Wednesday, February 6, 2008

At Rodarte…..Karen, NYC


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  1. post-it up

    February 6, 2008 at 9:24 am

    Yet another with feet pointing slightly inwards. Am I missing something or have people forgotten how to stand properly? Please, someone, let me know.

  2. Anonymous

    February 6, 2008 at 9:44 am

    What a contrast to our Lady in Red! This witty costume would be perfect for the next episode of “A Series of Unfortunate Events”…I can see the effort here, and it’s a strain…even though I do love the vest. The shoes, sadly, smack of tourist–why not a pair of oxfords? She looks so very unhappy–I want to give her a hug and tell her to cheer up!

    • Simone Fraser

      November 13, 2013 at 6:50 am

      I worry that this blog allows us to believe we can critique a person’s garb, simply because the subject has permitted Scott to photograph them. Is that what they’re aware of in the moment of the photograph? I just caught myself thinking, ‘Hmm, the woman has given an illusion she is long in body, short in legs.’ Then I thought, ‘You arrogant and self-righteous hypocrite!’ I don’t dress daily for an audience to give unsolicited opinions, do I?!!

  3. Jane Flanagan

    February 6, 2008 at 9:54 am

    This is such a perfect shot!

  4. louise

    February 6, 2008 at 10:09 am

    I like her look. She makes me think of P J Harvey.

  5. miss fashion

    February 6, 2008 at 10:10 am

    love the layered look especially the detailing on the waist-coat very english eccentric reminds me of Daphne Guinness..:-)

  6. Nicole

    February 6, 2008 at 10:24 am

    Is this the photographer from the Prince & Mercer video? Yes, it’s true, I am a sartorialist addict!

  7. jeff

    February 6, 2008 at 10:45 am

    Hilarious. Great sense of humor behind this.

  8. Anonymous

    February 6, 2008 at 11:02 am

    There’s something I like here, something real, but another part of me sees it as being a bit pretentious. Oh screw it, I like it, I like the morbid tone.


  9. Iheartfashion

    February 6, 2008 at 11:07 am


  10. marlys

    February 6, 2008 at 11:11 am

    I’d LOVE to see Karen and Jefferson walking down the street together – both so crisp with their slight smatterings of color.

    (and her lovely vest button detail is just perfectly revealed!)

  11. Anonymous

    February 6, 2008 at 11:16 am

    Androgynous but not tottaly.
    I like how she plays with the details: the school boyish tie, the diva sunglasses. That bag with those shoes.
    I believe she’s someone that chooses carefully her wardrobe in order to send a message.
    And again, the scenario is brilliant.


  12. Anonymous

    February 6, 2008 at 11:21 am

    Hmmm, this would have been a great ensemble until I saw the shoes. It cuts her off at the ankles and makes her look stumpy.

  13. Josh

    February 6, 2008 at 11:30 am

    those sunglasses are absolutely wonderful

  14. wewerewindows

    February 6, 2008 at 12:08 pm

    strictly stilish!

  15. Andrew

    February 6, 2008 at 12:20 pm

    I don’t really find this too appealing. She is almost a mask, wearing a costume, that hides her face and personality.

  16. stewbie2

    February 6, 2008 at 12:21 pm

    Looks a little “Johnny Depp” from Willy Wonka….however, I love the vest.

  17. ar+

    February 6, 2008 at 12:22 pm

    too cool for school.

  18. girlandthecity

    February 6, 2008 at 12:43 pm

    What a look!!!

    xox Girl and the City (in Paris)

  19. Bella07

    February 6, 2008 at 12:45 pm

    the backdrop you photographed her on, goes perfectly, its awesome gives a bit of sense to her look…. she reminds me of the matrix, that minimal background, with that outfit very cool…however i’m not crazy about the shoe pairing..

  20. Anonymous

    February 6, 2008 at 12:52 pm


  21. h2ng

    February 6, 2008 at 1:08 pm

    I love the outfit.Nice shades,shirt collar is perfect with the tie-and most of all i love that bold effect the waistcoat has on the jacket,my impression of her is charmingly foxy.

  22. sarang

    February 6, 2008 at 1:20 pm

    its interesting that she is a thin vertical line, standing in front of thin horizontal lines, with HUGE pointed sunglasses. I wonder where she’s going…

  23. Asian Models Blogger

    February 6, 2008 at 1:25 pm

    Dude looks like a lady!

    - Aerosmith

  24. S.

    February 6, 2008 at 1:53 pm

    Severe looking yet, great in her very own way!

  25. Kristy

    February 6, 2008 at 2:02 pm

    Very geeky, very chic-y. Love the aviators with the marching buttons and the sneaks.

  26. h.

    February 6, 2008 at 2:03 pm

    this is serious stuff!

  27. Anonymous

    February 6, 2008 at 2:06 pm

    like the roller shutter backdrop but outfit waaaay too selfconscious

  28. Anonymous

    February 6, 2008 at 2:24 pm

    Willy Wonka lost his hat! Très cool!
    /Sofie T

  29. lizajane

    February 6, 2008 at 2:33 pm

    I just love this. It is so cool! The shirt, the tie, the vest, the coat teamed with jeans.

  30. Candid Cool

    February 6, 2008 at 3:05 pm

    I’m throwing in the towel as of right now, i could never top this woman.

  31. zoe

    February 6, 2008 at 3:13 pm

    She looks like a young Karl Wallinger, but not as good.

  32. Laviathen

    February 6, 2008 at 3:13 pm

    I don’t think the shoes and shades work with the rest of the outfit.

  33. post-it up

    February 6, 2008 at 3:46 pm

    Again, slightly inward pointing feet. What’s it all about?

  34. Roxanna

    February 6, 2008 at 4:25 pm

    that is an amazing, arresting photo. your choice of background just emphasizes that stark quality of her style. Brilliant.

  35. Daniel

    February 6, 2008 at 4:32 pm

    perfect lines…nicely done

  36. stacy

    February 6, 2008 at 4:34 pm

    love it.

  37. Modelizer

    February 6, 2008 at 4:39 pm

    Adore everything about the photo and her styling. Impeccable.

  38. bekaboo

    February 6, 2008 at 4:48 pm

    She looks gorgeous but very unhappy. I hope it’s just a fashionable pose and not her true feelings. She looks like someone who has gotten everything she wants and now isn’t sure why she wanted it in the first place.

  39. lauren

    February 6, 2008 at 5:20 pm

    androgynous – this makes me smile

  40. Anonymous

    February 6, 2008 at 5:55 pm

    She’s pretty cool looking from her ankles on up. Secret Agent Olive Oyl…

  41. Anonymous

    February 6, 2008 at 6:07 pm

    Holy crap, this is one of my favorite outfits from this site. Those lines are so crisp! And how on earth did you make that perfect background happen sart??

  42. Anonymous

    February 6, 2008 at 6:23 pm

    Wow. This is really great. All of it. Her bored facial expression is perfect with the geeky chic-ness of this whole get-up. Love the vest!!! and the sunglasses..and hair…and coat.

  43. Anonymous

    February 6, 2008 at 8:24 pm

    Reminds me a bit of Karl Lagerfeld’s manner of dress…only this is better, because of the androgyny. She’s daring and I think it works in that, as someone else put it, the long line is consistent. There’s a real conviction here.

  44. tanya

    February 6, 2008 at 8:34 pm

    lines, lines, lines! I recently realized that I love photos with lots of lines, the most recent of which was the one with the staircase.

  45. Delilah Garside

    February 6, 2008 at 8:36 pm

    What a character. Jeans fit (in every sense of the word) her perfectly.

  46. Andy • Drew • Andrew

    February 6, 2008 at 8:47 pm

    love. love. love.

  47. Anonymous

    February 6, 2008 at 9:43 pm

    secret agent/man

  48. Anonymous

    February 6, 2008 at 10:16 pm

    fun combination of a relaxed look (shoes & shirt length, maybe even how tie is worn) with formal (vest, jacket)

  49. marya

    February 6, 2008 at 11:13 pm

    love this!

  50. reggy

    February 7, 2008 at 1:14 am

    Very nice dress,How much it cost,i want one for me.

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  51. Anne Corrons

    February 7, 2008 at 1:18 am

    Amazing glasses! And what about the white sneakers?
    I also see fabulous looks at the tents of Bryan Park every day. The show is also in the hall!

  52. Rafe Totengco

    February 7, 2008 at 1:24 am

    she has a very ‘Karl’ look about her.
    her choice of white lace up mocassins is quirky and unexpected

  53. deborah

    February 7, 2008 at 2:48 am

    Her style/outfit really suits that background…nice.

  54. maria

    February 7, 2008 at 4:16 am


  55. mex

    February 7, 2008 at 4:49 am

    A good picture always leaves some space for the viewer to fullfill. This one doesn´t.

  56. Eryl Shields

    February 7, 2008 at 4:55 am

    What she’s got, baby I want it. Including the nerve to wear shoes that are less than flattering.

  57. in my opinion

    February 7, 2008 at 6:24 am

    Looks like somebody from an old Hal Hartley movie.

  58. lfr

    February 7, 2008 at 10:14 am


  59. Anonymous

    February 7, 2008 at 10:42 am

    I’ve been told the toes pointing in stance is a model thing – supposedly makes your legs look thinner…
    As for the white “tourist” shoes…this look was everywhere in Europe this past fall, so naturally it’s migrated to America six months later…

  60. Anonymous

    February 7, 2008 at 11:30 am

    I’d bet that beneath the sombre facade of her expression and outfit lies a spirit of fun and a good sense of humour!

  61. Anonymous

    February 7, 2008 at 1:31 pm

    Much too pretentious–it’s like she woke up and said, “What would it look like if Lily Tomlin stole Annie Hall’s clothes?”

  62. enc

    February 7, 2008 at 5:01 pm

    That bit down the middle: the shocking white shirt, theh black tie, the cream-colored vest . . . all pointing to the white shoes. I love it.

  63. Jael Paris

    February 7, 2008 at 6:13 pm

    The hair! The sunglasses! The vest! The purse! I’d only improve on the shoes, but I can’t really knock someone for that as they may have been standing all day.

  64. Anonymous

    February 7, 2008 at 6:25 pm

    the white shirt peeking out from under the vest looks awkward, it makes her torso look bizarrely long

    and the sunglasses…oh no she didnt

    the vest saves the outfit tho.

  65. Anonymous

    February 7, 2008 at 9:27 pm

    I can’t get past the glasses. I hate them! and she needs a pair of heels! Other than that- its not bad..


  66. edohnyc

    February 8, 2008 at 12:35 pm

    GREAT SHOT!!! Love her style as well but it’s the pic that stands out here. Can’t get enough of the grey horizontal lines and the dark vertical line in the foreground. Would love to see other shots on this background. Very NYC!

  67. boocat

    February 8, 2008 at 5:35 pm

    I wish I had the coat in red velvet.

    But I agree about the shoes making her legs look stumpy. They should be yummy oxblood leather.

  68. cordelia

    February 8, 2008 at 6:27 pm

    Surprisingly funny!

  69. LeeAnna

    February 8, 2008 at 11:11 pm

    I like the background. She and the lady in black could get together and have an attitude show down. I’d bet on this one.

  70. londondog

    February 11, 2008 at 8:14 am

    Lovely although the shoes are at odds with the outfit, which I admit, may be completely intenetional and a statement in itself.

    It’s the boy/girl gender bender that is really driving this outfit for me.

    P.S. I love her shades. Anyone knows their provenance – please shout.

  71. julia

    February 12, 2008 at 4:25 am

    her shoulders give so much to the look, perfect!

  72. Anonymous

    February 12, 2008 at 12:56 pm

    How to be a handsome woman and manage to look bad.


  73. Alex

    February 15, 2008 at 4:40 pm

    I have seen her at Schiller¨s many times. Always wears the same kind of outfit, even though it really fits her well , it seems that she wears the same same outfit everyday. Nothing new !!!

  74. Anonymous

    February 20, 2008 at 7:23 pm

    Love love love this. It’s like a contemporary version of the incredible Patti Smith

  75. Anonymous

    March 10, 2008 at 10:13 am

    oh my god, this is karen c the wonderfull fashion photographer!

  76. Ethan M.

    August 4, 2008 at 9:14 pm

    Double-breasted vest? Best part of the outfit.

  77. Deej Respicio Salenda

    March 12, 2009 at 10:33 pm

    Geeky… androgynous… quirky fashion! i kinda get why the sartorialist chose her as a subject…

    By the way, doesnt she remind you of some o those characters from Rocky Horror?


  78. Judith Caroline

    June 30, 2012 at 12:49 am

    This photo is absolutely amazing! And why are people surprised at feet pointing in slightly? Has noone ever heard of being pigeon-toed? It’s not about “knowing how to stand properly”…I guess not many people out there have ever had problems with their legs or feet growing up…

    This outfit is stellar!

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