Friday, March 7, 2008

On the Street….The Silhouette, Milan



Everyone knows I love the little details but sometimes the little details are less important than the overall silhouette.

I think this is a perfect example – the pleating details are only important for the overall shape that it gives the skirt. Any additional hardware or trims would just distract from the simple, beautiful lines.

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  1. Anonymous

    March 7, 2008 at 9:49 am

    oh wow.

  2. pretty kitty publishing

    March 7, 2008 at 9:57 am

    Does anyone know who makes the skirt? The pinstripes offer a tone of formality to what is a delightfully soft look to say that it is an all black ensemble.

  3. marchingbandemporium

    March 7, 2008 at 10:03 am

    Such a beautiful picture, and such a rich purple colour. Lovely.

  4. sunni muchacha

    March 7, 2008 at 10:08 am

    what amazing items of clothing. the way she has put it together is so simple yet daring. i think this is my favourite outfit on here since a long a time..

  5. Anonymous

    March 7, 2008 at 10:25 am

    Oh my god!

  6. Coryn

    March 7, 2008 at 10:33 am

    I must say that I really love black because it is so classy. This is an amazing black ensemble. One thing I really enjoy about this outfit is because it has so many extra possibilities as well. She could add a necklace or a bracelet or earrings, but even without, it’s still AMAZING. The clutch definitely adds to the outfit as well. I think I am going to mimic this style for work next week.

  7. Jen

    March 7, 2008 at 10:35 am

    The simplicity accents the curvature of her legs. She’s gorgeous.

  8. Anonymous

    March 7, 2008 at 10:41 am

    Great photograph.

  9. Alice Olive

    March 7, 2008 at 10:49 am

    Agreed. A sleek, minimal approach is simply beautiful. Elegant.

  10. Carolina Lange

    March 7, 2008 at 10:52 am

    So beautiful!

  11. Samantha

    March 7, 2008 at 11:04 am

    i love the classiness of it all, punched up a bit with Mary-Jane heels and unique clutch. adoration.

  12. Anonymous

    March 7, 2008 at 11:05 am

    VERY seductive…. A wonderfully knowing expression and the slate blue wall behind her brings colour to the monochrome outfit.

  13. vip

    March 7, 2008 at 11:07 am

    Quel beau style! Elle a du chien.

  14. loulou ck

    March 7, 2008 at 11:09 am

    The stripes in the background, the stripes in the skirt. Swoon. The texture of the bricks, the texture of her shoes. Sigh. Her hair and her clutch.

    This shot is ridiculously fantastic, and the outfit is probably the most reflective of my own personal taste of many of the ensembles here.

    In any case, the site is great, this photo stellar and the outfit – perfection.

  15. Anonymous

    March 7, 2008 at 11:13 am

    from a distance, she blocks out the light geometrically fantastically. The up close impression is slightly dirty.

  16. ama

    March 7, 2008 at 11:16 am

    I think it would be hard to get better than this… It’s classic, chic and seductive at the same time. Fabulous. I like her ‘undone’ hair.

  17. Raney

    March 7, 2008 at 11:16 am

    Beautiful. I love how her hair isn’t ‘done’.

  18. loulou ck

    March 7, 2008 at 11:19 am

    …and will someone tell me who makes that skirt?? (the sweater is beautiful too…)

  19. Luxx

    March 7, 2008 at 11:29 am

    this shot is amazing! her hair seems to glow and the proportions are perfect :)

    great job scott!

  20. Keiler

    March 7, 2008 at 11:38 am

    It emphasizes her halo of blonde hair nicely.

  21. Anonymous

    March 7, 2008 at 11:40 am

    When you’ve got shoulders like that, use them.

  22. Anonymous

    March 7, 2008 at 11:44 am

    simply stunning. it is a well exectued minimalist look that can be worn again with a change of accessories although it gives such a good effect without them. and i love that clutch!

  23. Anonymous

    March 7, 2008 at 11:48 am

    This is classy. She could be also heavier and still look stylish.

  24. Anonymous

    March 7, 2008 at 12:15 pm

    This is very sexy yet no skin is exposed.

    HOT-

  25. metscan

    March 7, 2008 at 12:16 pm

    Agreed. Less is more. Once again space for your own imagination.

  26. Agnese

    March 7, 2008 at 1:23 pm

    Hi everybody! The skirt and the clutch are both from MaxMara a/w 0809 catwalk… I’m an insider and I’m very glad (PROUD!!) u like the clutch… u can try to imagine why I am… probably all of us used to look always at the same shoes and bags designers, we desire’em and we dream about’em… but there are many others brand maybe not so glamorous that can make a woman look fabolous…look for them! I take ur appreciations on these items as gratifications of this hard job that is fashion…

  27. Meramel

    March 7, 2008 at 1:26 pm

    Very stylish. Also a fantastic picture: the background is just amazing! The wall and the stones on the pawement; the pleated skirt and the clutch!

  28. La Terpette

    March 7, 2008 at 1:33 pm

    I love love love this photo. She seems to have a glow around her. The bare background adds to the simple, elegant statement she’s making.

  29. jessica

    March 7, 2008 at 1:45 pm

    my goodness! you are really finding some well-lit spaces to show off the ladies recently! so striking! fantastic…

  30. lynn

    March 7, 2008 at 2:01 pm

    Stunning

  31. Anonymous

    March 7, 2008 at 2:22 pm

    ah but I love the detail on her shoes.

  32. Anonymous

    March 7, 2008 at 2:23 pm

    Your comment is spot on. And i would argue that these days, there’s actually something bold about simplicity. Her turtleneck demonstrates a degree of restraint that lets all the interest in the skirt come through.

    Wish I could get my hands on the pattern for that skirt,or at least see more of how it’s made — so as to make it myself!

    Speaking of which, does anyone know of any blogs/websites that provide interesting clothing patterns for free?

  33. Jasmint

    March 7, 2008 at 2:36 pm

    Perfection.

    (Oh, Sart, I’ve grown to cherish and depend on your site for daily inspiration and defence against a too-oft aesthetically displeasing world.

    The Absolut ad is fine, but it makes me fear the site might change; become a victim of its own success.

    I love it just the way it is and think it would be amazing if in 15 years the format retains its simplicity — even stays identical as it is today.

    Perhaps I’m a bore that way.

    Lots of love and thank you, sincerely.)

  34. Anonymous

    March 7, 2008 at 3:45 pm

    Gorgeous European woman: perfectly understated and chic without all the trinkets and “trends” some of your other subjects incorporate into their outfits. You really don’t need to try too hard when you’re this gorgeous.

  35. Anonymous

    March 7, 2008 at 4:27 pm

    she is gorgeous! she looks so strong, chic and classic in that..

  36. El Guapo

    March 7, 2008 at 5:12 pm

    Once again subtlety is key– the studs on the heels and the reptilian texture of her handbag (not to mention the pinstripes in the skirt). Plus, its an absolutely wonderful picture!

  37. Janelle

    March 7, 2008 at 7:03 pm

    In the first view I am totally in love. The overall darkness, the fact that she shows so little skin but it is still completely sexy and the contrast with the clutch is amazing. When I blow it up though I cannot help but be super critical. I could forgive that the turtleneck seems too big if the waist of the skirt wasn’t so pulled and messy. Anyway I still love it and would be checking her out if i passed her on the street.

  38. Anonymous

    March 7, 2008 at 7:36 pm

    Stunning. Her shoes are Louboutins, aren’t they?

  39. may'k

    March 7, 2008 at 9:56 pm

    this was from fashion week, yeah? omgsh, LOVE LOVE LOVE! you rule, mr. sartorialist. i’ve been reading for two years (?) now and it’s so awesome how everyone has agreed you are a super-genius. totally.

  40. cbkphotos

    March 7, 2008 at 9:56 pm

    love the whole black on black ensemble. so classic

  41. Pandora

    March 7, 2008 at 11:11 pm

    I really like this. I used to dress like this when I still had a figure. I like the way the background in reflected in the stripes in her skirt. AND she is not pigeon-toed

  42. The Globalist

    March 7, 2008 at 11:55 pm

    Stunningly simple and elegant. She oozes confidence and that’s what sexy is all about.

    -John

  43. stylePOVist

    March 8, 2008 at 12:38 am

    julie von Boehm?

  44. Anonymous

    March 8, 2008 at 6:21 am

    Perfection in my oppinion. Chic and classic.

  45. Milijana

    March 8, 2008 at 6:44 am

    great outfit and a great photo sart… i haven’t been a fan lately, but this one is great.

  46. Françoise

    March 8, 2008 at 10:18 am

    How not to like this? :) Perfect and clean.

  47. Anonymous

    March 8, 2008 at 11:52 am

    is she wearing black or blue? it looks like blue to me.

  48. Hellorinis

    March 8, 2008 at 4:24 pm

    Julia Von Boehm…Paris Vogue bien sĂ»r! These girls are just the chicest, at all times. She has a somewhat more romantic look than the others, though, softer than Carine, Emanuelle, Anastasia, Melanie…

  49. Anonymous

    March 8, 2008 at 6:58 pm

    wonderful shot. the lighting is gorgeous. she appears to be glowing.

  50. Amanda B

    March 8, 2008 at 7:32 pm

    I love it but I’m forced to wonder: would this work quite so well with dark brown hair? There is some beauty in the way her hair off-sets all the darkness, and I wonder if the elegance would turn drab without that. This is a concern to me of course, because I have dark brown hair :)
    I absolutely love the way you have photographed this by the way, with the light to one side and framing her perfectly.

  51. Scott W

    March 9, 2008 at 1:04 am

    Such a beautiful aura.

  52. www.xxsxx.blogspot.com

    March 9, 2008 at 9:23 am

    Love it!

  53. Shalini

    March 9, 2008 at 9:33 am

    i love it when women don’t find the need to try to hard to look different and opt for classic pieces in understated colours.

  54. Jen

    March 9, 2008 at 9:45 am

    Yes, the outfit is nice, but gathering from the above comments, some people think just like me; it’s just quite a European look. For me, this is everyday work wear, more or less.

    I am travelling to NYC next month and I am incredibly curious to see how “normal” people dress. The overall fashion sense of the New Yorkers (not to be mixed up with Americans as I understand it) compared to northern Europe.

    What does impress me is that someone said she was with French Vogue. That makes me happy, I like her understated fashion sense although working for the world’s greatest fashion magazine. I think that is to be admired.

    And, as always, great photo, great light.

  55. aml

    March 9, 2008 at 12:17 pm

    i love this outfit for all of the above reasons but i especially agree with the person who mentioned her hair– NOT the person who wondered if it would work on someone with dark hair (huh?), but the one who remarked that her hair doesn’t look “done.” some kind of stray thread (or quirky accessory as with the dude in the pic above) prevents an ensemble from looking too straitlaced and severe. for me, her hair adds romance. i like “simple, beautiful lines” but i think the addition of a squiggle here and there really animates a person’s look.
    lady, if you’re reading this– you are gorgeous.

  56. sexy shoes

    March 9, 2008 at 12:41 pm

    It’s hard to tell if she’s wearing Louboutins. Formidable!

  57. Anonymous

    March 9, 2008 at 12:48 pm

    I feel I learn a lot from reading your blog, Sart. Seeing fashion through your lens and reading your comments helps me cultivate a sense of balance and proportion and color. Thank you.

  58. sheridan

    March 10, 2008 at 10:08 am

    This is a beautiful young lady! She has not fallen prey to all of the blah blah blah fashion that makes everyone in America look like they have been dressed in cookie cutter land. I love her hair! I love the photo and it literally stopped me in my tracks when I was browsing the site. Breathtaking work! Thank you for sharing the wonderful photos.

  59. Anonymous

    March 10, 2008 at 4:07 pm

    Her shoes look like Christian Louboutin suede studded mary janes.

  60. Anonymous

    March 10, 2008 at 6:30 pm

    My favorites are always of the Milanese. They have the most brilliant style.

  61. Anonymous

    March 11, 2008 at 5:14 am

    Wonderful, absolutely wonderful! She looks very understated yet completely chic. That clutch bag is a particularly inspired choice of handbag when I’m sure she has tens of other she could’ve chosen from. The crossed legs and ever so slight smile only add to her charm. Delightful is the word for this.

    Energie

  62. Philbird

    March 11, 2008 at 8:48 am

    Audrey Hepburn-esque. Love the roll-neck.

  63. Aliya

    March 11, 2008 at 1:29 pm

    She looks great, that’s a brilliant outfit!

  64. Agnès

    March 12, 2008 at 11:00 am

    You’re so right !
    When I saw the picture I just said “what a skirt !”. I love how its shape structured all the outfit. Although it’s a classic one -all black-, it’s really stunning.

  65. cigalechanta

    March 12, 2008 at 9:10 pm

    I agree with you. When Less is more in this case.
    I like the blue background and brick ground

  66. Anonymous

    March 13, 2008 at 7:58 pm

    My coworker and I are having a debate about the women that you photograph. Most of them wear incredibly high heels. Our question is this: would these women have a diminished presence without these incredible but uncomfortable accessories? For instance, would this woman have the same poise were she wearing ballet flats? a ratty pair of Chuck Taylors? or even Saddle Oxfords? How much is she sacrificing in order to look this effortlessly chic?
    And, in the long run, is it really worth it?

  67. ~*FABULOUS*~

    March 14, 2008 at 9:11 pm

    Stunning. I think the color is more navy, but its richness contrasts beautifully with her pale skin and blonde hair. So classy and elegant!

  68. Anonymous

    March 16, 2008 at 10:22 am

    Oh, it’s the fabulous Julia von Boehm! Paris Vogue veteran and mega stylist…she always looks stunning and stylish even when she’s had no sleep and been working all day and out all night! And lives in heels! love her…

  69. Anonymous

    March 19, 2008 at 10:22 am

    My favorite look posted so far! Shows that fashion is truly an art: lines, sillouhtes, color… the skirt plus turtleneck creates a striking vase-like frame, and it makes for a perfect pairing with black tights. Becuase the skirt is (or at least appears in this photograph) navy, while the other articles of clothing are black, creates a look of curves, something it appears this women lacks.

  70. Mylinh

    March 23, 2008 at 11:08 am

    Love the curve of the bubble skirt. Beautiful outfit. I can see this on Siena Miller. Maybe it’s because of the pale skin and blonde hair. Wonder if this outfit would work on me since I am five foot tall on a good day :)

  71. mbb

    April 3, 2008 at 5:29 pm

    she is heavenly! i love the vertical lines in the skirt echoed in the backdrop, and the bag adds a sublime compliment to the look in an unconventional way, it totally works.

  72. Anonymous

    May 11, 2009 at 9:04 am

    woow she is really so elegant …

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