The thing I love about all these portraits are the faces â€“ thereâ€™s something relaxed and open about all of them. Theyâ€™re not posing; they look as though they are calmly gazing into the eyes of an old friend – self-assured and thoughtful. Yes the clothes are interesting, and often charming, but it is the total lack of pretension of the wearers (who are to us blissfully, for the most part, anonymous) that keeps me coming back. So many different images of human beauty. Readers who insist on â€śnamingâ€ť the clothes or the people or their workplaces, and those who snark and moan about the clothes, seem to be missing the point.
Though the sweater and skirt aren’t to my taste, I can see how they work for her, but the bag just has me shaking my head. It puts me in mind of those awful jungle-scene velvet paintings you find at the flea market, or something.
Also, agreeing with everyone who loves her hair, and her expression and demeanor.
in relation to ATL’s comment, my friend and i once had a conversation about how your portraits are so successful. we wonder what is the approximate amount of time that you converse with your subject to get them to look like who they really are sometimes? do you normally have a conversation with them first so that they are comfortable around you? or is asking to have their photo taken usually enough?
Are we really missing the point when we wonder about the origins of the clothes we see so brilliantly photographed here? The root of “sartorialist” is clothing–the adorning of the human being with textiles chosen for effect and self-expression, not protection or comfort. The reason I stop by this terrific blog is because Scott unabashedly loves fashion and not just the wonderful diversity of humans on the earth. I make no apologies for loving clothing, too. And I love to discover who made the marvelous fashions I often find here. The blog is, after all, not called “The Humanist”…
I had to look at this picture for a few minutes before I formed an opinion. The more I look at it, the more I like it. It’s charm is subtle. It’s not in your face fashion or style like you see on “fashionistas” or a “standard” geographical look (i.e. uptown or downtown). There’s something very sweet and charming about her. You get the feeling that she dresses with her heart. You so rarely see that now. I especially love her handbag! It’s an unexpected touch of natural “crafty” adornment. I imagine her discovering it at a flea market or perhaps a vintage store. I love to see people dress in such a personal way.
P.S. To Marline: this blog could very easily be called the Humanist because self-expression through clothing and adornment is something all humans do. There’s nothing wrong with combining both the love of fashion and the love of human diversity. After all it’s the diversity of ideas coming from the diversity of people that both make and influence fashion. Without diversity of people everyone would look and dress the same.
Erm, ATL: yes all true, except isn’t this site called “The Sartorialist”? Isn’t it the point to remark on the clothing? Besides, one CAN offer a critique without being snarky, I believe. I’m going to do it now: I love her outfit, especially the bag (one truly quirky item), but I’m getting the feeling from numerous comments that it’s rather warm in NY at the moment (which, as I scroll down, I see others confirm). I’m imagining she dressed in her air-conditioned home in a brand-new outfit and said through gritted teeth, I don’t care HOW hot it is outside, I look great! And she does.