The colours of her clothes match her hair beautifully but her outfit as a whole doesn’t suit her. It looks a bit shabby on her, there’s also no balance. The shoes are too heavy fot her delicate figure.
When are we women going to stop staggering around in shoes such as these? It is a nightmare of pain. Are we nuts? I’m not preaching; do it myself. (Well, maybe not quite as extreme as these shoes.)
In Toronto there is a very nice shoe museum. I have looked at gorgeous elegant shoes from the ’20s, and the ’5os, and ’60s and the heels are all manageable. The only culture we can compare to in terms of the pain endured is China and bound feet.
The detractors who are calling this woman “famished” or “skeleton” are exasperating. I imagine the same people use the term “real woman” to describe a curvy lady, implying that a model or thin woman is somehow unreal or less of a woman (which in the most literal sense, she is… ha ha).
Let’s be honest, people come in all shapes and sizes. Based on appearances alone, this woman looks entirely appropriate and healthy.
Did not intend to go off on that though. I like her striped bra/bikini top peeking from beneath her top.
This picture is painful to view. Nothing here any young woman should emulate. Shoes are punitive. Clothes are shabby, skimpy, ugly colors, unflattering. She looks ill and unsure of herself. No fashion here.
I love the colours, and I thought this was a lovely understated casual look, but then I noticed the shoes. More and more often I begin to feel that street fashion has ceased to be interesting to me – because more and more often people look like they’re starring in their own private fashion shoots where they’re their own stylist, model, and fashion mag editor, all at once. In other words, it’s no longer people going about their everyday business while wearing nice-looking clothes. It’s about staging a spectacle.
(I say “no longer”, though I have no idea if it’s always been this way, really… and I just haven’t noticed.)
Even if you don’t care about the impracticality of it all, it just looks so… calculated. In this picture, the shoes transform a nice casual outfit into something that’s pretending to be a casual outfit in order to make some kind of a fashion statement. And that, I’m afraid, makes me yawn.
I wonder if she is being judged more for her skin colour than for her weight. If this were a bronzed, darker skinned woman, but equally as thin, would we associate her with being underfed and sickly as we do with this lovely young woman?
The picture perhaps says much more about the viewers’ biases than it does about the health of this woman…
Like the image of the cyclist with the prosthetic limb this shot makes you think, feel and captures the city in all its sunlight influenced glory. It’s not always about the fashion, that’s just one level of the conversation. Its a great shot, the background is so beautiful unfocused and its a nice portrait of our fashion subject.
I understand what you’re saying, but one thing you have to consider, Scott mainly travels to cities where people stage personal spectacles all the time. That’s why these are fashion capitals-they didn’t get that way because 100% of the citizens are out simply looking good. Lots of people are calculated, some get it right and others don’t.
I like how this woman is so controversial, but there’s no rule saying we have to like what gets posted 100% of the time. THAT to me is a “yawn” http://lordashbury.com
What a great outfit! Her shorts are the key here in creating an image of strength flavoured with feminine sexuality. She reminds me of the character of Princes Yuki, from Akira Kurosawa’s “The Hidden Fortress”. who, by the way, was the inspiration for Princess Leia in “Star Wars”. Check her out: http://24.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m2oomckWOT1qmemvwo1_1280.jpg
Thank you for answering! Just to clarify, I don’t think this woman’s outfit is a “yawn”, nor do I find it yawn-worthy that I don’t like absolutely everything out there – quite the contrary, I like it that people have a wide range of different tastes. Also, I do understand that some people like to be flamboyant and outrageous in everything they do and wear; that it’s a question of personality. There have always been people like that. And some people are so perfectionist that not a single hair on their heads will ever be out of place; how much you pay attention to the finer details of self-presentation is a question of personality as well.
I guess what provoked me to comment on this picture in particular is that it is such a nice-looking, understated, breezily elegant “it’s a hot summer day and I’m sightseeing with my little backpack” type of outfit, but the shoes reminded me that there’s nothing casual or relaxed about the look. It reminded me how in practically everything nowadays there seems to be an element of “I’ll totally get photographed in this!” or at the very least (if you live in the middle of nowhere) “I’ll so post this outfit on my blog!” These attitudes rub me the wrong way and make me uncomfortable, largely because I do increasingly find them in myself as well, although I don’t have a blog and will never get photographed and am not even fashion-conscious.
In short, I like snappy clothes but I hate that the point of snappy clothes has ceased to be wearing them. Overt calculated-ness is, it seems to me, celebrated and even expected from today’s “style”. “Trying too hard” has become the norm. To generalise from this particular photo – the colour choices already show you care about looking stylish, but the shoes show that you’re not there to wear the clothes, but to model them.
Wow, she looks so uncomfortable in what she’s wearing. Who would want to show so much skin and wear heels like that, other than for the sake of fashion? I just want to give her a pair of flip flops and put her on a beach…
Adding to the comments regarding the color of her skin: it’s badass chics like this that make me feel more comfortable in my own skin. Would that blue look like that against a more tan skin tone? No: it would not.
(Not to say that the blue would look better or worse… it would look different. And who wants a world where all the blues look the same?)
Immediately when I saw this picture, I felt as if there was something “off” about it, but I couldn’t quite put my finger on what it was. When reading through the comments, I saw that I was not the only one that felt this way.
Maybe it was the ‘famished’ and pale look, perhaps it was how she looks like unbalanced in her shoes, like many other readers have commented on, but I am still not sure what it is that startles me.
It could be because we are used to see pictures on your blog of people who ooze confidence and life, while this girl comes across as a bit out of place, as if she is almost apologetic for finding her way into your shot.
On a different note, I do really like the colour of her shoes!
She looks fine – kind of thin but obviously not undernourished! Pale skin is beautiful!
So many people love the shoes – they look very uncomfortable to me – her feet don’t look good in them. The entire outfit would look SO much better if she were wearing shoes that go with a bare little summer outfit like that – flat sandals would be great. She certainly doesn’t need the additional height!
It looks like she’s concentrating very hard on taking her next step. Shoes that require so much effort to walk in (however striking) should perhaps be left on the shelf. Wearing them just looks ungainly. I love pale skin and hope she is healthy.
MAYBE she just has a fast metabolism… and MAYBE her skin is just naturally that light.
she doesn’t look famished, she looks like a thin woman who happens to have a pale skin. some of the comments on here are so judgemental! and what if she would have anorexia, she’s a woman! a human being! not some sort of alien. I’ve noticed that people immediately dissociate the anorexics from the rest of the population. all of a sudden it’s ok to say the rudest things?
admittedly, she doesn’t look super comfy in those heels, but this is a picture. you don’t know how she walked off. I believe we’re all admirers of Scott’s photography and there must be a reason he chose to photograph her. besides the beautiful colors and the great mix of laid back and difficult heels, he must have noticed her motorics and saw the beauty in that (and honestly, if I would be photographed by THE sartorialist, I wouldn’t know what to do with my body..).
all I’m saying, you don’t know her story. and instead of focusing on a negative judgement lets focus on a positive story telling. we can imagine anything! where did she come from? where is she going? why is she dressed that way? what is she looking at on the floor??
For people commenting on this beautiful lady with the killer legs; Its no more polite to talk about someone being thin then it is about someone being fat. It AMAZES me that the same people that would fly off the handle if there was a post talking about how overweight someone is are perfectly comfortable insulting a healthy young woman because she is small.
Americans are facing a crisis because of obesity( not anorexia) maybe we need to get things in perspective. 60 percent of women in America and England are over their correct bmi.
I love the colors here. They complement her beautiful long legs and her beautiful pale skin.
Its actually pretty comfortable to walk in platforms. its the arch that causes foot problems, not the height.
What I wouldn’t give to have a swanlike neck and glorious legs like this !!!!! The combo of teal and army green is one of my favorites!!!
I wrote earlier that she is missing connection to earth somehow. It was a statement, not a blame. I appreciate your choice of people to photograph. I realize I was trapped into the habit of looking forward to seeing mostly vigorous strong characters and was annoyed by her frailness. The photos not showing the face are also teaching a lesson. Widening horizons – great!
I love the look, especially the shoes. The model is beautiful, and the quiet look on her face makes it seem as though she’s listening to all of these comments. Really, people. All those talking about how pale she looks? It seems to me that she’s taking care of her skin. After watching my mother lose her battle with melanoma, pale skin is a thing of beauty to behold.
Hate the shoes. Women in the city need to be able to move with confidence and stability. Those shoes are fine if you’re stepping out of a car to an event, but crossing 6th Avenue? Taking the subway? Just silly. IMHO.
It’s depressing how this woman is being judged so harshly by some viewers as being too skinny and too pale, and thus somehow unhealthy. Unfortunately I’ve seen the same thing on many other photos of women being “too skinny.” Coming from someone who has been “underweight” her whole life (yet healthy), I think people need to understand the discomfort in one’s body goes both ways (and causes a lot of pain to dwell on, might I add). Let’s all embrace our own natural body-types, please? Thanks. I do understand that the fashion industry puts way too much emphasis on skinny being beautiful, however. I just think that the term “unhealthy” should be reserved for doctors, not other women in the community. Oh yes, and I sort like her outfit – the shorts say Rosie to me – I want them! I really don’t like the bag with the outfit though – throw a classic Louis on her arm, and the yellow and green would feel much warmer! Come to think of it, the boho bag makes the outfit look a little sloppy – juxtaposing it with a more tailored bag alone, would make the silhouette appear more flattering.