Funny how everyone sees trashy shoes, innerwear as outerwear, and the cigarette. True, but what I also see is another costume perfect for the next Sex & The City movie! SJP wouldn't be Carrie without her cigarettes and inappropriate clothing, right?
Sheesh! How long did i spend looking at this picture before i noticed the cigarette! I have no problem with it, what i do have a problem with are the perspex shoes. They never fail to look anything other than cheap in my opinion. I do love the gorgeous lace skirt toughened up by the black jacket. Black biker boots would have completed the look. Another great shot!
i live in sydney and have so been looking forward to seeing what will catch the sartorialist’s eye here. i found it kind of sad but appropriate that this combo made it to the blog – sad because it encapsulates everything that makes me glum about the style of sydneysiders, appropriate because, actually, this is the predominant aesthetic of the city. all in all, we’re a plastic mule kind of people. i wish it were different. have been pleased to see some other inspiring shots though, so am taking heart in the style credentials of my city.
I think what’s great about this shot is that it is able to transcend what from farther away or closer up would betray the ‘trashiness’ of this look. the plastic shoes with what i would guess is a pretty low quality lace skirt and pin stripe jacket would indeed make for a less than spectacular sartorial moment. but when captured in the right light, it doesn’t matter the quality of lace – it will still produce a gorgeous shade over bare skin – higlighted by the darkness of the jacket above and striped steps below. the shoes keep the great line of her legs without having it be a barefoot shot. from this point of view it is a beautiful ensemble and that woman is totally rocking it!
I think the whole composition captures the nature of a ‘moment’ beautifully – the cigarette will burn down into ash, the tanned legs will age, the delicate lace will disintegrate….there is so much tension in the photograph in this suspended moment – I think the rough cigarette is the perfect foil for the delicate lace. I worry that she will swing too close to the skirt and burn a hole in it…
The shoes are not classic or ‘stylish’ but I think in this moment she is pulling it off and the photograph itself is wonderful.
That skirt has a beautiful hem. However, at that length, it might lead to indecent exposure; though her legs are beautiful.
I’m curious why you didn’t include her whole body. Her hands show she is not a teenager…most likely in her thirties. The suit looks like a man’s pinstriped blazer. The texture of the jacket and the delicate lace aren’t usually paired this way. Then the shoes are slip-ons.
Did she just step out of her lover’s house for a smoke?
I thought the purpose of this blog was to show individual style, not classic boring safe style. Sart-I think this look is pure artistry. Her legs are beautiful and the heel creates a lovely long line, the shadow of the lace is lushious and her feet are well groomed so I say bring on the transparent heel which creates the illusion of her floating down the stairs. Bare feet are not dirty words in Australia.
Great contrast in the lace and pin stripe, the metal hardness and the soft lace which flips so flirtily as the girl with gorgeous feet (most people aren’t so lucky) and lovely tanned legs walks up those metal steps…
Somewhat tacky? Maybe, but she pulls it off and the shot is fantastic!
Lol — her ensemble is a blushing bride, a manly groom, a plastic-shod bridesmaid, and an embarrassing drunk uncle (you know, the cigarette) all in one! Wonder if she planned it that way. Great shot, Sart… (-: (Also, I can’t help thinking DAMN, those Aussie girls have great legs!)
Floating elegance that begs to see the entire vision.
As for the comments, I don’t see why plastic shoes have to connote ‘stripper.’ They’re dainty rather than fetish. I think there is a clean minimalist aesthetic about them. To just resign something so easily is such a conservative view about fashion. We should reclaim things from the red light district for sunlight and daily wear that have nothing inherently vulgar about it.
You see, the Melbournians are really just jealous of the Sydneysiders … Sydney, with its picturesque harbours and sunny, humid weather allows for a certain frivolity and sensuality that Melbourne lacks. So the Melbournians retaliate and find (a collective) strength in their black ‘intellectual’ fashion..
This photo made me smile. Simply lovely. . . didn’t notice the cig mentioned. The shoes come across (for me) as more “Cinderella” than “stripper.” I noticed the (wedding?) band. It evoked a style I enjoyed many years ago.
Thank you for sharing the cool style of the Aussies with us.