Monday, September 29, 2008

On the Street…..Pleated Pants, Milano

I love seeing pleated pants again , especially when they are worn this elegantly.


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  1. sadia

    September 29, 2008 at 6:27 am

    looks fab!

  2. Charlez!

    September 29, 2008 at 6:48 am

    I just loved the photo, the pose, the hand, and the hair!

    hahah thrilled by the hour of the post!

  3. maggiesnail

    September 29, 2008 at 6:54 am

    I love the jacket.
    The cut at the end of it is gorgeous!

  4. XAVS

    September 29, 2008 at 6:59 am

    Great,..she looks beautiful! love the pants and the whole look itself…

  5. Anonymous

    September 29, 2008 at 7:14 am

    je l’adore

  6. Brigadeiro

    September 29, 2008 at 7:23 am

    Kate Lanphear always looks flawless & stunning, yet effortless, love the whole look!

  7. Simone

    September 29, 2008 at 7:30 am

    epppppppp only if you’re a lean, long size 2-4….

  8. suzanne nelson

    September 29, 2008 at 7:45 am

    What a great look! She’s wearing the perfect jacket for those pants and even her hairstyle echoes the curves. The rolled up sleeves and bracelets give it edge. Cool.

  9. Anonymous

    September 29, 2008 at 7:47 am

    Dear Sartorialist, I would absolutely love to see more pictures of this amazingly elegant and beautiful woman. She is always immaculately turned out and stands out from the typical fashion crowd.

  10. bmommy

    September 29, 2008 at 7:47 am

    Really looks great on her. However, she does happen to be tall and skinny, so it kinda works where it wouldn`t on most.

  11. Anonymous

    September 29, 2008 at 7:56 am

    Her face and hair go together so well. She has a fragile yet tough look around her. The jacket could from the eighties – I had one very similar by Laura Ashley then.

  12. Jorge from W Palm Beach

    September 29, 2008 at 8:17 am

    LOVE the combination of the Hermes cuff with the S&M cuff. Brilliant way to pair global luxury brand with something from your neighborhood's sleaze shop! I honestly love it, have to visit my local leather store soon. Jorge from W Palm Beach

  13. Webradio

    September 29, 2008 at 8:35 am

    Lovely Woman…
    I know : I am french…

  14. Stefanie

    September 29, 2008 at 8:38 am

    It’s funny that you say “elegant” regarding a look with a lot of edgy bracelets and a skull ring, but you’re absolutely right! She is SO elegant! It must be her posture and the combination of pants and jacket, which is divine… thumbs up!

  15. Dan in Richmond

    September 29, 2008 at 8:48 am

    I never missed pleated pants so I’m not sure if I’m glad they’re back or not. They do contribute to a beautiful silhouette here. I love the jacket and her hair. Personally I think this elegant woman could really do without the schoolgirl accessories (spiked dog collar cuff, skull ring)but I like the overall effect of the accessorizing. Even her notebook looks chic.

  16. Erin

    September 29, 2008 at 9:02 am

    now this is a “look” i can relate to…

  17. whyioughtta

    September 29, 2008 at 9:19 am

    What an interesting combination of soft and feminine with studs, leather and skulls. Even spiked cuffs and a punk cut can’t drown out her intense femininity.

  18. Caroline

    September 29, 2008 at 9:22 am

    kate never fails, does she?

  19. Marianna

    September 29, 2008 at 9:39 am

    that looks like the famous Gwyneth Paltrow haircut from a few years ago! She actually quite looks like the actress, doesnt she? A tad bit maybe?

  20. tj

    September 29, 2008 at 9:47 am

    Aimee Mann’s long lost twin sister. :-)
    She has a face like an angel, and she knows it. Her confidence shines.
    She’s the kind of woman who leaves a trail of broken hearts behind her.

  21. Anonymous

    September 29, 2008 at 9:49 am

    kate could wear a brown paper bag elegantly..
    she’s fabulous..

  22. Anonymous

    September 29, 2008 at 9:56 am

    she looks like a tired angel, un peu jaded from having spent some time in the worldy world and now finds herself attracted to the devil’s tuxedo

  23. Anonymous

    September 29, 2008 at 10:03 am

    Yes! Gwyneth Paltrow circa Sliding Doors! She’s beautiful and I want those pants.

  24. Ni

    September 29, 2008 at 10:22 am

    milano is fab, it’s full of stylish people.
    proud of living there!

    Love the pants and the jacket, kate’s fantastic.


  25. Vintage Me New You

    September 29, 2008 at 10:25 am

    love this kind of pants!!!her haircut looks great also:)the rockish bracelets definetely give a plus for the whole outfit!

  26. Anonymous

    September 29, 2008 at 10:37 am

    She looks like a bell hop.

  27. Anonymous

    September 29, 2008 at 11:11 am

    VErY Nice!! She pulls it off in a rock chic sort of way, and it doesn’t look granny at all! She reminds me a little of Michelle Pfeiffer, with a funkier hairdo :-D

  28. Anonymous

    September 29, 2008 at 11:55 am

    Right. That’s it. My sleeves are going up tomorrow!

  29. Anonymous

    September 29, 2008 at 11:58 am

    I’m not a big fan of this king of trousers but, in her, and along with the stylish haircut, looks simply fabulous! joana

  30. Punkimeowzer

    September 29, 2008 at 12:06 pm

    I like the the classic lines of her clothing & clutch combined with the edgy/punkiness style of her hair and accessories. Her total look appeals to the punky gal inside of me. Fabu!

  31. monique

    September 29, 2008 at 12:44 pm

    I don’t think I’d like this on anyone else. Pleated pants? They really don’t flatter anyone’s figure. Rolled-up sleeves. Usually sloppy. But Kate is a special lady. Not only does she pull it off, it actually looks great.

    She is a thunderball of style.

  32. Paul Pincus

    September 29, 2008 at 12:59 pm

    i like this. i love all the wrist action. great expression.

  33. The Storialist

    September 29, 2008 at 1:14 pm

    She looks great, but this is not a very portable look. That hair, that figure, those bracelets…all of these elements work on her. On someone less willowy…disaster.

    This isn’t a bad thing. She knows what works for her, as an individual. And that lesson IS portable!

  34. Anonymous

    September 29, 2008 at 1:47 pm

    Agree with Dan in Richmond that the theme of the accessories is off-putting. She is a little mature for a skull ring. If it weren't for that and the S & M bracelets I would love it.

  35. michaeljosephowens

    September 29, 2008 at 2:48 pm

    Wow. The entire package is just fantastic, even the spiral notepad fits!

  36. Jaap van Vliet

    September 29, 2008 at 2:59 pm

    Nice. And the Danish silver bracelet on her left arm is fabulous.

  37. Don't Be A Hero

    September 29, 2008 at 3:07 pm

    so brilliant. I am constantly in awe of you Sart. Lovelovelove

  38. Beau.destiny

    September 29, 2008 at 3:24 pm


  39. Nadine

    September 29, 2008 at 3:45 pm

    Looks terrific. I can never resist rolled-up sleeves. I used to wear a very similar jacket/pants combo back in 1989.

  40. Anonymous

    September 29, 2008 at 4:13 pm

    Luv the hair cut. Luv the bracelets!

  41. Kris

    September 29, 2008 at 4:21 pm

    loving it. she looks lush!

  42. A-M

    September 29, 2008 at 4:21 pm

    nice pants, beautiful jacket!!!!

  43. That Film Girl

    September 29, 2008 at 5:08 pm

    I LOVE this. The perfect combination of sophistication and rock.

  44. Ashleigh

    September 29, 2008 at 5:22 pm

    Oh I LOVE this androgynous look! She is a stunner….

  45. Lecia

    September 29, 2008 at 5:33 pm


  46. Johanne

    September 29, 2008 at 5:42 pm

    OoooooOoooooh. Will definitely try to copy that outfit. Love it!

  47. Chic Noir

    September 29, 2008 at 5:54 pm

    Pleats are not for me. If I wore a two like this editor then and only then would I dare to wear them.

  48. Tiffany

    September 29, 2008 at 7:05 pm

    I love this look and I did not know that S&M had an age cut-off. I find it more intriguing (in this package) to see both the spiked cuff and skull ring than I would on someone half her age.

  49. Anonymous

    September 29, 2008 at 7:09 pm

    My first thought was that I love the way in which she combines more elegant items (the pants, the jacket, her manner of being, etc.) with casual ones (the bracelets, skull ring, etc.). It makes her look artsy – but not the kind of artist that I’d be scared to let into my home. A very professional look, while still expressing a considerable portion of her personality with subtlety.

  50. ricola

    September 29, 2008 at 8:20 pm

    so astoundingly beautiful.

  51. Saucy

    September 29, 2008 at 11:17 pm

    She wears it well, but pleated pants? No wire hangers, no pleated pants.

  52. Hissy Stitch

    September 30, 2008 at 12:28 am

    The pleats are good in themselves, but what an absolutely spiffing jacket to go with them! There’s always a bit more “sidways” to pleated pants than one wants, and the points on this waiscoat-styled jacket put the vertical just where it’s needed. DO WANT!

  53. Anonymous

    September 30, 2008 at 12:38 am

    Look at her bracelets! So sick.

  54. Anonymous

    September 30, 2008 at 12:55 am

    sart,i love it – i'm left wanting more info on how she finished it all off – how were the pants cuffed and did her shoes follow in the S&M bondage theme of the bracelets?
    sets my imagination running wild!
    T xx

  55. Dorothy

    September 30, 2008 at 1:10 am

    >> wow she's just sporting all the trends of the fall..and she pulls it together quite nicely.
    menswear, pleats, and tough/gothic inspired accessories.

  56. Erin

    September 30, 2008 at 2:06 am

    I love Kate!

  57. Anonymous

    September 30, 2008 at 2:23 am

    Not only does the woman look fabulous, but the composition of this photograph is perfect. The people standing in the background add a sense of dimension, emphasizing the subject as well as the lines of the pleats. The soft lighting helps guide the eyes directly to her, and the color scheme is simple and classy. Truly an inspiring photograph.

  58. Olviya

    September 30, 2008 at 3:49 am

    i like her jewelry, adds some rock moments to her fine classical look!

  59. rheakurokawa

    September 30, 2008 at 5:26 am

    I love love it all. And i love the tough accessories. :D

  60. Anonymous

    September 30, 2008 at 5:31 am

    great look! she is effortlessly chic :) there is so much emotion in her eyes – they tell a lot

  61. londondog

    September 30, 2008 at 7:44 am

    lovely combo – pleated trews and a spencer jacket to show them off – really nice silhouette

  62. Danger is my middle name

    September 30, 2008 at 8:25 am

    She’s beautiful.
    And her outfit says she is completely her own person.

  63. Diane

    September 30, 2008 at 8:47 am

    Love the entire look. Question: are you ever too old to wear your hair like this? I am in my 50′s?

  64. Helena

    September 30, 2008 at 11:31 am

    She is beautiful and charming, but the complete outfit is too much 80´s. No, no more 80´s fashion again, please!

  65. Royal Tears

    September 30, 2008 at 11:53 am


  66. Alice Olive

    September 30, 2008 at 12:26 pm

    Elegant indeed.

  67. Anonymous

    September 30, 2008 at 12:37 pm

    Diane: “Question: are you ever too old to wear your hair like this? I am in my 50′s?”

    You can totally do it in your 50s! The only risk I see is that edgy layers like that work best on dry, voluminous, or thick hair unless you’re up for meticulously maintaining the style, and you do run the risk of greasing up your bangs/forehead by wearing them in such a manner (that’s not an age thing, though; fine, limp hair won’t play nicely with the cut, no matter how old).

  68. Sophie

    September 30, 2008 at 4:44 pm

    Love the shapes – I tried to make a jacket like that in college but inevtibly it didn’t drape nearly so well.


  69. Alicia

    September 30, 2008 at 5:03 pm

    Ditto: “No wire hangers and no pleated pants!”

    I know the 80s are coming back, but I really hate these pants on most people. She pulls the look of great, and her sense of proportion is spot on. But IMHO, the pleated hammer pants gotta go.

  70. Nina

    September 30, 2008 at 6:37 pm

    kate l. can do no wrong!

  71. mimi(cigalechanta)

    September 30, 2008 at 9:05 pm

    best to avoid this look if you are hippy like me:)
    she looks chic.


    September 30, 2008 at 11:32 pm


  73. aviewaskew

    October 1, 2008 at 1:06 am

    my eyes go from her face to her arm- her eyes to the studded bracelets…

  74. Somnia Carvalho

    October 1, 2008 at 6:15 am


    This woman in this clothes is the most beautiful that i saw here, since I started look the sartorialist…

  75. Tabitha

    October 1, 2008 at 6:16 pm

    she looks like Gwyneth Paltro to me… great purse!

  76. drea

    October 1, 2008 at 6:35 pm

    Kate Lanphear has the best style — typically grays & black with studs or some edgy accessory. I've never seen a photo where she didn't look amazing.

  77. drewssef

    October 1, 2008 at 7:32 pm

    her hair is fabulous.

  78. Anonymous

    October 1, 2008 at 7:57 pm

    Perfect. A new silhouette. The sharp edges of the jacket and her hair, combined with the soft drape of the trousers is perfection.

  79. june

    October 2, 2008 at 2:19 am

    she looks like Gweneth Paltrow. I think she needs a more feminine purse to soften it up tough…. something like this

  80. MimiWong

    October 2, 2008 at 4:36 am

    Such a great look! Mixing the 2 extremes of a soft look with something masculine usually works wonders.

  81. fawn lust

    October 2, 2008 at 10:30 am

    oh kate…. j’adore!

  82. Felicity

    October 2, 2008 at 12:32 pm

    how i love kate lanphear.

    as for the hair/age q, i am 65 and have been wearing my hair like this since about 1990 (except it is white with a few black stripes) and i get a couple compliments on it per week so it must look ok. the first time i saw a pic of kate i was so happy to see that my hairdo wasn’t just idiosyncratic. now, she is my style ideal, although i could never carry off pleated pants or big shoulders.

  83. parlor girls

    October 2, 2008 at 4:04 pm

    love little jackets like that… so pretty.

  84. Anonymous

    October 2, 2008 at 4:23 pm

    i love the vest, but still has the hottest vests i’ve ever seen

  85. Anonymous

    October 3, 2008 at 12:16 am

    Umm, if she wants to wear pleated pants fashionably, fine. But it need not be paired with the huge shoulders…it’s too much. And if she is tall, I think the look is that much more awkward. I think the only reason this works is because her face and hair are so interesting…Parisian Michelle Pfeiffer.

  86. Anonymous

    October 3, 2008 at 3:08 am

    love the jacket and its cut at the back, sleeves rolled up is beautiful too. very roisin murphy.

  87. Anonymous

    October 4, 2008 at 6:04 am

    i agree with a few others who have commented about her similarity to gwyneth paltrow. the resemblance is actualy pretty striking to me, must be the hair and angles of her face. i don’t really like it, although i am not against pleated pants per se and would love to see more interpretations of the look. Here, i feel it is a bit costume-y because the whole ensemble is so 80s. what i would really like to see is someone able to make pleated pants NOT look 80s.


    October 7, 2008 at 6:12 pm

    I adore this photo. She wears the suite amazing and the pleaded pants are very aesthetically pleasing. Her hair and face combined with her choice of bracelets and ring are very well done. We appreciate this qualities here at Futureclaw magazine.

  89. yankeegrl506

    October 11, 2008 at 4:10 pm

    Her accessories definately make the outfit.
    Plus all the shapes are great in this outfit–the jacket, her hair, etc.
    And I completely agree about the pleated pants…

  90. Nidya R. Wiguno

    October 12, 2008 at 5:09 am

    nice style, nice outfits, nice bracelets :D

  91. Anonymous

    October 15, 2008 at 3:09 pm

    Nope. No pleats. Even for the tall thin ladies of the world. They’re just awful.

  92. Anonymous

    October 15, 2008 at 8:31 pm

    who makes those pants!?!??!

  93. jeweled

    October 18, 2008 at 10:29 am

    She has found a way to make volume look elegant and controlled- we don’t see that very often. I’m not totally sure that she’s wearing Armani, but the sharp shape of the jacket and the full pleated trousers bring to mind the work of the iconic Italian designer. In short, platinum standard.

  94. Anonymous

    October 20, 2008 at 3:24 pm

    Studio 54 rises again

  95. The Dark Bohemiian

    November 23, 2008 at 4:47 pm

    MI LANPHEAR !! ti amo

  96. Cool Meister

    January 14, 2009 at 1:15 am

    I can officially attribute my new obsession with Kate Lanphear to this picture.

    “The image that launched a thousand google image searches.”

  97. Nicholas

    September 16, 2010 at 10:30 pm

    She looks like Gwyneth Paltrow

  98. Marta

    October 8, 2011 at 5:05 pm

    Nice skull ring , makes her look so elegant and punk at the same time…

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