Monday, November 3, 2008

On the Street…Natasha S., Moscow

I met Natasha at one of the fashion shows I attended while I was in Moscow. I knew I had to shoot her but I didn’t have my camera with me. I asked her to stop by the Harpers Bazaar Russia shoot I was doing the next day, and to bring a few of her favorite looks.
She is an absolute doll, she LOVES fashion and and is the top student at her fashion school. She brought her camera with pics of different hair styles that she can do by herself in under 10 minutes.

Natasha and the other young ladies from Moscow I have posted so far, to me, represent the new Russian style.
Not that there is a specific “Russian Look” yet but this generation is past worrying about labels, labels, labels and is really embracing the fun and artistry that fashion can provide to our daily lives.

Tonight I will post the other image we took that day.


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  1. Jorge from W Palm Beach

    November 3, 2008 at 8:05 am

    I wonder what type of event or setting this outfit would be good for. Maybe it is more of an abstract look than something that is actually wearable? I like the shoes with the tights/stockings though. Jorge from W Palm Beach

  2. Dapper Kid

    November 3, 2008 at 8:08 am

    Love her hair, and the yellow cardigan is delightful :)

  3. Brigadeiro

    November 3, 2008 at 8:11 am

    Wow! Natasha sure cuts an impressive figure! From hair to toe! Vibrant and bold! Love that yellow cardigan.

  4. everydaypop

    November 3, 2008 at 8:27 am

    very beautiful.
    i love it.

  5. Anonymous

    November 3, 2008 at 8:28 am

    that is one killer look.
    i don’t want to be killed.

  6. La Condesa

    November 3, 2008 at 8:28 am

    WOW!!She made a statement with that look.

    Love the yellow cardigan, it breaks my image of a grey Russia.

    Although, is it really possible to be out on the street without tights? Isn’t she freezing? Is it really possible to walk with those shoes?…Who cares! She looks great and seems like a funny happy girl

  7. Anonymous

    November 3, 2008 at 8:29 am

    she looks truly sweet and pretty
    but she looks cold, poor dear! her legs are turning bluish

    carlito from rome

  8. suzanne nelson

    November 3, 2008 at 9:10 am

    I love the high hair with the high heels and the boldness with which she dresses. you can tell natasha is someone who loves dressing up and experimenting and who injects her sense of style with humour.
    It’s interesting to read your views on what you saw and who you photographed, Sart, i’m sure i’m not the only one who would love to read more about your experiences in Moscow.

  9. Anonymous

    November 3, 2008 at 9:13 am

    This look feels like it could be seen at any American Apparel window.

  10. Giavanna

    November 3, 2008 at 9:17 am

    What a great idea to showcase all this Moscow fashion. I had no idea that they had such crazy good style over there. I love how they use shape in their looks– can’t wait to see more.

  11. Stilist

    November 3, 2008 at 9:22 am

    I love her look, wearing a cardigan like a dress is a great idea.

  12. gregorytoddsmith

    November 3, 2008 at 9:34 am

    Oversized grandpa cardigans are probably one of my favorite things, ever, on ladies. Though, I’ve got to admit, Natasha should have worn some leggings or tights, because I can see how cold her legs are — they’re red and spotty! But, the look is so good.

  13. Fashion Tidbits

    November 3, 2008 at 9:36 am

    love those Tribute pumps

  14. Isobel Saoirse Dylan

    November 3, 2008 at 9:41 am

    The yellow cardigan lights up the gray town in the background! and It looks warm end pretty too. I like the expression on her face, you really get a feeling of a woman who isn’t afraid to wear what she feels and is proud of herself.

  15. do you like my tight sweater

    November 3, 2008 at 9:45 am

    these pics from Moscow are very exciting for me because they are so different from my imagination of ‘russian style’. :D
    these girls are fun and brave and colorful.. thanks for the pics, sorry for my broken english.

  16. Mara

    November 3, 2008 at 9:52 am

    It would be neat if we could search posts by country. I noticed you’re documenting russia now. I’m very interested.

  17. Anonymous

    November 3, 2008 at 9:59 am

    for some reason, she reminds me of Jill Scott.

    Go figure.

  18. whyioughtta

    November 3, 2008 at 10:09 am

    I can see that she is strong stylistically, but I wondered the same thing as Jorje (first comment): unless you work in the fashion industry (which it sounds like she does)…isn’t this really more of a fashion exercise than an example of street style?

    I do love the cardi, though…the colour is great. And she seems like a fun person who approaches fashion with a sense of humour.

  19. Anonymous

    November 3, 2008 at 10:10 am

    Great pic, Sart, please tell us more about Moscow.

    By the way, did you take pictures of men there as well? I would love to see those.

  20. twelve.dollar.soup

    November 3, 2008 at 10:33 am

    This is fantastic. Her hair!

  21. nurse bettie

    November 3, 2008 at 10:44 am

    Although I would never be caught wearing anything like this, I so do appreciate her originality. I only wish I had it in me to take such risks with so much confidence!

  22. Anonymous

    November 3, 2008 at 10:48 am

    Great picture, but I have to disagree with your view of the new generation and their fashion choices. When I visited Moscow last year, I saw a lot of girls my age (early 20s) wear plain or bedazzled shirts with "Versace!" or "D&G" on the front. The outfits would always look classic and flattering, but it was obvious label concerns were there.
    Most young female Moscowites are from outside of Moscow and they came to Moscow to pursue "the dream", which is to marry a successful young man and upgrade from "designer" to designer clothes. Hence, they'll wear fakes until that moment comes. I would say the girls that you've shown here aren't representative of what girls there really wear. I don't remember seeing anyone on forefront of fashion, and I was there for a month all around Moscow. I find that most women there are very well put together, but to say that they don't care about labels anymore…well, that's like saying nobody in Russia remembers communism.
    Moscow is still quite new to designer clothes, so it'll take some time for the cravings to subside.

  23. The Sartorialist

    November 3, 2008 at 11:03 am

    for Anon 10:48
    Every country has those girls but they are not the fashion leaders.

  24. Brittany

    November 3, 2008 at 11:37 am

    That hair looks like it took less then 10 minutes and has me perplexed. I’d love to see the others!

  25. Amy (Shades-of-Black)

    November 3, 2008 at 11:38 am

    Just fabulous! Such confidence.

  26. Anonymous

    November 3, 2008 at 11:38 am

    I have to agree with a previous post that these pictures do not represent Moscow street style to me, even though the people you’ve featured are stunning. I found the women’s style there unabashedly feminine and groomed, even when it was clear that they didn’t have a lot of money. Always a full face of makeup and towering heels. It did veer into tackiness at times, but more often than not, it was dizzingly beautiful. I would love to read more about your impressions of Moscow.

  27. Lady Lala

    November 3, 2008 at 11:44 am

    love her hair!!! gorgeous…maybe the yellow pullover is too fluor!

  28. Anonymous

    November 3, 2008 at 11:55 am

    Delightful!! But get some clothes on that young lady! She looks as if she’s about to freeze to death.

  29. Dominica

    November 3, 2008 at 11:57 am

    wow, am dying to see the other picture ! I’ll bet she’s a cameleon….

  30. Anonymous

    November 3, 2008 at 12:04 pm

    It’s not that easy to buy in Moscow casual basic things like good grey cashmere sweater or little black dress not luxury brands. Just awful chip garbage. So I hate doing shopping in Moscow.
    Sart, you should go to St. Petersburg in spring. As the temperature is just 10-15C girls start wearing summer dresses. freeziiiing
    Thanks for great pics!

  31. Donkey

    November 3, 2008 at 12:14 pm

    Love the yellow and the sock/heels combo.

  32. Breathless

    November 3, 2008 at 12:20 pm


  33. Anonymous

    November 3, 2008 at 12:32 pm

    this is very 80s but i like it. i bet she wears this at home when she is whipping up some deicious dinner for the 5 or so guests that randomly drop by her groovy pad.

  34. Anonymous

    November 3, 2008 at 12:33 pm

    I like this outfit a lot better than other outfits from Moscow but it’s not nearly as great as some looks from NYC, Paris, and other cities I’ve seen on this website.
    And one more thing I keep wondering about… Does she actually walk around the town dressed like this?

  35. Anonymous

    November 3, 2008 at 1:02 pm

    what a BEAUTIFUL pair of shoes

  36. An Artist in Paradise

    November 3, 2008 at 1:08 pm

    Cute girl. But the look is a bit too 80s; maybe because for me it’s “been there, done that” already in the 1980s. Nice to see her having fun with fashion, though.

  37. Media Peasant

    November 3, 2008 at 1:14 pm

    But… but… SHE FORGOT PANTS!!

  38. Anonymous

    November 3, 2008 at 1:17 pm

    I love the whole look.

    And those who have complained about the “twigs” in previous shots should be happy about this healthy normal-sized young woman.

  39. JEYQ

    November 3, 2008 at 1:18 pm

    she looks amazing, and the hair pulls the look together. i’m suddenly craving an oversized yellow cardigan.

  40. The Boot

    November 3, 2008 at 1:23 pm

    That girl is dy-no-mite.

  41. smilla

    November 3, 2008 at 2:29 pm

    She’s fabulous. The most vibrant personality you have captured so far. I wish her every success.

  42. Anonymous

    November 3, 2008 at 2:54 pm

    But, when you say “this generation”, it sounds like you’re speaking of more people than just the few fashion leaders you’ve found. Their style isn’t widespread, so it isn’t representative. Plus, most of the girls you’ve featured here are really heavy on trends, rocking 2 at a time, so to me they’re not quite leaders, but, rather, are trend-informed and -conscious. :)

  43. Anonymous

    November 3, 2008 at 2:57 pm

    yes!! women in moscow (russia) do wear heels like that every day just on a regular basis!!! it is hard to imagine but they feel more comfortable and confident in them rather than wearing flats. it is hard to look overdressed in Moscow as it is in USA. whenever I wear my high-heels here everybody looks at me like a I am crazy.
    p.s. i wonder what fashion school she is in

  44. Anonymous

    November 3, 2008 at 3:21 pm

    I have to admit I have been stunned by the beauty and creativity of the Moscow fashion scene. It blows me away. The girl in this photo is really an exclamation point to the whole series. She does it all with this outfit, my compliments!

  45. Olya

    November 3, 2008 at 3:22 pm

    i like her cardigan…but don’t like yellow colour.
    i hope she has a car :) because now in russia is rather cold :(( i’m going to buy warm mittens :)

  46. Maggie May

    November 3, 2008 at 3:42 pm

    delightful!!! makes me happy to look at her.

  47. Anonymous

    November 3, 2008 at 3:57 pm

    I see the Russians are still fond of the pumps/socks combo.

  48. Anonymous

    November 3, 2008 at 4:02 pm

    CAn´t wait to see the rest of the photos!! She is really a doll!!

  49. Anonymous

    November 3, 2008 at 4:15 pm

    i don’t like this at all. to me, it looks messy…though the woman in the photo is beautiful and her smile is contagious.

  50. OndrejS

    November 3, 2008 at 4:22 pm

    Overall it is an interesting look but for me it lacks elegance and that what I tend to look for so much in women. This actually applies to all the Moscow shots. Compare it with the Milan pictures. There is also fur and to an extend the individual pieces tend to be rather “bulky”. But it keeps the elegance…. Maybe these shots are indeed the demonstration of the beginning new distinct “Russian” style. But I am not the biggest fan…

  51. Caterina

    November 3, 2008 at 4:39 pm

    Hi Scott, I don´t know what the others said so far, but it is so sweet what you wrote about Natasha!
    Your description and your words about the generation that´s left the label-question behind is showing where your heart is.
    I admire you even more now! ***

  52. Anonymous

    November 3, 2008 at 4:40 pm

    I love you. I love your blog.


    November 3, 2008 at 4:40 pm

    She really has a personal Style! I love that!

  54. -h of candid cool

    November 3, 2008 at 4:58 pm

    she looks like fun! great shoes!!

  55. Helga

    November 3, 2008 at 5:28 pm

    colors are good.. but -maybe cause i`m from Russia -i dont like this look..too cold here now…))

  56. Anonymous

    November 3, 2008 at 6:30 pm

    i like whats going on with her wardrobe, but the updo has got to go.

  57. Miguel

    November 3, 2008 at 7:04 pm

    Jesus!!!! She looks like my sis…

  58. Eyeliah @

    November 3, 2008 at 7:35 pm

    she really IS too cool, love her style.

  59. Anonymous

    November 3, 2008 at 7:47 pm

    like her , she’s totally kool. ready for the day and yet for the night out. ah !

  60. Stickers & Donuts

    November 3, 2008 at 8:29 pm

    So glad you posted this funky woman with the fun hair & bright colors. I'm totally into original style!

  61. Bella

    November 3, 2008 at 9:00 pm

    Wow, me being Russian, I totally know what you mean- it’s great that the Russian style is changing from how you said, “labels, labels, labels” into a both playful and serious take on the artistry of fashion. It’s awesome to see more stuff like this, very inspiring!

  62. Anonymous

    November 3, 2008 at 10:32 pm

    Don’t like the hair… and the overall outfit seems too funky for me. love the shoes anyway.

  63. Anonymous

    November 3, 2008 at 10:56 pm

    I dont see anything substantial in these “looks”. First time I am put off by The Sartorialist subject choice. Just my honest opinion.

  64. A Weekend in The City

    November 3, 2008 at 11:19 pm

    Perfection. I want more. But I still love Moschino-wearing Russians…

  65. cassaundra

    November 4, 2008 at 1:37 am

    she really is incredible.
    that yellow.
    that hair.
    those heels & socks.

    gosh, she's amazing.

  66. Anonymous

    November 4, 2008 at 2:20 am

    Love her! She nailed it!!! Nothing more to add. I don’t understand the comments about wearability of this outfit.

    Damn, this makes me miss my home town.

    Please share more experiences from Moscow.

  67. prettyinrouge

    November 4, 2008 at 7:34 am

    bright and fresh
    love it

  68. FarmTailor

    November 4, 2008 at 8:54 am

    Love the choice of socks, making the shoes not that “separate”

  69. Olviya

    November 4, 2008 at 9:22 am

    i like her look. it seems like she inspired by north europe fashion, like Hollandб Denmark…

  70. Vanessa

    November 4, 2008 at 2:58 pm

    I like the color of her cardigan.

    I agree. I’m so tired of the false belief stating that labels, labels, labels are very “hot.” In reality, too much “labels” look tawdry. Fashion is experimentation…fashion is creative…fashion is fun…fashion means to be yourself!

  71. Minn

    November 4, 2008 at 4:12 pm

    This outfit didn’t look quite right when I first looked at it. Maybe it’s because she’s normal-sized. Natch!

    I think the elements of the outfit are all great individually – the hair, the Edie Sedgwick-esque earrings, the nubby cardigan and the socks with killer heels.

    All together they make a strange mixture of super-original and rustic comforts…

    If I was drawing inspiration from this outfit I’d pick a single element and make the rest more understated, which would probably be more striking.

    Surprisingly inspiring! I don’t know what I was expecting from Moscow (lots of fur?) but all the pics so far have been a pleasant surprise. And of course we love hearing your thoughts on it all… Keep it up!

  72. Anonymous

    November 5, 2008 at 2:04 am

    I do like her socks, but the yellow knit does nothing to enhance her shape. She would look even prettier if she choose clothes that give her extra assets.

  73. candy

    November 5, 2008 at 2:27 am

    socks and heels, my love.

  74. Iris

    November 5, 2008 at 11:51 am

    I love her outfit <3. I don't like her hair, but the clothes, WOW!

  75. Claire,

    November 6, 2008 at 7:15 pm

    Oh my goodness, I love her. I love what you have written here…

  76. Tim McFarlane

    September 5, 2009 at 8:09 pm

    Love the sweater! She's very pretty and I like the high hair.

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