Friday, July 25, 2008

Personal Silhouette (part 2)

I think what we are seeing is that some people are very in-tuned with what type of shapes look good on them.

For guys this would translate into always or never wear double-breasted jackets, or peak lapels with a low gorge or something like that.


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  1. Michelle

    July 25, 2008 at 10:03 am

    I do think that woman would look good in almost anything though ;)

  2. the swede

    July 25, 2008 at 10:12 am

    She’s got a really great figure! She would look good in anything!

  3. Miss Shoo

    July 25, 2008 at 10:23 am

    I agree, which is why I believe knowing your body is extremely important in your individual style.

    Clearly this young woman is comfortable in her own skin and it’s reflected in her style. She definitely has the body that could pull off most looks.

    As always thought provoking fotos.

  4. mina

    July 25, 2008 at 10:23 am

    beautiful silhouette!

  5. betty

    July 25, 2008 at 10:24 am

    Is that Nadege? She was a huge model from the 80′s…She still looks amazing, if that is…

  6. Jorge from W Palm Beach

    July 25, 2008 at 10:27 am

    You are right! They say in Spanish: “De la moda, lo que te acomoda” which loosely translated is “From fashion wear only what suits you”. She works it right- I bet many of your male subjects, if we saw them several days in a row, would have certain constants that they always wear. Jorge from W Palm Beach

  7. milkieroad

    July 25, 2008 at 10:35 am

    Yes! She’s right. I was certain that I knew this face. Nadège, former top model.

  8. Jennifer/Life In The Cove

    July 25, 2008 at 10:41 am

    Gorgeous silhouette — these are probably staples in her wardrobe that she can wear for years (or maybe she has been already!). The one shoulder black dress is extremely flattering and her choice of simple, classic accessories was spot-on.

  9. deantsugio

    July 25, 2008 at 10:51 am

    I’m getting old! Are Betty and I the only ones to remember Nadege? Nadege was a divoone model in her day — late 80′s early 90′s — the era of the “supermodels” — though of course she wasn’t in the Linda/Christy/Naomi league — she was like Yasmeen or Karen Mulder — beautiful women with great bodies (Yasmeen’s body was brickhouse mighty mighty)who were faboo B list. It’s nice to still see her still the chicest thing… models from the supermodel era…they had faces then…

    • Salva

      June 3, 2014 at 11:43 pm

      I soon as I saw the pic I recognized her. Still Love her…. whom I wish to see again is see again is Yasmin from Canada. She was my favorite 80′s model. I loved them all.

  10. Le Smoking

    July 25, 2008 at 10:51 am

    What strong images of a woman!

  11. Gabriela

    July 25, 2008 at 10:52 am

    She is so beautiful! I love how she goes so chic and femenin and the unexpected contrast of that style with her hair cut, splendid!

  12. Anonymous

    July 25, 2008 at 10:55 am

    yes she’s Nadege! beautiful as always, even more if possible! Love the second dress, the print and the colors are perfect together.

  13. Anonymous

    July 25, 2008 at 11:12 am

    I think this lady has a great personal style, she looks elegant and relaxed and as others have pointed out very comfortable in her own skin. For those who think she could wear anything I would like to say that being super slim does not mean you can wear anything. When, i went from a very happy 6-8 (i’m 5’6″) who could through on anything without really thinking about it to a stick-like 0-2 (i had been ill) i found dressing a nightmare for the first time in my life had to really think about how to dress. i had and had to re-plan my entire wardrobe largely to prevent clothes wearing me or looking like a wizened little insect or even worse like a little girl. To wear anything you need a little bit of everything – a little slenderness, a little curve (definitely curve!), a little height nice hair and a good smile…

  14. Ms. Lyssa

    July 25, 2008 at 11:23 am

    Yes I agree, you must wear what flatters you most. I stay in wrap dresses, becuase it works well with my shape. Plus she looks excellent.

  15. natasha s.

    July 25, 2008 at 11:26 am

    I agree, but when thin like her, its easy to adopt a style, in my opinion. Its fairly difficult to be bigger and find a way to dress yourself in a proper fashionable way, and i know from experience. Because all the models are skinny, and even the dressdolls in stores are, so when youve got some (or alot) curves, the clothes look totally different, hence alot of big(ger) people dont look comforteble. After 6 years i finally found a style, and a size most importantly that fits me and my figure.
    Would like to see curved styles on, for inspiration, because although i really love all the style oozing from these pages, i dont find it very inspirational for my kind of figure. :)

  16. sromeo

    July 25, 2008 at 11:41 am

    She is absolutely breath-taking. Someone daring enough to wear a haircut like that and have such spot-on style obviously feels very comfortable in her skin and knows herself very well. Bravo.

  17. Anonymous

    July 25, 2008 at 11:53 am

    one of the most beautiful women on the face of the earth.

  18. greendressinDUBLIN

    July 25, 2008 at 12:08 pm

    two constants about nadege: she has always had the short hairstyle which keeps the attention on her beautiful face and she always dresses in feminine and fitted clothing.

    i would guess that with her skin color and height, she could wear anything -except a potato sack. she isn’t a skinny woman and in an era of too much cleavage and too short dresses, she remains elegant, sensible and stylish.

  19. monique

    July 25, 2008 at 12:14 pm

    OH MY GOD!!! Nadege is every millimeter as beautiful as she was back-in-the-day.

    This silhouette is perfect on her but I do believe she could wear anything. She’s tall, thin, very fit and the epitome of elegance.

    Hair that short looks fantastic on a face so feminine and warm as hers. THIS is easy, breezy covergirl.

    I love that she could be biracial, Latin, middle eastern, Indian or even Tahitian but I believe she’s Greek. For me and girls like me seeing models like her made us feel we were seeing a homegirl in the pages of Vogue.

    Nadege – I salute you!

  20. Alice Olive

    July 25, 2008 at 12:15 pm

    I remember Nadege too – mainly for her amazing hairstyle. Glad to see she still has that signature. Her clothing style is just as elegant and minimal.

  21. -h of candid cool

    July 25, 2008 at 12:29 pm

    She emanates elegance.

  22. Adiel

    July 25, 2008 at 12:35 pm

    I’m with Michelle, I think she could pull of pretty much and shape.

  23. Jenna

    July 25, 2008 at 12:51 pm

    She surely does look great in most clothes, but what I admire about these photos is how she is using the gathers in the fabric to create depth and curves.

    Thanks to the folks who pointed out who she is. I was still playing with dolls when she was a super model!

  24. Holden

    July 25, 2008 at 1:01 pm

    her strength is in knowing and loving the frame of her body – understanding the nature and structure of fabric on her form adds to the aura that she exudes. I think this is the first in a long time, that I’ve seen a woman so sure of her own being that it’s… contagious!

  25. Anonymous

    July 25, 2008 at 1:12 pm

    she looks wonderful, largely in part to what you have pointed out – that she knows how to dress for her body. i hardly agree that being thin and beautiful equates to having it easy in the what-to-wear department.

  26. sara

    July 25, 2008 at 1:24 pm

    I agree…I bet just about anything would look great on her. I wish I were so genetically blessed.

  27. M.

    July 25, 2008 at 1:31 pm

    i love her silver purse, i think it would work well with a lot of outfits

  28. Anonymous

    July 25, 2008 at 1:35 pm

    I remember Nadege de Bospherus well…she looks great, but it’s Nadege…so what can you expect?

  29. CoutureCarrie

    July 25, 2008 at 1:50 pm

    Love the asymmetrical dress!

  30. vavavinny

    July 25, 2008 at 2:08 pm

    The woman in the first picture is simply a goddess! She is just STRIKING! I love her androgynous but very gorgeous haircut. It suits her face quite well. As for her basic black one-shoulder strapped mini dress, CHIC CHIC CHIC!

  31. AnonymousJK

    July 25, 2008 at 2:11 pm

    Nadege looks amazing! Streamlined silhouette and that gorgeously cropped hair! She proves that elegance is refusal!

  32. norawoah

    July 25, 2008 at 2:12 pm

    she is a vision.
    Timeless beauty.

  33. Iheartfashion

    July 25, 2008 at 2:20 pm

    Nadege! She was my absolute favorite model in my formative years of reading fashion mags. She still looks fantastic!

  34. amychristina

    July 25, 2008 at 2:48 pm


  35. Jecca

    July 25, 2008 at 2:57 pm

    You can tell she knows how to dress her body. Very tall and slender, she creates curves with the wrapping of the floral print and the strong diagonal of the black. She enhances the long lines with simple bold accesories. And yes, she can probably pull of more looks than someone not as thin, but she looks so comfortable in her own skin.

  36. Linda

    July 25, 2008 at 3:04 pm

    A very beautiful woman! Love the short hair!

  37. Anonymous

    July 25, 2008 at 3:27 pm

    Anonymous @ 11:12am said it best. You definitely need to know your body and what looks good on it. I’m a 5’6″ size 4, but cannot wear either lower-rise pants or empire waist tops (except when preggers), due to the fact that I actaully have curves. But I digress…
    Back to this lady. It’s so refreshing to see someone actually wearing clothes that work on them, rather than wearing clothes to fit a (generally) ugly trend. Save the costume-y stuff for Halloween.
    And please, Sart, show more photos in this series, to give people out there inspiration.

  38. Zakuro

    July 25, 2008 at 3:29 pm

    wow! Nadege!
    she is both gorgeous and lovely.

  39. DYS

    July 25, 2008 at 3:48 pm

    it’s Nadegeeee
    omggg bring all the 90s models backk.. they’re r so irresplacable unlike models today..

  40. Filomena

    July 25, 2008 at 3:57 pm

    That woman is like a white canvas, you can paint anything and it will look great.

  41. K.B.

    July 25, 2008 at 4:15 pm


    I can’t think of a thing I’d do differently in either of the ensembles this woman has put together.

    I wonder if she’d come and re-do my wardrobe for me?

  42. Anonymous

    July 25, 2008 at 4:18 pm

    God, this woman is stunning.

    It’s just too bad she reminds me– albeit vaguely– of my boyfriend’s ex-wife…

  43. Aneesh

    July 25, 2008 at 4:20 pm

    Effortless Grace….

    she just carries what she wears with utmost ease…!

    thanks sartorialist

  44. CD

    July 25, 2008 at 4:25 pm

    It IS Nadege! How amazing…funny but I have a strong image of her in my head in a Chanel jacket with biker shorts when Lagerfeld first came out with that look,in Vogue circa 1990! Glad she kept her hair short, seems to have forgone the Restylene, etc. Inspiring then…more so NOW!

  45. Birdy

    July 25, 2008 at 4:33 pm

    That woman is wonderfully gorgeous… the dresses she chooses suits her body very well. :) The bottom pic is my favorite, seems like a more subtler version of the “in” flower pattern dresses than I’ve seen on other women this season…real nice

  46. Jessica

    July 25, 2008 at 5:42 pm

    See, with this one I agree with you that the silhouette is, in fact, the same. The shape of each dress is similar, and works with similar elements in her body. I still think the example was not, at all.

    I get what you are trying to say, and here I think you say it quite well.

  47. Pussilla says...

    July 25, 2008 at 5:50 pm

    Nadege! Wow.

    Does anyone know what happened to Yasmeen Ghauri? She was my favorite model growing up.

    Greetings from Brussels,


    • Salva

      June 3, 2014 at 11:51 pm

      Just disappeared. I loved loved loved her more then all the others ( which I also loved). Loved. Loved the exotic ones like Khatouch from Senegal…..Was super excited once Alec Wek came into the seen also … but was sad when Jasmin just stopped

  48. TLC

    July 25, 2008 at 5:54 pm

    Can anyone tell me whose dress that is in the bottom photo? It’s stunning!

  49. Anonymous

    July 25, 2008 at 6:17 pm

    Nadege still looks stunning!!!
    I love her in that asymmetrical LBD!!


    July 25, 2008 at 6:25 pm

    Is she an alien? Her body is -speechless-… nonterrenal. wuau

  51. Anonymous

    July 25, 2008 at 6:39 pm

    She looks amazing! No complaints! A little lip color might make her look even more gorgeous.

    Being thin and tall does not make it possible to wear anything, trust me. I’m thin, tall but curvy, and there are lots of things I can’t wear–boxy dresses, corsets, etc. It really is just about knowing what works best for you.

    It’s not “simple to get dressed” because most affordable (read: mass market) stuff is so big falls off me or requires serious tailoring.

    I love the fact that she doesn’t need to be overly trendy to get attention. Her clothes accentuate what she’s got and you’re not left admiring some silly trend, just her :)

  52. Gerri Ward

    July 25, 2008 at 6:39 pm

    She is absolutely beautiful! I’ve seen her before modeling. Such great style from head to toe. Bella!

  53. Anonymous

    July 25, 2008 at 7:23 pm

    well both of the women you have posted have the same model bodies, tall and thin. Frankly it’s one of the easiest types of body to fit and it involve very little problems with finding the right fit.

    I think if you want to show people actually wearing clothes that fit their bodies best you would want to show bodies that actually have to worry about clothes looking poorly on them.

    perhaps if you choose to shoot women who were not models or former models you would be able to illustrate this better.

  54. john

    July 25, 2008 at 8:55 pm

    I love the short sexy hair! I wish more women were confident about short hair. And as this woman proves, it’s incredibly feminine, stylish and sexy.

  55. Anonymous

    July 25, 2008 at 10:25 pm

    Nadege Dubospertus… gorgeous as ever. Would be great to see Yasmeen as well. How about it Sart? Seen her anywhere in NYC?

  56. Danielle

    July 26, 2008 at 12:47 am

    what great hair to top it all off.

  57. Kaz

    July 26, 2008 at 12:56 am

    The silhouette definitely works for her, and as others have pointed out, yes, she does have a very fit body. Unfortunately, I feel the garments are really stock standard and unimaginative. All a bit 90′s.

  58. Gigi

    July 26, 2008 at 2:10 am

    Oh man, she’s a killer…beauty, health, personal style and intelligence = in her these combined qualities project a powerful erotic intellectual look…

  59. Anonymous

    July 26, 2008 at 2:22 am

    For those that think she is simply “genetically blessed” – she might have a tallish frame and broad shoulders due to genetics, but you don’t get/stay toned like that without a lot of hard work and commitment. I have a similiar build now but used to be much heavier and curvier before I made a decision to get fit in my mid 40′s. People who didn’t know me when I was overweight think I have always been like this and make those “its easy for you…” kind of remarks all the time. Experimenting and learning how to dress my new body shape was both scary and thrilling – the mental adjustments have taken longer than the physical ones.

  60. Anonymous

    July 26, 2008 at 3:03 am

    Absolutely Amazing! She has the grace of a dancer, and looks very comfortable in her skin. Very inspirational- makes me wanna cut my hair!

  61. Ken

    July 26, 2008 at 3:42 am

    Nadege, still so gorgeous after all these years.

  62. Taru Tuomi

    July 26, 2008 at 9:16 am

    oh my god what a beautiful and elegant woman.

  63. simplyolive

    July 26, 2008 at 10:47 am

    she still looks amazing!!
    (and she’s rockin’ that black dress!)

    only a face like that can pull off a haircut that short…

    LOVE it!

  64. Anonymous

    July 26, 2008 at 11:41 am

    Can anyone tell me where to get the LBD she’s wearing in pic 1? Love it! :)

  65. Maeva

    July 26, 2008 at 1:46 pm

    The first silhouette is incredible, almost inhuman. What a head port! Whah

  66. Anonymous

    July 26, 2008 at 8:14 pm

    Beautiful…tall, thin and elegant, gorgeous neckline – she could sport a shapeless shift and still pull it off.

  67. twelve.dollar.soup

    July 27, 2008 at 12:06 am

    I find this woman very frightening, but her severity is breathtaking, and her style fits her perfectly.

  68. Lucio

    July 27, 2008 at 6:22 am

    She is Nadege, she was a model and she does advertising for Chanel or Versace in the 90′s. Then she was a tv star in the french tv.

  69. les

    July 27, 2008 at 3:50 pm

    Certainly lovely. I much prefer the first dress as I think the second one is too short and does not flatter her legs (read knees). It is amazing what a couple of more inches in hem can do for the body.

  70. alterego

    July 27, 2008 at 4:24 pm

    She is Nadege, isn´t she?
    Hello Lucio!!

  71. Anonymous

    July 27, 2008 at 5:21 pm

    It’s wonderful to see Nadege again. I always studied her because she seemed mixed like me. She always had a special, very idiosyncratic, lively, healthy-seeming, joyful, mischievous charm.

    She still looks fantastic, though obviously, like the rest of us, she’s been through stuff. Wow, I hope we see more of her. What an inspiration!

  72. just Me

    July 27, 2008 at 5:40 pm

    Knowing your strengths and your weaknesses is a life lesson that can carry far beyond fashion. This woman looks fab! That short, almost severe hairstyle wouldn’t suit most people but looks incredible on her!!

  73. AnastasiaC

    July 27, 2008 at 5:41 pm

    Nadege still looks amazing- i sometimes wonder what happened to these models from the ‘supermodel era’ …the fashion industry should take note as woman in their 30′s/40′s still look fabulous and no we dont all need to see teens in the magazines….

  74. Anonymous

    July 27, 2008 at 10:44 pm

    yes, she’s beautiful, and wears her clothes wonderfully. but, i would love to see some women with real figures and CURVES, not just sizes 0-2-4 stick figures….

  75. Jiman Casablancas

    July 27, 2008 at 11:30 pm

    NADEGE!!!! Ooohh I love her.

  76. Anonymous

    July 28, 2008 at 12:11 am

    This woman is obviously not a mere mortal and would look good in ANYTHING.

    Mr Sartorialist, you obviously have a gift for taking beautiful photos of beautiful people. It would be more inspiring to feature people with obvious figure faults who have indeed found what works for their body and who therefore do variations on a theme and are happily comfortable with themselves.

    Are those not the true sartorialists?

  77. Kristine O.

    July 28, 2008 at 12:51 am

    those collarbones!
    she’s a mannequin come to life.
    and the fact that she can pull off that haircut without looking forced or uncomfortable, and yet still extrememly feminine is just…magical. beautiful.

  78. nyc/caribbean ragazza

    July 28, 2008 at 3:02 am

    She gorgeous. I love her short hair.

    I had hair that short when I cut all the chemicals (to make my kinky hair straight) out of my hair. Then I moved to L.A. the place where black women must have weaves. I felt so unattractive with my short hair.

    She seems so confident.


    July 28, 2008 at 5:51 am

    That girl was a model long time ago… I liked her a lot. In fact, now she has the same hair style!

  80. Anonymous

    July 28, 2008 at 11:10 am

    I think all women would like to be able to dress this way if they had the bod.

    Again, nobody reads the comments before they post. Sigh.

  81. Anonymous

    July 28, 2008 at 12:54 pm

    She is Nadege du Bospertus.

  82. Tea Lady

    July 28, 2008 at 2:11 pm

    I agree with Sart. Some people are very good at wearing what shape/fit suits them. I’m a size 4-6 and 5’4″. Some make me look a little, even on the chubby side. But the right cut and fit – I instantly look very slim. I have noticed this mostly in photo’s. No, I don’t need to lose weight – but to make better clothing choices.

  83. Anonymous

    July 28, 2008 at 6:18 pm

    Sorry but I don’t think she is a good example of somebody who needs to wear certain shapes to look good. Her body is a great canvas for any shape.

  84. Chic Noir

    July 28, 2008 at 7:49 pm

    This woman was a really big model back in the 90′s. She was on the cover of a couple international Vogues. Her name is Nadege(tp).

  85. gianna

    July 29, 2008 at 8:07 am

    yeah she’s one of a kind and she rocks on Italian Next Top Model….

  86. Anonymous

    July 29, 2008 at 9:49 am

    Nadege has a classic ‘inverted triangle’ shape……wide shoulders, narrow hips, which is very common amongst models and mannequins. Designers love this shape…clothes fall from the shoulders and hang beautifully, the perfect canvas.

  87. miss cavendish

    July 29, 2008 at 1:34 pm

    I love that Nadege is still wearing her super short hair (and this looks even shorter than in the 90s). She has stunning style.

  88. TurtlesFly

    July 30, 2008 at 5:14 pm

    I agree. This is why I always admired how Tom Ford wore his clothes. Very Nice.

  89. Anonymous

    July 31, 2008 at 9:28 am

    Oooh Nadege! I remember her from back then.

  90. Anonymous

    August 3, 2008 at 1:17 am

    “For guys this would translate into … or something like that”
    I would like to see more photos that expand on the … I do appreciate this blog’s irreverence, but finding shapes that enhance the silhouette, for any size or gender, is something we all strive for.

  91. T. K.

    August 3, 2008 at 2:02 am


  92. dottoressa

    August 3, 2008 at 1:45 pm

    That black dress is fantastic!–what is it?

  93. jeanne

    September 4, 2008 at 4:15 pm

    love the lbd!

    wish i could pull off the short haircut…

  94. Tim McFarlane

    September 10, 2009 at 9:26 pm

    She's amazingly gorgeous. She's dressing for her silhouette very well and the short hair looks amazing.

  95. USG Fashion

    July 12, 2010 at 3:25 pm

    Nadege was a huge inspiration to me growing up. It was amazing seeing such a gorgeous women of colour being featured in magazines – especially as a teen girl in the late 80's early 90's. She's still a stunning woman!

  96. Camilla

    July 29, 2012 at 1:28 pm

    Nadège looks like Brazilian singer Elis Regina! Both are beautiful.

  97. julian

    September 15, 2012 at 5:42 am

    She has the lean lines and finely chiseled muscle and sinew of a thoroughbred racehorse

    …and she totally owns that short crop

    This woman looks like she was born to be photographed and admired

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