Monday, February 5, 2007

On the Street, Paris


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  1. fashion me this

    February 5, 2007 at 6:16 pm

    oh gosh this is just darling
    that old lady is so adorable and looks so wonderfully put together (ok despite the full-on leopard, she went a bit overboard) she actually pulls off the leopard well, in a way.
    plus i just love her expression that she needs to go somewhere and get there fast.

  2. The Prophet

    February 5, 2007 at 6:42 pm

    love her!

  3. Mae Zetterling

    February 5, 2007 at 6:43 pm

    Oh dear, how much I loved your blog… could never be said.
    I will keep on visiting.

  4. Rafe Totengco

    February 5, 2007 at 6:47 pm

    Wow talk about “head to foot total look”. So eccentrique and so audacious! She gets away with it because she’s 80 something. Can you just imagine what she was like when she was in her 20s? Meow!

  5. Nan

    February 5, 2007 at 6:59 pm

    This photo is my very, very favorite of all. You have truly touched me.

  6. Anonymous

    February 5, 2007 at 7:05 pm

    She makes me smile and is the type of lady you want to carry bags for while talking to her about “stuff.”


  7. morning_champagne

    February 5, 2007 at 7:29 pm

    Oh she’s beautiful! The white stockings pull this look together so well.

  8. Anonymous

    February 5, 2007 at 7:44 pm

    This lovely woman simply screams the word “cute”!

  9. Anonymous

    February 5, 2007 at 8:01 pm

    Do not let this woman loose in Kenya. She’s liable to get shot.

  10. lucianamalta

    February 5, 2007 at 8:04 pm

    “Such a presence, such charisma – she is no doubt very stylish”.

    “Is it style or dignity”? (both of them)

    “The way she walks and the way she holds her head”.

    I make mine your words, scott. and i say: yeah, this is just darling. and fashionist.

  11. Anonymous

    February 5, 2007 at 8:10 pm

    she is adorable!

  12. Anonymous

    February 5, 2007 at 8:24 pm

    I don’t think she went overboard on the print, at my age yes, at her age no. She is simply eccentric and beautiful and I hope to be as such when I’m her age, God willing.


  13. Jack Daniel

    February 5, 2007 at 8:38 pm

    This lady really knows how to turn on men….old men that is, ey? Old men…

  14. Anonymous

    February 5, 2007 at 8:49 pm

    this is one of those times when you see a photo of a stranger and wish very much that you knew them.

  15. Anonymous

    February 5, 2007 at 9:46 pm

    Over the top and I love it!!

  16. tammy

    February 5, 2007 at 9:57 pm

    Nice and Very Classic!

  17. jojo

    February 5, 2007 at 10:10 pm

    Oh this is wonderful. Reminds me of my very glamerous grandmother

  18. Butch

    February 5, 2007 at 10:42 pm

    This bespeaks times past when total co-ordination was key.

    Without condescension, the look is over-much, of course, yet there’s something wonderful about it too, having to do with fashion commitment–the wish to be always well turned out….

  19. zuccotto

    February 5, 2007 at 10:48 pm

    Hell, she is a woman of courage with those heels. I am closer to her age than many of you and can surmise the savoir faire, however you spell that, called upon by her to get herself out the door.

    May she enjoy all her days.

  20. bird

    February 5, 2007 at 10:52 pm

    she’s absolutely darling…I hope I am half as ballsy when I get older!

  21. D. Kay

    February 5, 2007 at 11:04 pm

    I love this. It reminds me of my grandmama.

  22. Anonymous

    February 5, 2007 at 11:08 pm

    But what was she wearing underneath her coat?! Tiger stripes, I hope:). Or would zebra be better?

    She’s adorable, and appears to be tracking her prey with appropriate intensity.

  23. Anonymous

    February 5, 2007 at 11:20 pm

    Reminds me of my sweet great aunt, who always wore scarlet red, red eyeglasses, and a strawberry wig (which was held down on windy days by a red scarf). Oh, and don’t forget bright red lips! I love little old ladies!

  24. Anonymous

    February 5, 2007 at 11:40 pm

    Yes, the total look. Please tell me that it is all ‘fake’ prints, please, I need the reassurance.

  25. mlle.mtl

    February 5, 2007 at 11:43 pm

    The coat, the hat, the bag…makes you wonder what’s underneath. Must be just as fantastic!

  26. Blue Floppy Hat

    February 6, 2007 at 12:05 am

    She rules this look. It might have appeared ridiculous on a younger woman, but it’s amazing how she is WEARING the coat and hat with a vengeance and not letting them wear her…also, the “I have to be somewhere five minutes ago” expression just adds to the effect. I love little old lady style.

  27. Christine

    February 6, 2007 at 12:23 am

    I totally agree with Anon 8:49.
    Great capture that just exudes personality!

  28. Anonymous

    February 6, 2007 at 12:46 am

    she’s so matchy-matchy, and i love it. i hope i am this good when i’m 90.

  29. Karen G. Anderson

    February 6, 2007 at 1:08 am

    An entire short story in one outfit.

  30. AliciaInAlaska

    February 6, 2007 at 2:08 am

    With the life she’s probably lived, she owns that look! I bet she is quite the lady! I’d love to have tea with her!

  31. Aga

    February 6, 2007 at 3:14 am

    What reallu makes this outfil for me, are the plastic bags that she carries which is a real clash comparing to the leopard look.

  32. Vicky

    February 6, 2007 at 3:36 am

    Oh, so precious :)

    What did you think of Thom Browne this season? Rather bizarre…

  33. Anonymous

    February 6, 2007 at 4:24 am

    remember “TOO MUCH OF A GOOD THING IS NEVER ENOUGH”………and she sure rememberd!

    it is so wonderful how certain Ladies know how to put it all together and forget about it and just move along.

  34. JANET

    February 6, 2007 at 5:42 am

    A Granny
    je ne se qua

  35. Anonymous

    February 6, 2007 at 8:36 am

    I need to move to France and become an old lady.


  36. Anonymous

    February 6, 2007 at 10:16 am

    I love this little old lady! I think all of us wish we had the guts to do this, AND pull it off with the same sort of nochalance. As if, “Oh this old outfit? I’ve had it forEVER…”

  37. Elin

    February 6, 2007 at 11:14 am

    aww, thats so adorable!

  38. savvylondon

    February 6, 2007 at 11:26 am

    only on the continent. love it. absolutely love it.

  39. Anonymous

    February 6, 2007 at 1:07 pm

    oh my goodness! how cute is she?!

  40. Anonymous

    February 6, 2007 at 3:18 pm

    Little old lady style rocks. I like the matchiness of it all. It’s like an early 1960s throwback.

  41. RosaLaBrune

    February 6, 2007 at 4:53 pm

    “chic” ! A fashionitas from the sixth arrondissement. “chouquette” could be her affectuous name as regard her freeminded attitude that is to wear her favorite era’s outfits. Still can’t imagine to dress-up to go shopping … to the bio-market bd Raspail on sunday morning. As we all know – 7:30 to 9:00 pm GEP. xovx.

  42. mareGa

    February 6, 2007 at 5:15 pm

    How cute is that!?

  43. Anonymous

    February 6, 2007 at 5:56 pm

    Oh, the stories she could tell!

  44. Anonymous

    February 6, 2007 at 6:22 pm

    i wish she was my grandmother.

  45. ymarie

    February 6, 2007 at 7:20 pm

    My Fashion hero!

    I love the leopard coat, I used to wear one in highschool, back when I could get away with it. :)
    I still keep it in my closet and visit it once in a while.

    Now, I know I can wear it again, I only have to wait about 40 years!

  46. Severine

    February 6, 2007 at 8:43 pm

    I just know it will be me in 50 years or so… it just gives me a better perspective to getting older!

  47. Anonymous

    February 6, 2007 at 10:10 pm

    I was absolutely delighted to see this extraordinary woman and then equally so with the postings. Isn’t it wonderful Scott? Well done!
    Also, I do love the comment about visiting the coat.

  48. Emily Cook

    February 6, 2007 at 11:19 pm

    i love this. the hat is absolutely phenomenal – and i didn’t realize her bag was leopard print because it almost blends into her coat. she is amazing. what a fun lady!

  49. Anonymous

    February 7, 2007 at 2:19 am

    Adorable? Cute? Darling? Somehow I associate those words with babies and young girls, not with a dignified elder.

    She may be bent and old, but she still goes out in the world perfectly groomed and put together in a stylish way, yes, even if it is only to get the groceries. That generation wouldn’t be seen in public any other way; she must be horrified by some of what she sees on the streets these days!

    And isn’t she a perfect example of the French woman who understands to buy good quality, classic things that you can wear forever. No disposable clothing in evidence in this photo!

  50. positively the same dame

    February 7, 2007 at 4:13 am

    oh, the best! simply the best! the best, the best, the best!

  51. Wills

    February 7, 2007 at 6:33 am

    Sart, you have an angel’s eyes =) Luv u!

  52. Anonymous

    February 7, 2007 at 7:29 am


  53. fashionfanatic60

    February 7, 2007 at 8:25 am

    I love this! She is too cute.

  54. fashionfanatic60

    February 7, 2007 at 8:26 am

    I love this. She’s too cute.

  55. DC Celine

    February 7, 2007 at 1:17 pm

    She reminds me of my (maybe it’s her, 20 years later) cotillion dance instructor, Miss Howell. My grandparents’ country club would bring her in by train every other month or so to teach us the finer points…of what, I’m not sure. But her castinettes (to stop the live music and get our attention) and tiger-striped stilettos made the picture – and the memory.

  56. Anonymous

    February 7, 2007 at 2:00 pm

    An absolutely wonderful photo worthy of Atget. Thanks for making it!

  57. Mackenzie

    February 7, 2007 at 5:44 pm

    Amazing. I too hope I manage this look when I’m older. Tough cookie!

  58. Anonymous

    February 7, 2007 at 9:30 pm

    Reminds of John Witherspoon in the movie, Boomerang; “You’ve got to co-or-di-nate.” Do the thing, Ma.

  59. StyleSpy

    February 8, 2007 at 10:13 am

    This is why I want to grow old in Paris…

  60. Anonymous

    February 8, 2007 at 10:10 pm

    Ah, the privileges of age; getting to look batshit insane and actually making it work. You go, grandma!

  61. Anonymous

    February 9, 2007 at 2:29 am

    I love it when elderly folks don’t lose their sense of personality, style or independence. Touching.

  62. diva

    February 10, 2007 at 4:14 pm

    Thank you, anonymous 2:19. Why is she “cute”, “adorable”, etc. because she is older than you are (just now). That is one of the great character flaws of youth–that inability to comprehend that older people have actual lives and fashion sense and intellect and friends and secrets and romance and business and nearly all the elements of life which you have, plus a great deal of experience that you don’t have–and some of us have vintage pieces of designer fashions that you will never be able to find! zqtkPlease consider your condescension.

  63. Jericho

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  64. Anonymous

    February 11, 2007 at 9:20 pm

    shes presh!!

    oh my gosh…i want her to be my grandmother. dont you just know that she has some great antiques and clothes? ahh love her.

  65. Anonymous

    February 12, 2007 at 12:38 am

    brings to mind more cub than tiger, very cool

  66. Anonymous

    February 17, 2007 at 7:43 pm

    she is so adorable!

  67. Anonymous

    April 19, 2007 at 3:34 pm

    dang. i want to be this lady when i grow up.

  68. Anonymous

    May 6, 2007 at 10:41 pm

    This woman is not old, she’s simply timeless. We shpuld all hope to look this pulled together in our twilight years!

  69. Anonymous

    May 31, 2007 at 5:00 pm

    fierce granny! i wish she’s my grandma…

  70. Anonymous

    August 10, 2008 at 5:43 pm

    Oh, my! That’s a whole lotta leopard, but she pulls it off brilliantly! She’s a cutie…and I bet she’s a real character too!

  71. Yvette

    October 29, 2008 at 9:23 pm

    I love it!

    Look how her bag matches the coat and dress without it being too over the top.

  72. jimena

    February 11, 2010 at 5:56 am

    Reminds me of my very stylish grandma… rest in peace, Betty :)

  73. Name*

    November 19, 2011 at 3:34 pm

    She reminds me of my Grandma Helen too. She loved dressing up. I love that this lady still wears pretty shoes.

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