Tuesday, October 28, 2008

On the Street…Fur & Sweatshirts, Moscow


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  1. Anonymous

    October 28, 2008 at 1:56 am

    This is a very interesting look. Not what I would expect from Moscow-but I like it!

  2. samuel.b.parker

    October 28, 2008 at 2:19 am

    A Moscovite and Marlboro lights…

    Good look, very trendy.

  3. Victoria

    October 28, 2008 at 2:46 am

    she doesn’t really look like a usual Moscow girl. Maybe the “new” Moscow girl!

  4. Anonymous

    October 28, 2008 at 3:10 am

    Marlboro cool in Moscow banned in New York. Who’d a thunk it?

  5. Miles davis

    October 28, 2008 at 3:11 am

    Would the Marlboros leave a stench/scent on the sweatshirts?

  6. pl kate

    October 28, 2008 at 3:52 am

    love this.

    this is one of my favorite things you have posted because it is easy, androgynous, and label isnt important. it is about shape, color, and texture.

    good job, moscow.

  7. suzanne nelson

    October 28, 2008 at 3:59 am

    Love this – the silhouette and the mix of textures and i always love black and navy together. the whole look is at once sophisticated and unplanned. Cool.

  8. fashion blah blah

    October 28, 2008 at 4:16 am

    great shot!!!

  9. Olviya

    October 28, 2008 at 4:23 am

    agree with previous post… not that look i was expecting from moscow. i thought to see more color, expression…

  10. Anonymous

    October 28, 2008 at 4:36 am

    Looks a lot like Juliette Binoche, which indeed is a compliant.

  11. Brigadeiro

    October 28, 2008 at 4:37 am

    I hope I’m not the only one, but I’m afraid I don’t like the outfit as a whole at all…*quickly hides away in a corner hoping not to have stones thrown at her*

  12. Anonymous

    October 28, 2008 at 5:01 am

    I have not been to Moscow since 2006 : it’s good to be reminded of the lovely architecture of the old center. That face… could be from a Tchekov play. Perfect skin.

  13. Yaya

    October 28, 2008 at 5:11 am

    Interesting look, grungy student with a twist. Cant say I like the sweat pants though.

  14. The Man Who Knew Too Much

    October 28, 2008 at 6:04 am

    Hmm, I see youngsters in Amsterdam also wearing the same pants. But then even more baggy on the waist and very skinny on the ankles. Must say that I like it and I will try to snap a picture of it this week.

    I love your close-up very much. Nice that you pay attention to the details so now and then!

  15. Alex

    October 28, 2008 at 6:25 am

    The pants feel unintentionally (yet very intentionally!) east bloc chic, which contrasts nicely with the Tsarist fur effect. Sart, you really did a good job picking a subject who is lovely but not obviously model-esque this time! I’m sure this will please a lot of people. The intensity of her gaze and the grip on the book in her left hand pleases me too. You’ve always been the aesthete’s choice of fashion blog, but now I think you’ve got the thinking man/woman nailed down too (not that the two are mutually exclusive, of course). Thank you for such a thoughtful shot and contribution in general!

  16. Anonymous

    October 28, 2008 at 6:40 am

    this reminds me how much I loved Moscow when I visited. brilliant look too. thanks!

  17. Rachel

    October 28, 2008 at 6:59 am

    Cigarettes, the only weak part of this ensemble.

  18. Anonymous

    October 28, 2008 at 7:11 am

    Cosmopolitan art student

  19. beths

    October 28, 2008 at 7:13 am

    While west of Moscow, we enjoy the elaborate boot trend, this young woman wears old-school white velcro on her feet. I love the gray layers with the blue and the white and the Moscow sky. And her face.

  20. Salucombo_Jr.

    October 28, 2008 at 7:18 am

    America present in Russian!

    nice view

  21. Anastasiya

    October 28, 2008 at 9:14 am

    Is it Arbat or Kamergersky lane?
    I praise you not to shoot at the Tverskaya street (in the center) all D&G there… which is bought in some marketplaces… girks there are too glamorous.
    I'm so glad you came to uor great beautiful city ^)

  22. Adriana V

    October 28, 2008 at 9:16 am

    I hate the loook au complet, but I love the texture game. It would be nice to reprise the concept and make it actually beautiful.

  23. mark lesser

    October 28, 2008 at 9:19 am

    frumpy.. marlboro nice touch…

  24. S.

    October 28, 2008 at 9:29 am

    So brilliant. I’ve never seen someone dress down fur so much. It’s so nice because when you are young it seems that you either need to wear fur to events or just wait until you have gone up in years lol

  25. Alessio from moscow

    October 28, 2008 at 9:58 am

    it’s stoleshnikov lane, good part of moscow.

  26. Anonymous

    October 28, 2008 at 10:03 am

    I don’t like it.

  27. Anonymous

    October 28, 2008 at 10:07 am

    I haven’t seen shoes like that in years!

  28. biglakestyle

    October 28, 2008 at 10:15 am

    Have said in the past that I strongly object to the pics with cigarettes. Sart, you know the whole deal with impressionable younger people, cigarettes and fashion. Please think about the impression you make; there is a reason NYC has banned cigarettes in restaurants, etc.

  29. Anonymous

    October 28, 2008 at 10:24 am

    wow! unexpected. i love the androgyny.

    please do show more of sartorial russia. i’m heading to st petersburg in january and need (very) cold weather inspiration!

  30. Dan in Richmond

    October 28, 2008 at 10:27 am

    The fur totally makes the look whether this is intended as a style statement or is simply a look born of necessity in which certain juxtapositions happen to look cool.

  31. polina

    October 28, 2008 at 10:46 am

    Well, if being honest, it’s a very unusual look for Russians. As for the first, most of the girls here wear high hills. As for the second, not too many wear fur (yet her coat looks very nice). As someone above has mentioned already, I would think she was a student from Europe. That doesn’t mean I don’t like the outfit, of course. Just, as I said, something out of the ordinary. I understand though, this blog is not about comparing and contrasting people from different countries, and just about style that is equal all over the world.

  32. Wanderlusting

    October 28, 2008 at 11:46 am

    Like what many have said – not what we (Ok, I) imagine Moscow would be like (where are the grand old dames with fur coats and mufflers?) – but interesting nonetheless.

    I don’t really like this sort of style (the shoes, the pants) but I do like the mixture of textures and I DO appreciate how warm and cozy she looks. She owns it.

    Can’t wait to see what else you have in store!

  33. Anonymous

    October 28, 2008 at 12:46 pm

    wonderful…. fur and cigerettes. Sart????????

  34. Anna

    October 28, 2008 at 1:01 pm

    I tried to like it, but honestly – I don’t! the fur is really nice but not it this combination :) The idea is not revelatory but also good!

  35. que sera, seraaaa..

    October 28, 2008 at 1:06 pm

    She’s cute, …but her shoes totally kill her outfit !

  36. Kel

    October 28, 2008 at 1:07 pm

    I wouldn’t expect Moscow to deliver this good, but voila… Brilliant easy look.

  37. Anonymous

    October 28, 2008 at 1:51 pm

    She are atypical Muscovite

  38. The Storialist

    October 28, 2008 at 2:00 pm

    Strange, strange, strange.

    I love the look of this girl (but not the clothing, perhaps). I like that she looks comfortable in her disjointed look.

  39. Lizzy Washington

    October 28, 2008 at 2:29 pm

    I am growing weary of the dropped crotch trend, and volume to this level is sort of over. i love the bl/black. that was feautred in other postings as well.

    on the issue of heels, she could really use them. with amazing stiletto booties (ysl inspired) and slim fititng skirt or pants, this would look amazing.

    now there is just some nice texture and color.

  40. MJ

    October 28, 2008 at 2:59 pm

    I love the close-up of the the knit sweater, the fur and the Marlboro Lights. Certainly fits my bill.

  41. The Socialite

    October 28, 2008 at 3:04 pm

    Pictures like these make me wish California had weather it’s more than 80 degreeeeees right now!

  42. Susan

    October 28, 2008 at 3:34 pm

    From the waist up, awesome. Comfy, yet v. stylish. The sweatpants and shoes, though, not so much–for me, they cross the line into sloppy.

  43. Ivy Lane

    October 28, 2008 at 4:18 pm

    Different, but in a cute way…she’ll stay lovely if she stops smokin’!!

  44. Carla

    October 28, 2008 at 4:21 pm

    I never thought I would see cigarettes as “cool”, “trendy” or anything other than “stench” and “cancer”. I know its very classic though. To each his own!

  45. SĂ©verine Nathaf

    October 28, 2008 at 4:27 pm

    Oh, les amĂ©ricains! How boooring! This blog isn’t about public health policy so, please, focus on the style and let us, french, russian, italian smoke our cigarretes in peace.
    You don’t see us complaining about all the fat you eat…

  46. Zoé

    October 28, 2008 at 4:30 pm


    She looks like a student. I like the style from the waist up, but the sweat pants do ruin the total look for me. And I am not into fur.

    Merci, Zoé

  47. Anonymous

    October 28, 2008 at 4:54 pm

    The Russians have style. I knew it!

  48. Hellena

    October 28, 2008 at 5:04 pm

    Really nice match of blue with black…haven’t seen this kind of shoes since the 80′s though.
    I have to agree she looks like a European student;-)

  49. Sweet Home

    October 28, 2008 at 5:14 pm

    Beautiful textures.

    I just love it.

    Nix the cigarettes.

  50. raul b

    October 28, 2008 at 7:55 pm

    cold isn’t it?..the new moscovite

  51. Anonymous

    October 28, 2008 at 8:06 pm

    I don’t like this at all.

  52. Anonymous

    October 28, 2008 at 8:10 pm

    sart, great shot. surprised and delighted yet one more time at the subtlety of your eye. i am russian living in usa but i am always stunned at the westerners’ prejudice about what should come out russia style wise. russians are very much invested into looking good and they do look good, especially in big cities. they do love to play with clothing whether it involves something expensive or grandma’s ol’ stole in this case. this is russian thinking woman chic. all mixed up in an anti-glamor concoction. i know those girls too well, bet you anything she is a literature major with highly dismissive attitude towards fashion as value system. what she wears is more of a ideological statement then styling flourish. see it as such.
    congrats, you got a strictly local phenomenon in women’s dressing.
    impressed regular.

  53. Anonymous

    October 28, 2008 at 8:30 pm

    Lovely top half and beautiful face. The shapeless trousers don’t do her any favours at all, though, nor do the shoes.

    It doesn’t have to be a compromise between style and comfort. If her trousers were slimmer fitting (I’m sure she has the figure for it) and a pair of leather boots on her feet, she would still be warm and comfortable and also look beautiful.

  54. Rabii BEN

    October 28, 2008 at 8:30 pm

    Somking kills … not very stylish as well :p

  55. Anonymous

    October 28, 2008 at 8:52 pm

    The sneakers are soooo wrong. Never, never right for a city look. (only at the gym or if you are running a marathon.) Everything is null and void because of the sneakers. However, the girl is very cute.

  56. just me

    October 28, 2008 at 9:44 pm

    In theory, this look shouldn't work but in practice, it does. I think it's the mix of textures & colours – as well as the high (fur) and low (sweat pants) that make it interesting… Never liked those hi-top velcro trainers though.

  57. Anonymous

    October 28, 2008 at 9:48 pm

    she is definitely not russian but i guess it doesn’t matter, right? ;)
    I love shoes and pants but not both of them together..
    om.. sorry I just don’t really think that I love this outfit at all. kinda homeless.. dont you think so?

  58. Emily

    October 28, 2008 at 9:52 pm

    quit smoking and then it’s chic!

  59. midwesternsartorialist

    October 28, 2008 at 9:55 pm

    Looks very Russian. Not so chic, necessarily, not to progressive. It’s more of a necessity I would think, in the cold. But still is fashionable in a sense. I like the detail on the pack of smokes, too.


  60. john benjamin pritchett

    October 28, 2008 at 9:56 pm

    Great photographs but no way on the clothing. Looks like she’s just trying to stay warm while having a smoke outside…

  61. Anonymous

    October 29, 2008 at 11:23 am

    Wait – am I missing something here? What’s cool about it? That she threw on her mink before running out to get a pack of cigs? I’m willing to bet that the girl was pulling an all-nighter studying for an exam… I do agree tho that it’s not the “usual” Moscow look that you’d expect. ~jm

  62. Ruby

    October 29, 2008 at 12:00 pm

    I personally love this. I can never wear sweats in public without feeling self conscious but she makes them look stylish! I need me a cute faux fur cape.

  63. Anonymous

    October 29, 2008 at 1:49 pm

    I adore her shoes! They look like the very old reeboks, but these are also very stylish!
    Nice picture Sart, enjoy your stay!

  64. Anonymous

    October 29, 2008 at 2:18 pm

    wooohoo…….I totally agree with Severine N, the american autopilot nix the fags comments are so tedious and predictable……I am going to say something about the shot but I just want to say that recently I was in a taxi queue at gare du nord enjoying a long-awaited cigarette when I heard a little American boy-voice, ‘cute’ commercial kind…..shouting in absolute horror “mommy! Look! She’s smoking” Mommy didn’t rebuke him for being somewhat rude, but replied soothingly “i know honey, some people do this in France……….I love the shot the mix of fur and trainers/sweats is cool and she looks way confident with her look……not at all like she popped out in whatever to pick up the cigs and got caught by Sart. Historically in Russia fur is habitual winter wear…….looks to me like its cold and bleak enough for it.

  65. Marina

    October 29, 2008 at 5:16 pm

    There are 2 types of russian girls: first is glossy, glamour and very trendy, second who said that they don't care about their style. It is not true. They just want to be like no over, unique. Frankly speaking, this is not my style, but I like that you choose this girl, because people all over the world think that we russians live between bears and ice, wearing only valenki and shapka and Dolce&Gabbana))
    We all very different and because of this I love Moscow!

  66. Hapsical London Fashion Blog

    October 29, 2008 at 7:19 pm

    It’s interesting how nobody seems to know if this is a carefully put together look or something she’s messily thrown on to go and buy cigs, and in fact I don’t think it really matters.

    You don’t have to be some sort of fashion pro to be on The Sartorialist, she must have just caught his eye and Sart’s translated it into an interesting shot, which isn’t the most exciting but it isn’t bad either.

  67. matias

    October 30, 2008 at 1:31 pm

    I Love Marlboro Light, great shot

  68. Sohiny

    November 1, 2008 at 4:01 pm

    whether moscow ,india, kabul or greenland…why ‘expect’? it is never always only about the place, but about the individual..
    harmonoius contradictions… and the pleated trousers that at first glance seem like sweatpants. love it all!
    not the shoes so much, but everything else…and the girl is such a natural.

  69. Anonymous

    November 2, 2008 at 8:37 am

    In NYC I hide behind office buildings to smoke. Never been to Moscow, but when in Paris, Marlboro lights are an accessory. Everyone knows where a Tabac is open at 11pm and even if you don’t know the language, everyone knows Marlboro Lights.

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