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Friday, March 07, 2008

On the Street....The Silhouette, Milan

Everyone knows I love the little details but sometimes the little details are less important than the overall silhouette.

I think this is a perfect example - the pleating details are only important for the overall shape that it gives the skirt. Any additional hardware or trims would just distract from the simple, beautiful lines.

Comments on "On the Street....The Silhouette, Milan"


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (9:49 AM) : 

oh wow.


Blogger Unknown said ... (9:57 AM) : 

Does anyone know who makes the skirt? The pinstripes offer a tone of formality to what is a delightfully soft look to say that it is an all black ensemble.


Blogger marchingbandemporium said ... (10:03 AM) : 

Such a beautiful picture, and such a rich purple colour. Lovely.


Blogger sunni said ... (10:08 AM) : 

what amazing items of clothing. the way she has put it together is so simple yet daring. i think this is my favourite outfit on here since a long a time..


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:25 AM) : 

Oh my god!


Blogger Coryn said ... (10:33 AM) : 

I must say that I really love black because it is so classy. This is an amazing black ensemble. One thing I really enjoy about this outfit is because it has so many extra possibilities as well. She could add a necklace or a bracelet or earrings, but even without, it's still AMAZING. The clutch definitely adds to the outfit as well. I think I am going to mimic this style for work next week.


Blogger J said ... (10:35 AM) : 

The simplicity accents the curvature of her legs. She's gorgeous.


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

Great photograph.


Blogger Alice Olive said ... (10:49 AM) : 

Agreed. A sleek, minimal approach is simply beautiful. Elegant.


Blogger Carolina Lange said ... (10:52 AM) : 

So beautiful!


Blogger Samantha said ... (11:04 AM) : 

i love the classiness of it all, punched up a bit with Mary-Jane heels and unique clutch. adoration.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:05 AM) : 

VERY seductive.... A wonderfully knowing expression and the slate blue wall behind her brings colour to the monochrome outfit.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:07 AM) : 

Quel beau style! Elle a du chien.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:09 AM) : 

The stripes in the background, the stripes in the skirt. Swoon. The texture of the bricks, the texture of her shoes. Sigh. Her hair and her clutch.

This shot is ridiculously fantastic, and the outfit is probably the most reflective of my own personal taste of many of the ensembles here.

In any case, the site is great, this photo stellar and the outfit – perfection.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:13 AM) : 

from a distance, she blocks out the light geometrically fantastically. The up close impression is slightly dirty.


Blogger Frogette said ... (11:16 AM) : 

Beautiful. I love how her hair isn't 'done'.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:16 AM) : 

I think it would be hard to get better than this... It's classic, chic and seductive at the same time. Fabulous. I like her 'undone' hair.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:19 AM) : 

...and will someone tell me who makes that skirt?? (the sweater is beautiful too...)


Blogger lara said ... (11:29 AM) : 

this shot is amazing! her hair seems to glow and the proportions are perfect :)

great job scott!


Blogger Keiler said ... (11:38 AM) : 

It emphasizes her halo of blonde hair nicely.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:40 AM) : 

When you've got shoulders like that, use them.


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

simply stunning. it is a well exectued minimalist look that can be worn again with a change of accessories although it gives such a good effect without them. and i love that clutch!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:48 AM) : 

This is classy. She could be also heavier and still look stylish.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:15 PM) : 

This is very sexy yet no skin is exposed.



Blogger mette said ... (12:16 PM) : 

Agreed. Less is more. Once again space for your own imagination.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (1:23 PM) : 

Hi everybody! The skirt and the clutch are both from MaxMara a/w 0809 catwalk... I'm an insider and I'm very glad (PROUD!!) u like the clutch... u can try to imagine why I am... probably all of us used to look always at the same shoes and bags designers, we desire'em and we dream about'em... but there are many others brand maybe not so glamorous that can make a woman look fabolous...look for them! I take ur appreciations on these items as gratifications of this hard job that is fashion...


Blogger M said ... (1:26 PM) : 

Very stylish. Also a fantastic picture: the background is just amazing! The wall and the stones on the pawement; the pleated skirt and the clutch!


Blogger La Terpette said ... (1:33 PM) : 

I love love love this photo. She seems to have a glow around her. The bare background adds to the simple, elegant statement she's making.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (1:45 PM) : 

my goodness! you are really finding some well-lit spaces to show off the ladies recently! so striking! fantastic...


Blogger Unknown said ... (2:01 PM) : 



Anonymous Anonymous said ... (2:22 PM) : 

ah but I love the detail on her shoes.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (2:23 PM) : 

Your comment is spot on. And i would argue that these days, there's actually something bold about simplicity. Her turtleneck demonstrates a degree of restraint that lets all the interest in the skirt come through.

Wish I could get my hands on the pattern for that skirt,or at least see more of how it's made -- so as to make it myself!

Speaking of which, does anyone know of any blogs/websites that provide interesting clothing patterns for free?


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (2:36 PM) : 


(Oh, Sart, I've grown to cherish and depend on your site for daily inspiration and defence against a too-oft aesthetically displeasing world.

The Absolut ad is fine, but it makes me fear the site might change; become a victim of its own success.

I love it just the way it is and think it would be amazing if in 15 years the format retains its simplicity -- even stays identical as it is today.

Perhaps I'm a bore that way.

Lots of love and thank you, sincerely.)


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3:45 PM) : 

Gorgeous European woman: perfectly understated and chic without all the trinkets and "trends" some of your other subjects incorporate into their outfits. You really don't need to try too hard when you're this gorgeous.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (4:27 PM) : 

she is gorgeous! she looks so strong, chic and classic in that..


Blogger jst+crs said ... (5:12 PM) : 

Once again subtlety is key-- the studs on the heels and the reptilian texture of her handbag (not to mention the pinstripes in the skirt). Plus, its an absolutely wonderful picture!


Blogger Janelle said ... (7:03 PM) : 

In the first view I am totally in love. The overall darkness, the fact that she shows so little skin but it is still completely sexy and the contrast with the clutch is amazing. When I blow it up though I cannot help but be super critical. I could forgive that the turtleneck seems too big if the waist of the skirt wasn't so pulled and messy. Anyway I still love it and would be checking her out if i passed her on the street.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (7:36 PM) : 

Stunning. Her shoes are Louboutins, aren't they?


Blogger cbkphotos said ... (9:56 PM) : 

love the whole black on black ensemble. so classic


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (9:56 PM) : 

this was from fashion week, yeah? omgsh, LOVE LOVE LOVE! you rule, mr. sartorialist. i've been reading for two years (?) now and it's so awesome how everyone has agreed you are a super-genius. totally.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:11 PM) : 

I really like this. I used to dress like this when I still had a figure. I like the way the background in reflected in the stripes in her skirt. AND she is not pigeon-toed


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:55 PM) : 

Stunningly simple and elegant. She oozes confidence and that's what sexy is all about.



Blogger stylePOVist said ... (12:38 AM) : 

julie von Boehm?


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (6:21 AM) : 

Perfection in my oppinion. Chic and classic.


Blogger She Wore It Well said ... (6:44 AM) : 

great outfit and a great photo sart... i haven't been a fan lately, but this one is great.


Blogger Françoise said ... (10:18 AM) : 

How not to like this? :) Perfect and clean.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:52 AM) : 

is she wearing black or blue? it looks like blue to me.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (4:24 PM) : 

Julia Von Boehm...Paris Vogue bien sûr! These girls are just the chicest, at all times. She has a somewhat more romantic look than the others, though, softer than Carine, Emanuelle, Anastasia, Melanie...


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (6:58 PM) : 

wonderful shot. the lighting is gorgeous. she appears to be glowing.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (7:32 PM) : 

I love it but I'm forced to wonder: would this work quite so well with dark brown hair? There is some beauty in the way her hair off-sets all the darkness, and I wonder if the elegance would turn drab without that. This is a concern to me of course, because I have dark brown hair :)
I absolutely love the way you have photographed this by the way, with the light to one side and framing her perfectly.


Blogger Scott W said ... (1:04 AM) : 

Such a beautiful aura.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (9:23 AM) : 

Love it!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (9:33 AM) : 

i love it when women don't find the need to try to hard to look different and opt for classic pieces in understated colours.


Blogger Jen said ... (9:45 AM) : 

Yes, the outfit is nice, but gathering from the above comments, some people think just like me; it's just quite a European look. For me, this is everyday work wear, more or less.

I am travelling to NYC next month and I am incredibly curious to see how "normal" people dress. The overall fashion sense of the New Yorkers (not to be mixed up with Americans as I understand it) compared to northern Europe.

What does impress me is that someone said she was with French Vogue. That makes me happy, I like her understated fashion sense although working for the world's greatest fashion magazine. I think that is to be admired.

And, as always, great photo, great light.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:17 PM) : 

i love this outfit for all of the above reasons but i especially agree with the person who mentioned her hair-- NOT the person who wondered if it would work on someone with dark hair (huh?), but the one who remarked that her hair doesn't look "done." some kind of stray thread (or quirky accessory as with the dude in the pic above) prevents an ensemble from looking too straitlaced and severe. for me, her hair adds romance. i like "simple, beautiful lines" but i think the addition of a squiggle here and there really animates a person's look.
lady, if you're reading this-- you are gorgeous.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:41 PM) : 

It's hard to tell if she's wearing Louboutins. Formidable!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:48 PM) : 

I feel I learn a lot from reading your blog, Sart. Seeing fashion through your lens and reading your comments helps me cultivate a sense of balance and proportion and color. Thank you.


Blogger Unknown said ... (10:08 AM) : 

This is a beautiful young lady! She has not fallen prey to all of the blah blah blah fashion that makes everyone in America look like they have been dressed in cookie cutter land. I love her hair! I love the photo and it literally stopped me in my tracks when I was browsing the site. Breathtaking work! Thank you for sharing the wonderful photos.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (4:07 PM) : 

Her shoes look like Christian Louboutin suede studded mary janes.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (6:30 PM) : 

My favorites are always of the Milanese. They have the most brilliant style.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (5:14 AM) : 

Wonderful, absolutely wonderful! She looks very understated yet completely chic. That clutch bag is a particularly inspired choice of handbag when I'm sure she has tens of other she could've chosen from. The crossed legs and ever so slight smile only add to her charm. Delightful is the word for this.



Anonymous Anonymous said ... (8:48 AM) : 

Audrey Hepburn-esque. Love the roll-neck.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (1:29 PM) : 

She looks great, that's a brilliant outfit!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:00 AM) : 

You're so right !
When I saw the picture I just said "what a skirt !". I love how its shape structured all the outfit. Although it's a classic one -all black-, it's really stunning.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (9:10 PM) : 

I agree with you. When Less is more in this case.
I like the blue background and brick ground


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (7:58 PM) : 

My coworker and I are having a debate about the women that you photograph. Most of them wear incredibly high heels. Our question is this: would these women have a diminished presence without these incredible but uncomfortable accessories? For instance, would this woman have the same poise were she wearing ballet flats? a ratty pair of Chuck Taylors? or even Saddle Oxfords? How much is she sacrificing in order to look this effortlessly chic?
And, in the long run, is it really worth it?


Blogger je suis mode said ... (9:11 PM) : 

Stunning. I think the color is more navy, but its richness contrasts beautifully with her pale skin and blonde hair. So classy and elegant!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:22 AM) : 

Oh, it's the fabulous Julia von Boehm! Paris Vogue veteran and mega stylist...she always looks stunning and stylish even when she's had no sleep and been working all day and out all night! And lives in heels! love her...


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:22 AM) : 

My favorite look posted so far! Shows that fashion is truly an art: lines, sillouhtes, color... the skirt plus turtleneck creates a striking vase-like frame, and it makes for a perfect pairing with black tights. Becuase the skirt is (or at least appears in this photograph) navy, while the other articles of clothing are black, creates a look of curves, something it appears this women lacks.


Blogger Mylinh said ... (11:08 AM) : 

Love the curve of the bubble skirt. Beautiful outfit. I can see this on Siena Miller. Maybe it's because of the pale skin and blonde hair. Wonder if this outfit would work on me since I am five foot tall on a good day :)


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (5:29 PM) : 

she is heavenly! i love the vertical lines in the skirt echoed in the backdrop, and the bag adds a sublime compliment to the look in an unconventional way, it totally works.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (9:04 AM) : 

woow she is really so elegant ...


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