I miss regular, non-fashion-industry people being on the Sartorialist–especially the oldies, who are always the most stylish and creative; in the beginning, it was entirely about regular people with a sense of style, no? It feels a lot more special to find style in the everyday. Every other fashion site extols Carine Roitfeld or whoever’s fashions, but this is one of the few sites that show people who aren’t peacocking for the press, like this marvelous lady here.
Wow! I cannot believe this photograph! It is breath taking. I love everything about it- it has truly captured a moment in time. The lady is so inspiring, she is glamorous and delicate with her beautiful soft clothing, while her face seems to tell a story about her life. This photograph is magical… so is the pink turban/hat
Fabulous photo (as always) but she doesn’t look french to me. There are so many people of different backgrounds living in France that I think she is foreign born and not culturally French. She looks more like the stereotypical Portugese concierge. Or maybe from a gypsy background. The Arles are is very close to St. Marie de la Mere which is the gypsy capital of France. A lovely place by the way….you can ride horses through the Camargue where they round up the bulls used for bullfighting.
She has the most authentic and cultured style out of anyone you have photographed recently.
Some people go for unconventional looks that fashion magazines might inspire, however her more conventional look seems more original, culturally rich, and beautiful.
This woman, who may or may not even realize how much style she has, has a look with so much more substance than rich “modern” women with their noses in the air. Style with substance is style with authenticity. And no, not the sort of “wordly authenticity” one might purchase at Bergdorfs.
Although her dress is all about practicality and comfort, she manages to add a couple of “pop” items like the metal pearls and the silver accents on her shoes. There was a woman in my old Cincinnati neighborhood who was always sewing fake pearls onto her dress, and she was the most fabulous vision in the zip code! I am all for people making their own clothes, or making things work for them. Love the picture. Jorge from W Palm Beach
i love how this generation dresses. they are still concerned with accessories and looking “good”. (well, except for those –usually seen in the midwest– who have given in to the embroidered t-shirts/sweatshirts and stretch pants…)
I always think designers could get their greatest inspirations from older people. When Woolworth’s used to be open in San Francisco, I would sit at the counter with mostly senior people and marvel at so many great outfits that could’ve been on the runway that season with very minor tweaks. This lady looks very Dries or Marni to me – really pretty colors.
This is awesome!! The kind of photo that makes me like thesartorialist so much…
This lady has obviously put an effort in all the details of her look, and the result is to me so surprising… A touch of daintiness to a mature look, light-colored but with weight, complex… and pensive too. Contradictions? Perhaps, but there have to be, in a look and style that have probably grown and evolved under complex “forces” and influences.
This old lady literally rocks! Do you think she knows just how cool she looks as she perches on that little stone wall? The natural gothic eyes, Prada style turban, floral frock and over-sized cardi – she is so on trend it hurts! I am going straight to my Nana Doris’s dusty closet when I next visit for a wardrobe update!
She’s great!!! I doubt whether anything she’s wearing cost very much and I doubt very much whether she gave any thought to being ‘stylish’ but she seems to have a natural instinct for colour and pattern and what suits her. The wisdom of age?
I love her look – Just goes to show that cool can be achieved at any age. Usually in North America when we think of “older people” style we think of Palm Beach – goes to show there are other ways of doing it!
Sartorialist, Is there a story behind this picture? I have a feeling this is not her normal-day dressing, like she considered the day to be special. Wonder what the occasion is.. Your picture speaks and draws curiosity :)
I sincerely appreciate how you capture people. The way you make a photograph of them conciously aware they are being photographed. Where as there are the moments when they appear to just be in your composition as if they were unaware they have been photographed.
Love her! I was just shaking my head at how all the women you feature are young, thin, etc. The men you you feature are wonderful…please do more to feature more women of different ages, “normal” women, and those who are just plain intriguing.
Interesting Photo. You can see her character with just how she dresses. I’m not crazy about the shoes but it wouldn’t be as interesting if she had something else one her feet. I love the colors on her and on the surroundings. Nice.
I want to echo the thanks for (finally) showing a woman who is NOT tall, thin, young, etc. You are so good at showing men of all ages and builds, but not so much with women. I find little I can aspire to emulate when so much of the look of women you capture depends on being young and/or thin.
shes like my gran in algeria and probably is of that origin. i can go to algeria and take a bunch of photos of my gran and older relatives and have you swoon how stylish she is. i doubt she takes care on how she puts together her look and im guessing her aim is primarily for comfort.
Yes, to clarify she's an Algerian Berber – most likely of the Kabylie region – as evident by the belt she wears and the lack of facial tattoos. The headscarf has nothing to do with being Muslim, it is not worn as an Islamic headscard, and most Berbers are not religious, its part of the traditional wear of many older Algerians. The best thing about the photo, aside from the story and mystery she presents through her eyes, is looking up and down and seeing the change from a traditional scarf and dress to the flats and necklaces around her neck. Love it. Need to include more photos like this – most of your photos seem to be outside of fashions shows – and let's be realistic; most "real" people don't look or dress like those at a fashion show/in the fashion industry; they seem to have a lack of individuality seen in others.