Monday, September 10, 2012

On the Street…..The Bowery, New York

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  1. Maryna

    September 10, 2012 at 8:03 pm

    I actually really hate what she is wearing. However, cool idea/nice try.

    • axeaboutme

      September 10, 2012 at 9:05 pm

      this is terrible, in every way. i don’t get it.

      http://www.axeaboutme.com

    • lootss

      September 12, 2012 at 11:35 am

      cool Idea for an art piece- Not so much for street wear :/

    • style decorum

      September 13, 2012 at 6:04 am

      I agree with your opinion on her outfit, there would be no way I would wear her outfit, but kudos to her for wearing it out

  2. Maryna

    September 10, 2012 at 8:04 pm

    I actually hate what she is wearing. However, cool idea/nice try.

  3. Victor

    September 10, 2012 at 8:08 pm

    I actually love the look of the guy, I mean he just looks so relaxed and she looks a bit exagerated.

    • Linda@DesignInMyView

      September 11, 2012 at 4:48 pm

      He’s relaxed now that he just set her down. She’ll stand there and pose for at least half an hour…he’ll have a beer and be right back!

      Wonder where he set her up next?

    • Milo

      September 12, 2012 at 3:30 pm

      I think this antagonism is the spirit of the pic

    • mmfifi

      September 14, 2012 at 2:27 pm

      totally agree trying to hard

    • Kay

      October 14, 2012 at 12:11 am

      I have to disagree about him looking “relaxed”. Reading the photo and his body language I notice his left hand is clenched and he’s standing in a rather awkward unbalanced position that makes him appear a bit anxious. IMHO

  4. Dustin

    September 10, 2012 at 8:09 pm

    Ballsy. Although I don’t know where she could be hiding them.

    • mo

      September 11, 2012 at 9:08 am

      Ok, you get today’s gold star for best response!

  5. Bohemian Style

    September 10, 2012 at 8:10 pm

    Fun!

  6. Víctor

    September 10, 2012 at 8:15 pm

    Impressing the dress of that girl. (I’d like to see the back. Just curiosity, no second intention).
    Impressing her shoes.
    Impressing her hat.
    Impressing her face.
    Impressing her body.
    Impressing to see that boy beside her. He is the opposite style.

    Impressive pic once again, Scott.

  7. Ginger

    September 10, 2012 at 8:16 pm

    I have to ask: is that red cellophane on her head?

    • Name*

      September 11, 2012 at 8:50 pm

      I was wondering the same thing

  8. Kat

    September 10, 2012 at 8:18 pm

    Too much awesome in one picture.

  9. ar

    September 10, 2012 at 8:21 pm

    Swing and a miss. Looks like a bad 80′s sci-fi movie idea of what people in the future will be wearing.

  10. Andrew

    September 10, 2012 at 8:27 pm

    Oh man. Leave it for the bedroom. If that.

  11. Sandy Leonard Snaps

    September 10, 2012 at 8:33 pm

    Tee hee.

  12. Bekah

    September 10, 2012 at 8:34 pm

    What?? Someone else wore the same outfit as me today?! :P I got to get down to the Bowery more often. People don’t have this much courage on the Upper West Side.

    • Jaygo

      September 11, 2012 at 5:24 pm

      My thoughts exactly.

  13. Liz

    September 10, 2012 at 8:34 pm

    wow! I could never pull that off!

    http://lavieenliz.com

    • Diane

      September 11, 2012 at 10:01 am

      Neither did she

      • Victoria amazonica

        September 11, 2012 at 1:30 pm

        Agreed – it’s like a Cher halloween costume but with slippers

        • Bev

          September 12, 2012 at 7:40 am

          Yes, slippers, proving she’s just a simple, home-loving gal at heart!
          I like the fact that they both look so relaxed…

  14. Steever

    September 10, 2012 at 8:34 pm

    Sexy, tres sexy.

  15. petey

    September 10, 2012 at 8:38 pm

    thats confidence in non-confidentiality

    • crossing sweeper

      September 11, 2012 at 9:39 am

      What do you mean?

  16. dris

    September 10, 2012 at 8:42 pm

    What the heck is that?

  17. Angela

    September 10, 2012 at 8:53 pm

    Those shoes are… unbelievable.

  18. Gon

    September 10, 2012 at 9:00 pm

  19. Jenny

    September 10, 2012 at 9:04 pm

    That woman looks ridiculous – has she no shame??!!?

    • debi c

      September 12, 2012 at 3:32 am

      lol!really!!how many utterly narrow minded people come here?!this is the sartorialistt!celebrating style!not backward misogyny where a girl has to cover herself up for the sake of not scandalising society!

      • MK

        October 4, 2012 at 12:47 pm

        Narrow minded? Since when is nudity a sign of a broad mind?

    • ladidaaah

      September 15, 2012 at 10:39 pm

      I agree with you!
      I wouldn’t want the world to see every corner of my body!
      Plus…
      I feel as if she’s trying too hard to be controversial. There’s no subtlety in this look!
      This is like the hipster version of Jordan!

  20. jen

    September 10, 2012 at 9:06 pm

    omg you do hve to question the sanity of the girl.

  21. Catherine

    September 10, 2012 at 9:07 pm

    WOW! I appreciate he daringness (and killer body), however if my daughter dressed like that in public her Dad would be in tatters.

  22. Laura

    September 10, 2012 at 9:07 pm

    It’s a peculiar dress.. or the whole look!

    XX

  23. Ed

    September 10, 2012 at 9:11 pm

    She is one hot mess. This pic is so unlike your other work Sart. Disappointed to see this one.

  24. Monsieur Marcel

    September 10, 2012 at 9:14 pm

    Oh yeah! Glam-Punk girl rocks my world.
    Him: Van Halen on the Bowery?!
    In the vicinity of Joey Ramone Place?!
    Why…I oughtta…

    • une chatte grise

      September 11, 2012 at 1:15 am

      Telling myself he’s being ironic makes it hurt less.

  25. Martine

    September 10, 2012 at 9:18 pm

    She looks absolutely wonderful. I love everything about her look. Good for her! And good for him too, I think. Bravo. Thats what being young and beautiful is for.

    • Bev

      September 12, 2012 at 7:44 am

      Yes, I’d say go for it, even when it doesn’t work, it still beats the WallMart slob style !

  26. Litenarata

    September 10, 2012 at 9:30 pm

    Oh come on people. She has more of her body covered than most teenage girls in the summer or than women at the beach. She just chose an extremely eccentric….suit? Leotard?

    • Another Kate

      September 11, 2012 at 5:52 am

      Right on Litenarata.

    • pastenaguette

      September 11, 2012 at 12:17 pm

      Word. I think she has bra cups too.

      Not my style, but nor is ADR’s. Points for gutsiness, points for shaking things up.

  27. Linda

    September 10, 2012 at 9:37 pm

    I’d arrest her!!!!!!!!

  28. Diane

    September 10, 2012 at 9:42 pm

    That is a brave soul….

  29. Renata

    September 10, 2012 at 9:43 pm

    That’s quite an excentric, curious and interesting look. She’s got attitude, to say the least. Amazing self-expression. Good to see that.

  30. ladykatza

    September 10, 2012 at 10:01 pm

    First though: WOW!
    Second Thought: Shoes are.. off.
    Third Thought: Oh, she has a jacket to wear over it, ok, that’s not bad. As Mom always told me when I was getting dressed for clubbing “take a change of clothes.. or a trench coat”.
    Fourth Thought: Its sad that I am thinking “I hope that guy is her friend there to be a guardian”. It really shouldn’t matter what a woman wears.

    • Lana

      September 11, 2012 at 4:22 am

      Actually it was my first thought about that guy as well – hope he’s there to protect her. it’s sad that we’re thinking that she should need to be protected, because like Literanata said above, she has more of her body covered than most teenage girls or women on the beach. but it’s amazing to see something eye-catching from time to time, love it :)

  31. Rachelle

    September 10, 2012 at 10:22 pm

    not something I would wear, but she’s ballsy. Great shot!
    xo
    Rachelle
    http://pinksole.com

  32. Fashion Inciter

    September 10, 2012 at 10:22 pm

    Not such a good thing to wear on the street…I should think.

  33. David H.

    September 10, 2012 at 10:28 pm

    That chick is a friend of a friend, and she is a really talented hat designer. In fact the hat she is wearing is her own design… her outfits are a bit out there, but you have to dig her confidence.

    • sun kissed highways

      September 12, 2012 at 10:56 am

      oh, please tell her she did an amazing job with the slashes/slashing!

    • Jil

      September 12, 2012 at 10:58 am

      Do you happen to know her name or wether she has some sort of web presence? I’d love to see more of her.

      That outfit’s definitely not for small towns but i guess that’s more due to cultural patterns than actual tackiness. In fact i think that’s the least tacky cut-out bodysuit i’ve ever seen (spent my teenage years being goth so i’ve seen a fair bit). There’s some careful contrasting aka mindfuck going on there. Love the slippers :)

  34. Suzy

    September 10, 2012 at 10:28 pm

    shocked at first – but honestly, pretty good job/design

  35. Jennifer

    September 10, 2012 at 10:31 pm

    Wow, I’m impressed!

    xo Jennifer

    http://seekingstyleblog.wordpress.com

  36. Joi

    September 10, 2012 at 10:43 pm

    Very brave!

  37. Oonagh

    September 10, 2012 at 10:52 pm

    Such a sweet face.

  38. Missy Red

    September 10, 2012 at 11:03 pm

    Im a stripper and wear things like this at work! And I mean I have outfits exactly like this one. Maybe others would see this outfit as daring, but I just think its inappropriate.

    • maryjane

      September 15, 2012 at 6:32 am

      In what way is this inappropriate? Are you saying it’s only appropriate attire if men are paying to see you gyrate in front of them in it? That makes no sense to me. If she can handle the attention, more power to her, I respect her brave choice.

  39. Poppy Keane

    September 10, 2012 at 11:19 pm

    I am sure she is not at a loss for dates!

    http://www.cestbeaute.com

  40. Tom

    September 10, 2012 at 11:34 pm

    Serious question: Would you stare at her outfit or pretend it’s no big deal?

    • Amy

      September 11, 2012 at 7:22 am

      I would grin at her, this cracks me up in a good way, I’m delighted about it-if she was wearing heels it would make me cringe mind.

    • Kate

      September 11, 2012 at 8:33 am

      I think I’d pretend it was no big deal, but then think about it loads! It’s great to see something daring even if it’s not my thing.

    • Megan

      September 11, 2012 at 9:03 am

      If I couldn’t help but stare, it’d be with a smile of approval. You have to admire someone whose self-consciousness threshold is so high.

    • Q

      September 11, 2012 at 7:42 pm

      there would be no need to pretend…….. it simply is not a big deal. its clearly her personal expression….. unfortunately it does not provoke anything in me……… I’m indifferent.

    • Cianna

      September 12, 2012 at 4:20 pm

      I’d probably tell her she looks awesome. And stare a bit.

  41. Serdane

    September 10, 2012 at 11:36 pm

    That’s a daring dress ! So fashion.

    http://www.younglington.wordpress.com

  42. Tonia

    September 10, 2012 at 11:44 pm

    No….just, no. Not a good look. Words fail me.

  43. Bronwyn

    September 11, 2012 at 12:08 am

    Draughty.

  44. Soni

    September 11, 2012 at 12:11 am

    An outfit can be sexy or revealing without oozing the desperate need for attention. Unfortunately, this chick hasn’t gotten it just yet.

    Honestly, the cellophane strips in the hair?…c’mon. We get it – you’re soooo different and edgy and out of the box…*yawn*

  45. Texture

    September 11, 2012 at 12:21 am

    First thoughts when I saw this
    (first) Wow, a woman so comfortable in her skin. Beautiful.

    (second) I can only imagine the comments from women who hate other women with there snarky comments and the men with their own snarky comments.

    *click*…yep some of the readers here never seem to fail in being overly predictable. Got to love the internet.

  46. Matteo

    September 11, 2012 at 12:28 am

    Interesting clothes…… must be american……..

  47. Carolina

    September 11, 2012 at 12:32 am

    People can wear whatever they want. If she wants to emulate Lady Gaga, she can go for it.

  48. john.

    September 11, 2012 at 1:00 am

    Not impressed. She looks horrible, and the dress (if it can be called that) really distracts from the fact that she is very pretty. Not a big fan of the random red lighting gels up on her head either. Seems like a craft shop attempt to look like Gaga.

    As for him… jeans and a band tshirt. Not much to say, except someone needs to teach him a more masculine pose. The crossed leg look really is very feminine.

  49. Aa

    September 11, 2012 at 1:02 am

    Pretty sure that’s Mike from Ratatat !
    And uhhh… good for her ?

    • Jill

      September 22, 2012 at 11:17 pm

      holy shit you’re right

  50. Maricel

    September 11, 2012 at 1:06 am

    Cool picture, ugly outfit. He is like in a good kind of vibe. I don’t know what she was thinking????

  51. une chatte grise

    September 11, 2012 at 1:11 am

    I find it interesting that folks were raving about the seriously cut-up, skin-revealing clothes in the Wang collection, the woven-from-string top in the Band of Outsiders collections, and the netting dress in the “rainy night” photo, but many are going all Mrs. Grundy over this look. Sure, it’s OTT, but it’s certainly not indecent, and she looks (I think) cool as hell.

    • melanie

      September 11, 2012 at 11:51 am

      @une chatte grise, i agree. this isn’t a look i would ever wish to wear, but that’s not really the point…extremely fine line (almost non-existant) between “good fashion” and “bad fashion”. if this leotard was made by Wang or some other fashion house, would the detractors reverse their critique? i can say that i think she is lovely, i actually like the avant garde hat and the sweet expression on her face. i am conflicted about the leotard as a daytime on-the-street garment, and i find the shoes simply hideous. HOWEVER, i appreciate her courage, her obvious humour, and consider her a provocateur.

    • florencey

      September 11, 2012 at 12:21 pm

      agreed.

  52. LL

    September 11, 2012 at 1:17 am

    It looks she has a piece of lighting gel on her head.

  53. Stacey Sweeney

    September 11, 2012 at 1:38 am

    It is good to always try and look a little bit unique but in this case you overdid everything. You should try and be simple because fashion is all about keeping it simple and real.

  54. Ty Walter

    September 11, 2012 at 1:40 am

    Ooh, what a funny lady’s clothe! I wonder when it’s worn! Was really impressed by the man’s elegant smart attire he’s in. Looks so handsome

    • wawa

      September 11, 2012 at 3:13 pm

      I really don’t see what you find smart in his clothing…

  55. Dora

    September 11, 2012 at 2:25 am

    Oh my word! Glad she’s got a chaperone.

  56. angelashaw

    September 11, 2012 at 2:29 am

    always a delight to see people expressing themselves

  57. Tammara Shelley

    September 11, 2012 at 2:30 am

    I am a young lady and if I dressed like that? My papa will skin me alive. She is practically naked! As for the guy; cute one! He is looking good.

  58. טבעת נחש

    September 11, 2012 at 2:36 am

    best costume for hot summer days! ;)

  59. Hammad Hammad

    September 11, 2012 at 2:40 am

    her lack of garment is a blasphemy to my eye.

    also, whats up with that red plastic wrapper on her head??

  60. SM

    September 11, 2012 at 2:46 am

    This is… interesting.
    Good on her for trying something new, although next time I think she should cover it up a little more.
    http://untrucoudeux.wordpress.com/

  61. Elizabeth

    September 11, 2012 at 2:56 am

    Are those Creeper *slippers*? Ballsy.

  62. Richard

    September 11, 2012 at 3:02 am

    that looks like Mike Stroud…

  63. Stephany

    September 11, 2012 at 3:06 am

    Feel like I am watching an episode of “Portlandia” – do you really think he’s a Van Halen fan? Her dress is just ewwww. Don’t they sell shirts like that on the Jersey boardwalk? Hipsters trying too hard.

  64. Sib

    September 11, 2012 at 3:06 am

    She’s certainly nailed the “look at me” look! Her face reflects a vulnerability that the clothes cruelly reinforce. I’m glad she’s with a friend.

    • LIZPR

      September 11, 2012 at 10:04 am

      Sib, your comment is so eloquent, poetic, diplomatic. I couldn’t have said it better myself.

      http://www.lizpr.com

  65. style-xyz

    September 11, 2012 at 3:10 am

    wow!

  66. GianLuca Marino

    September 11, 2012 at 3:15 am

  67. debi c

    September 11, 2012 at 3:26 am

    i always keep an eye out for edgy styles as that inspires me..but here i think if only one half of the attire was cut out then it would have made more of an impact…however this is interesting..you can only wonder what future fashion would be like and it is always exciting to see people push boundaries..

  68. Johnny

    September 11, 2012 at 3:48 am

    She clearly wants to make a statement, I just don’t know which kind of statement…
    http://www.theironyou.com

  69. fvale

    September 11, 2012 at 4:34 am

    I’m actually amazed that no one noticed who the guy is.
    His name is Mike Stroud, guitarrist of well known band Ratatat.

  70. utah

    September 11, 2012 at 4:44 am

    The subtle charm of the dark gods see her twice.Nonchalant the next man do? :D

  71. Eva

    September 11, 2012 at 4:53 am

    It takes a lot of guts to wear that outfit. I don’t say I like it but I admire her courage!

    http://www.creatvityandchocolate.blogspot.com

  72. roelien

    September 11, 2012 at 5:00 am

    haha… ADR eat your heart out…

  73. Tamera

    September 11, 2012 at 5:01 am

    WOW. I guess she can only be described as a walking piece of art! Definitely don’t try to bend, sit or reach in that “dress”. I think even in my wildest, most antisocial, punk college days I still wouldn’t have dared to wear this. Gotta give her props for giving it a go. (Whether it’s a fashion success is up for debate, but she’s definitely succeeded in getting a lot of attention!)

  74. Angela

    September 11, 2012 at 5:08 am

    What’s not to love?

  75. Laura

    September 11, 2012 at 5:11 am

    Omg, what is she wearing? Could it be more vulgar?

    http://www.laurablogmode.com

  76. agapikaloudi

    September 11, 2012 at 5:34 am

    I like these two together..

  77. Stella

    September 11, 2012 at 6:02 am

    Have no idea how she pulls it off, but she does. Impressive.

  78. svnbeam

    September 11, 2012 at 6:20 am

    Wow! I think she looks amazing. Shame on you jealous folk for judging her – she is expressing herself – who are we to say what others should / shouldn’t wear out on the street. I’d like to see more of this – more of anything that isn’t the universally accepted norm. Good on her!

  79. berenger

    September 11, 2012 at 6:27 am

    The girl’s look has an appeal – and not just the obvious – I like the red shoes and hat and the pattern formed by her holey jump-suit. I guess if she is a hat designer this works for her publicity-wise.

    I luuuuuuuurrrrrrve him! Wish it were me walking down the street next to him, he looks so very relaxed, cool and intelligent.

  80. rosie

    September 11, 2012 at 6:33 am

    oh, how I love NYC!

  81. DD

    September 11, 2012 at 7:08 am

    You have got to be kidding me. I saw a thousand stylish people at fashion week and you post this girl who looks like she charges by the hour. I don’t relate to any of your photos these days because she spend all your time downtown instead of venturing uptown where people have real personal style.

    • Jenny

      September 11, 2012 at 10:12 am

      You have missed the point of The Sartorialist entirely.

    • serious

      September 11, 2012 at 11:06 am

      if you think being downtown is bad and that that girl’s style isn’t amazing in its dare and complete devotion to expressing a real attitude, then maybe you should definitely stay uptown.

    • florencey

      September 11, 2012 at 12:23 pm

      oh dear. you’ve missed the point entirely.

  82. CBC

    September 11, 2012 at 8:23 am

    Toooo bad i lived through punk….otherwise i would be excited

  83. Sevan

    September 11, 2012 at 8:35 am

    This is her everyday style, I imagined. I don’t think she went from a cute little dress to this cut off one in a day or a week or a month. This is who she is either we like it or not. By the way, she is very pretty and I love the way she detached herself from the graffitied door.

  84. J9

    September 11, 2012 at 8:53 am

    This is what the bowery looked like before all of you people started showing up. Get off of my lawn!

  85. Rogue gee

    September 11, 2012 at 9:04 am

    Well shes really saying something!!

  86. debbie

    September 11, 2012 at 9:06 am

    Do not try at home. Please, do not try at home.

  87. Nika

    September 11, 2012 at 9:14 am

    She’s crossing the borders… She isn’t doing it to look “cool” I think, just for shocking the crowd. Don’t like her.

  88. MAB

    September 11, 2012 at 9:22 am

    god, i love new york (especially during fashion week)

  89. Ruth

    September 11, 2012 at 9:44 am

    Totally ridiculous outfit.

  90. Víctor

    September 11, 2012 at 9:48 am

    I can NOT believe this!

    The most of the opinions are negative and many people is scandalized by her dress.

    Am I reading The Sartorialist or I’m wrong reading a christian magazine?

    I live in a little town of Spain, a country where many people will react ill-mannered to that look, but considering the pic is taken in NY…

    No, I would not like my woman or my daughter dresses like that, but I’d respect it.

    People, a bit more mind opening, please.

  91. Toby

    September 11, 2012 at 10:27 am

    Stand-out!

  92. Hülya

    September 11, 2012 at 10:28 am

    Wow, big NO.

  93. Jeanne

    September 11, 2012 at 10:32 am

    Yeah, hhmmm….really NOT loving this. First of all, agreeing w some of your comments….this has been done before and done better when it made more sense (@J9: No! You! Get off MY lawn! :) ) Anyway, aside from that, it’s just too much, too exhibitionist….makes me wonder about her self-esteem, regardless of her style and how edgy her other clothes are.

  94. Kate

    September 11, 2012 at 10:41 am

    Guts and glory. The end.

    Kate

    http://www.thrillofthechaise.com

  95. Andrea

    September 11, 2012 at 10:48 am

    This is what I love of big cities (especially NY). Everyone wears what they want/like! I can’t picture myself walking around my little town in Argentina wearing this outfit. :D Anyway, the pic is stunning, as always! Kisses

  96. Pi

    September 11, 2012 at 10:54 am

    Bully for her! (Girl, wear what makes you happy!) Really, this is neither more nor less ridiculous than some of the current postings from uptown…but as someone who can envision just about anything as a hat…I hope she pushes the envelope a little bit further and lights up that cellophane at night.

  97. Maria (from Cambridge)

    September 11, 2012 at 11:02 am

    I like how the man’s tee shirt (with the lion bursting forth) and the woman’s jumpsuit complement one another–quite nicely. I just don’t know what to do with the hat and the shoes–but I think it’s only because I played with those very same materials (as bedroom decor, and as a bag) in high school and so have mixed feelings. I think those accessories distract from the visual power of the jumpsuit and its impact on the viewer. It turns the outfit into a caricature when it doesn’t need to be. She could be toying with us, of course, but there are more subtle ways to play…

  98. Votre Amie

    September 11, 2012 at 11:07 am

    Major point for creativity
    x
    http://www.iloveublank.blogspot.com

  99. Miss L

    September 11, 2012 at 11:29 am

    Her outfit is kind of …. not my cup of tea. It is cool and unique and very different, but not something I would wear.

    http://www.beautybymissl.com

  100. Pulseonthego

    September 11, 2012 at 11:30 am

    Umm..strange,wicked, weird… Could say she has an extraordinary sense of confidence BUT I just can’t bring myself to see the “art” of fashion in it. It’s just that sometimes even with the freedom of expression in a normal setting so to speak comes a code and this kinda goes beyond that. Or maybe, giving her a benefit of a doubt, she probably is working on an art project, ya?

  101. dcinDC

    September 11, 2012 at 11:46 am

    Tacky home-made attempt at something “fashiony”. Didn’t we do this 30 or more years ago? It didn’t look good then either. Should NOT see the light of day; might work in a club at night with heels. Those things on her feet are hideous. Snooki would kill her for them!!!

  102. dcinDC

    September 11, 2012 at 11:55 am

    Sleazy outfit, but because some of you mentioned who the guy was, I discovered some very cool music – love how the internet does that!

    http://ratatatmusic.com/ You enjoy it too!

  103. Nika

    September 11, 2012 at 11:58 am

    I have really mixed feelings about this one – though it is indeed striking! Sartorial decisions are not divorced from other thoughts on culture and body politics, and especially female bodies in this case. I am not sure what this outfit says, and maybe that’s why everyone here either loves it or hates it – but cannot really articulate why… I think she is beautiful, but there is dissonance between her beauty and seeming fragility and the punk-chic of the garment (dress? jumpsuit?). There is dissonance between the almost-nudity and the non-intention to be sexy (at least, to me, this is no overt “I’m sexy and I know it” vibe here)…. There is dissonance between the confidence needed to pull this off and the casual, almost shy pose… There’s a lot here that plays off of our fashion/cultural expectations and breaks right through them. The question for me is that I don’t know if it is successful in articulating any new solution, sartorial or otherwise.

    That said, would I wear this? No. First of all, I am still not sure I like it aesthetically (rationalization be damned), and secondly, on a pragmatic plane, I would be afraid to go out like this… Not for fear of ridicule or merely disapproval, but for fear of assault, plain and simple. And what does that say about our society?

    • Max

      November 28, 2012 at 12:55 am

      Very interesting point about the intention. I agree. It seems more of a “This is my body and I am unashamed.” vibe.

  104. Sioux

    September 11, 2012 at 12:03 pm

    No coincidence I am reading these silly comments on 9/11. 11 years ago today the energy of NYC completely changed…forever. The 1%’rs took over and the punks, goths and eccentrics { like the one woman above} were banished. Nothing has changed. I don’t know when people are going to realise it’s time to live and let live. Aren’t you tired of looking like everyone else? Are you mad at this woman because she is free thinking free spirited woman that you are afraid to be?

    • wawa

      September 11, 2012 at 3:15 pm

      This is exactly what I was thinking, I love the fact that she is trying to express herself and not wear the same clothes as millions of people.

    • Rosie

      September 11, 2012 at 11:27 pm

      Agreed!! Wearing what she is screams volumes about her confidence. Why knock someone down for being an expressive and creative individual? I can find more offensive material within the covers of the countless magazines at the newsagents. I don’t like the look of the outfit but she’s not dressing to please me or anyone else…..the sartorialist included! If life is about expression, she’s living it!

  105. florencey

    September 11, 2012 at 12:18 pm

    scott- i love it when you post photos of really alternative styles, it takes guts to show all facets of style on a site renowned for showing impeccably dressed gentlemen in suits. it’s refreshing, and keeps me coming back again and again, just in case you’ve thrown another curveball out there.

    also, massive respect to this girl- not only is she expressing her own style without caring what other people think, but she’s also comfortable in her own skin, a rare quality in young women these days.

  106. su

    September 11, 2012 at 12:27 pm

    head to toe YUK!

  107. Michael

    September 11, 2012 at 12:31 pm

    The fellow looks cool; the lady looks ridiculous but she is certainly staking a claim to a unique identity if that is important to her.

  108. Sandra

    September 11, 2012 at 12:31 pm

    Inspiringly cool. I´m inspired to both be more daring and get my arse to the gym.

  109. Sg

    September 11, 2012 at 12:42 pm

    I don’t care who made it, the girl’s outfit is horrible. It does look better on her than it would on the likes of Nicky Minaj and Jordan though

  110. mimi

    September 11, 2012 at 12:44 pm

    I think what she’s wearing is art, not just fashion!

    She has the perfect body for it.

  111. Claudia

    September 11, 2012 at 12:49 pm

    I’ve been following this blog for a couple of years now, and this pic has finally brought the lurker out into the open. I’m not a fashionista, but I love photography and I love line, color, texture, shape – I’ve learned so much here about fashion AND photography. Kudos to Scott for his artistry. So many stories in this picture – in her eyes and expression, also in his. Then you add their clothes into the story lines, and this one picture gives you years of stories to tell!

  112. Penny

    September 11, 2012 at 12:53 pm

    I do not get what she has on her head?

  113. grizzlesnort

    September 11, 2012 at 2:23 pm

    The odd thing for me is the juxtaposition. wonder what the comments would be if he were dressed like her (or equivalent, if any) and she were covered up like him?

  114. xiang

    September 11, 2012 at 2:24 pm

    It’s fun, and it’s interesting. Do whatever and makes fashion more interesting.

    Xiang

  115. Harpy

    September 11, 2012 at 3:43 pm

    Pretty sure that wasn’t supposed to be fashion but part of some art piece. Possibly a dancer. I mean, she has a bunch of cellophane on her head.

  116. Gaby Fletcher

    September 11, 2012 at 3:57 pm

    “Fashion victim” comes to mind. Or just victim. Fashion it’s not.

  117. Mar

    September 11, 2012 at 4:08 pm

    Wow,
    So extremely cool and inventive in every detail. What I love most about fashion is when it is used as creative expression. This is very gutsy, not only for how revealing it is but also for the design that is clearly so controversial. (what an avalanche of inarticulate negative feedback!) Everything is so perfect from her eyes looking sidelong through her red cellophane down to her oversize fuzzy red shoes. Indeed I thoroughly enjoy more conventional fashion. But I find this totally exciting. Guys have been able to get away with that look for way too long. Why is that outfit cliche so accepted?

    Mark

  118. Christine.R

    September 11, 2012 at 4:47 pm

    Maybe layering and a different choice of shoes?? Bold move nevertheless!

  119. melissa

    September 11, 2012 at 4:49 pm

    i have three letters:

    WTF

    no seriously. it’s nothing but shock value. honestly, this kind of reminds me of nyc punk before they cleared out st. marks and shut down coney island high. but we were actually INTO punk – the music and the scene. this look doesn’t look or feel genuine to me. i could appreciate her not giving a f**k but this is just so vulgar. (and i don’t mean that it’s offensive because of how revealing it is… i’ve seen women without a shirt or bra near central park and thought less about that than i do about this).

    i just can’t take this seriously.

  120. Kat

    September 11, 2012 at 4:52 pm

    So many prudes! Sorry she’s not wearing a Chanel suit. Can we stop being so narrow and realize people draw inspiration from all sorts of places? Please, stop being offended by what other people are wearing, it’s not a good look for you.

  121. Song G.

    September 11, 2012 at 5:10 pm

    Very interesting to see on monitor but I don’t see any place on Earth to go in that outfit. If she intended to be an eye catcher, she definitely made one.

  122. Jaygo

    September 11, 2012 at 5:27 pm

    Brilliant fashion technology in the fusion of dress and body. A genuine coup.

  123. Carol Fisher

    September 11, 2012 at 6:03 pm

    The girl’s look is so wrong that it’s right – but I still think it’s wrong!

  124. jaj

    September 11, 2012 at 6:37 pm

    It’s an interesting photo. I look at it and come up with a story or two. Shocking outfit, but the contrast between the young lady and young man is fascinating.

  125. Tat

    September 11, 2012 at 6:41 pm

    Although not my personal taste, nevertheless it is so much fun!

    Sometimes I think we forget how to play with fashion.

    I think both of their outfits stand out due to the capture of such contrasting styles side by side.

    Brillliant photograph!

  126. xiang

    September 11, 2012 at 7:00 pm

    you laugh because she is different
    she laughs because you are all the same

    You go, girl. Love NYC and love people who aren’t afraid of trying new things.

  127. dcinDC

    September 11, 2012 at 7:39 pm

    She looks uncomfortable in a number of ways. He’s like, “Dude, I don’t know why this guy asked me to stand next to this chick and take our picture – maybe he’ll give me some money.”

  128. kyliejane

    September 11, 2012 at 8:29 pm

    I can’t take this seriously, it seems like a set up to me, otherwise it’s yet another attention seeking device. Truly awful.

  129. Ju Lee

    September 11, 2012 at 11:04 pm

    The combination of the shoes and dress equals frumpy froo-froo meets slut. I’m not on a fan of anything that leaves nothing to the imagination. Fashion, while daring and wild, needs to have a modicum of sense and sensibility involved. Drawing attention vs desperate attention whoring – they’re not one and the same, and this is definitely the latter. She’s trying too hard, and is no Anna Piaggi. Tasteless.

  130. Regina

    September 12, 2012 at 1:53 am

    These comments are interesting. I thought Sartorialist viewers open minded people. I am wrong. I am also wrong in thinking women are progressing in society; we’re not wit the subjectivity expressed here that this woman needs protection because she dresses vulnerably. A strong woman, very strong, is inside this outfit.

    To comment on the outfit. Well I love it. Love the contrast between this and depictions of conservative ‘expert’ dressers. The woman looks like she is free yet wary of the stir she’s causing. Love the strong colours against her pearl skin. Love that it is neither contrived nor raunchy. I don’t know how but it is in her face. A look to me of honesty. Not I don’t give a f***. She is asking for respect from the inside out is my opinion. Why should strippers have all the fun!

    Finally, to the person who posts this on a fashion blog, you are one amazing man! To recognise inner strength is art!

  131. Claire

    September 12, 2012 at 4:08 am

    I’m assuming this is a pull on ‘tard – imagine getting your feet through without snagging your toes in all the holes! I love the bottom half, but I don’t think the straps or the chest area are doing her any favours.

  132. Stefan

    September 12, 2012 at 4:34 am

    People really do anything to get noticed. Her whole appearance demands attention. Fashion must have something of style, taste and class. She seems like a nice woman, but what she wears that really can not.

  133. pimpmybricks.wordpress.com

    September 12, 2012 at 4:43 am

    To appreciate (extreme) personal expression through clothes isn’t necessarily the same thing at all as liking that form of expression. I appreciate that she is expressing herself, but I just don’t like the look. I can’t get away from the association of Borat’s lime green one piece.

  134. mMore

    September 12, 2012 at 4:59 am

    Wow! 156 hits here!
    she got it horewer she was aiming for …
    she got it!
    hats off!

  135. Name*

    September 12, 2012 at 5:46 am

    no guts no glory!!!

  136. Mai

    September 12, 2012 at 9:08 am

    Love her individuality and sense of self. There is no Barbie or Ken doll here.

  137. Christina

    September 12, 2012 at 9:34 am

    BRAVISSIMA…..NYC me.

  138. Cat

    September 12, 2012 at 10:11 am

    I really like that she looks like she stepped out of a sci fi movie. I wouldn’t do it myself, but I love that she is out there pushing the boundaries SO MUCH.

  139. JANE

    September 12, 2012 at 10:46 am

    SHE LOOKS CHEAP, AND TRIES TO DRAW PEOPLE’S ATTENTION TO HER PROBABLY.
    FASHION SHOULDN’T BE THAT WAY.

  140. Francesc Comellas

    September 12, 2012 at 10:49 am

    Amazing!!, but…horrible

  141. sun kissed highways

    September 12, 2012 at 11:02 am

    i would imagine this would look better at night and that she wore it for a night out and you caught her and her way home not having a chance to change for the day time

  142. K

    September 12, 2012 at 11:27 am

    Interestingly enough, Jenna Jameson actually just wore a more modest (!!) version of this outfit the other day.

    http://www.hauteliving.com/2012/09/haute-event-jenna-jameson-celebrates-her-return-to-vegas-at-crazy-horse-iii/

    • melissa

      September 12, 2012 at 12:20 pm

      jenna did it better.

  143. anonymous

    September 12, 2012 at 12:44 pm

    I like to read all the comments before saying anything in photos like this. Probably because I’m missing some cool subtext or something and don’t want to be caught saying that I think it’s tacky. Which it is. But then, maybe she wants to be tacky. Then we’re into the whole freedom of expression which is dear to Americans’ hearts. Which I don’t get. There are other people in the world who would find this offensive, me included. I guess that’s where we set up the camps, cool vs. the world.

  144. Dea

    September 12, 2012 at 12:49 pm

    She looks like she tried too hard and missed the point…

  145. Cianna

    September 12, 2012 at 4:16 pm

    WOAH. What is it that she’s wearing? I really like her face and hat/hair piece, and the jumpsuit is really interesting. I wonder if she’s a performer? And the shoes are just… kind of really ugly. I think her face is gorgeous, her jumpsuit is edgy, shocking, and awesome, but the shoes are awful. Her outfit is everywhere.

    Also, I like the Van Halen guy. I have a friend named Halen, named after Van Halen, and Van Halen always makes me think of her:)

  146. Becky Bedbug

    September 12, 2012 at 4:29 pm

    Oh my goodness! This is… quite something!

    Becky
    http://www.beckybedbug.com

  147. Max

    September 12, 2012 at 4:54 pm

    Last time I’ve seen such a dress was in a french swinger club…

    • Berenger

      September 12, 2012 at 5:31 pm

      Such a colourful life you have! What’s good for your club is good for the blog, no? So it’s ok to be a swinger, but not ok to actually wear something from that frame of reference in public… I like her even more.

      • une chatte grise

        September 13, 2012 at 2:56 am

        *applauds*

  148. Kristine in Santa Barbara

    September 13, 2012 at 12:00 am

    I’ve seen a lot of jersey slashing and I think that jumpsuit wins the prize for suggestiveness and originality. From the picture I can’t tell if she’s wearing pasties or bra cups, but somehow she has made it street wear-able. She’s totally covered people. Love it or hate it but she’s “decent”. Kudos to her.

    You all should get out more if that outfit bothers you. Many runway collections have been way more naked and way less wearable by the masses for years.

    For those that love really creative clothing check out Scott London, the Schuman of the Playa at Burning Man. His set for 2012 at http://www.scottlondon.com and his photo essays at rollingstone.com. Enjoy!

    • une chatte grise

      September 13, 2012 at 2:04 pm

      Thanks for the link! Some great photos & looks there.

  149. Georgia Rose

    September 13, 2012 at 12:25 am

    Frickin awesome!

  150. Edohaus

    September 13, 2012 at 8:08 am

    She looked like she had Venom wrapping her whole body. Appreciate the guts of her wearing that outfit though.

  151. Lisa

    September 13, 2012 at 8:10 am

    Oh my goodness. Going to the washroom must be an ordeal.

  152. Hangar 217

    September 13, 2012 at 8:32 am

    I have one thing to say about this dress: !

  153. JJ

    September 13, 2012 at 6:40 pm

    It’s interesting that this outfit has received such a high volume of comments and the division it has caused, when something arguably more revealing on the same site (pic 2) has received nothing but praise, slipping under the radar with very little reaction:

    http://www.thesartorialist.com/women/after-altuzarra/#comments

    Some sample comments from the link:
    “Great images! I’m in love with the 2nd one.”
    “The second photo… omg is so fashion&feminine! Love it!”
    “What beauties!!! Love the net dress…”
    “The dress in the second picture any idea where l can get?”

    I don’t personally see a big difference between the two outfits in what the wearers are trying to achieve and how “appropriate” they are. In fact, the look above is risqué, but expertly avoids exposing underwear (and indeed rids the wearer of the need for wearing any at all), unlike the dress in the link, which leaves very little to the imagination. I am intrigued as to why people are jumping on the back of this young lady, but lauding the other. Sure, the cut and styles are different, but in my opinion, both represent freedom of expression in equal measure and just show the great variation in fashion design.

    Everyone is entitled to their opinion and to like/dislike whatever they want, but some of these comments just come off as conservative, ignorant and hypocritical. Fashion welcomes a wide range of characters and creations, which is why it’s such an intriguing art form. If Scott only represented a certain type of fashion/style his site would be boring. I praise both the photographer and subject for daring to be different.

  154. Y

    September 13, 2012 at 9:40 pm

    She is always wearing “Crocs”. It is the worst shoes ever you could wear if you care about the fashion.
    Shoes is most important piece in fashion styling. people judge you to look at which shoes you wear.

  155. john.

    September 14, 2012 at 11:51 am

    To the people who are responding “You are all prudes! So what that it is revealing?”
    The problem isn’t that this is revealing, the problem is that it just looks horrible. It detracts from her beauty and just makes her an eyesore.

  156. mmfifi

    September 14, 2012 at 2:25 pm

    nah trying to hard its not cool……… not even beautiful in an arty way..
    …………just tring too hard…
    desperado as in the song!

  157. Ms. Pea

    September 14, 2012 at 4:52 pm

    Are those two people together? The guy and the weird chick? It sort of looks like she was hiding in that little corner, and the guy was just walking past. I don’t think they’re a couple.

    Love her slippers, though I don’t think I wear them outside. They look cozy and the fuzzyness could get all icky from the dirty sidewalks.

  158. Lola

    September 16, 2012 at 1:45 am

    I think that her outfit is amazing, even if I don’t have the guts to use it (and I think it’s suited to a cosplay event…)

  159. Eric

    September 17, 2012 at 4:12 am

    idk really… but i think it’s something fresh. and something fresh is always too shocking sometimes so when the time is right and the design is right u r good to go

  160. Sunny Dessous

    September 18, 2012 at 4:20 am

    Wow, that’s a great suit! We should have it in our product line!

  161. victoria

    September 20, 2012 at 1:50 am

    I think this is a Mark Fast design, is it ?… I enjoy looking brave ladies that really try to express themselves with the clothes ! Good ! They INSPIRE ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

    From Mexico !

  162. Alex

    September 21, 2012 at 3:51 pm

    I applaud her for wearing it, though I don’t think it is flattering. But maybe it was never intended to be.
    Having said that, it reminds me an awful lot of the outfit Kylie Minogue wore in her last music video for the single “Timebomb”. And even there I didn’t think it was flattering.
    It adds a lot of weight to the hips I think. And I don’t really dig that in both cases.

  163. MB

    September 21, 2012 at 5:26 pm

    I would be terrified to walk around wearing that outfit. She must have been hollered at super aggressively… Dang, sometimes I opt out of wearing dresses a million times less revealing than that because i don’t want to get checked out/hooted at. Takes courage and a mega dose of I don’t give a f*** to wear that

  164. Etc

    September 21, 2012 at 6:53 pm

    With dainty flats, her outfit could be almost elegant, and plainer shoes would give more focus to the hat, if that’s her thing. The fuzzy pimp slippers are just so disturbing with the rest of the outfit.

  165. lb

    September 22, 2012 at 6:20 am

    ‘personal style’ has become so homogenized and styled so precisely to mimic what is on the pages of magazines – or blogs – that something even remotely eccentric is considered shocking. this look actually comes across as very natural for both people in the picture. what is ‘trying too hard’ are all those damn platform heels and short-shorts.

  166. Clare

    September 23, 2012 at 6:35 am

    Like others I really appreciate her uniqueness. It’s not like she can’t pull it off but I really do feel compelled to wrap her in tinfoil – like paramedics do after you run a marathon.

  167. cécile

    September 26, 2012 at 9:02 am

    In the street????

  168. Dizzy

    October 10, 2012 at 8:30 am

    My first reaction was ‘Oh God, why.’ And then I tried to appreciate the uniqueness but I failed terribly. She looks uncomfortable and a little ‘try too hard’ in my opinion. The headpiece could be a nice touch if she used it with another outfit but I just think this is fail. Not judging though, if she thinks she looks great and feels good, fine by me.

    The guy looks lovely though, I loved how relaxed he is.

  169. Max

    November 28, 2012 at 12:51 am

    I think this outfit is absolutely perfect. Just the thought that we are all bodies underneath our clothes… I think it’s totally provocative. The idea of showing off a little where it is unexpected is refreshing.

  170. Andrew S

    February 2, 2013 at 9:44 am

    Her shoes remind me of the late Kenny Everett/Sid Snot gag
    “Some people think these shoes are crepe – I don’t think they’re that bad!”

  171. Coolbeans

    July 8, 2013 at 5:45 pm

    WinWin

  172. Neon Wasabi

    August 5, 2013 at 1:59 pm

    No.

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