Wednesday, October 12, 2011

On the Street….Modern LBD, Milan


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  1. Antonia at Swedish Love Affair

    October 12, 2011 at 6:02 pm

    She reminds me of Robyn! And I think I have the same shoes:)

  2. KismetLouree

    October 12, 2011 at 6:07 pm

    Usually love the socks and high heeled sandals look, but it really shortens her legs. Other than that, what an interesting look. Between her hair and her art, she’s making quite a statement.

  3. Elisa

    October 12, 2011 at 6:09 pm

    Elle me semble belle, chic… malgrĂ© les tatoos :)
    Bien vu, bien à toi comme d´hab
    Elisa, en Argentine

  4. anonymous

    October 12, 2011 at 6:10 pm

    I have a giant girl crush with this!!!
    She is fabulous! AND she is rocking her grey hair.

    The clothes are there just to accent her tattoos, toned arms…etc,etc.

    Women deserve to be sexy and distinguished, just like men!

  5. Kate B

    October 12, 2011 at 6:10 pm

    She looks rather SWINTON-esque. I love it.

  6. The Erkek

    October 12, 2011 at 6:11 pm

    Really amazing! the realized woman image of Marc Jacobs ..doesnt she look like ?

  7. Marcela

    October 12, 2011 at 6:20 pm

    it’s cool and simple and singular. The cut, the grey hair, the tatoos;
    Nice, really nice!

  8. Paul Gonzales

    October 12, 2011 at 6:22 pm

    Love the tattoos and wedges!

  9. Maria

    October 12, 2011 at 6:23 pm

    I WISH I could dress like this at work. Arm tattoo person here.

  10. [email protected]

    October 12, 2011 at 6:24 pm

    Love that style of dress….. can wear it just like that on a warm day or with a shirt and even a sweater underneath & it has pockets…. me like!


  11. lustre

    October 12, 2011 at 6:26 pm

    alltime favorite sartorialist post. best. one. ever

  12. CBC

    October 12, 2011 at 6:28 pm

    Does everyone in Europe have cold feet….. If this become a trend OMG…….shoot me know my image of LBD is Audrey……everthing else fall short..

  13. thefashionguitar

    October 12, 2011 at 6:31 pm

    Love her look!

    XO Charlotte

  14. Name*RJ

    October 12, 2011 at 6:33 pm

    Love the contrast of graying hair underneath and jet back top. And her tats are fantastic (particularly with arms like that).

  15. Kacie @ A Collection of Passions

    October 12, 2011 at 6:36 pm

    Apparently socks and sandals are the thing today! I really like this look. It seems like something you would see in the Pacific Northwest. Edgy and cool.


  16. alpha

    October 12, 2011 at 6:59 pm

    love it she is fit!

  17. Michael

    October 12, 2011 at 7:12 pm

    Clearly a confident woman. Sexy.

  18. nicola

    October 12, 2011 at 7:12 pm

    LOVE everything about this. This woman is sassy and doing things absolutely her own way. CBC – you may well be right about European cold feet. I look at the shots of women in New York in bare legs and strappy sandals, and it makes me want to shiver. Perhaps we feel the Autumn chill a bit more acutely on this side of the Atlantic.

  19. sanmiguelense

    October 12, 2011 at 7:17 pm

    She would look so much better without the tattoos. Tattoos are gross, just wait until the tattooed are in their fifties and we are exposed to tattoos that have seen better days. I love her dress, hair, sandals and socks.

  20. franca maisha

    October 12, 2011 at 7:27 pm


  21. Bey

    October 12, 2011 at 7:29 pm

    I love everything about this look!

  22. Name*Elamphere

    October 12, 2011 at 7:29 pm

    So cool!

  23. Style Anywhere

    October 12, 2011 at 7:50 pm

    she looks very cool with those tattoos.

  24. FashionClout

    October 12, 2011 at 7:53 pm

    Ok I normally despise the socks and sandals BUT combined with the tattoos gives it a new spin..

  25. Emmy

    October 12, 2011 at 8:06 pm

    She just looks too cool for words…

  26. como una aparicĂłn

    October 12, 2011 at 8:11 pm

    She wears the most important thing: style.

  27. Yuliya

    October 12, 2011 at 8:14 pm

    Beautiful woman! What a strong self-image! She radiates confidence!

  28. Meg

    October 12, 2011 at 8:15 pm

    I would like to see the re-shoot sans socks. How will history judge this look? Seriously?

  29. Liz S.

    October 12, 2011 at 8:15 pm

    What a wonderful silhouette she strikes.

  30. Annie

    October 12, 2011 at 8:20 pm

    I think it’s gross to say that tattoos are gross. And, knowing several people (male and female) aged 50 and over who have tattoos, I can categorically say that they don’t look bad. Some look as good as they did 10 and 15 years ago, and the tattoos that have seen better days still give the wearer a certain rugged charm.

  31. Bohemian Style

    October 12, 2011 at 8:25 pm

    I love her style. So pretty!

  32. Agnes de Bethune

    October 12, 2011 at 8:33 pm

    I like it a lot, but think the hem should come up a couple of inches. It’s making her legs look thick.

  33. Kate

    October 12, 2011 at 9:03 pm

    She looks like a badass. Like it.


  34. sydneysurfers

    October 12, 2011 at 9:04 pm

    radicool. she’s totally owning everything.

  35. Purseandco

    October 12, 2011 at 9:09 pm

    Thi isn’t the style I prefer but it is clear that this woman has character … I love women with a strong personality

  36. maryse

    October 12, 2011 at 9:14 pm

    she looks great. just not crazy about the socks.

  37. The Photodiarist

    October 12, 2011 at 9:18 pm

    It’s the girl who is makes that simple black sheath dress modern . . .

  38. Patrick

    October 12, 2011 at 9:22 pm

    It’s important to remember that tattoo designs are as subject to fashion and whim as everything else in our world, and that when the particular moment passes will end up seeming ugly and foolish. Remember barbed wire on men’s biceps? I sometimes think the fashion for “sleeves” arises out of the desire to obscure past tats. The tattoo establishment itself has come up with a very clever tact arguing that even if a past tattoo now looks stupid, it commemorates a particular time in your life so enjoy the look into your naive and foolish past.

  39. effie

    October 12, 2011 at 9:24 pm

  40. Lila C

    October 12, 2011 at 9:27 pm

    J’adore j’adore j’adore!
    (aussi moi je trouve que les tatouages sur les vieux sont des bons souvenirs de quand ils Ă©taient jeunes… J’adore voir les vieux marins avec leurs tatouages tous dĂ©colorĂ©!)
    Et oui… la longueur de la robe avec les chaussettes raccourcissent ses jambes malheureusement.

  41. Clara Turbay

    October 12, 2011 at 9:36 pm

    Singular woman no doubt!

  42. Hillary

    October 12, 2011 at 9:38 pm

    This look is so simple, but she really made it unique with the socks and platforms. Love it!

  43. LocalCeleb

    October 12, 2011 at 9:40 pm

    She looks so petite and demure, like she would smile sweetly in your face and then kick some a** if she needed to..

  44. Bri Lee

    October 12, 2011 at 9:54 pm

    This woman conveys such a strong message with such simplicity. It’s a remarkable image.

  45. Kena

    October 12, 2011 at 10:14 pm

    Sorry, not the socks!… the rest beautiful

  46. Fotautomat

    October 12, 2011 at 10:27 pm

    I love this look! And the asymmetrical tattoo sleeves on her arms… Amazing!

  47. Cat

    October 12, 2011 at 10:31 pm

    Nice pic, but…. socks and sandals??? I don’t think I’ll ever see socks and sandals as stylish!

  48. Janette hourani

    October 12, 2011 at 10:33 pm

    Hate the look, it’s ugly.

  49. rcjr

    October 12, 2011 at 11:20 pm

    Ok, I don’t like obvious overstating tats on women, but THIS is hot!


    October 12, 2011 at 11:27 pm

    I’m really not sure about the socks here. Not very elegant.

  51. Goretti

    October 13, 2011 at 12:52 am

    The problem with the socks are that they are the wrong pair. They are too long and, scrunched down like that, they are making the legs shorter and the ankles thicker. The tattoos are beautiful, the gray hair striking – this woman looks confident. Confidence is beauty.

  52. Petra

    October 13, 2011 at 1:11 am

    Wow, she looks sooooo cool!
    Love that photo.

  53. Next Century Sean

    October 13, 2011 at 1:19 am

    modern, Modern, MODERN. This is so fabulous.

  54. une chatte grise

    October 13, 2011 at 1:32 am

    Strong, sleek, beautiful, and utterly cool, working the tension between the classic dress and the punk-rock elements. She’s just super-fab. And I love that (gloriously greying) hair.

  55. flavia

    October 13, 2011 at 1:41 am

    just can’t get past the socks but she’s got character and I love that!

  56. Morge

    October 13, 2011 at 1:44 am

    Shame. Why does such an attractive lady with such style have to sport such tasteless ink. It’s not big and it’s not clever, it’s just rather ugly.

  57. Emily

    October 13, 2011 at 1:47 am

    Classe et tatouage…. pas toujours Ă©vident pour certains, ici le ton est donnĂ©: parfait!


    October 13, 2011 at 2:42 am

    Love those shoes and socks!

  59. Alison Cole

    October 13, 2011 at 3:04 am

    What a super awesome rocking lady. She looks so sharp … it’s insane. I’m not a fan of tattoos (too much of a commitment!) but everything here is so suave … she’s forgiven!
    from Sydney

  60. Saakshi

    October 13, 2011 at 3:10 am

    Love the wedges and socks , nice look for upcoming wnters in India.
    Tattoes , sorry, a personal NO NO for me.

    Thanks for sharing

  61. Nomadic D

    October 13, 2011 at 3:45 am

    Love this! And I love her hair!

  62. miriamstella

    October 13, 2011 at 3:55 am

    so hard style! i think!
    too masculine!
    i wait you on my fashion blog

  63. Charikleia

    October 13, 2011 at 4:22 am

    Again I think I would be the last one to say this but this is so cool and chic.

    I don’t know whether you’re doing a “socks with sandals” propaganda but it’s working on me.

    I think she looks cute and stylish and reminds me of my best friend, Athens.

    Nice picture!

    Kisses from Greece!

  64. Marie

    October 13, 2011 at 4:23 am

    Who said tattoos become vulgar when we get older? This picture shows exactly the opposite!

  65. The life after

    October 13, 2011 at 4:34 am

    Again socks and sandals?!? No way!

  66. Audrey

    October 13, 2011 at 4:35 am

    Wow Love her style!


  67. fashionxxi

    October 13, 2011 at 5:02 am

    Nice style!

  68. Demi

    October 13, 2011 at 5:11 am

    it’s the socks and her hairstyle that make her stand out in a sea of tattooed girls. Absolutely fabulous!

  69. Sylvia @ 40PlusStyle

    October 13, 2011 at 5:12 am

    Love the contrasts in this picture. The classic dress with the rock chic tattoos. Love the simplicity.

  70. haapi

    October 13, 2011 at 5:29 am

    A perfect example of style (vs. trend).

  71. Tasmania

    October 13, 2011 at 5:29 am


  72. Martine

    October 13, 2011 at 5:43 am

    Great dress. And she is so cute! Of course love the socks and sandals done especially well.

    To people who just can not shut up about other peoples choices to get tattoos; Your lack of tact and manners is deplorable. If someone is so shallow that they think that aging skin is a problem, then they will think so wether that skin has a tat on it or not. Most of us are not that stupid. Most of us. Now please, for the last time. these comments are offensive. Its hard to appreciate this lovely photo when you have to deal with such small minded negativity. My elderly neighbor and many of his friends have the “Handsome Dan” the bulldog (Thats the Yale Uni mascot) tats on them in various places( no, I have not actually SEEN them all. Some are private) and they have plenty of other tats too. They are quite old, and proud of it, and proud of their tats.

  73. db

    October 13, 2011 at 5:51 am

    wow wow wow! She is playing up so many contrasts and she does all perfectly..the list goes on. I wonder what she does as a job. Please post some images of stylist hannes hetta. His style is so amazing, yet I find it to be rather un-documented.

  74. Kompsotita

    October 13, 2011 at 6:07 am

    She and the guy (from the previous post) from Paris make a well-matched couple…

  75. Rasmus, Denmark

    October 13, 2011 at 6:38 am

    Im in love… wow..
    Italia tiamo.

  76. LizaChloe

    October 13, 2011 at 7:05 am

    Nice contrast with the rebelious tattoos and the sophisticated outfit

  77. Camilla Alibrandi

    October 13, 2011 at 7:27 am

    Super! I love her attitude!
    Camilla Alibrandi

  78. Miss L

    October 13, 2011 at 7:35 am

    Very interesting.

  79. Meredith

    October 13, 2011 at 9:10 am

    I like the modern LBD. I would love to wear this.

    - Meredith

  80. Milena

    October 13, 2011 at 9:17 am

    this photo is great!

  81. Mr Kane

    October 13, 2011 at 10:04 am

    so masculine at the same time so Girlish!
    Love it!


  82. Copper Etiquette

    October 13, 2011 at 10:12 am

  83. Ali Sabin

    October 13, 2011 at 11:11 am

    She is divine! I aspire.

  84. daniel verzeroli

    October 13, 2011 at 11:17 am

    nice photo, nice tattoo!!

  85. Derek

    October 13, 2011 at 11:23 am

    Wow! I have to say everything is perfect, great facial structure, great style, toned physique, and I love the hair with her gray showing!!! Can you fall in love with someone just through a photograph?

    I must say though, I am pretty tired of both men and women who get tattoos randomly placed, in exposed parts of their body and in many cases bad tattoo jobs. But, in this instance it really works for her!

    As someone who loves tattoos, the art and symbolism, I think the millennial generation have taken to it as a fashion statement or more of a decorative art versus a life long mark on one’s skin that should tell a story or have some deeper meaning. There are times when I’m walking through NY’s east village amazed at how ugly and hap hazard it’s become, or going to the beach and it looks like the bus from Riker’s Island just let out. Time like that I miss the beauty of bare, unmarked skin.

  86. LIZPR

    October 13, 2011 at 11:58 am

    Oh, this woman is so edgy-chic-hot. I’m doing an asymmetrical cut myself right now, but now I’m thinkin’ of going for this woman’s cut. Love her going grey with panache. Is she half-Asian like me? She looks so rockin’ confident. I love it. Thank you.

    PS: @Martine, I love you for your comments, which I’ve cut/pasted below. Xo

    October 13, 2011 at 5:43 am
    Great dress. And she is so cute! Of course love the socks and sandals done especially well.

    To people who just can not shut up about other peoples choices to get tattoos; Your lack of tact and manners is deplorable. If someone is so shallow that they think that aging skin is a problem, then they will think so wether that skin has a tat on it or not. Most of us are not that stupid. Most of us. Now please, for the last time. these comments are offensive. Its hard to appreciate this lovely photo when you have to deal with such small minded negativity. My elderly neighbor and many of his friends have the “Handsome Dan” the bulldog (Thats the Yale Uni mascot) tats on them in various places( no, I have not actually SEEN them all. Some are private) and they have plenty of other tats too. They are quite old, and proud of it, and proud of their tats.

  87. hura

    October 13, 2011 at 12:06 pm

    I’m loving everything about her look ! love love love – fierce and flawless

  88. benva34

    October 13, 2011 at 12:35 pm

    Just one word: COOL, her look is hard but for a lady. GREAT!!

  89. anonymous

    October 13, 2011 at 12:42 pm

    I think this is a rock and roll version of the little black dress.

  90. paquita dinamita

    October 13, 2011 at 1:17 pm

    she’s gorgeous!!
    so class!!

  91. Laura Foot Petals

    October 13, 2011 at 2:34 pm

    She has such killer style! She really pulls off this edgy look!

  92. Cassandra

    October 13, 2011 at 2:49 pm

    awesomely powerful and playful at once.

  93. Jennifer

    October 13, 2011 at 3:16 pm

    Who is she? I want to date her.

  94. tallulah

    October 13, 2011 at 3:21 pm

    I agree – Cool, awesome, edgy, strong, confident ……. I could go on but she speaks for herself. Love it!

  95. Name*Anonymous

    October 13, 2011 at 3:23 pm

    Love the hair and the dress. She is very pretty and in great shape. As a fashion statement, I don’t care for the socks and sandals. Finally, I’ll be going against most other comments here by saying that the tats ruin it for me. I don’t care how beautiful or edgy she (and everyone else) thinks she is, it is tasteless and a complete turn-off. I can just see her as an old woman with this ‘art’ … better yet, I’d rather not.

  96. NowMadNow

    October 13, 2011 at 3:33 pm

    Le rock vivifié.


  97. Kimberley California

    October 13, 2011 at 4:16 pm

    I love this, she’s so strong & powerfull looking; her hair, her very toned and tatted arms, right down to the shoes /w socks, which typically reminds me of a 6 year old girl.

  98. vanessa

    October 13, 2011 at 4:19 pm

    F A N T A S T I C A !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  99. Sara

    October 13, 2011 at 4:21 pm

    Absolutely gorgeous!! God i love her tattoos and hair. She is stunning.

  100. Yianni

    October 13, 2011 at 5:26 pm

    Somehow manages to look cool wearing socks and sandals.

  101. Alex

    October 13, 2011 at 5:31 pm

    Absolutely love everything about this!

  102. Gina Wilson

    October 13, 2011 at 5:57 pm

    I absolutely love this look! It’s one of my all-time favorite looks that has been on The Sartorialist. Thanks for posting.

  103. koko

    October 13, 2011 at 6:03 pm

    amazing girl

  104. Abigail

    October 13, 2011 at 6:44 pm

    The woman in this photo will never regret her tattoos.

  105. Annabelle

    October 13, 2011 at 9:14 pm

    I love her hair, I love her take on a simple black shift, I love how she decided what she wanted to look like today. OWN IT ALL LADY.

  106. Jill Rudell

    October 13, 2011 at 9:30 pm

    Wow, coolest look in a looooong time! Cooool chic!

  107. adelloodel

    October 13, 2011 at 10:53 pm

    i like the contrast. she looks freaking awesome!

  108. GottaRun

    October 13, 2011 at 11:42 pm


  109. Emily

    October 14, 2011 at 12:35 am

    Holy crap. That’s just awesome. I want to be her. Now.

  110. david

    October 14, 2011 at 2:23 am

    hate tatoos. but like the picture, and the girl.

  111. Lauren Marie

    October 14, 2011 at 7:21 am

    She looks absolutely divine!

  112. Francesca

    October 14, 2011 at 8:38 am

    So nice to see a “long time ago” friend again…Ciao tesoro, un bacione grosso grosso!!!
    PS: finalmente vedo i tatuaggi di cui, a suo tempo, avevo solo sentito parlare ;)

  113. olivia

    October 14, 2011 at 8:40 am

    My Friends Barbara…Is the most Stylish!

  114. Nene

    October 14, 2011 at 9:06 am

    She one trendy woman I must say!


  115. Peter

    October 14, 2011 at 10:35 am

    I think I want to marry this woman. Seriously.

  116. stylmum

    October 14, 2011 at 1:54 pm

    she’s so rad!

  117. LUCIA

    October 14, 2011 at 3:43 pm

  118. Marica

    October 14, 2011 at 4:43 pm

    She’s aggressive and so cool!!

  119. Audrey

    October 14, 2011 at 6:22 pm

  120. alex

    October 14, 2011 at 11:15 pm

    she’s super hot. i’ve always had strong oedipal leanings anyway – she’s so right up my alley.

    she’s stridently confident and physically provocative – and that combination is immensely sexy. kudos to her.

  121. annabella

    October 14, 2011 at 11:32 pm

    Rich,elegant , well fitted, conservative LBD + modern personal Art statements+beauty and fitness = NO advice needed, Sprezzatura(?)…Ultimate Style!

  122. RBeezy

    October 15, 2011 at 12:23 am

    I want to be her friend.

  123. leslie

    October 15, 2011 at 1:24 am

    she is beautiful, strong, has great hair, a great body, the dress is nice, but i have a feeling she looks better than this most days. too hodge-podge.

  124. vintage engagement rings

    October 15, 2011 at 9:21 am

    Fantastic….. enough said!

  125. Cristiana Nunes

    October 15, 2011 at 12:21 pm

    Coolness, elegance and a bit of rockabillity have just been achieved here. Loved it!

  126. Michelle

    October 15, 2011 at 1:01 pm

    Lover her Swinton-esque style, and the tattoos. And to the people who say “ew, what about when she’s in her 50s and her skin sags?” I think she’ll still look interesting and unique and fabulous. You’re going to have sagging skin and wrinkles anyway, you might as well have some beautiful, detailed art on it. And arm tattoos are especially sexy!

  127. luca

    October 15, 2011 at 3:29 pm


  128. Emil

    October 16, 2011 at 12:43 am

    I’m sure this fabulous woman could care less what you uptight commentors think of her tattoos. She obviously will not fit into your little fashion do or don’ts box. She looks confident and amazing!

  129. Edith

    October 16, 2011 at 4:08 am

    She looks very confident in herself.

  130. Catherine

    October 16, 2011 at 6:09 am

    Striking. Good.

  131. Andi

    October 16, 2011 at 8:42 am

    I really, really like her haircut, but what’s with those socks?

  132. Chiara

    October 16, 2011 at 8:46 am

    Barbara!!!Che dire!! Sei bella!!!e sei anche mia amica!!!
    un abbraccio e un bacio!!
    Chiara di Roma!Ti ricordi??….quest’estate!!!!

  133. MyStylepoetry

    October 16, 2011 at 4:58 pm

    I love you classy yet tough style! Inking her body was a good choice!

  134. Shannon

    October 17, 2011 at 11:34 am

    This totally works! Love her socks:)

  135. Natalie

    October 17, 2011 at 1:11 pm

    She looks cool as hell. Guess what, tattoo haters? It’s not your body! Get over it.

  136. bfkk

    October 17, 2011 at 5:50 pm

    La Turbonana!

  137. Sheila Larsson

    October 17, 2011 at 7:33 pm

    A very “punch in the stomach”-like style. It really breaths freedom and great confidence in so many ways with the hair, tattoos, simple tailored dress and heels. It’s almost like she’s stating a 3′d identity or a 3′d sex. I really do think this picture points in to an interesting fashion direction and would like to see more of in the future.

  138. jjmotre

    October 23, 2011 at 8:28 pm

    never left a comment, but i have too. love love love. the coolest girl on the site.

  139. SVDH

    October 24, 2011 at 6:48 am

    what is this womans name?

  140. SVDH

    October 24, 2011 at 6:48 am

    who is this woman?

  141. Izzy

    October 28, 2011 at 1:48 am

    Jackie Goes Punk!
    But still well-groomed, which keeps it balanced – bravo!

  142. Marks and Spencer Travel Insurance

    November 20, 2011 at 8:31 pm

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  143. Gigi

    March 14, 2012 at 9:56 am

    This look is so simple and beautiful. I’d like to see the socks about 3″ shorter to better complement her legs, but she still looks amazing.

  144. Wendy Carlos Williams

    May 18, 2012 at 12:42 pm

    Is she wearing Courreges?

  145. Costi

    July 27, 2012 at 10:41 am

    bellisima ! u are my dream ! wooooooooow

  146. gmonk

    August 8, 2012 at 11:06 am

    Love it ALL!

  147. julian

    September 9, 2012 at 8:14 am

    Rocks it !!
    Completely rocks it !!

    As individualistic as hell while remaining elegant to a ‘T’.

    Even the flecks of grey in her hair are uber-cool, and you know she couldnt care less about the grey which only adds to her appeal.

    Simplicity, unfussy clean lines and perfect cut are what have always done it for me in terms of stylish apparel, and she totally embodies that, while adding an X factor of an inconspicuous dash of unabashed individualism.

    Absolutely love it !!!!

  148. julian

    September 10, 2012 at 12:08 pm

    I have to add, also, that you’ve done a superb job with this photograph.

    Her personality is quite literally bursting out off the page.

    Really great job !!

  149. Aser

    November 28, 2012 at 5:48 pm


  150. [email protected]

    October 16, 2013 at 3:29 pm

    Awkwardly attractive.

  151. Ryszard

    November 17, 2014 at 3:45 am

    beautiful super

  152. gregg

    March 27, 2017 at 5:35 pm

    The sock/shoe combo just doesn’t quite cut it.

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