The dress is smashing. The hair – or lack of it – is genius and the bag seems right hiding behind all that black.
The shoes ruin this for me. I don’t mind the pale color – it’s the shape of the toe. It looks just TOO vintage Nine West. Maybe if she lost the leggings with it because that’s such a trendy move and the silhouette of the dress is really so renegade. Not too many women would wear that shape.
ThatÂ´s a lovely lady! I love the way she has combined black and blue with white. Really elegant and her expression fits the overall melancholic impression. Ageless and very contemporary at the same time.
This is the part of fashion I don’t get. Yes, she is beautiful, and I appreciate the dress for what it is. But these clothes don’t make her look good. They are not the least bit flattering. And the trendiness overwhelms me in a bad way. Lose those leggings and it’s a *tiny* bit better. But still not good.
Have to disagree with the” formless material” comment.
Women don’t need to wear garments that hug their body to be beautiful or fashionable. See Paul Poiret, who early last century released women from corsets and bustles. His clothes draped and wrapped women in beautiful shapes and were comfortable and very fashionable. Very curvy women like Mae West wore his clothes.
This dress comes right out of that aesthetic.
She looks fabulous and its called sophistication. Not obviousness.
Love the colour-combination, love the shape of the dress and the present-absence of hair… But for deeper psychological reasons leggins will always remind me of my younger self, hopeless in the gym-lesson… That dress is long enough to be worn without them anyway, and it’s summer, after all!
Hell YES. That blue & black with her skin tone! Breathtaking.
The proportions are wonderful, the voluminous skirt on the bottom and the little shrug on the top, the little flats to keep the outfit down to earth. I love it. I love that there are women out there confident enough to not expose as much flesh as possible and still look sexier than every chickie in a micro mini.
She is a beautiful and striking woman, I do admire her hair choice, it really works on her and her posture is excellent. So much presence.
The debate generated by this outfit is in itself a fashion success.
Like others, I’m not keen on the leggings (i just think of them as being uncomfortable, especially in warmer weather) but that is a very minor quibble in the bigger picture. I think her look is inspiring. This is volume done with individuality and intelligence.
this is perfect! i love it all. (a side note – the legging trend, which, judging from some of the comments, is tapering off, does not define or motivate all use of leggings. some people wore leggings before the trend and they shouldn’t have to stop just because of it. the leggings look wonderful here.) there is a brilliance to the balance this woman found to cocoon herself and at the same time put forth a strong fashion presence. she has armor that expresses her. hidden and revealed.
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Just my style. I too have been wearing leggings with all my black japanese clothing and love this look. I absolutely love the dress, kind of Marni-ish and Comme-ish and so fresh and modern. I was wondering if anyone knows who makes the dress she is wearing? I can’t place it.
It’s so powerful in its carefree message! Imagine putting on these clothes: the free-form dress, the jumpy leggings and flats that allow you to move quickly! Her personality comes out through her eyes and that inner strength must have been fortified by her outfit. This may not be the most beautiful outfit I’ve seen on this blog but it’s a perfect display of what I love about fashion right now.
In case anyone’s wondering, the dress is from the Lilith boutique at 227 Mulberry Street between Prince and Spring. I was just in the store the other day and was overwhelmed by all the beautiful and avant garde clothing they have. It’s a lovely shop.
The Frock is quite Fabulous It takes a very good Designer to use Volume with such effect This woman wears it well she has a great Vibe Cooly Confident with the stance of a Dancer Poised and Elegant ready to Pirouette down the sidewalk… MMMMMMM Dreamy
If my experience is any indication, as a black woman on the street in New York City, if you are adventurous in the body-conscious contemporary style that is so much fun to explore (as the Sartorialist illustrates so well) you are quickly made aware of the ubiquity of men who will speak possessively, without invitation, to women on the street, women they don’t know, sometimes following along the sidewalk, usually not threatening but often, if not always, really disrespectful.
To enjoy this city of such tremendeous stylistic creativity and freedom, if you prefer to walk and ride the subway or bus as I do, you have to either get used to men hissing at you, usually from the side as you pass, or behind you, that they like your shape, etc.â€”as if I asked!â€”or discover a satisfying sartorial tone somewhere between submitting to this and not showing any shape at all.
So to add to all the positive comments here I must say she achieves this balance brilliantly, and without giving anything up. Wow!
Thanks Scott for posting this gorgous pic. It is because of you that I now own the very same dress!!! This woman embodies my personal style and I did know of the Lilith boutique, so when you named the pic “Lilith”, I was clued in to the dress’ origin. Little did I know that the gorgous woman that you shot is Vicky who works at Lilith! And anyone else who loves this as much as I should definitely check out the Lilith boutique on Mulberry St in NYC. They have amazing things that are literally works of art. FYI, Lilith is a French designer, short for Lily Bareth (not sure of the spelling).