Tuesday, February 6, 2007

My New All-Time Favorite Shot, part 2

I just took this shot today at the tents so I haven’t even thought about how to articulate my feeling about this image.

I know one of the first things I think of (in an abstract way) is the movie Funny Face with Astaire & Hepburn.


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  1. Anonymous

    February 6, 2007 at 11:51 pm

    you are very right. very funny face, very chic. love it.

  2. TLC

    February 7, 2007 at 12:18 am

    Stellar. Striking.

    I’m always awed by the way others’ talents in the fashion realm are so complimented by your talents as a photographer. Compelling.

  3. Christine

    February 7, 2007 at 12:21 am

    I thought the same thing when I first saw this picture- what a great film!

  4. benson

    February 7, 2007 at 12:29 am

    xoxox love this! what a girl..and yes, it does have an Audrey voice…

  5. luxuryduck

    February 7, 2007 at 12:30 am

    talk of swan necks! so utterly graceful! lovely shot sart.

    lots of love from sydney,



  6. foodie415

    February 7, 2007 at 1:11 am

    Is that Bill Cunningham? Who is she? Funny Face with a soupcon of Breakfast at Tiffany’s.

  7. Anonymous

    February 7, 2007 at 2:05 am

    C’mon Sart, isn’t that Bill Cunningham standing next to the swan, his camera in hand, and looking right at your lens! The two of you face to face with that lovely creature in between is too fine; a very, very New York moment.

  8. positively the same dame

    February 7, 2007 at 4:05 am

    “take the picture! take the picture!” fred’s daughter, ava, is a friend. she’s also a fan of the sart, but in case she hasn’t been checking in lately i’ll tell her to be sure to catch this one.

  9. AnastasiaC

    February 7, 2007 at 4:42 am

    great shot- is that Plum Sykes?
    Love her conservative outfit – her legs go on forever!

  10. steph

    February 7, 2007 at 4:53 am

    what lovely shoes

  11. Éléonore

    February 7, 2007 at 4:59 am

    That’s so right: The girl has the same long ballerina neck + She’s all in black… Just like in funny face. Your fantastic photo reminds me of Avedon.

  12. madameshawshank

    February 7, 2007 at 5:58 am

    my eyes are racing all over this image…his gloves, her shoes, his beanie, her bag, his expression, her expression plus sunglasses..so it’s a sunglass expression….again and again you gift us with such wondrous photos…thank you

  13. Anonymous

    February 7, 2007 at 6:08 am

    What kind of camera do you use?

  14. Pink

    February 7, 2007 at 7:32 am

    he looks like Bill Cunningham of the NYT, stocking cap and all. Mr Cunningham, the original blogger.

  15. Alice Olive

    February 7, 2007 at 9:07 am

    She’s so elegant and beautiful. Her long neck is accentuated by the cut of her jacket, her hair and the large sunglasses. I love how they are both looking up at you – in the moment. Great shot!

  16. Anonymous

    February 7, 2007 at 10:12 am

    I thought it was bitter cold in New York– but she looks perfectly comfortable. She’s looking up and out, not huddling with her head down. I agree with MadameShawShank that’s there is so much to look at. I even love the couple in the background who look like they’re telling secrets.

  17. Anonymous

    February 7, 2007 at 10:51 am

    “I know one of the first things I think of (in an abstract way) is the movie Funny Face with Astaire & Hepburn.”

    I know one of the first things I think of (in a concrete way) is a turtle.

    Perhaps a scarf would have made her neck not seem as long?

    While the shoes irk me, all is not lost as that bag is wonderful! Look at the clasp!


  18. Athena

    February 7, 2007 at 10:53 am

    I love that movie. I love all AH movies, but still. Wonderful shot.

  19. Candid Cool

    February 7, 2007 at 11:01 am

    fabulous bag!

  20. Anonymous

    February 7, 2007 at 11:13 am

    Bill Cunningham, how wonderful. This shot really isn’t about the girl at all is it? Just love the underlying story.

    Thanks, as always.

  21. Anonymous

    February 7, 2007 at 11:21 am

    Of course that’s Bill Cunningham, that’s why the shot is interesting. I find her uninteresting b/c it’s all too perfect. But The too-perfect too-rich look with B.C. right there makes it a compelling and slightly ironic image. I do love her shoes though.

  22. Anonymous

    February 7, 2007 at 11:35 am

    CONGRATULATIONS!!!! ( for winning the absolute blog by the way :P )

  23. lintmag

    February 7, 2007 at 11:52 am

    Great photo, but my thought instantly went to “Who can afford that croc Birkin????!!!!!!”

  24. ENID P.

    February 7, 2007 at 12:23 pm

    I love the shoes and I can look at anything else in this picture but her shoes…

    ENID P.

  25. DC Celine

    February 7, 2007 at 1:18 pm

    What a neck! And what a face!

  26. Anonymous

    February 7, 2007 at 1:23 pm

    You are totally right. Lovely picture! Bravo!

  27. maitresse

    February 7, 2007 at 1:29 pm

    Audrey would have come up to that woman’s kneecap.

  28. Anonymous

    February 7, 2007 at 2:06 pm

    Hey lintmag,
    Thanks for the brand name: “Birkin Bag” by Hermes

    It’s actually a “Black Crocodile HERMES Birkin Bag & Palladium” according to an, ahem, popular auction site and it’s going for $32,000 USD right now.


    I’m not into purses and certainly not into the apparent 6-year waiting list that goes with acquiring this Hermes bag. It’s a good thing they’re so classic/timeless in construction.


  29. Anonymous

    February 7, 2007 at 2:31 pm

    Congrats Sart – you’re the absolute blog!

    And this picture is a perfect example why!

  30. Anonymous

    February 7, 2007 at 3:08 pm

    You won the Absolut best blog! Congrats!

  31. The Prophet

    February 7, 2007 at 4:26 pm

    lovely lady!
    and aw, my idol, Bill!

  32. spw

    February 7, 2007 at 5:12 pm

    it is bill cunningham. great shot

  33. ontheMARC

    February 7, 2007 at 6:07 pm

    he hates have his photograph taken! this is so perfect. i love him and i love this shot too. bill cunningham is the sweetest man. amazing!

  34. Caroline Ralfsenius

    February 7, 2007 at 6:17 pm

    it’s such a nice picture, I really like it.

  35. Anonymous

    February 7, 2007 at 6:22 pm

    wow, I can totally see that.. she has that sort of audrey hepburn glow about her.
    Does anybody know what bag she’s carrying? It appears to be a Hermes Birkin in patent alligator, but I can’t completely tell..but I love it!

  36. liz

    February 7, 2007 at 6:30 pm

    veeerry nice pic and yay glad u won the absolut blog thing and yay I voted for you, keep up the great stuff

  37. pusa

    February 7, 2007 at 8:23 pm

    pretty nice picture,
    i also want to congratulate you for winning the absolute blog, you rock!

  38. Q

    February 7, 2007 at 11:35 pm

    Those legs! That Birkin! THAT NECK!

  39. Anna

    February 8, 2007 at 7:16 am

    loves the pose!

  40. daniqueconijn

    February 8, 2007 at 7:44 am

    i actually prefer funny face ;) do like the shot very much!!

  41. fashionfanatic60

    February 8, 2007 at 8:43 am


  42. Kate

    February 8, 2007 at 10:46 am

    You’re extraordinary, Sartorialist. Thank you for this rather iconic portrait of Bill C. I love your work so much as it is, and then you throw in beautiful, unexpected moments like these. Heaven.

  43. EMNH

    February 8, 2007 at 6:00 pm

    PERFECT, Scott Schuman…Absolutely PERFECT. Congratulations on ALL your triumphs…you’re doin’ it kid.

    ps. Bill Cunningham needs a copy of this photo.

  44. Anonymous

    February 9, 2007 at 12:05 am

    so chic! so elegant! reminds me more of Cate Blanchett.

  45. Amanda

    February 9, 2007 at 9:13 am

    That reminds me of an “on-the-town” fashion shoot. Nice work.

  46. From the other side of the World

    February 9, 2007 at 10:35 am

    This is a nice one, I agree..

    But please and please Dear Americans:

    Could you please try to describe the beautiful or elegant things without using lovely Hepburn´s name? Also in Paris everyone knows that this cult object sells more to Americans.. Everyone loves Hepburn but there are so many other similarities..

    I know that your vocabulary can´t be so poor.
    But please enough with the same clichĂ©…

  47. The Sartorialist

    February 9, 2007 at 12:17 pm

    For The Other Side Of the World

    Don’t you think I referenced Audrey Hepburn because she starred in Funny Face?

    I don’t think she looks like Hepburn but the Idea of the beautiful girl and the photographer made me feel Funny Face

  48. Anonymous

    February 10, 2007 at 11:39 am

    I actually think she’s carrying a croc Kelly. The Birkin has a different, wider shape.
    She just looks great. Tall and pulled-together.

  49. lynne

    February 10, 2007 at 3:00 pm

    very classic, very chic
    totally timeless

  50. Anonymous

    February 10, 2007 at 7:03 pm

    Thanks, my mother thinks this is a ten year old picture of me and wants to know where the bag is.

  51. jennifer h.

    February 11, 2007 at 2:03 am

    the beauty in this shot, aside from the beauty, is the woman’s absolute follow-through in her look. she is lux from head to toe. quite often we only get and give style credit if something is a little off. beau laid is hailed as genius – my eye is trained to enjoy the same – we’re all fashion rebels now. that other pic of venetia in her rain slicker peeking out of a very prim coat – this pic is the opposite of that. her croc kelly is not hanging off her arm as a status bag. it’s there because it was the most perfect bag to wear with her outfit. looks like she probably had her choice before leaving the house. she is simply studied perfection (not necessarily my style, but everything is right and proper and that is an attractive thing to see. sometimes you need a break from picasso) – her outfit shows off all of her lovely features to their best effect without compromising her air of elegance (no plunging neckline, or extra skin anywhere, but there is her neck and there are her legs). so not only is her ensemble a very polished combination, but it is also in total harmony with her body/features.

  52. Anonymous

    February 11, 2007 at 12:31 pm

    Yup, Kelly, not Birkin

  53. sandman_gr

    February 13, 2007 at 11:15 am

    I love her! Indeed all time favorite-she looks timeless. i want to design for her! Who is she? She looks more like Capuchine. Is she Plum Sykes or Marina Rust?

  54. mt

    August 13, 2007 at 1:42 pm

    just to set the record straight on the bag. it’s an Hermes Kelly, 35cm porosus crocodile, (shiny)black, with gold hardware.

  55. Anonymous

    August 29, 2007 at 12:08 pm

    yes it´s sort of a sensual pic…strange.. it is as if you´ve catched something more about her than her styles….and the man in the background, so cute in his goosejacket and so far off the fashion girl…. still an amiable couple.

  56. Anonymous

    January 14, 2008 at 11:00 am

    Fantastic, elegant, timeless picture. Thank you so much everyone at the Sartorialist. I’m only a teenager, but this site has taught me so much about real style. Your beautiful photography takes me away from the clothing I see on a day to day basis, to much more amazing levels. Thank you again for your wonderful work.

  57. Hilda Nicholas

    August 4, 2008 at 12:38 pm

    Love it!
    Thought she was Julia Roberts at first….

  58. Anonymous

    February 24, 2009 at 6:33 pm

    it’s in deed a kelly bag and not a birkin.

    the main difference between the two bags is that the kelly only has one handle, while the birkin has got two.

    kind regards from belgium


  59. Nastya

    March 20, 2009 at 8:04 pm

    Maybe that man thought that you were taking a pic of him? :p

  60. Anonymous

    May 26, 2009 at 11:55 pm

    tilda swinton meets cate blanchett!

  61. Saraid

    July 2, 2009 at 10:30 pm

    Completely agree with the Funny Face call. Awesome movie. This woman is extraordinarily stylish.

  62. jason

    August 10, 2009 at 7:25 pm

    i wish you had done just the tiniest bit of cropping: there is a sleeve or maybe the back of someones jacket poking in at the very right. it bothers me but perhaps i'm a little too anal.

  63. Muza

    November 27, 2009 at 5:12 pm

    like it)

  64. Vinda Sonata

    December 4, 2009 at 11:14 am

    great style! i love black. one could never go wrong with it ;)



    March 10, 2010 at 5:09 pm

    this is art…

  66. Vanessa

    August 11, 2010 at 6:23 am

    Beautiful. I definitely see Audrey Hepburn's elegance in this shot. I can imagine Fred Astaire about to break out into song, watching her from afar.

    x Vanessa

  67. Kele

    August 13, 2010 at 12:52 am

    She's carrying a croc Kelly. The Birkin has a different, wider shape.

  68. www.laurajamesjewelry.com

    December 2, 2010 at 8:33 am

    Amazing shot! Definitely feeling the Hepburn here.

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