Friday, February 5, 2010

On the Street….Renata, Milano

I think this is the first picture I have posted of Renata with her new haircut.


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  1. robert ballew

    February 5, 2010 at 9:33 am

    She looks FABULOUS, love the haircut!!!

    • Simone Fraser

      May 22, 2014 at 4:44 am

      Despite the cancer stick, which I feel I must go on about, this Renata possesses fabulous 1930s style and charm, yet looks part of this time. Truly classic, I guess! Reminds me of the glamour of the film actors of that era.
      Always glad to see her here.

  2. Tati

    February 5, 2010 at 9:33 am

    love it

  3. Anonymous

    February 5, 2010 at 9:35 am

    amazing picture. I love it. and I love her hair and the coat.

  4. apparellel

    February 5, 2010 at 9:36 am

    everything about this photo is amazing!


  5. Sofia Martellini

    February 5, 2010 at 9:45 am

    So classy.

  6. Viscous n Hsieh Original

    February 5, 2010 at 9:49 am

    Love it!!

  7. Anonymous

    February 5, 2010 at 9:54 am

    Lovely boots, scarf, specs and haircut. The coat not so great. Pants go.

  8. Kathleen

    February 5, 2010 at 9:56 am

    Look at Renata, she looks great. When I dream about what I'll look like when I reach her age, this is what I see. Her attitude is fantastic, and to me she is saying "Look at me! I am not afraid to express myself the way I want to and be damned my age or what others think". She is my hero! This is it, I'm buying the pair of Harness Boots I've wanted for the past year, enough with the constant age appropriate talk. One can mix it up and still dress with hipness and style at any age.

    • Marla Martenson

      January 16, 2013 at 8:35 pm

      I agree with you. She is fabulous. I am tired of women lying about their age and denying their greatness and beauty, trying to turn back the clock when it just isn’t possible.

  9. 2:20

    February 5, 2010 at 9:57 am

    This woman is at once too cool for school AND professorial!

    And those hands!
    If they aren't the
    most ready-to-gesture hands I've
    ever seen!

    Nice photo.

  10. Coco and Zaahb

    February 5, 2010 at 10:00 am

    I love her look


  11. The Photodiarist

    February 5, 2010 at 10:01 am

    I love the haircut, the colorful bulky scarf and the insouciance of her pant leg half tucked into one boot. Great shot.

  12. Emilie

    February 5, 2010 at 10:02 am

    Beautiful photo!

  13. Barbora

    February 5, 2010 at 10:03 am

    I know smoking is bad but can not help myself,absolutely love this picture!The whole thing!:)

  14. Gon

    February 5, 2010 at 10:04 am

    Omg! She really looks like my drawing teacher! only thiner ahah :P

    Love the colors and the pose, very elegant!


  15. ingefaer

    February 5, 2010 at 10:05 am

    Oh how inspiring………….I love this woman! Her haircut, glasses – everything. Just beautiful.

  16. ziolele

    February 5, 2010 at 10:06 am

    Renata watch out the car!!!

  17. Anonymous

    February 5, 2010 at 10:09 am

    I think the key here, as with most of your shots of slightly older men/women you shoot, is her swagger! Talk about keeping your head high! All these people have the look pf someone who is not afraid to live and loving every minute of it! Keep it up!

  18. Anonymous

    February 5, 2010 at 10:10 am

    Pure sophistication.

    A wonderfully refreshing change from the adolescent stuff we too often see on this blog.

  19. l´habitué

    February 5, 2010 at 10:19 am

    Pure class.
    True style.

  20. Anne-Marie

    February 5, 2010 at 10:21 am

    This makes me long for a few grey hairs! Crazy about the berry shade on her lips and scarf.

  21. Emom

    February 5, 2010 at 10:21 am

    I am pretty sure she taught one of my classes in college….smiles.


    February 5, 2010 at 10:23 am

    Carrying her Macbook in the street, ah ah ah

  23. David

    February 5, 2010 at 10:27 am

    the look is very distinguished but somewhat contrived – i think real style has a degree of effortlessness, nay even laziness and imperfection, an easy carelessness. She has that in the upper part of the photo – look at the macbook carried so carelessly without a case! But the only thing that brings it from careless to contrived is the single bootleg deliberately tucked in. Perhaps I'm wrong, but it looks to deliberate and loses the flair of reckless abandon..

  24. Alexandra

    February 5, 2010 at 10:31 am

    She's so cool. Who is she?

  25. Anonymous

    February 5, 2010 at 10:36 am

    I love this woman! And she looks so great with her new haircut. GREAT portrait!!

  26. Anonymous

    February 5, 2010 at 10:37 am

    Love her. And her haircut. And her devil may care attitude.

  27. neha

    February 5, 2010 at 10:38 am

    the boots are great, and the scarf is a lovely color. :)

  28. Jacqueline

    February 5, 2010 at 10:46 am

    I like how one bootleg is showing and the other is hidden under her trousers. I also like the jacket and the scarf with a pop of color. xo

  29. Anonymous

    February 5, 2010 at 10:50 am

    A good example of sprezzatura…
    love the scarf too

  30. riviera t.

    February 5, 2010 at 10:50 am

  31. Anonymous

    February 5, 2010 at 10:52 am

    who is renata ? and please! someone tell this ignorant what kind (material) that coat is made of ? it is marvellous !!

  32. sarah

    February 5, 2010 at 10:56 am

    This is the best photo you've posted in a long time — it's completely inspired. Just by looking at this picture, I know she is who I want to be when I'm her age.

  33. emanuele

    February 5, 2010 at 11:03 am

    Oh dear, I was just around the corner some hours ago!

    She is a really stylish woman, I like this pic.

  34. john benjamin pritchett

    February 5, 2010 at 11:07 am

    Bravo! A great look! Wonderful attitude! Not a fan of the cigarette but love the Macbook as an accessory!

  35. Teresa @ good-grace

    February 5, 2010 at 11:07 am

    I'm loving the slightly wonderful disheveled look! :)

  36. notjustmedical

    February 5, 2010 at 11:10 am

    Great picture. She looks like she doesn't care what anyone else thinks!


  37. nadine2point0

    February 5, 2010 at 11:12 am

    Hope I'm that cool at her age…. Her clothes are rather ordinary actually, in my opinion, but her style is ever present.

  38. edinamonsoon

    February 5, 2010 at 11:16 am

    I agree about the deliberateness of the boot-tucking. However, she still exudes style, class and elegance.

  39. La chica

    February 5, 2010 at 11:19 am

    I think she's a bit like the writer Marguerite Duras, don't you think?

  40. lintmag

    February 5, 2010 at 11:19 am

    Scott, I think your next book should be with some of the people you shoot regularly, but with interviews about their thoughts on life, style, etc – I am always fascinated by how people choose their certain look, whether it is to my taste or not.
    Renata looks great both ways!

  41. Anonymous

    February 5, 2010 at 11:19 am

    david – i'm taking a guess, but i don't believe the one pant leg tucked in, and one out is deliberate. i just started wearing some mid calf boots myself, and interestingly, I've found that, more often than not, one of my previously tucked pant legs will often wiggle it's way out of solitary confinement and into the wild south area of my boot. just one. weird.

    …is that car approaching from the rear gonna stop in time???

  42. MusaBenedetta

    February 5, 2010 at 11:21 am

    Fantastic. The hair is just amazing. It really suits her personality.

  43. AnonymousJK

    February 5, 2010 at 11:33 am

    She's simply too cool for words!

  44. Anonymous

    February 5, 2010 at 11:35 am

    isn't that coat a Max Mara from several years ago (think so because I own it), and it's the MOST luxurious mix of fabrics…feels like a fur coat almost. I'd love it if you'd use first AND last names–then if I don't know who they are I can google them and find out.

  45. pete v

    February 5, 2010 at 11:36 am

    Jedi chic

  46. Danielle

    February 5, 2010 at 11:39 am

    i'd die for a nice wave in my hair. she looks fabulous.

  47. John Danner

    February 5, 2010 at 11:48 am

    I thought the coat looked like a bathrobe- my only beef. Fantastic hair and glass though.

  48. Julie

    February 5, 2010 at 11:52 am


  49. Lisa Petrarca

    February 5, 2010 at 12:03 pm

    The best part about aging…CONFIDENCE!


  50. Scorpion Disco

    February 5, 2010 at 12:08 pm

    I feel obliged to comment because my name is Renata…there's not that many of us, so we should stick together!

    And we all happen to be madly stylish, almost devilishly so.


  51. princess glee

    February 5, 2010 at 12:09 pm

    I dunno, could it be the posture or the tidiness from the scarf up that takes the look out of schlumphmode? Comfy but still ready to work.

  52. what dia like

    February 5, 2010 at 12:12 pm

    sublime Renata!!

  53. a serious whore

    February 5, 2010 at 12:13 pm

    that,you are not taking this thing "seriously" enough, and than she laughed…

  54. Elaine

    February 5, 2010 at 12:14 pm

    I love the effortless tuck of her pants into the boot.

  55. Vinda Sonata

    February 5, 2010 at 12:24 pm

    i really like how she still looks elegant, even with quite a nonchalant look. she's such a woman with style! amazing haircut, too. everything's so perfectly places, except the cigarette. duh.

    fashion atelier.

  56. Kalee

    February 5, 2010 at 12:34 pm

    I love her hair, her boots, her glasses, and her "yes?" look!

  57. Lemon for breakfast

    February 5, 2010 at 12:37 pm

    I like those boots!! :)

  58. Leila

    February 5, 2010 at 12:40 pm

    Anyone else think she's channelling a little Katharine Hepburn? x

  59. Anonymous

    February 5, 2010 at 12:42 pm

    Innt [sic] she cute?! I love the matchy coat and boots, which are the perfect weight and texture for each other.

  60. Suzanne

    February 5, 2010 at 12:45 pm

    Adore the haircut, adore the glasses, and hate to admit it, but even adore the cig (only on her though).

  61. DinaBN99

    February 5, 2010 at 12:51 pm

    love love love her attitude and style!! I hope I am that chic when I get to be her age! Go Renata! xoxo

  62. Anonymous

    February 5, 2010 at 12:56 pm

    That's not a Macbook. It's an Asus Eee PC 900 series. Apple doesn't have a monopoly on white computers.

  63. Anonymous

    February 5, 2010 at 1:10 pm

    I wish my mother would dress like that!! She looks fantastic!! And I'm not going to make a comment about the cigarette….

  64. NSP

    February 5, 2010 at 1:11 pm

  65. The Hype Around

    February 5, 2010 at 1:36 pm

    I love this photo. Renetta certainly demonstrates that it is not clothes that make the man (or woman), but the style in which he or she wears them. Her flair for the dramatic can be seen in her pairing of the coat with a colorful scarf tied ever so wonderfully in a devil may care fashion. The suede boots hilighted by beiing partially tucked in a pant leg. And finally, that gesture of her "free" hand extended with a cigarette while the other one is carrying a notebook. This is a Jean-Luc Godard moment, for sure.

    some peole have style and some peole merely pretend. This woman is surely the real deal!

  66. Anonymous

    February 5, 2010 at 1:45 pm

    Really? Sure – she definately has her own personal style, but you won't find me raving about the loveliness of one pant leg tucked, one not.

  67. Anonymous

    February 5, 2010 at 1:47 pm

    She is great but I agree with the bathrobe comment and add the boots to it it looks like she rushed out of the house – but her attitude takes care of it all!

  68. Anonymous

    February 5, 2010 at 1:47 pm

    elegant but at the same time youthful! how do these italian ladies pull it off?

  69. Abigail

    February 5, 2010 at 1:49 pm

    I keep thinking about going back to that hair cut as well.

  70. YogaSpy

    February 5, 2010 at 2:25 pm

    I agree with lintmag that a book featuring your regular subjects would be fascinating. Witnessing someone's fashion sense (and sensibility) on multiple days reveals a lot about one's character.

    But here's the real lesson I've learned from your work: Why not showcase personal style every day? Why be lazy about grooming or aesthetics or individuality?

    I have a friend who, like your subjects, looks sharp no matter where he's going. He dresses for himself, not for any occasion or any trend. And people notice. Whenever I'm with him, strangers always comment on his cool shoes or his handmade bikes (that he builds himself in his "free time").

    He looks like no one else. This Renata looks like no one else. Your photos highlight personal style and inspire everyone to cultivate their own.

  71. Charles

    February 5, 2010 at 2:30 pm


  72. Stacey

    February 5, 2010 at 2:35 pm

    Wow – the new hair do is superb! Graceful, striking and very fashionable. But please, smoking is sooo OVER! You have multiple shots of her, cig in hand (booo)

  73. Ellinor Forje

    February 5, 2010 at 2:37 pm


  74. Liliana P.

    February 5, 2010 at 2:40 pm

    What a stylish lady! Love her coolness…

  75. Helena

    February 5, 2010 at 2:53 pm

    Lovely. What a lady!

  76. Lolitta

    February 5, 2010 at 3:10 pm

  77. Lauren

    February 5, 2010 at 3:12 pm

    oh my goodness.

    i want TO BE HER.

  78. lorax

    February 5, 2010 at 3:18 pm

    This is who I want to be when I'm old. Right down to the untucked pant leg in the boot.

  79. Bell

    February 5, 2010 at 3:19 pm

    Tre Chic, especial woman.

  80. Vitrinen

    February 5, 2010 at 3:19 pm

    Thank you for this pic. Now I am not afraid of getting older anymore. This is beautiful and cool.

  81. Marie Montage

    February 5, 2010 at 3:38 pm

    Lovely. I'm most impressed by outfits where I can deconstruct each item one by one and everything in itself is quite simple, but together amazing. Sign of creativity.


    Marie Montage

  82. Darcy H

    February 5, 2010 at 3:40 pm

    Pretty great.

  83. Anonymous

    February 5, 2010 at 3:57 pm

    pose and posture

  84. Anonymous

    February 5, 2010 at 4:11 pm


  85. heraid

    February 5, 2010 at 4:14 pm

    Her outfit is so casual yet so elegant!

  86. crimzonite

    February 5, 2010 at 4:14 pm


  87. Em

    February 5, 2010 at 4:19 pm

    This is what i want to be when i grow up!

    Scott, you have such a gift of capturing the essence of a person.

  88. Dorin Stanciu

    February 5, 2010 at 5:09 pm

    The purple makes it all work.

  89. Caroline

    February 5, 2010 at 6:16 pm

    Gorgeous photography capturing a moment in time. I love this shot so much. Disheveled yet put together. This woman has a story.

  90. Anonymous

    February 5, 2010 at 6:50 pm

    so is so cool. i love her hair, that scarf, that coat…
    everything is just so effortless.

  91. Anonymous

    February 5, 2010 at 7:49 pm

    Oh la la. She looks great and fun!

  92. Cobalt Violet

    February 5, 2010 at 8:38 pm

    Fabulous photo… and it hard to be cozy and stylie at the same time~ LOVE the hair, splash of color and of course … glasses! ;)

  93. jku

    February 5, 2010 at 8:47 pm

    Gorgeous! I love her confidence!


    February 5, 2010 at 9:18 pm

    Is that a Kindle she is holding? Or a notebook computer?

  95. Vyasa

    February 5, 2010 at 10:27 pm

    this is the most comfortable looking outfit ever.

  96. Anonymous

    February 5, 2010 at 10:43 pm

    ive never seen anything so utterly cool & fantastic

  97. Kathleen

    February 6, 2010 at 12:51 am

    I believe she is RENATA MOLHO. Very famous, especially in the 80's.

  98. Domino

    February 6, 2010 at 1:48 am

    so classic and chic, and timeless.
    amazing. these photos always give me so much style inspiration


  99. Carol

    February 6, 2010 at 1:52 am

    I need those glasses frames.

  100. Gin

    February 6, 2010 at 2:23 am

    LOVE her new hair style <3
    she looks so cute here!!!!!!!!
    it took me a while to appreciate her style but now i just love how she wears clothes. Thanks Sart!

  101. Anonymous

    February 6, 2010 at 3:29 am

    She must have arrived by bike, that´swhy her left pants leg is tucked in. I like the coat now, it took some hours to get to like it.

  102. istanbulfashionaddict

    February 6, 2010 at 3:33 am

    her coat is heart stopper.beautiful!

  103. Anonymous

    February 6, 2010 at 3:47 am


  104. Jody

    February 6, 2010 at 5:53 am

    Fantastic energy!

  105. Filuzi

    February 6, 2010 at 6:01 am

    Nothing gives elegance to a hand like a fag- ( I know I know)

  106. MELISSA Z.

    February 6, 2010 at 6:16 am

  107. Neppo

    February 6, 2010 at 6:34 am

    Sart, I always love to see your photos of Renata. Thank you for them!

  108. G-Town Audrey

    February 6, 2010 at 8:32 am

    the haircut IS the look, really

  109. beths

    February 6, 2010 at 8:49 am

    New glasses, too, with the haircut? Gorgeous–hurray for attitude. The cigarette looks divine, as carried. Just don't smoke it.

  110. leighanne

    February 6, 2010 at 9:51 am

    utterly fabulous: hair, glasses, what style…totally her own person…soooo refreshing to see!!

  111. Anonymous

    February 6, 2010 at 9:52 am

    She is so classy!
    And the boots are amazing! :)


  112. Anonymous

    February 6, 2010 at 10:58 am

    Gee, she always look great and so COMFORTABLE. FAb boots. Cozy coat. Love her hair.

  113. peevish

    February 6, 2010 at 11:35 am

    I have hair envy.

    And her attitude is everything, really. Brava.

  114. Diane

    February 6, 2010 at 12:42 pm

    Wow, for her age and for her attitude!


  115. BLANCHE

    February 6, 2010 at 12:52 pm

    me gusta,los pantalones metidos por las botas casualmente.
    i love, the pants into the boots casualy

  116. Licia

    February 6, 2010 at 1:30 pm

  117. ADJ

    February 6, 2010 at 3:14 pm

    ageless beauty, sophistication, and depth. she looks like a literary genuis!

  118. Summer

    February 6, 2010 at 4:22 pm

    Oh, this is what growing older is supposed to be. She has, I believe it is called, "insouciance".

  119. Rebecca O'Neil

    February 6, 2010 at 9:29 pm

    This is one of my favorites. She looks great. Fabulous, comfortable/laid back yet inspired.

  120. Anonymous

    February 7, 2010 at 4:57 am

    So much more fun and inspiring to look at than these plastic fashionistas with all the 'right' brands.

  121. Anonymous

    February 7, 2010 at 7:50 am

    I love her scarf and the way she smokes
    But i'm not a big fan of the trouser into the boots.
    At least if she did both sides…

  122. Jeanne

    February 7, 2010 at 9:12 am

    Does it get any better than this?? An absolute classic, I love it!

  123. tizzylish

    February 7, 2010 at 9:17 am

    I want to look like her when i get older and more beautiful. Love the hair and lipstick.

  124. Anonymous

    February 7, 2010 at 11:04 am

    Just wonderful…..she always looks great and you photograph her beautifully!

  125. Suzanne Pasch

    February 7, 2010 at 8:34 pm

    Elegant, and her own. I dream of looking like this at her age. Ah Renata!!!

  126. Room4777

    February 8, 2010 at 3:47 am

    She's one of my favorites…always looking playfully sophisticated.

  127. Joanna Roman

    February 8, 2010 at 5:28 am

    Very good haircut, very becoming :)
    and of course, the rest… as always, very pleasant to look at! She is a person with her very stable and settled style and I do really think that's highly valuable

  128. Serena

    February 8, 2010 at 4:49 pm

    For me it's about the way she looks so confident in herself. It's an inside job here and I imagine she could carry off a lot of different looks just by being sure of who she is. Thanks for adding to the language of beauty in popular culture.

  129. Anonymous

    February 8, 2010 at 6:17 pm

    What a stylish woman… she looks simply fabulous!!!

  130. julietingersoll

    February 8, 2010 at 6:27 pm

    she is just fantastic……
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  131. Nan

    February 8, 2010 at 7:52 pm

    oh, much better!! looks great!

  132. Pickles & Coffee

    February 8, 2010 at 11:38 pm

    I love this woman, i want to have coffee with her, and talk about anything she wants to!

  133. Anna

    February 8, 2010 at 11:44 pm

    This is EXACTLY who I want to be when I grow up.

  134. desertwind

    February 9, 2010 at 3:22 am

    Aw, Sart — She's my favorite of all your regulars. All these years.

    I just luv her.

    New haircut is fabulous.

  135. Anonymous

    February 9, 2010 at 9:06 pm

    She is one of my favorites of this blog! The glasses, hair, coat, lipstick, are all great, but best of all . . . she looks comfortable! No 8-inch high dominatrix shoes or clothes she can't breathe in. Now THIS is chic.

  136. the gorgeous

    February 10, 2010 at 5:27 am

    amazing style! love the haircut and the woman itself, such a taste!

  137. Anonymous

    February 10, 2010 at 9:53 am

    She looks so good. This is how I want to look when I get older.. Btw, the way she holds her cigarette is exactly the way "Cruella DeVille" holds it!

  138. gia

    February 10, 2010 at 12:24 pm

    Amazing,love the hair,will now change my style,overall just a great look,i am full of envy1

  139. Julia

    February 10, 2010 at 6:18 pm

    Renata looks very chic with her new haircut!

  140. Le 21ème

    February 11, 2010 at 12:38 am

    WOW! Love the old-world charm!


  141. brigitte and courtney

    February 11, 2010 at 4:10 am

    i adore her sophisticated style, and im totally loving those glasses.

    drop by, anytime

  142. bird of light

    February 12, 2010 at 1:54 am

    Dare I say there is to me, romance in her boots? Utterly herself, she is. And with all that loose clothing – the juxtaposition of her stance appears to capture a rare individuality; just take a look at her posture!..; )

  143. Massive Empire

    February 12, 2010 at 6:39 am

    She is an impressive spirited person no doubt.

  144. T

    February 12, 2010 at 1:19 pm

    When I get to that age, i wanna be just like that.

  145. marleen

    February 12, 2010 at 1:25 pm

    what an amazing lady…

  146. Anonymous

    February 12, 2010 at 5:34 pm

    Love the hair! Even though it's a more mature look, it's also more sophisticated. Her confident expression says it all.

  147. Anonymous

    February 13, 2010 at 12:11 am

    woah. attitude!

  148. prettykitty

    February 13, 2010 at 8:09 pm

    come on she is Gorgeousness All AROUND

  149. ivy lee

    February 14, 2010 at 8:52 am

    Love her! So earthy & original at the same time.

  150. Gotta Knit!

    February 21, 2010 at 9:37 am

    She is beautiful, fierce and independent looking.

  151. jj

    April 17, 2012 at 6:26 pm

    great style , great look

  152. Zee

    January 16, 2013 at 8:40 pm

    Chic, confident and sophisticated…just lovely

  153. Kerstin Landgren

    November 7, 2014 at 4:48 am

    but skip the cig pls!

  154. Nadezda

    January 9, 2018 at 9:49 am

    Quelle classe !

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