I’m not sure if the lady in the first picture is a beautiful amazon decended from heaven, or an alien from outerspace? I do know that she is certainly an inspiration – hopefully to the dowdy woman I thought was a man to her right!
ve the way your subjects stick out from the crowd. Especially in the top picture, the astounding woman looks gigantic and so much more beautiful than the rest. Actually, she seems to come from another planet altogether.
okay, i too thought that woman on the left side of the first picture was a man. i resist, however, the idea that she ought to feel lesser in comparison to the very wealthy woman standing in ludicrous shoes. don’t get me wrong, i think her whole outfit is wonderful and it would make my day if more people were that fanciful in their approach to fashion – but not at the expense of other people’s feelings. people who embrace fashion should do so for themselves, and not to pose and not to intimidate or reduce others. personal style is just that, and it does not compensate for intellect, experience, humor, graciousness, compassion, etc. I read recently that in England, manicured nails imply that you have too much free time. applying that approach of effort=time, the subjects for many of these wonderful pictures have waaaaaay too much free time/nothing better to do, while the “pedestrian” woman must be very busy. it ruins it for me when people treat fashion as a way to be superior. that’s delusional. that other woman is going about her business and did not ask to be featured on this blog for all to criticize. is the model, ai tominaga, in picture 3 working, or on her own? if she’s working, it feels misleading to present her as someone with great street style. if she’s not working, she is fantastic!
Don’t be melancholy if your father wears that to the Louvre. The iconic cowboy look has inspired tons of “fashionable” people, from Ralph Lauren to the gentleman in the “Style of Paris … Texas” post from a couple of days ago.
I think the man in the western wear has a look that is as put together and well considered as the ladies. In fact, his choices are far more radical and single-minded. Bravo to the gentleman! And why NOT wear that to The Louvre?
You are simply amazing. The depth of field in the illustrator’s (?) photo a few posts down is brilliant. And the middle picture here shows how open you are to finding good shots, not just the “right” shot or the “right” style.
I don’t even know how you managed to snap that first shot.
I think the average Jane in the top pic is thinking “how on earth does she walk in those things???” Not keen on the fur sleeved dress at all – two fur patterns in one ensemble (the purse) are too much for me. The cowboy – love him!! He looks like he’d be so much fun anywhere he went, telling good jokes and charming the ladies.
The first woman reminds me of my friend’s mother who is Greek. Her mother always looks so chic compared to most moms. I love this woman’s strong posture. I want both women’s outfits from head to toe, and I want to go riding with the cowboy, and then mosey on down to the local soda fountain with him for a scoop of ice cream.
i want to BE that woman in the first photo…sartorialist hat’s off!! she looks like the female gordon gekko, exuding power and strength….and i love how it looks like somehow you caught her in the process of moving, and she stomped still just long enough for you to grab the shot!
The women are great, but you gotta love the guy in the middle: “Je suis Americain? Americaine?” indeed. (Say it with a Texas accent). And who knows, he might be Texas rich and own a few ‘lil’ paintings…you’d be surprised.
I’m always curious when I see women in belted coats like your first subject is wearing. Obviously, a beautiful statement, and very eye-catching, but what happens when you get where you’re going? I don’t think that belt is attached to the coat, and it just seems weird to me that you’d be buckling yourself into and out of it in front of a coat check.
I hope she doesn’t plan on traipsing all over the Louvre in those shoes. The whole outfit just seems unwearable for the rest of us mortals.
What a genuine and personal style! Quite fantastic! And her slim lined hairstyle to, suits perfect to her square face form and lathy facial feature. Maybe the parting could be more to the left, but that she surely already try out.
Fabulous contrast in #1! I am always intimidated to wear my most fabulous clothing when everyone around me is in sweat pants and will make comments if I even wear a casual dress and flats. She is an inspiration! #3 is just lovely.
WOW,where do you find all these people?The first lady really stands out from the crowd and in a not fun way.I like the old chap best cause he is real. The girl in pic. 3 looks odd.Her outfit is just too much of nothing.
I love the first and second photos. The woman looks so stereotypically European and the man so American. And he looks like a great sport, too. Funny that only in Paris could his style stand out as unique. Most places in the US he’d blend right in.
Hi Sart! Im extremely happy to see my most favorite model, Ai Tominaga in here! Whew! I kinda not expected that she would appear here specially because I think she’s the really private type… But she is extremely glamourous and who could pull off those sleeves? My friend and I are ecstatic actually, since earlier you featured Agyness Deyn (his fave model) and now I got my wish! Haha! Thank you Sart for bringing the best style inspirations from around the globe. I actually think everytime i go out to work, “If the Sartorialist is in the street, will he ever shoot me?” ( then I throw the drab outfit out and change into something expressive and lively! ha!). keep it up!
That cowboy is not from Paris. I’m guessing Texas or New Mexico. Those are the traditional style wranglers that cost about $20 and I doubt the shirt was much more. The hat on the other hand, was probably hand-made and rather expensive. But he probably wears it every day. It’s funny – I see guys like this all the time and don’t give it much thought. Put him in a different setting, however, and he’ll really stand out.
I think the woman in the left of the first photo is wondering how the other woman walks in her shoes. To call her ‘pedestrian’ (particularly when she’s not aware she’s the subject of a style critique) is downright insulting.
The woman in the 1st pic is so memorably dressed that I’ll bet you snapped her pic on the one day a year she wears it. As for the shoes — do they have cloven heels? The whole thing reeks of pretension & affectation.
Great subjects and beautiful photos Sart, the first one is really exceptional. The contrast between her tall elegant presence and the crowd behind her is striking, I’m sure it was no accident either! And as somelse said, beautiful depth of field.
in the first photo, she holds the whole world, doesn’t she? every one around her disappears, is invisable and yet somehow there only to show they are smaller and less fabulous than her. maybe it is the confidence in her stance. maybe she just knows she owns the world. at least for that moment!
The woman in the first photo is fabulous. I agree with the commenters who noted that she looks as if she’d just arrived from another planet. A planet ruled by glamorous Amazons, at that.
And while the woman on the left didn’t ask to be photographed and posted on a fashion blog for all the world to see, the contrast is simply too great to not comment on it. True, very few women can pull off the glamorous look of the woman in the center of that photo. But is that any reason to simply give up and fall to the woman on the left’s level of slobbification? None of her clothes fit, and she doesn’t even seem to be wearing a bra, for crying out loud. And she’s hardly unique.
i applaud her general boldness, but woman #1 could use some softness. she honestly looks over-produced and over-worked, from her fake nails to her crispy coif to her orange legs to the (unnatural?) stiffness in her face. there, i said it.
The first picture actually is quite funny.This madame with everything trimmed to itÂ´s best promenading on the street and then suddenly this elderly American? tourist alongside her on the left being caught by surprise in the same picture.It would be interesting to know what she was thinking at that moment…
Your eye for the intentionally fashionable and the ironically fashionable is as keen as ever. The unsuspecting ‘Cowboy’ tourist fits right in with the ultra-self conscious subjects above and below. Bravo.
i love them all, but i must admit, the cowboy is my by-far favorite. he is a breath of fresh air in the middle of all of these almost-overwhelmingly-chic fashion week (month) pics. i’d been thinking in recent days how excited i will be to see you get back to NYC, back to photographing the real street people… not that i don’t love the fashionistas but i can only take so much of them.
but anyway – out of all of these, with the cowboy, i instantly wanted to know everything about him – where’s he from? what does he do? what’s he up to in paris? what does he think of paris? how do people there react to him? and on and on… this to me is a GREAT style picture.
I love the cowboy! I see him as a hard-working guy who has finally saved enough money and has the time, because he’s either retired or found someone to take over the ranch for a few weeks, to take the trip of his dreams. His clothes are clean and pressed and I’ll bet he’s not wearing running shoes.
I am so touched by your first two photos and their subjects. Universal and ageless. The joie de vivre of the gentleman and the elongated elegance of the lady perfect. Thank you Especially love the gentleman. He reminds me of all wonderful gentlemen in the American south and southeast.
Sart, i can't thank you enough for the gentleman in the Western wear! What an eye you have. brilliant selection of people. The cowboy most certainly has his own sense of style, which is more important than fashion anyway. As a Texan and a lover of fashion, this picture had the same effect on me as when i was studying abroad in Madrid and came across a pick-up truck in front of a high end store… tears of joy!