This is how I bike to work, headphones-in and helmet-less, when I don’t have time to change into sneakers, or room for the extra pair of shoes! She looks much more stylish than my cycling-late-professorial self, though. This is a lovely image with great light, balance, and carefree energy. It is also a sobering reminder to always leave myself an extra couple of minutes in the morning.
That’s bravery, to put those Valentinos that close to metal bike gears! I like the imagery juxtaposition, but think that must not happen that much in reality. I know I’d fear for the safety of mine, at least! ;)
This picture is one of the best in my opinion on The Sartorialist. I love her outfit and how chic she looks, and how patient and mildly interested she seems about her surroundings. And those shoes are fantastic. Amazing photograph.
Where did all the “real” people go? I’m sick and tired of seeing fashionistas in (those!) Valentino sandals — and every other popular runway piece — all over this blog. As much as you claim portraying authentic style around the world, most of the pictures in this blog actually display the absurdly high adquisitive power of the fashion elite and its lack of originality. I’m much more inspired by anonymous, style-savvy women than by the so-called fashion “crĂ¨me de la crĂ¨me”.
I find it ironic that you are able to identify all the “popular runway” pieces on this blog, but you purport to be somehow above the influence of the fashion industry. Maybe it isn’t the fashion “elite” who lack originality; can’t afford Valentino’s? Neither can I. Don’t be upset about it, use your imagination. As a side note, be mindful of how you use the word authentic. If you’re suggesting that this woman is in any way less authentic than the women Scott shot in, say, Morocco (because they weren’t wearing Valentino), then I’d urge you to understand that fashion is always already a construction regardless of where you shop or who you draw inspiration from. The idea that there is a pure, unadultered, authentic ‘style’ is a myth; a moral highground for people like you to stand on while making uninteresting critiques of the fashion industry. Want to critique the fashion industry? That’s completely fair and I think there are important criticisms to be made; but here you’ve failed to adequately address the real concerns that underly our consumption/overconsumption and representation/misrepresentation of style and fashion.
And how angry you must be Irene not to see the beauty in this picture. Who wouldn’t want to be stunning on a bike in a pair heels or otherwise and this woman is stunning (Valentino’s or not). Aparently Irene you only happen to look at the blog when it fancies you or you would see the other equally beautiful images of subjects in Moracco and beyond. Open your eyes and your mind before you type.
Hi Irene. If you are still following this lengthy discussion, just want you to know I didn’t think your comment construed any angry or jealous feelings. Not sure how that attack started. I think the outfit is pretty boring myself and am also tired of seeing those shoes everywhere. Even though she may have style, the image lacks the inspiration I hope to find at the Sartorialist.
I love your blog and the pictures you post are amazing every single time! But I always wonder if there are no “plus size” people out there who are stylish enough to be shot? Maybe they’re harder to find, but it would be so much fun to see some pictures and get inspired by someone a bit more full figured like myself and many other women out there. Maybe just to show that we also exist and some of us are very stylish too ;) Just some thoughts I had. This is one of my favorite blogs anyway, so thank you for doing what you’re doing :)
Scott has definitely captured more “plus” sized women in the past. The thing about Europe, at least in Italy and France, is that, there aren’t a lot of “plus” sized people around. An average French/Italian women is skinnier than an average American women.
It is funny how foreigners (especially Americans) are so surprised about using 2-wheels means of transportation to commute, i.e. driving a bike in a suit or in a nice dress/heels.
I do it on a daily basis (I mean the suit, not the dress & heels) and I neither feel strange nor have an urge to wear a tracksuit to do it… I mean why people should not do it? Even our young PM does! :-)
Great photo, I love the light. As someone who bikes in the city on a daily basis – I have to bring up that it is very irresponsible to do so without a helmet. I would like to see people wearing helmets and still being stylish.
I agree, helmets are so ugly and not as common in Europe where everybody cycles, but I’ve made Claude’s point too – when the day comes that helmets include a cool design to complement its function, I’ll be a happy girl. I’ve seen some helmet add-ons that are hilarious – like fish-shaped wind socks.
I don’t care how stylish my outfit is – when I hop on my bike, I wear the ugly helmet. I cannot trust the drivers in Toronto.
Debated the bike-with-heels maneuver this past weekend as well. I was not as brave as this young lady and didn’t go through with it. Then again, it was a Citibike, so my excuse is that they’re much more clunky…
All is cute but those Valentino shoes are ugly no matter how you slice it. I don’t understand how they got to be such a big thing but I know that even if I had the kind of budget that would allow me to spend that much money on a pair of shoes… I’d decline. With all respect to Mr. Valentino.
I had no idea that these shoes were Valentino, perhaps that shows how little I know. I have been following this website for a while and have a book and when I look through images I do not necessarily see the “Fashion elite”. I think when you come from countries like Italy or France it is almost a part of the culture to dress well, to wear the right fabrics. Not that I am saying that dressing well means only buying from expensive brands such as Valentino, but there is this mentality of spending a bit more money on what you wear because it lasts longer.
You can be surprised at how expensive lesser known brands are because of the quality of their clothing. My mother, for example is not a fashionista, but her knowledge of dressmaking informs what she buys and it usually is not cheap, but lasts.