1. Carlene

    June 14, 2007 at 5:52 am

    This is so beautiful I can hardly stand it. The gallery behind her, the minimalist volume. The little flat white shoes. That dress!

  2. sandman_gr

    June 14, 2007 at 6:19 am

    She’s amazing! Great style and great look. I love the use of black in summer, very courageous.

  3. J.Prata

    June 14, 2007 at 6:47 am

    such a refined and beautiful figure

  4. william d. anderson

    June 14, 2007 at 7:12 am

    she’s beautiful, but its hard to tell with all that formless material.

  5. Holly

    June 14, 2007 at 7:35 am

    this is just adorable!!!! love the way she combines all the things together!!! the dress makes me dizzy<3

  6. fenali29

    June 14, 2007 at 7:58 am

    i love the shoes, the dress, all!

  7. Ozlem Isil Bankal-deWit

    June 14, 2007 at 8:05 am

    I really liked the dress especially the color !

  8. Anonymous

    June 14, 2007 at 8:28 am

    My goss, what a godess!
    I love the tough attitude she gives off.
    She makes me want to shave my head.

  9. madeline

    June 14, 2007 at 8:41 am

    The dress is smashing. The hair – or lack of it – is genius and the bag seems right hiding behind all that black.

    The shoes ruin this for me. I don’t mind the pale color – it’s the shape of the toe. It looks just TOO vintage Nine West. Maybe if she lost the leggings with it because that’s such a trendy move and the silhouette of the dress is really so renegade. Not too many women would wear that shape.

    Or even could.


  10. -B

    June 14, 2007 at 8:42 am

    I’m a sucker for a shaved head! Love the look!

    p.s. When are we going to get to see the new SartoriaLists and Shopping Guide?!!

  11. Anonymous

    June 14, 2007 at 8:51 am

    That´s a lovely lady! I love the way she has combined black and blue with white. Really elegant and her expression fits the overall melancholic impression. Ageless and very contemporary at the same time.

  12. Anonymous

    June 14, 2007 at 9:04 am

    Oooh what a beautiful outfit she looks absolutely stunning – I wonder where she bought it?

  13. Anonymous

    June 14, 2007 at 9:09 am

    Really love the dress,
    but dislike the shoes and legging!
    They make the dress look enormous with very small legs.

  14. Anonymous

    June 14, 2007 at 9:11 am

    oh, my.

  15. Jen

    June 14, 2007 at 9:15 am

    This is the part of fashion I don’t get. Yes, she is beautiful, and I appreciate the dress for what it is. But these clothes don’t make her look good. They are not the least bit flattering. And the trendiness overwhelms me in a bad way. Lose those leggings and it’s a *tiny* bit better. But still not good.

  16. Anonymous

    June 14, 2007 at 9:25 am

    This is simply one of my favorite all time pics you have taken. Just gorgeous!

  17. Anonymous

    June 14, 2007 at 9:28 am

    I don´t like her shoes at all. They look so long. A metallic bronze with a small heel would have made the otherwise original outfit chic.

  18. lewehrman

    June 14, 2007 at 9:39 am

    Have to disagree with the” formless material” comment.

    Women don’t need to wear garments that hug their body to be beautiful or fashionable. See Paul Poiret, who early last century released women from corsets and bustles. His clothes draped and wrapped women in beautiful shapes and were comfortable and very fashionable. Very curvy women like Mae West wore his clothes.

    This dress comes right out of that aesthetic.

    She looks fabulous and its called sophistication. Not obviousness.

  19. Anonymous

    June 14, 2007 at 9:45 am

    i looove the shoes. are those lanvin? this woman is amazing, such an inspiration!

  20. vanessa

    June 14, 2007 at 9:58 am

    Great dress and sweater but not sure about the leggings and shoes though. Perhaps a pinch of color.

  21. Dani

    June 14, 2007 at 10:32 am

    This is an amazing picture.
    Definetely a “favorite”.

  22. Anonymous

    June 14, 2007 at 10:50 am

    *Love* the dress and shrug, not so much the leggings and shoes. Shame – there was an opportunity there for some great footwear.

  23. Anonymous

    June 14, 2007 at 10:51 am

    I just love her attitude, the shaved head is very chic, not many ladies can pull it off, i think she is very cool, i just don’t like the tights.

  24. fawn

    June 14, 2007 at 10:52 am

    she looks really familiar–is she a model?

  25. Anonymous

    June 14, 2007 at 10:55 am

    Is that dress Bottega Venetta?

  26. Anonymous

    June 14, 2007 at 11:03 am

    I was getting so bored of leggings, but something about the length of the dress makes the whole look so interesting. Amazing personal style.

  27. Kat

    June 14, 2007 at 11:12 am

    Love the colour-combination, love the shape of the dress and the present-absence of hair… But for deeper psychological reasons leggins will always remind me of my younger self, hopeless in the gym-lesson… That dress is long enough to be worn without them anyway, and it’s summer, after all!

  28. Hasenauer

    June 14, 2007 at 11:58 am

    Hell YES. That blue & black with her skin tone! Breathtaking.

    The proportions are wonderful, the voluminous skirt on the bottom and the little shrug on the top, the little flats to keep the outfit down to earth. I love it. I love that there are women out there confident enough to not expose as much flesh as possible and still look sexier than every chickie in a micro mini.

    She is a beautiful and striking woman, I do admire her hair choice, it really works on her and her posture is excellent. So much presence.

  29. Jeniffer

    June 14, 2007 at 12:02 pm

    She’s so beautiful! I love this look and her attitude. Bella!

  30. j craig

    June 14, 2007 at 12:15 pm

    perfect 10 i wish i knew her

  31. Anonymous

    June 14, 2007 at 12:52 pm

    I love the play of shapes and volume, of her body and the clothes—she’s turned herself into a work of art, yet it’s an outfit that also works in “real life.”

  32. Anonymous

    June 14, 2007 at 1:03 pm

    The debate generated by this outfit is in itself a fashion success.

    Like others, I’m not keen on the leggings (i just think of them as being uncomfortable, especially in warmer weather) but that is a very minor quibble in the bigger picture. I think her look is inspiring. This is volume done with individuality and intelligence.

  33. Anonymous

    June 14, 2007 at 2:12 pm

    This is one of my fave photos right now. LOVE this whole look! I’m really salivating over that dress. Where can I get one like it?

  34. Anonymous

    June 14, 2007 at 2:23 pm

    its so feminin anyway!

  35. Anonymous

    June 14, 2007 at 2:26 pm

    Stunnnnnniiiiiiiiiggggg.oh my gosh

  36. Claris

    June 14, 2007 at 2:38 pm

    Wow–beautiful and dramatic. Love the voluminous effect of her dress contrasting with her minimal hair. She looks like she could be a dancer (maybe it’s the leggings and flats)…

  37. ev

    June 14, 2007 at 2:59 pm

    if i wore this… it would look ridiculus:)
    i love it!

  38. Anonymous

    June 14, 2007 at 3:03 pm

    i think her shaved head is so empowering! black women look great bald. i think more women (black, white, asian, middle eastern) should go bald! absolutely great find! :)

  39. foodie415

    June 14, 2007 at 3:06 pm

    I love it all — volume, leggings and flats. It’s a nice contrast/companion to yesterday’s stylish senior lady!

  40. Cristina

    June 14, 2007 at 3:16 pm

    Absolutely stylish!!! cool!

  41. Lilith

    June 14, 2007 at 3:16 pm

    Is her name Lilith? That’s the file name. My daughter’s name is Lilith, and I’ve never encountered another person with this name.

    As for the outfit, I love it, minus the leggings and shoes.

  42. editor

    June 14, 2007 at 3:40 pm

    this is perfect!
    i love it all.
    (a side note – the legging trend, which, judging from some of the comments, is tapering off, does not define or motivate all use of leggings. some people wore leggings before the trend and they shouldn’t have to stop just because of it. the leggings look wonderful here.)
    there is a brilliance to the balance this woman found to cocoon herself and at the same time put forth a strong fashion presence. she has armor that expresses her. hidden and revealed.

  43. sarah

    June 14, 2007 at 3:58 pm

    a love the versatility, works anywear, evrywhere! lovely just lovely simply!

  44. Anonymous

    June 14, 2007 at 4:04 pm

    I’m guessing she’s a model? The fashion (as well as personal style/grooming) is easy to appreciate but I can’t see myself wearing this.


  45. Carolina Lange

    June 14, 2007 at 4:05 pm

    She looks great! Her dress is amazing!

  46. Anonymous

    June 14, 2007 at 4:23 pm

    Love the tattoo on her foot.


    June 14, 2007 at 4:30 pm

    Love your pics
    Here and on style.com
    I am a new yorker with my own style but have to give it to England, paris and sweden.
    New York street style. 100 to 500 dollars
    Soho shopping American express black card
    London, sweden, paris street style

  48. Anonymous

    June 14, 2007 at 4:32 pm

    With girls with style this fantastic walking the streets of New York, I’m glad to be in London.

  49. Anonymous

    June 14, 2007 at 5:15 pm

    Really carries this off to perfection. Elegant and clean.

  50. Deja Pseu

    June 14, 2007 at 5:22 pm

    Sophisticated, simple, and fierce all at once. Amazing!

  51. simply olive

    June 14, 2007 at 5:56 pm

    black is beautiful…but not in the summer heat!!

  52. Amy

    June 14, 2007 at 6:27 pm

    I think Claris nailed it when she said “beautiful and dramatic”.

  53. Camille

    June 14, 2007 at 6:27 pm

    I love the shape of the dress
    I love the gallery in the background
    I love the image
    but, espescially, I love the girl’s eyes. they’re just fascinating.

    and I love Your photos,thank You for this art (as this is what I call ‘art’)


  54. Anonymous

    June 14, 2007 at 6:27 pm

    she kinda looks like nena from top model – is she?

  55. Alli

    June 14, 2007 at 7:33 pm

    She looks so stunning and confident….and that’s a great dress.

  56. Anonymous

    June 14, 2007 at 7:52 pm

    Just my style. I too have been wearing leggings with all my black japanese clothing and love this look. I absolutely love the dress, kind of Marni-ish and Comme-ish and so fresh and modern. I was wondering if anyone knows who makes the dress she is wearing? I can’t place it.

  57. Anonymous

    June 14, 2007 at 8:01 pm

    it’s cold in nyc today, tricky dressing weather. i felt the urge to cocoon and wear black and navy, too. maybe she wore the leggings to keep warm!

  58. Anonymous

    June 14, 2007 at 8:35 pm

    yes! gurrl ! i know ms. sesi thang! she gives style 365 of the year! . wrrk! fashion at its best.

  59. Secret Agent

    June 14, 2007 at 9:07 pm

    wow, she looks amazing.

  60. Blaise

    June 14, 2007 at 9:25 pm

    She’s almost like an artwork.. simply beautiful..

  61. Anonymous

    June 14, 2007 at 10:23 pm

    she’s inspired me to leave a comment….

  62. berkelycole

    June 14, 2007 at 10:52 pm

    That is so right!!!

  63. whitney

    June 15, 2007 at 12:05 am

    love everything…the dress..the colors…the flats…some people just don’t even have to try and it shows.

  64. Anonymous

    June 15, 2007 at 1:10 am

    she is beautiful and looks absolutely divine in this look which has been totally individualized by her. Very IT.

  65. M

    June 15, 2007 at 1:14 am

    It’s so powerful in its carefree message! Imagine putting on these clothes: the free-form dress, the jumpy leggings and flats that allow you to move quickly! Her personality comes out through her eyes and that inner strength must have been fortified by her outfit. This may not be the most beautiful outfit I’ve seen on this blog but it’s a perfect display of what I love about fashion right now.

  66. Anonymous

    June 15, 2007 at 3:02 am

    wow. that dress.

  67. Anonymous

    June 15, 2007 at 3:31 am

    I love the contrast between the shaved head and the puffy princess dress, simply outstanding!

  68. glaceyeux

    June 15, 2007 at 4:25 am

    i love her hair! such confidence and that dress… the loose sillouette is so effervescent for summer!

  69. Anonymous

    June 15, 2007 at 6:29 am

    lol to anon 6:27. just because she is black and balled doesn’t mean she’s nena from top model :p

  70. Maria

    June 15, 2007 at 9:59 am


  71. krilli

    June 15, 2007 at 10:48 am

    Someone said formless. Huh? That outfit is going to drape and billow and waft, and you’re going to see her gorgeous figure in the patterns it makes. You can tell, even from a still picture.

  72. Miriam

    June 15, 2007 at 12:02 pm

    The perfect combination of oversized dress, leggings and simple ballerina shoes.
    Her shaved head and clean face makes it even more great.

  73. Anonymous

    June 15, 2007 at 12:23 pm

    Wow…….. This is so unique. Who is this goddess? I love the low hair.

  74. Anonymous

    June 15, 2007 at 1:20 pm

    In case anyone’s wondering, the dress is from the Lilith boutique at 227 Mulberry Street between Prince and Spring. I was just in the store the other day and was overwhelmed by all the beautiful and avant garde clothing they have. It’s a lovely shop.

  75. amboisel

    June 15, 2007 at 1:48 pm

    black is definitively beautiful !

  76. IASSART.

    June 15, 2007 at 2:37 pm

    A different kind of beauty.But her look is sweet and natural.

  77. Anonymous

    June 15, 2007 at 3:07 pm

    I love her shaved head! So tough and wonderful!

  78. Cut of cloth

    June 15, 2007 at 5:32 pm

    The Frock is quite Fabulous
    It takes a very good Designer to use Volume with such effect
    This woman wears it well
    she has a great Vibe
    Cooly Confident
    with the stance of a Dancer
    Poised and Elegant
    ready to Pirouette down the sidewalk…
    MMMMMMM Dreamy

  79. xie

    June 15, 2007 at 7:35 pm

    beautiful. tough and feminine.

  80. Anonymous

    June 15, 2007 at 9:38 pm

    The word “dignity” comes to mind.

    If my experience is any indication, as a black woman on the street in New York City, if you are adventurous in the body-conscious contemporary style that is so much fun to explore (as the Sartorialist illustrates so well) you are quickly made aware of the ubiquity of men who will speak possessively, without invitation, to women on the street, women they don’t know, sometimes following along the sidewalk, usually not threatening but often, if not always, really disrespectful.

    To enjoy this city of such tremendeous stylistic creativity and freedom, if you prefer to walk and ride the subway or bus as I do, you have to either get used to men hissing at you, usually from the side as you pass, or behind you, that they like your shape, etc.—as if I asked!—or discover a satisfying sartorial tone somewhere between submitting to this and not showing any shape at all.

    So to add to all the positive comments here I must say she achieves this balance brilliantly, and without giving anything up. Wow!


    June 15, 2007 at 9:45 pm

    I can’t truly express to you how much I love this woman’s clothes and overall look. Thank you Sat for finding beauty in so many different types of beauty.

  82. Belinda

    June 16, 2007 at 4:47 am

    I imagine this young lady would have an absolutely killer smile. Wish she’d shown us – I think it would have totally made this outfit.

  83. tn

    June 16, 2007 at 4:34 pm

    Seriously? this is perfect. Absolute glamour.

  84. ange

    June 16, 2007 at 9:26 pm

    Thanks Scott for posting this gorgous pic. It is because of you that I now own the very same dress!!!
    This woman embodies my personal style and I did know of the Lilith boutique, so when you named the pic “Lilith”, I was clued in to the dress’ origin. Little did I know that the gorgous woman that you shot is Vicky who works at Lilith! And anyone else who loves this as much as I should definitely check out the Lilith boutique on Mulberry St in NYC. They have amazing things that are literally works of art. FYI, Lilith is a French designer, short for Lily Bareth (not sure of the spelling).

  85. Anonymous

    June 18, 2007 at 12:07 am

    Love the dress and the shrug, but not together. That dress should be about contrasting proportions, and the baggy shrug doesn’t do it justice.

  86. Philippine

    June 18, 2007 at 9:13 am

    something’s wrong…maybe the shoes
    however I still like the look and the way she glances at you

  87. Maria

    June 18, 2007 at 9:14 pm

    Lillith rocks!

  88. Naki

    June 20, 2007 at 5:28 pm


  89. shelvy

    June 22, 2007 at 4:55 am

    she’s stunning with that dress and also the flat white shoes. awesome. I relly like the dress.

  90. Sandra

    July 12, 2007 at 3:58 pm

    nice dress. I like it !

  91. Keith Campee

    July 17, 2007 at 2:14 am

    wow. she’s absolutely stunning. 110%.Oh and the dress is nice as well. love the white flats

  92. Anonymous

    June 19, 2011 at 8:30 am

    Can we revisit this? It's excellent.