Monday, April 9, 2007

The New York City Easter Parade 2007


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  1. lewehrman

    April 9, 2007 at 9:18 am

    The woman in the second pic takes my breath away! Fabulous topped off ny the tilt of the hat!

  2. Butch

    April 9, 2007 at 9:22 am

    Out-of-the-trunk (and the closet, too) fashion. Interesting that “dressing up” in this case means evoking styles past; were people also parading their newest duds, or has the show become a set-piece entirely?

  3. Deja Pseu

    April 9, 2007 at 9:32 am

    Oh, fantastic! Now these folks know how to play dress up.

  4. Carolina Lange

    April 9, 2007 at 9:37 am

    Great photos!

  5. Alessandra

    April 9, 2007 at 9:38 am

    The lady is the second photo is just something else. I loved everything about her, especially the white tie and the fur detail on her coat.

  6. Jack Daniel

    April 9, 2007 at 9:53 am

    oh my GOD!!
    These pics are just the perfect examples for the 20′s party of my work in may!!!
    Great pictures.

  7. Anonymous

    April 9, 2007 at 10:15 am

    the woman in the second pic looks fabulous. but today that look can only be “costume”… maybe without the hat it has more of a chance of not looking costume-y.

  8. Christopher Hogan

    April 9, 2007 at 10:28 am

    I don’t think it’s a set piece, per se. Rather, I think both of these pictures highlight the fact that these classic, iconic examples of style are light years from what men – and a lot of women – wear these days.

    I’d like to see these folks walking down the street any day of the week. In a word – snazzy.

  9. Anonymous

    April 9, 2007 at 10:40 am

    the woman in the second pic- gorgeous outfit. TOTALLY GORGEOUS.

  10. Anonymous

    April 9, 2007 at 11:19 am

    oh how cool, wish we could do something like that in norway

  11. Jessica Joan

    April 9, 2007 at 11:40 am

    LOVE LOVE LOVE the gal in the white pants, hat, tie combo. THIS is getting dressed up.

  12. Anonymous

    April 9, 2007 at 11:45 am

    amazing photographs of these guys are becoming an easter tradition on the sartorialist! take a look at last year:
    **michael aranella wore a seer-sucker suit & straw boater hat
    (this year with pipe & taupe coat)
    **roddy caravella wore a victorian tux (this year in an incredible grey bowler hat)
    **roddy’s girlfriend was breathtaking in ivory/ layered/ lace ensemble (this year even better in marlene deitrich-style ivory & black)

    glad you caught them again this year! (i was cozy inside out of the…easter snow?!)

  13. Anonymous

    April 9, 2007 at 12:03 pm

    I believe in Gent on the right in the first photo in a leader of a swing band. We get our haircut by the same person at B&B.

  14. Candid Cool

    April 9, 2007 at 12:11 pm

    1) Such wonderful coats! I am liking the blue one on the left
    2) I ADORE her trousers, and her whole ensemble as well.

  15. Ming_the_Merciless

    April 9, 2007 at 12:27 pm

    They all look so retro and chic! They remind me of Katherine Hepburn in most of her movies.

    I was at the same parade but all I saw (on my blog) were the bonnets with flowers and bunnies.

    Great job! I love your eye for details.

  16. Anonymous

    April 9, 2007 at 12:41 pm

    this is the coolest thing ever…

  17. Anonymous

    April 9, 2007 at 12:53 pm

    Love these photos. The whole idea of an Easter parade is pretty retro, so why not play dress-up? They look like they’re having fun.

  18. Rafe Totengco

    April 9, 2007 at 12:55 pm

    I love their Great Gatsby look. The woman with the wide brimmed hat looks very Marc Jacobs from the most recent Fall collection.

  19. Anonymous

    April 9, 2007 at 12:58 pm

    I cannot help but to think of Fred Astaire and Julie Andrews in ‘Easter Parade’!!

  20. Loubna

    April 9, 2007 at 1:11 pm

    bravo, c’est pas facile a porter un pantalon blanc et qui plus est aussi large, mais elle le porte super bien !

  21. Jennine

    April 9, 2007 at 1:35 pm

    oh my god! i’m in love! it’s a wonderful set of pitures. the second one is inspiring! i just love white tousers, and that hat… very, very cool.

  22. missx

    April 9, 2007 at 1:47 pm

    Beautiful clothes, beautiful people. Now kind of wish I could’ve gotten out there and caught sight of them. But cold is not my thing.

  23. Cristina

    April 9, 2007 at 2:01 pm

    here, in my city, we celebrate a fair, the first weekend of May , and everybody here dress like in the 1900′s…like in the modernism ….and as I see in this picture, there happen something similar! cool!

  24. toste

    April 9, 2007 at 2:22 pm

    Really good photos! Have you ever visited Madrid? There they dress very traditional and with great taste.

  25. Anonymous

    April 9, 2007 at 3:27 pm

    These hats have reminded me to ask if you have ever thought of going to the Kentucky Derby. You would have a field day there.

  26. French dude

    April 9, 2007 at 3:34 pm

    I would to thank you for your blog, it changed my vision of the fashion and the world. I showed it to some friends and they love your blog too.

    Thanks for making me smile everyday :D

  27. The Fashion Informer

    April 9, 2007 at 3:39 pm

    Costume-y, to be sure. But also seriously fun (and isn’t that what fashion is all about – having a good time with your “look”?). When better than the NYC Easter Parade? I love these shots, Scott.

  28. thwany

    April 9, 2007 at 3:43 pm


  29. Anonymous

    April 9, 2007 at 4:48 pm

    OMG! the second couple is so chic/awesome it doesnt seem real. Its like something you would see in a dream or movie. SO GOOD!

  30. Anonymous

    April 9, 2007 at 5:12 pm

    so fantastic

    class knows no era

  31. Anonymous

    April 9, 2007 at 5:56 pm

    I’ve heard the song but didn’t know that this was still a real-world event! Thanks!

  32. iopine

    April 9, 2007 at 6:37 pm

    Très charmant.

  33. whyioughtta

    April 9, 2007 at 7:20 pm

    I am reading The Custom of the Country right now and these pics feel so much like a great Wharton novel!

    Love the jaunty hats but the guy with the pipe takes the cake.

    Wonderful pics.

  34. Christina

    April 9, 2007 at 8:15 pm

    the gloves, the GLOVES!

  35. Emily Lin

    April 9, 2007 at 10:29 pm

    Oh god… Gorgeous.. Looking like those fabulous people in the old-time movies..

  36. Anonymous

    April 9, 2007 at 10:40 pm

    not to be snooty…but it’s fred astaire and judy garland in easter parade.
    (know! know! know! your 40′s movie trivia!)

  37. Jen

    April 10, 2007 at 12:08 am

    These are some classy costumes. How do you find these people?


  38. Kits

    April 10, 2007 at 1:22 am

    I love the style and attitude dripping off them :D

  39. Cristina

    April 10, 2007 at 2:29 am

    Fabulous! I know a lot of people dislike intentionally anachronistic dress, but I’m a big fan. Everyone in these photos looks lovely.

  40. kris

    April 10, 2007 at 3:29 am

    they even posed like celebrity- Great shots!

  41. Anonymous

    April 10, 2007 at 3:33 am

    NYC Easter Parade pics – the tradition of this blog that I wait the most! Please add more pics about this post – just like last year!


  42. Cut of cloth

    April 10, 2007 at 6:31 am

    This brought a smile to my face!
    Its great to see New yorkers at easter celebrating with such style and what characters they are

  43. Anonymous

    April 10, 2007 at 7:46 am

    Sart, is that you and your wife in the second photo?

  44. js

    April 10, 2007 at 7:52 am

    This question of ‘costume’ comes up a lot, however, my take on it is that everything is ‘costume’. We’re all ‘dressing up’ or in a ‘costume’ every time we decide not to prance round naked!

    Think that the clothes are amazing and at least a couple of the outfits offer me as much inspiration as anything I’ve seen here for a while. Love to see people making an effort.

  45. Anonymous

    April 10, 2007 at 8:00 am

    It is very rare that an outfit forces me to take a sharp intake of breath at its sheer loveliness, but the lady in the second picture has acheived just that! Wow-ee! All the elements are just perfect, the bracelets, the collar, the tilt to her hat… I am quite speechless!

  46. The Sartorialist

    April 10, 2007 at 8:07 am

    For Anon 7:46 am

    no that is not me or my wife in the second photo

    I would add more photos but because it was quite chilly not as many people were there as last year. It even snowed a little while I was shooting.

    I did get contact info for this wonderful group of characters so I might shoot them again soon.

    regarding “costume”
    I get the sense that these particular people dress very close to this the majority of the time. For them it is not costume but a style chioce. I did see a lot of people playing “dress up” that day which I choose not to shoot.


  47. sandman_gr

    April 10, 2007 at 10:14 am

    The second photo is amazing – great stuff Scott!

  48. hoi polloi

    April 10, 2007 at 10:55 am

    I don’t understand why people hate costumey fashion. Its so fun and impressive. Sort of like time travel without the time machine.

  49. Sariah

    April 10, 2007 at 11:27 am

    I want to meet these people! Absolutely perfect. I don’t think this is costumey at all. A costume connotes taking on the identity or persona of another person. The beauty of these people (and Sart’s skilled photography) is that you can tell that this is just THEM. As depressing yet INSPIRING as it may be (haha) there are actually people who look this amazing practically everyday. Bravo.

  50. Ashley

    April 10, 2007 at 4:42 pm

    LOVE the hat! It makes me want to go to the Ascots…

  51. Gregory

    April 10, 2007 at 8:30 pm

    Thanks to all of you for your nice words about our “duds” in the two beautiful Easter Parade photos that Scott shot and posted (I’m the guy in the white trenchcoat in the first pic). It’s really great to find like-minded folks, fashion-wise, and the six of us in the photos are all fine friends who wouldn’t miss this parade for the world. Presumptuously speaking for the six of us, reading all the positive comments here has been a real boost. It’s so nice when you “follow your heart,” fashion-wise, and others appreciate/”get” it, you know? Scott was correct when he said that most of the six of us choose to dress “of vintage” all the time…Easter Sunday is simply the day we “pull out all the stops”.

    To those of you who’ve never been to the parade, start planning now for the ’08! It’s really a singularly wonderful conflagration. There’s a refreshingly relaxed feeling of “bonhomie”. I think the biggest misconception is that this is a parade that includes floats and marching bands, or heaven forbid, clowns/mimes. Truth to tell, I’m from the Midwest, and floats and marching bands make me very, very nervous for some reason (not to even mention the clown/mime thing), and this is the only “parade” I ever go to. Fortunately, this parade is just a few thousand festive folk who gather to mill about and observe the [sometimes shocking] fashions of others. It seems in the past few years, there are fewer and fewer people who actually dress for the occasion…and in this era of “cellphone cameras,” more “would-be-Scavullos”. That’s cool, too. I’ve lived in NYC a long time, and I love it when I’m incongruously over-dressed (especially on my bicycle, which is my main form of transportation in Manhattan, rain or shine) and have a shocked tourist take my photo, muttering in their native patois, “Honey, that man is biking in a tuxedo!” That’s why I live here: A town where you can bike in a tuxedo…and the locals think not much of it…and maybe the non-locals will go back home and show their photos of NYC and say, “NYC knows how to dress!”

    Again, thanks to all who made the kindly comments, and to Scott for this teriffic, informative site. I’m hopelessly addicted to The Sartorialist!

    Best wishes,


  52. Belinda

    April 10, 2007 at 10:06 pm

    The lady in the second photo is just immaculate. Imagine how wonderful it would be to see this tailored look on the streets every day.

    Enough exposed butt cheeks already – BOYS, PULL UP YOUR JEANS OR BUY A PAIR THAT FIT! The crotch really shouldn’t be anywhere near the pavement.

    Who started that anyway? Underwear designers right?

  53. Vanessa

    April 11, 2007 at 2:31 am

    Old New York… :)

    This is going to seem cheesy, but I wish I could grow up to be just like the couple in the second picture.

  54. vintagent

    April 11, 2007 at 5:12 pm

    I met Roddy at the Vintage Fashion Expo here in SF last month. He mentioned the Easter Parade, now I see why! He looked great then, and now, and was very generous with his time.

    I don’t know if it’s possible to convey the amount of time and effort required to put together such immaculate ensembles; finding vintage clothing in perfect condition is terribly difficult, then finding enough of it to make a few outfits takes YEARS of searching and lucky finds. My hats off to them all.

    I limit my truly vintage clothes to motorcycle gear, and know how long it’s taken me to get a decent selection in that very specific genre. The prospect of assembling a whole wardrobe inspires awe.

  55. Emily

    April 11, 2007 at 10:32 pm

    i feel like they could go to the Kentucky Derby years ago… love it!

  56. Lilliam

    April 12, 2007 at 8:14 pm

    I love it! class, style, and perfection! LOVE her pants his green trench. SO inviting!

  57. Tanya

    April 13, 2007 at 11:25 am

    Beautiful Pictures!

    Its art like this that I love.

  58. Anonymous

    April 13, 2007 at 11:36 am

    beautiful. there is something to be said for being this creative. and that thing is “bravo!”

  59. xie

    April 18, 2007 at 8:44 pm

    the woman in the second photo is wearing that outfit like Cecilia Dean, which is saying something!

  60. Anonymous

    April 22, 2007 at 12:27 am

    Spats!!!! Two-tone shoes.
    Too cool. ; )

  61. Anonymous

    June 12, 2007 at 5:52 pm

    The man in the second picture is my uncle! And i’m damn proud that he is. He comes over for dinner in outfits such as this. It’s a thrill to have them over and examine his and her outfits. They’re classic and amazing.

  62. Sarah

    June 15, 2007 at 1:39 pm

    For the record, this couple is the fabulously fashionable Gretchen Fenston and Roddy Caravella! Sophisticated and simply dazzling, Gretchen and her beau are a treasure to the vintage fashion world and all New Yorkers.

  63. Lucy In The Sky

    February 5, 2009 at 11:52 am

    Classy as shit. I want to be the woman on the far right in the top photo.

  64. Anonymous

    March 8, 2009 at 7:17 pm

    Simply fine to the max! I want both of the women’s hats, and several of the men. I want them to be my walkers!

  65. the Jassdancer

    June 13, 2009 at 1:49 pm

    Roddy always dresses on the mark with attention to detail. It didn't matter which car he decided to take out that day, it would have matched their outfits perfectly!

  66. Recel

    July 28, 2009 at 12:59 pm

    ooo too cool

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    August 17, 2009 at 7:51 pm


  68. Anonymous

    September 28, 2009 at 12:36 pm

    love the humor….
    Keep that smile on your face at a unique fusion of Clothes,Music,and Fun

  69. Office Cleaning In Seattle

    December 17, 2009 at 11:37 pm

    Nice Pic.

  70. Will

    January 26, 2010 at 7:56 am

    Historical styles unskillfully mismatched. White trench coat with white gloves and spectator shoes? No.

  71. gaby

    March 7, 2010 at 3:56 pm

    Oh my these are marvelous!

  72. Victor

    April 9, 2010 at 6:09 pm

    Mob rules!

  73. Tiffany

    June 18, 2010 at 7:59 pm

    This is awesome! It's Hard to believe it ws 2007!
    Check your credit

  74. Taryn Juliette and Christina Anne

    September 12, 2010 at 1:45 pm

    Love it!
    You should check our exhibition on New York Fashion week!

    Taryn Juliette

  75. Footwear

    February 18, 2011 at 1:41 am

    I love to see classic fashion footwear and outfits thanks for sharing

  76. Anonymous

    February 24, 2011 at 5:13 am

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    You should seriously consider Lebanon for your photoshoots

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