Monday, July 28, 2008

On the Street…American Chic in Milan & Paris


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  1. porter hovey

    July 28, 2008 at 8:28 am

    Just can’t get enough of the polka dots! Just the perfect addition for summer. And the always photograph sooo well!!

  2. miss sophie

    July 28, 2008 at 8:47 am

    not terribly flattering photos of bonnie in the last two, but i love the pop of the red belt against her dress in the first one. gorgeous!

  3. sromeo

    July 28, 2008 at 8:49 am

    Oh, she really really looks great. I love the fact that she’s not a stick figure, but these are clothes that no doubt models would be wearing, and she looks just as amazing in them. This is the kind of style and self confidence I really admire.

  4. Anonymous

    July 28, 2008 at 8:54 am

    She looks great! I love that tropical patterned skirt.

  5. Sean Santiago

    July 28, 2008 at 8:56 am

    Ooo, is that Bonnie Morrison? She’s wonderful, why does she work at Men’s Vogue? I love that her bag isn’t some ridiculously oversized thing. The “tucked-under-the-arm” look is a nice new alternative to the “hanging-from-the-crook-of-the-elbow” look.

  6. j'taimee

    July 28, 2008 at 9:17 am

    I love how fluid she appears – another one working, not being worked by the fashion.

  7. simplyolive

    July 28, 2008 at 9:17 am

    i’m really drawn to look #3.

    i like the unexpected mix of pieces—how the button-down doesn’t look so preppy with the necklaces and that great skirt—and, the casualness of her ponytail and the over-the-shoulder cardigan.

    love it.

  8. Eddie in the corner

    July 28, 2008 at 9:32 am

    Top photo: This is what life should look like!
    Thank you Scott.
    (and O’Keefe’s cloud painting never looked better than on the lady’s dress)

  9. Iheartfashion

    July 28, 2008 at 9:35 am

    She looks great, especially in the third photo with the oxford shirt worn casually with the patterned skirt. Nice.

  10. Anonymous

    July 28, 2008 at 9:46 am

    bonnie is doing PR for MV. and she looks great here! having worked at MV i have to say, she’s super nice, funny, down to earth and friendly. and slightly crazy (she talks to herself!) but she’s really sweet. glad to see her.

  11. Anonymous

    July 28, 2008 at 9:59 am

    the lady has got style…
    and blue loves her!

  12. Anonymous

    July 28, 2008 at 10:16 am

    I like the three different looks. The blue spotted dress is one I wish I could find for myself in some version. Why are good dresses so hard to find ?!? When I see movies from the 50′s I’d kill to find those dresses today. They make it easy to get dressed,are ladylike, and cover the bits that need to be covered (like upper arms) when you get to a “certain age”.

  13. greendressinDUBLIN

    July 28, 2008 at 10:22 am

    I LOVE HER STYLE! simple yet elegant. how old is she? she looks as if she could be 15, 18 or 30. that skirt, that skirt, that skirt! and no make-up! could she be any more beautiful.

  14. JO

    July 28, 2008 at 10:47 am

    Oh I love that bottom shot! AND her look. Gorgeous skirt!

  15. Coryn

    July 28, 2008 at 10:51 am

    I am in love with the second picture! I have actually been trying to create a look like that recently! What a great ensemble!

  16. Mamacita Chilena

    July 28, 2008 at 10:56 am

    I am always all the more impressed when you put up multiple pics of one person and they get is SO right every single time.

  17. nyc/caribbean ragazza

    July 28, 2008 at 11:08 am

    I love her style.

    I too have a hard time finding dresses that fit. I’m only 5’2 but very curvy. Actually I have a hard finding clothes that don’t make look like top heavy munchkin. :(

    I really like her skirt in the third photo. Interesting combo with the striped shirt.

  18. The Pilgrim

    July 28, 2008 at 11:37 am

    I just love her look in the last picture, the blue shirt with the printed skirt and perfect accesories… so easy and chic!

  19. andrewS

    July 28, 2008 at 11:43 am

    I just love number 2, she looks great in those jeans, they fit her perfect. Also, the dress in the first is also very lovely.

  20. zeeartfuldodger

    July 28, 2008 at 12:06 pm

    in each one of these photos she looks chic and effortless – which is a twosome that we all should shoot for in day to day dressing.

  21. monique

    July 28, 2008 at 12:07 pm

    Wow. She’s so pretty. Without knowing her I can see that aside from her good looks, she’s intelligent and witty too. She exudes it. And look at the smile – I want her to be my sister.

    I love the polka-dot dress on her. It’s so ladylike and fresh and yes, very American Chic. It’s not my favorite look but on her it really works. I’m thinking that one of the good fortunes of being a black (or Latin) person, aside from the #1 gift – black not cracking, is that you can wear very conservative clothes and just by virtue of your race you won’t look conservative…. Yes there are plenty of black folks where this doesn’t apply (Condoleezza Rice) but if you have good hair (i.e. – a good style, not “good hair” in the old-school way – black folks you know what I mean) and face it’s true.

    She looks good in the second photo wearing a perfectly functional and comfortable ensemble. If I had to change anything, I’d give her a different colored bag but that is about as nit picky as it gets ’cause she’s pretty damn perfect.

    The last photo is delicious…. God, I love this look on her (and myself). It’s pulled-together, perfectly loose and easy and feminine. I’m not a fan of ankle straps on anyone less than a mile tall but they don’t distract from the excellence on display here.

  22. Cathy Phillips

    July 28, 2008 at 12:11 pm

    I love that she is so classic and fresh. I’ve been thinking a lot about doing the classic, preppy, all-American (Ralph Lauren-ish, if you will) look for the fall but updated with modern twists. She is totally pulling off that idea. Love it.


  23. dru

    July 28, 2008 at 12:16 pm

    ahhh love her i used to see her in the elevators when she worked at kcd in awe every day!

  24. Alisa

    July 28, 2008 at 12:16 pm

    The blue and white dress is amazing! More women should dress like that. Really classy and a great colour aginst her skin. Of course smiling makes a huge difference. The second shot is a great casual look, although not smiling, she must have been caught at an odd moment.

    The thrid picture is a great way to show mixing of different pieces. All shades of blue really flatter this woman!

  25. Anonymous

    July 28, 2008 at 12:18 pm

    Beautiful. And beautiful legs to match.

  26. Anonymous

    July 28, 2008 at 12:34 pm

    She looks pretty, but I find her style kind of ho-hum. Maybe these looks stand out in Milan and Paris, but they’re so chock-a-block on American streets that I can’t get very excited about them. Too Old-Navy/Gap for me.

  27. amyonymous

    July 28, 2008 at 12:56 pm

    when i glanced at the first picture, i thought this was Michelle Obama. then i looked, and realized it wasn’t. i love this woman and all three of her looks. AND I wish Michelle Obama could dress like this and we could have a first lady that wasn’t all stiff and formal!

  28. sinead

    July 28, 2008 at 1:13 pm

    Great style. So ladylike and understated.

    Although, her facial expressions in the last two are unfortunate and not too flattering.

  29. Anonymous

    July 28, 2008 at 1:41 pm

    The skirt is Proenza Schouler! She looks great and is so funny and cool…


    July 28, 2008 at 1:48 pm

    I think Steven Watson is American Chic…


    July 28, 2008 at 1:51 pm

    Er, Stephen Watson!

  32. Ell Cat

    July 28, 2008 at 1:57 pm

    I always see the subjects of these photos carrying little envelope looking things, what in the world are they??

  33. sdg1844

    July 28, 2008 at 2:09 pm

    She looks lovely, vibrant and fresh. I like all her looks.

  34. Jonathan

    July 28, 2008 at 2:12 pm

    Bottom pic, with the tropical skirt, is fantastic. I love how the necklaces and the skirt play against the jacket, skirt and watch, while the shoes are timeless and classy. The blue dress seems a little frumpy with the length and the high waist, however.

  35. Tea Lady

    July 28, 2008 at 2:13 pm

    This lady has a beautiful smile! Fantastic body! And I love that blue dress. How ladylike and feminine.

  36. thevegasstyleguy

    July 28, 2008 at 2:24 pm

    Thank you for including a powerful and stylish woman of color. I hope it inspires all girls considering the fashion biz to pursue their goals!

  37. Romi

    July 28, 2008 at 2:25 pm

    Love the second look. I like the wide legged jeans a lot but I wonder how would that look work with a pair of skinnies…

  38. Anonymous

    July 28, 2008 at 2:49 pm

    Thank God. So nice to see some images of classy black women. None of that American video ho nonsense.

  39. Anonymous

    July 28, 2008 at 4:22 pm

    Bonnie is beautiful and classic! Thanks Sart, this made my day.

  40. Sharifa

    July 28, 2008 at 4:22 pm

    I second that,anon 2:49 pm.
    Anywho I love all three of her looks.
    The bag tucked under the arm look is very fresh.

  41. Carolina Lange

    July 28, 2008 at 4:41 pm

    She has such a great style! Love the second look!

  42. Anonymous

    July 28, 2008 at 5:08 pm

    The only problem I have with her is her choice of pockets in the 2nd picture. I never understood that kind of cargo pant-ish pocket that kind of sticks out on your thighs. Other than that I adore her style and find it to be the truest form of American patriotism, especially in an industry where everything has to be “Parisian chic” or “sensual Italian”.


  43. Anonymous

    July 28, 2008 at 5:15 pm

    oh, i absolutely love her! who is she and will she be my bff?

  44. Anonymous

    July 28, 2008 at 6:15 pm

    I love the 2nd picture…so chic. Does anyone know where I can purchase the vest?

  45. Anonymous

    July 28, 2008 at 6:21 pm

    I LOVE those jeans in the second photo. Any one know who they are made by?

  46. Chic Noir

    July 28, 2008 at 8:07 pm

    I love Bonnie’s looks. She is very stylish in these photos. I’ve seen her in varous fashion mags, chiling at a number of parties but have never seen pic of hear on a day to day bases.

  47. Anonymous

    July 28, 2008 at 9:44 pm

    I hardly ever see the photos on this blog and think “I must have that shirt/skirt/shoe!” Maybe it’s being stuck in Texas; it’s just hard to imagine how I would bring these looks into my wardrobe.

    But the last picture? I must have that skirt. And seeing her wear it, I think I can understand how I’d put together a lot of similar looks.



  48. -h of candid cool

    July 28, 2008 at 10:02 pm

    Casual american elegance.
    She wears light blue exceptionally well.
    I like how she accessories the beautiful printed dress with the magenta belt. A color that’s been growing on me lately.
    The striped shirt underneath a utilitarian vest with gold jewelry and wide legged jeans is another classic.
    Again she’s fantastic, the lt blue against the brown printed skirt is perfect.

  49. Diana

    July 29, 2008 at 3:24 am

    It is great that you could get three different styles of the same lady.
    Nowadays it is very hard to get inspiration (if you don´t like pastel, floral print dresses and gladiator sandals), but these 3 pics are great.
    Thanks for the ideas.

  50. George

    July 29, 2008 at 4:09 am

    Ahhh, I love Bonnie Morrison. She does a great job at representing American sportswear and while the word is overused – yes – it is quite “effortlessly” done.

  51. andrewS

    July 29, 2008 at 1:45 pm

    La Donna on the left in the background of the first photo also looks pretty good in those sandals, don’t know the appropiate name, and the white linen dress, also don’t kno the appropiate name for that. But she looks good also.

  52. Anonymous

    July 29, 2008 at 2:19 pm

    she kills it, plain and simple
    day in day out
    hands down
    3 cheers for the MV staff

  53. Am

    July 29, 2008 at 3:51 pm

    As a black student with aspirations for the fashion industry it’s amazing to see Bonnie rock these stylish, elegant looks as great as your every day Parisian. It gives me hope!

  54. marie

    July 29, 2008 at 5:30 pm

    Hmm… ever wonder what happens when you cross a manly Oxford shirt with a feminine patterned skirt? Perfection, obviously. I wonder, do people try hard to look like they didn’t even try to achieve perfection or does it just come naturally? I am so jealous of this talent. When I don’t try to look good, I get just that exact result. Wish I had it, she has it! Good eye for catching this gem of a look.

  55. AnastasiaC

    July 29, 2008 at 8:32 pm

    i love that blue summer dress – a breath of fresh air!! she’s lovely!!

  56. vavavinny

    July 30, 2008 at 2:19 pm

    I love how this woman can pull off so many different looks. She is very versatile. The first blue spotted dress is so darling and retro in a good way. I also love the casual but chic striped long-sleeve shirt matched with the vest.

  57. Anonymous

    July 30, 2008 at 4:15 pm

    I’m a magazine junkie. I would love to see more of her and what she has to stay. I feel like she is living my dream.

  58. Tout de Noir

    July 31, 2008 at 12:02 pm

    I just love her versatility. It’s not an easy thing to sport such contrasting looks, but she pulls it off with ease! Beautiful!

  59. Anonymous

    August 5, 2008 at 12:14 am

    She is beautiful!!!!!!!!

  60. Pussilla says...

    August 10, 2008 at 8:08 am

    On point in every shot – simply stellar! Lil’ Kim needs to take notes from Bonnie.

  61. Anonymous

    August 10, 2008 at 7:49 pm

    She has style – d

  62. petey

    August 12, 2008 at 3:10 am

    work miss bonnie!

  63. Anonymous

    April 13, 2009 at 1:34 pm

    She has a bit of Michelle Obama to her.

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