Tuesday, January 27, 2009

On the Street….Le Marais, Paris


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  1. Héloïse

    January 27, 2009 at 9:06 am

    Gorgeous picture! Very Paris.

  2. Lainey Seyler

    January 27, 2009 at 9:10 am

    i love how europeans can’t be bothered to flink the ask off their cigarettes. i think it says a lot about the difference americans and the french (or spanish, italian, etc.)

  3. stacy

    January 27, 2009 at 9:13 am


    what a stunning shot.

    well done.

  4. SarahIsabella

    January 27, 2009 at 9:13 am

    I rarely actually think smoking is sexy…. but in Paris, it is.

  5. Anonymous

    January 27, 2009 at 9:23 am

    How do you keep getting such amazing photos?!

  6. Hadley Gets Crafty

    January 27, 2009 at 9:25 am

    Oh, I often still wish I were a smoker! Funny how your body misses things so profoundly even when your brain says “done”.

    At any rate, I like this woman’s purposeful stride.

  7. s

    January 27, 2009 at 9:25 am

    A cinema moment…inspirational

  8. duncan

    January 27, 2009 at 9:28 am

    Were you on a motorbike? Beautiful rich tones in this picture! Nice one!

  9. Edmund

    January 27, 2009 at 9:30 am

    Magnificent. I agree, this is incredibly Paris.

  10. Anonymous

    January 27, 2009 at 9:35 am

    very walk of shame…

  11. Laura

    January 27, 2009 at 9:35 am

    I love this in black and white! It’s very 60s European glam…

  12. Catherine like Deneuve

    January 27, 2009 at 9:38 am

    What a shot! The rearview mirror on the bike (or is it a moto?), the crystal-clear focus on the girl, wow.
    Totally timeless and classic–coat, bag, hair, makeup (or lack thereof, but she’s so lovely she doesn’t need it). She will only regret the cigarette later.
    I would love to put my hair up like that, but if I walk quickly it falls down. What is the trick?

  13. Cloe

    January 27, 2009 at 9:42 am

    Great pic!

  14. indie

    January 27, 2009 at 9:45 am

    Love it! The jacket and the bag are great choices.

  15. Anonymous

    January 27, 2009 at 9:48 am

    Love her Dior…

  16. coco

    January 27, 2009 at 9:48 am

    this picture is absolutely perfect!

  17. Edamaepyjamas

    January 27, 2009 at 9:52 am

    This picture is timeless, and gorgeous. The benz in the background is the only thing in the photo that gives it away as contemporary. Just lovely!

  18. Jeannie

    January 27, 2009 at 9:59 am

    looks like a movie still from godard.

  19. ash.N.fuz

    January 27, 2009 at 10:00 am

    she is hot!!wearing amazing bag and jacket..waa lah

  20. jessica

    January 27, 2009 at 10:01 am

    are they filming a new version of “the hills” in paris? ;)

  21. Iheartfashion

    January 27, 2009 at 10:04 am

    Love the belted coat!
    And, yes, this photo just screams Paris, no caption necessary.

  22. Victoria

    January 27, 2009 at 10:15 am

    i love this picture most of all

  23. Piztachio

    January 27, 2009 at 10:18 am

    WOW! AMAZING shot!

  24. Anonymous

    January 27, 2009 at 10:19 am

    I wish she didn’t make smoking look so cool.

  25. ricola

    January 27, 2009 at 10:20 am

    reminds me of the new wave. a bout de souffle. a new Jane Seberg.

  26. NVA

    January 27, 2009 at 10:22 am

    ohh…this is your first black/white image that i see
    in some moment is b/w the best
    i like it…


    January 27, 2009 at 10:22 am

    tellement Paris, french woman just know how to play it
    oh so well


  28. Anonymous

    January 27, 2009 at 10:22 am

    I love the picture and what she is wearing. It’s a shame she is smoking though as I really don’t think it suits her. If you imagine the picture without the cigarette you’d think here is a stunning looking girl that probably smells of Chanel perfume. Instead you’d think here is a stunning looking girl that probably smells of Marlborough lights.

  29. mensfreestyle

    January 27, 2009 at 10:25 am

    How I miss living in Paris… Picture is beautifully shot too, adds style to an already stylish outfit.

  30. Anonymous

    January 27, 2009 at 10:26 am


  31. Anonymous

    January 27, 2009 at 10:28 am

    She smokes! Why do some still believe that a cigarette is an accessory?


  32. Anonymous

    January 27, 2009 at 10:33 am

    Une vraie parisienne

  33. Javier

    January 27, 2009 at 10:33 am

    This look like an old picture, is really great.

  34. Anonymous

    January 27, 2009 at 10:35 am

    She’s lovely, but looks like she’s coughing.

  35. Jorge from W Palm Beach

    January 27, 2009 at 10:35 am

    Now thats my kind of girl: one killer accessory (handbag) and the rest, keep it very classic and very simple. Agree with Heloise, great light and picture!

  36. Anonymous

    January 27, 2009 at 10:36 am

    The black & white just captures her.

  37. Kajsa

    January 27, 2009 at 10:38 am

    Gorgeous girl, and I love love love the belted coat!

  38. Anonymous

    January 27, 2009 at 10:40 am

    pretty girl!

  39. hannah

    January 27, 2009 at 10:43 am

    this picture tells such a great story.

  40. Anonymous

    January 27, 2009 at 10:45 am

    beautiful, all but the cigarette!

  41. The Man Who Knew Too Much

    January 27, 2009 at 10:46 am

    WOW WOW WOW!!!
    Great picture. the black and white, the motion, the perspective. Cinema still?

    Nice one

  42. Priscilla Brossi Gutierre

    January 27, 2009 at 10:51 am


  43. Florian

    January 27, 2009 at 10:53 am

    Great, great picture!

  44. intresseklubben

    January 27, 2009 at 10:55 am

    thats so so pretty! shes gorgeous!! tres chic!

  45. Anonymous

    January 27, 2009 at 10:56 am

    Good cigarette, nice attitude!!

  46. Chlo

    January 27, 2009 at 10:58 am

    Wonderful… if it weren’t for the cars in the background (and perhaps those lapels), this could have been taken in the 60s or 70s.

  47. mi moleskine y yo

    January 27, 2009 at 11:02 am

    She looks cool, I would like to see her dress. It’d be beautiful, like the other clothes

  48. Anonymous

    January 27, 2009 at 11:04 am

    This has got to be one of your first black and white pictures. Amazing. Straight out of a French film noir.

  49. Jay_

    January 27, 2009 at 11:10 am

    Very nice picture. Has a “soft” touch to it.

  50. octavio cayeta

    January 27, 2009 at 11:11 am

    Love her lady Dior¡¡ and her hair is perfect¡

  51. Alyssa

    January 27, 2009 at 11:11 am

    Ahh! B&W, how beautifully perfect…

  52. Evelyn

    January 27, 2009 at 11:12 am

    Wonderful B/W photo.
    I bet this lady only use half an hour to tidy up herself, but it’s just great!! little mess hair, but i like it!

  53. enricro

    January 27, 2009 at 11:12 am

    Fantastic shot!

    Her face reflectin Paris in this days.

    Enric, from Barcelona.

  54. Natalie

    January 27, 2009 at 11:14 am

    is that Doutzen?

  55. enricro

    January 27, 2009 at 11:15 am

    Fantastic shot!

    Her faces reflecting Paris in this days.

    Enric, fron Barcelona.

  56. Laryssa

    January 27, 2009 at 11:17 am

    This is amazing… This is art. I want to hang this pic at my wall… So much expression about it. What she’s thinking, where she’s about to go? Love the laid back hair… a perfect shot, really!

  57. Anonymous

    January 27, 2009 at 11:19 am

    i love the black and white. that never happens here!

  58. bug pin

    January 27, 2009 at 11:20 am

    Love how you introduced the side mirror/image! Don’t love the ciggy–she could be walking around the states looking like that. Actually looks like someone that just woke up at her boyfriends and is making her way home.

  59. lydia

    January 27, 2009 at 11:21 am

    she’s so beautiful!

  60. Magnolia Blossoms

    January 27, 2009 at 11:22 am

    love this. wish I was classy enough to pull off that messy hair style. Love the composition, and the reflection in the mirror.

  61. Laura

    January 27, 2009 at 11:23 am

    I love her coat, just shrugged on unassumingly. She looks fabulous even though she seems cold and tired. Great shot!

  62. Anonymous

    January 27, 2009 at 11:25 am

    So parisienne… Love it !

  63. Anonymous

    January 27, 2009 at 11:26 am

    Oh Sart… your editor will have a really hard time editing your book. There are soooo many good pictures to chose from…

  64. Anonymous

    January 27, 2009 at 11:28 am


  65. bradw-91

    January 27, 2009 at 11:31 am

    agreed and i love how it looks somewhat voyeuristic. did you set up the shot like that or was it candid?

  66. Anonymous

    January 27, 2009 at 11:38 am

    true…i was just about to say: “very parisienne very”….i would have known it wa sparis immediately!

  67. stephanie-sarah

    January 27, 2009 at 11:43 am

    i wish it was winter in australia…

  68. libelulajesss

    January 27, 2009 at 11:44 am

    I love the way her hair and coat have been tied in a hurry as she was dashing out of the house, yet she still looks so chic.
    I also like the way the mirror is hinting at her surroundings.

  69. mimi(cigalechanta)

    January 27, 2009 at 11:47 am

    I stayed two weeks+ in the Marais and she reminds me of many of the women That I saw, that tousled, yet chic look.

  70. MarieMartine

    January 27, 2009 at 11:52 am

    Tellement parisienne! Thank you for all your pictures! they are an endless source of inspiration!

  71. Miss California

    January 27, 2009 at 11:54 am

    amazin pic!
    love the B&W… and the Dior bag of course…

  72. vila

    January 27, 2009 at 11:54 am


  73. Seung

    January 27, 2009 at 11:56 am

    love this picture…

  74. Anonymous

    January 27, 2009 at 12:01 pm

    Stunning picture.. Herb eat your heart out!

  75. Anonymous

    January 27, 2009 at 12:02 pm

    I just love that this picture is black and white

  76. Anonymous

    January 27, 2009 at 12:04 pm

    Reminds me of Charlotte Casiraghi. Very chic!

  77. Maggie

    January 27, 2009 at 12:04 pm

    i was in paris for the first time (!) last week and found myself walking behind two women with very similar, messy, high chignons.

    in true sartorialist-reader fashion, i found myself meditating on it for a large part of the morning. in america, this style would be considered sloppy (and really only fit for a walk of shame back to your dorm room), but it seems to fit in perfectly with parisian style. any thoughts as to why it works so well?

  78. Sonia.

    January 27, 2009 at 12:06 pm

    I like the bag, tres chic.

  79. The Storialist

    January 27, 2009 at 12:08 pm

    I love the combination of fierceness and vulnerability.

  80. fashioncrashers

    January 27, 2009 at 12:10 pm

    Lady Dior bag looks great on the girl.

  81. cami falcão

    January 27, 2009 at 12:11 pm

    this is definitely one of your best pictures.
    well done Sr.

  82. Tereza Å .

    January 27, 2009 at 12:15 pm

    wow that looks like right from some magazine….fantastic

  83. Anonymous

    January 27, 2009 at 12:20 pm

    Is it the cigarette that makes this photo? If so, it’s sad as we all know it’s an unhealthy habit. The only thing I like is her hair.

  84. -anna-

    January 27, 2009 at 12:20 pm

    i love it! black and white is my fav. format for pics…but i which i could get a close up of that charm on the bag…looks so cute!

  85. Wanderlusting

    January 27, 2009 at 12:23 pm

    Love it. Great shadows, great mood.

    Yah people will bitch about romanticising the cigarette and smoking, blah blah blah but take it from someone who has NEVER smoked a day in her life (cigarettes, that is), I still find shots of people smoking to be glamorous. I can’t help it. Though it’s very bad, it looks very good :)

    Besides, that’s what people do in Europe and you’ve captured it well.

  86. CRF

    January 27, 2009 at 12:23 pm

    There is always something sexy about haplessly pulled up hair and a cigarette! It seems that she just woke up and “walla” a chic city photo moment…

  87. Anonymous

    January 27, 2009 at 12:23 pm

    is that you in the vespa’s side mirror?? love the shot

  88. chic parisienne!

  89. green lantern

    January 27, 2009 at 12:30 pm

    Sart!! On Point! She is well dressed with her short coat and stockings and purse and cigarette and perfect eyebrows and hair. And you captured it oh so well with the black and white photo! So, So, French…You rock!

  90. dontbedesperate

    January 27, 2009 at 12:32 pm

    very chic. however, when will people, europeans included, realize that smoking is passé?

  91. parisgirl

    January 27, 2009 at 12:32 pm

    fantastic photo! i love the reflection in the scooter mirror. paris (et cette jeune fille) often lends itself beautifully to black and white shots!

  92. Anonymous

    January 27, 2009 at 12:36 pm

    smoking a cig has never been more sexy

  93. Brian

    January 27, 2009 at 12:39 pm

    Hair in a rubber band, no makeup, looks like someone is making the “walk of shame”. If you could look in her purse, you’d find her panties and a phone number scrawled drunkenly on a cocktail napkin.

  94. green lantern

    January 27, 2009 at 12:42 pm

    One last word…whether the reflection in the motorcycle mirror was intentional or not, it really works for me. You have a Noir photograph with a little Alfred Hitchcock effect thrown on as the icing. Great!

  95. Anonymous

    January 27, 2009 at 12:46 pm

    Dopeness!!!!!!!!..look at those Ray Bans with the salt and pepper grey

  96. michaeljosephowens

    January 27, 2009 at 12:52 pm

    Looks like a latter-day Audrey Hepburn/Breakfast at Tiffany’s moment. Very stylish on her walk of shame.

  97. Anonymous

    January 27, 2009 at 12:53 pm

    im quite dying to know whats on her feet

  98. Anonymous

    January 27, 2009 at 12:56 pm

    Great shot – beautiful girl … but she looks like she is coughing; that takes a bit of the romance away.

  99. Emma B.

    January 27, 2009 at 12:58 pm

    That is probably one of the most gorgeous pictures I’ve ever seen.

  100. Anonymous

    January 27, 2009 at 1:03 pm

    the girl resembles Doutzen Kroes!

  101. Moi

    January 27, 2009 at 1:05 pm

    Love this photo. It’s SO French!

  102. Heather

    January 27, 2009 at 1:10 pm


  103. Birdy

    January 27, 2009 at 1:14 pm

    love the black and white color, so chic..

  104. Jessie77

    January 27, 2009 at 1:16 pm

    lovely photo, love the trench

  105. Anonymous

    January 27, 2009 at 1:16 pm

    Haunting. Existential. Provocative. Someday, someone will write an entire novel about this girl, this photograph.

  106. JO

    January 27, 2009 at 1:30 pm

    I love this B&W shot! It is gorgeous!

  107. Danieliam

    January 27, 2009 at 1:31 pm

    Gorgeous girl too!
    Love the style..


    January 27, 2009 at 1:35 pm

    I am not crazy about the girl, I must say. However, what a beautifully-framed shot! I love the blurry gate obfuscating the view of a Parisian subject in motion. Fantastic!

  109. Paul

    January 27, 2009 at 1:36 pm

    This looks to be a perfect example of why I quit smoking: I love my clothes too much. Are those not burnholes near the hem of her coat in front?
    Lovely girl, though, and a beautiful photograph.

  110. Hell Yup!

    January 27, 2009 at 1:44 pm


    - she looks like she just rolled out of bed and was just as beautiful w sleep in her eye as with the leggings and awesome coat!

    I miss France…

  111. Anonymous

    January 27, 2009 at 1:46 pm

    Beautiful picture.

  112. Cherie L.

    January 27, 2009 at 1:49 pm

    i wish she weren’t hunching or smoking but i like the messy hair, the coat, the stockings, the stride. wish you caught her shoes.

  113. The Khaki Crusader

    January 27, 2009 at 1:52 pm

    great action. great feeling. great choice of black and white.

  114. DP

    January 27, 2009 at 1:53 pm

    what a rad photo – besides the delicate beauty trying to stay warm we are given a fantastic self portrait. very clever

  115. Abby

    January 27, 2009 at 1:59 pm

    the picture is wonderful (as always) but i’m not impressed by her clothing at all. She looks like every other 20-something girl.

  116. Andrew

    January 27, 2009 at 2:02 pm

    I sort of find this photo sad. A beautiful young woman, puffing away. Self-destructive.

  117. Johanne

    January 27, 2009 at 2:03 pm

    Insanely beautiful.I like her laidback bun;D


    January 27, 2009 at 2:04 pm

    Preciosa fotografía!

  119. Min

    January 27, 2009 at 2:07 pm

    AMAZING shot!!!

  120. Anonymous

    January 27, 2009 at 2:12 pm

    héloïse said what i came here to say. i love the picture!

  121. Noah, Post-Diluvian

    January 27, 2009 at 2:12 pm

    Something about the complete candor of this shot gives her whole appearance just that much more of a sense of completion.

    The bag with the coat looks fantastic, especially with the minor amount of adornments.

  122. Anonymous

    January 27, 2009 at 2:13 pm

    This girl should date me. –James.

  123. SDG

    January 27, 2009 at 2:14 pm

    She looks as if she’s had a long night. Maybe good or not so good, but she’s still stylish. lol

  124. anonwomen

    January 27, 2009 at 2:18 pm

    stunning – is this the first b&w i have seen on the blog… I am trying to remember. Its beautiful. I love the coat, the way her legs look like a brush stroke in the black tights. I love the clean face and the loose up do tres chic.

  125. Anonymous

    January 27, 2009 at 2:21 pm

    Paris je t’ aime

  126. Anonymous

    January 27, 2009 at 2:24 pm

    smoke is not good…

    Love frey black and white pictures, they are so artistic

  127. Jen

    January 27, 2009 at 2:26 pm

    Trés chic! This is why books like “All You Need to Be Impossibly French…” exist!

  128. RedPoppy

    January 27, 2009 at 2:28 pm

    This is quintessentially Parisian chic, no Westerner can pull off casual like this….

  129. Anonymous

    January 27, 2009 at 2:32 pm

    Exquisite picture, Sart! She looks like a very young Jeanne Moreau.

  130. Gabriela

    January 27, 2009 at 2:34 pm

    Wonderful picture! It has the mood of when fashion gets mixed with the real tough quick everyday life. I love it!

  131. Anonymous

    January 27, 2009 at 2:37 pm

    this makes me miss Paris… :(

  132. Kathi

    January 27, 2009 at 2:39 pm

    oh this is simply gorgeous! very old worldly.

  133. Anonymous

    January 27, 2009 at 2:41 pm

    if only we could all appear so glamourous on our early morning walk of shame.

  134. Dominica

    January 27, 2009 at 2:42 pm

    Black and white always gives this extra edge to a picture…it just looks like a movie still….
    Wonderfull !


    January 27, 2009 at 2:44 pm

    i love the picture! what camera have you used?

  136. Anonymous

    January 27, 2009 at 2:44 pm

    Beautiful Photography! i want to frame it!

  137. Anonymous

    January 27, 2009 at 2:53 pm

    absolutely stunning.

  138. Anonymous

    January 27, 2009 at 2:56 pm

    Beautiful in b/w but, what are the colors of her ensemble?

  139. joyandjanet

    January 27, 2009 at 2:57 pm

    Ahhhh, to look so chic without a lot of work. The young have it…

  140. Mary

    January 27, 2009 at 2:59 pm

    O! So Paris! Fantastic moment!

  141. LM

    January 27, 2009 at 3:05 pm

    Lovely shot. I’m not sure if this resembles the “walk of shame” or a sad girl after a bad breakup. In any case, I love everything but the cancer stick. She’d look much more cosmopolitan with an ipod or something in her hand, in place of the cigarette.

  142. Mr. Rover

    January 27, 2009 at 3:18 pm

    Beautiful picture- it looks almost voyeuristic

  143. newyorkecherie

    January 27, 2009 at 3:28 pm

    i love this picture so so much

  144. Jack Daniel

    January 27, 2009 at 3:49 pm

    I’d say too bad the mirror of the scooter didn’t made the picture imperfect.
    BUT….then I see a reflection of Mr Sartorialist himself, and now it IS a perfect picture.

    The only reason why this picture is not 100% perfection is the cigarette. But that’s just my personal opinion.

    Awsome shot.

  145. Leoona

    January 27, 2009 at 3:59 pm

    I adore this photo! She is very sexy.

  146. Brigadeiro

    January 27, 2009 at 4:00 pm

    Beautiful beautiful shot!

  147. Anonymous

    January 27, 2009 at 4:03 pm

    over the years, with the birth of digital and the death of film, it’s amazing to see how people respond so much to monochrome – both in a visceral, and yet, undiscerning way.

  148. Sbrilli

    January 27, 2009 at 4:10 pm

    what a capture!

  149. sixfive

    January 27, 2009 at 4:15 pm

    Wow, this is a favorite shot for sure. Verry nice.

  150. diane

    January 27, 2009 at 4:21 pm

    I have a coat very similar; I love the way it feels like a “lined bathrobe”, but looks very classic.
    I agree with the multitude of comments on your wonderful picture taking capabilities, maestro. xo

  151. Petulia

    January 27, 2009 at 4:23 pm

    great shot. definitely a marais girl!

  152. sara

    January 27, 2009 at 4:30 pm

    I also would like to know how to make my hair look like that.

    and I wish we could see her shoes…!

  153. luisgracaphotoblog

    January 27, 2009 at 4:44 pm

    beautiful girl, beautiful picture. it reminds the best photos from peter lindbergh. nice work sart!

  154. thwany

    January 27, 2009 at 4:53 pm

    She looks cold.

  155. crowsfeet

    January 27, 2009 at 5:23 pm

    If I could take out the cigarette and add some lovely leather gloves… for her sake and that of the otherwise magical image.

  156. Blicious

    January 27, 2009 at 5:23 pm

    such a great shot!!

  157. glamour

    January 27, 2009 at 5:43 pm

    this is art!

  158. Anonymous

    January 27, 2009 at 5:55 pm

    The shoulder on her coat is fantastic; a great, simple ensemble.
    This thread has also reminded me that the only thing more irritating than smoking is uppity self-righteous non-smokers.

  159. JUSTJR

    January 27, 2009 at 6:10 pm

    Great Image!

  160. Room4777

    January 27, 2009 at 6:11 pm

    In this single frame, you’ve captured the fleeting creature in it’s most natural, translucent state. What a high that must have been.

  161. Bea

    January 27, 2009 at 6:12 pm

    Her hair and attitude are sooooo Parisian!

  162. Rael

    January 27, 2009 at 6:26 pm

    great action shoot.
    it makes me miss le marais, there is smoething about this that makes me think of jules et jim. it might be the monochrome or something about the inadvertent erotic nature of this girl. seductive but not slutty. haahaha

  163. Amber

    January 27, 2009 at 6:33 pm

    love the hair and lady dior bag. butt the ciggy looks painful!

  164. Anonymous

    January 27, 2009 at 6:35 pm

    If she was holding an ipod or cell phone instead of a cigarette, would we be as compelled to give her a story?

  165. Jasmine

    January 27, 2009 at 7:00 pm

    Amazing picture…love all the greys and blacks. This picture is definitely very…Paris!

  166. kagitsune

    January 27, 2009 at 7:08 pm

    I could stare at this picture for an hour, just reading everything about this image… I’d say “you should start selling artist’s prints”, but the book’s coming out eventually, so I guess we’ll have to wait for that first!

  167. Anonymous

    January 27, 2009 at 7:09 pm

    What an incredible photo! The mood is so evocative of European angst in black and white, I’m weak in the knees. And the blurry bike with her in focus – you had to catch this in a hurry. Ya done good!
    Forget fashion this is timeless style.

  168. Duchesse

    January 27, 2009 at 7:09 pm

    Art! If it were not for your copyright, which I shall respect, I’d like to live with this image. Thanks for showing some of your work in b/w.

  169. Anonymous

    January 27, 2009 at 7:10 pm

    Louise you’re beautiful comme toujours

  170. L'auteur

    January 27, 2009 at 7:12 pm

    Shes beautiful. And with that coat, she looks like she just got out of bed to meet someone, careless because she knows her beauty

  171. Sofia

    January 27, 2009 at 7:29 pm

    Tres Chic , looks like Charlotte of Monaco !

  172. Anonymous

    January 27, 2009 at 7:31 pm

    beautiful shot!
    love the rear view mirror placement in the picture

  173. Anonymous

    January 27, 2009 at 7:50 pm

    This is just a beautiful shot. All the greys, and blacks. She looks wonderful and as though she has a story to tell.

  174. One Man's Style

    January 27, 2009 at 7:57 pm

    beautiful. holding the cig makes it so cool too. why i dont know, it shouldnt, but it just does. also in B and w, just wow. i know i am not saying much different than everyone else but its pics like this that put you over the top sart!!!

  175. Justina

    January 27, 2009 at 8:14 pm

    Nope, in my opinion, the cigarette lends an air of old-world romance and perfectly matches the b&w tone of the picture (an iPod or phone would seem incongruous and destroy the glamor of the shot, I think).

    But I am really writing because of the hair: I'm a fan of the messy bun look, but this seems to be a kind of double bun with a soft part on the right and one casually overlooked strand. What is going on here and do you think it would it be possible to imitate, if not recreate? I'd love to hear thoughts or suggestions, seeing as you're clearly a fashionable bunch. :-) Thanks!

  176. Ana

    January 27, 2009 at 8:51 pm

    Great shot, great eye, great sense of composition…That’s why I’m completely adicted to this blog!!!!

    I love youuuuuuuuuu, the Sartorialist!!!!! Tks for all those stunning shots of yours!

    Free hugs,


  177. thomas

    January 27, 2009 at 9:08 pm

    she makes smoking look cool

  178. Ame in DC

    January 27, 2009 at 9:19 pm

    Absolutely wonderful.

  179. le rakun

    January 27, 2009 at 10:04 pm

    he, b+w! nice one.

  180. Zenas313

    January 27, 2009 at 10:16 pm

    My guess is this photo would be so-so were it in color. In black and white, however, it has to be my favorite of anything I have seen you do. If they were creating a pictorial dictionary for French phrases, she would be the entry for je ne sais quoi. The hair, the lips, the legs, the bag; no jewelry (visible), not even simple earrings, and short nails with no polish; wearing a coat that, perhaps, was not the one she wore to wherever it is she is now rushing from. First cigarette for the day, for a nicotine kick until she gets to the first cafe au lait of the day. Utterly inspiring – you’ve caught a muse on film!

  181. Anonymous

    January 27, 2009 at 10:18 pm

    It’s a beautiful shot. You certainly got it, congratulations!!!

    but, I don’t think it captures any particular beauty on the part of the subject. I agree that her look, face, and clothes are a little mundane. But is that the point? Are you trying to show us ordinary, plain people elevated to the sublime?

  182. J.

    January 27, 2009 at 10:32 pm

    This is beautiful. I love her, shes so cute. I also love tobacco chic, I dont smoke myself but just love it in photos…can’t really explain it

  183. Anonymous

    January 27, 2009 at 10:40 pm

    she looks like doutzen, what is she covering up?

  184. Frenchy Bastarrd

    January 27, 2009 at 11:05 pm

    I’m in love.

    And yes, she makes smoking look irresistible.

  185. vanessaj

    January 27, 2009 at 11:40 pm

    tres chic!

  186. zuccotto

    January 27, 2009 at 11:47 pm

    Motion in motion!

    Glad to see this in your photography.

  187. zuccotto

    January 27, 2009 at 11:56 pm

    This reminds me of a famous italian photo.

    I think my last post didn’t go through, so I’ll add again,
    motion in motion. Glad to see you bring motion into your work – and, yes, I know, this isn’t the first time.

  188. Anonymous

    January 28, 2009 at 12:06 am

    i’d love to know what shoes she was wearing…

  189. pilatespat

    January 28, 2009 at 12:24 am

    I concur with the consensus. This shot is one of your very best Sart, and I really appreciate your enthusiasm. Your work of late has been moving to a completely other level of inspiration.

    She is gorgeous. So Parisienne, so perfect. This picture just makes me smile.

    Thank you!

  190. Robbie

    January 28, 2009 at 12:44 am

    I guess I am only echoing what others have said, but this picture is so well composed. They say a picture is worth a thousand words, I am sure I could write atleast 1002…

    Appreciated, as always.

  191. Daisy

    January 28, 2009 at 12:44 am

    getting artsy, are we sart?

    I like the way her legs contrast with her bulky/blurry coat.

  192. Anonymous

    January 28, 2009 at 12:51 am

    beautiful shot. it looks like all is busy around her, but she’s having a quiet moment with herself. And I love how the light is reflected of the mirror in the foreground

  193. Ace Azri

    January 28, 2009 at 1:08 am

    im in love with it.

  194. Eugénie from Paris

    January 28, 2009 at 2:44 am

    In the early seventies, my very bourgeoise French grandmother and mother were saying that it was not appropriate for a woman to smoke on the street (my grandmother and my mother were both chain smokers, but would have never been caught smoking on the street).

  195. Emily

    January 28, 2009 at 2:57 am

    Love her Dior bag! This is a stunning photo!

  196. Anonymous

    January 28, 2009 at 3:12 am

    isn’t it doutzen kroes????????

  197. Anonymous

    January 28, 2009 at 3:25 am

    I have been staring at this picture since you posted it. And I can’t help but wonder, did you plan the whole mirror of the scooter and your reflection bit? Given that you caught the girl in movement, it seems to me that it is a miracle that you even got the picture. The fact that it is perfect is amazing. Either way, planned or not planned, this picture is a blessing. I want to frame it and put it in my room.

  198. allthatis

    January 28, 2009 at 4:16 am

    she is effortlessly stylish and you have captured her is a near perfect moment where her thoughts are covered with the downward eyes but still the image speaks volumes!
    I do love this picture.

  199. Lorenzo

    January 28, 2009 at 5:10 am

    is she Charlotte Casiraghi?

  200. Anonymous

    January 28, 2009 at 6:07 am

    it’s like a little moment of contentedness in the midst of a busy morning… stunning!

  201. Isobel Saoirse Dylan

    January 28, 2009 at 6:30 am

    Amazing picture, she looks tired but preatty at the same time!

  202. J.A.F.

    January 28, 2009 at 7:35 am

    If it wasn’t for the Dior bag I would swear this was taken in the 60′s. Perfect!

  203. Mary

    January 28, 2009 at 7:36 am

    I love her Lady Dior Bag !!!!!

    So jealous

  204. cordelia

    January 28, 2009 at 7:42 am

    saudades from le Marais at the sight of this perfect b&w photo

  205. Anonymous

    January 28, 2009 at 8:00 am

    Aussi belle que Jeanne Moreau dans Jules et Jim très parisienne et exceptionnelle photo!!

  206. Anonymous

    January 28, 2009 at 8:26 am

    I quitted smoking years ago but I must admit that the righteous comments about how it’s bad to smoke make me feel like smoking again :-)

  207. Anonymous

    January 28, 2009 at 8:38 am

    I think she is the famous model from Holland Doutzen Kroes…

  208. aya

    January 28, 2009 at 8:43 am

    this is close to perfection, so timeless aaah

  209. fleurs de lavande

    January 28, 2009 at 8:53 am

    i want to know what shoes she is wearing..?

  210. Mythri

    January 28, 2009 at 9:08 am

    gorgeous photo
    even better bag

  211. Anne

    January 28, 2009 at 9:26 am

    I think it’s interesting how everyone has their take on the story behind this picture– a sign of great art. I didn’t think “walk of shame” when I saw it. She could just be cold. The thing I focused on in this picture is the cigarette. There was a time in history when it would not be this controversial, if at all, so the cigarette, passe or not, makes it that much more interesting. Let’s face it: vices are often sexy.

  212. Bailey

    January 28, 2009 at 9:48 am

    What a beautiful picture. Very photo-journalistic. And almost voyeuristic. One of my favorites.

  213. miszmilk

    January 28, 2009 at 10:35 am

    While I don’t wish to promote smoking, I don’t think this shot would look as beautiful if she didn’t have that cigarette in her hand. I also like how she clutches the collar of her jacket. Wonderful

  214. Anonymous

    January 28, 2009 at 10:52 am

    She’s a perfect crossover between Doutzen Kroes and Angelina Jolie.
    Love the picture, very classic.

    The clothes are not that interesting though. But the picture itself is great!

  215. Anonymous

    January 28, 2009 at 12:44 pm

    Europe is sexy!

  216. LM

    January 28, 2009 at 1:48 pm

    Sart, I’m not sure if you’ll permit a second comment, but I just wanted to clarify why I suggested that the girl would look more cosmopolitan if she were holding an ipod or something similar, in place of her cigarette: It seems to me that most of the women you’ve photographed, particularly in France and Italy, are always holding some piece of electronics. To me, this photo departs from that standard (not in a bad way; it’s still a lovely shot). That was why I felt that it was a bit incongruous with your other work, and that the cigarette seemed misplaced. (My “uppity self-righteous non-smoker” attitude notwithstanding. ;))

  217. Anonymous

    January 28, 2009 at 2:27 pm

    Chic…so parisienne !

  218. demir

    January 28, 2009 at 3:52 pm

    o my gosh… very picture and imazing time zone so words no import!

  219. Anonymous

    January 28, 2009 at 5:19 pm

    smart move to put it in black and white…and look at you in the mirror! very european… or at least the cliche made out of europe. but yeah.. it does show that way of being informal, very natural, not so neat. we are the best at doing that and ending up better than if polished.

  220. Luana

    January 28, 2009 at 7:19 pm

    I love Black and white pictures and this one soo beautiful!!

  221. leticia

    January 28, 2009 at 7:26 pm

    hmmmm what she got on under dat coat?

  222. Marni

    January 28, 2009 at 10:15 pm

    I cant stop staring at this picture either..something about it makes me want to frame it and put it in my room too! soo paris..so moody so perfect!

  223. Flower

    January 28, 2009 at 11:57 pm

    Black and white was very appropriate for this beautiful shot!!! I’ll save this one for sure!

  224. Anonymous

    January 29, 2009 at 2:27 am

    Same here! Love the dior bag!

  225. Anna Sui

    January 29, 2009 at 3:59 am

    I just love how each one of us looks at this photo, at this lovely Parisian girl and it all represents something theirs. It reflects everyone’s longings and desire to be a person this nonchalant and this grandstanding..

    Love your work Scott. Thanks for this small enlightens every single day.


  226. effie

    January 29, 2009 at 4:03 am

    beautifully captured- B&W. love the angle too.
    this picture would exude a different feel if it were in color.

  227. aaendra

    January 29, 2009 at 8:10 am

    Fabulous picture!

  228. Vintage Dressing

    January 29, 2009 at 8:41 am

    It’s great! i like it very much! all your photos are awsome! :D

  229. Anonymous

    January 29, 2009 at 9:45 am

    Well Sart,

    you met Robert Doisneau’s ghost in Paris, right?

  230. Rebecca

    January 29, 2009 at 10:50 am

    Absorbing, compelling, captivating.

    I’d also like to weigh in on recreating her hairstyle (which I love): stop washing your hair everyday. It will be a lot more inclined to take a shape when your natural oils have a chance to work their way throughout.

  231. Daniela

    January 29, 2009 at 12:20 pm

    No more words can be added to add more to this photo, amazing, divine!

  232. Marília

    January 29, 2009 at 1:44 pm


  233. Tijana

    January 29, 2009 at 2:54 pm

    Absolutely fabulous !

  234. IRENE

    January 29, 2009 at 5:18 pm

    Oh la la!..
    N.B. A quand des nouvelles du livre?

  235. Zenas313

    January 29, 2009 at 7:11 pm

    Doutzen Kroes she is not – the ear nose gives it away – this young lady is far superior!

  236. AnastasiaC

    January 29, 2009 at 8:14 pm

    this is a great shot Sart! havnt been to your blog in a while and your look and photo style has changed…i love this capture!

  237. Rrasi Karin

    January 29, 2009 at 9:10 pm

    yes only french-seulament á Paris…

  238. camdiggidy

    January 29, 2009 at 9:15 pm

    this blog makes me crave a cigarette EVERY TIME. seriously.

  239. Anonymous

    January 29, 2009 at 10:44 pm

    I don’t know about Doutzen Kroes – I think this girl is the doppelganger of a girl from the last season of America’s Next Top Model (guilty pleasure!)… Analeigh somebody. But who cares who she is – it’s a beautiful shot!

  240. Anonymous

    January 29, 2009 at 11:40 pm

    amazing photograph! when i close my eyes, this is who i want to be…

  241. Giancinephile

    January 30, 2009 at 1:33 am

    An extremely enigmatic image of a jeune fille.

  242. La Victorienne

    January 30, 2009 at 5:17 am

    This thing about decent women shouldn’t be smoking in the street or in public places (actually should not be seen smoking). I used to smoke and I remember my “Maman” was very angry about it (cancer thing etc.). She was driving us to school when she saw a girl smoking in the street. She said: “I hope at least that you are not smoking in the street. You’d look like a whore!”
    There are a lot of other things I’m not supposed to do but I still do… (like crossing my legs or other things boys can but girls certainly not – in my grand-mothers’ opinion-)
    = Classic French etiquette. My mother isn’t French but easily mistaken for a Parisienne because of her posh accent…

  243. La Victorienne

    January 30, 2009 at 5:29 am

    Nice picture by the way, especially the vespa mirror.

  244. Hanna Skoog

    January 30, 2009 at 6:39 am

    Looks like Doutzen Kroes, is it?

  245. aka_bant

    January 30, 2009 at 8:15 am

    I love her :)
    very nice pic

  246. Anonymous

    January 30, 2009 at 10:33 am

    i believe that in this case, it is mainly the picture as a whole that gives this woman a certain vibe. you have captured her soul, this photograph is such a fine work of art.

  247. Anonymous

    January 30, 2009 at 1:37 pm


    wow. Gulp. Great shot Sart!


  248. Paulo Pedroso

    January 30, 2009 at 4:21 pm

    Nouvelle vague ??????

  249. Anna

    January 30, 2009 at 4:47 pm

    beautiful picture!

  250. Erin

    January 30, 2009 at 5:05 pm


  251. bvg

    January 30, 2009 at 5:20 pm

    love love love this. this image and the one of the two women from behind in milan, classic.

  252. Anonymous

    January 30, 2009 at 7:25 pm


  253. Emily - Wide Open Spaces

    January 30, 2009 at 9:36 pm


  254. ullaritamaki

    January 31, 2009 at 1:37 pm

    Yes, I agree. Amazing. The first thing I could think for the first five minutes I saw this picture is Robert Doisneau.

    I just love it.

  255. Anonymous

    January 31, 2009 at 2:56 pm

    such a natural beauty…the picture speaks by itself, really expresive

  256. Satsuma

    January 31, 2009 at 4:51 pm

    She looks like Annaleigh Tipton from ANTM.

    It is a beautiful photograph.

  257. Little critic of the big world of a fashion

    January 31, 2009 at 6:41 pm

    VERY NATURE AND harmonious LOOK!

  258. Anonymous

    February 1, 2009 at 1:01 pm

    Wow! The picture is amazing, you pictured a poetic moment. I love the way she has tied her hair.

  259. Cafe Fashionista

    February 1, 2009 at 2:53 pm

    There’s something so…cinematic about this photograph. J’adore!

  260. Anonymous

    February 1, 2009 at 10:46 pm

    This woman is amazingly beautiful… and reminds me of someone I once knew. Black and white photography is always very interesting.

  261. sarupa

    February 2, 2009 at 6:02 am

    really fantastic shot…like the girl outfit.

  262. Anya

    February 2, 2009 at 6:36 am

    Amazing piece of art..

  263. Carolina

    February 2, 2009 at 8:08 am

    if i could mark with a star my fav picture, that one would be it!
    congratulations from brazil!

  264. Anonymous

    February 2, 2009 at 8:48 am

    F#%king AMAZING.
    love everything, and the pout!

  265. Anonymous

    February 2, 2009 at 8:52 am

    it’s so cool such beautiful picture evokes everyone’s curiosity and want to know who she is…

  266. Fran Rosa

    February 2, 2009 at 10:56 am


  267. Anonymous

    February 2, 2009 at 2:07 pm

    So doing the walk of shame.

  268. jen.ee

    February 2, 2009 at 7:54 pm

    she looks like princess charlotte of monaco…

    anyways, this photo is beautiful. it catches the mood.

  269. Anonymous

    February 2, 2009 at 10:08 pm

    An Amazing picture!! I love black and white. Wonder how it looks like in colors. I love her coat, it looks like she has taken her boyfriends coat or her fathers because of the shoulder seam all the way down her upper arm. I looove it! I’l go to my closest vintage shop tomorrow and look for one. Yes and also how do one get the hair like that? So it does not fall down. Did the do look good from all angles?

  270. Anonymous

    February 2, 2009 at 11:26 pm

    It looks like Doutzen Kroes!!

  271. med nål och tråd

    February 3, 2009 at 5:46 am

    Wow, the moment, the capture, the motion. The girl. Love it.

  272. imhz

    February 3, 2009 at 5:35 pm

    I dont know how to say. so gorgeous.

  273. MJ

    February 3, 2009 at 9:11 pm


  274. Anonymous

    February 4, 2009 at 8:24 am

    Is that Marion Cotillard, from the Lady Dior ad?

  275. Anonymous

    February 4, 2009 at 11:21 am

    do more b&w!

  276. amaden

    February 4, 2009 at 1:57 pm

    love the way she put her left hand on the coat. and of course the other with the cigarettes. beautiful

  277. Sara

    February 4, 2009 at 7:04 pm


  278. Anonymous

    February 5, 2009 at 10:29 am


  279. Anonymous

    February 5, 2009 at 12:31 pm

    There are moth and/or cig burn holes at the bottom of her coat… she looks full of longing AND regret.

  280. Michael

    February 7, 2009 at 12:55 am

    great photo!


  281. Icaro

    February 19, 2009 at 2:52 pm

    Thats Charlotte Casiraghi

  282. grace e.

    February 21, 2009 at 7:00 pm

    one of my fav. pics of all time! desktop status :) inspiration, inspiration, inspiration!

  283. ila

    February 28, 2009 at 9:19 am

    i love this pic…it borders on perfection. wonderful.

  284. Anonymous

    March 7, 2009 at 6:05 am

    I think I know this girl, and I must say she isn’t French , she’s Colombian… But she does look very parisian

  285. Daniela

    March 9, 2009 at 12:26 pm

    Obsession comes to mind. Well done! You never dissapoint. Neither does Paris.

  286. AilanthusAltissima

    March 16, 2009 at 12:31 am

    Nice hair, nice coat, nice bag! I wonder what she is thinking….

  287. Anonymous

    March 27, 2009 at 3:26 am

    Great picture, this is so Paris

  288. Oni

    April 12, 2009 at 12:54 am

    I love this picture!

  289. Mary Ellen Aquino

    April 12, 2009 at 8:25 pm

    Gorgeous picture.

  290. honestly

    June 4, 2009 at 10:21 am

    This picture is taken absolutely beautifully. but i can't help but think that it warns people of the dangers of smoking. she's young and beautiful but she looks like shes going to keel over at any moment from all that smoking.

  291. colbrij

    July 9, 2009 at 10:05 pm

    reminds me of a young Angelina Jolie.
    Love the protected body language of this shot, it makes the coat appear to be very precious to her…. wonderful.

  292. Anonymous

    August 23, 2009 at 8:30 pm

    Enough already with the finger wagging about the smoking. Don't make me comment about rolled up Pilates bags making the legions look like urban snails…

  293. Markella from Greece

    October 12, 2009 at 4:38 pm

    How amazing can this picture be??? The photo is PERFECT and so is the woman!!!! STUNNING!!!!

  294. minikittin

    November 7, 2009 at 12:11 pm

    want to know her name. want to marry her.

  295. Lin

    October 26, 2011 at 9:24 pm

    I absolutely adore this photo. The fact that we don’t know what she’s wearing adds more to the picture. Beautiful shot!

  296. Nerea

    December 4, 2011 at 1:33 pm

    I love her clothes, but the fact that she is smoking makes her more interesting.

  297. Rachel

    January 20, 2012 at 9:30 am

    Very chic – French to the max!

  298. Jo-Ann

    January 7, 2013 at 1:54 pm

    a typical Parisian “morning after”…glorious and seductive

  299. David W. Sumner

    May 9, 2013 at 10:04 am

    This is a great photograph.

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