Wednesday, April 29, 2009

On the Street……Aussie Androgyny, Sydney


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  1. Lukas

    April 29, 2009 at 6:03 pm

    Lovely slim lines.

  2. Sartorial Vancouver

    April 29, 2009 at 6:04 pm

    A reference to the two-toned outfit?

    A colored belt would have killed it.

  3. Isabel

    April 29, 2009 at 6:10 pm

    you impress me more and more each day

  4. M A Z P E

    April 29, 2009 at 6:14 pm

    love his hair. the shot is just perfect

  5. Anonymous

    April 29, 2009 at 6:19 pm


  6. Margarida

    April 29, 2009 at 6:20 pm

    Did u ever try ‘On the street…Portugal’?

  7. Anonymous

    April 29, 2009 at 6:25 pm

    that’s one of our “dont mess with me girls” she’s gorgeous.
    Sue from Sydney

  8. Esmoquin room

    April 29, 2009 at 6:27 pm

    It’s nice the mix of the two t-shirts. And the camera seems really cool.


  9. m a u

    April 29, 2009 at 6:40 pm

    good look ;D

  10. jem

    April 29, 2009 at 6:45 pm

    is this a guy? i cant really tell…sry, but i just love the profile picture of them… such a good shot!

  11. smw

    April 29, 2009 at 6:49 pm

    one comment says “his”, another says “she’s”… id say you nailed it with “aussie androgyny.” great look.

  12. Mona

    April 29, 2009 at 6:56 pm

    I love these photos you took in Australia! Please come again and again and again!

  13. Anonymous

    April 29, 2009 at 7:06 pm

    I love that one person thought this was a male, and another thought this was a female! It truly is an androgynous look! While I’m under the impression that this is a male, it totally doesn’t matter as far as the look goes. Everything from head to toe works for either sex. So simple and totally classy.

  14. diane

    April 29, 2009 at 7:08 pm

    This photo blows my mind. The lines of the wall, the lines of the bricks, the exquisite lines of the clothing, and his hair. Wow.

  15. -h

    April 29, 2009 at 7:14 pm

    very cool.

  16. Zarna

    April 29, 2009 at 7:15 pm

  17. aychulus

    April 29, 2009 at 7:25 pm

    loved the picture from this angle and his hair :))

  18. Brigadeiro

    April 29, 2009 at 7:30 pm

    Love her streamlined look, and that camera looks great! Wonder if it’s a Leica?

  19. Anonymous

    April 29, 2009 at 7:50 pm

    These photos make me proud to be a Sydney-sider! Q:Are these people Australian? Or are they visitors for Fashion Week????

  20. Alex

    April 29, 2009 at 7:56 pm

    heres whats interesting abt this pic- i cant tell if it’s a guy or girl, but more imoprtantly, i dont care.

    as a guy, id wear any of the stuff this person is wearing regardless of their gender. thats what makes this an amazing photo. one of ur best! this blog is inspiring!

  21. Anonymous

    April 29, 2009 at 7:58 pm

    i love love love this look!!!!!


    April 29, 2009 at 8:09 pm

    Velvet keds?

  23. Anonymous

    April 29, 2009 at 8:19 pm

    is it only skinny people who are fashionable? or do clothes look better on them?

    wondering reader

  24. Anonymous

    April 29, 2009 at 8:30 pm

    I really love this outfit, looks like something i could wear! Good combination.

  25. Nikki - - Monomestile - -

    April 29, 2009 at 8:32 pm

    So no idea whether this is a girl or a guy but that just makes it better. Not even kidding, either way I think this person is very sexy. And the way the hair has a profile up against the wall is so intense. Love it.

  26. Rache_Xx

    April 29, 2009 at 9:16 pm

    How can you be confused of the gender, she is gorgeous! Bring her to Melb… What a great photo, well done!

  27. an

    April 29, 2009 at 9:26 pm

    the hair, the ensemble, the flat figure, and the pose scream “he”, but if you look closely, their facial features are distinctly female.
    i vote “she”!
    also, i like how the camera also serves as an accessory in place of a bag.


    April 29, 2009 at 9:27 pm

    Nice… super good idea to do a profile shot, love the camera like a handbag…

  29. Style Scientist

    April 29, 2009 at 9:35 pm

    I thought it’s a he because of the flat chest, but it could be a she with a super flat chest 0-o

  30. fickle red riding hood

    April 29, 2009 at 9:42 pm

    pretty sure it’s a lady, still can’t believe you’re in sydney. you should stay here.

  31. bighan

    April 29, 2009 at 9:52 pm

    love the added definition of the arm with the tight black tee underneath. I think that’s what really emphasizes this look and also enhances the shot. the body line is almost as straight as the one on the wall!! love it.

  32. Anonymous

    April 29, 2009 at 9:54 pm

    so which is it? A beautifully photographed man…or woman?

  33. Gabrielle

    April 29, 2009 at 9:59 pm

    Melbourne do it better!


  34. Holden

    April 29, 2009 at 10:05 pm

    this person is beautiful and i am in love.

  35. princess glee

    April 29, 2009 at 10:28 pm

    My, what long feet you have.
    He’s all skinny and cute in all his black and white. Nice.

  36. Haru

    April 29, 2009 at 10:35 pm

    He is definitely a guy because of the body. It is the nose, small lips, chin and hair that makes him look like a girl. He has a flat chest, protruding brow bones, strong forearms and a high square forehead.

  37. fashion lady

    April 29, 2009 at 10:36 pm


  38. Kent Johnson

    April 29, 2009 at 11:02 pm

    This is such a Sydney look. If you went off to the Opera in the evening you find plenty of men wearing Black Tee-shirts and pants. Super casual.

    For better or worse you are really capturing the real Sydney! Great to see contrast with OS.

  39. Anonymous

    April 29, 2009 at 11:12 pm

    SHE is amazing.

  40. Anonymous

    April 29, 2009 at 11:14 pm

    the shoe size gives it away I think.

  41. Ron

    April 29, 2009 at 11:16 pm

    The REALLY interesting thing about this shot is to view it with the idea of the rule of thirds in mind. Intellectually, divide the young man’s image into thirds.
    - Top of the head to the bottom of the t-shirt sleeve.
    - Edge of the t-shirt sleeve to the curl of the fingers into the pants pockets.
    - Edge of the pockets to the soles of the shoes.

    It’s all perfectly cut and perfectly crisp.

    Bravo .

  42. AnastasiaC

    April 29, 2009 at 11:23 pm

    Hey Sart
    a girl for sure!!
    hope you can make it to inner Sydney suburbs of Newtown/Enmore for more great street style or even the harbour suburb of Balmain to see a totally different view?

  43. Theresa Tseung

    April 29, 2009 at 11:28 pm

    Absolutely loving it.

  44. Anonymous

    April 29, 2009 at 11:29 pm

    love your latest pictures! i feel like your style of photography has changed a LITTLE bit…not for the worst!:) you inspire me to dress, design, and aspire to do what i wanna do!!!

  45. Anonymous

    April 29, 2009 at 11:48 pm

    definitely a guy, look at his large forearms, a girl that skinny would have much slimmer arms.. but great photo none the less

  46. nollyposh

    April 29, 2009 at 11:49 pm

    *Just heard your interview on the ABC radio in Melbourne ~Fabulous~ i am a new fan X:-)

  47. sudindienne

    April 29, 2009 at 11:55 pm

    How does this represent Sydney or Australia? He looks like he could be on any street corner in New York or Europe. You seem to be searching for people who look similar to what you’re used to. Same comments for the girls in heels. I was recently in Australia and if you look at most of the retail fashion, i.e. the Aussie-owned brands that sell in Australia to Aussies – they are significantly different than what we get here in NYC or Europe.

  48. mimi

    April 30, 2009 at 12:10 am

    hmm. im a bit underwhelmed except for the fact i cant figure out this person’s gender (but either way, he or she would be nicely dressed). surely there are much better dressed people at RAFW??

    a quick question (which you may not want to answer, id understand!) but how come you’re pictures have a “darker tone” about them. im not too sure about the weather in sydney, but im just surprised they are not brighter or have more light in them.

    is it a reflection of your take on the fashion? or is it the weather? or do you simply like these darker tones?

  49. wrinkledcabbage

    April 30, 2009 at 12:22 am

    i love this… it’s so unaffected yet stylish, and everything about the outfit, the scarf and the shades and even the camera hanging from the shoulder, gives it character. WOW.

  50. The Man Who Knew Too Much

    April 30, 2009 at 12:37 am

    Is that a canon eos 5d on his shoulder?

  51. nollyposh

    April 30, 2009 at 12:49 am

    (Ps) Just read and ~loved~ the post about your dad… Kindest Sympathies to you and btw the story was just as beautiful as the photos X:-)

  52. Anonymous

    April 30, 2009 at 1:06 am

    Many androgynous females bind their chests to appear more masculine. Not saying she is doing this here but it is a possibility. She is definitely a she. Thanks for this photo!

  53. Karly

    April 30, 2009 at 1:29 am


  54. Hanna Persson

    April 30, 2009 at 1:31 am

    I don’t care if it’s a boy or a girl, it’s a great look either way!

  55. Anonymous

    April 30, 2009 at 1:44 am

    she is beautiful.

  56. jessie tso

    April 30, 2009 at 2:15 am

    i like this type of guy. COOL.

  57. Capricious Co.

    April 30, 2009 at 3:45 am

    How is it that she’s so tanned, yet its so dark out? haha Australia mezmerizes me.

  58. Sweetface McGee

    April 30, 2009 at 3:49 am

    fyi – this is definitely a girl, she’s a friend of a friend. Her name is Soraya (that is probably mis-spelled).

  59. Anonymous

    April 30, 2009 at 4:54 am

    He’s a nice friend.

  60. patricia

    April 30, 2009 at 4:55 am

    @Sudindienne, I’m a Sydneysider and I disagree- I think this is representative of the indie crowd in Syndey and sure, it is pretty much the same as the indie crowd everywhere else (from what I’ve seen!).

  61. benconservato

    April 30, 2009 at 5:02 am

    It is probably “dark” out because our weather has been very changable here in Sydney, not dark on my Mac, anyway, great shot.

  62. Anonymous

    April 30, 2009 at 5:54 am

    Soraya… its a beautiful photo of you… x

  63. Ful yaprakları

    April 30, 2009 at 6:14 am

    looks cool ;)

  64. SunshineCityLassie

    April 30, 2009 at 7:34 am

    Plain and simple really does go a long way.

  65. rumplestiltskin

    April 30, 2009 at 7:53 am

    Are the jeans velvet….hard to tell, but love this type of outfit on a day when you just don’t know which way the weather will go. No jacket to bother with, but the scarf keeps you toasty!

  66. Genna

    April 30, 2009 at 8:00 am

    i feel bad if im wrong but i instantly thought it was a boy , (he) has soft features though and a wonderful sense of style.. yay for australia!

  67. Anonymous

    April 30, 2009 at 8:03 am

    Perhaps the subject is part of the Japanese cultural movement called Kei which argues that gender is irrelevant, revels in true androgyny and in secret identities.

    Whatever the case, it’s a captivating photo of a strong personality.

  68. mel bomba

    April 30, 2009 at 8:11 am

    Hot debate, she or he, who cares you’re finally down under!!

  69. Wow!

    That is actually a girl.

    Sorry I was preparint to say something like not my favorite for boys (like me).

    But now, I think she looks nice.

  70. Chama

    April 30, 2009 at 8:51 am

    A classic white tee…..forever!

  71. Anonymous

    April 30, 2009 at 8:57 am

    i love this!!! and its a he, in my opinion. look at the arms, and hands.

  72. Glitterati_Duane

    April 30, 2009 at 9:10 am

    Love this

  73. Anonymous

    April 30, 2009 at 9:38 am

    SHE has a cool look. I especially like her shoes here. Actually, she reminds me of a woman I know who has the height and build to pull off menswear with ease, something I could never do.

  74. Anonymous

    April 30, 2009 at 10:40 am

    Still not sure if it’s a boy or a girl…maybe we should check “down under”…:)

  75. Alex

    April 30, 2009 at 11:35 am

    I don’t care if this is a boy or a girl. I like that cheeks, they are kind of Johnny Depp, but to be honest, the style is just provincial. Nothing gripping nor classic or new.

  76. Anonymous

    May 1, 2009 at 11:43 am

    HER name is soraya i believe and she’s pretty damn cool. mowhawk is hot. and i’m a girl.

  77. a lady

    May 1, 2009 at 12:30 pm

    she is so, so hot. and the outfit helps.

  78. Vesper de Vil

    May 1, 2009 at 2:42 pm

    excellent! very hot indeed!

  79. Lotte

    May 1, 2009 at 4:00 pm

    Amazing – both the look and the picture!

  80. Francie

    May 1, 2009 at 9:23 pm

    you should come to Toronto! this is the dominant aesthetic. Love the shoes, the posture, and the multi-directional lines.

  81. Anonymous

    May 1, 2009 at 9:44 pm

    not a fan.
    its average.
    however the fit of the pants/jeans is very good.
    can some ppl explain to me wats with wearing a t-shirt with a scarf? i dont see how it is practical to do so. u keep ur neck warm, but wat about the rest of ur body? to me it makes more sense to have some long sleeve stuff on before the scarf comes into play

  82. Anonymous

    May 2, 2009 at 4:15 am

    This is the most Sydney out of the lot!

  83. Anonymous

    May 3, 2009 at 12:44 pm

    sleek profile, wonderful posture

  84. Anonymous

    May 3, 2009 at 4:51 pm

    its a dude (foot size) or abnormally large shoes.
    anyway. looks uber cool

  85. SoulKid47

    May 3, 2009 at 5:06 pm

    I like the way he/she has done thier scarf, i would like to know how to do it like that

  86. Anonymous

    May 3, 2009 at 7:03 pm

    this is what the child of lohan/ronson would have looked like…

  87. doingtheunstuck

    May 4, 2009 at 5:09 pm

    wow. reminds me of my grade school crush on actor Edward Furlong…though I’m guessing this is the female version :) Love the sleeve combo and the hair. So sexy.

  88. Alexis

    May 4, 2009 at 11:04 pm

    i keep thinking about this pic, randomly thru out the day.
    love it. love her look. i’d switch teams for her.

  89. grey-evil-twin

    May 5, 2009 at 12:32 am

    In Sydney, as soon as it gets a bit cooler than usual, people will grab a scarf before grabbing a jumper. You’ll see lots of people in short sleaves with a scarf, specially this time of year for season change.


    May 5, 2009 at 3:33 am

    this is probably one of my favorite shots… i love the contrast and the profile.

  91. Anonymous

    May 5, 2009 at 6:07 am

    If the person is male, then he has unusually soft features. If the subject is female, then she has, by far, the flattest chest I have ever seen. Nice look though.

  92. Anonymous

    May 5, 2009 at 11:27 am

    i love the look of how he ties his scarf but i can’t tell exactly how he did it from the angle. any idea?

  93. jiggie smalls

    May 5, 2009 at 1:50 pm

    I like the shoes , someone know the brand ?

  94. Jules

    May 5, 2009 at 9:43 pm

    Lovely shot, Mr Sart, and gorgeous subject. Still can’t figure out if it’s a guy or girl. That’s the beauty of androgyny, I guess.

  95. Anonymous

    May 5, 2009 at 10:06 pm

    Ho hum. Looks like any other Cotton On kid.

  96. jbozak

    May 7, 2009 at 12:21 pm

    Rock-solid cool. Androgyny never looked so tough.

  97. Adam

    May 8, 2009 at 1:25 am

    COOL KID represented by Six Wolves.

  98. CallmeRay

    May 9, 2009 at 12:55 am

    Hi Sartorialist.

    It’s Aussie Androgyny here. Thought I would make a comment about my own picture to let you know I am thoroughly enjoying the debate as to my gender.

    I am tempted to give the game away, but that would spoil all the fun!

    Anyway, enjoy your time here in Australia and while I was around during Fashion Week, I took some photos myself…with the camera over my shoulder in your picture.

    Stay Golden x

  99. moremony services

    May 9, 2009 at 2:54 am

    It is probably “dark” out because our weather has been very changable here in Sydney, not dark on my Mac, anyway, great shot.

  100. Anonymous

    May 9, 2009 at 7:06 am

    Jiggie smalls: yes I’d also like to know the brand of the shoes, any ideas anyone?
    I’ve been looking for a descent pair of black pumps for ages, but everything I’ve seen is just trash compaired to these!

  101. Anonymous

    May 12, 2009 at 3:33 am

    So, if this is a girl, and she can look so cool dressed essentially like a guy, can a guy dressed like a girl (with the same is it a guy/is it a girl questions being raised) be equally cool?

    Love your blog

  102. Anonymous

    May 13, 2009 at 9:01 am

    hair looks cool.

  103. Megan

    May 13, 2009 at 6:43 pm

    this is way hot. i love androgynous looks!

  104. mouse pen

    April 16, 2010 at 9:42 am

    So simple clothing items creating such a stylish look. Another proof that less is more in fashion.

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