Tuesday, January 13, 2009

On the Street….Layered Greys, Florence

When you are doing a minimalist look don’t forget the importance of texture. Here we see one color, but 5 textures of that color – cashmere cardigan, structured base knit, heathered scarf, woven coat and silk lining. Each element complementing the others, and yet so subtle that they might individually be missed. I think the key here is that each layer is so thin that they don’t create a lot of extra bulk.

I hope the guys can also take a little inspiration from this look – I know I have.


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  1. michaeljosephowens

    January 13, 2009 at 8:40 am

    Admirable layering going on here.

  2. Anonymous

    January 13, 2009 at 8:45 am

    Love all the layers of blacks and grays. Also the Prada bag is very nice too. Love the whole look. Very chic!

  3. Isobel Saoirse Dylan

    January 13, 2009 at 8:52 am

    It gives a little extra on the arms, arms are usually a boring part on an outfit. like it!

  4. gregorytoddsmith

    January 13, 2009 at 8:56 am

    Ever so often, I find myself in a monochromatic outfit. When I do, I’m usually thankful I’m not going anywhere too public, because it never looks this good.

  5. les

    January 13, 2009 at 9:00 am


  6. Dan in Richmond

    January 13, 2009 at 9:01 am

    I think textural contrast is always a key element, and even more so in a monochromatic look and yes, it’s equally applicable to men and women. It’s nicely done here.

  7. Anonymous

    January 13, 2009 at 9:18 am

    Cashmere? Great for keeping you warm on a cold day but all of the cashmere sweaters I own tend to loose their shape/structure and grow too big with wear/wash. Poor quality, dry-clean only?

  8. Anonymous

    January 13, 2009 at 9:30 am

    YSL f/w 2007, to a tee.

  9. ricola

    January 13, 2009 at 9:34 am


  10. Anonymous

    January 13, 2009 at 9:54 am

    You wrote that you hoped “the guys can take inspiration from this look”; women can too. I think a lot of people fear that a monotone look will be thought boring, feel a need to add that “pop of color” some self-proclaimed experts deem essential. When a monotone look is put together correctly, that “pop” is not only unneeded, it’s superflous, often jarring.
    Both genders can learn from Rick Owens’ fall/winter 2008, which played beautifully with contrasting/complementary textures, all in black. For women, Nicole Miller did some really good shine/matte pieces, also in black. As someone who dresses almost exclusively in blacks in the winter, beiges in the summer, I very much appreciate when a designer I admire explores a concept I live by.
    Back on topic: The man in the photo looks absolutely wonderful, and your out-of-focus background–nicely devoid of attention-hogging color–spotlights his accomplishment.

  11. Dr. Debonaire

    January 13, 2009 at 10:08 am

    I love the subtlety of this look. I mean at first glance it looks like she’s merely dressed in all black (with that amazing Prada bag). However, when you take a closer look you realize how well thought out the whole ensemble was. I love this!

  12. Alice Olive

    January 13, 2009 at 10:16 am

    And look at her hair! I love it. Love it. It’s so well suited to the minimal style. She looks great.

  13. Jorge from W Palm Beach

    January 13, 2009 at 10:16 am

    Also remember that truly black items are hard to find. Peruse the Donna Karan collection and you will find a number of black hues, like blue, green sometimes, gray. All of these variations can also be mixed to great result. Love the picture, may have to save for the Prada briefcase. Jorge from W Palm Beach

  14. Iheartfashion

    January 13, 2009 at 10:30 am

    Great contrast of textures and layers.

  15. Anonymous

    January 13, 2009 at 10:46 am

    She will look amazing in Rad Hourani’s collection, the perfect silhouette for Rad!

  16. antonis from greece

    January 13, 2009 at 11:03 am

    Total black mixed by diferent fine texture!!!!goth and stylish………..

  17. -E

    January 13, 2009 at 11:15 am


  18. Gabriela

    January 13, 2009 at 11:20 am

    Very chic!

  19. Petulia

    January 13, 2009 at 11:34 am

    beautiful, the gray is so elegant and her hair gives her a sophisticated look. brava!

  20. Jack Daniel

    January 13, 2009 at 12:02 pm

    I have indeed!

  21. Jazzbuff630

    January 13, 2009 at 12:35 pm

    A very chic almost unisex look.
    Very sharp.

  22. Anonymous

    January 13, 2009 at 2:18 pm

    the girl in the photo is absolutely chic !
    wonderfull and unique the way to put together all.
    her hair, the posture all looks great

  23. Allen - East Hampton

    January 13, 2009 at 2:37 pm

    She looks great. …Even the Prada bag.

  24. saro

    January 13, 2009 at 3:17 pm

    Really like the blackness and stylish bit of this style!

  25. Grace

    January 13, 2009 at 3:23 pm


  26. Anonymous

    January 13, 2009 at 3:32 pm

    Very, very cool. I like this a lot and am inspired. I wish there was some way I could get a closer look at what she’s doing here.

    Thanks for posting this, Scott.


  27. Anonymous

    January 13, 2009 at 3:57 pm

    i love this look….the layering is very nice…Even as a woman i am very, very inspired!

  28. -h of candid cool

    January 13, 2009 at 4:44 pm

    Everytime you capture her she seems to carry herself with such elegance. Beautiful

  29. zoe

    January 13, 2009 at 4:51 pm

    This is perfection.

  30. (R)evolver74

    January 13, 2009 at 7:51 pm

    Love the bag!!

  31. Dan in Richmond

    January 13, 2009 at 8:00 pm

    To Anonymous 9:18 AM, re: cashmere- cashmere feels and looks (at first) fabulous, but it is not durable nor long-lived. It’s such a soft fiber that it pills and shows wear pretty quickly. Given the choice I would forego a little luxury and choose lambswool for its greater longevity. A little cashmere in a blend never seems to hurt, though- in fact, it’s very nice. In my experience pure cashmere doesn’t last.


    January 13, 2009 at 8:29 pm

    I wish I was thin enough to pull this off!

    I’d look like the Stay Puff guy dipped in charcoal!

    Cool outfit!

  33. Hilda

    January 13, 2009 at 8:52 pm

    I’ve always loved mixing different textures of the same color. The design for much of the costumes in the LOTR movie series followed this tenet too and I loved them.

  34. Chloe

    January 13, 2009 at 11:03 pm

    The different textures makes the monochromatic color scheme seem lively. This outfit is très magnifique!

  35. Cool Meister

    January 14, 2009 at 1:08 am

    I adore the androgyny of it all; the hair, the clothing, the coloring. This person is beautiful, and this picture is sublime.

    I agree with Zoe, this IS perfection.

  36. Anonymous

    January 14, 2009 at 1:51 am

    The textures and layering is fantastic, but I love the androgyny even more. She is quite handsome.

  37. Anonymous

    January 14, 2009 at 3:51 am

    you forgot to mention the wonderful 6th texture, the hair.

  38. Anonymous

    January 14, 2009 at 4:25 am

    I aspire to look this good.

  39. Cherella

    January 14, 2009 at 7:14 am

    I layer all the time so I’m loving this look!

  40. J.A.F.

    January 14, 2009 at 9:17 am

    Well thought out… the textures make a huge difference.

  41. Anonymous

    January 14, 2009 at 9:48 am

    I love his hair.

  42. Duncan

    January 14, 2009 at 10:04 am

    9:18 AM Anonymous…

    Up your gauge;

    Buy Scottish, or a carefully chosen Italian;

    Not all cashmere is equal.

  43. Anonymous

    January 14, 2009 at 12:49 pm

    I love this photo. its a wonderful take on layering.
    I think one of the reasons why texture is so important in a look like this is because it gives essential depth; the way the different textures reflect the light and work with each other makes it look as though theres several different shades of grey.

  44. Anonymous

    January 14, 2009 at 5:51 pm

    I know this lady, she is a Catalan genious of colour, shapes and texture combinations…Her compositions communicate emotions.
    Awesome outfit and attitude, Thank You!!

  45. Rain

    January 14, 2009 at 9:03 pm

    I am so taken by this photo…i’m speachless!

    question, is she the same lady as this?



    Her style puts me in awe everytime i see it…im obsessed!!

  46. Sterling-haired Lady

    January 17, 2009 at 9:50 am

    As someone whose closet is 90% black clothing, I was immediately drawn to this photo. What I find is that a monochronistic wardrobe is incredibly freeing—you can create layers and combinations such as those in this photo and be amazingly creative with what you own. The restriction in color allows you to show much more of your personality in the way that you put it together. I also find that you end up wearing the clothes—rather than the clothes wearing you.

  47. elberry

    January 17, 2009 at 6:13 pm


  48. PourHommemode

    January 18, 2009 at 11:24 am


  49. Anonymous

    January 19, 2009 at 9:04 pm

    O estilo é simplesmente super. Elegante, fino, discreto e tudo isso chama a atenção. Desperta admiração. Valeu!!

  50. Sue

    January 21, 2009 at 12:41 pm

    I’m always inspired everytime i’m here. Thank you for the wonderful pictures.

  51. Anonymous

    January 21, 2009 at 5:00 pm

    Such an inspired outfit… plus attitude… can you ask for more?! :)

  52. Jason

    January 21, 2009 at 5:18 pm

    Monochromatic at it’s best! It is so true about the importance of texture and different fabric “weights”, when attempting this look. It should always seem as effortless as this does.

  53. Room4777

    January 22, 2009 at 6:27 am

    I’ve looked at this image repeatedly so as to capture every single pixel of it’s genius and beauty.

  54. Anonymous

    January 22, 2009 at 10:28 am

    The bag is great!
    What is it from? Does anyone know?
    I was looking for ages to find such a bag!

  55. Jade

    January 22, 2009 at 3:29 pm

    Oooh, that cashmere peeping out looks so good! This is a look I’m going to try, and I’m a woman.

  56. canvas prints

    January 25, 2009 at 12:14 pm

    Loving this look, looks brilliant with all the layers

  57. Anonymous

    February 27, 2009 at 10:34 am

    well, his hair is gorgeous

    and the rest of all,

    not bad

  58. msly

    July 15, 2009 at 7:55 pm

    I really like your observation on this. It's such an education.

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