Monday, October 20, 2008

On the Street…Wrapped, Paris


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  1. melkur

    October 20, 2008 at 7:17 am

    the woman following this madonna look-alike lady seems interesting too…

  2. Dapper Kid

    October 20, 2008 at 7:26 am

    The belt of her fur coat looks quite wonderful, and is that a one piece I spot underneath? Also loving her boots, and in fact the lady behind her looks equally amazing!

  3. La Condesa

    October 20, 2008 at 7:34 am

    Fabulous coat and belt!

    What a place to be, this lady looks incredible and so does the woman behind her


  4. IRENE

    October 20, 2008 at 7:44 am

    Good Heavens, no!

  5. Anonymous

    October 20, 2008 at 7:44 am

    She must be Russian. So bling bling with fur and all…

    The person coming behind seems much more interesting. Great platforms, weird rope around her neck & a nice bag!

  6. Diandra

    October 20, 2008 at 7:51 am

    Amazing! I love the Marc Jacobs clutch and the fur genie pants. Such an unexpected combination. The lady two steps behind her is also fabulous!

  7. Anonymous

    October 20, 2008 at 8:02 am

    I hope that’s fake fur

    • Name*

      April 22, 2013 at 12:40 am


  8. gregorytoddsmith

    October 20, 2008 at 8:14 am

    Oooooh, I hate that people are going to say Madonna, in response to this. This lady has a fantastic sense of style. I love love love the eastern-looking coat.

  9. pika

    October 20, 2008 at 8:16 am

    i remember seeing this post over at – i rather preferred the 4th photo of the lady with that gorgeous grey coat (it is so incredibly covetable) for me this is just not at all appealing aesthetically. although i love textures and it looks like theres so much that would be lovely to feel and touch i doubt any woman would take too kindly to being petted by a complete stranger :-P

    sartorially it’s just not a style i can appreciate

  10. cami falcão

    October 20, 2008 at 8:23 am

    love those boots…..but the fur ruins the whole thing.

  11. Jasmina

    October 20, 2008 at 8:37 am

    so madonna..

  12. MH

    October 20, 2008 at 8:48 am

    And yet I’m so much more interested in the woman behind…the rope-like scarf, the towering platforms, the 80′s bag. She’s got this whole Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego vibe that thrills me. Perfection.

  13. adriana V

    October 20, 2008 at 9:08 am

    You sure this is Paris and not Moscow?

  14. metscan

    October 20, 2008 at 9:40 am

    I too like the idea of a wide belt with a generous fur coat. Not liking her bag,boots nor pants though. But really, it´s not fur time yet !

    • Helen Forrest

      August 23, 2014 at 7:37 pm

      It’s ALWAYS fur time…….

  15. Anonymous

    October 20, 2008 at 9:42 am

    um, can see why they are stylish,i mean, they are not wallflowers. but none of it works for me. i like big accessories, but the rope is silly to me. love the black shoes in back. hat and outfit too. the rope too big for me. lady in front, too much.

  16. Kenny

    October 20, 2008 at 9:47 am

    The Marc Jacobs clutch and the fur genie pants is awesome!!

  17. Tout de Noir

    October 20, 2008 at 9:51 am

    I have to be honest, the lady behind the subject is most interesting to me. For lack of a better word, I would say that her look is very…interesting =)

  18. Alice Olive

    October 20, 2008 at 10:01 am

    Wow, this is opulence. In all its many many layers…. Only possible in the cooler months. (Is that a j-suit underneath?)

  19. Tigress

    October 20, 2008 at 10:33 am

    I love how some people wear animal skins–not, that is to say, fur, but the delicate pad of a shoeboot under those poufy trousers looks delectably feline. I think it’s easy to go your whole life finding the sleek feet of a cat who’s otherwise a fat, silky persian unquestionably graceful, and never translate that quality into human fashion. This brings an accessibility to nature.

  20. Kimberley

    October 20, 2008 at 10:40 am

    I don’t have the courage to go out in a full-on fur coat, but this looks fantastic. I love the over-the-topness of it, combined with the ‘Please, don’t take my photo!’ air.

  21. Helena

    October 20, 2008 at 10:41 am

    Fur…pfffft…. prefer the lady following


    October 20, 2008 at 10:52 am

    Anna Piaggi in the making?
    love the whole thing, fur, belt, pants, heels, glasses, clutch

  23. Olviya

    October 20, 2008 at 10:53 am

    i think its too much of everything!
    too much of volume, details…
    kind of freeky look)

  24. Elle

    October 20, 2008 at 11:19 am

    I think this woman looks fabulous, and so does the lady behind here. Seeing the two of them together is what makes this photo awesome.

    As a side note, I have to say that I’m not a fan of the disapproving comments which some people feel entitled to leave here. This isn’t a “Rate the Outfit” site, and posters who nitpick each outfit to death should realise they’re taking the wrong approach … these photos are about individual creativity, and celebrating the fact that all around the world there are people with the means to express themselves so vibrantly. We should all be empowered by that.

  25. Anonymous

    October 20, 2008 at 11:22 am

    I love the *look* of fur but I will never be behind it. You just know it’s real too. She doesn’t look like the type to do faux anything.

  26. R. Eric

    October 20, 2008 at 11:44 am

    Its good to see that the Romanovs are out and about in Paris… or maybe this woman just robbed them and piled on as much as she could get?

  27. Dominica

    October 20, 2008 at 12:01 pm

    If Madonna would not have been so famous today, I think she would look something like this…
    Love the texture of the pantsuit…

  28. Anonymous

    October 20, 2008 at 12:04 pm

    catherine baba

  29. *Shirley*

    October 20, 2008 at 12:07 pm

    OMG!! AMAZING!!!

  30. sadia

    October 20, 2008 at 12:12 pm

    fab! i love her pants!

  31. liza101

    October 20, 2008 at 12:23 pm


  32. mockumentary

    October 20, 2008 at 12:32 pm

    Love gray! The belt on an outfit of singular color might look better.
    That’s a gorgeous wide-rimmed hat.

  33. princess glee

    October 20, 2008 at 12:37 pm

    She reminds me of my mom in the 70s, except my mom would’ve had big, floaty Diana Ross hair. I like the bright clutch, nails and lips with the mellow colors of all else. If I were going to wear a harem jumpsuit and a fur, this is how I’d do it.

  34. Anonymous

    October 20, 2008 at 12:46 pm

    she’s french, her name is catherine baba, she’s stylist and socialite..(vogue japan, french etc)

  35. The Storialist

    October 20, 2008 at 12:55 pm

    She’s like a spider waitin’ for the kill…

    Very Cruella De Vil.

  36. Katarina SWE

    October 20, 2008 at 12:56 pm

    I just love the lady behind the “fur-lady”!

  37. Anonymous

    October 20, 2008 at 1:07 pm

    Hello? 1986 is that you? Long time no see.

  38. Anonymous

    October 20, 2008 at 1:22 pm

    Did you grab any more photos of the mysterious women behind her…. I’m so curious about her.. funny how both these women are in one piece gettups with fab shoes…. love it

  39. Annie

    October 20, 2008 at 1:30 pm

    if Madonna was Russian…

  40. Mia

    October 20, 2008 at 1:42 pm

    i hope it’s NOT fake fur. so, so fabulous.

  41. Anonymous

    October 20, 2008 at 1:45 pm

    Simply JUST too much. I am more interested in the woman behind her with the hat and rope as a necklace

  42. Anonymous

    October 20, 2008 at 2:33 pm

    she’s not russian, she’s an american stylist, Mademoiselle Catherine Baba and yes she dresses quite amazing and is capable to do everything for fashion.

  43. S

    October 20, 2008 at 2:41 pm

    Marvellous looking!

  44. jackieG

    October 20, 2008 at 3:22 pm

    madonna and zorro in one picture? amazing!

  45. Anonymous

    October 20, 2008 at 3:30 pm

    Look at the woman behind the fur lady. Those shoes! And that rope scarf. What is going on with her? I know it’s Paris, but where was this taken? Were you going in to a show? I would love it if that is just her attire for a regular day!

  46. Anonymous

    October 20, 2008 at 3:56 pm


  47. Kate

    October 20, 2008 at 4:01 pm

    Divine! She is truly inspiring.

  48. aviewaskew

    October 20, 2008 at 4:16 pm

    my first thought–what about the mysterious woman in the background…those shoes, that coat…the hat and her hidden face…i want to see more of her!

  49. Emma

    October 20, 2008 at 4:30 pm

    Incredible! A mature Gwen Stefani, perhaps?
    I’m seventeen, and am terrified of even attempting this new trend of hareem trousers, despite constant assurances that at my age I could pull off most things. Yet here she is, and instead of going for greys and blacks and the neutral palats and silhouettes which women over thirty are encouraged to embrace… and she looks better than I could ever dream of looking!
    I love the fur, and although I do wish it were faux… she seems like an all or nothing kind of woman, doesn’t she? I don’t think fakes would especially agree with her, and they would sort of ruin the lavish decadence going on here…
    And to cut myself off from an animal rights tangeant; love the cuffs, love the lip colour , love the bag on the girl behind her, and am intrigued by the rope/necklace worn by the irl behind her.

  50. Bellarmine

    October 20, 2008 at 4:40 pm

    I believe this is fake fur! :)
    I love her style! She’s amazing! She pulls the style off very well.

  51. Maegan

    October 20, 2008 at 4:41 pm

    to. the. nines! …even the woman behind her.

  52. Anonymous

    October 20, 2008 at 4:44 pm

    I thought “Russian”, too. But Cossack-run-amok with the tucked voluminous pants, boots, and gold braid on the belt. It looks peculiar, and it can’t be that damned cold. Too heavy and too drama queen for me.

  53. Anonymous

    October 20, 2008 at 4:52 pm


  54. Gabriela

    October 20, 2008 at 5:25 pm

    This picture brings me mixed feelings. I love it and hate it at the same time because it is both wonedrful and overwhelming. Agree with the above commentor, this looks so Russian! Or is it already this cold in Paris?

  55. Holy Cuteness

    October 20, 2008 at 5:31 pm

    I thought it was Madonna when she was younger (and had a bit more body…)

  56. The Boot

    October 20, 2008 at 5:36 pm

    that’s some super cool, wild stuff. Your recent posts from Paris demonstrate that the French seem to have rediscovered their Diva-era style.

  57. Pippa

    October 20, 2008 at 5:54 pm

    Funny Melkur – I was just thinking that this could be Madonna in 10 years time without all the work…

    I suppose this is all designer but it looks like thrift, seems a bit in congruous but then maybe that’s the look she was going for?

    The woman behind is waaay more interesting to me. I want to see her obi/skirt in more detail, please!!


    October 20, 2008 at 5:58 pm

    Look at the woman BEHIND HER. That hat is sweeeeeet. And Check out the Rope necklace. The 13th Century is back BABY!!!

  59. Anonymous

    October 20, 2008 at 6:20 pm

    so early 80′s…so fabulous!

  60. Vanna

    October 20, 2008 at 6:28 pm

    I don’t know how to feel about this. I hate hate hate it, but I love love it. Thank you, crazy fashion lady.

  61. Felicia

    October 20, 2008 at 6:50 pm

    The woman behind is far more interesting. That black hat is killin’ me softly. This woman is a true gangster. Love it.


    October 20, 2008 at 7:08 pm

    What a look! Just to make such an effort (but yet look so amazingly casual) should be rewarded. She looks like an Icon… and the shades are really completing it all… must also say that the women behind looks very interesting!

  63. Anonymous

    October 20, 2008 at 7:24 pm


  64. nan

    October 20, 2008 at 7:51 pm

    To anonymous 7:44… Yes, my first thought was Russian.

  65. Matthew

    October 20, 2008 at 8:43 pm

    I like the woman behind her even more.

  66. Anonymous

    October 20, 2008 at 8:57 pm

    it’s catherine baba!!!

  67. john benjamin pritchett

    October 20, 2008 at 9:14 pm

    A little too bulky for my taste.

  68. Anonymous

    October 20, 2008 at 10:08 pm

    How rare it must be to find two people with jump suits on in a row. each with rope detailing in the outfit. This photo is a great example of personalizing a trend

  69. Brian

    October 20, 2008 at 10:24 pm

    If you had waited to take the photo 5 more seconds you could have captured the woman in the back whom everyone seems to agree, is the more fashionably daring of the two in the picture. They both have a rope theme going though… new-age bondage perhaps? Her orange money bag reminds me of a sack filled with gold. I like it!

  70. karen

    October 20, 2008 at 10:29 pm

    I think she’s australian, I can’t remember her name but she is a fashion stylist and has amazzing style.

  71. karen

    October 20, 2008 at 10:30 pm

    Cathrine someone I think

  72. Starck Mad

    October 20, 2008 at 10:51 pm

    I hope it’s fake also….but she’s got a wonderful, crazy, Cruella DeVille meets Aladdin look.
    Very striking.

  73. Anonymous

    October 20, 2008 at 10:59 pm

    This for me is the story of the off-kilter pair of pants (genie pants for the lady in front; and what look like deconstructed drop-crotch trousers for the lady in the back) and the rope detail (in the front lady’s belt and around the back-lady’s neck). Quite odd but cool.

  74. Adrienne

    October 20, 2008 at 11:18 pm

    the coat paired with the lipstick= absolutely fabulous.

  75. Anonymous

    October 20, 2008 at 11:24 pm

    Oh here we go, let’s wait for the “I hate fur” comments. I wish you wouldn’t post any fur pics just to avoid those comments, but I understand that you have to. I agree with other commentators, lady behind this furry person deserves her own pic. I have never seen a rope as pseudo-jewellery! Wow.


  76. Rodrigo

    October 20, 2008 at 11:50 pm

    Really cool, she looks like the blonde girl from The Human League! Early 80′s!

  77. Anonymous

    October 21, 2008 at 12:23 am

    A material.. a material… a material..

  78. indigo warrior

    October 21, 2008 at 12:26 am

    How many mammals died for that!?! Yikes!

    Now the look behind her? Is rope the new black? Asian designer(lest anyone think this is me being insensitive, designers instill a sense of the place they are from in the designs)? It’s got that feel about it. I love hats, very nice fedora.

  79. nv

    October 21, 2008 at 1:01 am

    she reminds me of an 80′s madonna

  80. Anonymous

    October 21, 2008 at 1:13 am

    hm i know it’s probably politically incorrect to say, but i love fur.. especially this kind of blatantly luxurious and gorgeous fur.. what a great colour. and i thought of russian too when i saw her

  81. [email protected]

    October 21, 2008 at 2:21 am

    I hope it’s not fake fur. Fake fur is….well…..fake.

  82. Anonymous

    October 21, 2008 at 3:14 am

    Catherine Baba
    A Paris Fashion icon.

  83. Anonymous

    October 21, 2008 at 11:47 am

    Catherine Baba: French, American, Australian, Russian stylist and socialite.

  84. Anonymous

    October 21, 2008 at 12:44 pm

    This lady knows.

  85. crowsfeet

    October 21, 2008 at 3:43 pm

    I remember when my daughter went through the stage of wearing ALL of her favorite clothes at the same time. She was 4 or 5. Maybe not everyone outgrows it.

  86. Anonymous

    October 21, 2008 at 4:45 pm

    One more person has to say this, but she is sooo Madonna. BUT MOOOORRE INTERESTING!

  87. -h of candid cool

    October 21, 2008 at 5:58 pm

    reminds me of madonna circa desperately seeking susan

  88. Susan F

    October 21, 2008 at 6:55 pm

    No,sorry, she just looks ridiculous. It is far too over the top and dated.

  89. Krystal

    October 21, 2008 at 11:15 pm

    SO Chic. xo K.

  90. Anonymous

    October 22, 2008 at 11:50 am

    she looks like she stepped out of 1975 to now. personally it’s early to wear fur, fake hopefully but i don’t think so.

    i do prefer the woman behind her with the rope accessories looks much more interesting but for variety she’ll do.

  91. HEK

    October 22, 2008 at 2:25 pm

    The fur is dreadful!
    I’d like to get a better lok at the lady behind her tho..

  92. Anonymous

    October 22, 2008 at 8:01 pm

    she’s amazing

  93. Hedwige

    October 23, 2008 at 6:54 am

    Yeah ! C’est la rue Rivoli ! J’aime la fourure et toutes ces superpositions.

  94. Alex

    October 24, 2008 at 2:17 pm

    She looks a little bit like carry in Sex and the City!

  95. Anonymous

    October 24, 2008 at 10:50 pm

    I think she is stunning – people are so afraid of looking different. IMO if the fur were fake it would ruin the look

  96. Anonymous

    October 25, 2008 at 11:03 pm

    love her fur coat. class!!!

  97. Claudia K

    October 26, 2008 at 6:15 pm

    questions still without answer:
    Where is she going?
    What is written in that paper?
    Why her mouth is open?
    Is the woman behind her bodyguard?

  98. Anonymous

    October 27, 2008 at 9:18 am

    Catherine Baba’s myspace says she’s 72. Should we believe that or not?

  99. Дарья

    October 27, 2008 at 11:09 pm

    people here said she looks russian… nooo way!!! Russians wear furs only when it’s freezing outside… when it’s -20′ C it is the best way to keep warm… i would say that it’s totally american style to wear fur when the weather is not so bad!

  100. Anonymous

    October 28, 2008 at 8:20 pm

    I don’t like this at all. Well, maybe the sunglasses, but the rest is just… eh.

  101. Anonymous

    October 29, 2008 at 6:04 am

    This is… waaaaaaaawwwww!!!

  102. Anonymous

    October 30, 2008 at 10:09 pm

    Madonna?? Is that you?

  103. Anonymous

    November 5, 2008 at 10:52 pm

    I love the look of the woman in the fur coat, and NO, she doesn’t look like Madonna. Just a beautiful blond woman.

    All these comments like, “I hope she’s not wearing real fur” and “I hope it’s not fake fur” are boring and stupid, especially when they come from persons who eat meat and use leather. Let people have their choice and stay out of it. Just focus on the total look, and don’t impose your morality on the rest of the world, okay?

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  106. Anonymous

    November 23, 2008 at 7:16 am

    yes it looks interesting but i wouldn’t say it’s very pretty…. the pants are very mc hammerish, and i find the dead animal coat quite hideous. plus with the belt and the loud handbag… the whole thing looks too busy.

  107. Anonymous

    December 30, 2008 at 4:00 pm

    This is Miss Baba at her very usual best at the SS 09 Vuitton show,i have seen her a looot of times and if u guys think this look makes u comment , u should see her w her huge pink or yellow, very colourful anyway … fur, on a more than vintage bike , huge sunglasses bigger-than-life accessories, w everyone stopping in the street to watch..ahhahaha…. such a memorable image……even if u don’t notice her at first…. hard not to, lol…. , u hear speak from far far away and u know that that crazy mix of french and english ( i think she’s australian )can’t be anyone but her. really like this woman !!! individuals are hard to find and she surely is one !! can hardly wait to see what she’s pulling out next ! :)

  108. Anonymous

    March 18, 2009 at 6:46 pm

    and after this they dare to say smth buot the russins …. lol

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