You’re so right, “geisha” instantly came to my mind too. Odd thing though, is that nothing here except for the red lips and pale face should be signalling that iconography (maybe the waist-tie too) and yet something in the way she stands or holds herself evokes the image of a geisha. And she’s so brilliant in that her outfit is also part Dickensian street urchin (the over-sized masculine coat, the floppy hat, the too-short sleeves and layered clothes), Scottish highlands (the tartan), and Victorian tradesman/peasant (the utilitarian looking leather strap and bag, the wooden clogs, floral patterned socks). What a crazy combination! So unforgettable.
Golly! I love this woman’s sauciness. That vintage chapeau slung over her eyes so they barely show (creating mystery). The swagger (yes, women can have it too). The fire engine red pumps. Yes, I”m certain she had passerby on 7th avenue wondering who she was…the intriguing woman with an attitude!
Very interesting look. Although I would not be able to pull this off myself and am not sure I actually love it, it absolutely makes one stop and take notice. Because my first love is makeup I couldn’t help but notice the red lips. Beautifully applied and as always beautifully captured in the shot. Great picture but I’m sure you know that already.
I absolutely love that shot. She is beautiful, eccentric and current and that is hard to do!! I always wonder if women like this find it stressful to dress in the morning or if it really is effortless sense of style…..anyway….only you could have run in to her on the street and recognized the power.
Oh, and as a note ….I was at the Boston Marathon yesterday and I wish the people of Boston and those who where hurt a peaceful recovery to normalcy.
this reminded me of rei kawakubo collections of the 1990s…no? i’m loving the look, not a total fan of the shoes though they work, really loving the proportion of the plaid garment and the scale of the weave.
The touches of that glamorous, perfectly matching red are beyond hot. Especially the lipstick. She has such a perfect cupid bow mouth. The thing I love though are the shoes. Are they rubber? I love rubber shoes.
Well, she is just all kinds of incredible. Kind of looks like when I put on everything I owned to be prepared the first time mom said we were going to the grocery store…but maybe I should still be more like that :)
how unexpected ! a shock, in the happiest sense of the word–
if I saw this apparition on the street, I’d be forced to notice.. forget my problems for a moment.. and smile —
the “old fashioned” Asian porcelain doll look, achieved by the modest hooding over the eyes, the traditional makeup, even her expression, juxtaposes so vividly with the modern, 21st century jazz-like, studied chaos of the rest..
the symmetry of the RED (hands, feet, neckline, lipstick) unifies.
I’m finding myself playing a game every time I log on, here, these days..
I look at the figure in the picture, only.
I don’t let myself look at the caption or the street details.
and I try to guess where (city) the ‘model’- the outfit- is..
as a complete non-professional-in-the-fasion-world, I’m amazed how I guess correctly!
fashion really IS a kind of language.. and local dialects/idioms are.. visible!
Very intriguing and tastefully ensembled. The heavy coat reminds me of Tibetan or Mongolian army, the wooden clogs, the socks, the clutch she carries, and the band of her floppy hat, the waist band, dramatically create a Japanese flair of mixed street and traditional fashion. The puckered lips finished it all off. Sublime!