Monday, March 18, 2013

On the Street…..Enrica Ponzellini, Milan & Paris

Current public opinion seems to state that all fashion editors have unlimited amounts of cash and access to the closets of any designer collection in the world.


That’s simply not true.


There have always been and always will be cool young ladies making the most of the wardrobe they have earned.  Regardless of how much they spend on their clothes, it’s young ladies like Enrica Ponzellini who initially drew me to shoot at fashion week and keep me coming back every season.


This week I will introduce you to some of my favorite unsung fashion stars; young ladies that continue to inspire me and will hopefully inspire you.


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  1. Black and Olive

    March 18, 2013 at 9:22 am

    It is certainly best when they put in there own drop of style instead of running around looking for outfits from designers! Great friggin style!

  2. irene

    March 18, 2013 at 9:23 am

    all very stylish looks!

  3. sonia barned

    March 18, 2013 at 9:24 am

    would look frumpy on an older woman though…………

  4. Simbarashe

    March 18, 2013 at 9:26 am

    This is a great idea, I look forward to more. As for Enrica, I love how she reuses the same pieces for completely new looks. I actually missed the fact that it was the same coat in first and second to last photo at first glance. Being able to do this with what you have makes her the true fashion and art inspiration, like you said.

  5. Gian Luca M

    March 18, 2013 at 9:26 am

    a good story and a great example … it is right to give space to people like this

    Gian Luca M


    March 18, 2013 at 9:29 am

    I really love her style, it’s classic and beautiful!! I love the las coat

  7. Fashion Everywhere

    March 18, 2013 at 9:32 am

    Scott I think the same as you, being a stylish woman does not depends on how much you can earn, it is about making amazing look with all the pieces you already have in your closet. Sometimes fashion is not only the international runways.


    Ana López
    IV Speed Fashion 2013 РFashion Lectures: Brigitte Giraud (M̩xico) y David Gallo (Colombia):

  8. Laura

    March 18, 2013 at 9:36 am

    I really love this kind of person very stylish who are reusing some clothes, not only wearing new ones! It is so more accessible to us!


  9. RJH de la Haye On the Boulevards

    March 18, 2013 at 9:37 am

    You’ve either got style or you don’t…needless to say this lady has found her very own style!
    Compare her to Anna Wintour…both have style…but Anna’s look is so very polished…while Enrica’s style looks so comfortable and relaxed…Anna’s so very aware of her clothes…while Enrica has put it all together and then forgotten all about it!

  10. Rachelle

    March 18, 2013 at 9:41 am

    She looks so cozy, love the layers.


  11. john b pritchett

    March 18, 2013 at 9:41 am

    Such wonderful style! Thanks for the insight. Look forward to much more.

  12. Nico

    March 18, 2013 at 9:41 am

    Thanks for share, this post makes me think to try more mix with my clothes.


    March 18, 2013 at 9:47 am

    great inspirations :)

  14. carol

    March 18, 2013 at 9:49 am

  15. Juliette Laura

    March 18, 2013 at 9:52 am

    Such an inspiration. I’m putting myself through college, and so although fashion is so important to me, I do the best with what I have on my college budget. Thank you for acknowledging that style has nothing to do with a price tag!

    Juliette Laura

  16. Anouka

    March 18, 2013 at 9:53 am

    I like your point of view and the fact that you remain true to yourself. It’s great that you chose to dedicate a post to this lady!


  17. kelsey

    March 18, 2013 at 9:53 am

    love the oversized items in her closet!

  18. Lisa

    March 18, 2013 at 9:53 am

    Wonderful inspiration! I think you’re right – the greatest skill of all in fashion is to make combinations. If you are able to do that you only need a limited amount of pieces to create an endless number of different looks. That’s what’s cool about fashion and not being able to buy anything you want.

    I’m already looking forward to the next post of this section.

  19. [email protected]

    March 18, 2013 at 9:59 am

    I agree with you. I’m most interested in photographing ordinary people on the street or “unknowns” like this woman at fashion week. Of course, I have to take a small exception to the stress on “young”. We older folks can be cool and inspirational too!

    • The Sartorialist

      March 18, 2013 at 10:08 am

      “young” is a polite term not descriptive

  20. Gabrielle

    March 18, 2013 at 10:10 am

    I love her style, especially in love with her shoes and bags!

  21. kcomekarolina

    March 18, 2013 at 10:12 am

    i’m in love with the last coat!

    xoxo from rome

  22. Bleu Poplar

    March 18, 2013 at 10:17 am

    I’m definitely guilty of believing that fashion editors have their hands in all the closets!
    I guess somewhere deep inside, I just hoped that’s true since they mixed and matched with what they’ve got already so well that it looks new.
    Or… Some of them could actually have an endless closet! xP

  23. Elena

    March 18, 2013 at 10:20 am

    I’m glad you mentioned it, sometimes public opinion is truly funny and even ridiculous! She had very nice pieces!

  24. Cecilia

    March 18, 2013 at 10:26 am

    Really great (italian) style

  25. Ana

    March 18, 2013 at 10:30 am

    Always a step ahead :)

  26. Ruby

    March 18, 2013 at 10:42 am

    Thank u for this theme. It is a return to the fundamentals and is wholly refreshing.

  27. Dayna @kaleidoscopebrain

    March 18, 2013 at 10:44 am

    Totally agree, Scott. She looks awesome, and interesting, and well-edited and inventive. Thank you for the reminder that I don’t ‘NEED’ the celine bag. ;)

  28. [email protected]

    March 18, 2013 at 10:48 am

    I’m with the bloggers commenting that you don’t need lots of $$ to have great style, although it doesn’t hurt. You just need lots of creativity. It helps to be an adventurous sewer or knitter. That way you can create a fab, expensive-looking garment for a fraction of the department store price. I aim to do that in my own life. I try to wear one hand-made (sewn or knit) every day when I walk out the door daily. Even if it’s just a scarf.
    That’s my comment for today. Btw, I love the fashion editor’s tan/white shoes…very 1960s and 70s looking. My guess is this editor splurged on the shoes to get her lux look. Very smart on her part.

  29. Charlotte

    March 18, 2013 at 10:53 am

  30. Denisa

    March 18, 2013 at 10:54 am

    She looks so oringinal and I like her style.

  31. Fashion Snag

    March 18, 2013 at 11:05 am

    Love the mix of burgundy and gray in the first look!

  32. Christina

    March 18, 2013 at 11:09 am

    Hold on a second. If you did not know these women were in fashion or if the pictures were not on this site would you still think they are “stylish”? Context is 90% of the game. And I would venture to say the the vast majority of followers here are fashion enthusiasts and/or professionals.

    This in no way undermines the excellence of the photos but it certainly should shine a light on the sort of tunnel vision that some of you have acquired.

  33. Ola

    March 18, 2013 at 11:10 am

    I’m new to this blog, and I must say I find it very interesting. I love photography, and I like to see people experimenting with their style (I can only do my best with my small wardrobe!). I love the fact that not only high fashion and big money is presented, or represented, here, but the inspirational people, regardless of their age, position in the fasion world or where they live. I will definitely look forward to seeing more of the pictures as above.

  34. monkeyshine

    March 18, 2013 at 11:40 am

  35. Marie

    March 18, 2013 at 11:44 am

  36. Piia

    March 18, 2013 at 11:46 am

    Stylish. Cool. Gorgeous.

  37. John

    March 18, 2013 at 12:10 pm

    Have you stopped shooting sartorial men? I used to get such inspiration from the photos. Now the blog is 95% women…

  38. Chahrazad

    March 18, 2013 at 12:10 pm

    Love the outfits! But what I especially like, is how the photos are made.


  39. Lizz DeLera

    March 18, 2013 at 12:19 pm

    i agree with some of the other readers that her style is rather frumpy – and i don’t love it – but i love the post itself, and the reason for your post: personal style, resourcefully executed. i do love her shoes & bag, though.

    you’re right… a lot of people that read your blog and other fashion-related sites might automatically think editors have unlimited cash flow – the catch-22 of earning your living through the business of fashion…

    yet… needing to spend and re-funnel that money back into your image, precisely because of what you do.

    so it’s nice to see people re-envisioning what they already have – i think a long time ago you might have posted something along the same lines speaking to the style of Giovanna Battaglia? in that she reinvents her ‘looks’ with some of the same pieces…

  40. s

    March 18, 2013 at 12:19 pm

    She is very stylish and looks great in all the pictures. I’m looking forward to seeing more of these unsung heroes. To me head to toe top end designer as worn by many fashion editors can look too contrived – this girl looks better.

  41. r.a.j.e.

    March 18, 2013 at 12:22 pm

    What a great post. I love her style, it’s devil may care and stylish all at once. I am especially impressed by her accessories, those shoes are amazing. And thank you for showing us your unsung fashion heroes, I look forward to seeing more of them.

    R x

  42. Handbags and Purses

    March 18, 2013 at 12:22 pm

    Cool white bag. Great look.

  43. the style crusader

    March 18, 2013 at 12:23 pm

    I love the proportions in each of her outfits. It’s totally unexpected and really inspiring. xx

  44. Mike

    March 18, 2013 at 12:35 pm

    Great idea. I love her baggy stockings and haircut. Style can be uncanny but most people who have it seem to understand quality, taste, color, proportion, and history so they know what they are toying with and referencing even if the clothes aren’t plucked from a vast and expensive wardrobe. Annie Hall seems a big influence here.

  45. Iliyana

    March 18, 2013 at 12:40 pm

  46. debbie

    March 18, 2013 at 1:04 pm

    I too like the concept of this particular post. Especially vs. those w/such bottomless pockets of cash to spend on clothing they only wear once (aka conspicuous consumption). When I like an article of clothing, I like to wear it again and again in different ways. Let’s see more ordinary (but extraordinary) women both young and mature.

  47. Which Me Will I Be Today

    March 18, 2013 at 1:13 pm

    She definitely has that standout style. She puts a unique twists on some styles you may see every day.

  48. C.D.

    March 18, 2013 at 1:13 pm

    wonderful post!
    I am packing for a week in Europe today and this is inspiring…into the suitcase go the brogues!!!!!!
    and you are right…THIS is great style…seeing the same clothes restyled in different looks adds a touch of intimacy…like you know the person and what they own and love! You see their thinking…THE secret to true style…intelligence and creativity!!!!

  49. Xeana

    March 18, 2013 at 1:25 pm

    Amazing oversized coats!


  50. Claire White

    March 18, 2013 at 1:25 pm

    I have been a reader of your blog for years, Mr. Schuman. I have always admired the fact that you not only post photographs of ADR and other fashion bigwigs, but also tradesmen, and individuals who delight in dressing purely for their own enjoyment and comfort. To me, that is the enduring, inspiring message of The Sartorialist. Often, designers are inspired by something in a rough state that they have observed and then re-envisioned, such as blue jeans (originally worn by coal miners). A willingness to keep an open mind and see beauty in all situations makes life more rich. You curate a blog that is significantly more interesting than a fashion blog and I hope that you never stop documenting these sincere moments.

  51. hadhka

    March 18, 2013 at 1:26 pm

  52. Eva

    March 18, 2013 at 1:31 pm

    Ciao Sart,
    The idea of ​​being a mentor of to newpotential global fashion editor with different style($) and point of view is very tempting here is why you could change all in the fashion world ,with your incredible power… you really had a good idea this weekend!!!.
    I love the Enrica shoes on the second photo made without posing…

  53. Jennifer

    March 18, 2013 at 1:35 pm

    I dig her style!

    xo Jennifer

  54. FripperyVintage

    March 18, 2013 at 1:36 pm

    Love this, great idea. I love when they mix hi and lo.

  55. Benedicte

    March 18, 2013 at 1:57 pm

    Bravo ! I love her style.

  56. Sarees Online

    March 18, 2013 at 2:06 pm

    Cool style!!

  57. Matias

    March 18, 2013 at 2:15 pm

    Obviously she prefers to invest on few good quality pieces of clothing instead of buying tones of high street fashion. This seems to be specially inteligent for people in Europe as it is so cold.

    On the other hand, she is naturally nice girl who knows the classic color combinations and proportions that never fail. As per graphic design, her skirt in the second picture reveals exquisite taste.

    Her last shot, i.e when she “experiments with fashion” seems to me as trying too hard as people in this blog commonly say.

  58. Eva

    March 18, 2013 at 2:45 pm

    Beautiful style and great inspiration!

  59. Herrbergquist

    March 18, 2013 at 3:08 pm

    This woman certainly has good knowledge about textiles, texture and combinations. Directional!

  60. Keira

    March 18, 2013 at 3:18 pm

    Dear Sartorialist… If someone can’t even afford to buy in H&M, then he will never be a fashion icon. Sadly there’s no fashion without money, because not everything can be found in second-hands.
    In love with fashion – student from Poland.

    • JF-D

      March 19, 2013 at 10:41 am

      . . . NO . . . you are wrong . . . TRULY it is possible to have fabulous INDIVIDUAL style . . . with MUCH less money than it costs to shop in H&M . . .
      FASHION ICONISM is a bit different, and to my mind less important, but really it is possible to do it with nothing . . . fashion icons lead . . . start a revolution . . . look at fashion history . . . did the punks of the 1970′s spend lots of money . . . ??? . . . NO of course not . . . Listen to Vivienne Westwood . . . make an outfit from a table cloth . . . !

  61. Ros

    March 18, 2013 at 3:23 pm

    I just love the patent coat in the 3rd shot!

  62. reader

    March 18, 2013 at 3:47 pm

    Dear Scott, I have been reading and following your blog for years now. Sometimes I disagree, but the beauty of your photographs and what they carry is remarkable and I couldn’t help myself from stopping by.
    Money doesn’t get you style and there are many of those who tend to impress us with their outfits despite the tiny budget they are on. However, let’s not be hypocritical here: many, if not most of your posts, feature designer outfits, and designers, custom made outfits and vintage pieces that are no affordable. Many of your photographs feature before- and after-fashion shows, or the shows themselves, which again, are not affordable. Let’s not forget that it’s just easier to be fashionable if your closet (and wallet) aren’t empty.

    • K

      March 19, 2013 at 7:28 am

      I completely agree with this post. The pictures on this blog are of course beautiful and inspiring – why else would I be reading it? – but the overwhelming impression given is that being stylish = wearing designer clothes (and standing outside fashion shows). Of course fashion editors are not millionaires, but they probably are wealthier than most. A designer “investment” piece still costs hundreds of pounds, and so many people are completely unable to afford that “investment”. Just something worth bearing in mind.

      I was just reminded of the hilarious articles you sometimes get in the British dress, praising Kate Middleton as thrifty for wearing the same designer dress TWICE.

    • Matias

      March 19, 2013 at 10:13 am

      Agree A 100%

  63. Ms. Pea

    March 18, 2013 at 4:28 pm

    Why use such an archaic expression as “young lady” to describe the fashion editor of Vogue Italia? That’s what my uncles used to call my sisters and me when we were under 12. It’s a weird term to use to describe an accomplished, talented and hip fashion editor.

    The word “woman” works just fine. It’s not a dirty word. It’s not just for the elderly. Describing her as a “young woman” would have given her the respect she deserves.

  64. Anna

    March 18, 2013 at 5:03 pm

  65. Karen

    March 18, 2013 at 5:46 pm

    Thank you, thank you, thank you …. for showing pictures of someone with their own innate style and as you say, has not simply borrowed an entire look from a designer – it’s not a competition guys (ADR etc) … it’s her consistency that blows me away and how she works those Marni shoes! These pictures alone have restored my faith in what style truly is and the true meaning of street style … Note to self editors or fashion hangers on …. stop trying so hard …

  66. a reader

    March 18, 2013 at 6:31 pm

    I have to agree with Ms. Pea, above. It may not be intentional, but your use of “young lady” rubs me the wrong way Scott; it’s a bit condescending and doesn’t fit the Sartorialist’s tone. You feature powerful, fashion-forward WOMEN on your blog.

  67. Gema

    March 18, 2013 at 7:03 pm

    I love these tricolor shoes!!! So sixties!!!

  68. Sylvana

    March 18, 2013 at 7:14 pm

    The lesson for me is that fashion editors like socks that slouch up at the ankles. Seriously, though, I guess I shared the stereotype, so it’s good to have the facts. The term “young lady” on this blog is always sort of interesting to me. I guess all editors are young? I don’t know the answer here, either — maybe they are? — but most of the blog posts refer to young ladies. Are most fashionable people young? Are most of them ladies…like, people of good manners and comportment? This probably isn’t a very interesting discussion for what is in fact a very interesting fashion blog, but the pattern over time of the words is interesting to me…

  69. Dottie

    March 18, 2013 at 8:14 pm

    She’s got style & that’s what it’s all about.
    Like it a lot -

  70. Lydia

    March 18, 2013 at 9:28 pm

    But it is true that many of the fashion big-names seem like they have unlimited bank accounts (like Chiara from The Blonde Salad). Feels like it is impossible to dress as well as them simply because we do not have so much money…but I guess the most important thing is to work what you have. Having countless designer clothing doesn’t equate to style.

  71. Nanna

    March 18, 2013 at 10:36 pm

    “…to inspire…” Yes! That is what I come here for, inspiration!

  72. Inez

    March 18, 2013 at 11:01 pm

    Love the layered clothes?! Since when is anorexia fashionable. I guess in the fashion industry, always.

  73. katie

    March 19, 2013 at 5:09 am

    cannot WAIT for more unsung fashion stars!!! your perspective on this is something that has always drawn me to your blog…

  74. kathryn

    March 19, 2013 at 9:54 am


  75. fabio

    March 19, 2013 at 4:15 pm

    on the two first photos, she has a Balenciaga bag! third pic, it’s a Givenchy clutch and on the last image, her coat is from Miu Miu….I dont really understand what is this post all about???
    I think we all appreciate her looks! no need for any explanation as it’s not even true

  76. Aya

    March 20, 2013 at 3:59 am

    This post really inspired me. Yes, it’s true. totally true. You are amazing!!

  77. פנטגרם

    March 20, 2013 at 7:43 am

    all the styles are nice except the last one…its just shapeless and Not flattering

  78. TGirl

    March 21, 2013 at 3:33 pm

    I love her shoes from the 1st/2nd photo.

  79. CCCC

    March 21, 2013 at 7:06 pm

    she looks like she has her own style but she also looks like she has updated it heavily to fit with the new trends in terms of lengths/textures/silhouette etc. Like someone above said it’s much easier to have style with money. I’m lucky I live by a goodwill next to a big university, also has a well-known business school, where I am sure all the nice jackets I find for $6 stream in from.

  80. oana

    March 22, 2013 at 10:15 am

    what a look alike with Alexa Chung in my opinion of course

  81. Maybeblog

    March 22, 2013 at 4:08 pm

    Her style is great it’s confident but alternative and chic
    Normally if someone wears burgundy and tweed I would say no
    She pulls it off with effortless grace.

  82. Mairead

    March 22, 2013 at 6:23 pm

    I personally prefer the more understated style. Some of the more ‘peacocky’ looks look fake to me. You can’t imagine them dressing like that day to day but the understated looks are realistic but still have something different about them.

  83. Cee-Eh Dub

    March 25, 2013 at 6:39 pm

    I’m particularly fond of her look in the first pic. I also like that this series of pictures allowed us to see her use some of the same pieces in different outfits. Versatility has become very underrated in an industry that tends to imply that no one wears the same thing twice.

  84. Alex Baillie

    March 31, 2013 at 11:57 pm

    This is why I love The Sartorialist. Knowing how to make the most out of your wardrobe truly is a talent and why so many people love to come to your website for inspiration from around the globe!

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