Friday, October 2, 2009

On the Street…Camera Crush, Paris

Alessandra Colombo is quite possibly the coolest young lady I have met all year. The key to this look is the perfect, perfect fit of her shirt, of course it’s custom-made.

I have to be honest, this season has been a bit slow finding new, interesting people to shoot. The economy continues to affect the size and variety of the crowds at the shows. I have found myself “off-site” a lot more, and luckily finding very cool people like Alessandra and Margherita (you’ll see her Monday).


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  1. Teresa @ good-grace

    October 2, 2009 at 9:04 am

    A*dor*able and incredibly chic. Bravo!! :)

  2. Sartorial Vancouver

    October 2, 2009 at 9:09 am

    Maybe you might be looking too hard Scott. I loved your recents shots from the shows, and found myself wondering what those outside of the shows were up to.

    Sometimes the basics are new and interesting in their own right.


  3. Sarah

    October 2, 2009 at 9:09 am

    I really love the almost-androgyny of this. From the waist up, completely andro. With the belt… tilting towards feminine. And then the ballet flats… just perfect.

  4. Thomas

    October 2, 2009 at 9:11 am

    At first glance, I thought she was a boy ..

  5. helena

    October 2, 2009 at 9:12 am


  6. miss a.

    October 2, 2009 at 9:13 am

    Her androgyny is astounding! I love how the wide belt makes her outfit a bit more femme.

  7. blue roses

    October 2, 2009 at 9:18 am

    wow, what a crisp look; she definitely understands the proportions of her body and the importance of ideal fit. unfortunately, she and i have complete opposite body types; i would love to be able to emulate this look!

  8. kater

    October 2, 2009 at 9:18 am

    Oh dear. I am in the process of getting dressed for the morning, already in tights, and now I want to wear my vintage slim jeans and be chic :( Oh well, tomorrow maybe :)

  9. Holly

    October 2, 2009 at 9:24 am

    Updated preppy~I'll take one of every item she is wearing please!

  10. Mel

    October 2, 2009 at 9:25 am


  11. Agatha

    October 2, 2009 at 9:29 am

    cute belt :)

  12. sevendialsgirl

    October 2, 2009 at 9:35 am

    I'm not sure about the belt, but I love the collar and neckline of the sweater. Also love that her hair is tied back, gives me hope!

  13. Anonymous

    October 2, 2009 at 9:39 am

    Ahhh… nice combination.

  14. The Man Who Knew Too Much

    October 2, 2009 at 9:39 am

    I like her shirt and glasses, but I do not like the belt. Way too big and colour wise.. Mwah.

  15. xejt.sloveni

    October 2, 2009 at 9:42 am

    finally, no slim jeans :)

  16. 50two

    October 2, 2009 at 9:43 am

    i thought that was a dude. but then again, i also thought today was monday.

  17. StyleSpy

    October 2, 2009 at 9:44 am

    That tears it — I have to invest in a couple o custom shirts.

  18. sofiasophie

    October 2, 2009 at 9:48 am

    I loove her jeans but I don't really think she's that cool!

  19. WhiskeyTangoFoxtrot

    October 2, 2009 at 9:54 am

    So chic, so simple.

  20. ingefaer

    October 2, 2009 at 10:00 am

    I think off-site is WAY more interesting anyway. This young lady is so cool and crisp and oh so stylish in her simplicity. Love the belt…..that is what takes it from plain to smashing in my opinion

  21. Latest At Fashion

    October 2, 2009 at 10:17 am

    Wow great post.
    I also came across a site dealing with denim styles.

  22. Jacqueline

    October 2, 2009 at 10:33 am

    definitely androgynous!

  23. FiL

    October 2, 2009 at 10:35 am

    Looks very very good to me :)


  24. Coronita

    October 2, 2009 at 10:38 am


  25. Allen - East Hampton

    October 2, 2009 at 10:42 am

    She is truly adorable.

    Androgyny done well always makes for a great fashion element.

  26. Camille Acey

    October 2, 2009 at 10:49 am

    I am having a problem layering collared shirts under sweaters (the shirt underneath always looks "bunched up" rather than smooth. I don't know what exactly I am doing wrong. I am gonna study this picture and try to figure out how it works.

  27. BOLITO

    October 2, 2009 at 10:52 am

    le chic ! cherchez le femme !

  28. selfserviceuk

    October 2, 2009 at 10:54 am

    completely masculine look down to the hair and no make-up, then the girliest satin ballet pumps! very cleverly put together – would love to see what she wears everyday. someone make her a stylist!

  29. Chelsea

    October 2, 2009 at 11:07 am

    Ha, Scott, I love how you say, "…of course, it's custom-made." Not really achievable for me, but I'm glad for her.

  30. Patrulla

    October 2, 2009 at 11:08 am

    Come to México City, ¡shoot us!


  31. Iheartfashion

    October 2, 2009 at 11:10 am

    I LOVE the wide belt and the loose jeans. Perfect!

  32. Anonymous

    October 2, 2009 at 11:12 am

    Thank you!!! for showing not-trendy pieces in a very stylish way. I want to meet her!

    Agree on the shirt comment above–how does that work?!

  33. Anonymous

    October 2, 2009 at 11:23 am

    you' ll be happy to know that I look for and get the same effect when I wear the same type of shirt (borrowed from my dad's or boyfriend's closet)..I like also the length and breadth of the jeans which evoke sweet summer styles..
    …the belt is not not ideal, but I can see what she was trying to do…

  34. VF

    October 2, 2009 at 11:29 am

    i believe off site pictures are best!!

    xoxo- F

  35. Suzanne Nelson

    October 2, 2009 at 11:44 am

    Inspiring! Thanks for posting. You're right, the shirt is perfect and and a convincing demonstration as to why custom is worth it.

  36. Clarity

    October 2, 2009 at 11:49 am

    Those ballet slippers are like a raised eyebrow. Very cute.

    I am shooting in Paris next year, God willing. Hope we find chic extras like her for my film.

  37. HW90

    October 2, 2009 at 11:57 am

    I love how comfortable she looks.

  38. Allison

    October 2, 2009 at 12:05 pm

    I love the simple sexiness of this outfit. But I just don't get the belt at all.

  39. romaine

    October 2, 2009 at 12:16 pm

    I love it, perfect from her shoes to her hair. She looks extremely cool and chic. Just one photo so far that I have seen, but perhaps she should be a regular if possible.

  40. Anonymous

    October 2, 2009 at 12:21 pm

    I don't think the custom shirt makes a difference in this shot. We can't really see it.
    Great androgynous look. Do you see a trend? Your recent shots seem to have that trend.

  41. Herr M

    October 2, 2009 at 12:27 pm

    Really, really stunning! The best style since ages! Very simple and understated!! :)


    October 2, 2009 at 12:29 pm



  43. Anonymous

    October 2, 2009 at 12:40 pm

    I think that she looks too sexness with her hair, jeans and shirt…
    The belt and the ballerinas are pretty but other hairstyle or a hells are that she needs.

  44. Anonymous

    October 2, 2009 at 12:42 pm

    Love her relaxed jeans and flat shoes….for a change!!!

  45. Anonymous

    October 2, 2009 at 12:44 pm

    wow, she really is the coolest. she's so interesting looking and fashionable without looking like a douchebag…which is pretty hard to do I think

  46. Soren Lorensen

    October 2, 2009 at 12:46 pm

    lovely lovely lovely

  47. Leif Hagen

    October 2, 2009 at 1:00 pm

    Scooter – I spotted you next to Italian fashion writer Anna P on page D8 of my Oct 1 Wall Street Journal. Fun to discover your blog! I may even glean some fashion tips from now on. Bonjour d'EAGAN daily photo blog

  48. Hannah W.

    October 2, 2009 at 1:21 pm

    I love the juxtoposition of the classic, understated look of the navy sweater with jeans mixed with that belt. what a fabulous belt! And just a touch of femininity with the ballet flats. It's all just beautiful. The color combo. The mix of garments. The sun glasses. Just Perfect!!

  49. Back

    October 2, 2009 at 1:37 pm

    simple and chic, think the character is very important to make the outfit stands out.

  50. Brummagem Joe

    October 2, 2009 at 1:43 pm

    One doesn't have to get custom made shirts. Most top quality men's shirt purveyors like Pink, Harvie & Hudson or Hilditch & Key (all have web sites) offer extra long sleeve and slim fit versions of their shirts. Interesting the comments about this young lady's androgyny because this is basically a classic guy's look with a more modest belt and loafers. I wear it all the time in the spring and fall. She carries it off brilliantly I must say because of her slim figure. She'd probably look good in a lot of guy stuff as people like Marlene Dietrich did.

  51. Anonymous

    October 2, 2009 at 1:45 pm

    For us "common folk" who follow you, we love off-site!!! More More More!!

  52. Couture

    October 2, 2009 at 2:17 pm

    Nah sorry, looks too contrived to be truly cool…also belt too wide so shortening her legs which means she should have worn some skinny heels – even low ones – not flats.

  53. Anonymous

    October 2, 2009 at 2:35 pm

    Taste is so interesting and subjective, I think everything about her look is intensely unflattering, but you love it – and so do lots of other people!

  54. Cornflake40

    October 2, 2009 at 2:49 pm

    I'm sure she's a nice lady and all, but that outfit is horrible and that belt is the worst thing on that outfit. It's so out of scale!

  55. Bee

    October 2, 2009 at 2:52 pm

    I've been looking for that.EXACT.color jeans for months now. Can anyone share any ideas on where can I get a pair that looks like that?



  56. achnyc

    October 2, 2009 at 3:03 pm

    Love this look – such a clean, simple, and personal style!
    Cool indeed!!! Thanks Scott.
    Wish I knew who made that great belt.

  57. Thomas

    October 2, 2009 at 3:35 pm

    She does take the Tom-Boy look to a new level…

  58. mimi

    October 2, 2009 at 3:55 pm

    oohh i love her glasses!!

  59. Amy

    October 2, 2009 at 4:07 pm

    Great jeans and flats.

  60. Anonymous

    October 2, 2009 at 4:10 pm

    love that you can't tell if she's a man or woman at first glance. love the played down yet still stylish look. as far as finding people – maybe you are looking in the same places and not venturing out more. ciao.

  61. -h

    October 2, 2009 at 4:29 pm

    i like the off-site picture, i think its the sartorialist's "heritage."
    as much as i love to see the big fashion editors and stylists, it's easy for them to look amazing w/ all the access they have to runways. let's see how people not neccessarily such a part of the industry do it!

  62. Mumei

    October 2, 2009 at 4:42 pm

    i. am. in. love. i have a weakness for thin brunettes with short hair though.

    alessandra looks playful and beautiful.

    the flats and the belt are fantastic. the rolled up jeans are super cute.

  63. Anonymous

    October 2, 2009 at 5:52 pm

    love it from the belt up. i also like the jeans with the flats, but not for that look.
    i have to admit that it is something different from everyone we see at the shows though.

  64. = MARIA

    October 2, 2009 at 5:54 pm

    Off site: Isn't is that the Raison d'ĂŞtre of your work?

    "Off site" means reality.

  65. Questioner

    October 2, 2009 at 5:57 pm

    I love your shots of person-on-the-street with an interesting sense of style.

    I think she's great. A classic preppy boy look, even to the hair and shades, but she adds the belt and ballet flats to show that she's really a girl. I think it comes off more well though out than contrived.

    And, yes, it looks good in part because she's not very curvy. But for good personal style you need to dress the body you have, not dress for the body you wish you had.

  66. ren

    October 2, 2009 at 6:01 pm

    I love your blog and images, but I'd like to believe that great style doesn't require great wealth. Just as the financial crisis shouldn't have affected the number of stylish people around. Or maybe I missed your point. :-)

  67. SequinsandBangles

    October 2, 2009 at 6:12 pm

    Oh I love this look, quite boyish, she reminds me very much of a certain Coco Chanel Beautifully proportioned belt, excellent fitting shirt and sweater, and a beautiful roll to her jeans, very Milanese. Minor tweaks and adjustments which really make this outfit. She has such beautiful posture and elegance to carry off such an androgynous look. Stunningly simple.

  68. Anonymous

    October 2, 2009 at 6:13 pm

    why do women wear mens clothes and get praised for it, but when men wear womens clothes they don't?

  69. Anonymous

    October 2, 2009 at 8:09 pm

    Thank god for the shoes. I was stumped til I saw them.

  70. thierry

    October 2, 2009 at 8:31 pm

    I have recently been thinking that a lot of comments on the men's picture were more about the physic than the clothes….mea culpa, mea culpa…she is hot!

  71. Joy Mars

    October 2, 2009 at 10:02 pm

    I will second =MARIA's sentiment.

    Of site is what your blog is really all about. Isn't it?

    Lovely cool person here.

    I've been looking at Los Angeles street fashion differently since following this site. L.A. isn't all Kim Kardashian stupid. There's lots of cool forays into the cutting edge. It just might take more work to tease it out. Or you might need to know the lay of the land intimately.

    I'd like to see you take the time to do that and blow away the stereotypes.

  72. anna kim

    October 2, 2009 at 10:10 pm

    so beautifully chic. love her and you.

  73. Anonymous

    October 2, 2009 at 11:30 pm

    Androgonously Chic!

  74. jojo

    October 2, 2009 at 11:56 pm

    Ok does anyone know how these people stay so thin? In Paris????

  75. Pietman

    October 3, 2009 at 4:30 am

    one of the most beutiful girls on this post I have seen.Incredibly feminine.This will still looks good a hundred years from now.

  76. Mariele

    October 3, 2009 at 5:06 am

    Maybe try again in Melbourne?


    October 3, 2009 at 7:57 am

    She is into an YSL ideal of turning women in men, but she is into RLauren style. lol

    MAISON CHAPLIN at Paris Fashion Week

  78. Simona

    October 3, 2009 at 8:37 am


  79. redrain

    October 3, 2009 at 10:12 am

    I absolutely love her look! Seeing only the upper part of her look first, it made me wonder if that is a boy or a girl (man/woman). But she looks really feminine and gentle, especially if you notice her shoes. It really sets a nice contrast to the whole style of her clothes, but very much integrated. Great great look and shot!!


    October 3, 2009 at 12:19 pm

    I am pretty darn sure this is the most adorable/perfect outfit I have seen all year!

    Love is an understatement.


  81. bodil

    October 3, 2009 at 2:34 pm

    the belt is hideous, i would have loved to see a dark brown leather belt. with the ballet flats balancing the outfit, together with the fit of the jean- i don´t think it would be too "manly". otherwise, she´s perfect!

  82. Mr Brown

    October 3, 2009 at 4:01 pm


    Women into men?

    Can't agree with either of those at all.

    Honed to pure femininity in my eyes.


  83. Samantha!

    October 3, 2009 at 10:12 pm

    If you need new people just come to art school campuses! I'm an art student and the sidewalks may as well be catwalks here.

  84. Anonymous

    October 4, 2009 at 7:02 am

    Scott, I highly doubt that it's the dynamics of the economy that are driving crowds and variety away from the shows. I think the proletariat is losing interest in watching overpaid models strut their awkward stuff clad in overpriced garments realising that the real interesting people are found walking the streets – people that are not necessarily embroiled in the fashion industry and don't necessarily have trust funds to support their clothing habits.

    I highly doubt there is a future for catwalks, fashion magazines, barometers of style and the incestuous little circle of fashionistas. No offence intended, of course. This however means that the future is bright for someone like you who takes an interest in what the common person is wearing.


  85. pixie

    October 4, 2009 at 7:34 am

    She looks wonderful. I'm a bit confused by the belt but on her it looks great. Love those flats, her feet are so feminine. Very cool.


  86. Anonymous

    October 4, 2009 at 5:53 pm

    Very short hair on a woman – I love it.

    I much prefer your street shots to the the regulars at the shows. With the exception of Giovanna, I find their taste too contrived and not very stylish.

  87. Anonymous

    October 4, 2009 at 8:03 pm

    i hate everything minus her jeans. the sunglasses and belt are especially hideous.

  88. downunderboy

    October 4, 2009 at 10:40 pm

    if you want interesting people to shoot – come back to Australia. The recession never hit here, so we still spend money on clothes!!

  89. Berkelycole

    October 5, 2009 at 9:18 am

    That is PERFECT

  90. Anonymous

    October 5, 2009 at 9:35 am

    "The economy continues to affect the size and variety of the crowds at the shows"

    Then why do you continue to only photograph people that are, for the most part, wearing expensive clothes? I mean, most of us don't have custom-made sweaters. And it doesn't even look that good anyways.

    It would be nice to see someone making something amazing out of almost nothing rather than someone making something amazing out of the mounds of expensive clothes in their closet. That kind of thing happens everywhere in NYC, you just have to look beyond Soho.

  91. ILL-rated Bastard

    October 5, 2009 at 9:07 pm

    extremely appeasing.

  92. Ann (MobayDP)

    October 6, 2009 at 8:25 am

    i totally love this look. Especially the rolled up jeans and that belt.

    Interesting how far reaching this recession is…

  93. pink avenue

    October 6, 2009 at 9:56 am

    audrey hepburn would commend you

  94. Massimello's

    October 6, 2009 at 12:29 pm

    I do love her!a part the belt actually;-)

  95. Anonymous

    October 6, 2009 at 6:04 pm

    Really boring, irregardless of the androgyny.

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