Monday, June 28, 2010

On the Street… via Sant’Andrea, Milano

This young lady looks like a classic Italian film goddess of the 50′s and 60′s: a modern, sharpened Sophia Loren.

The tattoos take her look to a entirely different place. Honestly, I can’t decide if they add or distract from her natural beauty but, with that added edge, it’s hard to take your eyes off her.

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  1. sevendialsgirl

    June 28, 2010 at 9:18 am

    I often hesitate over getting more tattoos because I think they can ruin a more sophisticated / professional look. She is proving me wrong. I love the black shift and the attitude of the tattoos- I'd hire her any day.

  2. Liv

    June 28, 2010 at 9:18 am

    She certainly has that distinctive Italian film star edge. The tatoos are a lovely postmodern twist.

  3. puderfee

    June 28, 2010 at 9:23 am

    Beautiful .. she's got something special!
    I also like her Nail Lacquer on her toe nails ;D

  4. GB

    June 28, 2010 at 9:23 am

    Not a tattoo person myself- but these definitely add to her look. Love her confidence!!

  5. Karnit

    June 28, 2010 at 9:26 am

    Don't you just love Milan?
    http://www.theconceptdresser.com

  6. Dee

    June 28, 2010 at 9:28 am

    She is a statuesque GODDESS, so very different and such a relief from the young anorexic amazons one finds flaunting–ahem– "fashion" these days. I could take or leave the tattoos; they do not enter my consciousness in terms of her beauty and presentation. And I adore her hair–natural and curly–again, in stunning contrast to all the "Cousin It" look-a-likes stumbling around being "cool". Nice job once again, Sart. So refreshing!!!

  7. Felicity

    June 28, 2010 at 9:29 am

    I love the juxtaposition of the "bad ass" tattoos against the "prim and proper" style of her dress. Really striking and gorgeous!!

  8. Abi-Anne

    June 28, 2010 at 9:34 am

    Simple and classic. The tattoos are a nice accessory in my opinion.

    http://stylebouquet.blogspot.com/

  9. annelise

    June 28, 2010 at 9:34 am

    Those Italians… Her face could be tattooed and she'd still be gorgeous.

  10. Gaby

    June 28, 2010 at 9:38 am

  11. Emilia

    June 28, 2010 at 9:40 am

    Wow!

  12. a Broad

    June 28, 2010 at 9:44 am

    I love it all, even the tattoos but the shoes give an impression that she has bare feet .. that is all I would change

  13. Ashley

    June 28, 2010 at 9:45 am

    Her outfit is so elegant and the tattoos add a hard edge, very cool.

    http://fashionroadkill-halifax.blogspot.com

  14. Elizabeth

    June 28, 2010 at 9:45 am

    she's beautiful. she has old world charm with a modern twist, i love it!

    http://nothingbutapackofcards.blogspot.com/

  15. gritandglamour

    June 28, 2010 at 9:47 am

    So true…what an arresting contradcition she is!

    ♥ V
    http://www.gritandglamour.com

  16. The Photodiarist

    June 28, 2010 at 9:47 am

    I love the contrast of the elegant dress and the wild tats. I respect the commitment it takes to get a tattoo – especially ones like hers, which are hard to cover up!

  17. Soren Lorensen

    June 28, 2010 at 9:47 am

    she is captivating

  18. Nadine2point0

    June 28, 2010 at 9:50 am

    I'm going to say that the tattoos add to her look and allure…but the shoes could be better suited.

  19. Anonymous

    June 28, 2010 at 9:51 am

    Beautiful, tattoos and all, although the look would benefit from heels. I wonder if women in Italy wear their flip-flops/sandals on the way to work and change when they get there, like the women here in NYC. I would expect more from them!

  20. Bruce

    June 28, 2010 at 9:56 am

    She definitely is a natural beauty which makes it all the more sad to see her body and appearance defaced by tattoos.

  21. I FEEL PITHY

    June 28, 2010 at 10:02 am

    The tattoos look like intricate sleeves that complement both her shift dress and the curly pattern of her hair. She's knows how to strike a nice balance.

    - A free spirit, but one who wears a watch and is therefore bound by time.

    - A rebel with a job.

    - Pretty pink toes & plain finger nails.

    She's just gorgeous.

  22. Anonymous

    June 28, 2010 at 10:10 am

    No, no, no. Tattoos are totally distracting. Why do people want to ruin their bodies by getting them? I will never understand. One day all these people are going to wake up at 70 years old with droopy tattoos covering their old bodies. Yuck.

  23. Best of Beehive

    June 28, 2010 at 10:16 am

    The dress is so simple. It shows what a good, form fitting cut can do to help with look. I like that she uses her tattoos like an accessory, and it works because they're tasteful and colorful.

  24. Anonymous

    June 28, 2010 at 10:21 am

    I usually am not a fan of tattoo overkill (tattoos all over the chest, up and down the arm, etc.) but here, the tattoos look like dress sleeves. Now, that said, I hope she doesn't go out and get more tattoos. She has enough.

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  25. MagisterElegantiarum

    June 28, 2010 at 10:21 am

    Exactly! Italian film goddess!
    So elegant. I think that the simplicity of the dress and shoes and her purse make the tattoos ok… And of coursse the hair: gorgeous!

  26. the_lazymilliner

    June 28, 2010 at 10:25 am

    Tattoos can look lovely…but it seems like most people who get them don't think about how they look from afar…just up close and in front of the mirror.

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  27. Signe

    June 28, 2010 at 10:25 am

    love the elegant dress, classic hair, red nailpolish and ofcourse the tattooes. striking!

  28. Anonymous

    June 28, 2010 at 10:26 am

    I was about to write as above "No, no, no." I agree with everything anonymous said.

  29. Anonymous

    June 28, 2010 at 10:28 am

    Love this photo..she appears to be confident in her own skin and the fact that her clothing is rather simple tells it all….a modern classic beauty…like a Gina Lollabrigida….thanks Sart! L

  30. Anonymous

    June 28, 2010 at 10:33 am

    wrong shoes.

  31. Anonymous

    June 28, 2010 at 10:37 am

    "elegance is an attitude" and doesn't she prove that point!

  32. MeganRose

    June 28, 2010 at 10:41 am

    I love everything about her look. Absolutely stunning!

  33. The Red Velvet Shoe

    June 28, 2010 at 10:43 am

    The perfect example of the options afforded by a well~fitted little black dress. She looks comfortable, casual, yet smart. Add heels (and a cardigan/jacket) and it's business proper. She is a beauty, imagine her without ink? Ravaissant!

  34. nyc/caribbean ragazza

    June 28, 2010 at 10:47 am

    She's gorgeous. I love the cut of her dress.

    Tattoos are big here (in Rome). I'm not a fan.

  35. TorontoVerve.:

    June 28, 2010 at 10:51 am

    Nice shot. Great looking INK.

    http://www.torontoverve.org

  36. SabinePsynopsis

    June 28, 2010 at 10:54 am

    The simple, classical shift dress and flat shoes combined with her tattoos look quite genius to me. Like painted jewellery.

  37. no-more-wire-hangers

    June 28, 2010 at 10:57 am

    i love tattoos but sometimes i hesitate cos i think they can ruin a look./ however i think that attitude s changing and i love how she dresses quite straight laced yet has all these tattoos on show.

    she surprised me ;-)

  38. brightlightsbigcity

    June 28, 2010 at 10:59 am

  39. CLAUDIA C.

    June 28, 2010 at 11:06 am

    I love her tatoos!!!!!!!!

    http://audreyismyfavourite.blogspot.com

  40. Anonymous

    June 28, 2010 at 11:07 am

    she reminds me of helena bonham

  41. Jennifer - Stylish Clin d'Oeil

    June 28, 2010 at 11:09 am

    Love the contrast between the rock n' roll attitude (tattoos) and the glamourous side (little black dress)!!

  42. Bell

    June 28, 2010 at 11:25 am

    These tattoos are terrible. She loses all its charm.

  43. THESTREETFASHION5XPRO

    June 28, 2010 at 11:28 am

    she is so gorgeous…I love her tatoos…great shot

  44. mary_ronaldo

    June 28, 2010 at 11:30 am

    she looks so great with all those tattoos!

    http://in7thheavenwithmarc.blogspot.com/

  45. jad

    June 28, 2010 at 11:33 am

    i totally agree but since i like tattoos, and her tattoos especially, i think it adds to her beauty. i wish i was able to pull something like this off! great shot!

  46. Young Haz

    June 28, 2010 at 11:37 am

    Stunning!

  47. Char

    June 28, 2010 at 11:39 am

    I think her tattoos add to her look. If she didn't have them she'd look like everyone else. And I'm not just saying that as I have several tattoos myself.

  48. Jordan

    June 28, 2010 at 11:42 am

    Her hair is the most goddess-like aspect. It's wild, but not unruly.

  49. Klever Girl

    June 28, 2010 at 11:42 am

    I think it's a lovely expression of who she is, both classy and sassy!

  50. R

    June 28, 2010 at 11:47 am

    One of the things that appeals to me so much about this look is her confidence. And while she would likely look attractive in whatever outfit she chose, this particular ensemble, I think, highlights that confidence as much as her attitude makes the outfit. I love the use of a classic, elegant piece in a casual, everyday look: the plain purse, the carefree hair, what looks to be an elastic around her wrist, her edgy tattoos and simple sandals moderate the refinement of the dress, contributing to an overall appearance of relaxed elegance. I can understand why some may disapprove of certain elements, like the tattoos or the sandals, but – to me – they don't seem incongruous with the statement she's making (intentionally or not). She's feminine, full of ease, grace and spunk; I love it!

  51. The Artisann

    June 28, 2010 at 11:56 am

    love her sleeves.

  52. Anonymous

    June 28, 2010 at 11:56 am

    She's fabulous.Tattoos are great on young skin, later…not so great..

  53. Alessandro

    June 28, 2010 at 11:56 am

    Too bad for the tattoos, they really ruin her natural beauty; why on earth do people feel the need to paint their bodies?

  54. honolulu

    June 28, 2010 at 12:18 pm

    gorgeous hair, it is the best accessory!

  55. Daily Looks

    June 28, 2010 at 12:31 pm

    Wow. Superb.

  56. Lisa Petrarca

    June 28, 2010 at 12:31 pm

    I like that she wears her wild side on her "sleeves". We all have it in us, she just chooses to show it to everyone…BEAUTIFUL!

  57. J K

    June 28, 2010 at 12:42 pm

    Daytime Black + Tattoos = Generic Unisex Los Angeles Look.

    Also frequently seen at TMZ. Need one say more?

  58. Bush Grower

    June 28, 2010 at 1:06 pm

    I am so curios if she shaves!?
    Anyone? Hope she doesn't!

  59. Anonymous

    June 28, 2010 at 1:25 pm

    She needs heels. Those shoes make her look squat and thick.

  60. Annelie

    June 28, 2010 at 1:26 pm

    great contrasts!

  61. Anonymous

    June 28, 2010 at 1:35 pm

    I too love this look, the tattoos look like a lacy blouse underneath.

  62. Aattlee

    June 28, 2010 at 1:52 pm

    She clearly knows exactly what suits her, which makes her seem more confident and beautiful. I love how conservative and simplistic her dress is, compared to her incredible tattoos. :)
    http://fashionregardless.blogspot.com/

  63. Key

    June 28, 2010 at 1:52 pm

    Everything is lovely and individual – from the tattoos and man's watch to her perfect red lips. She needs a more defined shoe to ground the look and polish it off.

  64. Roz

    June 28, 2010 at 1:54 pm

    You're right, she is incredibly striking! And although I'mm personally not much of a tattoo admirer, I do have to agree with what someone else pointed out – it does look like another layer underneath the dress.
    It's an interesting juxtapostition between the classic look of the LBD, combined with the 'edgy' tattoos.

    http://clothescamerasandcoffee.blogspot.com/

  65. Anonymous

    June 28, 2010 at 2:08 pm

    nice foo fighter tattoo.

  66. Natasha

    June 28, 2010 at 2:13 pm

    she's beautiful, and the tattoos only add to that-without them she would be somewhat ordinary and they somehow fit in with her classic look

    and her hair is amazing!

  67. Rrose

    June 28, 2010 at 2:18 pm

    It's great how she has such evident and colourful tattoos and is still classy. I would tattoo all my body if I had the confidence of not looking like a jailbird!
    I just guess if she looks the same wearing a more casual outfit.
    (excuse my English, I'm working on it)

  68. Anonymous

    June 28, 2010 at 2:21 pm

    The sidebar ad matches the photo exactly! I took a screenshot below!

    Was this on purpose? American Apparel's evil genius marketing strategy?

    http://tinypic.com/r/51rbrt/6

  69. k.

    June 28, 2010 at 2:22 pm

    definetly they aren't most beautiful, but still quite interesting.

  70. carofashionews

    June 28, 2010 at 2:33 pm

    What a surprise when you scroll the screen and discovered that the shoes! Awesome!
    Caro – bloggeuse from Geneva

  71. Anonymous

    June 28, 2010 at 2:36 pm

    I love the sandals. Does anyone know who makes them?

  72. MJCK

    June 28, 2010 at 2:36 pm

    I'm having the same doubts about her tattoos, in the sense that she would also be beautiful without them, but still they add quite something extra to her look and I have to say that I find that very, very cool. I'm a pussy when it comes to tattoos, I don't think I'll ever have the courage to get a tattoo myself.

  73. fashionsdirtylaundry

    June 28, 2010 at 2:44 pm

    Confidence!

  74. Elena Vasilieva

    June 28, 2010 at 2:56 pm

    these tattoos look freaking great. there is something mysterious about her look. loved the photo

    http://elenavasilieva.blogspot.com/

  75. MMM

    June 28, 2010 at 3:10 pm

  76. Anonymous

    June 28, 2010 at 3:16 pm

    i wonder if she used the fabulous fastmall iphone app to find that dress :) very cool!

  77. Anonymous

    June 28, 2010 at 3:19 pm

    I think it's a little unusual how some people here have such negative opinions on her tattoos… aren't they just as much of an expression of personal style as her clothing choices? They use phrases like "ruining her body" and the like… is it the fact that they are permanent and can't be easily changed like a dress or necklace? Just seems a little closed minded. She is beautiful, but I don't think her classic look is ruined by her beautiful tattoos. She is lovely, but I think the tattoos made me stop and actually appreciate this picture as more than just another beautiful Italian woman in a dress. Ok I'm done.

  78. ITSOLA

    June 28, 2010 at 3:22 pm

    Love her tattoos, they act as sleeves for her dress!

    http://itsola.blogspot.com/
    http://www.shopitsola.com/

  79. Helly

    June 28, 2010 at 3:22 pm

    She certainly is beautiful, and I usually love tattoos, but I wonder if they are a little distracting here. That said, anyone who knows them self well enough to be able to get so many tattoos in such bold positions deserves respect, no matter whether one likes them or not! http://hellyandthedinosaurs.blogspot.com/

  80. Anonymous

    June 28, 2010 at 3:30 pm

    She is adorable. But I don't like the tattoos at all, distracting and busy. Her beautiful locks constrast already playfully awith the sharp cut dress.

    And flipflops should be banned!

  81. BobKentNoVa

    June 28, 2010 at 3:36 pm

    Thumbs up on the dress. Thumbs down on the tattoos!

  82. parfümblog

    June 28, 2010 at 3:38 pm

    Yes! She's hot!:)

  83. ADJ

    June 28, 2010 at 3:54 pm

    she is absolutely gorgeous!

    http://www.greeneggsandglam.blogspot.com

  84. Marta

    June 28, 2010 at 4:00 pm

    I absolutely agree that it's hard to take one's eyes off someone who is wearing something classic and even somber, and has lots of colorful tattoos. It gives the LBD (in this case) such a freshness…It's very cool!

  85. princess glee

    June 28, 2010 at 4:02 pm

    I do not like tattoos. I dislike sleeved tattoos even more. I especially dislike sleeved tattos on a woman. Those have been my thoughts 'till recently. I guess I've grown more tolerate since they've become more common. But do I like them…hmmm?
    She's got a great look going here.

  86. J.Ro

    June 28, 2010 at 4:06 pm

    Move over Angie, we got a new tattoo goddess in town.

    http://www.jasonromaine.com

  87. i.dk

    June 28, 2010 at 4:12 pm

    so glad there are people out there who can push the envelope professionally by sporting tattoos and still look respectable, even in a society where tattoos have a negative stigma.

  88. DWood51321

    June 28, 2010 at 4:19 pm

    Such a beautiful lady. Too bad she has all those tattoos.

  89. twicet

    June 28, 2010 at 4:27 pm

    She would have been beautiful but she's spoiled because of tattoos. I'm wondering what's the agenda behind this sudden wearing of body tattoos, it's almost everywhere and almost unsettling :(

  90. Anonymous

    June 28, 2010 at 4:47 pm

    so sick of tattoos!! they are not attractive they totally ruin her loveliness – it makes me sad

  91. cristiana

    June 28, 2010 at 4:58 pm

    She's very very very very beautiful.Greats pics!
    XOXO
    Cristiana

  92. Anonymous

    June 28, 2010 at 5:00 pm

    one need not have all of the frills and whistles of trendy garb to look like an independent thinker. though tats are common, this combination of simple lines and relatively tailored look are as delicious as fig and caramel ice cream… which is marvelous.
    *sP

  93. fashion first & foremost

    June 28, 2010 at 5:04 pm

    I love her tattoos with this dress! Some how it still looks sophisticated!

    http://www.fashionfirstandforemost.blogspot.com

    xo rye

  94. ABRIL Moda

    June 28, 2010 at 5:09 pm

    An exquisite look!

  95. Anonymous

    June 28, 2010 at 5:26 pm

    Detract.

  96. Lucine

    June 28, 2010 at 5:41 pm

    classical beauty

  97. Nadia

    June 28, 2010 at 5:47 pm

    Gorgeous! I love her hair, so glamorous. Again, it's great to see a classic body type, something that is much more appealing than the usual stick thin fashionista. She looks happy :) Great photo.

  98. To Vogue or Bust

    June 28, 2010 at 5:49 pm

    Gorgeous – I don't know, I think the tattoos add to it all. They make her just that much more eye-catching.

    http://tovogueorbust.blogspot.com/

  99. Anonymous

    June 28, 2010 at 5:56 pm

    She is stunning.. she has a certain presence.
    Also, she looks like Helena Bonham Carter.

  100. Liz S

    June 28, 2010 at 6:04 pm

    I do like the way this lovely lady wears her tattoos. The LBD is simple enough to show them off and her hair and bag flatter them also. The pop of colour on her toenails matches the red in her tattoos and balances her out, although I think black thongs would have been better.

    I think with many tattoo wearers they have a problem with finding just the right outfit to match and complement them. Many outfits just don't suit the tattoos being either too busy (clashing with the tats), the wrong colouring or incorrect patterning. And the more colour in the tattoos–the more difficult it becomes.

    I also think she should stop at this point.

  101. monicalee

    June 28, 2010 at 6:06 pm

    I have read every comment so far. I am an artist and was thinking of getting a SMALL tattoo myself but have wondered if I was too old, ha! As I read these, I imagined her without the tattoos, simple black shift dress, fab curly hair but would she have been photographed walking by in an outfit so simple?

  102. My Roman Apartment

    June 28, 2010 at 6:11 pm

    I love her hair, her tats, her big watch, and her cute face with the little black dress. The tattoos aren't the problem. Her shoes are too light and her purse is too heavy for the dress.

  103. kukla

    June 28, 2010 at 6:14 pm

    I am attracted to the skin that is untouched by the "art".It is harder to meet someone of my generation who shares my view. She looks beautiful and would be more beautiful to me if not for the tatoos.

  104. Gailė.

    June 28, 2010 at 6:22 pm

    I love her tatoos!!!!!!!!

    http://vogue-words.blogspot.com

  105. Anonymous

    June 28, 2010 at 7:17 pm

    this woman is beautiful, but tattoos are the biggest fashion mistake today

  106. Anonymous

    June 28, 2010 at 7:23 pm

    Lovely shot…
    Seems like most of the major tattoos I've seen would make it very hard to wear most prints without clashing with color, pattern or style. She gets around it by wearing a simple black dress. But doing something permanent which makes so many other options look wrong? Its a long future…

  107. Taylor

    June 28, 2010 at 7:32 pm

    I hesitate to like her tattoos, but nevertheless she is a beautiful person.

  108. myconfabulation

    June 28, 2010 at 7:45 pm

    GORGEOUS!

  109. Anonymous

    June 28, 2010 at 7:53 pm

    She's stunningly gorgeous for the ankles up. I envy her classic glamour. But the footware is just really awful. She must have just had a pedicure. I love her anyway.

    Elaine

  110. nyc lu

    June 28, 2010 at 8:09 pm

    only a beautiful italian woman could make a tattoo look classy and romantic!

  111. Anonymous

    June 28, 2010 at 8:14 pm

    I'll bet her grandmother is horrified…

  112. Lamar Mundane

    June 28, 2010 at 9:56 pm

    Beautiful smile, but ask yourself these questions:

    Don't you need to be balanced top to bottom to be considered "statuesque"?

    How are those tattoos going to look in 20 years??

    Would Sophia Loren ever wear flats???

  113. Anonymous

    June 28, 2010 at 10:34 pm

    Définitivement, les tatouages la masquent et interfèrent dans sa beauté et son charme naturel. Sa peau est magnifique, très clair mais les tatouages la salissent.

  114. Anonymous

    June 28, 2010 at 11:07 pm

    it was all fabulous til I scrolled down to the squatty feet. I love flats and sandals but her entire silhouette just bottomed out and became very pedestrian, almost touristy.

  115. The Red Umbrella

    June 28, 2010 at 11:13 pm

    That's one way to accessorize!

  116. L.L

    June 28, 2010 at 11:29 pm

    Such a beautiful woman though the tattoo's are definitely a distraction in my eyes. If only..

  117. Jason

    June 28, 2010 at 11:53 pm

    Perfect! Almost everything I look for in my dream girl!

  118. Anonymous

    June 29, 2010 at 12:03 am

    so gorgeous. What a face!

  119. Anonymous

    June 29, 2010 at 2:07 am

    Love the tattoos. They work in concert with her hair, expression, and stance (and in tension with the simple, classic dress) to convey a sense of who she is. I don't like her shoes per se, but I do like the fact that she chose not to wear the expected black heels.

    And to monicalee–you're never too old to get ink. :) I got a small black shoulder tattoo a number of years ago, when I was in my late 30s, and I've never regretted it for a moment.

  120. m

    June 29, 2010 at 2:11 am

    What a beautiful woman. And I think the tattoos help bring out her personality. I mean, without them you could get a completely different idea of who and how she is. I think she can pull them off quite well.

  121. Jacqueline

    June 29, 2010 at 2:57 am

    she has so much elegance she could have tattooed her whole body and she would still look like a diva…
    plus I looove her curves -you get to see this more often now but there's still too many too skinny girls out there, don't you agree?

    http://mannequindevitrine.blogspot.com

  122. Wiske

    June 29, 2010 at 3:08 am

    I love this mixture of a chic and tough look. It really gives something extra to the simple dress and you're immideately intriged. It helps that she is truly beautiful.

  123. Anonymous

    June 29, 2010 at 3:32 am

    I'm so sorry being the only one disagreeing with you all. She is beautiful and looks confident and al' but we are ignoring one major point here: she is young and with thight skin NOW and tatoos are FOREVER. What will she look like when her skin is loose and spotted? I would agree with you all if those were 'henna' drawings but what we see in this pic is a moment frozen in time. And it's good enough for us…'cause we don't have to age with it! I'm just saying we should think ahead because what seems just 'hard to do' today (looking classy with tatoo sleeves) might just be imposible tomorrow.

  124. ivy lee

    June 29, 2010 at 3:32 am

    Beautiful!

  125. proletarian Great Gatsby

    June 29, 2010 at 4:06 am

    Not bad the little afroamerican dress(or petite robe subsaharienne) with tatoos.We don't know what mademoiselle Chanel would think about but it convince and reflects her power.

  126. Claire M.

    June 29, 2010 at 4:06 am

    This has to be one of your most striking photos, Scott. There's something about it that's absolutley gorgeus.

  127. Anonymous

    June 29, 2010 at 4:25 am

    Love Tats. But always think of them as remnicents from live lived, expiriences had. Those tatoos are faking a life she obviously havent livet yet…

  128. Anonymous

    June 29, 2010 at 5:02 am

    sexy.

    and classy at the same time

    ??!!

    I have seen a few girls like this during the last school semester. I love the clash!

    man she's pretty

  129. CROATOR.NET

    June 29, 2010 at 5:22 am

    Tru, she is beautiful! Love her feminine curves <3

  130. Anonymous

    June 29, 2010 at 5:32 am

    No one suddenly wakes up at 70 years old don't be so patronising if you can think ahead I'm sure this beautiful young woman can too?

  131. My Glossy Vogue

    June 29, 2010 at 6:37 am

    tatoos with a classic cut dress? crazy mix but hey it works

    http://myglossyvogue.blogspot.com/

  132. Giulia Torino Style

    June 29, 2010 at 6:46 am

    I like the contrast between her classic outfit and the sharpness of her tattoos

  133. stephen

    June 29, 2010 at 7:31 am

    the tattoos look vulgar. She would otherwise be gorgeous, instead… oh well, on to the next one.

  134. Barbara

    June 29, 2010 at 7:32 am

    A singularly beautiful woman. I usually hate tattoos, but here they actually have class! she is gorgeous in her rounded, serene beauty. Superb!

  135. Anonymous

    June 29, 2010 at 8:15 am

    She remembers me of wong kar wai's atmospheres, if only she got high heel shoes…

  136. The Clever Pup

    June 29, 2010 at 8:21 am

    Right now the tattoos look good – almost like a shawl or a pashmina. But in 30 years they're going to look like sh**t.

  137. The Clever Pup

    June 29, 2010 at 8:28 am

    Do you ever look at your diaries from when you were 13 and wanted to tear them up with embarrassment?

    That's how I feel about tattoos. Surely when one is 35 you're not going to feel the same about the fairy, or Minnie-Mouse or Betty Page that you had tattooed when you were 18.

  138. Signe

    June 29, 2010 at 8:42 am

    I've lived above a tatoo parlour (in Sweden) for about 18 years now and it's interesting to see how the client category has expanded from the motorcycle crowd to all kinds of people. More women now, and people from every walk of life. In some groups there is still status in the "homemade" tatoo, i.e. the classic three dots on the hand to show you are/were a hobo, or something you got in prison. But am I wrong, or haven't – albeit temporary – tatoos been seen on the catwalks?

  139. Anonymous

    June 29, 2010 at 8:52 am

    Girls mixing mid-20th century glamour, pin up references and bold tattoos are an ug phenomenon that you see more and more in the western countries. I bet her hobbies are burlesque and rock 'n roll, as that is part of that particular style, too!
    Unlike many other commentators here, I don't find anything wrong with getting old with tattoos. So they look different when you're not young anymore – all the more interesting! But if you find old age and wrinkles somehow ugly or scary in the first place, I guess you can see tattoos, drawing attention to a person's skin, as something repulsive.

  140. Cloudy

    June 29, 2010 at 9:08 am

    There is just something about her…. I would definitely look twice if I saw her walking down the street…. I find her SO attractive!

  141. Pearl

    June 29, 2010 at 9:53 am

    The tattoos are no doubtingly dam symbolic. Post modern age reflects like anything through the appearance of the sparkling beauty!

  142. Minty

    June 29, 2010 at 10:11 am

    I don´t get the issues some here seem to take with how the tattoos will look when she is old. As if 70 year old skin without tattoos looks appealing. I hope this lady will have other things to think about when she is 70. For now, she is just beautiful.

  143. Anonymous

    June 29, 2010 at 10:47 am

    I am usually not a fan of tattoos, but in this case, I think her confident pose and vivid femininity balance well with the body art.

  144. Catherine

    June 29, 2010 at 12:19 pm

    I think she has the exact same hair as I do! I'm always trying to tame it, but maybe I should start wearing it curly more often . . .

    She seems so confident and natural in front of the camera. Just gorgeous.

    - Catherine at Littlehouse of Style
    http://littlehouseofstyle.blogspot.com/

  145. Megan

    June 29, 2010 at 1:22 pm

    There is definitely that edge to her. She has the beautiful form and sassy look making what would be a star look of today. Reminds me of Zooey Deschanel and her style which I completely adore.

  146. Julia, the Thanksgiving Girl

    June 29, 2010 at 1:56 pm

    Being so contradictory in appearance, I love how natural she looks – it's a perfect balance of inner and outer to me.

  147. Anonymous

    June 29, 2010 at 4:57 pm

    She looks proud: hand on hip, like Sophia. wonderful!

  148. lucia

    June 29, 2010 at 5:17 pm

    She is just wonderful, I love the contrast with the dress and the tattoos. The hair and dress and shoes gives a total filmstarusqe look, like Jeanne Moreau on vacation, but the tattoos gives it a modern twist. I like it when people mix stuff like this. This is just a perfect look, I would love to dress and look like her. I.e all those burlsque dancers are really hot with the pin-up look and a lots of tattoos, but usually they are too "made up" for my taste. This woman looks natural and glamourous. I just love the neat black dress, combined with un done hairdo and a natural face.
    This is one of the most beautiful women ever on your blog ( + Garance and Giovanna of course )

  149. Susan

    June 29, 2010 at 6:16 pm

    All those who are asking why people "ruin" their bodies with tattoos or commenting that it is a "fashion mistake" are completely missing the point.

    Here we have a woman who is comfortable in her own skin. Her outfit is classic and simple but its her confidence and stance that makes her striking along with her beautiful hair.

    She is young and enjoying life. She doesn't strike me as the type to look down at her "old/sagging/spotted" skin in years to come and have regrets about her tattoos. She will smile and know that she has been true to herself and enjoyed her life.

    Tattoos are not for everyone (clearly) but I am glad that its becoming more acceptable and common place.

    I wonder what she does for a living….

  150. chiara

    June 29, 2010 at 7:26 pm

    THank u all!!
    Chiara

  151. iconnico

    June 29, 2010 at 7:51 pm

    They definitely add to her beauty. The tattoos don't necessarily look like an accessory in her case. It's more like she was born with them

  152. wahdi

    June 29, 2010 at 9:33 pm

    OMG saw her before in Centrale FS Milano! She was carring her cute vintage handbag too, awesome!

  153. LN

    June 29, 2010 at 10:07 pm

    She is definitly a rocker at heart. Just look at the Foo Fighters tattoo on her wrist! :) Gorgeous!

  154. simplychic

    June 29, 2010 at 10:41 pm

    that all white is so sleek!

  155. Anonymous

    June 29, 2010 at 11:41 pm

    This is so spectacular, the beauty jumps right off the page.

    bravo picture.

  156. Ishka

    June 30, 2010 at 1:09 am

    Sharp at first glance, then delicate elegance swoops in. :>

    GOLDEN FUNAMBLE

  157. Bright Light Warrior Nika

    June 30, 2010 at 2:22 am

    Honestly I didn't notice the tattoos until I read the comments. She looks amazing

  158. Anonymous

    June 30, 2010 at 7:55 am

    From a personal perspective, the timing of this photo is excellent. In two weeks, I am getting my first tattoo as a 50th birthday present to myself (still have a couple of months until the big one). I can relate a bit to the comments about destroying the body's natural beauty but I am also encouraged by all the positive comments. I figure at my age, I don't have to worry so much about what it will look like when I get old. But I am also still not old enough to not want to keep this a secret from my mother who is 78! : )

  159. Kathleen

    June 30, 2010 at 9:31 am

    This is going to sound goofy, but my mother always told me: "Don't do anything to your body (I am referring to Tats here) that you don't want people to see when you are 75 years old". Actually, I think her advice was and is strong and sound. I have a tat, but it is someplace where the world does not get to enjoy it. Only myself and someone intimate to me. This woman is gorgeous, and has disfigured her body unless she plans to join the circus or work in a body piercing shop the rest of her life. Too bad, the Sophia Loren reference is correct.

  160. Mery

    June 30, 2010 at 2:50 pm

    Hey, hey, I have a body shape like hers! – no upper body, wide shoulders and hips, longer legs. This depiction of the young woman enriches the usual slender, lean, "hipless" body type often displayed in magazines. I hold no accusations at all. One just needs to embrace the diversity.

    All in all she looks like she feels comfy in her tattooed skin.

  161. edge and grace

    June 30, 2010 at 3:22 pm

    isn't she gorgeous. beautiful shot. i love the lighting :)

  162. Betinah Luna

    June 30, 2010 at 7:27 pm

    She's one of those girls that looks goes with a simple outfit. She's born with it.

  163. Don Reid

    June 30, 2010 at 7:36 pm

    Seeing this picture has made my day.

  164. AnnieC

    June 30, 2010 at 9:40 pm

    What a beautiful woman, and the tattoos detract from that beauty. I often wonder what people are thinking when they get them, because tattoos age so terribly (I used to work in a VA hospital, so I can verify this).

  165. criola fashionista

    July 1, 2010 at 7:30 am

    Wow, So Chic, So Glam, So Elegant and So Rock!!!

    BRAVISSIMA

    **XOXO from paris and cape verde**

  166. Gabi

    July 1, 2010 at 8:53 am

    The most beautifull thing about this gorgeous woman is that she looks so confident and probably don't care what anyone of us is saying here. She love the way she looks and that's all that matters.

  167. Shalini Mehta

    July 1, 2010 at 9:11 am

    Yes indeed…its very difficult to tell if the tattoos add or take away from her…Honestly, on first look I thought I was noticing the tattoos more than her, but seeing her again, I feel they add so much to her classic beauty. What a lovely combination of classic and contemporary. Love it.

  168. Fit

    July 1, 2010 at 2:59 pm

    "This young lady looks like a classic Italian film goddess of the 50's and 60's: a modern, sharpened Sophia Loren."

    Sorry – cannot agree with that hperbole. Her face and look have none of Loren's et al over the top exoticism… closest thing today, including the tats would be Jolie… this young lady is a very far cry from that. Pleasant enough on the eye but in the loren Lollabrigida orbit.

  169. Anonymous

    July 1, 2010 at 5:44 pm

    Sophia Loren would never ruin her body with tattoos. It's speaks to a generational thing that so many of your readers like them. I don't understand the desire for such excess.

  170. Anonymous

    July 2, 2010 at 1:15 am

    To respond to Char’s comment that she would look like everyone else without her tattoos:
    I don’t have tattoos and I look like me. She has tattoos and she still looks like everyone else with tattoos.
    Different shoes, please. She does look barefoot with those thongs. They cancel the elegance of the dress.

  171. Anonymous

    July 2, 2010 at 1:39 am

    I have to say that while some here have described her "tats" as fashionable, sexy or hard edged, what I see is a very good looking woman who has probably ruined her natural attractiveness in 5 or 10 years because of those tats.

  172. designer handbags

    July 2, 2010 at 5:05 am

    i love the picture.

  173. sercy17

    July 2, 2010 at 1:26 pm

    This is true beauty. (hate the tattoos)

  174. K.

    July 2, 2010 at 10:25 pm

    I love how the tats and her hair "glow" in the same way. She makes it all look so intelligent. Like, "this is mine, you like it? No? Then you can't join my fancy club goodbye."

  175. RollingBackpacks

    July 3, 2010 at 2:43 am

    No tats here, but she is beautiful.

  176. Mike and Erica

    July 3, 2010 at 5:20 am

    such a juxtaposition. w.o.w. this photo took my breath away.

  177. Smilla

    July 3, 2010 at 6:34 am

    Yes. True beauty but ruined by the tattoos which make her look like she works at a circus. Sad they are permanent!

  178. Inês

    July 4, 2010 at 8:17 am

    Curious, doesn't she have a Foo Fighters logo tattoo on her right wrist? It really looks like!
    Personally, I don't dislike tattoos, although they are not completely embrassed in our society and it's ridiculous to judge someone by that, I think.

  179. AnastasiaC

    July 4, 2010 at 8:40 am

    amazingly beautiful! what attracted you to her? the simplicity of her outfit – very chic or the tats? she's like a rebellious Sophia Loren!

  180. miss ync

    July 4, 2010 at 5:18 pm

    the tattoos look like 2 transparent sleeves of this black dress …..i think it's very cool . tattoos are like make-up , just they stay on the skin forever .
    http://thecapitalyncillustration.blogspot.com/

  181. Anonymous

    July 4, 2010 at 7:55 pm

    She pulls of an absolute success with the contrast between classy with details and her rough tattoos. I LOVE IT!!!

  182. Quintessential Gent

    July 5, 2010 at 8:16 am

  183. Anonymous

    July 5, 2010 at 11:39 am

    Mamma mia! She is utterly fabulous.

  184. Leonard Miller

    July 5, 2010 at 11:41 am

    I think the tattoos add rather than take away. She's absolutely arresting.

  185. Anonymous

    July 5, 2010 at 8:48 pm

    To compare this woman to Sophia Loren is one of the most blasphemous statements you could have made. It made me chuckle and than ponder what went through your head.

  186. Lucy

    July 6, 2010 at 9:24 am

    interesting question. WELL all I can say is… she is gorgeous indeed – but I don't think you would have photographed her if it weren't for the tatts… so I think we would have to assume they're working for her!

    Thanks for the pics! x

  187. Hanna Johansson

    July 7, 2010 at 6:06 am

    She looks stunning.

  188. Melinda

    July 8, 2010 at 1:39 pm

    I have to disagree with many here. She's a gorgeous, voluptuous woman but the tattoos don't do it for me– too conventional looking. Even when mixed with Old World glamor, the attempt at irony seems tired. It's funny that something once thought rebellious has now become passé.

  189. Duchesse

    July 8, 2010 at 5:47 pm

    To all writing "What will she look like at 70": She'll look like a 70 year old woman who has lived- and continues to live- an interesting life. I'm 62 and have some ink. Don't worry about us. We thought about it.

    She will be beautiful at 70; every age has its beauty.

  190. The Corner Store

    July 9, 2010 at 3:55 pm

    First thought was that she was American – tattoos and shoes distracting

  191. Anonymous

    July 10, 2010 at 2:06 am

    She looks very classy and very comfortable, her dress is well fitting and seems to be well tailored too. The tattoos add a very nice touch.

    Lovely!

  192. sağlık

    July 10, 2010 at 4:45 am

    Très bon site. Je vous remercie du travail en Juillet…

  193. haydie gaga

    July 10, 2010 at 4:46 pm

    I love the contrast between the hard tattoos, and the soft femininity of her sense of style, this photo optimizes modern style, showing that everyone has a softer and a rougher side to them!

    It's not easy being able to have the two styles complement each other, but I think that this is one example where they meet perfectly!

  194. Katusha

    July 11, 2010 at 6:55 am

    Looks like Rachel Weisz to me

  195. Anonymous

    July 12, 2010 at 4:41 am

    I think she looks beautiful and sophisticated. As for people who are concerned about her ruining the look of her arms when she's 70…may i direct you to look at my mother's arms? She's slim and fit, but at 70, she's got bat wings, so she's not wearing sleeveless dresses anyway! (BTW, mom has fabulous legs, which she still shows off bare). This woman doesn't look like someone who will regret much in life, much less her tattoos.

  196. Anonymous

    July 12, 2010 at 6:43 pm

    her hair is stunning. I can't get over the softness it brings to her. enchanting.

  197. Anonymous

    July 12, 2010 at 10:26 pm

    I think tatoo's make people look trashy. Think about the classiest women of all time – like Jackie O or Princess Diana. They never would have worn a tat. too low class.

  198. Monique Merteuil

    July 14, 2010 at 3:44 am

    As a tattooed girl and living for fashion, you made me very happy with this wonderful lady…That's the thing I always refer to, ink has to do with style, and has to do with sophisticated women…With this pic, all the olf fashioned people, can prove that they were wrong judging the inked ones. :)

  199. dave o

    July 14, 2010 at 1:23 pm

    i have the ff tattoo! hah..

  200. Anna

    July 16, 2010 at 7:51 am

    I am also unsure whether I like the tattoos or not, but you're right, they certainly give her an outstanding look in total – especially because her look would be quite classic without the tattos

  201. valerie

    July 21, 2010 at 1:57 am

    I love the contrast of the tattoos… but not those tattoos! they are so predictable and generic- i cannot stand cherry blossoms with that grey shading in the back, awful! all i can think when i look at this photo is i wish they were just DIFFERENT tattoos on her shoulders.

  202. Anonymous

    July 24, 2010 at 7:19 am

    Skin will be spotted and saggy whether it has tattoos on it or not…so why not with tattoos? Won't look especially pretty either way, but life in this case has been lived just the way she wanted it! Why would she regret it?! She is beautiful!

  203. odisseaitaliana.com

    July 27, 2010 at 3:04 am

    i love her look. the juxtaposition of the post modern 'sleeve' tattoo against her ver classic look/silhouette. I normally do not like tattoos but this look works on her

  204. ahareinnewyork

    August 2, 2010 at 10:03 am

    Striking, but the flip flops mar the effect. A different shoe – something startling with a heel – would work.

  205. Anonymous

    August 19, 2010 at 11:24 am

    She resembles Helena Bonham Carter no?

  206. Elizabeth

    September 6, 2010 at 9:22 pm

    It's unfortunate that people are placing this woman in a "low class" "trashy" or "circus freak" category…to judge someone so harshly shows very little class. Besides, her outfit is superb, with a beautiful neckline and a fabulous cut, and I love the ring as an accent!

    No one else in the world can have the same fashion style as her, because we are all individuals – some do it with hair color, some with personality; she just so happens to achieve this with her body art…and it's stunning!

  207. Anonymous

    October 30, 2010 at 12:21 am

    Beautiful. :)

  208. Anonymous

    March 6, 2011 at 2:36 pm

    Beautiful mane of hair. I like the big watch, the black dress, the sandals, and the toenail polish.

    The tats? Me no likey.

  209. Nat Laurel

    March 31, 2011 at 10:04 am

    I feel her more as an Anna Magnani type. Sophia Lauen was earthier. This one is more distant.

  210. olena

    February 19, 2012 at 3:12 pm

    and Foo Fighters fan… hah, love it

  211. Name*

    July 6, 2012 at 5:58 pm

    This stunning lady is a hundred times prettier then Angelina Jolie with her dead features and phony everything! Thats a joke. As for Jackie O, she may have been classy, but her life was never her own, and it was far from happy. This woman belongs to herself. And it makes her more classy in my eyes. Princess Diana was far from classy in so many ways that I can’t even respond to that. She was a cheater who died the way she lived, on her way from a party. So what that proves is there are far less classy things then tattoos. Those are a personal choice, and I have never met anyone that regrets good artistic ink like hers. The shoes are far better then restrictive heels. They echo her freedom. Lovely, sexy, perfect girl. I would bet there is no shortage of people that would want to grow old with her and see her tattoos in full blossom every day.

  212. julian

    October 14, 2012 at 7:27 am

    This woman defines ‘sass’ !

    cant fault her style or the photo.

    the dress is beautiful, her hair is beautiful…….and she is very, very, very sexy

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