I stopped in my tracks when I saw this woman sitting at the Armani Caffe having her morning cappuccino.


Have you ever seen the famous Brassai photo “Miss Diamonds?” This wonderful woman immediately brought that image to mind, so I delayed the meeting I was at the caffe to attend, and took my time to shoot her in all her glory.  If you know the Armani Caffe in Milano then you know the Armani Libre is right next door, so after shooting I ran over and bought a copy of my book and made a little present of it to her.  She seemed to enjoy it very much.  I’ve since learned she is a regular at the caffe and hopefully  she will make a few more appearances on this blog soon.


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    October 8, 2014 at 9:33 am

    nice picture!!!


  2. kelsey

    October 8, 2014 at 9:41 am

    what gorgeous jewelry and a beautiful shot
    ladies in navy

  3. Lisette

    October 8, 2014 at 9:42 am

    Wonderful! I hope you spot her more often – she is a lady with serious style!

  4. alessandra

    October 8, 2014 at 9:53 am

    I love the way you love us Italians !

    • Simone Fraser

      October 10, 2014 at 9:03 am

      Fashion fades. Italian style is eternal!
      (I am permitted to say this as I’m from Sydney, ie no bias!)

  5. Ramona

    October 8, 2014 at 9:55 am

    Each photo has a story, and is the story, the one we hear or the one we imagine, that makes the photo memorable. Thx for sharing

  6. Gap

    October 8, 2014 at 9:57 am

    I’ve seen her too in Milan, So strong and elegant!
    XOX, Gap.

  7. Siret

    October 8, 2014 at 9:58 am

    Now that’s how you stack rings!
    Love the flowers on the hat

  8. Lisa F

    October 8, 2014 at 10:01 am

    Wow. excellent photo.

  9. Elisa

    October 8, 2014 at 10:11 am

  10. Karen

    October 8, 2014 at 10:13 am

    Amazing photo! I love that you gave her a copy of your book too, so great! I hope this shot makes it into one of your books.

  11. From The World With Love

    October 8, 2014 at 10:16 am

    Amazing amazing…love this elegance of the old world..love the idea that at her age she is still preparing herself to go out with all her most beautiful jewelry…hat…she loves life and she want’s to be there outside in the cafe….as long as possible …
    Yael Guetta

  12. ted

    October 8, 2014 at 10:18 am

    Please more pictures of her Full lenght

  13. The slow pace

    October 8, 2014 at 10:20 am

    What a lovely experience! I guess that, because of the nature of your job, you will live moments like that a lot. How beautiful! I wish you could tell us more about what’s behind your pictures, that kind of moments.
    Looking forward to more pictures like this!

  14. ElizNash3030

    October 8, 2014 at 10:25 am

    The lady is stunning, as is the black-and-white photo. Style has no age.
    http://[email protected]

  15. Ingrid

    October 8, 2014 at 10:38 am

    Wow, complimenti! This one is a classic already!

  16. Maria

    October 8, 2014 at 10:43 am


  17. nastynas

    October 8, 2014 at 10:50 am

    wonderful light and shadows

  18. CC

    October 8, 2014 at 10:51 am

    The lighting is hauntingly beautiful in this shot. She’s beautiful!


  19. Fabienne

    October 8, 2014 at 10:56 am

    Beautiful and expressive picture as usual. And the light Monsieur !!!! I’m always fascinated by the way your capture light and models..or vice-versa ? Just a question please : I’m curious to know if the clothes were colorful as Italian Ladies are the queens to master hues, colors, fabrics. Best regards

  20. Carola

    October 8, 2014 at 11:24 am

    Amazing portrait!!!!

    PursesintheKitchen.com !

  21. Karen in Addis Ababa

    October 8, 2014 at 11:34 am

    She’s a bawse! Love it :-)

  22. Love CompassionateLee

    October 8, 2014 at 11:41 am

    What a special moment! I’m glad you were able to connect with her and pay her tribute through the gift :)

  23. Molly

    October 8, 2014 at 11:45 am

  24. Simon Brown

    October 8, 2014 at 11:47 am

    Wow. Just WOW. Please tell us this lady will be in the new book.

  25. jaj

    October 8, 2014 at 12:07 pm

    It goes to show that there’s style at any age…

  26. Fashion Snag

    October 8, 2014 at 12:19 pm

    Ahhh, i love her and your story.


  27. suzanne northcott

    October 8, 2014 at 12:33 pm

    a riveting new favourite. sometimes fashion points past itself to a rich story. Thank you, Scott!

  28. Billy "the Blitzkreig" O'Rourke

    October 8, 2014 at 12:52 pm

    This exceeds your regular “sart” image….genius! Of course I know the Armnai Libre store, what fashion savvy geezer doesn’t? I can only imagine she is still poring over your book and learning from the wealth of your experience…and that she is hoping to be in the next weighty tome! Can’t wait to see it hit the best bookstores in the world. Move over Sander, move over Testino!

  29. dario fattore

    October 8, 2014 at 12:53 pm

    una foto che parla da sola

    dario fattore – http://www.whosdaf.com

  30. tallulah

    October 8, 2014 at 12:54 pm

    Black and white is perfect – but I would love to see it in colour also. Is that possible?

  31. deidre o'hanrahan

    October 8, 2014 at 12:55 pm

    This is the essence of fashion and style…distilled thru your lens. So glad you gave her your book. Your humility continues to be the cornerstone of your art. Keep on connecting with the people, and your art will transcend the ages. Bravo!

  32. Mariel

    October 8, 2014 at 1:04 pm

    She gave a little present …to your eyes (lenses).

  33. me

    October 8, 2014 at 1:05 pm

    She is spectacular! I aspire to be her when I’m her age!

  34. Cris Pedrotti

    October 8, 2014 at 1:28 pm

    The style and look are as affinity pair, you can imagine from one to the other, fashion is a mirror of costume and aesthetic expression of creativity and life.
    It is an exciting journey that this beautiful lady with her charisma makes us want to know…


  35. Laura

    October 8, 2014 at 1:49 pm

    this is a photograph of a kindred spirit who will doubtlessly appreciate your gesture and the book

  36. Eva

    October 8, 2014 at 2:06 pm

    What a beautiful photo of a characteristic woman. Love the little story behind it too!


  37. Ma numesc Bucuresti

    October 8, 2014 at 2:18 pm

    The black and white picture is more dramatic and gives a timeless touch to the subject. Beautiful!

  38. Liz

    October 8, 2014 at 2:38 pm

  39. debbie

    October 8, 2014 at 3:17 pm

    Cover of 3rd book.

  40. Lolaparker

    October 8, 2014 at 3:49 pm

    The. Best!!!

  41. martine

    October 8, 2014 at 5:08 pm

    Awesome portrait. Black and white is so strong.

  42. Tat

    October 8, 2014 at 6:49 pm

    I am speechless. I had to write to you to tell you I was speechless. WOW!

  43. Look At Those Clothes!

    October 8, 2014 at 8:21 pm

    Style knows no age! Stunning lady–looking forward to seeing more of her. Lovely black-and-white photo, too.

  44. Milex

    October 8, 2014 at 8:28 pm

    My granny <3

  45. Rebecca

    October 8, 2014 at 10:29 pm

    What I love about Brassai’s ‘Miss Diamonds’ is the subject’s proud gaze into the lens. I wonder if in other photographs you made of this wonderful lady she lifted her face out of the shadows?

  46. T.

    October 8, 2014 at 11:39 pm

    One word: Grandezza!

  47. une chatte grise

    October 9, 2014 at 2:11 am

    I love that you gave her the book. I’ll bet she’s enjoying it immensely.

  48. Zulejka

    October 9, 2014 at 3:25 am

    She’s majestic. I would so love to see her in her twenties, and thirties etc. to see the developement of her style …

  49. Anthi

    October 9, 2014 at 3:36 am

    It so reminded me of the Brassai picture the second i saw it!
    It’ s a big one..

  50. Lorenza

    October 9, 2014 at 4:59 am



  51. Steffi

    October 9, 2014 at 5:31 am

    Very nice pic!!

    Greetz, Steffi


  52. Anna Biancardi

    October 9, 2014 at 8:23 am

    Sicuramente si ama e ama la vita!
    Vuole dirci che non solo esiste , ma che continua a seguire il gioco e partecipa!
    La fotoe’ un capolavoro!

  53. Jade

    October 9, 2014 at 8:33 am

    I love the reflection on the table of all the rings on her hand.

  54. Huw

    October 9, 2014 at 9:02 am

    Classic Sartorialist, that one. Bravo.

  55. sandyy

    October 9, 2014 at 1:02 pm

    Perfect picture, the white and black is perfect, the way she looks, her jewellery: she looks like the grandma of Coco Chanel :)

    Giveaway Lanvin pochette on my blog :)

  56. Lenore

    October 9, 2014 at 1:48 pm

    I love how you captured her in a slight motion and without her directly looking into the camera. It is as if we can “see” her better and create who we think her to be. I must note it is inspiring to see her wearing multiple rings on every finger, numerous bracelets and necklaces. Why is it mostly the elderly who practice this? It seems the elderly live in the day in which they stand and the young live looking at the morrow – which is not promised. I agree with the elderly …wear it all today whilst you have the chance!

  57. rebecca goodwin

    October 9, 2014 at 4:46 pm

    So much detail, would luv to see this posted in all it’s glorious color.

  58. Annika Tibs

    October 9, 2014 at 9:57 pm


    I have a similar story for a frequent at Hudson Bay in Vancouver. I use to always see this lovely elderly women always dressed immaculately, same section of the department store, always in some bold colour and fiery red hair. I have often wanted to stop and talk to her or even ask for a photo but never have. I didnt see her for years until just a few weeks ago, which totally made my day! She didn’t disappoint!

  59. christian

    October 10, 2014 at 10:47 am

    I always see her at Bianco Latte in Milan as well on Sat morning. I prefer her with vivid colours.

  60. Lucia Goulart

    October 10, 2014 at 2:19 pm

    Amazing how you can spot fashionistas in all forms ,shapes, ages and genders. Kudos Scott you are the best!

  61. justray

    October 11, 2014 at 12:41 am

    She is exquisite!

  62. florette

    October 11, 2014 at 8:14 am

    Photographie magnifique ! :-)

  63. Marylène

    October 11, 2014 at 7:50 pm

    Great picture!

  64. Noelia

    October 14, 2014 at 12:24 pm

    Such a special photograph and such a sweet, touching little story about the book… (sigh)

  65. E

    October 15, 2014 at 12:00 pm

    Ganstagranny, I always she her at Biancolatte and she always looks the most fashionable of all . Fashionista by heart

  66. Jane

    October 24, 2014 at 8:50 pm

    Such splendid eccentricity! So many women loose any fashion sense in middle age because they don’t have the legs or whatever, and by the time they are older they have forgotten how to dress creatively. But I think that’s the time you should really start to indulge. Nothing is going to make you young again, but you can look dowdy or fabulous. This is fabulous!

  67. NĂ­via

    November 21, 2014 at 10:06 am

    Very impressive lady!
    She’s very beautiful and classy
    Not very younger women could have this look.

  68. Peppermint Dolly

    November 23, 2014 at 4:02 pm

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