Thursday, March 24, 2011

On the Street…..via Manzoni, Milan

This woman was such a vision in her monochrome look. Her sole splash of color – a vintage red Hermes Kelly bag. I tried to communicate with her after the shot but the language difference was too much of a barrier.


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  1. Fluid Idleness

    March 24, 2011 at 3:32 pm

    Ah, very elegant and she looks so sweet for some reason.

  2. Anonymous

    March 24, 2011 at 3:32 pm


  3. Anonymous

    March 24, 2011 at 3:32 pm

    Her hair is absolutely beautiful!

  4. Kurt

    March 24, 2011 at 3:35 pm

    I love vintage kelly bags from hermes.

  5. Leire

    March 24, 2011 at 3:37 pm


  6. Anonymous

    March 24, 2011 at 3:39 pm


  7. Olivia♥

    March 24, 2011 at 3:42 pm

    This is such a lovely image!! I love her simple colors with the bright florals in the background!! very beautiful!

  8. comme fraiche

    March 24, 2011 at 3:43 pm

    Judging from her appearance (legs) she could have been a runway model. The flowers she's looking at make for a colorful background

  9. Szczecin Street fashion

    March 24, 2011 at 3:43 pm

    just amazing

  10. cheryl

    March 24, 2011 at 3:43 pm

    I'm feeling this.

  11. flora

    March 24, 2011 at 3:46 pm

    Beautiful coat, together with the color of the stockings, her hair and the red Kelly bag a great look

  12. jessica january

    March 24, 2011 at 3:48 pm

    this is incredible. what an amazing shot.

    january, x

  13. Anonymous

    March 24, 2011 at 3:49 pm

    Is she around 60 years of age? She looks very fit and energetic!

  14. meenal @ maison marigold

    March 24, 2011 at 3:51 pm

    i'm loving your focus on old people these original and interesting..keep it up! xx meenal

  15. S.

    March 24, 2011 at 3:51 pm

    she looks really classy

  16. Amy

    March 24, 2011 at 3:55 pm

    Mmmm… your last three shots have been divine. There is so much inspiration in this look!

  17. about

    March 24, 2011 at 4:00 pm

    this picture represents a world in which i have always wished (and still hope) to be a part of. sublime elegance.

  18. j.

    March 24, 2011 at 4:01 pm


    March 24, 2011 at 4:07 pm

    I can only imagine, she looks adorable! xx

  20. Emily

    March 24, 2011 at 4:08 pm

    Pure perfection!!
    Wow.. Thank you for the photograph!

  21. Pretty Things

    March 24, 2011 at 4:08 pm

  22. Anonymous

    March 24, 2011 at 4:10 pm

    Don't you have the Google Translate App for iPhone or Android?

    It's pretty amazing.

  23. JenfromCali

    March 24, 2011 at 4:11 pm

    First thing I noticed… Her hair. I love her hair color, it's so natural, so healthy. Clothes are great too. Classic coat. Simple elegance.

  24. Cecille

    March 24, 2011 at 4:11 pm


  25. carly

    March 24, 2011 at 4:13 pm

    what a vision, and just from the back!

  26. Mary ♥ Mur

    March 24, 2011 at 4:15 pm


  27. princessglee

    March 24, 2011 at 4:17 pm

    My mother has said over the years "gettin' old ain't for pussies." I interpret it to mean that I better have and maintain a solid foundation about most things when I reach old age. Your pictures lately have given me ideas on how to age beautifully so I can have that solid foundaton and not become a pussy.

  28. A Dance With Grace

    March 24, 2011 at 4:20 pm

    Class is….

    Thanks for sharing! I'm your latest fan!

  29. Luana

    March 24, 2011 at 4:30 pm

    non mi piacciono le pellicce!
    sarebbe stata più chic con un cappotto lungo beige.

  30. manuel

    March 24, 2011 at 4:38 pm

    Nice shot, I like too. flower shop and madame.

  31. Caroline

    March 24, 2011 at 4:41 pm

    OMG…I hope to be that stylish when I am older…

  32. Alice Olive

    March 24, 2011 at 4:42 pm

    Love her hair. Another great shot where the background is perfectly suited.

  33. The Fancy Teacup

    March 24, 2011 at 4:44 pm

    She looks like an absolute doll! Such elegance and love the pop of red, too.
    much love.

  34. Anula

    March 24, 2011 at 4:47 pm

    Wow!! I love it!!

  35. Gosia

    March 24, 2011 at 4:50 pm

    Wow, I think it's one of my favourites shots ever! I gaze at it and I can't get enough…

  36. Anonymous

    March 24, 2011 at 4:53 pm

    Really really loving your blog!
    Just started following and very much enjoy the fact that you feature all age groups and looks.

  37. LoveE ♥

    March 24, 2011 at 4:54 pm

    Love it! That nearly exact coat was on the runway this Fashion month, and I think I love it more on her than the model!

  38. carole

    March 24, 2011 at 5:13 pm

    I just love, love, love this photograph! All the colors of the flowers and her bag are brilliant against her monochrome.

  39. pinky

    March 24, 2011 at 5:14 pm

    This lady still has it!

  40. Shadders

    March 24, 2011 at 5:21 pm

    cute hair and that fur coat looks gr8 on her

  41. Afternoon's Hat

    March 24, 2011 at 5:28 pm

    She looks very elegant and her legs are perfect!

  42. Augusta

    March 24, 2011 at 5:31 pm

    if you need an interpreter when in Milan… :-)
    These ladies you're shooting are wonderful examples of italian old style beauty and elegance

  43. Alice

    March 24, 2011 at 5:36 pm

    You're right. A vision, she is. Fantastico!

  44. stellina

    March 24, 2011 at 5:51 pm

    i love her coat and the combination of the colors!!

  45. Anonymous

    March 24, 2011 at 5:53 pm

    Wow! Just WOW!!<3

  46. Lucy

    March 24, 2011 at 5:58 pm

    Love her shoes – I thought she was barefoot for a minute! And her long fur coat makes it really stand out. Hermes? Wow. I need it!

  47. Elena from greece, living in Paris

    March 24, 2011 at 6:26 pm

    This is the first time I comment on your website, this image is just perfect. I wanted to say that before I started looking at your blog a couple of months ago when my friend was given your book as a present, I had never been interested in fashion before. At all. The people you choose to photograph are amazing, but the way in which you photograph them is such a large part of that. You make each person appear extremely unique, and they are, but that comes across so well in your photos. Every picture conveys a character. You are truly doing an amazing job, and I have since given 'The sartorialist' book away as a present to people I know who appreciate design, but also great photography. You have made me love clothes, and realise how much they can do to bring out the uniqueness in each of us. Congratulations.

  48. Hitomi

    March 24, 2011 at 6:32 pm

    Please let me take to your street shooting. I can be a strong help on language!

  49. Anonymous

    March 24, 2011 at 6:46 pm

    Her monochrome looks seems sad and washed out next to all those blossoms.

  50. Anonymous

    March 24, 2011 at 6:50 pm

    I wish i could see her face, she looks immaculate. Vintage is when you are young and it's the first time around. Delicate line.

  51. Anonymous

    March 24, 2011 at 6:53 pm

    usually i don't feel the want to see more than what your shot captures but this time, i would really give a hoot to see a frontside.

  52. choicesmultiple

    March 24, 2011 at 6:54 pm

    Perfection. Such elegance.

  53. Carolina Lange

    March 24, 2011 at 7:00 pm


  54. Lauren

    March 24, 2011 at 7:03 pm

    Love, love, love this! The look is chic, youthful, and especially fresh against the backdrop of the flower stall. Sheer perfection!

    The Styleseer

  55. AnonymousJK

    March 24, 2011 at 7:15 pm


  56. Anonymous

    March 24, 2011 at 7:29 pm


  57. Tanya

    March 24, 2011 at 7:48 pm

    just beautiful

  58. Lord George

    March 24, 2011 at 7:53 pm

    Maybe it's time for you to learn some italian, swedish and french. At least the basic frases that one might need to know: "Est'ce que je peux te photographer, s'il vous plaît?" "Du är jättevacker, får jag ta en bild på dig?" and so on. :)

  59. Lord George

    March 24, 2011 at 7:55 pm

    … or whatever the french is!

  60. F.S

    March 24, 2011 at 7:57 pm

  61. Jessie

    March 24, 2011 at 8:01 pm

    i love love love this! the fur contrasted with the brightly colored flowers is truly beautiful.

  62. de

    March 24, 2011 at 8:29 pm


  63. Davidikus

    March 24, 2011 at 8:39 pm

    Most of all, it is the flower stalls I like.

  64. Kirstin

    March 24, 2011 at 10:12 pm

    I love monochrome looks, there is something very elegant about it and this women certainly pulls it off wonderfully. I also love the splash of color in the background with the flowers. Beautiful.

  65. The Foolish Aesthete

    March 24, 2011 at 10:41 pm

  66. Anonymous

    March 24, 2011 at 10:46 pm

    First thought: Margot Tenenbaum.
    I love seeing fur coats on such sylphlike women, since the intimidating notion of the 'fur coat' is softened by the fragile aesthetic.

  67. maya

    March 24, 2011 at 10:57 pm

    brilliant – on both her part and yours.

  68. Maryam Maquillage

    March 24, 2011 at 11:01 pm

    She looks so approachable, even in all that monochrome :)

  69. fshnvctm

    March 24, 2011 at 11:19 pm

    Her hair color is so lovely.

  70. pdrajdev

    March 24, 2011 at 11:36 pm

    This is a great shot! The red accent is so nice and works so well!

  71. BEAUTIFUL. I love this.

    Très Awesome- A Chicago Street Style Blog

  72. Anonymous

    March 25, 2011 at 12:26 am

    an exceptional photo. because – finally – a picture of a senior and because of the composition. monochrome and flowered backdrop. kudos. i see you have another recent photo of an oldster. good. love it when you snap the real people, not only the "beautiful" people. real people photos are sart at his best…

  73. liza

    March 25, 2011 at 12:45 am

    She looks very classy and elegant.

    I dearly hope that is faux fur. Something tells me it isn't though :(

  74. jackie

    March 25, 2011 at 1:02 am

    I love the latest spike of older people on this blog- interesting and inspiring… This look is lovely, I love her hair and the way shee stands out from the flower stand.

  75. Anonymous

    March 25, 2011 at 2:14 am

    She is not in her 60s, rather 70+. And this is how old ladies look in Milano (where I live). Most have this build and this attitude. And you may spot some on bikes – with the same outfit!

    Also, on the lady with the scarf on head – this is old style scarf knotting, you still see it in countryside areas in traditional Europe.

  76. lia

    March 25, 2011 at 2:29 am

    So stylish!!! This time she reminds my grandma ;)


  77. sana wong

    March 25, 2011 at 4:39 am

    Love the color from her.

  78. MELISSA Z.

    March 25, 2011 at 4:44 am

    OMG! This pic is wonderfful! Congrats! <3

  79. Stella

    March 25, 2011 at 5:02 am

    Splendid photo of a splendid woman. So full of life, surrounded by the flowers..

  80. pinkhandmirror

    March 25, 2011 at 5:09 am


  81. Anonymous

    March 25, 2011 at 5:20 am

    I love all the horizontal lines!

  82. KC

    March 25, 2011 at 6:57 am

    just like an ice queen.

  83. Anonymous

    March 25, 2011 at 7:32 am

    a touch of paris-gout in Milan.

  84. Anonymous

    March 25, 2011 at 7:38 am

    Your shots of older people are tremendous. As you said, their fashion sense is based on their own reference points. I love the fact that their looks are, in the end, timeless and unique. Please keep these photos going.

  85. Bebete Indarte

    March 25, 2011 at 9:34 am

    sniff sniff, I'm trying to let my hair growing white (au naturel), need loads of pacience.

  86. Natalie's Life

    March 25, 2011 at 10:01 am

    what a graceful woman. and that hair – cropped short AND silver. amazing.

  87. Anonymous

    March 25, 2011 at 10:22 am

    What a shame you were unable to communicate. She's the kind of person we can all learn from, the most. A well of experience. Get a translator app for your phone and go find her!


    March 25, 2011 at 10:40 am

    Classic! What an inspiration.


    March 25, 2011 at 10:40 am

    Classic! What an inspiration.

  90. Anonymous

    March 25, 2011 at 11:42 am

    Beautiful contrast between her monochrome and flowers. I'm glad she is not wearing Spartacus shoes etc. But seriously, isn't she is a retired ballerina from the Ballets Trocaderos de Monte Carlo?

  91. Anonymous

    March 25, 2011 at 12:09 pm

    somehow ethereal…

  92. Anonymous

    March 25, 2011 at 12:27 pm

    amazing shot! :D

  93. Victoria Regia

    March 25, 2011 at 1:02 pm

    Very cool! I wonder what color of lipstick she is wearing.

  94. OneRedCherry

    March 25, 2011 at 1:16 pm


  95. Christina Simon

    March 25, 2011 at 1:42 pm

    This is one stylish lady. Wow!
    Together with the beautiful background, this is a fantastic photo.

  96. Melinda.Robicheaux

    March 25, 2011 at 1:59 pm

    Skinny legs and flats always come together.

  97. Loth

    March 25, 2011 at 2:23 pm

    Awesome photo, but I just can't understand how you don't speak ANY Italian (even the minimum to make a -deserved- compliment to the lady), assuming the time you spend in Milan! However, I'm still a fan :)

  98. Ninjagaiden78

    March 25, 2011 at 2:28 pm

    She looks absolutely wonderful.

  99. Kismondo

    March 25, 2011 at 2:48 pm

    Divina! White head, white legs… some of eternal youth!

  100. RIA

    March 25, 2011 at 2:54 pm

    learn italian! as an avid traveler, it shows respect.

  101. Lauren

    March 25, 2011 at 3:12 pm

    Classic! What an inspiration.

  102. Anonymous

    March 25, 2011 at 3:33 pm

    oh .. so cute!!! in lithuania people is so dark…
    lithuanian's don't have people like this amazing grandma ^^
    like it sososososooo much!! )))

  103. JanetMary

    March 25, 2011 at 3:58 pm

    So so chic!!!! Love it, her style matches her hair.
    Such a shame u couldnt talk. by the way wich language she speaks? curiosity

  104. holliegeorgia-x

    March 25, 2011 at 4:07 pm

    my mission for this weekend is now to buy some white tights, i liked them before but now they've become a must have, this photo is inspirational!

  105. Joy

    March 25, 2011 at 4:07 pm


    Mounds of Joy

  106. Anonymous

    March 25, 2011 at 5:39 pm

    I want to be this elegant when I'm older.

  107. fabio

    March 25, 2011 at 6:16 pm

    Beautiful shoot!

    I think that your shoots during "normal days" are much better than the ones during fashion week.
    During "normal days" i feel they are closer to a big safari, and are much more uncommon, more original, more inspiring.


  108. todd

    March 25, 2011 at 9:33 pm

    flora and fauna. love.

  109. Anonymous

    March 26, 2011 at 3:06 am

    She could be formerly a ballerina. Also, amazingly thin calves! I'm probably half her age and my calves are like tree trunks!

  110. joshylola

    March 26, 2011 at 4:42 am

    AMAZING Photo.Love her short white hair :-D

  111. Anonymous

    March 26, 2011 at 9:35 am

    I hope she understood enough to consent to your putting her photo on the internet! LOL!

  112. Naftali Stern @ The Bohmerian

    March 26, 2011 at 9:43 am

    Very inspiring!

  113. Ari

    March 26, 2011 at 10:25 am

    You know I love an elegant older woman. Great Shot!

  114. Mertxe Hernàndez

    March 26, 2011 at 11:10 am

  115. TheFashionWizard

    March 26, 2011 at 11:48 am

    speechless , she is an icon

  116. Christina

    March 26, 2011 at 1:44 pm

  117. Joseph the Butler

    March 26, 2011 at 3:18 pm

    You know her home is amazing.

  118. P

    March 26, 2011 at 7:31 pm

    this women is already my style icon, and i haven't even seen her face!
    her poise is that of a ballerina, and just exudes class. Besides, her choice of fur is so soft! She is probably a dear.

  119. Mrs Vintage

    March 27, 2011 at 4:54 am

    Love the fur XD

  120. miss k

    March 27, 2011 at 8:40 am

    i agree there is such a sweetness, to her look, her surroundings, the picture is just perfect. it makes me want to be her!

  121. La Fille du LES

    March 27, 2011 at 7:30 pm

    Really cute!

  122. Amanda Leah

    March 28, 2011 at 1:06 am

    i really appreciate your finding inspiration in the fashion of older generations. the simple elegance of this look makes me realize how overdone many "fashionistas" feel they need to be to achieve a level of chic. Well done and thank you!

  123. Jenni M

    March 28, 2011 at 3:24 pm

    I was always so certain that you were fluent in Italian! After all, you spend so much time in Milan. No big though – great photo!

  124. Gabriela

    March 28, 2011 at 3:54 pm

    Sweet, elegant and lovely.

  125. joy sohn

    March 28, 2011 at 5:52 pm

    I absolutely adore this woman! I hope to look as amazing as her in my prime.

  126. Maha's musings.......

    March 29, 2011 at 2:05 pm

    she's glorious…and I have "un faible" for these tones

  127. Helena

    March 29, 2011 at 3:00 pm

    only one word for this picture: AMAZING

  128. Mertxe Hernàndez

    March 31, 2011 at 6:10 am

    Elegent look..Amazing!!

  129. Anonymous

    April 1, 2011 at 10:13 pm

    Ahh. I would die to talk to her. if only i had a full view of her beauty. I like the difference between her monochrome and the rainbow of the flowers in the backround.


  130. Walking around with a scapel

    April 12, 2011 at 12:19 pm

    A vision. And a lovely one.


    April 14, 2011 at 3:41 am

    what a fox!

  132. MargaretBeth

    September 28, 2011 at 8:02 am

    Is that fur? Disgusting and thoughtless.

  133. peasandcorn

    August 23, 2012 at 11:38 pm

    It’s all working. What an inspiration.

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