Monday, November 27, 2006

On The Street…. Comme des Garçons, Chelsea

I shot this young lady a few days after the “modern Hemingway” shot above – I thought she would make such a perfect companion to his look and maybe it could illustrate how a young lady might interpret that look.

I love the plaid shirt working back to the zip sweater and the overall slouchiness. I think this might be the first time I have been jealous of a girls outfit (not that there is anything wrong with that)


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  1. Anonymous

    November 27, 2006 at 9:33 am

    Im not feeling her style at all but she is unique in a way and I thought she was a he.

  2. Anonymous

    November 27, 2006 at 10:18 am

    My husband is all, “Call her and get my look back!”

  3. Anonymous

    November 27, 2006 at 10:21 am


    She’s so hot, I had to quell thoughts of renouncing motherhood to run off with her. And swagger?! She’s got it for days.

    Photog wise, I think this is one of the more (most) striking pictures that I’ve seen you take; it’s full of color, irony and has wonderful lighting. Bravo!


  4. BlowHarder

    November 27, 2006 at 11:03 am

    No pigeon toes for her! Great pose …

  5. camille remarkable

    November 27, 2006 at 11:28 am

    Yo! This girl is HOT.

  6. Anonymous

    November 27, 2006 at 11:38 am

    Nice gamin attitude and clothes!
    Love her pose and her hair, she look smart and fun!

    Maybe by mentioning Comme des Garçons she will be forgiven of assuming her standing on gender ambiguity.

    Maybe many don’t even acknowledge the how gender is a common theme in many collections, so regognizing a label name is enough understanding into the aesthetic world to stay safe. This understanding – if is transcendent- might threaten the safety of personal biases. Who whants that?!

  7. positive_negative

    November 27, 2006 at 11:39 am

    It’s easy to see why any guy would be jealous of this outfit- namely because it IS a man’s outfit. Those are dope jeans and clark’s wallabees though (those things have come back big time).

    the bag ain’t half bad also.

  8. whyioughtta

    November 27, 2006 at 11:57 am

    LOVE this. Her pose totally rocks her look, too.

  9. ambika

    November 27, 2006 at 12:03 pm

    Oh, I love the sweater & the shoes. Very slouchy and comfortable looking without being sloppy or messy.

  10. Anonymous

    November 27, 2006 at 12:04 pm

    Wow i Agree! Thats a great combo with the plaid and zip(knitwear)sweater.
    I would love to own that sweater!
    Btw, love the Seinfeld quote at the end :)

  11. Anonymous

    November 27, 2006 at 12:20 pm

    I love the shoes. I think they are Clark’s Wallabees (however that is spelled).

  12. anne

    November 27, 2006 at 12:26 pm

    absolutely gorgeous! love the slouchyness :)

  13. marie

    November 27, 2006 at 12:28 pm

    I am glad you told us this person is a female. Even with the purse, this girl looks more like a guy.

  14. Flint

    November 27, 2006 at 12:35 pm

    This is so, so good. Less eccentric and costumey than the other look, but so totally individual and relaxed. I love this

  15. savvylondon

    November 27, 2006 at 1:04 pm

    love love love the jeans. hair too fab, and nice pose.

  16. Alice Olive

    November 27, 2006 at 1:28 pm

    She does look good. The short hair perfectly sets off an overall androgynous style.

  17. Robert

    November 27, 2006 at 1:49 pm

    Everything is so “anti-fit” but in a good way; it’s baggy without being blobby. For a woman to wear jeans like this, both men and women would be jealous.

  18. Anonymous

    November 27, 2006 at 1:55 pm

    just amazing! love the sweater, the shoes and lose jeans.

  19. positively the same dame

    November 27, 2006 at 2:49 pm

    wallabees! love her, love her bag, too.

  20. charlie brown

    November 27, 2006 at 3:02 pm


  21. Terence

    November 27, 2006 at 3:35 pm

    Wow, someone I know! That’s my cousin Cathy, a filmmaker in San Francisco. I actually have a photo of her in my photography portfolio.

  22. atticus_finch

    November 27, 2006 at 3:35 pm

    yeah don’t see women in wallabees too often. She is great!

  23. Anonymous

    November 27, 2006 at 3:49 pm

    she has nice hair.

  24. Fine Haberdashery

    November 27, 2006 at 4:33 pm

    kurt cobain meets yoko ono meets killer attitude! the confidence pulls it all together.

  25. jkrnyc

    November 27, 2006 at 5:13 pm

    Individually, all those things are dullsville; collectively, she’s rocking some great style. Love her hair and stance, too. I’m digging my Wallabees back out of storage (again…)

  26. Anonymous

    November 27, 2006 at 5:36 pm

    I know its about the outfit (which is great), but the hair totally makes it.

  27. D. Kay

    November 27, 2006 at 6:14 pm

    I’m jealous of how those jeans lay just right over the wallabees. Takes me back to ’96….and ’88…oh yeah, and 79….and……

  28. Anonymous

    November 27, 2006 at 7:17 pm

    Gosh, she looks like Jenny Shimizu’s cousin. Remember Jenny? Former CK model and Angelina Jolie girlfriend?

  29. gigi

    November 27, 2006 at 7:22 pm

    she looks cute, but let’s be honest, if this look would be on a guy, nobody would bat an eyelid.

  30. Anonymous

    November 27, 2006 at 7:45 pm

    Hey Sart,

    Please, no reason to be jealous of her outfit; you could put this together quite easily.

    The Salvation Army on 46th between 10th and 11th will provide similar sweaters and plaid flannels, some baggy jeans. A pair of Wallabees and you’re there!

    - JCH

  31. Anonymous

    November 27, 2006 at 7:55 pm

    Okay, I thoughtthis was a guy until I read Sart’s comments, and I STILL think she looks like a guy (I think the hair is what keeps the illusion going most).

    But hey, it’s a cool look, so kudos to her for pulling it off.

    I’m all for women dressing stylish and feminine (and sexy … like that Korean acress a few posts ago) but I don’t want anyone to have to look any particular way 24/7, so now we have a good example for female dressing down.

  32. carlene

    November 27, 2006 at 8:53 pm

    Rafe, how funny, the first thing I thought was Jenny Shimizu. She was the coolest (probably still is). That girl really knew how to rock a tank top. Betcha this one does, too.

  33. positively the same dame

    November 27, 2006 at 9:13 pm


    i KNEW she reminded me of someone…thanks! it was driving me crazy.

  34. Caroline

    November 27, 2006 at 9:36 pm

    Oh Wallabies. Down south, the style is equally popular for both sexes.

  35. Anonymous

    November 27, 2006 at 9:40 pm

    Is your title a coy joke on androgyny or the sweater’s label? Or is she outside the store on 22nd?

  36. Anonymous

    November 27, 2006 at 10:29 pm

    Her bag is Longchamp if anyone of you where interested

  37. ken

    November 28, 2006 at 12:39 am

    i can’t get over the fact that she has a longchamp tote in her hand! it jars with her ‘tude.

  38. Anonymous

    November 28, 2006 at 1:09 am

    i want her outfit too! and im a dude!

  39. Anonymous

    November 28, 2006 at 8:15 am

    do you have to be an expecially tall girl to pull this one off?

    i love it-but i can see myself (and my petite frame) getting swamped. :(

  40. Anonymous

    November 28, 2006 at 9:15 am

    as a woman i say its super cool. but would a guy check her out at a bar?!

  41. Anonymous

    November 28, 2006 at 3:13 pm

    She looks like a boy, an attractive boy though, but definitely like a boy.

  42. Anonymous

    November 29, 2006 at 12:57 am

    I think she needs to trade outfits with the “Mixed Proportions” fellow.

  43. Sara

    November 29, 2006 at 9:59 am

    Hi, I have to ask you – did you add a little flash on her? Half- or one stop brighter than the background. It looks like she is everso slighlty highlighted.

  44. The Sartorialist

    November 29, 2006 at 6:12 pm

    for Sara
    I didn’t do any flash but she was standing in the reflection of a building window (sometimes i luckout)

  45. christopher

    November 29, 2006 at 11:46 pm

    she looks fantastic. and yes, i’m totally jealous of her outfit.

  46. Geeti Das

    December 3, 2006 at 4:14 am

    In response to one of the earlier posts: what does having a guy check you out at a bar have to do with having style?

    Love the outfit, and love the blog. Thanks.

  47. Anonymous

    December 3, 2006 at 6:02 am

    Comme des Garcons! I’d possibly even go one further: Elle s’habille meilleur que les garcons! Nice one!

  48. Wolves

    December 18, 2006 at 1:24 pm

    I would DEFINATELY check her out at the bar. Reminds me of highschool in NYC circa mid 90′s. Killen ‘em…

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