Thursday, May 31, 2012

On the Street…. Rivington St., New York


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  1. Simbarashe

    May 31, 2012 at 9:09 am

    Miserably brilliant.

  2. WOWS

    May 31, 2012 at 9:09 am

    Awesome picture!!

    Love black color…as I’m using it in my last look. I hope you like it!

  3. marg

    May 31, 2012 at 9:10 am

    Completely exotic! Great!

    see my own story on:

  4. Laura

    May 31, 2012 at 9:10 am

    Great look, are you sure it is in New York? :)

  5. Natasha Fatah

    May 31, 2012 at 9:11 am

    Hands down one of my favourite posts ever!!
    I assumed this was from one of your travels but to see this in New York, that’s incredible. I’m going to pull out of my Indians suits and saris, and recreate this look!


  6. ivan russo

    May 31, 2012 at 9:12 am

    Very easy to use headgear. Hopefully in the future, it is used by designers.

  7. [email protected]

    May 31, 2012 at 9:13 am

    Would love to know the back story here. Why is she dressed in ethnic costume?

  8. Lorena Vilanova

    May 31, 2012 at 9:15 am

    What a great picture. I could not imagine seeing a picture like that in New York. I love it.

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  9. Blink London

    May 31, 2012 at 9:17 am

    Are you sure that’s New York and not Vietnam? She looks amazing.

  10. carola

    May 31, 2012 at 9:18 am

    great photo!!!!!

  11. Gentlemeter

    May 31, 2012 at 9:19 am

    Who would know this was taken in NYC if it didn’t write above?

  12. Amber Holmes

    May 31, 2012 at 9:20 am

    Wow, this photograph is absolutely riveting. I felt emotionally moved when I saw this!

  13. Daniel

    May 31, 2012 at 9:23 am

    She looks so upset. But, I love this photo.

  14. jolie

    May 31, 2012 at 9:26 am

    che strana !



    May 31, 2012 at 9:27 am

    Great photo! It doesn’t look like a photo from New York!

  16. rine

    May 31, 2012 at 9:35 am


  17. almudena

    May 31, 2012 at 9:36 am

    wow! so cultural!

  18. Megan

    May 31, 2012 at 9:36 am

    I love, love, LOVE traditional and regional clothing of all types. I see a lot of it here in Houston, TX, and the fabrics and colors and layers are so beautiful. A lot of it is probably better suited to our climate (think hot, humid, and HOT) than my jeans and t-shirt, anyway!

    I’d love to know more about this outfit, if anyone recognizes the style.

  19. MiaMarionette

    May 31, 2012 at 9:36 am

    This image is beautiful! The contrasts are really outstanding, yet another image I had to take a few minutes to study…

  20. Serdane

    May 31, 2012 at 9:38 am

    Love the skirt ! So poetic picture !

  21. suzy

    May 31, 2012 at 9:38 am

    im confused by this!

  22. nomade

    May 31, 2012 at 9:44 am

    Incroyable !

  23. Max

    May 31, 2012 at 9:47 am

    So chic, so tribal, so simple, so elegant. Was she even aware you were taking her photo? She could be either in the back streets of Indonesia or on a runway in New York.

  24. Name*

    May 31, 2012 at 9:55 am

    this IS unique, even for NYC, and I love it.

  25. Name*

    May 31, 2012 at 9:55 am

    Absolutely awesome. Thats one of the most intriguing visions I have seen. The hat, the heavy eyeliner, the bright colors, the black tunic over the peasant skirt. there is just so much to work with here. And the photo!!!! Just wow.

  26. stella

    May 31, 2012 at 9:58 am

    Wow. Cool and slightly scary at the same time..

  27. Elena

    May 31, 2012 at 10:04 am

    So brillant colors for a so sad face…
    Intimate shot!

    vote me:

  28. Maria

    May 31, 2012 at 10:11 am

    “In order to be irreplaceacle, one must always be different.”
    ― Coco Chanel

  29. irene

    May 31, 2012 at 10:11 am

    this is in ny right?

  30. Reptilia

    May 31, 2012 at 10:22 am

    wooww, amazing photo!!


  31. Sevan

    May 31, 2012 at 10:26 am

    This photo is stunning (taken in New York ?)
    Scott, great shot that makes me understand why you love your job : finding incredible people with stories attached give such an inspiration to an artist. This could be a wonderful painting.

  32. Stephanie

    May 31, 2012 at 10:57 am

    I’m also confused by this post.
    Although her outfit is striking, she seems a bit sad and disheveled. While I am a fan of this site and your work, my unfortunate response is “Since when is schizophrenia fashionable?”
    My apologies if my assumptions are totally incorrect – I certainly don’t mean any disrespect – but this image is quite strong and not (I think) in the positive way that the images on here usually are.
    I think the general questioning about where this photo was taken shows a desire for some clarity here.

  33. [email protected]

    May 31, 2012 at 11:05 am

    I love the red skirt embellished with ric-rac…It looks 1950s in a way…and then there’s that patterned skirt peaking out. It’s a great layered look, easy to replicate. I adore.

  34. lori

    May 31, 2012 at 11:15 am

    wow, i want to paint this photo!!! she is amazing and you’ve captured something magical…talk about fish out of water, yet so much of her energy belongs there, right there and no where else!

    no REALLY i want to paint this photo…can i do a painting from it?

  35. Kate

    May 31, 2012 at 11:40 am

    Wow. Just wow.


  36. Alessandra Frega

    May 31, 2012 at 11:41 am

    Great atmosphere and perfect look!!! So tribal-chic!!

  37. ALAN

    May 31, 2012 at 11:49 am

    Wow~~ Cool ..I love it.

  38. Roberta

    May 31, 2012 at 11:51 am

    Love it! That Skirt is awesome!

  39. Sunny Side

    May 31, 2012 at 11:52 am

    What a distress … it must be so painful to be cut from roots … She seems lost …

  40. Victoria Regia

    May 31, 2012 at 11:52 am

    Is she crying?

  41. Johnny

    May 31, 2012 at 11:53 am

    This is one of the reasons why LES is one the of the greatest neighborhood in the whole world. You’re in NYC yet you could be somewhere else pretty exotic!

  42. Professoressa

    May 31, 2012 at 11:54 am

    That location, that outfit, that expression could be out of Guatemala, Lhasa or Urumqi, but it’s New York which makes it all that much more provocative.

  43. Sheena

    May 31, 2012 at 11:55 am

    Lovely outfit…
    Specially the hat…



    May 31, 2012 at 11:56 am

    ma è stata realmente scattata a new york????
    assurdo come viva in un altra dimensione senza farsi omologare dalle mode /concezioni/ stereotipi.

  45. shervin nassi

    May 31, 2012 at 12:00 pm

    This photo is all about the lady’s depth. Shes rich with stories to tell. That’s what makes this pic good.

  46. The Guilty Hyena

    May 31, 2012 at 12:08 pm

    Delightful headwear, doesn’t look out of place in the cosmopolitan NY.

    Bless her :) she seems pensive maybe a tad sad.

  47. Mónica - Mes Voyages à Paris Blog

    May 31, 2012 at 12:45 pm

    Wow, this is really different and wonderful… great photo!

  48. Iliyana

    May 31, 2012 at 12:46 pm

    so different and chic!

  49. Iván

    May 31, 2012 at 12:58 pm

    Great pic! Always surprising us!



  50. Stephanie

    May 31, 2012 at 1:09 pm

    Agreed with Shervin Nassi. Theres so much beyond this photo than what meets the eye. x

    Stephanie in Style
    Stephanie in Style

  51. nyrha

    May 31, 2012 at 1:12 pm

  52. Miguel Ramalhão

    May 31, 2012 at 1:14 pm

    Damn this looks somewhere in Kolkata! And I’m not meaning the girl!

  53. DerShar

    May 31, 2012 at 1:26 pm

    Bless her for staying strong in her culture… :) Beautiful.

  54. Gian

    May 31, 2012 at 1:48 pm

  55. Michael Smith

    May 31, 2012 at 1:48 pm

    This photograph is amazing. It has everything, color, drama, pathos all tightly wound in one breathtaking image. It is epic in its simplicity and humanity.

  56. Robert

    May 31, 2012 at 1:51 pm

    AMAZING pic, love it. It’s so raw, the impact is great, such a great contrast between subject and setting. Awesome. :: Photography+Fashion+Rants

  57. Q'est qui ce pas?

    May 31, 2012 at 1:54 pm

    Ceci est assez émouvant. Les mots ne peuvent exprimer mes sentiments. Devrais-je être inquiet pour elle? Est-elle triste, solitaire, épuisé, énervé?

  58. alexandra

    May 31, 2012 at 2:13 pm

    she looks extremely sad and frail,her body position is self protecting herself.i find this image obsessingly disturbing,pure and tortured all at once

  59. Miss K

    May 31, 2012 at 2:29 pm

    At a movie set. Surely.

  60. Lan Anh

    May 31, 2012 at 2:31 pm

    The traditional Vietnamese hat (nón lá) is exactly the same as the hat that she wore!

  61. Rodelynn

    May 31, 2012 at 2:32 pm

    Although she may not look happy, it is an awesome sight to see cultural garments on the streets of New York

  62. Alina Lakitsch

    May 31, 2012 at 3:07 pm

    One of my favourites… just awesome!

  63. vasilieva

    May 31, 2012 at 3:13 pm

    this shot is brilliant, absolute stunner

  64. Monsieur Marcel

    May 31, 2012 at 3:35 pm

    I agree with Shervin and Stephanie. On a personal note, I’m humbled by this image; makes my troubles seem trivial, and not worth the worry.

  65. giulia

    May 31, 2012 at 3:43 pm

  66. Karolina

    May 31, 2012 at 3:54 pm

    Wow this is amazing cause it’s real.

  67. Natalya

    May 31, 2012 at 4:14 pm

  68. Lauren (BestTrendz)

    May 31, 2012 at 4:39 pm

    LOVE this dynamic look. The fact that it’s in New York makes it even more special. Her expression speaks a thousand words.

  69. Freya - Fashionable People

    May 31, 2012 at 5:04 pm

    The muli layers to the skirt are gorgeous for movement and shape!

  70. Name*

    May 31, 2012 at 5:15 pm

    I’ve seen her walking around the LES a few times in the last month. Incredibly striking!

  71. *sP

    May 31, 2012 at 5:18 pm

    i love the place where you have to talk with someone to figure out -” is this serious fashion that is light years on its own take or is this homeless?”
    it’s a look that i have rocked before and it was a lot of fun!
    it challenges the fashion and status quo. it’s not simple but it is engaging.

  72. nadia

    May 31, 2012 at 5:40 pm

    i’m proud of this picture.

    but, sart, i want to know, what made you take the picture? and what made you post it on the blog? (asides from the exoticism, of course)

  73. Lindy702

    May 31, 2012 at 5:56 pm

    Great shot…ah I love NYC…as someone commented you had to know where this was taken..excellent…


    May 31, 2012 at 8:34 pm

    Look at this skirt ! OMG



  75. Melissa

    May 31, 2012 at 9:25 pm

    Not sure about this photo…..:(


  76. S.Singh

    May 31, 2012 at 10:26 pm

    Simply Stunning!

  77. Cristina

    May 31, 2012 at 10:41 pm

    What a remarkable post this has become. I’m grateful for you and anticipate much more assortment of posts like these. Thanks very a lot.

  78. dojoandme

    June 1, 2012 at 12:08 am

    im in vietnam right now, doing development for fall 13 for the company i am currently with.
    i have mixed feelings on this…

    as westerners, we seek out other influences in fashion and lifestyle from other parts of the world. and yes, i am aware how the other parts of the world who also try and mimic an americana that is no longer existing.

    as much as i like what this woman is trying to do with her dressed garb, i find it sad that its taken from the financially challenged people of this country either beggars or food merchants trying to sell a bowl of porridge or fruit picked from their land.

    again, i could be taken as a hypocrite or part of the cause of this problem. i am an american exploiting and using the sweatshops of this developing country.

    …buy actually, i know the state of the workers of the factory i am at. and the quality is pretty much up to beyond par with health, and working conditions.

    in the end, it could be a mimic in vietnam or another developing country in south east asia, as the NEXT BIG THING.
    all i am thinking is the south east female version of ZOOLANDER.

    great pic otherwise. i am just not too sure of the comments read. i think people need to get out more and see the world. this model might have, or might have not.

  79. Kristine

    June 1, 2012 at 1:19 am

    I’ve spoken to this woman before! She makes her own hats! An interesting woman indeed

  80. Labella Luxe

    June 1, 2012 at 1:22 am

    Simply beautiful!

  81. Ana

    June 1, 2012 at 4:29 am

    just love this picture!!!

  82. CBC

    June 1, 2012 at 7:08 am

    crazy beautiful……beautiful crazy

  83. chahrazad

    June 1, 2012 at 7:36 am

    Stuning picture! Especially because you made the picture in NewYork.


  84. Diva In me

    June 1, 2012 at 8:30 am

    Is this a Vietnamese style? It is very authentic.

  85. Elaine

    June 1, 2012 at 8:56 am

    I had to do a double take and said New York? Yes…only in New York, stunning!

  86. Andy D4

    June 1, 2012 at 11:17 am

    Oddly aloof expression for someone wearing a hugely vibrant outfit capped with a pointy straw helmet!

  87. Chembelle

    June 1, 2012 at 2:20 pm

    The hat reminded me of the head gears worn by tea-collectors in the north-eastern parts of India. Fashion, after all derives from and contributes a lot to utility-oriented dressing!

  88. Artemisia999

    June 1, 2012 at 3:16 pm

    She reminds me quite a bit of Bengali writer,

  89. Martine

    June 1, 2012 at 3:43 pm

    Yes, its a traditional vietnamese outfit. I have seen people dressed like this in Hmong and Vietnamese neighborhoods. No, the lady does NOT look crazy. Thats just dumb. Very interesting. Very appropriate for this blog as well because her outfit has so much that can be worked with from a design standpoint.
    @ dojoandme; Your comment is so nostalgic! I thought the whole PC thought police thing was dead and gone! We have enough problems here in America to think about. Don’t worry about nonsense.

  90. CBC

    June 1, 2012 at 3:53 pm

    I see a progression turning darker and more challenging…..interesting….and Garance’s blog is so beautifully…. feminine ….eye both blogs

  91. phoebe

    June 1, 2012 at 4:14 pm

    um…usually, most people assume that someone dressed like this walking down the street in broad daylight is mad. Just calling it like it is. An ethnic costume is not fashion

  92. Boong

    June 1, 2012 at 4:40 pm

    this is truly unique!!

  93. Susan Owen

    June 1, 2012 at 7:28 pm

    Beautiful outfit but when I first saw it she appears beaten up.

  94. Kate

    June 1, 2012 at 9:36 pm

    Wow. This moved me. Was she beaten or is she crying? Asian Hat? Mexican skirt? Soooo cool!

  95. fromnowon30

    June 2, 2012 at 6:29 am

    Beautiful photo and wonderful woman!!

  96. Heather

    June 2, 2012 at 1:05 pm

    This was taken across the street from teany, right?

  97. Anna

    June 2, 2012 at 4:29 pm

  98. The Foolish Aesthete

    June 2, 2012 at 8:25 pm

    What a riveting photograph. Is she dressed as a local or is it a fashionable costume?

  99. jessica Alton

    June 3, 2012 at 3:42 am

    Dressing like this is an expression similar to inspiring art!

  100. Elle

    June 3, 2012 at 1:53 pm

    wow…i am blown away by everyones comments…it is as if people are looking past the actual character in the photo. i, too, see what stephanie sees. while the “costume” is stunning it is clear that this person is not well. please look closely at her face she is clearly despondent and dirty. i suppose it gives the term “street fashion” a whole new meaning.

  101. Bill Stubblefield

    June 3, 2012 at 8:57 pm

    I’ve followed Sartorialist for several years now, and don’t think I’ve seen any photo prompt as wide a range of comments as this one. It is to your credit that you can capture such human complexity in a single image. I find myself wondering, do I join the readers who are asking for a back-story on the photo, or should you just leave the photo to speak for itself – however ambiguously.

  102. Salva

    June 3, 2012 at 11:26 pm

    I agree with the people that say this is one of the best photos in this sight. This picture is here because she was impressively difficult to ignore. The camera snapped this pic on its own.

  103. Marianne

    June 5, 2012 at 2:12 pm

    @Elle; your comment is very condescending towards the person on the photo. How can you allow yourself to talk down like that when you obviously are incapable of understanding or even seeing the person on the photograph? She is not dirty. It seems it is impossible for you to comprehend that a person can have a deliberately smudged kohl on purpose. Or that someone can have a shiny nose from sweating in the warm weather? I think you overlook the possibillity that this woman might have a natural, clean appearance reflecting a natural lifestyle. There are many people who choose to spend their lives searching for answers rather that publishing the latest trends. A previous post mentioned that this woman makes her own hats. i guess the fact that she is a creative person proves that she has a conscious approach to form and function, not to mention fashion. And the fact that she is not pretending to be someone else than herself, demonstrated in her blank pose for the camera, shows me that she has integrity. One of the important roles of this blog is to contribute to presenting individual expression in contemporary culture, a culture in which the individual expression is threatened by the conforming mechanism of the capitalist society which we are living in.

  104. Sabiha bano khalil

    June 6, 2012 at 2:06 am

    Smudged Kajal, that’s me
    Olive oil (because I am so allergic )
    Sad thought passing through my head
    This man stops me on the street and says : can I take your photo
    yes, but I sm so tired
    Why multi-ethnic clothing?
    Because I am so multi cult
    Anglo-German Franco-Italian Indo-Persian Native American-North African Central Asian -Han Chinese ( embodying all the races)
    Anyway, whenever I see a skirt like this, I think ” Oh, so Frida Kahlo…..must have

  105. Lazarus

    June 8, 2012 at 4:04 am

    WOW! Was she just walking in the street on an ordinary day?

  106. Nonplussed

    June 8, 2012 at 5:06 am

    Sometimes, the only response is to laugh.

  107. Amsiebames

    June 9, 2012 at 2:31 pm

    Sabiha bano khahil….
    Never change
    I admire your strong sense of self

  108. Amsiebames

    June 9, 2012 at 2:37 pm

    Sabiha bano khalil…
    I admire your strong sense of self
    Threads and fibers truss identity

  109. fashion-share

    June 11, 2012 at 12:16 am

    I love your Blog!!! your outfits are amazing! Thanks for the inspiration!

  110. libby

    June 14, 2012 at 6:14 am

    The hat is great. I use one here in Australia against the really strong sun. It took me guts to wear it but now I use it a lot. Understandably, the only people who look at me strangely are people who have worn them for work in the fields back home. (“why is she wearing that?’).
    However, I want the skirt.

  111. verdementa

    June 18, 2012 at 8:53 am

    I got the same skirt from a vintage fair here in Italy!!

  112. Ann

    June 26, 2012 at 11:35 pm

    You are beautiful.

  113. Phoenix

    July 4, 2012 at 1:06 pm

    At first I thought it weird that you didn’t put up an explanation to this post, like you did with the skateboarder, but now it makes sense. What she is wearing doesn’t have to be “ethnic” or “tribal” or “exotic,” it’s just fashion, just like the way we dress in our western clothes. Thanks for posting this picture. What she’s wearing is beautiful and has expanded my conception of how we can express our identities and cultures through our clothing. And just like the skateboarder, I find this picture to speak volumes about what New York is like.

  114. Sofia

    July 15, 2012 at 7:25 am

    she looks sooooo sad!:(

  115. Pamela

    July 17, 2012 at 3:27 pm

    It’s hard for me to see or appreciate her clothing and style because of the sadness in her countenance. It’s overwhelming.

  116. Elyse

    July 29, 2012 at 3:25 am

    @Marianne <3

  117. Teresa

    August 7, 2012 at 7:43 pm

    The picture is superb. Her eyes look sad and she has something near her eye. I hope nothing bad.

  118. Touf

    August 16, 2012 at 6:11 am

    Fantastic shot. Love the contrast between something traditional with the modern graffiti in the background.

  119. Sabiha Bano Khalil

    August 27, 2012 at 5:18 pm

    Elizabeth Mughal Mountbatten -Windsor Romanov

    Anglo-German Indo-Persian French Italian Spanish North African Native American Central Asian Han Chinese RUSSIAn
    I embody all the races:

    “a long farewell” to segregationist theories

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