to make volume look elegant and controlled- we don’t see that very often. I’m not totally sure that she’s wearing Armani, but the sharp shape of the jacket and the full pleated trousers bring to mind the work of the iconic Italian designer. In short, platinum standard.