Thursday, January 15, 2009

On the Street….Sand, Grey and Brown, Florence


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  1. Susan

    January 15, 2009 at 8:35 am

    I aspire to be this chic when I am her age. Amazing!

  2. Isobel Saoirse Dylan

    January 15, 2009 at 8:45 am

    Wow, adorable!

  3. Anonymous

    January 15, 2009 at 8:47 am

    Classic, refined, bohemian chic beauty. Love the natural color palate. Thank you for including a woman of a certain age. These women are less present than men on your blog.

  4. Mira

    January 15, 2009 at 8:49 am


  5. Gourmet Chick

    January 15, 2009 at 8:49 am

    I love this! The layering and colours suits any age or bodyshape and looks fantastic on her. The slick of lipstick and the “just so” buttoned coat sets it off perfectly.

  6. Anonymous

    January 15, 2009 at 8:52 am


    Me encantaría tener esa imagen cuando llegue a mis setentas…

  7. Alice Olive

    January 15, 2009 at 8:53 am

    Wow. So long and lean. I love that despite all that material, texture, layering and folding that she still looks quite minimal to me.

  8. The Sartorialpiste

    January 15, 2009 at 8:54 am

    That is a fantastic scarf!

  9. madetm

    January 15, 2009 at 9:06 am

    What a fantastic image. This one reaches well beyond style/fashion. The expression on her face tells a thousand stories. This is truly art.

    Dennis Cahlo

  10. The Concrete Commentator

    January 15, 2009 at 9:08 am

    She’s fabulous! Love the color combo. the rolled up pant and the over sized scarf. Love her gray hair with it all also.

  11. XmX

    January 15, 2009 at 9:09 am

    Creo que esta señora es española, y tiene la gran suerte de poder comprar todo aquello que quiera en cuanto a marcas de vestir.
    Aunque la imagen no refleje todo lo que ha sido, sabe muy bien como hacer uso del concepto “una mujer bien vestida”.

  12. Gabriela

    January 15, 2009 at 9:14 am

    This is a very nice outfit. She, with that pose, hair and make up, makes it extraordinary!

  13. Dan in Richmond

    January 15, 2009 at 9:19 am

    She carries the look with such authority. Nice palette, in the photo as well as the outfit. Love the (linen?) coat and the way it’s come to fit the wearer alone, as linen will do.

  14. J.A.F.

    January 15, 2009 at 9:22 am

    Fabulous, fabulous, fabulous did I mention fabulous? I hope we are all looking this amazing at that age.

  15. Anonymous

    January 15, 2009 at 9:23 am

    How chic is this lady!

  16. Thomasd

    January 15, 2009 at 9:24 am

    Wishing my Grandma dressed like this…


  17. Jack Daniel

    January 15, 2009 at 9:28 am

    Wow, most of the time, women her age dress themselves very dull. But this lady is very stylish!

  18. Scott W

    January 15, 2009 at 9:29 am

    WOW! I love this. Gorgeous!

  19. Anonymous

    January 15, 2009 at 9:30 am

    What style!! If this is what this beauty looks like as a mature woman, she must have been stopping traffic a few years ago. And still may. Great Scott…or is that great shot?

    Glad Man

  20. Stephanie

    January 15, 2009 at 9:32 am

    so casually refined, this lady. she really knows how to wear cropped pants with ankle boots. the color combo is soft and beautiful.

  21. Anonymous

    January 15, 2009 at 9:36 am

    what a beautiful woman. she is so chic. That coat is wonderful and I love the textured materials and her huge shawl underneath

  22. Anonymous

    January 15, 2009 at 9:37 am

    Marvelous. Shows you don’t have to be young or teetering on high heels to project beauty, class and confidence.

  23. Anonymous

    January 15, 2009 at 9:43 am

    If my granny could dress like that… …

  24. Anonymous

    January 15, 2009 at 9:46 am

    The hair just makes the whole look.

  25. M!hal

    January 15, 2009 at 9:49 am

    loooove the hobo chic meets elegant grandma!!

  26. Anonymous

    January 15, 2009 at 9:50 am

    wow! who is this? She is incredible

  27. Anonymous

    January 15, 2009 at 9:54 am

    Ahaaaah! Love! Please let me carry myself this way in 20+ years…

  28. Barbara

    January 15, 2009 at 9:55 am

    Oh my god! She is totally spectacular! I adore the coat (looks like Lilith)and the harmony of her scarf and her hair is stunning.The fact that she is of a “certain age” makes her all the more appealing. She rocks! And she looks so at home and good in her skin. Very European. One of my all-time favorites. Magnificent………

  29. Anonymous

    January 15, 2009 at 10:01 am

    The incomparable beauty of egocentric aging…
    I’ve no idea who this woman might be, but she’s an outstanding example of someone supremely confident of who she is, the impression she means to leave in her wake. I’m certain that her presence commands attention wherever she goes.
    I hope that when you publish your book, it contains a good representation of such people–men and women whose faces, carriage and personal style map their lives.

  30. Billie Divine

    January 15, 2009 at 10:12 am

    How distinguished! Love her ensemble

  31. Charlotte

    January 15, 2009 at 10:13 am

    Her hair is so perfect and her clothes so battered – that and the proportions make her a fascinating study in incongruence.

  32. Anonymous

    January 15, 2009 at 10:15 am

    love her look. the coat left open to show the scarf fringe. love the scarf not bundled around her neck. keeps her warm without bulking up the narrow coat. colors incredible with her hair. like the brown w/ the grey. love the short pant and heavy boot (probably for comfort and warmth) but adds style and heft to the bottom half. she looks like a natural at making her cool weather clothes attractive.

  33. Caroline

    January 15, 2009 at 10:17 am

    this is by far the best shot you’ve ever taken. i’m blown away

  34. R.

    January 15, 2009 at 10:17 am

    Everything about this image is so powerful…the gigantic crinkled coat, the oversized scarf and those shoes that seem out of character but somehow they work..her rigorous hairdo, the dark lipstick and the amazing strength you can see in her eyes…this image is truly hypnotic.

  35. Mo

    January 15, 2009 at 10:20 am

    i like that she played with proportions

  36. muranogirl

    January 15, 2009 at 10:30 am

    Very inspiring!
    So many women give up on expressing themselves once they reach a certain age. Don’t give up!!

  37. The Clever Pup

    January 15, 2009 at 10:31 am

    Beautiful. She looks like she’s hust stepped out of a fairytale by Hans Christian Anderson or an illustration by Eedmund du Lac

  38. Mens designer clothing

    January 15, 2009 at 10:37 am

    That is one funky granny we have here

  39. May Kasahara

    January 15, 2009 at 10:47 am

    oooooh she’s amazing.

  40. Sarah

    January 15, 2009 at 10:48 am

    she’s FABULOUS.
    very poetic style

  41. Pecaspatty

    January 15, 2009 at 10:48 am

    ¿No es Eloisa Berceo?

  42. Olviya

    January 15, 2009 at 10:55 am

    oh, it is always so nice to watch older women with real sense of style, dignity…
    her scarf making this outfit casualy chick!

  43. Deja Pseu

    January 15, 2009 at 10:55 am

    Wow. Just…wow.

    I think I’ve just experienced a major paradigm shift. This is how it’s done.

  44. LivingGolden

    January 15, 2009 at 11:06 am

    The color combination is nice and I love the streak of black hair, but I don’t love the overall look. TI assume it was better in person.

  45. skinnyGLASSESgirl

    January 15, 2009 at 11:16 am

    fantastic! I can only hope i’d have this much style and grace in the years ahead. nice shot!

  46. miss sophie

    January 15, 2009 at 11:20 am

    she’s an inspiration for women of all ages. but i especially love her ankle workboots and cropped pants. so comfortable and unpretentiously chic.

  47. minouette

    January 15, 2009 at 11:31 am

    So elegant!

  48. Lynne

    January 15, 2009 at 11:31 am


  49. catherine

    January 15, 2009 at 11:32 am

    so natural beauty and elegant. The face is just magic

  50. Anonymous

    January 15, 2009 at 11:36 am

    I want that coat!!!!!!!!!

  51. Helga

    January 15, 2009 at 11:52 am

    Amazing woman with so free and boheme style!

  52. Min

    January 15, 2009 at 12:01 pm

    all the layers seem so free-flowing; i love it!

  53. Saffron

    January 15, 2009 at 12:03 pm

    She makes me look forward to aging!

    Sart, your photographic eye is the best there is!

  54. Anonymous

    January 15, 2009 at 12:15 pm

    Im 95% sure that this lady is Eloisa Bercero, a Spanish lady basically known for her love to fashion, the huge amounts of money she spends on it and for being one of the very lucky and few regular customers of the haute couture ateliers. the Spanish newspaper “El Mundo” did a great interview with her some years ago where she showed part of her incredible collection of vintage and current haute couture clothes.

  55. Iheartfashion

    January 15, 2009 at 12:19 pm

    Why do I feel like I know this woman?
    Anyway, her look is great. I’m loving the distance between her boot tops and her trouser hem.

  56. colleeeen

    January 15, 2009 at 12:20 pm

    man. i’m 33 and i rarely look as good as this woman. bravo, senora.

  57. Anonymous

    January 15, 2009 at 12:32 pm

    Now this is how you do hobo chic! Lovely.


  58. norawoah

    January 15, 2009 at 12:38 pm

    Oh wow, words are failing. She is so classic and timeless and chic. I love that her lips are the only source of color, its such a nice touch.

  59. Kate G.

    January 15, 2009 at 12:39 pm

    The photo is beautiful, as always, Mr. S. It’s one of your August Sander moments, an image with a great deal of subtext.

  60. So intriguing

    January 15, 2009 at 12:56 pm

    This shot is A-MAZING! Speaking from my completely clueless American image of Italian women–this is what I envision. There is something so incredibly bohemian chic, in an unstudied way. Did she give a lot of thought to this when she got dressed that day or is this is just how she dresses without giving it much thought? What a a great shot and a beautiful woman.

  61. manu

    January 15, 2009 at 1:07 pm

    I think she’s Eloísa Berceo, the haute-couture Spanish coleccionist. Distinguished.

  62. Eugenia

    January 15, 2009 at 1:07 pm

    Dios mío!. Esto si que es tener ESTILO. Irradia vanguardia y personalidad. Perfecta!!!

  63. Anonymous

    January 15, 2009 at 1:09 pm

    i love this. i’m 22 and would definitely wear this today.

  64. Johanne

    January 16, 2009 at 7:28 am

    Very chic. I don’t understand why people worry about getting gray hair. It’s so graceful…

  65. Cris

    January 16, 2009 at 7:49 am

    perfect combination for such a modern granny! I love her scarf and how she’s put together the colours, volumes and textures. and her hairdo!

    The title could have been “super granny” ;-) :-P

    Regards from Barcelona!

    (When are you coming up and visiting us?)

  66. Anonymous

    January 16, 2009 at 8:48 am

    Wow. That is my hair. I am going out to buy red lipstick today.

  67. cool e chic

    January 16, 2009 at 9:55 am

    I love the picture,
    chic lady

  68. bb

    January 16, 2009 at 10:08 am

    Where can you even get a coat like that??????

  69. Anonymous

    January 16, 2009 at 10:12 am

    How wonderful to discover the existence of Eloisa Bercero, whether or not this is the lady herself pictured. I googled her and was just charmed. Such a lovely discovery. If this woman isn’t Ms. Bercero, then she is lucky to be mistaken for her!

  70. Anonymous

    January 16, 2009 at 10:53 am


  71. Anonymous

    January 16, 2009 at 11:41 am

    good color palette.. appropriate !


  72. Anonymous

    January 16, 2009 at 11:59 am

    Actually her name is Ana and she own a boutique in Paris. She is very sweet and one of the most vibrant people I know! I can’t believe Scott got her to stand still for long enough to take this picture! :)

  73. Anonymous

    January 16, 2009 at 12:02 pm

    Hello to everyone!
    A few mysteries revealed:
    The coat is Paul Harnden —
    Attenzione, the lady’s NOT a granny (yet) —
    And she’s NOT Eloisa Bercero
    Trust me, she’s MY MUM.

  74. Honeygo Beasley

    January 16, 2009 at 12:42 pm

    Loved it until scrolled down – ew the boots.

  75. Catherine

    January 16, 2009 at 12:48 pm

    Wow, wow, wow!! I love her! I wish I could see the back of the coat.

  76. Andrew

    January 16, 2009 at 1:14 pm

    Wonderful in so many ways. I think what makes your blog so endearing is that you see and discover the human being under the clothing.

  77. Anonymous

    January 16, 2009 at 1:32 pm

    This is the most beautiful photo I’ve ever seen on this great site. I’m actually holding back tears looking at it here at work. I agree with the other person who said it is rude to call her granny though. Woman of a certain age is a much better descriptor. She doesn’t look any older than a lot of the men that are featured regularly on this site anyway. But her ageless style, her confidence, is awe inspiring. Sartorialist, more women of a certain age, please!

  78. Anonymous

    January 16, 2009 at 1:46 pm

    a beautiful lady of her age~

    is she wearing a coat from 45rpm. something about the fabrics and the collar and the buttons hehe or its just my mistake haha

  79. miss cavendish

    January 16, 2009 at 3:47 pm

    Love the long scarf!

  80. Milo Beloved

    January 16, 2009 at 4:09 pm

    What a great face! I love her hair, but I think my favorite thing about this woman is that she does not look in the least glamorous, but she still manages to work that lip shade beautifully.

    This is someone that I would love to drink a rich dark tea with.

  81. philippe

    January 16, 2009 at 5:58 pm

    she is not Eloisa Bercero. she is originaly armenian, speaking good french and russian, working in fashion press and communication, nice person. I had lunch with her at Pitti press cantine.


    January 16, 2009 at 11:45 pm

    A role model; I want to look just like her when I’m that age.

  83. Anonymous

    January 17, 2009 at 12:26 am

    PERFECTION! What a display of superior knowledge of proportion! I’m in awe. Stunning! I bow.

  84. sarah

    January 17, 2009 at 3:42 am


  85. The Librarian

    January 17, 2009 at 7:50 am

    Please would the lucky and heplful offspring of this lovely lady also tell us where the scarf is from?!

  86. Anonymous

    January 17, 2009 at 11:06 am

    The bottom of the coat looks really interesting. And I love the proportion of the short pants with the ankle boots. Well played, madam!

  87. Leeeza

    January 17, 2009 at 11:24 am

    I want to know her life story! She looks like shes seen a few things and been a few places; It shows in her laid-back bohemian style… it’s beautiful!
    Lisa- London, UK

  88. Berkelycole

    January 17, 2009 at 6:35 pm


  89. Anonymous

    January 18, 2009 at 12:04 am

    This image of ageless chic inspires my first comment to your site. I hope you will continue to include images older women who do not bow to style but use it as a language to express themselves. It’s so tiresome to always be inundated with the beauty of youth when that is only one aspect of style. This woman speaks to me. Thank you!

  90. Anonymous

    January 18, 2009 at 12:14 am

    One of the best pictures I have seen in here. I really love it!

  91. Anonymous

    January 18, 2009 at 5:31 am

    She is so cool! The slim pants and ankle boots give her outfit a playful twist. The rest is enviously casual/elegant/boho. But the best thing is that it is timeless. I love it.

  92. MaRtA BCN

    January 18, 2009 at 6:06 am

    I love the picture: the way she dresses and the whole entourage is what make this image so powerful. very nice shot!
    I like the look, but I will try to imagine that those boots work with the whole style… at the moment I can imagine plent of better boots..
    by the way, she’s amazing!

  93. xssat

    January 18, 2009 at 7:54 am

    My goodness, the pure grace and elegance. I love the outfit but what I love more is the look in her eyes. Absolutely beautiful.

  94. Anonymous

    January 18, 2009 at 8:20 am

    The scarf should be Faliero Sarti, if I'm not mistaken…

    Besides, PHILIPPE / 5:58pm is right. That small thing on the breast pocket is in fact the Armenian national flag.

  95. Anonymous

    January 18, 2009 at 9:24 am


    So good combination-scarf and longcoat-I should steal her Fashion☆

  96. Anonymous

    January 18, 2009 at 9:43 am

    so gorgeous…!!

  97. Sarah A

    January 18, 2009 at 2:13 pm

    So gorgeous.

  98. Sosie

    January 18, 2009 at 4:25 pm

    The look describes her just like I said with the man
    the pink suit. she looks beautiful.-Sosie from

  99. Anonymous

    January 18, 2009 at 5:09 pm

    i want to look like this when i’m her age. she looks like such an interesting person, i wish i knew more people like her!

  100. Jennifer

    January 19, 2009 at 7:24 am


  101. Anonymous

    January 19, 2009 at 8:13 am

    so freaking incredible!!!!!!!!!

  102. vint junky

    January 19, 2009 at 2:43 pm

    fabulous! the coat and layering makes her seem earthly and organic … like a tree
    wonderful image…. so beautiful

  103. Anonymous

    January 19, 2009 at 5:34 pm

    I keep coming back to this photo. Love the boots, the slim cropped cuffed pant, the texture of the coat and her beautiful gray hair and rid lips. Bella! Bella!

  104. mych

    January 19, 2009 at 8:42 pm

    This is pear-shaped if I’ve ever seen it. The only thing is, I think she probably has quite thin hips. There’s just too much bulk! If the scarf or jacket (not both) cut-off at the waist this would be a winner.

  105. TheMinx

    January 19, 2009 at 9:24 pm

    This is completely breathtaking. It’s almost Dickensian, but at the same time speaks of Miuccia, Limi Feu, everything modern. I don’t have the words to properly describe it, but it must be said that the look on her face is the most amazing thing of all. Bravo.

  106. IRENE

    January 20, 2009 at 7:32 am

    WHAT a woman. It’s all esthetics,my friend…

  107. shannon

    January 20, 2009 at 10:25 pm

    Wow, I am completely blown away. This picture is just…perfect. She has to be one of the most beautiful people I’ve ever seen.

  108. Hip Hip Hackney

    January 21, 2009 at 5:11 pm

    This has to be one of the chicest people you’ve ever photographed.


  109. wolf

    January 21, 2009 at 5:53 pm


  110. Jade

    January 22, 2009 at 3:11 pm

    Beautiful, classy…

  111. berkbark

    January 23, 2009 at 8:08 am

    Finally, a charming, chic women with lots of style and … silver hair… fabulous… as I am also in the same age bracket I suspect this wonderful woman occupies, I appreciate seeing what can be done when stilettos and leggings are not really a good choice.. keep more of these divine, creative women in the “list”. I love your work and gain courage with each months displays..

  112. just me

    January 23, 2009 at 11:02 am

    Very chic.
    Please, include more photos of elegant mature women in your blog.
    It’s very inspiring.

  113. Anonymous

    January 23, 2009 at 5:40 pm

    Those red lips just kill me (in a good way).

  114. maria

    January 24, 2009 at 11:16 am

    The Silver Fox Lady II.
    I thougt the beauty of the old photo, (by the way, Would you put the two of them side by side?) was the look in her eyes, and the arch framing he figure, but there is no arch here, just her, and this photo is as stunning as the old one.

    I would love to meet her in person. She must be something

  115. Anonymous

    January 25, 2009 at 5:35 pm

    she can’t be more elegant and graceful, beautiful!

  116. aficionada

    January 26, 2009 at 5:25 pm

    i want to be this woman when i grow up. she’s transcendent.

  117. anne harp

    January 26, 2009 at 5:38 pm

    Isn’t she elegant!

  118. iryś

    January 26, 2009 at 9:38 pm

    for pictures like that i love this blog! and for performance like that women did i like fashion ! magic!

  119. yourorangelover

    January 26, 2009 at 10:54 pm

    This photo gives me hope that it IS possible to age and still create enviable looks that are appropriate and delightful. What a treat! Never give up!

  120. Jacinta Montgomery

    January 27, 2009 at 1:36 am


  121. Bella

    February 1, 2009 at 5:22 pm

    Thank you for posting this! I, too, have refused to color or cut my hair and wear it, gloriously grey, in this same style! Ditto for the red lipstick! You photo of this lovely lady strengthens my reserve to ignore those who advise me to “update” my look. I say this is a classic!

  122. Anonymous

    February 10, 2009 at 9:24 am

    Love this womans’ complete look – fabulous!

  123. Anonymous

    February 19, 2009 at 5:15 pm

    She´s Elisea Berceo. She´s a spaniard. She´s one of the few women in the world who wears Hauté Couture.

  124. Anonymous

    February 27, 2009 at 8:55 am

    she’s amazing
    love her style.

    so chic, so stylish,
    and soooo classic.

    i wish i could be as beautiful as her when i am her age.

  125. Anonymous

    March 8, 2009 at 9:40 pm

    She is an ever-evolving gift!

  126. Mari

    March 22, 2009 at 6:57 am

    What a beauty. Lovely to se a mature lady on your blog, would love to see more of them.

  127. Giovanni

    May 16, 2009 at 10:18 am

    No other country is more inspiring than Italy!

  128. Anonymous

    May 29, 2009 at 8:50 pm

    she looks so amazing for her age. i hope to look this!

  129. Mire

    August 16, 2009 at 4:04 am

    This woman is a Spanish millionaire, called Eloísa Bercero, she was on TV showing her wardrobe – a whole apartment in Madrid city centre.

  130. Jordan

    June 27, 2010 at 7:26 pm

    This could be my favorite of yours. It is truly inspiring to see a woman of her age being more stylin' than most teenagers I know. The detail, both effortless and not, is stunning.. her pants for instance, and that gorgeous oversized scarf. Truly wonderful.

  131. Envoy of Belfast

    September 7, 2010 at 10:46 am

    She looks great in Paul Harnden. Nice picture

  132. Marika

    December 21, 2011 at 4:48 am

    Great Style. Compliment!

  133. Jessica

    May 9, 2012 at 5:34 am

    The same woman as in your January 11, 2008 picture, no? She’s definitely not Eloisa Bercero – their faces are totally different. I like her better in this photo – not so cold.

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  135. lesblant

    December 31, 2012 at 2:50 pm

    Sometimes Italians take the style purity thing too far and it becomes austere and unbecoming. She looks a little too much like a WWII refugee. The outfit is cool but I would advise softening the hair (a few tendrils) and trading out the drab scarf for something with some color (geranium pink, or perhaps coral). Now that I’m over 50 I find that color near the face really perks things up.

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