Monday, June 2, 2008

On the Street…..In Black & Red, London


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  1. Anonymous

    June 2, 2008 at 10:33 am

    These black and red ensembles are hitting me on a slightly “fashion victim” level.
    Show us some rive gauche looking little hipstars, in honor of the king. we know you’ve got them.

  2. Anonymous

    June 2, 2008 at 10:40 am

    All black is too much black. They never get it quite right, do they?

  3. Iheartfashion

    June 2, 2008 at 10:50 am

    Very striking!
    I love the contrast of the red and black. It’s difficult to see the details of her outfit, but I love her hair and the great (men’s?) shoes.


    June 2, 2008 at 10:53 am

    It’s very chic, I love the shoes.

  5. Diana

    June 2, 2008 at 10:58 am

    Every lady should have a London Post-Box around when wearing black :-)?

    Anyway, I wonder, how this outfit would look like with different shoes.

  6. Anonymous

    June 2, 2008 at 11:09 am

    post box more interesting.

  7. libelulajesss

    June 2, 2008 at 11:10 am

    A very fragrant lady. The block black, literally head to toe, adds a defining sense of drama to her edgy yet charming look. Plus those shoes are well cared for & lovingly shined which I feel is extremely important to complete any outfit, anytime anywhere.

  8. underneath

    June 2, 2008 at 11:12 am

    A sad look for this time of the year – but I guess this girl is a classic all black girl.

  9. Anonymous

    June 2, 2008 at 11:14 am

    this photo is so gorgeous!

    even though the outfit doesn’t scream out to be anything special, the contrast of all black to the good ol’ English post box is incredible

  10. Anonymous

    June 2, 2008 at 11:15 am

    Those are men’s shoes aren’t they? I must say I don’t think the London quirk is executed as well in this picture as by the young lady’s below. That red post box and how it contrasts with the all-black is the best part of this picture-and that’s not a compliment to the model.


  11. STITCH

    June 2, 2008 at 11:17 am

    I love shoes like that on women. & here it really pulls the outfit together, no?

  12. Anonymous

    June 2, 2008 at 11:31 am

    All black is great: great only with details such as zippers and pulls, awesome hair, red lipstick, and men’s shoes. Good work!

  13. lfr

    June 2, 2008 at 11:37 am

    love it. love the shoes.

  14. peacovski

    June 2, 2008 at 11:40 am

    shiny shoes are happy shoes.

  15. Anonymous

    June 2, 2008 at 11:48 am

    paul smith patent brogues, last seasons womens. she has a nice look, more original than the model in the last post – seen today wearing the exact same outfit in the guardian supplement.this girl is a more natural representation.

  16. Anairam

    June 2, 2008 at 11:55 am

    Great photo. The look would have worked better with a non-black bag. Not red, that would be too obvious – am thinking of a spring-green ….

  17. Kris

    June 2, 2008 at 1:27 pm

    The skirt is too much, the multiple hoods are interesting though. Love the shoes, too!

  18. Anonymous

    June 2, 2008 at 1:36 pm

    click to enlarge the picture to see the attention to detail.

    that amazing hood!!

  19. Natalie Galitzine

    June 2, 2008 at 1:50 pm

    Great Post Box :) Looks very chic in contrast with black surroundings! Sorry… but this outfit is really anti-feminine, in my opinion :o( especially for such a lovely girl with a beautiful body :o)

  20. Anonymous

    June 2, 2008 at 1:50 pm

    great shoes, lips, hair…..what are all those great ties and collar? Wish I could see the jacket better.

  21. Rachel

    June 2, 2008 at 1:52 pm

    Her legs look startling under the coat. But amazingly she doesn’t look washed out next to these bold colors. hmmmm

  22. Anonymous

    June 2, 2008 at 1:56 pm

    I love the detail on her hooded jacket – if you look closely there are at least four hoods. Very subtle, yet perverse. I’m surprised no one else has commented on it yet. She looks like a cross between Margiela and the 1930s. Great look.

  23. extremecat

    June 2, 2008 at 2:02 pm

    London is just so gloomy, isn’t it. Big contrast to those sunny New Yorkers…

  24. carrot

    June 2, 2008 at 2:10 pm

    Love it, love it, love it! Her hair is fantastic and love those black mens shoes with the skirt. The photograph is brilliant next the that red post box thing. Brillian!!!!!

  25. Uppergeorgetowner

    June 2, 2008 at 2:13 pm

    the shoes make the outfit, she looks like 1940s.

  26. Bradlex

    June 2, 2008 at 2:57 pm

    Love the shoes and socks, it definitely evokes a wartime look, the hair too! Change the jacket and remove the make up and she could be an extra in “Atonement”.

  27. Stiven

    June 2, 2008 at 3:11 pm

    i love the shoes. but that’s pretty much it. the pairing of a hooded jacket with a skirt will always bother me. it’s just very hard to pull off. similarly, an all black palette is a set-up for failure.

  28. carrot

    June 2, 2008 at 3:58 pm

    uppergeorgetowner — she does look like 1940s!

  29. style slicker

    June 2, 2008 at 3:59 pm

    love her shoes

  30. Laurence John

    June 2, 2008 at 4:00 pm

    great shoes.
    being female gives shoes like that an edge. on a man they wouldn’t be so impressive.

  31. Anonymous

    June 2, 2008 at 4:06 pm

    I feel bad about the weather here, it is like the worse we’ve had for ages, it’s totally disgraceful. I always get the impression that your trips to London are quite underwhelming and almost disappointing, which is weird – I just don’t feel the same flair and excitement which you capture elsewhere – maybe you and London just don’t get on as well as you and New York, Paris, and Milan? It’s not like there’s an absence of style in London, blogs like Facehunter post several incredible looks each day from here..

  32. Miss Coryn

    June 2, 2008 at 4:13 pm

    i miss those mailboxes so much. when in london i would drop mail inside almost daily.

    oh yes, and i do enjoy her outfit very much. very sleek and classy.

  33. Anonymous

    June 2, 2008 at 4:18 pm – she is the designer and wearing a self made sweatshirt. She, and her clothing, are both beautiful.

  34. Persephone

    June 2, 2008 at 4:25 pm

    must agree that the shoes make this outfit. Though I love the jacket too.

  35. Anonymous

    June 2, 2008 at 4:29 pm

    She looks exactly like Laura Marling…except with black hair.

  36. Chike-Ikechi Is

    June 2, 2008 at 5:52 pm

    The fashion does not blow me. She looks well put together, nothing stellar. Rather the juxtaposition of the colors in her outfit against the mail box is interesting. Her outfit is dominated by black with her lipstick providing the only remnant of red while the mail box is largely red with a small portion of black rounding out its base!

    I dunno…a quirky observation. Not sure if that was what you hinted at in your title, but great attention to the surroundings!

  37. Gabriela

    June 2, 2008 at 5:57 pm

    Pretty girl and what a wonderful picture, dramatic in a very smooth way, very interesting and oh, that red! LONDON, LONDON, LONDON!!! I can’t wait to visit it again!!!!

  38. miss_seph

    June 2, 2008 at 6:32 pm

    I’m sorry, I just can’t get past the socks. If the mens shoes are a good look, I can’t see it for the socks. It reminds me too much of a school uniform.

  39. Anonymous

    June 2, 2008 at 7:04 pm

    So there’s as many women in black in London as New York? Or are you just feeling homesick, Sart?
    nice shoes, nicer mailbox.

    ps btw the weather here is FANTASTIC!

  40. pixie

    June 2, 2008 at 7:15 pm

    Great photo, boring fashion. Too much black, not enough creativity for my taste. Its hard to see all the details of an all black outfit, it just all blends in.

  41. Amelia

    June 2, 2008 at 7:16 pm

    I love the hair and I liked the smaller version of the picture. However, when I clicked on it and looked at the larger version, the proportions between the skirt and jacket seemed off. I think the skirt needs to be a tiny bit shorter or something.


    June 2, 2008 at 7:42 pm

    spectacular shoes!!

    (LA street style)

  43. chloe van paris

    June 2, 2008 at 7:48 pm

    I love the medium skirt it’s elegant.
    Black is always sexy on a pale skin.

  44. Dana

    June 2, 2008 at 7:56 pm

    Great shoes, great hood, great jacket. Why all the negative comments about her outfit? This girl is what I read this blog for, wearable, personal, street style, not trends and outfits worn to fashion show.

  45. momquixote

    June 2, 2008 at 8:04 pm

    I can’t decide if I love her outfit more or the mailbox…

  46. Anonymous

    June 2, 2008 at 8:14 pm

    the juxtaposition between the hard masculine elements in her outfit and the soft feminine touches like her hair and makeup is beautiful.

    does anyone know what that hoody is!?? i want one now.

  47. mic-mic

    June 2, 2008 at 8:38 pm

    You just made me relive my days in London..beautiful photograph.

  48. Fashion Jesus

    June 2, 2008 at 8:41 pm


  49. Pretty Pirate

    June 2, 2008 at 10:19 pm

    Amelie is that you? Darling, she pulls off all black in a really soft way, her hair is gorgeous.

  50. Anonymous

    June 2, 2008 at 10:52 pm

    that is the most beautiful girl on sartorialist! Ever!

  51. Wes

    June 3, 2008 at 12:03 am

    I absolutely love it. Maybe it’s because I live in the desert and 100-120 degree heat doesn’t allow for this kind of style….. :(

  52. Anonymous

    June 3, 2008 at 12:12 am

    don’t know about the outfit – particularly the cut of the skirt. But my oh my is her hair gorgeous!

  53. Anonymous

    June 3, 2008 at 12:18 am

    The hair and shoes are lovely but I am not liking the silhouette of the skirt, especially where it meets her legs. To me, it changes what could have been a unique and intriguing outfit into a blob of blackness.

  54. monique

    June 3, 2008 at 2:44 am

    Love the jacket and her pretty face, and she has found the perfect red for her lips. Not a big fan of the all black thing and no exceptions here. The shoes and sox with this outfit are unfortunate but I’d probably dig them with a pair of trousers. However, if she’s all about walking I ain’t mad at her for trying to be comfortable.

    If she wore boots it would work better with that skirt.

    All this said, I like that she’s got some kind of personal style.

  55. Steven B

    June 3, 2008 at 2:48 am

    Absolutely fabulous!

  56. VonSontag

    June 3, 2008 at 4:29 am

    I love the shoes. But I gess the red post office box is the necessary thing in this great look. How stong she must be to carry this all across London !

  57. Lipp

    June 3, 2008 at 5:53 am

    The postbox is what makes this photo fascinating…although I do like the shoes.

  58. metscan

    June 3, 2008 at 6:23 am

    IMO too dark considering it is late spring. Just wondering the choice of shoes.

  59. Tunet Jordaan

    June 3, 2008 at 6:36 am

    I dig the red lipstick with the all black ensemble. She looks like a fashion stylist on her way to some or another fashion shoot.

    I’m not sure about the shoes and skirt combo though… It looks slightly grandma ish…

  60. Anonymous

    June 3, 2008 at 7:23 am

    her soft hair is a great contrast to all the black. individual elements of this outfit are great: wearability, color (or lack thereof), shoes, hoodie, shoes and socks.

    however, i’m very picky about proportions and the length of the skirt + the socks and shoes killing me.

  61. Anonymous

    June 3, 2008 at 8:52 am

    works at paul smith’s abermarle street store, no??

  62. Anonymous

    June 3, 2008 at 1:25 pm


    What a delightful surprise on Sartorialist—to happen across one of your design colleagues wearing her own pieces!

    I believe that is actually a dress with jacket combo (i.e. the hooded top and skirt are one piece)

  63. Danny

    June 3, 2008 at 1:35 pm

    I must say sart that I think your lack of london portraits is a little disappointing – I think London has the most diverse and eclectic sense of style and I’m sad you failed to capture that. You need to come back and I’ll show you where you need to go to capture the diversity!

  64. Three Repute

    June 3, 2008 at 5:22 pm

    this is relevant to my interests.

  65. Anonymous

    June 3, 2008 at 8:52 pm

    I actually really love this. You see, I come from a chilly country and it’s been raining lately – I find myself appreciating my fitted black trench, even in summer (sadly). I just think that she’s so pretty – lovely hair, skin, red lips. Add the comfortable, cozy, constructed tops and skirt, and the shiny men’s shoes…and I think she’s utterly charming. I’ve always liked London fashion. There’s something in it that expresses what I personally enjoy about England, actually – something less relaxed and free than is the American style.

  66. Chi-Chi and the Greek Vintage

    June 3, 2008 at 9:07 pm

    absolute perfection!!! those man shoes are so very very cool!

  67. Austin.Radcliffe

    June 3, 2008 at 10:31 pm

    i love the layered look of those/that hood(S)! i agree that her feet could have done better with some more feminine flats or sneakers even.

    re: color, her waist gets lost for me. i dont know if a tan belt would fix that or maybe a shirt poking out the bottom of her jacket?
    anyway, she’s gotten very close to sensational for me

  68. Anonymous

    June 4, 2008 at 1:56 am

    Love her style. Beautiful strong face in a beautiful strong silhouette. So awesome she’s wearing such angular shapes and pure black instead of the predictably bright colors in delicate shapes of springwear.


  69. Tess

    June 4, 2008 at 3:02 am

    I like her hair. Not much happening in London?

  70. Anonymous

    June 4, 2008 at 3:59 am

    great hair, shoes, and postbox! the outfit is rather nondescript.

  71. Anonymous

    June 4, 2008 at 10:24 am

    To all the folk above saying that this is too black for spring/emo etc please bear in mind it has been raining in London almost non-stop for 10 days and has varied from 9-15 degrees celsius…even fashionistas have to dress for the weather!! and the fact that Londoners still bother to be eccentric/witty/clever when dressing- when most would stay under the duvet-shows a very english combination of madness and stoicism and an appreciation for our grey skies

  72. Chris

    June 4, 2008 at 2:22 pm

    I was on the fence about this one yesterday, so, using Photoshop, I removed the girl from this photo and put her in place of the girl in the photo two posts back.

    I have to agree with the critics who contend that it is this photo that looks good rather than the outfit.

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