Tuesday, September 25, 2007

On The Street………Composition in Red, Milano


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  1. Asian Models Blogger

    September 25, 2007 at 6:10 pm

    xOooh…I love the red she’s wearing. And the bob looks fabulous on her.

  2. Anonymous

    September 25, 2007 at 6:13 pm

    exquisite, both the shot and the subject. you are madly talented.

  3. Anonymous

    September 25, 2007 at 6:14 pm

    gorgeous! such drama, i love it. does anybody know who this woman is?

  4. Anonymous

    September 25, 2007 at 6:16 pm

    Wow. Amazing color in this photo. She even makes those big rusty bolts in the steel column seem elegant. She wears that haircut very well, too.

  5. mexicanfashionista

    September 25, 2007 at 6:28 pm

    Is it a picture or a Hopper portrait? Her sense of style and personality are amazing and timeless.

  6. Anonymous

    September 25, 2007 at 6:29 pm

    What an exquisite photogragh. The red against grey is breath taking.

    Even though I don’t know this woman, I would put this photo on my wall.

  7. jasmine

    September 25, 2007 at 6:33 pm

    what an amazing-looking woman. she looks like a gypsy from a Wes Anderson movie played by Angelica Huston.

  8. mexicanfashionista

    September 25, 2007 at 6:37 pm

    Or maybe a Tamara Lempicka’s portrait?

  9. Laguna Beach Trad

    September 25, 2007 at 6:38 pm

    Spectacular! Scott, you have really captured the colour here in this photo. Amazing. I feel that if I spent an evening alone with such a beautiful woman in red, I would end up either jailed or dead. So let me just say that I find this photo very intriguing, and leave it at that.

  10. Candid Cool

    September 25, 2007 at 7:07 pm

    This woman is magnificent, and she knows it!

  11. Butch

    September 25, 2007 at 7:37 pm

    Yes, lots of drama! She’s really pulled off a difficult look.

    Kudos particularly for the hair.

  12. DeepBlueSea

    September 25, 2007 at 7:38 pm

    Black heels, black hair.

    Coincidence? :o)

  13. Anonymous

    September 25, 2007 at 7:58 pm

    This would make a fabulous painting. The colours are rich and vibrant.

  14. citizen

    September 25, 2007 at 8:05 pm

    “Composition in Red” is right! she looks gorgeous – i love her hair. the red on gray is fantastic.

  15. Christina

    September 25, 2007 at 8:07 pm

    it totally looks like a painting…

  16. Anonymous

    September 25, 2007 at 8:07 pm

    Unblievable portrait but if this is a shot of someone you really met on the street it is one of the most amazing pictures I have ever seen–and that is before one even gets to the outfit. I am speechless about the whole thing.

  17. kookaii

    September 25, 2007 at 8:08 pm

    Scott, I like the way you composed this shot. It’s beautiful. The light reminds of Caravaggios and the color, of Manet’s The Fifer.

    And she’s stunning.

    Thank you.

  18. Jen

    September 25, 2007 at 8:39 pm

    I feel that this photo speaks more to your photography style than to the style of the subject. I get a sense of the direction of the moment. The exact presence of the subject in a particular state in a particular moment, captured ‘just so’ by a knowing eye.

    Of course she has great taste also, but in person I am not sure it would be quite as poetic.

    Simply wonderful.

  19. landis

    September 25, 2007 at 9:02 pm


    to you AND her.

  20. Blaise

    September 25, 2007 at 9:10 pm

    did she pose as such for the picture, or this is a snapshot??

  21. tanya

    September 25, 2007 at 9:15 pm

    What I love best is that she’s not too precious to sit on the base of a post and lay her handbag on the ground.

  22. Anonymous

    September 25, 2007 at 9:16 pm


  23. Holden

    September 25, 2007 at 9:37 pm

    like straight out of a Tamara DeLempicka painting. Love the colour contrast of red against grey. =)

  24. Rose Red

    September 25, 2007 at 10:00 pm

    If I could, I would wear that entire outfit, including the hairstyle, every day for the rest of my life.

    It is perfect. Thank you for sharing it.

  25. Anonymous

    September 25, 2007 at 10:45 pm

    She looks like a painting!

  26. Anonymous

    September 25, 2007 at 10:49 pm

    You are truly an artist!

  27. georgina

    September 25, 2007 at 10:59 pm

    Thank you for the moments of beauty.


  28. Anonymous

    September 25, 2007 at 11:12 pm

    I think this must be my FAVORITE shot! Absolutely perfect in every way……..

  29. f l u t t e r punch

    September 25, 2007 at 11:14 pm

    she’s got a bit of cleopatra in her eyes

  30. giuseppetimore

    September 25, 2007 at 11:29 pm

    truly, she has some old world class. and good job, sart the photo is great. what impresses me most though is how seemlessly she pulled off wearing red from head to toe if five distinct shades.
    they are all slightly different reds. on most people this would be a disater for the eye, but on her it is absolutely perfect. plus, she just looks like shes got some stories to tell, but, being a lady,they’re secret.

  31. Anonymous

    September 25, 2007 at 11:34 pm

    Shocking red -this picture,even her lipstick is the same red.Naturally her hair color is not her own.The black is ok since there is so much red.I also understand that she has so much make-up on-it is essential for the heavy coloring.But IĀ“m not particularly fond of this shot. It is too colorful,too much`madeĀ“.And I donĀ“t like her haircut.

  32. tippio

    September 26, 2007 at 12:33 am

    While I truly love the quirky character of most of your photos, this dramatic portrait is absolutely gorgeous!!! I think it’s because it is highly dramatic, but still manages to capture a somewhat mischievous look in her eye…

  33. The Sartorialist

    September 26, 2007 at 12:39 am

    this is exactly how i found her

    we didn’t speak, i just got her attention, motioned to the camera and took the photo.

    i was taken by how elegant she was and that she was just sitting (almost) on the ground. it was the lack of preciousness that got me

  34. Lucy

    September 26, 2007 at 1:32 am

    she is magnificent indeed – like a queen who’s waiting for her throne to be dusted down or something

  35. Ruminations from ABD Land

    September 26, 2007 at 1:41 am

    It’s an Italian Louise Brookes in fantabulous red!!! Like a Dutch realism portrait – PERFECTO!!!!

  36. Cut of cloth

    September 26, 2007 at 2:52 am

    Confident and Composed
    Both photo and Muse
    Another Treat Monsieur Sart

  37. positively the same dame

    September 26, 2007 at 2:59 am

    your talent is just getting out of hand. the photography here is always stellar, but honestly, something is going on with you lately that is just almost kind of thrilling to witness. this shot, the one of the beautiful red-haired model on the bike a few days ago…damn, you are really on a roll.

  38. Anonymous

    September 26, 2007 at 4:39 am

    This is like those gorgeous portraits by Whistler – he’d title it “Symphony in Scarlet and black”. She looks great and the outfit is stunning but it’s the photography that turns it into art.

  39. Anonymous

    September 26, 2007 at 4:52 am

    I would hang this photograph over my fireplace.

    – desertwind

    Her coat is perfection. But then, it all is. She is. I want to know more about her and — yet! — perhaps she isn’t real. Or she’s too real. Or something.

    Winking — what does she know?

  40. h.

    September 26, 2007 at 5:05 am

    like a painting!

  41. pleasedontsmile

    September 26, 2007 at 5:35 am

    This picture is really amazing (and I never comment anything…).

  42. Anonymous

    September 26, 2007 at 6:24 am

    such a painterly photograph. well done.

  43. AboutFace

    September 26, 2007 at 7:00 am


    ItĀ“s the first time i visit your blog! ItĀ“s great, congratulation!! iĀ“m very interested in photographs (iĀ“ve recently bought a canon reflex) and in the fashion around the world as well because we represents fashion brands here in Portugal. If youĀ“re curios visit our blog to take a look. They are becoming a success here.

    Lots of kisses, successes and great photos!

  44. Anonymous

    September 26, 2007 at 7:01 am

    Utterly breathtaking. this photo tells a thousand stories. Sartorialist, you are a genius. When is a major museum going to give you an exhibition?

  45. nolifebeforecoffee

    September 26, 2007 at 7:29 am

    drama-queen! amazing picture (and amazing motif). W.O.W!

  46. Luis Royal

    September 26, 2007 at 7:46 am

    This is much more than just style.
    Uau! That’s a Woman!
    Congratulations for sucha a shoot.

  47. Anonymous

    September 26, 2007 at 8:21 am

    Who is this being? She looks amazing, like she had just stepped out of the 1930s!
    So dramatic!

  48. r.filgueira

    September 26, 2007 at 8:41 am


  49. fashionholic

    September 26, 2007 at 8:44 am

    what a beautiful woman! LOVE Italy.. so much passion :)

  50. mem

    September 26, 2007 at 8:52 am

    You have managed to capture something so deep in this picture that it brings tears to my eyes. I find myself thinking of the portrait of Dorian Grey. I see so much beauty in this picture, noble but fragile beauty.

  51. Deja Pseu

    September 26, 2007 at 9:28 am

    This is so amazing. I can’t add much to what everyone else has said, but just wanted to add another “Bravo!!!” to the chorus. This is art.

  52. Alice Olive

    September 26, 2007 at 9:34 am

    Oh wow. How dramatic. That coat is simply divine. She is from another world. Love the bold colour and the bold styling of her bob.

  53. Anonymous

    September 26, 2007 at 9:38 am

    Simply wow

  54. Vinny

    September 26, 2007 at 9:49 am

    Congratulations Mr. Schuman, it seems you have transcended your status. This picture tells more of art than fashion.

  55. Anonymous

    September 26, 2007 at 10:04 am

    Who is she?
    Love her attitude .
    Love the way she looks.
    Love to know more about her !!

  56. Anonymous

    September 26, 2007 at 10:27 am

    are you sure that’s a photo? it looks like a painting! amazing… just amazing….

  57. sandman_gr

    September 26, 2007 at 10:37 am

    Majestic! She looks like an ancient Roman patrician!

  58. Anonymous

    September 26, 2007 at 10:45 am

    beyond words.

  59. David

    September 26, 2007 at 11:27 am

    All of your photography is digital, isn’t it? I have been meaning to ask that for months and months and now I can’t resist. Is there one camera (if it is in fact digital) or film stock that you normally shoot? And how did you learn photography?

  60. jamesy

    September 26, 2007 at 11:32 am


  61. Marchino

    September 26, 2007 at 11:40 am

    she’s great. Dunno who is she, but I know from whom she took inspiration. Valentina comics by Milan’s based artist Guido Crepax.
    She’s her!

  62. Kate

    September 26, 2007 at 11:40 am


  63. Anonymous

    September 26, 2007 at 11:54 am

    sart, i’ve seen you do some great things with a camera but this…this looks like you did it with a paintbrush. the fact that it was extemporaneous pulls it out of the realm of “arty” and way, way into just plain Art.

    You always come across as such a humanist in your shots, and even in this classic beauty you can see that. Thank you for your work, truly.

  64. Anonymous

    September 26, 2007 at 12:17 pm

    Love the red colour. I think everybody should wear more red (especially on friday, to support the monks in burma too). /Love, Anna

  65. Jane Flanagan

    September 26, 2007 at 12:20 pm

    Wow – I really love this woman, and as heart-stopping dramatic as she is, she’s not over-the-top or too “fashioney.” And this is such a great shot, the perfect complement for her look. Drama without pretension.

  66. Kari

    September 26, 2007 at 12:40 pm

    Garbo. Gorgeous.

  67. TheFeminineMyst-chic

    September 26, 2007 at 12:47 pm


    This shot is amazing.

  68. Claris

    September 26, 2007 at 12:47 pm

    You really outdid yourself on this one. So beautifully composed and captured. It’s not about the clothes, it’s about the moment.

  69. Iheartfashion

    September 26, 2007 at 2:14 pm


  70. Anonymous

    September 26, 2007 at 2:32 pm

    ON THE STREET???After an appointment , I think!

  71. keiando

    September 26, 2007 at 4:21 pm

    In the story I created in my mind for this woman, she is weeping, in red, because Valentino will retire

  72. June

    September 26, 2007 at 4:31 pm

    Could you have ever taken this anywhere but in Italy? Cultural presence remains strong. This photo has strong ties to Italian painting. (You have done the same thing with certain of your Northern European photos, which show a strong resemblance to Northern European painting). It’s not just a matter of color, but light as well, I imagine.

  73. Jack Daniel

    September 26, 2007 at 5:49 pm

    wow nice picture

  74. Anonymous

    September 26, 2007 at 7:15 pm

    this is painted! painted beautiful.

  75. Crystal

    September 26, 2007 at 9:17 pm

    I love the composition of this image. The textures remind me of a painting.

  76. AnonymousJK

    September 26, 2007 at 10:11 pm

    Simply divine!

  77. Eric

    September 27, 2007 at 3:11 am

    She looks like a fabulous supervillain spy taking her lunch break. Fantastic!

  78. Anonymous

    September 27, 2007 at 3:19 am

    John (Los Feliz) sez:

    She is mystery, and and that’s the highest compliment that one can pay a woman. Sincerely, she’s wrapped in red and has a distance to her that can only be attributed to an intimate understanding of mystery. Catherine Denuve should do so well.

    Meanwhile, you’ve photographed a pure beauty
    “of a certain age” who is ageless, to maximum effect.

    Bravo to both you and her.

  79. Anonymous

    September 27, 2007 at 5:22 am

    Bravo!! My favorite shot yet!

  80. marie

    September 27, 2007 at 10:51 am

    “The Devil Wears Prada” – after hours look, that is. ;)

  81. Anonymous

    September 27, 2007 at 5:50 pm

    You are a brilliant photographer! This picture and the rest of your work certainly attest to that.

    Such reds – the red of her lipstick, the subtle shading of her face and skin tone, the red of her dress, her coat, her shoes, her bag – it’s simply amazing what you’ve done with this photograph.

    The word painterly is so overused, and a bit annoying now, quite frankly, but forgive me for using it again. This is the most painterly current photograph I’ve ever seen. It reminds me of some of the lush paintings of the old masters. One, in particular comes to mind – a painting, a portrait of Louise-Antoinette Feuardent by the 19th century painter Jean Francois Millet.

    I think because that painting seems deceptively simple with not much colour, but seems to be a living, breathing thing.

    Your picture seems dreamlike, but is infused with reaffirming life in the woman’s very stillness.

    Thank you for taking this picture and for sharing it with the world.

    And thank you to your subject for existing.

  82. rayanne graff

    September 27, 2007 at 10:35 pm

    This is a beautiful photograph. It really is.
    I admire that your blog truly captures the style of a person in a high quality photograph. Most street fashion blogs are compiliations of lots of standard, sloppy photographs of scenesters. Your street fashion photography is more of an art form; you look for style in unexpected places. Not only in the young, beautiful, and slender, but in everyone. Kind of reminiscent of Diane Arbus.

  83. JO

    September 28, 2007 at 12:24 pm

    Stunning shot! love it!

    RED RED RED and worn so well

  84. Anonymous

    September 28, 2007 at 2:53 pm

    My god – this could be a painting!

  85. Anonymous

    September 29, 2007 at 3:22 am

    this should be a painting.

  86. Anonymous

    September 29, 2007 at 11:32 pm

    Um, is this a painting?

    Stunning photograph.

  87. Anonymous

    September 30, 2007 at 5:02 am

    i thought that was a painting for an instant….untill i enlarged it and realised she was real…

  88. Anonymous

    September 30, 2007 at 10:43 am

    This photo is so isnpiring, I too, want to look like a poiece of art!

    Love from Anna, Stockholm

  89. 'tine

    September 30, 2007 at 3:15 pm

    Yes, yes, and yes!

  90. ad

    October 1, 2007 at 7:03 am

    wow, pure theatre
    I love this ‘costume’ look, very retro yet never out of style..

  91. Anonymous

    October 2, 2007 at 11:48 am

    The BEST yet!!!!!! Bravo Bravo BRAVO, Scott!!!

  92. missdelite

    October 3, 2007 at 3:22 am

    “Lady in red…”

  93. Frederik De Wachter

    October 3, 2007 at 8:51 am

    I think she’s a journalist. She was on the first row of each show I went to in Milan.

  94. Anonymous

    October 4, 2007 at 7:08 pm

    “i’m waiting for him, you see….”
    omg fabulous

  95. Anonymous

    October 5, 2007 at 3:00 pm

    we need more sart in the world. in addition to all the below, i love that she does not look like an anorexic botox freak. thank you for elevating the jolie laide into something to aspire to.

  96. francoise ha van

    October 7, 2007 at 7:20 am

    it’s a really 80′ looking nowadays it seems old fashion , i do not like the system of wearing one color ………

  97. Odysseus the Ithacan

    October 7, 2007 at 6:39 pm

    Just … love…. it :D

  98. Lava

    October 7, 2007 at 9:09 pm

    Lovely photo.

  99. umauma

    October 10, 2007 at 5:27 pm

    I have enjoyed the Sartorialist for quite a while now. Congratulations and all success to you.

  100. Anonymous

    October 14, 2007 at 7:24 am

    this still is breathtaking. just the sight of the woman; woeven in red is adamantly feminine. purely feminine to say the least, not androgynous what so ever.

    its quite enya-ish from a certain view point

  101. Anonymous

    October 14, 2007 at 1:14 pm

    her feminimity exudes through that dress.

  102. The Scented Salamander

    October 15, 2007 at 12:12 pm

    I am in awe. Instant classic. Painterly.

  103. Anonymous

    October 15, 2007 at 12:44 pm

    Devil Wears Prada meets Cruella De Vil. Cool.

  104. Fabio

    October 17, 2007 at 2:24 pm

    Agreeing with mexicanfashionista; the first words in my mind: Tamara de Lempicka!

  105. Joelle

    August 15, 2008 at 2:58 am

    wow. this is like a painting. gorgeous.

  106. Anonymous

    September 4, 2008 at 7:58 pm

    This is like a painting!
    it has that essence!

  107. Fran Rosa

    January 6, 2009 at 9:11 am

    Great Picture!

  108. Anonymous

    March 5, 2009 at 2:46 am

    WOw.She is like a..like a woman in the painting

  109. [email protected]

    March 14, 2009 at 10:18 pm

    Had she put on red stockings, it is one helluva forceful reminder of the uniform Austrian Airlines … :-)

  110. Anonymous

    December 3, 2009 at 10:23 pm


  111. Martine

    October 8, 2011 at 5:39 pm

    I love the heel hight, and the all red outfit. The woman looks very interesting, and the photo is great.

  112. Guillermo Alvarez

    June 22, 2012 at 6:54 am

    What a great portrait!

  113. julian

    September 14, 2012 at 5:09 am

    A magnificent portrait

    Striking, grandiose and with endless points of interest, it reminds me of a painting by Jan van Eyck

  114. Tina

    November 22, 2012 at 12:50 pm

    Thank you for taking this moment of time and posting it where the rest of us can share in it!


    May 26, 2013 at 4:40 pm

    It takes courage to wear red from head to toe–She ‘s magnificent!!!

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