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Thursday, February 01, 2007

Deep Style

I kept seeing this lady at the shows in Milan.
She has such a presence, such charisma - even without wearing anything that would be considered "fashionable" she is no doubt very stylish.

Is it style or dignity?

The way she walks and the way she holds her head

is is Effortless Chic at its most extreme.

Comments on "Deep Style"


Blogger Kelly said ... (10:30 AM) : 

She is awesome. She does seem confident, like what women say is so great about accruing years. She looks like she has lived, like she enjoys things other than worrying what people think about her at every moment's glance.

What I want to know, is do you always ask people for their pictures, or do you just catch people walking sometimes, like in the bottom photo of her? Sometimes what looks like a candid can actually be a theatrical person pretending that he/she doesn't know he/she is being photographed. If you take candids sometimes, how do people react when they see you pointing a lens their way?


Blogger Cut of cloth said ... (10:30 AM) : 

Do love this loove
Man girl coat and trousers oversized to make her look more feminine, very Annie Hall


Blogger el presidente said ... (10:37 AM) : 

you are right.

i like it. very 'annie hall' once she grew up.

it s all in the attitude.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:37 AM) : 

commanding presence



Blogger d. chedwick bryant said ... (10:38 AM) : 

she knows how to wear a coat. I really like her face. Nice handbags, too. bet she carries a good book, pens, & notebook etc in them


Anonymous Jeanette said ... (10:41 AM) : 

She`s stylish without a doubt. Style is not about what clothes you wear, its how you wear them! I know it sounds corny but i think its true.



Blogger Athena said ... (10:41 AM) : 

I really like those bags especially the messenger one.


Anonymous rachel said ... (10:54 AM) : 

This post is the perfect example of why I love your blog so much.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:12 AM) : 

This lady could make a trash bag look hot.


Anonymous Andrea said ... (11:15 AM) : 

I guess that lady has just the right amount of nonchalance wearing her clothes. maybe that makes it so chic and unique.


Anonymous Karen E said ... (11:18 AM) : 

I love the authenticity and timelessness, the self-assuredness and apparent respect for quality materials. If she had a novel in hand instead that would be better than a cigarette!


Blogger Janvangogh said ... (11:19 AM) : 

I can imagine her saying "Darling" alot.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:22 AM) : 

I think the way you carry yourself is essential to style. Confidence coupled with kindness makes a person twice as cool, in my eyes, no matter what they're wearing.

I love this woman because she seems unfussy and unfrivolous. I love her cuffed jeans and clunky boots. But what really kills me is that both her bags, which I want, are the exact beautiful shade of brown.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:22 AM) : 

I love loosely cuffed trousers.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:25 AM) : 

This look is called "being comfortable in one's own skin". That look of aplomb and self-awareness is hard-won and, by leaps and bounds, more prized than any Hermes purse or Balenciaga coat. You can see through the layer of time that she was a smokin' hot mama back when. That's the very same confidence she exudes and carries around like a torch these days. Keep on keepin' on wit your bad self....


Blogger gila said ... (11:32 AM) : 


Off-topic, but I need your advice.

I've been invited backstage to a menswear show saturday at FasionWeek. What is the etiquette on taking photos under such circumstances?

I figured you'd be the right person to ask.




Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:35 AM) : 

"Is it style or dignity?"

It's dignified style and it's sexy.

Pshaww, the "woman of a certain age" thing. She's hot.



Anonymous LaurieAnn said ... (11:44 AM) : 

These are both great photos of a very worthwhile subject. She is another role model for me.


Blogger NATRIBU said ... (11:45 AM) : 

She has personality great dressing, and it for my is a style, though she does not follow the fashionable trends...


Anonymous MLS said ... (11:50 AM) : 

Yes omethin about her...The glasses and the way she carries her bag...


Blogger said ... (1:25 PM) : 

This is interesting. She gives off 2 totally different vibes in each picture.

In the first picture she looks sweet and almost grandmotherly, but in the 2nd she seems to have a very lofty personality.

She seems intelligent and very sophisticated. She walks with a lot of confidence and importance.


Anonymous Bronwen said ... (1:44 PM) : 

Lovely, she has "good bones."


Anonymous Wills said ... (1:47 PM) : 

There's something about her... what a stylish woman!


Blogger Queen of Sheba said ... (2:06 PM) : 

Myself I'd say this is dignity, presence, and character more than style.


Anonymous mlle.mtl said ... (3:22 PM) : 

For a woman to wear mens' garments with panache, hell--to make the outfit appear un-fussed over and smartly wrought--takes confidence. This woman has confidence in spades. More people should dress with an eye towards personal style rather than pop-fashion. Thank you Satorialist for giving props where props are due.


Anonymous Nan said ... (3:46 PM) : 

At very first glance I thought this was Morocco (dance anthropologist in NYC).
If she holds herself a certain way, maybe she is/was a dancer too?
Her look is laid-back and cool.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3:56 PM) : 

Sometimes, as here, a mess is a mess.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3:58 PM) : 

I believe there is a spiritual quality...something ethereal about the way one projects presence. In the photo, "She is..." becomes a simple yet random thought which seduces the mind to wonder what she is thinking. What one wears becomes a slice of song and verse. How they walk becomes the rhythm. The photo moves creating questions, eluding answers, awakening story...

Christian Grixoni


Blogger ajane said ... (4:15 PM) : 

"Formidable" - as the french would say it, not the english, implying terrific as well as impressive.
I wonder how tall she is? I love this patrician-meets-tomboy, worn luxe look but suspect you need height to really pull it off. Except for the bags - yay to classic quality! Nay to It bags!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (4:35 PM) : 

She appears to be unkempt and a mess.

Not your usual shot, Scott.


Anonymous carola lange said ... (4:39 PM) : 

she is stylish probably because of her total confidence on herself, she looks like she is so sure about herself and doesn't realy care what people think!


Blogger Ola said ... (4:49 PM) : 

Undoubtedly the lady has great bags and boots. But the oversized coat seems messy and depressing to me. Still, she looks good, which makes her a master of attidude. Love the nonchalance.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (4:53 PM) : 

I totally agree with you. She is a perfect example of "if you have it, nothing else matters", and "if you don't, nothing really helps". Sometimes you are just born with it and I think she was.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (5:56 PM) : 

agree with all above- loads of confidence.
No doubt she appears very comfortable w/ her own style-


Blogger AnastasiaC said ... (6:19 PM) : 

I love her leather satchel in the first pic!
she looks confident and comfortable with that and I guess that makes it appealing!


Blogger ma vie en rose said ... (7:17 PM) : 

Oh, what poise! I hope I look like that someday.


Anonymous david said ... (7:47 PM) : 

the glasses and the bag. only an older woman has the guts to do this. the atrocities that young women use as handbags are at odds to what she stands for.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (8:20 PM) : 

Hmm. Well it's certainly effortless, but I struggle to see the chic. I don't quite understand what the appeal is in this look. And Annie Hall? Whoever decided that was an empirically 'good look'?

I find it strange to question the length of some mens cuffs, but shower such ensembles as this mess with compliments?

Her look to me says: I am wearing ugly clothes, because I want to. It does not say - 'Because I am at a couple of Milan shows I am automatically chic even in shabby overcoats.'


Blogger Maria said ... (11:16 PM) : 

What is really interesting is the question...
Style or dignity? I think dignity is what hoped from fashion. A promise.
She has it in her hair, glasses, and smile.
She has it.


Anonymous vanessa said ... (12:16 AM) : 

thank you for such photos. this is what makes your blog so interesting - real people with real grace!

love from bc, canada


Blogger Model Citzen said ... (12:36 AM) : 

Very commanding presence.


Blogger lerieluvlie said ... (2:07 AM) : 

I'd say effortless chic plus such a commanding presence which i think ultimately is achieved because we see her as a woman who has lived.


Anonymous concupiscence said ... (5:44 AM) : 

Seems to be both, no? Dignity and style. Style deriving from dignity and integrity. Being unfazed. Comfortable.


Blogger j said ... (9:42 AM) : 

But I’m most affected by Natural style,
The flashing eye, the charming smile,
The graceful carriage of the people with dignity and reassuring good looks,
That seem somehow conjoined with the Sea of Tranquility,
And the pleasing proportions of a Sweetgum Tree.


Anonymous jkrnyc said ... (10:27 AM) : 

Such poise. And, as someone else said, such different affect in the two pictures.
And brilliant bags.

Gila: backstage is a scene - design team, models, stylists, dressers, hair and make-up, the people calling the show, photographers, maybe a camera crew or two, security if there's valuable jewelery, the odd celebrity (Paris Hilton - yawn), guests. You can usually take pictures until the models are called for first look when all guests, all but 'official' camera folk, and celebrities and guests need to get out of the way, and are usually ushered out, so that the girls/boys can change in relative privacy (ha!) and the various people can do their jobs. It's also usually polite to sort of indicate that you want to take a pic and wait for the model to acknowledge you. Have fun!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3:51 PM) : 

Come on, she looks a mess!! She reminds me of those ever so present aging feminists in the Village who refuse to dye or cut their hair, wear coats they had since 1982, and refusing to wear anything that would betray their body. If that is style, God help us all.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (6:05 PM) : 

when I grow up, I want to be her.


Blogger D. Kay said ... (10:00 PM) : 

Dignity, for sure.


Anonymous megalaura said ... (8:13 AM) : 

I think she has charisma and personality, but not really style as we´re used to see. Her style is her charisma!

People like her are what makes your blog special!



Blogger miteka said ... (2:45 PM) : 

it´s a fact! you don´t have to wear expensive clothes/acessories to catch the sartorialist eye!
it's the attitude that counts!... and I, for one, like that.


Blogger Travis said ... (8:45 PM) : 

I'm sure The Sartorialist knows the difference between style and fashion. People without style can be fashionable; ie, they can wear Prada head to toe and still not look good in it. Style is much more intangible and elusive than fashion. Fashion can be bought--style cannot.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:28 AM) : 

love her first bag.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (2:39 PM) : 

Awesome. An inspiration to us all.


Blogger Fab50Plus said ... (8:23 PM) : 

I'm not sure about the black coat pic - the huge bag with the coat just seems overwhelming to her frame.

But the brown coat pic -perfection!

Coco Channel said it best:

"Elegance does not consist in putting on a new dress.”

It's this lady's confidence that shines out - she looks comfortable in her skin and thus this simple outfit rest elegantly on her.

Good pic Scott!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (2:32 PM) : 

I truly truly adore her!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (4:56 AM) : 

She looks like a really cool and smart lady. I like her nonchalance about the clothing details. She has better things to worry about.


Anonymous pasquale said ... (2:48 AM) : 

very Anne Bancroft, so very beautiful.


Blogger Oana Perca said ... (9:22 AM) : 

Now that's how a confident woman looks like. And confidennce goes with everything.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:34 AM) : 

It's a mens coat (the brown one). if you look closely you can see the buttons on the right side of the coat, yet it is a SB coat as you can see the placket on the left.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (4:42 AM) : 

For me it really shows how important the bag and coat are, like they always say.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:31 PM) : 

Usually, my first instinct would be to think/say "why can't she at least try to make some effort with that lackluster hair", but for some reason, for her, she can get away with it. And I think its definitely her innate self confidence, and ease with who she is and how she presents herself that gives her that certain something that grabs your attention. Good for her!


Blogger Liluko said ... (6:57 PM) : 

Love her. She is very dignified and strong looking. She doesn't need to prove herself to anyone it seems.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:38 PM) : 

something is definitely coming from the inside of her, which i guess has something to do with her being a writer.


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