Friday, April 9, 2010

They Call Her Snowflake, Moscow

I met this young lady yesterday at a great new shop in Moscow, called Kuznetsky Most 20.
She said her name in Russian means Snowflake, that’s cool.
I think what she has done with her hair is great, but she took it a step further with her dramatic razor thin eyebrows. One of those elements, without the other, would have made the whole look less effective.
I also love how she plays with the contrast of tough but femme sexiness. Yes, she has an obvious punk sensibility, but she still shows a little bare shoulder, has some sparkle in her top and just the slightest touch of color on her lip.
Well played young lady.


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    April 9, 2010 at 1:52 pm

  2. Jason laucht

    April 9, 2010 at 2:00 pm

    WOW! Tolle Frisur tolle Augen und tolle Frau! ;)

  3. GUGA

    April 9, 2010 at 2:01 pm

    A Gaze to die for…..

  4. Sara Hilmars

    April 9, 2010 at 2:03 pm

    I wish I could pull off a hair like that! xx

  5. anina

    April 9, 2010 at 2:18 pm

    i dont like it actually

  6. GiniGL

    April 9, 2010 at 2:19 pm

    She is gorgeous – for all the reasons you stated. Perfect combination of tough/soft, rough/smooth, masculine/feminine and punk/elegant. Either look without the other would be a yawn.

  7. Sona

    April 9, 2010 at 2:19 pm

    she's so cinematographic.
    but Kuznetsky is not snowflake in Russian. no matter.Her deep glance,thats what
    i like.

    • Martin G

      February 14, 2018 at 6:11 am

      The store is called “Kuznetsky,” not the subject of the photo, fyi.

  8. Anonymous

    April 9, 2010 at 2:23 pm

    I love it


    April 9, 2010 at 2:30 pm

    lovely hair!…amazing

  10. Anonymous

    April 9, 2010 at 2:33 pm

    sorry but i don´t like her style at all…
    come to munich again, we can do better than that in germany :)

  11. Lisa Petrarca

    April 9, 2010 at 2:41 pm

    Now that is daring…I could never be that brave. My son however did this look by accident oneday when he forgot to put the attachment on while shaving his head!

    She pulls it off great though.

  12. Anonymous

    April 9, 2010 at 2:52 pm

    how daring of her to actually shave in the middle.

  13. sev

    April 9, 2010 at 2:53 pm

    très jolie, quite hypnotic

  14. olga r.

    April 9, 2010 at 2:53 pm

    This picture made me think of the Middle Age fashion of shaving off women's eyebrows and hair above the forehead.

  15. Anonymous

    April 9, 2010 at 2:56 pm

    my name means snowflake n turkish: berfe:)
    cool hair name sake!

  16. Alvin

    April 9, 2010 at 2:57 pm

    yes, bien joué.

  17. Helena

    April 9, 2010 at 3:02 pm

    I don't like at all! Sorry.
    But the young lady is beautiful.

  18. Skye

    April 9, 2010 at 3:17 pm

    I adore how she mixes feminine and masculine. She looks interesting and fun!

  19. Coco and Zaahb

    April 9, 2010 at 3:17 pm

    I love it, definitely different than anything i've ever seen


  20. Anonymous

    April 9, 2010 at 3:23 pm

    Definitely a brave look, I prefer the clipped hair underneath the long hair on top… but I lean to that old school punk look. Unique though!

  21. i.c. blogspot

    April 9, 2010 at 3:23 pm

    She has beautiful eyes that capture from the first glance!

  22. SarahELizand

    April 9, 2010 at 3:29 pm

    She's also got those cat like eyes that make her hair cut more appealing and well pulled off. Plus I love her big cheekbones.


    April 9, 2010 at 3:35 pm

  24. Nansosi

    April 9, 2010 at 3:41 pm

    I love your observations, Scott. I know this forum is a lot about what we think, but when you write I learn so much from you.

  25. Diane

    April 9, 2010 at 3:44 pm

    She's interesting indeed!

  26. Isabelle

    April 9, 2010 at 3:44 pm

    i disagree. she should have stopped at the eyebrows

  27. Marvin Quinones

    April 9, 2010 at 3:45 pm

    There are no girls in America like this :( She's so cute.

  28. Daryl

    April 9, 2010 at 3:49 pm

    Wow it sure takes a lot of guts to do that to your hair. Well played indeed. (:

  29. Anonymous

    April 9, 2010 at 4:23 pm

    Something tells me if she were walking the mid-west streets of America she'd be accused of being a small-town meth addict. Does the fact that she's Russian add to her appeal and make her hair fashionably spot on? I don't know…

  30. dina in kc, mo

    April 9, 2010 at 4:24 pm

    Kuznetsky, I believe, is the name if the shop – not her.

    And there are women like that in the States.

    She is entrancing.

  31. Nedda Ebo

    April 9, 2010 at 4:31 pm

    WOW! Well played INDEED! What a fab combination, she's brave.
    Mustart x

  32. Sara in America

    April 9, 2010 at 4:33 pm

    I actually think a really bold eyebrow would look fabulous with this. I love her hair.

  33. vanilla

    April 9, 2010 at 4:44 pm

    now that's different. definitely shows character.
    perhaps her name's Snejana?

  34. Jennifer

    April 9, 2010 at 4:47 pm

    Not exactly a look I'm crazy about, but I really admire that you feature looks on your blog that are not necessarily "pretty." You have a very open-mind, and it's wonderful :-).

  35. anotherwomanbyrose

    April 9, 2010 at 5:12 pm

    rock and exotic!!


    another woman by rose

  36. John Malvin

    April 9, 2010 at 5:19 pm

    I love the risks women take with their hair these days. Whether it be shaving just part of their heads or going white/gray.

  37. maria from sofia

    April 9, 2010 at 5:29 pm

    Snowflake in Russian and Bulgarian is SNEZHINA, it is particularly brave to pull up such look in Moscow where the uber rich are living like Western Europe was in the late 80s and 90s and the acceptance level of the 'different' people is rather low…Well done Snezhina and to you Sart for noticing a thing in a culture totally different from yours. All the best!

  38. Anonymous

    April 9, 2010 at 5:30 pm

    By the way, Snejana (I believe it's her name; I'm from Russia) doesn't mean Snowflake :) It means cold, white as snow :)

  39. princess glee

    April 9, 2010 at 5:46 pm

    What struck me most about this pic is that it's interesting and amazing how it has become difficult to figure out what race people are. Used to be fewer people with mixed race backgrounds but now they're everywhere (I think). Kudos to the human race.

  40. oksana

    April 9, 2010 at 5:48 pm

    Yes, i believe her name is Snejana. I am not sure I like her look but definitely she is brave and a character girl with lots of self confidence.

  41. Josephina

    April 9, 2010 at 5:55 pm

    I tried to like it. I can't. It is not cool and has no style.

  42. Susan

    April 9, 2010 at 6:06 pm

    Beautiful photo. Beautiful girl.

    She is very striking. I think she would be with or without the shaved bit on her head.

    Isn't it interesting how much of a statement shaving your hair is for a woman. Fascinating.

  43. SaraKateSwan

    April 9, 2010 at 7:28 pm

    Wow that hair is so brave! Amazing

  44. yotinthepot

    April 9, 2010 at 7:44 pm

    the victorians believed big foreheads were sexy and showed that a woman was smart.
    they plucked their eyebrows ultra thin, and shaved part of their forehead similarly, to emphasize their foreheads.
    also, the men wore heels, not the women.

  45. Anonymous

    April 9, 2010 at 7:47 pm

    I think she is very dramatic, very Russian looking. I like the sparkly top.

  46. r-dean

    April 9, 2010 at 7:54 pm

    i love it. if i could rock a look like that, i totally would. i'm not gutsy enough. not self assured [yet] enough.

  47. costume jewellery uk

    April 9, 2010 at 8:19 pm

    Definitely two sides to her personality!

  48. Yasamin

    April 9, 2010 at 8:23 pm

    "Well played young lady."
    Awe. Such a nice compliment!
    Such attention to detail. There
    is something cool about noticing
    eyebrows, the people who notice
    eyebrows. Snowflake? I think the
    only other suitable name for her
    would be Wolf.

  49. Simply JCrew

    April 9, 2010 at 8:27 pm

    ..another great post.
    Scott, you are fantastic. ~TY

  50. petite chérie

    April 9, 2010 at 8:33 pm

    This is my favorite photo in a long time. Stricking, different, captivating and beautiful. She stands out.

  51. Fusty Gordon

    April 9, 2010 at 11:55 pm

    Her hair is amazing.

  52. Lions, Tigers and Fashion OH MY!

    April 10, 2010 at 1:34 am

    love it, very unique!!

  53. Anonymous

    April 10, 2010 at 1:41 am

    Agreed! Very well played. I think her style is fabulous. She is stunning and her hair is fucken awesome. I have never seen a do like this, nor have I ever considered such a thing but the contrast is amazing. I like it even more than the one shaved side thing!

  54. Bessie

    April 10, 2010 at 2:41 am

    I love it, and admire Scott's attention to detail. Only I find that the bangs on the right side of her head are a distraction…I'd like to see it with just the long hair.

  55. thwany

    April 10, 2010 at 2:47 am

    woah, that's…different

  56. kaye

    April 10, 2010 at 3:11 am

    i love how you noticed such details on her!! her hair is really unique.

    stoll over at my blog too!

  57. Sam

    April 10, 2010 at 5:40 am

    "punk sensibility" heh heh

  58. Isabelle

    April 10, 2010 at 7:36 am

  59. phyllis

    April 10, 2010 at 8:00 am

    And she has those wide set Russian eyes too, lovely.

  60. christina

    April 10, 2010 at 8:32 am

    her hair is distrubing…in a good way?

  61. Poivre Monkey

    April 10, 2010 at 10:43 am

  62. Anonymous

    April 10, 2010 at 11:22 am

    It's an interesting idea but I don't think it works for her because her face looks rather washed out. I'd use some makeup if I were her and/or brighten up her hair color.
    I like a "punk twist" on some girls, but I've noticed that it works only if a girl is naturally gorgeous or if she's weird, for lack of a better word (i.e. not conventionally beautiful but has interesting, eye-catching looks). This girl, I think, is just bland even with this haircut.

  63. Anonymous

    April 10, 2010 at 11:37 am

    great look , more about imagination than money!

  64. Sonja Blackham

    April 10, 2010 at 5:08 pm

    Just the right amount of edge! LOVE it.

  65. Anna Marie

    April 10, 2010 at 7:28 pm

    i've never seen hair done like this before, but i really love it. i agree, well played.

  66. ricola

    April 11, 2010 at 12:59 am

    Fantastic. Her picture makes me wonder what she sounds like. I imagine a russian Deitrich.

  67. Anonymous

    April 11, 2010 at 3:59 am

    The hair and thinness make her look ill I had no idea the shaved look was intentional until you mentioned it!

    Overall interesting style I guess though.

  68. Alli

    April 11, 2010 at 4:02 am

    Scott, that's just a brilliant observation about the haircut and the eyebrows and their dependence on each other for the look to be just right. I completely agree and I don't think I would have noticed had you not said anything! But I definitely see it now and it just makes the photo all the more beautiful

  69. Anonymous

    April 11, 2010 at 8:07 am

    …not my fave, Sart. Sorry but she doesn't look so kind…

  70. Anonymous

    April 11, 2010 at 8:31 am

    I like the girls hair, but I would never have ventured on this!
    she is beautiful

  71. Susan

    April 11, 2010 at 9:18 am

    Well Played!

  72. Anonymous

    April 11, 2010 at 12:10 pm

    delicate deconstruction
    to porcelain punk perfection

  73. Anonymous

    April 11, 2010 at 1:48 pm

    I had to have stitches on the top of my head once and this "look" reminds me of sickness or barfights- She is pretty and intense, but shaved patch of scalp says sutures to me so loudly. Thanks for a controversial and thought provoking photo.

  74. Jack Daniel

    April 11, 2010 at 2:26 pm

    I like it that you're into details.

  75. Walter Helena

    April 11, 2010 at 3:44 pm

    That is a committed style indeed.

    I'm having a fine art giveaway at the end of the month and would love you to drop by my blog to enter, if you'd like :)

  76. OooKellyNicky

    April 11, 2010 at 4:31 pm

    Ehhh… I don't know how to feel about this.

    La Stylin Girraffe!

  77. Insomnia

    April 11, 2010 at 5:46 pm

    Snejana does mean something between snowflake or cold, rather snowflake though.
    Russians girls are often brave. Love her look.

  78. Liya

    April 11, 2010 at 9:38 pm

    i think punk is definitely more dominant in the mainstream fashion in russia than it is in other countries… what I find interesting is that Kuznetskiy most is the uber-rich, "if-you-have-to-ask-you-cant-afford" it shopping area.. and also happens to be full of cookie-cutter haute couture fashionistas. So you found this young lady there..does that mean that the Moscow meangirls are finally becoming more accepting of style (style beyond fashionTV that is :)??

  79. Alex.and Ria

    April 11, 2010 at 10:24 pm

    This photo has inspired me so much that I may give this look a try!

  80. Zara

    April 12, 2010 at 12:34 am

    This picture made me jump when I first saw it. I had brain surgery two and a half years ago, and that is pretty much what my hair looked like afterwards, only with more gone and a huge scar. I appreciate you showing this photo…after my surgery, a lot of people commented on how terrible it was to have lost all that hair–but as you noticed, unconventional does not mean ugly.

  81. Diana

    April 12, 2010 at 5:31 am

    wow! I will never complain about my naturally, beautifully, intelligently high forehead anymore :-))))

  82. Anonymous

    April 12, 2010 at 6:40 am

    Snegurochka would be the name then, Kuznetzky most 20 is the address btw.
    furthermore a being with that name accompanies the russian santa claus – daddy frost!

    i like those stories a lot, reminds me of when i was a kid

  83. Middleseason

    April 12, 2010 at 8:41 am

    My favourite kind of woman (the kind whom I try to be) is the one who is able to mix a definite personality and the femme sexiness. It's not so easy. The woman of the photo is a perfect mix.

  84. Anonymous

    April 12, 2010 at 9:20 am

    She's Black & she's beautiful. Thus the tongue & cheek snowflake ref. This from one who is so- called 'racially ambiguous' while Black.

  85. Anonymous

    April 12, 2010 at 12:08 pm

    This hairstyle is very Superheroine. It shows off the widow's peak. I think it would look even better if the shaved part were a little darker than the rest.

  86. MlleV

    April 12, 2010 at 2:53 pm

    Wonderful! She could be The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.

  87. Anonymous

    April 12, 2010 at 2:54 pm

    I love that the 80's have arrived in Moscow!

  88. enterrement vie de célibataire Paris

    April 12, 2010 at 4:47 pm

    She look romantic and sensitive.

  89. Anonymous

    April 12, 2010 at 6:00 pm

    It is one thing to dress in a manner that portrays punk ideals; it is a completely other thing to do what this woman has done. She is beautiful.

  90. Anonymous

    April 13, 2010 at 1:09 am

    Dang, that's cool. And you're right–the combination of hairline and brows make her features absolutely arresting.

  91. Anonymous

    April 13, 2010 at 2:43 am

    Maybe, her name is Svietlana, it means something like – full of light.

  92. briony-anne

    April 13, 2010 at 4:22 pm

    she's fierce, but captivatingly gentle…. I normally think it's corny to describe people with oxymorons but she demonstrates such a breathtaking juxtaposition of spiky and soft.

  93. Anonymous

    April 13, 2010 at 11:47 pm

    I think she's playing with her sensuality a bit. The shoulder bare, but the face daring you to notice. The dazzle of the shirt, but the undershirt underneath. The hair rather shaved and unkempt, but also long and a bit sensual. I like it.

  94. Oscar

    April 14, 2010 at 10:17 am

    I think many of you are over-analyzing this. About the style: it's not nice. It looks a bit asymmetric.

  95. Kathleen

    April 14, 2010 at 2:22 pm

    She is lovely. The icy blue is very 80's, so is the haircut. But she's more than this, she's more than a fashion blast to the past, she's eclectic and tasteful. I love the shaved area of her hair, very "out there' and brave. We see people walking down the street that have not let go of an era and it doesn't work. This is not the case here. Her use of makeup and accessories show marked taste. Snowflake is one cool customer.

  96. Louie

    April 14, 2010 at 5:50 pm

    true individual hair style. don't have many of those nowadays.

  97. Anonymous

    April 15, 2010 at 6:52 am

    Wanted to do that to my bangs on many a bad hair day.

  98. mrkendal

    April 15, 2010 at 5:06 pm

    It's young women like this that make older men think young again. Sometimes for the better and sometimes… Either way, she's beautiful. Thank you for seeing beyond the expected. SIncerely, Mr. Black

  99. loolah

    April 19, 2010 at 1:40 am

    I don't like it, but I like the fact that she's done it.

  100. Snejoke

    May 3, 2010 at 5:46 pm

    Hi, Scott! Foto-super, very saturate blog, and I` ve learnt A lot of new about myself))
    Call me, when u`ll arrive in Moscow, I shall meet u with my coolest friends!

  101. Martine

    September 18, 2011 at 5:00 pm

    What a gorgeous woman. Very elegant. One of my favorite photos on this blog, and certainly my favorite portrait.

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  103. Janna

    June 1, 2015 at 6:40 pm

    Its cool, very nice hair.

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