Thursday, September 29, 2011

On the Street….Via Morelli, Milan


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  1. Paul Gonzales

    September 29, 2011 at 9:02 am

    How natural!

  2. D.

    September 29, 2011 at 9:04 am

    Such a Elagant way of mixing colours!!

    • Simone Fraser

      November 24, 2013 at 9:34 am

      Whether she’s disconcerted, exasperaated or heartfully involved in the conversation, this lady is stunningly groomed.

  3. the parnassus

    September 29, 2011 at 9:04 am

    What a nice color!
    Don’t know about the zebra though…

  4. Emily

    September 29, 2011 at 9:07 am

    Beautiful turquoise colour pop and print is always a winner.

  5. riana

    September 29, 2011 at 9:11 am

    Love the colour of the shoes with the dark dress and not sure about the jacket, it works in theory but not sure on her at that time…

  6. The life after

    September 29, 2011 at 9:12 am

    Ok the shoes don’t feet at all! But I love her attitude!

  7. DaylightbK

    September 29, 2011 at 9:15 am

    Cool Outfit!
    I like it!

    My Blog, gedankenlos versunken.

  8. Ximena

    September 29, 2011 at 9:16 am

    Regia, me encantan los colores

  9. ayse

    September 29, 2011 at 9:16 am

    sometimes you feel like whats the use in wearing color under this but the truth it really works , surprisingly energy pouring out combined with the blue …

  10. jas

    September 29, 2011 at 9:21 am

  11. Fashionthroughtravel

    September 29, 2011 at 9:21 am

    Such an Italian expression on her face, they’re passionate about everything! A very intriguing photo.

  12. Serea

    September 29, 2011 at 9:29 am

    So elegant!! perfect green and blue.

  13. Fotautomat

    September 29, 2011 at 9:32 am

    Amazing – such a sophisticated look, with so many colours! And I love the green dress… Definitely a great colour for the season!

  14. Ruth

    September 29, 2011 at 9:34 am

    Great shot! The shoes make it pop

  15. Beauty, naturally.

    September 29, 2011 at 9:42 am

    When each piece is perfect you can do anything.

  16. Blackwhitetaffy

    September 29, 2011 at 9:42 am

    I LOVE THIS LOOK!!! THE ZEBRA JACKET FITS SO PERFECTLY with the dress!! So inspiring! Not every1 can though of using a that jacket with that dress. LOVE LOVE this look


  17. Paolita@BerryHaute

    September 29, 2011 at 9:42 am

    I love the idea of a little pop of color in an otherwise muted black and white outfit, blue is definitely a new one from the expected red or deep yellow.

  18. Cassandra

    September 29, 2011 at 9:43 am

    I love when women aren’t afraid wear something outside their “age.” This women makes these very young pieces sophisticated and her look becomes fresher.

  19. MstrdavidPOP

    September 29, 2011 at 9:44 am

    Love the lace dress and the zebra print sweater, such a great risk and such a good look!


  20. Patricia

    September 29, 2011 at 9:48 am

    Great, great shot! I want to hear that conversation and own those shoes!

  21. Laraine

    September 29, 2011 at 9:50 am

    Wow! The turquoise shoes poke you in the eye both literally and figuratively.

  22. Chrysa and Fifie

    September 29, 2011 at 9:53 am

    lovely dress


  23. Lauren

    September 29, 2011 at 9:56 am

    Pretty intense conversation she’s having here. Gorgeous outfit, though!

    The Styleseer

  24. kukupiku

    September 29, 2011 at 9:57 am

    Once more with feeling!

  25. Giada

    September 29, 2011 at 10:07 am

    So unusual jacket, expecially because it is mixed with and elegant dress: the result is very chic!


  26. steve

    September 29, 2011 at 10:09 am

    passion. intense passion.
    blue shoes and the grey of the concrete sidewalk the forehead the blouse print the green of the dress and the planter box . even the cars black white black white…this is a world class photo. one of the best i’ve seen.

  27. Valentine

    September 29, 2011 at 10:19 am

    Beautiful and very expressive picture!

    I was just in the café on the corner when you shot it ;)


  28. LocalCeleb

    September 29, 2011 at 10:21 am

    I’ve been waiting for you for over an hour.. My feet hurt.. I believe that’s what she’s saying..

    The colors are interesting, somehow they seem to work..

  29. B.

    September 29, 2011 at 10:22 am

    Don’t like the cardigan at all, but the dress is great ! so elegant and a beautiful color
    new post : my summer outfit overview

  30. AMI

    September 29, 2011 at 10:37 am

    Very stylish. I love her shoes (beautiful color).

  31. ron payne

    September 29, 2011 at 10:41 am

    Italian chic personified

  32. Simone

    September 29, 2011 at 10:45 am

    Le scarpe sono veramente eccezionali.

  33. Ana G.

    September 29, 2011 at 10:47 am

    Stylish. The cardigan is just amazing, also the contrast of the color of her shoes.

  34. Cool Square

    September 29, 2011 at 10:52 am


    September 29, 2011 at 10:52 am

    I love it how she combines those colors and patterns!

  36. Darrell

    September 29, 2011 at 10:53 am

    She would never NOT get her way if you were available to follow her around and broadcast her image on her cellphone. How could anyone refuse her?

  37. Manding

    September 29, 2011 at 10:54 am

    this is sooo italian to me :)

  38. Gabrielle Langlois

    September 29, 2011 at 10:59 am

    Intense phone conversation. I love the outfit! (Canadian Vintage)

  39. purseandco

    September 29, 2011 at 11:04 am

    Great shot, so natural. Love elegance of a black dress, nice pumps

  40. anonymous

    September 29, 2011 at 11:19 am

    Sigh! What a gorgeous outfit. I love every piece of it To die for.

  41. anuman

    September 29, 2011 at 11:30 am

    like someone would wear to church with a black veil, cha chaing all the way to the altar

  42. shu84

    September 29, 2011 at 11:34 am

    love her green dress:)

  43. sarah

    September 29, 2011 at 11:40 am

    i saw this and thought, “nice.” then i scrolled down and saw the shoes. PERFECT!! i love it! great shot of her talking on the phone. you are amazing!!!

  44. Barcelona m'enamora

    September 29, 2011 at 11:48 am

    Mamma mia….she looks so italian!!!

  45. Tinny

    September 29, 2011 at 12:09 pm

    Really like this shot, personally I believe that the outfit would look more sophisticated and edgy if she wore just the cardigan or the shoes with the dress. They are all fabulous pieces separately, but all together…hum…not working for me!

  46. The Fancy Teacup

    September 29, 2011 at 12:17 pm

    Would have never thought of pairing forest green with cerulean blue, but it works! And the zebra print cardigan perfects the look.

    ♥, Jamie

  47. Victoria Regia

    September 29, 2011 at 12:19 pm

    @ Cassandra – women “her age”? How old are you? 12? She *is* young and her clothes look terrific.

  48. steffen Hedlund

    September 29, 2011 at 12:20 pm

    I just finished reading the new October Vogue. Then I go online to watch the Sartorialist. He’s right up there with the best of the magazines. I’m not surprised to see him in Italian Vogue. Well done

  49. Copper Etiquette

    September 29, 2011 at 12:27 pm

    I love everything about this photo:)
    Shop Dresses Online at

  50. sigrid

    September 29, 2011 at 12:39 pm

    i love her shoes!! They’re so lovely!

  51. elisabetta

    September 29, 2011 at 1:11 pm

    Is that Marpessa?

  52. Maria

    September 29, 2011 at 1:13 pm

    Gorgeous outfit! and great photo!

  53. Style Dilettante

    September 29, 2011 at 1:15 pm

    Even if you hadn’t mentioned this was photographed in Italy I would have known! The hand gestures totally gave it away! (I am of Italian descent btw!)

    I typically dislike zebra prints but she pulls it off so elegantly…

  54. fashionxxi

    September 29, 2011 at 1:54 pm

    Nice dress!

  55. Blog ABRIL Moda

    September 29, 2011 at 1:56 pm

    Great print!

  56. antonio

    September 29, 2011 at 2:00 pm

    she is MARPESSA

  57. Luc

    September 29, 2011 at 2:01 pm


  58. Keli

    September 29, 2011 at 2:02 pm

    Wow, I just read the interview that refinery 29 picked up. Wow

  59. Artemisia999

    September 29, 2011 at 2:10 pm

    That is the stunning, Marpessa Hennink , she was a HUGE model in
    the eigthies and nineties! STILL A STUNNER!!

  60. Lisette

    September 29, 2011 at 2:10 pm

    Hey, nice to see Marpessa again!! She’s looking great! Always had good style, that lovely lady, who is Dutch by the way… ;)

  61. Artemisia999

    September 29, 2011 at 2:12 pm

    Another photo ( different angle) of her wearing the same outfit :)

  62. Angie Muresan

    September 29, 2011 at 2:12 pm

    Love the entire outfit, but… ugh! The hair! If only she would have put it all in a bun.

  63. vasilieva

    September 29, 2011 at 2:22 pm

    awesome colour and texture mix

  64. edoardo

    September 29, 2011 at 2:27 pm

    great color mix and shoes :D

  65. une chatte grise

    September 29, 2011 at 2:41 pm

    She’s taken the “elegant lady” look and made it cool & striking by wearing unexpected (but saturated & fairly low-key) colors, keeping the accessories to a minimum, pairing two classic fabric types (lace and zebra stripe) that don’t usually go together, and eschewing fussiness and obvious “grooming.” Were I to embrace that sort of style, I’d try to work it like she does. She looks great!

  66. Patrick

    September 29, 2011 at 2:47 pm

    I like the idea of the “unexpected” shoe, but a rich, jewel-tone color of a hue similar to her emerald-green dress would have been so much better: a garnet, sapphire, or ruby shoe.


    September 29, 2011 at 3:01 pm

    Those shoes should be mine, ahhhhhhhhhhhhhh (she screams) I have been looking for them all my life.

  68. Charikleia

    September 29, 2011 at 3:01 pm

    Ma che dice? Ma che fai?

    Seriously. Lovely lady, lovely prosture and expression, moment captred brilliantly, but the outfit no, no, no.

    And I wouldn’t say am conservative. It just does not click for me.

    Kisses from Greece!

  69. Eva

    September 29, 2011 at 3:03 pm

    WOWOW….I am LOVING Milan!…….perfect mix of patterns and colors

  70. Marica

    September 29, 2011 at 3:07 pm

    Great look and fabulous shoes.
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  71. ladyphilospher*

    September 29, 2011 at 3:10 pm

    oh, those shoes look painful!!

  72. Jairo Betancur

    September 29, 2011 at 3:20 pm

    Well… It’s Marpesa, what’s not to LOVE!

  73. irene

    September 29, 2011 at 3:28 pm

    un pò troppo…

  74. alexa

    September 29, 2011 at 3:37 pm

    #Elisabetta : Marpessa, yesss ! speaking of age, she is about 48-50 now. Doesnt show though, agless as she seems. And not Italian, shes of Dutch/surinam descent !
    Great pic Scott !

  75. Claire

    September 29, 2011 at 4:01 pm

    Italy by any chance – love love love it x

  76. ice1c3

    September 29, 2011 at 4:13 pm

    Nice contrast between the zebra prints and the laces, but not too sure about the color of the shoes. I would wear a plain black pump just to keep people’s eyes focusing on the dress and the cardigans.

  77. Niia

    September 29, 2011 at 4:25 pm

    Don’t think it would have had half the appeal with black shoes, although she would have looked lovely that way, too. I very much like the unexpected nature of that smokey blue shoe choice.

  78. Birdy

    September 29, 2011 at 4:27 pm

    Gorgeous Marpessa! I often came accross her in the streets of Milan. She’s got class.

  79. juultje

    September 29, 2011 at 4:28 pm

    Wow, i think i’m pretty much the only one who doesn’t like this. And don’t take me wrong, it’s not the shot, the shot is great (as alway’s) but i think she looks cheap.
    It’s just to much, the zebra print, the lacy dress, the pointy shoes, the hair, the tan i really, really don’t like it…..

  80. Yvo

    September 29, 2011 at 4:57 pm

    my elegant and great love Marpessa!

  81. Bojan

    September 29, 2011 at 5:10 pm

    cool! great shoes!

  82. Danielle

    September 29, 2011 at 5:55 pm

    ~ I actually saw her outside the D&G show & snapped a photo also…there was something about her pop of color that I think captures the essence of fashion in Milan xo

  83. Martine

    September 29, 2011 at 5:55 pm

    Great outfit plus great captured moment equals really cool photo. I love the forrest green lace and the white and black together. So elegant, and almost minimalist even though there are three different elements. Wonderful shot.

  84. Martine

    September 29, 2011 at 5:58 pm

    PS..This is the first time I have seen the mixing of different patterns together without even a hint of grunge!!!! Really excellent!

  85. LIZPR

    September 29, 2011 at 6:16 pm

    Scrolled down, thought, “niiiice” and then saw the pop of blue and went, “OOOH!”

    Unexpected. I think I’d prefer a yellow shoe, here, or purple …. but I’m diggin’ her flair.

    Very European – cool.

  86. Jessica

    September 29, 2011 at 6:16 pm

    When I grow up – I want to look like her!

  87. Annabella

    September 29, 2011 at 7:43 pm

    Uggh, i pushed Send by accident a second ago and sent a very unfinished comment .

    I’ll try again here…because i’m sooo excited about this shot!

    I’m beyond thrilled to see this photo. Everything about it is alive, artful and moving! And I am so grateful to see an elegant, fashionable 50 ish woman…showing us how it’s done.

    While she is wearing trends with the colors and mixing…she doesn’t overdo the trends on any level. Just perfect.

    It actually looks to me like she quickly put this together…she has a crazy busy life, not much time to think “oh ..what to wear”? And an innate sence of style. Appropriate …but sanppy!

    The length, fit, neckline of the dress is perfect for her age, while the lace, color is on trend and gives it a youthfulness w/o overdoing . The shoe style and color make it rock. The sweater just brings it all together, and can even serve as a bit of arm covering…which many others of us use. and that zebra design with lots of white against her face illuminates her! With a few gold accessories, she just screams (in that good way) confidence, class and spot on style.
    Anna Wintour could learn a thing or three from Marpessa.

    I also love the casual way she is wearing her hair. She is not a lady of leisure spending hours at the salon. She is real. She means business!

    Spectactular Scott. The shot itself is a dream, every detail of the frame, you must have fainted when you saw her. This is what i’ve been dying to see more of.

    Thanks, pal!

  88. anastasia

    September 29, 2011 at 8:03 pm

    Marpessa!! is she still in Fashion..??
    I sometimes wonder what happened to the runway models of yester-year….
    she looks great!!

  89. María José

    September 29, 2011 at 9:40 pm

    Most Italian women are imposibly chic, no matter their mood/circumstances. This lady’s charme looks innate!

  90. Kimberly

    September 29, 2011 at 9:43 pm

    I’ve died a thousand times after looking at this magnifica!

  91. nycgirl

    September 29, 2011 at 9:58 pm

    tigress! and omg those shoes… fantastic :)

  92. Ceecee

    September 29, 2011 at 10:44 pm

    The blue heels are so beautiful. She wears it all very well. Her hair looks a little neglected though.

  93. Clara Turbay

    September 29, 2011 at 11:01 pm

    She is strong and simple! and full of life!

  94. katsmit

    September 30, 2011 at 1:35 am

    TOO fabulous—naturally!

  95. Tara's Dolce Vita

    September 30, 2011 at 4:46 am

    I love everything but the hair!
    Italians are always so creative when it comes to dressing up!

    Ciao, Tara

  96. Name*

    September 30, 2011 at 5:11 am

    Questa bellissima donna mi pare essere la ex top model Marpessa…

  97. Alexandra

    September 30, 2011 at 6:47 am

    Oh how nice to see Marpessa again.. and still so beautifull and elegant….

  98. Davidikus

    September 30, 2011 at 6:59 am

    Excellent mix – daring & personal.

  99. a.m.cunningham

    September 30, 2011 at 7:16 am

    Casssandra, my sweet, every piece this woman is wearing is sophisticated and classic. She exerts her personality and sense of style with her choice of bold pattern and rich color accents. Not to be unkind, but youngsters immediately reveal thier immaturity with remarks like yours. This woman is in the prime of her life and I suspect that’s where she will choose to remain! Personally I like that her hair and makeup are not overdone.

  100. vintage wedding rings

    September 30, 2011 at 7:19 am

    I love the shoes… just fantastic!

  101. Stephan Pockrandt

    September 30, 2011 at 7:42 am

    Timeless elegance in special colours.

  102. anon

    September 30, 2011 at 8:43 am

    love your work…but man, all your woman are just too darn skinny!

  103. Fanya

    September 30, 2011 at 9:02 am

    oohh! Like the outfit. I just brought a pair of loafers in that shade of blue the day this post came out, and have been waiting for the rain to go away and I can wear it. Now I’m wearing it. =D

  104. Beau

    September 30, 2011 at 9:46 am

    lovely …i would like to cook some pasta and make sure she eats it …!

  105. Milena

    September 30, 2011 at 11:40 am

    the shoes don’t make sense

  106. il Verte

    September 30, 2011 at 12:59 pm

    Bellissima Marpessa …

  107. Jay

    September 30, 2011 at 2:34 pm

    Thanks Scott for this image. Marpessa knows that style trumps fashion all the time. Of course the outfit is perfect for her and that’s what real style is. She’s got it in spades and that’s why she always stands out; too many sheep out there now and some of these fashion editors are so over the top that they appear rediculous to just try and outdo themselves from the previous season. Enough already… Empporer’s new clothes. More like this, Scott…

  108. Alice Warren

    September 30, 2011 at 3:07 pm

    Great color combination, rarely see turquoise with green but it definitely works. It’s also awesome to capture someone while they are talking on the phone; you always wonder what the other person is saying on the other end of the line.

  109. KingStrawberry

    September 30, 2011 at 3:49 pm

    How many zebras must die for you fashion dammmmmnnnnnnn yooooooooooou!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  110. Marityn

    September 30, 2011 at 5:14 pm

    Oh she looks lovely! AWESOME shot

  111. Teresa Raquel

    September 30, 2011 at 6:22 pm

    The true italian woman!

  112. Nathan

    September 30, 2011 at 8:02 pm

    She looks like Gwenith Paltrow

  113. alexandre herchcovitch

    September 30, 2011 at 8:45 pm

    I always loved Marpessa. My respect for you.

  114. quellefromage

    September 30, 2011 at 10:59 pm

    Lovely dress and shoes with pop of color. Sorry but not a fan of the jacket. But this skinny isn’t even chic, much less sexy.

  115. Kaye Awatin

    October 1, 2011 at 2:14 am

    Love the combination of the print and the color!

    xx Kaye

  116. enhanced diamonds

    October 1, 2011 at 8:35 am

    An elegant women!

  117. Akenaton

    October 1, 2011 at 5:58 pm


  118. Anna

    October 1, 2011 at 5:59 pm

  119. Amy@ TriangleHoneymoon

    October 1, 2011 at 7:25 pm

    would love to be her when I grow up – those legs in teal pumps

  120. Xyryl

    October 1, 2011 at 8:20 pm

    She seems to have a problem. Anyway. She looks chic in zebra print blazer, dark green dress and aqua blue heels. <3<3<3

  121. Bohemian Style

    October 1, 2011 at 9:34 pm

    Sexy! Fab shoes…

  122. Julia C.

    October 1, 2011 at 9:56 pm

    Perfect! This is attitude and elegance.

  123. roberto pires

    October 1, 2011 at 10:43 pm

    Is she Marpessa Henninck, top model of 80′s? I love her!!! Very elegant and charming.

  124. Annabelle

    October 2, 2011 at 3:05 am

    I love the unexpected. It all works. Bravissima!

  125. JM

    October 2, 2011 at 4:26 pm

    Such class! Love it!

  126. ABOUT 480U7

    October 2, 2011 at 4:57 pm


  127. CBC

    October 2, 2011 at 7:18 pm

    sooo italian her expression her hand…….it dosn’t make a difference what she wearing !!

  128. Name The HYpe Around

    October 2, 2011 at 10:07 pm

    Elegant, Classy, Sexy…All those adjectives apply, proving once again that the pairing of great pieces and individual style always works!

  129. ELMO

    October 4, 2011 at 4:17 am

    Stylish by nature!!

  130. giuliano

    October 4, 2011 at 1:40 pm

    Marpessa! <3

  131. Christine

    October 4, 2011 at 10:17 pm

    very Italian but not in a good way! Hair needs doing and outfit is way too tight and tacky!!!! And way too many sunbeds…

  132. Alex

    October 6, 2011 at 3:24 am

    Love this shot. Intense.

  133. Audrey

    October 11, 2011 at 10:17 pm

    love the lace and the blue shoes! perfect!

  134. Alethia

    October 13, 2011 at 2:13 pm

    pretty, pretty shoes¡

  135. Tilin

    October 14, 2011 at 6:37 pm

    Well…I like her hair too. I have not read any mention about it and
    think is part of the striking look


    October 18, 2011 at 2:35 pm


  137. Mio

    November 13, 2011 at 3:37 pm

    Marpessa Hennink?

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  139. John Gulch

    November 16, 2011 at 2:38 pm

    Looks like Gwyneth.

  140. S

    December 17, 2011 at 12:22 am

    when i think italian style, i think this

  141. Dax

    October 18, 2014 at 11:59 am

    That’s Marpessa Hennink, a very well-known former top-top-model (read: Versace, Valentino etc.). Is still going on, on Twitter!

  142. LĂ©a

    February 6, 2015 at 6:19 am

    I Wish that dress was mine!!!!!!
    That’s so Milan…refinement…class…time to get at this level

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