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Friday, October 02, 2009

On the Street...Camera Crush, Paris

Alessandra Colombo is quite possibly the coolest young lady I have met all year. The key to this look is the perfect, perfect fit of her shirt, of course it's custom-made.

I have to be honest, this season has been a bit slow finding new, interesting people to shoot. The economy continues to affect the size and variety of the crowds at the shows. I have found myself "off-site" a lot more, and luckily finding very cool people like Alessandra and Margherita (you'll see her Monday).

Comments on "On the Street...Camera Crush, Paris"


Blogger Teresa @ good-grace said ... (9:04 AM) : 

A*dor*able and incredibly chic. Bravo!! :)


Blogger Sartorial Vancouver said ... (9:09 AM) : 

Maybe you might be looking too hard Scott. I loved your recents shots from the shows, and found myself wondering what those outside of the shows were up to.

Sometimes the basics are new and interesting in their own right.



Blogger Sarah said ... (9:09 AM) : 

I really love the almost-androgyny of this. From the waist up, completely andro. With the belt... tilting towards feminine. And then the ballet flats... just perfect.


Anonymous Thomas said ... (9:11 AM) : 

At first glance, I thought she was a boy ..


Anonymous helena said ... (9:12 AM) : 



Blogger miss a. said ... (9:13 AM) : 

Her androgyny is astounding! I love how the wide belt makes her outfit a bit more femme.


Blogger blue roses said ... (9:18 AM) : 

wow, what a crisp look; she definitely understands the proportions of her body and the importance of ideal fit. unfortunately, she and i have complete opposite body types; i would love to be able to emulate this look!


Blogger kater said ... (9:18 AM) : 

Oh dear. I am in the process of getting dressed for the morning, already in tights, and now I want to wear my vintage slim jeans and be chic :( Oh well, tomorrow maybe :)


Anonymous Holly said ... (9:24 AM) : 

Updated preppy~I'll take one of every item she is wearing please!


Blogger Mel said ... (9:25 AM) : 



Anonymous Agatha said ... (9:29 AM) : 

cute belt :)


Blogger sevendialsgirl said ... (9:35 AM) : 

I'm not sure about the belt, but I love the collar and neckline of the sweater. Also love that her hair is tied back, gives me hope!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (9:39 AM) : 

Ahhh... nice combination.


Blogger The Man Who Knew Too Much said ... (9:39 AM) : 

I like her shirt and glasses, but I do not like the belt. Way too big and colour wise.. Mwah.


Anonymous xejt.sloveni said ... (9:42 AM) : 

finally, no slim jeans :)


Blogger 50two said ... (9:43 AM) : 

i thought that was a dude. but then again, i also thought today was monday.


Blogger StyleSpy said ... (9:44 AM) : 

That tears it -- I have to invest in a couple o custom shirts.


Blogger sofiasophie said ... (9:48 AM) : 

I loove her jeans but I don't really think she's that cool!


Blogger WhiskeyTangoFoxtrot said ... (9:54 AM) : 

So chic, so simple.


Blogger ingefaer said ... (10:00 AM) : 

I think off-site is WAY more interesting anyway. This young lady is so cool and crisp and oh so stylish in her simplicity. Love the belt.....that is what takes it from plain to smashing in my opinion


Anonymous Latest At Fashion said ... (10:17 AM) : 

Wow great post.
I also came across a site dealing with denim styles.


Blogger Jacqueline said ... (10:33 AM) : 

definitely androgynous!


Blogger FiL said ... (10:35 AM) : 

Looks very very good to me :)



Anonymous Coronita said ... (10:38 AM) : 



Blogger Allen - East Hampton said ... (10:42 AM) : 

She is truly adorable.

Androgyny done well always makes for a great fashion element.


Blogger Camille Acey said ... (10:49 AM) : 

I am having a problem layering collared shirts under sweaters (the shirt underneath always looks "bunched up" rather than smooth. I don't know what exactly I am doing wrong. I am gonna study this picture and try to figure out how it works.


Anonymous BOLITO said ... (10:52 AM) : 

le chic ! cherchez le femme !


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

completely masculine look down to the hair and no make-up, then the girliest satin ballet pumps! very cleverly put together - would love to see what she wears everyday. someone make her a stylist!


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

Ha, Scott, I love how you say, "...of course, it's custom-made." Not really achievable for me, but I'm glad for her.


Blogger Patrulla said ... (11:08 AM) : 

Come to México City, ¡shoot us!



Blogger Iheartfashion said ... (11:10 AM) : 

I LOVE the wide belt and the loose jeans. Perfect!


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

Thank you!!! for showing not-trendy pieces in a very stylish way. I want to meet her!

Agree on the shirt comment above--how does that work?!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:23 AM) : 

you' ll be happy to know that I look for and get the same effect when I wear the same type of shirt (borrowed from my dad's or boyfriend's closet)..I like also the length and breadth of the jeans which evoke sweet summer styles..
...the belt is not not ideal, but I can see what she was trying to do...


Blogger VF said ... (11:29 AM) : 

i believe off site pictures are best!!

xoxo- F


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

Inspiring! Thanks for posting. You're right, the shirt is perfect and and a convincing demonstration as to why custom is worth it.


Blogger Clarity said ... (11:49 AM) : 

Those ballet slippers are like a raised eyebrow. Very cute.

I am shooting in Paris next year, God willing. Hope we find chic extras like her for my film.


Anonymous HW90 said ... (11:57 AM) : 

I love how comfortable she looks.


Blogger Allison said ... (12:05 PM) : 

I love the simple sexiness of this outfit. But I just don't get the belt at all.


Blogger romaine said ... (12:16 PM) : 

I love it, perfect from her shoes to her hair. She looks extremely cool and chic. Just one photo so far that I have seen, but perhaps she should be a regular if possible.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:21 PM) : 

I don't think the custom shirt makes a difference in this shot. We can't really see it.
Great androgynous look. Do you see a trend? Your recent shots seem to have that trend.


Anonymous Herr M said ... (12:27 PM) : 

Really, really stunning! The best style since ages! Very simple and understated!! :)


Blogger CHICMUSE said ... (12:29 PM) : 




Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:40 PM) : 

I think that she looks too sexness with her hair, jeans and shirt...
The belt and the ballerinas are pretty but other hairstyle or a hells are that she needs.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:42 PM) : 

Love her relaxed jeans and flat shoes....for a change!!!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:44 PM) : 

wow, she really is the coolest. she's so interesting looking and fashionable without looking like a douchebag...which is pretty hard to do I think


Blogger Soren Lorensen said ... (12:46 PM) : 

lovely lovely lovely


Blogger Leif Hagen said ... (1:00 PM) : 

Scooter - I spotted you next to Italian fashion writer Anna P on page D8 of my Oct 1 Wall Street Journal. Fun to discover your blog! I may even glean some fashion tips from now on. Bonjour d'EAGAN daily photo blog


Anonymous Hannah W. said ... (1:21 PM) : 

I love the juxtoposition of the classic, understated look of the navy sweater with jeans mixed with that belt. what a fabulous belt! And just a touch of femininity with the ballet flats. It's all just beautiful. The color combo. The mix of garments. The sun glasses. Just Perfect!!


Blogger Back said ... (1:37 PM) : 

simple and chic, think the character is very important to make the outfit stands out.


Blogger Brummagem Joe said ... (1:43 PM) : 

One doesn't have to get custom made shirts. Most top quality men's shirt purveyors like Pink, Harvie & Hudson or Hilditch & Key (all have web sites) offer extra long sleeve and slim fit versions of their shirts. Interesting the comments about this young lady's androgyny because this is basically a classic guy's look with a more modest belt and loafers. I wear it all the time in the spring and fall. She carries it off brilliantly I must say because of her slim figure. She'd probably look good in a lot of guy stuff as people like Marlene Dietrich did.


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

For us "common folk" who follow you, we love off-site!!! More More More!!


Blogger Couture said ... (2:17 PM) : 

Nah sorry, looks too contrived to be truly cool...also belt too wide so shortening her legs which means she should have worn some skinny heels - even low ones - not flats.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (2:35 PM) : 

Taste is so interesting and subjective, I think everything about her look is intensely unflattering, but you love it - and so do lots of other people!


Blogger Cornflake40 said ... (2:49 PM) : 

I'm sure she's a nice lady and all, but that outfit is horrible and that belt is the worst thing on that outfit. It's so out of scale!


Anonymous Bee said ... (2:52 PM) : 

I've been looking for that.EXACT.color jeans for months now. Can anyone share any ideas on where can I get a pair that looks like that?




Blogger achnyc said ... (3:03 PM) : 

Love this look - such a clean, simple, and personal style!
Cool indeed!!! Thanks Scott.
Wish I knew who made that great belt.


Blogger Thomas said ... (3:35 PM) : 

She does take the Tom-Boy look to a new level...


Blogger mimi said ... (3:55 PM) : 

oohh i love her glasses!!


Blogger Amy said ... (4:07 PM) : 

Great jeans and flats.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (4:10 PM) : 

love that you can't tell if she's a man or woman at first glance. love the played down yet still stylish look. as far as finding people - maybe you are looking in the same places and not venturing out more. ciao.


Blogger -h said ... (4:29 PM) : 

i like the off-site picture, i think its the sartorialist's "heritage."
as much as i love to see the big fashion editors and stylists, it's easy for them to look amazing w/ all the access they have to runways. let's see how people not neccessarily such a part of the industry do it!


Blogger Mumei said ... (4:42 PM) : 

i. am. in. love. i have a weakness for thin brunettes with short hair though.

alessandra looks playful and beautiful.

the flats and the belt are fantastic. the rolled up jeans are super cute.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (5:52 PM) : 

love it from the belt up. i also like the jeans with the flats, but not for that look.
i have to admit that it is something different from everyone we see at the shows though.


Blogger = MARIA said ... (5:54 PM) : 

Off site: Isn't is that the Raison d'être of your work?

"Off site" means reality.


Anonymous Questioner said ... (5:57 PM) : 

I love your shots of person-on-the-street with an interesting sense of style.

I think she's great. A classic preppy boy look, even to the hair and shades, but she adds the belt and ballet flats to show that she's really a girl. I think it comes off more well though out than contrived.

And, yes, it looks good in part because she's not very curvy. But for good personal style you need to dress the body you have, not dress for the body you wish you had.


Anonymous ren said ... (6:01 PM) : 

I love your blog and images, but I'd like to believe that great style doesn't require great wealth. Just as the financial crisis shouldn't have affected the number of stylish people around. Or maybe I missed your point. :-)


Blogger SequinsandBangles said ... (6:12 PM) : 

Oh I love this look, quite boyish, she reminds me very much of a certain Coco Chanel Beautifully proportioned belt, excellent fitting shirt and sweater, and a beautiful roll to her jeans, very Milanese. Minor tweaks and adjustments which really make this outfit. She has such beautiful posture and elegance to carry off such an androgynous look. Stunningly simple.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (6:13 PM) : 

why do women wear mens clothes and get praised for it, but when men wear womens clothes they don't?


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (8:09 PM) : 

Thank god for the shoes. I was stumped til I saw them.


Blogger thierry said ... (8:31 PM) : 

I have recently been thinking that a lot of comments on the men's picture were more about the physic than the clothes....mea culpa, mea culpa...she is hot!


Blogger Joy Mars said ... (10:02 PM) : 

I will second =MARIA's sentiment.

Of site is what your blog is really all about. Isn't it?

Lovely cool person here.

I've been looking at Los Angeles street fashion differently since following this site. L.A. isn't all Kim Kardashian stupid. There's lots of cool forays into the cutting edge. It just might take more work to tease it out. Or you might need to know the lay of the land intimately.

I'd like to see you take the time to do that and blow away the stereotypes.


Blogger anna kim said ... (10:10 PM) : 

so beautifully chic. love her and you.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:30 PM) : 

Androgonously Chic!


Anonymous jojo said ... (11:56 PM) : 

Ok does anyone know how these people stay so thin? In Paris????


Anonymous Pietman said ... (4:30 AM) : 

one of the most beutiful girls on this post I have seen.Incredibly feminine.This will still looks good a hundred years from now.


Blogger Mariele said ... (5:06 AM) : 

Maybe try again in Melbourne?


Blogger MAISON CHAPLIN said ... (7:57 AM) : 

She is into an YSL ideal of turning women in men, but she is into RLauren style. lol

MAISON CHAPLIN at Paris Fashion Week


Blogger Simona said ... (8:37 AM) : 



Blogger redrain said ... (10:12 AM) : 

I absolutely love her look! Seeing only the upper part of her look first, it made me wonder if that is a boy or a girl (man/woman). But she looks really feminine and gentle, especially if you notice her shoes. It really sets a nice contrast to the whole style of her clothes, but very much integrated. Great great look and shot!!


Blogger BARGAIN BEX said ... (12:19 PM) : 

I am pretty darn sure this is the most adorable/perfect outfit I have seen all year!

Love is an understatement.



Anonymous bodil said ... (2:34 PM) : 

the belt is hideous, i would have loved to see a dark brown leather belt. with the ballet flats balancing the outfit, together with the fit of the jean- i don´t think it would be too "manly". otherwise, she´s perfect!


Blogger Mr Brown said ... (4:01 PM) : 


Women into men?

Can't agree with either of those at all.

Honed to pure femininity in my eyes.



Anonymous Samantha! said ... (10:12 PM) : 

If you need new people just come to art school campuses! I'm an art student and the sidewalks may as well be catwalks here.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (7:02 AM) : 

Scott, I highly doubt that it's the dynamics of the economy that are driving crowds and variety away from the shows. I think the proletariat is losing interest in watching overpaid models strut their awkward stuff clad in overpriced garments realising that the real interesting people are found walking the streets - people that are not necessarily embroiled in the fashion industry and don't necessarily have trust funds to support their clothing habits.

I highly doubt there is a future for catwalks, fashion magazines, barometers of style and the incestuous little circle of fashionistas. No offence intended, of course. This however means that the future is bright for someone like you who takes an interest in what the common person is wearing.



Blogger pixie said ... (7:34 AM) : 

She looks wonderful. I'm a bit confused by the belt but on her it looks great. Love those flats, her feet are so feminine. Very cool.



Anonymous Anonymous said ... (5:53 PM) : 

Very short hair on a woman - I love it.

I much prefer your street shots to the the regulars at the shows. With the exception of Giovanna, I find their taste too contrived and not very stylish.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (8:03 PM) : 

i hate everything minus her jeans. the sunglasses and belt are especially hideous.


Anonymous downunderboy said ... (10:40 PM) : 

if you want interesting people to shoot - come back to Australia. The recession never hit here, so we still spend money on clothes!!


Blogger Berkelycole said ... (9:18 AM) : 



Anonymous Anonymous said ... (9:35 AM) : 

"The economy continues to affect the size and variety of the crowds at the shows"

Then why do you continue to only photograph people that are, for the most part, wearing expensive clothes? I mean, most of us don't have custom-made sweaters. And it doesn't even look that good anyways.

It would be nice to see someone making something amazing out of almost nothing rather than someone making something amazing out of the mounds of expensive clothes in their closet. That kind of thing happens everywhere in NYC, you just have to look beyond Soho.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (9:07 PM) : 

extremely appeasing.


Blogger Ann (MobayDP) said ... (8:25 AM) : 

i totally love this look. Especially the rolled up jeans and that belt.

Interesting how far reaching this recession is...


Blogger pink avenue said ... (9:56 AM) : 

audrey hepburn would commend you


Blogger Massimello's said ... (12:29 PM) : 

I do love her!a part the belt actually;-)


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (6:04 PM) : 

Really boring, irregardless of the androgyny.


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