Friday, September 11, 2009

On the Street…. Bryant Park, NYC


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  1. Teresa @ good-grace

    September 11, 2009 at 9:13 am

    This is gorgeous! So classic and fresh at the same time. lovely!

  2. JFK Jean

    September 11, 2009 at 9:22 am

    Very simple. And her stance gives off an elegant vibe…..

  3. kelly

    September 11, 2009 at 9:27 am

    So well put together!

  4. miss sophie

    September 11, 2009 at 9:34 am

    i have a serious crush on her shoes. she looks great and i love the glint of her watch with her skintone.

  5. Anonymous

    September 11, 2009 at 9:35 am

    Chic, inspired by Mrs Obama, no?

  6. Saffron

    September 11, 2009 at 9:45 am

    Gorgeous lady!

  7. greendress

    September 11, 2009 at 9:49 am

    Love it, love it, love it!

    She is beautiful and sexy without trying too hard. The dress is extremely flattering and nicely accentuates her shape while the shoes look hot while not looking as if she is about to lose a toe or end up with bunions. And I love that the scarf echoes her nail polish.

    Her entire look is perfect.

  8. Anonymous

    September 11, 2009 at 9:51 am

    Well, that's interesting. Are those footless tights/leggings descending into the shoes? She is pretty and I like most of what she has on but I still hate light/white shoes, esp. after Labor Day!! I can't help it, seared by childhood memories of aunties in white oxfords! Style babies won't know what I'm talking about….

  9. Old Housecoat

    September 11, 2009 at 9:54 am

    Top o' the mornin' to ya, Fashion Week!

    I love this look from head to toe – so ladylike, so chic. It takes me back to a simpler, maybe sweeter time. Classic, that just enough, never too much ensemble that we should all emulate.

  10. Nick Leonard

    September 11, 2009 at 9:59 am

    I like the dress & the scenery!

  11. Anonymous

    September 11, 2009 at 10:03 am

    I love it! Why can't I find dresses like that in the Boulder, Colorado, area?

  12. Javier

    September 11, 2009 at 10:10 am

    How can you just not love NY???

  13. Anonymous

    September 11, 2009 at 10:12 am

    Gorgeous! Such a classic look! And the colors are flattering on her. She looks beautiful!

  14. Anonymous

    September 11, 2009 at 10:14 am

    Beautiful woman/smile and the fashion is not killing her elegant personal style.


  15. Alice Olive

    September 11, 2009 at 10:45 am

    Elegance in grey strikes again.

  16. Anonymous

    September 11, 2009 at 10:48 am

    ooh what a lady!

  17. Anonymous

    September 11, 2009 at 11:03 am

    oh, this is beautiful! especially those shoes, i really like those shoes…

  18. Amy

    September 11, 2009 at 11:03 am

    Very chic!

  19. Anonymous

    September 11, 2009 at 11:06 am

    very sweet yet elegant

  20. Pictures on Page

    September 11, 2009 at 11:10 am

    What a great look! I wonder if she's headed off to the tents or just to her office in midtown? Love it.

  21. Cherish

    September 11, 2009 at 11:12 am

    I have the same dress but it never looks this good on me.

  22. Joan

    September 11, 2009 at 11:13 am

    What a beautiful shot…
    I'd smile that pretty too if I was at Bryant park!!!

  23. Anonymous

    September 11, 2009 at 11:15 am

    She is absolutely stunning.

  24. Anonymous

    September 11, 2009 at 11:25 am

    Incredibly chic. Love this look. Such style, such elegance, such grace.

  25. Tim McFarlane

    September 11, 2009 at 11:36 am

    Really elegant and I love the colors.

  26. Anonymous

    September 11, 2009 at 11:53 am


  27. Anonymous

    September 11, 2009 at 11:59 am

    She is very elegant and the cut of her dress makes her look tall (is she, like 5'5" to 5'7"? Love her skintone…I bet she has fantastic legs…

  28. Cassiemarie

    September 11, 2009 at 12:07 pm

    SO beautiful, and she pulls it off effortlessly. Those shoes look like they would actually be fairly comfortable as well!

  29. Well Done

    September 11, 2009 at 12:07 pm


  30. ColourOfAbsence

    September 11, 2009 at 12:17 pm

    that scarf! and the way she wore it. and those shoes.

  31. GR

    September 11, 2009 at 12:19 pm

    The color combination is great, it (the gray) makes everything pop!

  32. Michael

    September 11, 2009 at 12:30 pm

    This is a very elegant ensemble. The 'plum topping' on the grey is very regal, and I love the way the belt cinches at the waist to embrace her curvaceous figure.

  33. sofiasophie

    September 11, 2009 at 12:42 pm

    La classe!

    Very stylish, very elegant

  34. StyleSpy

    September 11, 2009 at 12:44 pm

    Oh! Lovely! Just… lovely.

  35. hi-d

    September 11, 2009 at 12:57 pm

    Stunning, Beautiful, Classic!

  36. Stephen

    September 11, 2009 at 1:01 pm

    Am I too old-fashioned in beleiving that a lady's shoes and bag should match…

  37. beths

    September 11, 2009 at 1:05 pm

    What a pretty way to wear grey in September! I agree with anonymous about the shoe color, and for the same reason–it just creates a dorky clunk factor to my eye. But the watch helps a bit by echoing the light accent.

  38. God's Favorite Shoes!

    September 11, 2009 at 1:07 pm


  39. lahmode

    September 11, 2009 at 1:14 pm

    GORGEOUS. I love the double strap on the heels. I think that really makes the look in conduction with that style of dress. Perfect.

  40. Anton P. S.

    September 11, 2009 at 1:21 pm

    That shot is GORGEOUS, and that gold watch is perfect.

  41. Hyunyoung

    September 11, 2009 at 1:35 pm

    I think this lady is the epitome of elegance.
    She has such poise and every piece is put together very well!!
    btw, what amazing shoes! :)

  42. HW90

    September 11, 2009 at 1:37 pm

    Even though I am a man who doesn't wear dresses, I still find myself feeling envious of this woman. Such effortless sophistication. Love everything. But what really stands out with this lady is something coming from within.

  43. Anonymous

    September 11, 2009 at 1:48 pm

    Perfect in every way.

  44. Holly

    September 11, 2009 at 2:25 pm

    Where is this dress from? It's perfect.

  45. becca b

    September 11, 2009 at 2:41 pm

    Gorgeous–a perfect combination of colors to go along with her exquisite skin color.

  46. shoe slut

    September 11, 2009 at 2:46 pm

    the shoes look totally classy and chic!

  47. fashionisdanger

    September 11, 2009 at 2:58 pm

    Someone above commented on the fact she has white shoes after labour day. If the weather permits, WHY not?? I love these shoes and if women in London can wear black tights in the middle of summer than white shoes in September is good by me.

    I love the back of the shoe. Anyone know the designer?

  48. Anonymous

    September 11, 2009 at 3:06 pm

    wow. beautiful.

  49. Rebe

    September 11, 2009 at 3:37 pm

    Absolutely timeless.

  50. Nigerian Woman in Norway

    September 11, 2009 at 3:44 pm

    it's refreshing to see someone dressed so elegantly in these trendy times. I love it!

  51. Anonymous

    September 11, 2009 at 3:46 pm

    beautiful woman, packaged into a dream of a beautiful woman. perfect choices everywhere, given meaning by her inner spirit and poise.

  52. Hernandez

    September 11, 2009 at 4:00 pm

    One word. Timeless!!

  53. Roz

    September 11, 2009 at 4:13 pm

    I love that timelessly classic grey dress! She looks so beautiful.. And such lovly heels too.
    I really wish I could come to one of you book signings in london, but live too far away! Congratulations anyway..

  54. gina

    September 11, 2009 at 4:21 pm

    Sorry, but the first thing I noticed was the droopy hem on the dress. It takes away from the perfection of such a chic dress.

  55. Anonymous

    September 11, 2009 at 4:45 pm

    lovely. so effortlessly pulled together and the color of the scarf and the gold watch make it perfect for today.

  56. Lily

    September 11, 2009 at 4:57 pm


  57. Petey

    September 11, 2009 at 5:07 pm

    Her lovely smile and attitude are her best accessories. A great way to transition from summer to fall when the weather can switch from cool to torrid in a matter of hours.

  58. yasmin

    September 11, 2009 at 5:34 pm

    Such a classy, elegant lady.

  59. Melancholy Korean

    September 11, 2009 at 5:40 pm

    the whole "no white (footwear) after labor day" prohibition has no chance against those shoes.

    love this comment:

    The 'plum topping' on the grey is very regal, and I love the way the belt cinches at the waist to embrace her curvaceous figure.

    'plum topping' – yummy!

  60. Loren

    September 11, 2009 at 6:17 pm

    This looks like something that a character on Mad Men might wear, and that's meant in the best way possible.

  61. shoemein

    September 11, 2009 at 6:23 pm

    She looks amazing! I love how all the colors match so well, and the outfit brings out her skin.

  62. Anonymous

    September 11, 2009 at 7:05 pm

    Lovely! Like a modern-day Grace Kelly!

  63. Anonymous

    September 11, 2009 at 7:05 pm

    Love the dress and even more the shoes. She is so elegant!

  64. Linn Emilie

    September 11, 2009 at 7:25 pm


  65. Anonymous

    September 11, 2009 at 7:58 pm

    Near perfection .. if only her hem wasn't falling down

  66. rodrigo

    September 11, 2009 at 8:55 pm

    She is absolutely beautiful!

  67. pretty kitty publishing

    September 11, 2009 at 9:15 pm

    Such poise and grace. Clearly, this outfit accents her lines nicely. That must be a cardi around her shoulders, no? Nicely done.

  68. frankie

    September 11, 2009 at 9:15 pm

    its very stylish and the woman is pretty but that bag looks terrible with those shoes but the scarf is amazing and makes the oufit have a bit of edge

  69. m.edwin

    September 11, 2009 at 11:23 pm

    i love her simple combination of muted and rich tones. makes me impatient for fall.

  70. George

    September 11, 2009 at 11:48 pm

    the whole "no white (footwear) after labor day" prohibition has no chance against those shoes.

    love this comment:

    The 'plum topping' on the grey is very regal, and I love the way the belt cinches at the waist to embrace her curvaceous figure.

    'plum topping' – yummy!

    Wonderful! Plum is such an underused colour.

    The comment about white shoes is spot on. The shoes also work much better as an off-white (pearl?) than they would in plain white, because they don't shout their whiteness to the world.

  71. Viv

    September 12, 2009 at 12:14 am

    elegant and beautiful

  72. John Agee Paris

    September 12, 2009 at 6:11 am

    Wish we could see more well-put-together ladies like this. Bravo, madame, whoever you are.

  73. Anonymous

    September 12, 2009 at 9:39 am


  74. thecatbirdseat

    September 12, 2009 at 9:40 am

    lovely, lovely, lovely. i've always been terrified of ankle-strap shoes but this woman is the best argument for them. everything is just perfect. very grace kelly.

  75. RW

    September 12, 2009 at 11:19 am

    Beautiful classy lady.

  76. Ljubica

    September 12, 2009 at 11:53 am

    wow, so classy and classic

  77. Valérie

    September 12, 2009 at 12:12 pm

    Nice classy outfit

  78. w_page

    September 12, 2009 at 12:42 pm

    I want to be her! She is like an actress back in the day. Classy!

  79. Skyward

    September 12, 2009 at 1:12 pm

    Beautiful woman. Perfect.

  80. V

    September 12, 2009 at 5:12 pm

    Okay, it's a bit wrinkly at the bottom, but that's okay! The color palette (grey and maroon) is a lovely match for the upcoming season and I love the style of her purse.

    You know that Coco Chanel quote that high school and college girls basically preach? "A woman should be two things: classy and fabulous."

    There are those who speak words, and there are those that follow through with action. This woman is a stunning example of the latter.

  81. LuLitaa

    September 12, 2009 at 9:10 pm

    Beautiful, classic, perfect in that woman.

  82. said

    September 13, 2009 at 1:43 am

    Wow! I love it. Please more classic and well dressed ladies for the world.

  83. Lette

    September 13, 2009 at 8:54 am

    Elegant lady. and beautiful shot.

  84. AilanthusAltissima

    September 13, 2009 at 10:09 am

    Very pretty!

  85. Anonymous

    September 13, 2009 at 4:15 pm

    Please gals that know maker of dress – share with me!

    Fashion Starved in Reno.

  86. Drivers_High

    September 13, 2009 at 5:14 pm

    Absolutely amazing, so chic, simple and elegant. The colors, perfection!

  87. noelakadjtambour

    September 13, 2009 at 9:07 pm

    such a great expression on her face

  88. Anonymous

    September 14, 2009 at 12:11 am

    Perfect and effortless. Beautiful.

  89. Juliana Ribeiro

    September 14, 2009 at 7:54 am


  90. Anonymous

    September 14, 2009 at 8:34 am

    just lovely. sensible shoes, feminine dress, elegant accessories and pose. all that topped with the best accessory of them all – a smile.

    take note, trust fund babies and self-appointed luminaries of trends.

    and I bet she made her dress. just lovely.


  91. sooky

    September 14, 2009 at 9:03 am

    Perfectly Lovely…..

  92. Anonymous

    September 14, 2009 at 6:58 pm

    wow. so much style. love the colours of the fabrics and the autumn drop back. love it.

  93. Anonymous

    September 14, 2009 at 11:49 pm

    She is stunning!! This has got to be one of the most beautiful women here, she classic, stylish and that winning smile just seals the deal.

  94. Bootstrapperboy

    September 15, 2009 at 7:19 pm

    Very nice posture – Not every woman can stand properly in a pair of heels but this lady carries it off effortlessly.

  95. Lena R

    October 17, 2009 at 9:29 pm

    Classic and sophisticated without being boring.

  96. Divalocity

    October 31, 2009 at 12:16 am

    I'm so glad that the author has a skill for capturing real style. He captured the beauty and elegance of Shala Monroque and she is definitely a trendsetter. I also admire her personal style and wrote a Blog about her a few months ago along with a photo montage.

  97. Karen

    December 5, 2009 at 11:44 am

    As a black woman, I am very proud of this picture. This is how I dress…no weave, big jewelry, and so forth…Just a classic chic lady. LOVE IT!

  98. Anonymous

    December 12, 2009 at 9:25 am

    The dress is by Giambatista Valli.

  99. Anonymous

    September 8, 2010 at 3:16 pm

    Simple, classic and well-accessorized. Beautiful!

  100. selam

    January 30, 2012 at 4:54 pm

    Just stunning & GORGEOUS!!!!!

  101. dcinDC

    June 2, 2012 at 10:14 am

    Did you photograph her once in Paris in blue? I saw it yesterday and, of course, have no way of finding it today. Memory says, if not the same woman, long-lost sisters…

  102. dcinDC

    June 2, 2012 at 10:48 am

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