Wednesday, April 9, 2008

On the Street…..Spring In Her Step, NYC

I was a little frustrated yesterday.

Even though the weather was very nice I didn’t get even one shot after about four hours of walking.

Finally I had to give up and go pick-up my little girl from school.

Because I’m a big softie I went to get my little one a cupcake for afterschool snack and boom….there was this young lady in there buying cupcakes for an office birthday party.

Sometimes doing something special for your kids can have a way of working out for you.

Actually this whole crazy ride started with me just taking pictures of my kids. (please don’t tell them that though because I will end up paying dearly at birthday time)


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    April 9, 2008 at 8:35 am

    Looking at an image like this one can make your day start off on a soft note. The color of the dress looks great against her skin.

  2. Alice Olive

    April 9, 2008 at 8:36 am

    Clearly fate had a hand in your cupcake mission… The blue is beautiful and I love fold and fit of the top of the dress. (Also love that sunshine.)

  3. Emily

    April 9, 2008 at 8:38 am

    I love the blue of her dress with the yellow flowers (daffodils?) just behind.

    I also love that you started by taking pictures of your kids.

  4. metscan

    April 9, 2008 at 8:58 am

    I see a cute blue summer dress. Sorry,that´s all I see.

  5. Anonymous

    April 9, 2008 at 9:06 am

    Please tell me if anyone knows where she got that dress. The color is perfect cornflower blue. I love it.

  6. AmeliaEve

    April 9, 2008 at 9:08 am

    Grrr, once again, a woman who is pretty enough to make you ignore the fact that her clothes DON’T FIT. It’s a great picture, but it is not truly great style.

    Her dress is wrinkled and gaps at the bust. Even if it was intended for layering, it shouldn’t pull that way at the top button. The pleats should lie flat all the way down. And I don’t iron either, but I don’t buy linen. Her sash is squished and her skirt is all creased.

    I’ve said it here before: women need good tailoring at least as much as men do.

  7. Hayah

    April 9, 2008 at 9:15 am

    Cute dress.. feels like summer’s here already!

  8. Anonymous

    April 9, 2008 at 9:25 am

    Weren’t you at one point a children’s photographer? I remember your site, it was still up in the Sartorialist early days. I’ve always wondered why that part of your bio never made it into the articles about you.


  9. Iheartfashion

    April 9, 2008 at 9:33 am

    I remember some early photos of your daughters. They should be pleased to have provided to inspiration for this blog! (And you DO owe them at birthday time)

  10. Moniker

    April 9, 2008 at 9:49 am

    wow must have been a really nice day!

    we’re still wearing jackets in DC.. :(

    i love how elegant yet soo simple her outfit is.

  11. momo

    April 9, 2008 at 9:49 am

    She is lovely! I also like the dress.

  12. Anonymous

    April 9, 2008 at 9:51 am

    I love that you can see scars on her shins. The bumps we get through life! It’s details like that that make your photos so great and real.

  13. Diana

    April 9, 2008 at 10:06 am

    I think this girl is very cute. Beside the dress, i love the blue patches (is this the right expression for that?) on the legs, (like little children have when they fall down) i think it completes the picture.

  14. Anonymous

    April 9, 2008 at 10:13 am

    So when you ask these people to take their picture, do you explain who you are? Or do they think you’re just a crazy dude with a camera? How is it that they agree to be photographed?

  15. malingyun

    April 9, 2008 at 10:19 am

    Nothing wrong with a tidy dress, a pair of simple flats during the first few days of spring!

  16. Heather

    April 9, 2008 at 10:24 am

    She is truly lovely!


  17. ama

    April 9, 2008 at 10:47 am

    Lovely. The big comeback of all kinds of dresses is one of the greatest ideas in fashion nowadays, and a huge, huge favor and compliment for all women.

  18. Carolina Lange

    April 9, 2008 at 10:50 am

    Her dress is adorable! Such a beautiful color!

  19. tj

    April 9, 2008 at 10:51 am

    Simple and sweet.
    Nothing wrong with that.

  20. Alysa

    April 9, 2008 at 10:51 am

    Classic Sartorialist shot.

  21. Designing MILLIE

    April 9, 2008 at 11:23 am

    I’ve been loving blue lately….and this shade is perfect. Is that a tank under her dress?? Good layer.

  22. -h of candid cool

    April 9, 2008 at 12:07 pm


  23. stone

    April 9, 2008 at 12:10 pm

    beautiful girl. her dress suits her look of innocent charm. i love the color on her and the shape is just right for her body, and for spring.

  24. Jerome O'Brien

    April 9, 2008 at 12:28 pm

    Love the story. Don’t love this image. She’s beautiful, as all the women you shoot are, but this just seems so bland to me. Like the dress alright, but this needs better shoes and where the hell is her handbag? Lady must have a bag! Accessories? She needs one more element to make this worthy of a shot.

  25. Laura

    April 9, 2008 at 12:47 pm

    I’ve enjoyed reading your thoughts these past few posts. Please continue!

  26. Anonymous

    April 9, 2008 at 12:52 pm

    She looks so pretty and happy!

  27. Cacey

    April 9, 2008 at 1:15 pm

    Awe, how sweet! Isn’t it wonderful how your day can turn like that? I love this picture. I love her natural look, hair, makeup, and the simplicity of her outfit. And how it fits her so well. This shot and your story make me happy!

  28. Danielle

    April 9, 2008 at 1:28 pm

    where do we think she got that dress? I want it like burning.

  29. M/B

    April 9, 2008 at 1:38 pm

    i wish it was spring here too…
    instead of that, it’s… snowing!
    can’t wait anymore

  30. Anonymous

    April 9, 2008 at 2:14 pm

    The simplicity of this seems bold: no jewelry, little or no makeup, simple hair, simple flats.

    Just a beautiful young woman in a perfect casual summer dress (which, I would argue, is actually hard to find!). And she seems to be stepping towards the viewer. The result is an incredibly compelling picture.

  31. amy c

    April 9, 2008 at 2:50 pm

    ameliaeve is correct. the dress doesn’t fit quite right, but it’s still a fabulous dress.

  32. Raven

    April 9, 2008 at 3:09 pm

    This is a perfect look for cupcake baking or buying! A ring or watch wouldn’t hurt — nothing fancy, but some kind of jewelry to take this beyond just a dress.

  33. Anonymous

    April 9, 2008 at 3:49 pm

    Dear Sart,

    A true XXI century American beauty if there ever was one!

  34. Jonathan

    April 9, 2008 at 3:54 pm

    Thank you for taking a picture of a woman who is not carrying a rucksack-sized bag.

  35. Nadine

    April 9, 2008 at 4:02 pm

    Love it. A good dress (with a cami) and some nice flats are all you need.

  36. thesearchforchic

    April 9, 2008 at 4:44 pm

    Blue it’s so nice, really feeling that colour.

    But I really don’t believe its warm enough to wear a dress and just flats now!!! ? At least she must have worn a cardigan..

  37. Kanani

    April 9, 2008 at 4:55 pm

    I’ve always said cupcakes are good for you! See?
    Great dress, and what a great sport this lady was to let you take her picture!

  38. Anonymous

    April 9, 2008 at 5:26 pm

    Cute but c’mmon.. which part of NYC was she in?? It was not that warm…

  39. Leigh

    April 9, 2008 at 5:59 pm

    ahhh, it’s so nice to see some simplicity after all of the winter layers.

    and who cares if it’s a little bit wrinkled? 1) she works in an office and probably spends most of her day sitting. 2) sometimes the perfection is in the imperfection.

  40. Kati

    April 9, 2008 at 6:32 pm

    The color is beautiful, the shot is beautiful, and the daffodils make me happy. But, it is a very “basic” outfit–not especially daring. Although I agree–the bruised shins are a nice touch, and add a wonderful dose of humanity to the look. I just wish it was maybe done with funkier shoes, or something to give it some zing.

  41. Anonymous

    April 9, 2008 at 6:34 pm

    Yikes, it was NOT that warm here yesterday!!

  42. pikake

    April 9, 2008 at 7:21 pm

    What a sweet dress. I wish it were warm enough here to wear a summer dress. Lovely.

  43. Anonymous

    April 9, 2008 at 7:41 pm

    i do love the daffodils in the planter boxes. what a lovely civilising feature in a city, nice shot.

  44. The Sartorialist

    April 9, 2008 at 8:11 pm

    for Anon 6:34
    she put her coat on the side with her box of cupcakes

  45. Zari

    April 9, 2008 at 8:33 pm

    Where did you go to get your cupcakes? I have been having a cupcake craving for months, but I felt I should put it off for the coming of spring.

    This is the perfect cupcake-buying dress. It has inspired me to pick out a festive ensemble for my next cupcake endeavour.

    BTW, you wouldn’t have to pace around for 4 hours if you could just find me!

  46. Anonymous

    April 9, 2008 at 8:43 pm

    what a beautiful photograph. your work is really an art.

  47. discothequechic

    April 9, 2008 at 9:26 pm

    ohh i wish my dad bought my fresh cupcakes for afterschool.

    shame i’m in college; i don’t think having my papa waiting at the gates for my has quite the same effect.

    ahh, nostalgia.

  48. Anonymous

    April 9, 2008 at 9:52 pm

    I agree with Amy and Amalieve about the fit, but one bus ride could rumple linen, and the outfit is so simple and sweet, with such a great color. I like seeing these more diverse figures and the ways they make shapes work for them, rather than the perfect models in very high end outfits with unlimited grooming budgets.

  49. kagitsune

    April 9, 2008 at 9:54 pm

    This is just THE dress. Flattering denim-like shade of blue, with *big* symmetrical pleat details, which visually lengthen the torso while making the chest area look well-proportioned as well. I also love the horizontal tucks at the hem. This is elegant cuteness and good design personified, and works well for many body types. You have inspired me, sir! ^^

    *rushes out to find a similar dress pattern*

  50. Anonymous

    April 10, 2008 at 2:47 am

    Gosh there’s such innocence in her eyese and he whole demeanour, include the dress she’s wearing and the fact that she’s wearing flats, compliments that. I think it is a beautiful picture.


  51. Anonymous

    April 10, 2008 at 2:50 am

    she looks kiwi.and the dress+flats look looks quite kiwi she kiwi by any chance?

  52. Anonymous

    April 10, 2008 at 5:27 am

    Ah… but the weather was just wonderful yesterday & will be better today….

    Lovely dress & photo…

  53. Hellena

    April 10, 2008 at 6:02 am

    Sart- I would love if every pic had underneath the story of the day before it was taken-
    I know it’s time comsuming but it gives a better view of the pic itself.

  54. Anonymous

    April 10, 2008 at 11:27 am

    Eh, voila!

  55. The solemn cat

    April 10, 2008 at 11:31 am

    So simple and so pretty

  56. Anonymous

    April 11, 2008 at 1:30 am

    i guess in a not-yet-warm new york this would really sand out.
    it’s a beautiful blue. but the dress can’t be more boring. she looks like every other girl in west village.

  57. Anonymous

    April 11, 2008 at 2:18 pm

    I think we should excuse it’s wrinkles, please, because she is a real person who is out and about, not a model with a garment steamer just out of frame. The dress is linen or thin cotton, the wrinkles are part of the package.

    As for the fit about her bust, it probably could have been fixed by readjusting its placement on her shoulders, but again, she is a real person and didn’t have a stylist doing “last looks” before the photo was snapped.

    Appreciate this for what it is, a lovely, functional outfit, nicely layered and textured, in a beautiful color.

  58. Nathan

    April 11, 2008 at 8:21 pm

    i like how well her dark, flat shoes and pulled back hair seem to harmonise so well with the cut, length and colour of her dress. perfectly balanced i think in an everyday way.

  59. Bexann

    April 11, 2008 at 10:45 pm

    The vivid colors are lovely, but there isn’t much else here.

  60. Anonymous

    April 12, 2008 at 8:47 am

    I wish we could see some cupcakes.. kind of goes hand in hand.. sweet looking lady with sweets

  61. Ann (MobayDP)

    April 12, 2008 at 7:46 pm

    I wish I had someone to buy me cupcakes as an after work treat! Oh well…I guess I’ll just buy them myself :)

    I love the colour of that dress. That blue is so pretty.

    I keep looking on her face and thinking that i might know her. Hmm.

  62. BritnLind

    April 12, 2008 at 11:45 pm

    Something I wish I had designed. It’s lovely. She is mostly and the dress complements that.

  63. Kat

    April 13, 2008 at 3:09 pm

    the perfect blue for nice day in spring. great look. and so pure: i like that she’s not wearing any accesoires.

  64. Anonymous

    April 13, 2008 at 5:28 pm

    What did she do to have so many bruises? I love the dress color and the yellow flowers. I also wish she was holding the cupcakes in the photo.

  65. Avril Marchegiano

    April 14, 2008 at 5:44 pm

    That’s a lovely colour on her. Does this look 60′s to anyone else?

  66. sarah

    April 16, 2008 at 12:59 pm

    I have a really similar dress from Mango. It isn’t that lovely blue though. And it doesn’t look as good on me!!

  67. bubblygirl

    April 23, 2008 at 12:10 am

    I love this dress!
    I really appreciate this as a photo,too- the dress, the way she is standing (slightly stepping forward, hands held softly by her hands and the daffodils suggest this beautiful innocence, yet this is juxtaposed by the bare trees, the stark buildings and the “danger” sign behind her.
    It really captures the city life.
    Love, love, love!
    This picture has made my day. Thank you.

  68. miznyc

    April 28, 2008 at 12:40 am

    oh my word. I want that dress. Anyone know where I can get it?

    I’m not crazy about the shoes but they go perfectly with her hair, expression, shin scars, stance and the daffodils – that is to say they all exude a sense of the fresh and the innocent.

  69. Anonymous

    April 30, 2008 at 6:37 pm

    why don’t you just go over to 27th? the street is constantly filled with young people who have interesting style

  70. orphansparrow

    June 8, 2011 at 6:35 pm

    i love how simple this is… but mostly, she has beautiful arms and hands~

  71. Martine

    May 20, 2012 at 4:10 pm

    This is simple and amazing. I love her style. There is nothing better then ballet flats and a pretty dress in the perfect summer color. And the light is just amazing.

  72. Sriya

    May 6, 2013 at 3:09 pm

    not everyone’s cuppa … to carry a dress so simple… s stunningly.

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