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Wednesday, March 17, 2010

I Need Your Help....

...with the Celine Inspiration Book Give Away

The last two seasons Phoebe Philo/Celine created beautiful inspiration books that were placed on the seats of each person attending the fashion show. I assume these books are reasonably rare since I don't think you can get them in the shops or anywhere else.

Of course not everyone took their book so Garance and I picked up a few of the extras for you, but we can't figure out how to get them to you.

A contest?

A Ebay auction for charity?

A raffle?

Instead of letting another season go by without getting these books into the hands of real Celine/fashion fans, I thought we should just ask you for ideas.

The trick is to create something that can have everyone participate (like yesterdays "versus" post) AND be able to identify and verify the winners (not so easy)

Remember that the least complicated ideas are the best for everyone involved.

PS just to be clear...the ideas do not have to relate to Celine at all

Comments on "I Need Your Help...."


Anonymous cath said ... (12:17 PM) : 

you could possibly set up a number game for eg from 1-2000(depending on the amt you want) so everyone chooses a random number and you choose one number as well, the person(or people) who get the number correctly wins! and the remaining books go to another number and until all books are won. :)


Blogger najee said ... (12:17 PM) : 

First person to leave a comment wins?

What did you think of Stella McCartney Scott? I feel like between Stella and Pheobe showed next season the world will be washed in camel and grey. I love both of the collections.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:18 PM) : 

Contest idea: top ten Celine trends through the years and influence on future designers with matching Celine and after images.


Blogger The Sartorialist said ... (12:20 PM) : 

For Najee

I thopught Stella looked like a Resort collection not a Fall/Winter collection


Blogger Shocking Fuzz said ... (12:21 PM) : 

i agree with Cath, that is what I was going to say. Thats a little more fun and interesting!


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

Contest idea 2: Celine vs. look alike whoever chooses the most correct answers wins book.


Blogger The Sartorialist said ... (12:22 PM) : 

For Anon 12:18

Interesting idea but the contest doesn't have to relate to Celine. It could revolve around anything.


Blogger William said ... (12:22 PM) : 

Do what bikesnob does and have a competition that you judge (only you)

200 words about a piece of clothing or someone's look

200 words about the best (and worst) photo on this site?


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:22 PM) : 

Auction them for charity!!!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:28 PM) : 

You could ask people to submit their own style influences, and award the books for the ones you think are the most creative and interesting (or let your readers decide). It's subjective, but so are a lot of contests involving creativity. Or, you could ask for photos of the most imaginative styling of a Celine item. That ensures the books will go to real Celine fans who already wear the line, not someone who will turn around and resell them.


Anonymous MJ said ... (12:29 PM) : 

How about randomly choosing commenters from a giveaway post where we would have say something like why we'd like to get celine's book?


Blogger erin :: the olive notes said ... (12:29 PM) : 

how about each person can submit an inspiring photo/collage/etc of how they see the upcoming seasons overall looks (not necessarily with clothes, but other images as this Celine book shows). We could submit by email with our info. You'll pick your favorite and maybe do a post with a handful of the leaders + winner!


Anonymous francis said ... (12:33 PM) : 

Select one (or a few) inspiration(s) from the book and have people submit a title for it... your favorites get a copy (as well as the inventor of the game?).


Blogger SuzieM said ... (12:34 PM) : 

mmm, a competition of personal style can be fun!!! but the work for you two could be overwhelming!! the charity idea is good also!


Anonymous lion city sart said ... (12:34 PM) : 

i second Aya Rosen. heck you could even make a lookbook that everyone could really relate to using those photos.


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

200 words about how the Sartorialist site contributes to one's sartorial ideas for everyday life


Blogger funmegg said ... (12:35 PM) : 

I say auction off the book--a lunch date with Mr. Sart--proceeds to support Dress for Success!


Anonymous CAROLINE said ... (12:37 PM) : 

Everyone should re-create a look from their favourite Celine collection, and then leave a link to the image/blog post/flickr/whatever. (& leave a little note as to which collection they're re-creating).


Blogger Jack Daniel said ... (12:38 PM) : 

Or...make the best Scott & Garance collages...and send these ones to Scott or tracy, Scott's assistant. :)


Blogger Jack Daniel said ... (12:38 PM) : 

The most creative collage made gets a copy of the book. All these collages from the Phoebe Philo / Celine clothing pieces need to be sent to you and / or Tracy.


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

Maybe you can let people describe/draw/photgraph the 'Celine feeling'. Then you can see the effort they put into it and how much of a fan they are.


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

Charity - I think there are so many people that are struggling these days. I think money toward one of the organizations that help men / women with wardrobes, clothing, etc. for new careers, new jobs, etc. Fashion can be powerful and for the greater good.


Blogger JURIS..!!! said ... (12:41 PM) : 

ir will be great contest for those


Blogger Malena said ... (12:44 PM) : 

I think the only good idea it's a contest of people taking photos of their outfits. Maybe celine-like outfits? But you and garance would have a big job to do:) I guess all your funs are waiting for any occasion to show you themselvs:) (me do:))
Ok, honestly it should go to a charity..


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

Definitely an eBay auction for charity. Easy breezy.


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

Enter a photo of your own ideas of "street fashion" that others can be inspired from. It would be very relative..but isn't it all!


Anonymous Cece said ... (12:44 PM) : 

Auction for a charity. Everybody wins this way!


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

E-bay auction for charity


Blogger Jeffrey said ... (12:46 PM) : 

Make it random that way nobody will be upset with you if they think their idea was better than the winner's.
Have everyone who's interested e-mail you their contact information and then just draw a name from Garance's new Borsalino hat.


Blogger Gaëlle said ... (12:46 PM) : 

Altought i would love to have one, an ebay auction for charity is a good idea !


Anonymous Veyron Graves said ... (12:46 PM) : 

Auction via Ebay for charity!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:47 PM) : 

why not have ebay auction benefitting charity? ebay listing fees 50% off today 3.16 and bookrate US postage is cheap. greencycle beauty whilst generating $ for worthy like medecin sin frontieres ( dress for success( or humane society ( or your favorite!


Anonymous eileen said ... (12:52 PM) : 

I think you should make a (youtube) video contest? in the video should be explained why he/she has deserved to get the book - and the most creative wins.
I think a auction is not the best, cause there a so many fashionable people outside who would love to get the book, but just can´t afford it.
I adore your work.
keep going so on. You are my inspiration. ♥


Blogger Jeannie said ... (12:53 PM) : 

what about people email you a collage/mood board of their own personal inspirations and you could post the ones you like and have people vote on their favorites?
hope this contest would be more less like judging someone's personal inspirations and more like celebrating our different ideas.


Blogger Donna Camacho said ... (12:53 PM) : 

I must say, I agree with Cath!
Its very simple and easy idea that will work. Or maybe just randomly choose people who would like one and make it fair. Well kind of fair because maybe i would like one ;) jk. It should be fair!


Anonymous Charlie T. said ... (12:54 PM) : 

I like MJ's idea--have anyone interested in the books comment in a post and you can randomly select comments to determine the winners.


Blogger Asubiame said ... (12:54 PM) : 

A picture of the person/people who makes you feel epic/strong facing your everyday life.And you choose!


Blogger ala protasewicz said ... (12:54 PM) : 

i like cath's idea! ;) the easier of all these ideas. Or maybe can U give it on ebay? I really want to have this book, I love beautifull pictures, I have obsession about magazines and books with that type of arts.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:56 PM) : 

Auction for charity. It's easy to define the winner(s) and it helps a bigger cause.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:56 PM) : 

I have an idea!

Because this books are very rare and therefore very special I would like to suggest a competition of the most special things someone possesses.

Every participant has to make a photograph of their most precious fashion(emotionally!) object and tell the story behind it.

Because that is what it is all about: beautiful things that become a part of you.

Everybody has something they cherish, so everybody can compete!

- Josephine


Anonymous EBK said ... (12:58 PM) : 

How about donating them to fashion schools?


Blogger Barbora said ... (1:00 PM) : 

How would you describe FASHION in 7 words starting with:

"fashionably tasteful.have a bite"


Blogger Nicole Frances Kammo said ... (1:00 PM) : 

A photo contest. One image that represents Celine/Phoebe Philo Look. It can be anything from people to objects. The best photo wins!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (1:01 PM) : 

Contest Idea 3: Have a party/charity auction at a boutique/gallery/cafe and ask people to come in their favorite Celine inspired outfit. Charge a small entrance fee that will be 100 per cent to charity of choice and give the books as prizes for best dressed.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (1:03 PM) : 

E-bay auction for charity


Blogger Carolina Lange said ... (1:03 PM) : 

A game would be fun and a auction to help Haiti would be politically correct!


Blogger Carlos said ... (1:04 PM) : 

Since the initial question pertained to exploring the most desirable identity of a woman, to both genders. Have a call for submissions entailing what being a woman, or being with a woman, means. For time's sake, put the limit to 82 words or less. After, sit down with some friends, dinner maybe, and have the group decide which entry produces the most conversation. Heck, have the finalist choose a number between 1 and 20 if it makes you feel fair.



Anonymous Anonymous said ... (1:05 PM) : 

How many books? Are they the same or different?

If you have multiples you could auction most for charity but give 1 away via some contest. That way you get the best of both. :)


Anonymous MademoiselleSky said ... (1:05 PM) : 

A contest with readers own Inspiration Book ? Otherwise ebay auction for Charity sounds good !


Blogger Fresco said ... (1:08 PM) : 

I would say a raffle to pick a random comment after a certain amount of comments have reached.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (1:09 PM) : 

I vote for CHARITY for Haiti and Chile.


Anonymous Fabi said ... (1:12 PM) : 

a twitter contest will do fine! It`s maybe to unpersonal for those rare books, but the most simple and fast way.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (1:13 PM) : 

haiku that epitomizes Celine


Blogger Barbora said ... (1:13 PM) : 

Or even better = STYLE:
"fashionably tasteful.have a bite"


Blogger sira said ... (1:15 PM) : 

just post a photo of your election and ask for the story behind in three lines.... just a smile, a sigh, just a landscape... imagine it!. Get inspired!


Blogger Dennis Elzinga said ... (1:17 PM) : 

Trends fade, but style remains.
Let the posted pictures of the Celine book inspire you, scetch or photograph your idea of Celine style.

(Ladies lunch, sipping Martini in the garden in spring, a Celine bag, buying vintage books on a market in Paris)


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (1:18 PM) : 

Well, the contest would involve a lot of work for you, judging pictures, essays whatsoever. I'd say auction it off for charity. Less hassle for you and there is a good cause involved!


Blogger Ann said ... (1:18 PM) : 

For those of us without time zone advantage for a quick response, and with a simpler personality (yet who love fashion), how about US submitting a single photo of ourselves dressed the way we like to when we are comfortable at home/walking the dog. This would give YOU 3 things: [1] More fashion photos to exhibit from - surprise from your readers to your readers, [2] participation sampling from your readers, [3] clue as to readership location is using gps type info off photos using Apple. You could create a fashion collage! Obviously the winner could submit back to you the matching photo that was sent in. It would be fun to see some statistics about the age and gender and heat map location of readership - which I assume is huge because of your excellently entertaining and educational work. P.S. I've never won something cool like this.


Blogger Ramalhoni said ... (1:20 PM) : 

Recently I saw in a blog (I cant remember witch one) a contest where people would send photos of there essential day by day items.
Things like glasses, scarves, pens, wallets, dogs, mobile phones, whatever .. All in just one shoot!!!
There were submitted some real nice pics, with some very interesting objects.
Since The Sartorialist is a Blog that uses photographs as the mean of communication, who submitted the pic that you liked best would be the winner!!!


Blogger THESTREETFASHION5XPRO said ... (1:21 PM) : 

great work


Anonymous Alexandra said ... (1:27 PM) : 

for the contest: everyone takes a photo, inspired by the pictures you have shown us from the celine book, the pictures you believe works- the photographer has gotten an understanding of what the celine pictures represent and is about - deserves one of those books!


Anonymous RaynaNyc said ... (1:31 PM) : 

Why not consider awarding one book to the creator of your favorite 'giveaway idea' and other copies given away in true Sartorialist Fashion-- to those on the streets that truly inspire you and your team to photograph them. Style celebrates style!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (1:34 PM) : 

I don't know, I like the number lottery, or else you could do what the radio does, say, the first 10 people who sign on on a particular day get the booklets.


Blogger Carole said ... (1:38 PM) : 

I love the idea of donating to the Make-A-Wish Foundation for a lovely young person who loves fashion.
That would be rewarding for all of us.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (1:40 PM) : 

how about a photo contest?


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (1:42 PM) : 

A contest where we send in a photo of our selves in our favourite outfit. So many of us dream of beeing at the Sartorialist, so that winning this might beat the actual prize. Why not have e a contest where the price is to get your photo here. Lots of us live in places like Norway, where you never go. Maybe you would have fun looking through all the pictures!
Or how about a contest on the best idea to a dream article/photo on the Sartorialist?


Blogger JD said ... (1:43 PM) : 

Why not a personal style contest? Each person sends in a picture of a Celine-inspired outfit. You pick your favorites. It would require work, but would help you identify people really passionate about Celine- and seems appropriate for a Celine inspiration book.


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

have a photo contest!!


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

how about a photo contest with a "lost and found" theme where the readers submit photos, you choose a certain number of those photos to be voted on by the readers. the voters are entered into a lottery (numbers based on date and time of vote) to win the books. then a silent or ebay auction for the winning photo, all proceeds going to a chosen charity.

as for the difficulty of weeding through images... a flickr group could be set up to make it easier and more efficient.


Anonymous j said ... (1:47 PM) : 

Perhaps donate at least one copy to a Parsons or FIT library. Spread the love, share the wealth, you know?


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (1:52 PM) : 

Agree w/Anonymous 1:18. You and Garance will hardly have time to look at and judge photos or collages or poems, etc. Just do either the number contest or an eBay auction benefitting Dress for Success (after all, it is fashion-related).


Blogger Anna said ... (1:52 PM) : 

contest idea: submit 2 pictures (maybe even of the same outfit) - how satorialist would photograph it; how garance dore would photograph it.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (1:54 PM) : 

Give a copy each to a fashion school/library/special collection like Pratt or Art Institute of (fill in the blank). Plenty of students/aspiring designers will have access to these resources then. They will be taken care of and preserved. From, your friendly librarian.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (1:54 PM) : 

I think you should have a posting contest, where people leave you their email and a haiku about fashion (standard 5/7/5) about fashion/a trend/celine/whatever. The haikus would be fun to write, to post about, and you could just pick the ones you like best.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (1:58 PM) : 

Hi there Scott....Phoebe Philo/Celine show all about pared down about desert island are allowed ten items (not necessarily clothes) you simply could not live list wins one of the books and the rest auctioned for charity.....


Anonymous Mascha said ... (1:59 PM) : 

auction it off for charity!


Blogger camille said ... (2:02 PM) : 

maybe everybody could pick one of picture, the favourite one, and describe why it inspires us!
and also a celine inspiration book for the best idea? ;)


Anonymous formoflife said ... (2:02 PM) : 

You will save yourself a lot of time by just having people leave a comment. There are random number generators out there that many other bloggers use (I know nitrolicious uses these things), and whatever number it picks, say 10, you find the 10th comment left behind and then give them a book. auctioning, contests--these things take time and let's just be real here--you have other things to do, right? Who doesn't?


Blogger GotGame said ... (2:04 PM) : 

You should start a photo contest based around the books. You can start one on and then embed the whole player here. People upload their pictures and everyone can vote and rank them.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (2:09 PM) : 

What a great idea, Scott & Garance!
How about auctioning it off on ebay for Haiti relief fund?

The fashion industry already had a close tie with Haiti for their lower end manufacturing line and maybe it can once again be used for both start-up businesses and mid-priced lines. Can you imagine how much they could benefit if only Target used Haiti's labor force and manufacturing mills to produce their Go-International lines? They are so close to our shores and have so much potential...


Blogger marlono said ... (2:09 PM) : 

A raffle would be a fairly easy way for all involved. 1) post to your blog and say that it's running until whatever cut-off date/time you choose. 2) look at the total # of responses. Use a random number generator (online, or in programs like MS Excel), and based on the # of books you have, pick numbers.

So, if you have 10 books, and 1000 respondents, tell the random # generator to select 10 #s in that range.



Blogger Jas said ... (2:11 PM) : 

Quite difficult as Celine fans are all over the world.What can be done to make sure that those books are on the right hands is to give them to fashion schools.

They can be then in their documentation which will help students.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (2:28 PM) : 

How about you simply make us play a little sartoriaphotography of our hometown trendsetters ;)


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (2:33 PM) : 

I would probably go for something more interesting... i would make the book/ books to be a link between your readers. Something like a "chain of favors" were everybody can have it for a wuile and then they `ll pass it on the next user.
just think where this can go...
try to add something like that and mix it with a good cause like a donation and you we ´re done


Anonymous Celine said ... (2:37 PM) : 

Simple: Give the books to women whose name is Celine, - like me:)


Anonymous Meredith said ... (2:38 PM) : 

Contest Idea:

Go ahead with the idea from the bicycles category:

"We should have a contest on who can submit the best photo of their Chic/Tech bike look."

It is becoming bike weather in Canada again, and I would love to see people's ideas.


Blogger oluwatobi said ... (2:38 PM) : 

People could send you a link to a picture the ones that make you laugh the hardest should get a book. Also, if you use this idea i should get a book :-)


Anonymous Lori said ... (2:39 PM) : 

We could submit a sartorialist-like photo of a person in our city. You'd choose the best one.


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

Simple: Give the books to women whose name is Celine, - like me:)


OpenID sundaydraft said ... (2:43 PM) : 

Maybe you could do something via twitter, and the first few to @reply you with something regarding this contest get a follow from you and receive a book !

I would DIE for this ! Heheh ! ; )


Blogger juju ariel said ... (2:45 PM) : 

everyone submits ONE photograph of themselves that portrays their "ideal self" or a beautiful scene from a classic film.

everyone knows the photograph of audrey hepburn from breakfast at tiffany's... and these kinds of photographs create characters and inspire us to be stronger, more elegant, to live deeper and more fantastic every day - like the people photographed for this blog.

so the contest would be to create similar looking "cinema" scenes that emulate classic styles we all love. you would be able to judge the composition of the photograph, its creativity, and its capacity to inspire regular people in a world of high fashion and iconic stars.

the people who win could really use the book for more inspiration.


Blogger marcuse said ... (2:45 PM) : 


Do a book hunt. Place the books in a particular area, ( maybe at store, on a street, at the park etc). After they are hidden let the readers know the location.

Give us a time in which we should go look for them and see who can locate a book.

This would be like an easter egg hunt..

That would be so much fun !!!!!!


Anonymous Peter S-R said ... (2:48 PM) : 

It's hard for some to compete with money, and maybe to much for 'the sartoriallist' to look through hundreds of fine photos or videos, make it easy and

have several maskerade parties somewhere and give away a book at each party (e.g four books four parties). the income from the parties go to charety. it profits everyone, even the ones that doesent wish a book...


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

Personally I like one of the first comment idea with regards to choosing numbers. It is fairly simple and hassle free. Also, it seems fair because it all has to do with chance, not merits or opinions.

Hope I get the right number!!


Blogger Wendy Stetson said ... (2:52 PM) : 

One book could be the prize of a contest (I love the personal inspiration book idea), while the rest get auctioned off for charity. Then it's for a good cause, AND those of us with less money also have shot at earning a gem.


Blogger Mariam said ... (3:03 PM) : 

There was so many ideas for a contest that I wouldn't give mine. But I can't wait what will You choose! Of course i will participate:)


Anonymous Gene Wicker Jr said ... (3:03 PM) : 

I'd count the comments for January/February and reward those who have commented most often. That may leave me out, but it seems like the simplest thing to do.


Blogger Sergio said ... (3:04 PM) : 

a short paragraph on how to style, present, mood, and music of your ultimate Celine show. or a drawing or mood board


Anonymous orsola said ... (3:10 PM) : 

i don't know if someone else already suggested this:

you set a deadline.
everyone interested leaves a comment till the deadline (1 comment per person allowed).
you decide a criteria to attribute numbers to comments (the easiest and best one is chronological order eg first comment: nr.1, second comment: 2, etc.).
you pick the winners using a random number generator (on you find one for free)

btw, this is the criteria normally used in other blogs for giveaway's attribution.


Blogger Emmanuelle said ... (3:16 PM) : 

I think a contest would be better, because I just can't afford to take part in an auction for charity... Have people take a picture of themselves in a $50 or less outfit and pick the best!


Blogger josh said ... (3:16 PM) : 

i've never heard of an inspiration book! this is awesome.

a raffle seems like the most equitable way to do things, seeing that everyone wants a copy!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3:19 PM) : 

Best self portrait photo submitted...


Blogger Rochelle Alexandra said ... (3:23 PM) : 

I think a contest would be a great idea, it should be something you feel confident in judging sooo we should all do our own street photos on any topic of interest and the best collection of compositions gets some books
I think I should get one just for this idea im quite proud lol


Anonymous Maximilianvanlondon said ... (3:28 PM) : 

give away one to the best young/emerging blog writer! Also for future participations! To help develop the community.


Anonymous Emilia said ... (3:28 PM) : 

give us some epic photos and let us comment on them - then you choose the most interesting reflections


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3:28 PM) : 

I like sumbissions from Sart blog readers about their favorite fashion object...or the Celine Haiku! Both may inspire the creative side in your reader. The submissions would be limited to one entry per person and the length of the fav fashion object would be a short 50-100 word essay about their distinctive fashion item


Anonymous Hannah said ... (3:28 PM) : 

Ebay auction for HAITI, with funds going to Partners in Health


Anonymous Jules said ... (3:33 PM) : 

Meh, Just post one to me. Less fuss.


Anonymous Anna P said ... (3:34 PM) : 

It's an inspiration book right, so why not challenge everyone to describe something that INSPIRED them on a Tuesday and then describe what they did to pass the inspiration on to someone else. The person with the story that inspired YOU the most wins. It might not be as simple as picking a random number but it could be the start of a good thing. (
Why Tuesday? well, becuase it's the most boring day of the week)


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3:42 PM) : 

To keep things rather simple perhaps ask people to comment on their views of the Celine show and use a random number generator (i.e. to choose certain numbered posts at random as the winners (would require either google id or some identifying factor in their post)


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3:44 PM) : 

How bout I win!


Blogger Sarah said ... (3:49 PM) : 

What if we all sent you a picture - taken by us.

You pick your top favorites as the winners!


Blogger Tears of Joy said ... (3:51 PM) : 

As much as I would love to win one via a poem/haiku about how fashion speaks to you personally, or the pick a number option etc. I feel that charity auction is the way to go - even knowing that I would not have the money to purchase one.
Thank you to both you and Garance for the option of gaining a beautiful inspiration piece.


Blogger Beatriz said ... (3:51 PM) : 

The easiest way to do this kinda stuff is usually a giveaway. You give a due date for people to sign in, via comments, for example, and at the end you count them and then pick a number at random. To make it more interesting, you could make it into some sort of contest, I guess..people should comment on something specific or something like that.


Blogger polka dot said ... (3:53 PM) : 

I'm really impressed with everyone's suggestions, I love them all.

If you have say four books, why not auction one for charity, do one as a random contest (guess a number), one a creative essay, and one a photo contest. Some of these photo contests ideas are brilliant, I'd definitely enter that.

The only logistics problem with that is, your inbox would be flooded with jpg files! I don't know how you'd control that, apart from asking people to just submit one, and compressed, for goodness sake.

People are so nice. Or at least, the people who follow your blog!


Blogger Emma said ... (4:01 PM) : 

you should make everyone give you a beautiful poem, a wonderul picture(don't need to be taken by you, or a picture of you. just lovely pictures) or something.. i dont know. something more fun?



Blogger JULIA said ... (4:05 PM) : 

i just wanted to say thanks for thinking of all of us! i love the image of the two of you gathering up the extra books like souvenir cups at at the end of a baseball game. knowing that there would be many readers here who would love to have one.

i don't have a preference as to the "contest" - a charity auction certainly seems to be the simplest with great value, but some of the more creative/involved ideas would be fun to watch and participate in!


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

I like Aya Rosen's idea. I would love to see the pictures. Then all could get involved.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (4:09 PM) : 

The dea of reader's influences or daily things sounds pretty nice.

When I pay attention, I dress for the Sartorialist, just in case you are in DC.

I would get a kick out of seeing what others wear regularly, or why they wear what they wear.


Blogger Josh Hight said ... (4:15 PM) : 

set a brief (photographic or otherwise), have participants upload, have public judge... winners!
little work for you fun for us. =)


Blogger Julia, the Thanksgiving Girl said ... (4:18 PM) : 

So many good ideas already!


Blogger Peter said ... (4:20 PM) : 

It's hard for some to compete with money in an auction, and maybe to much for 'the sartoriallist' to look through hundreds of fine photos or videos, make it different and

have several maskerade parties and give away a book at each party (e.g four books four parties). the income from the parties go to charety. it profits everyone, even the ones that doesent wish a book...


Blogger Lolita Riotta said ... (4:20 PM) : 

I think it should be a fair contest, if any. And will it be just for the U.S. or over the whole world? I guess you and Garance will have to figure out how much work you would like to spend on this contest. But I really think it should be about something creative. Otherwise you could auction it off for charity since anyone could have it anyway. But I would like to suggest a competition of some sort, since I have to be a little bit selfish and want the book myself. :)


Anonymous Alex said ... (4:28 PM) : 

To annom 12:27,

I love celine, but cannot afford any of the clothes yet to wear.


Blogger Mar said ... (4:33 PM) : 

i've been trying to find one of these.
i am willing to pay money.


Anonymous garry said ... (4:36 PM) : 

submit a photo showcasing your style and you choose your favorites!


Blogger A. said ... (4:43 PM) : 

Perhaps the contest could be a marriage of both creativity and charity? I like the idea of auctioning it off for a good cause, but seeing as the ratio of people who'd love a chance at this book to the people who could afford to go into a bidding war for it is out-proportioned, that doesn't seem fair.

Maybe you use some of the creative ideas left in the comments, such as choosing a few sartorially inventive photo submissions from readers, and then making the inspiration book available to your selected winners for a set, straight to charity cost?


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (4:46 PM) : 

Whoever can identify the most images . . . is that Mark Sptiz on the right?


Blogger HA said ... (4:48 PM) : 

set a time, the first to respond in e mail get the books. simple.


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

You should have people send you a picture of them in a Celine inspired outfit. They can tell you how Celine inspired their outfits. Since you are giving away inspiration books that inspired Celine, you can get photos of those inspired by Celine.


Anonymous ze mann said ... (5:04 PM) : 

contest- send in a photo of your coolest outfit which señor scott also will publish


Blogger Raquel Wilson said ... (5:11 PM) : 

How about a Sartorialist scavenger hunt?

Pick 10 items or so that readers have to find in photos on The Satorialist blog. The first x number to find all 10 items and post the links to the photos in the comment section win.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (5:11 PM) : 

How about a photography competition?


Blogger Emm_DF said ... (5:13 PM) : 

Have contestants re-create the best Celine Summer 2010 "look" for under 150$...Have them send in photos and the best looks/photos/overall styles win!


Blogger Nick said ... (5:20 PM) : 

I love the idea of a photocontest, but I hate to think about your mailbox being inundated with jpgs and pngs!

I propose a writing contest prompting 50 words or less on the Celine woman: what makes her unique, what type of woman is she, why is she inspiring to you individually?

Expect many passionate responses abut how Celine inspires men and women daily. Choose which answer is most inspiring to you!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (5:24 PM) : 

What about a BINGO?
it´s pretty cool and simple...

in my country there´s a common phrase: "Wallet kills Hunk"


Anonymous Michael1style said ... (5:30 PM) : 

Hey Scott, you are a connoiseur of style, so what better than have your readers give their definition of style in a sentence?


Blogger Bippy said ... (5:34 PM) : 

Sorry if this has already been suggested. Whynot a vote on the best outfit on the entire site. Then random draw the winner from those who voted for the most popular choice?


Blogger Pamela Patinkin said ... (5:37 PM) : 

A trivia contest with an answer being a different designer. first one to answer correctly wins!


Anonymous Jérôme said ... (5:46 PM) : 

This has been the best publicity at all.

The rest is just an info at the website of Celine. The booklet should be offered in the stores and of course online.

Nothing more and nothing less.

But if you think it is an important item with amazing themes and informations, you can try it at steidlville.


Blogger Ivo Miguel said ... (5:59 PM) : 

Maybe a photo contest?

The best (nr) pictures win...


Blogger LeaDere said ... (6:00 PM) : 

I think that an auction for charity would be best.. this way true Celine fans would get it and it would benefit charity.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (6:03 PM) : 

The photos are great! When you have a system for giving them out let me know. I like the numbers game but of course it depends on how many you have to give out.


Blogger Alex said ... (6:09 PM) : 

maybe a contest for the best photo caption to one of your photos? those books look amazing!!


Blogger Patrícia Alves said ... (6:09 PM) : 

Because not everyone is a good photographer, writer or good looking for a great shot, maybe using a random number generator is the most global option. This way anyone can win.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (6:35 PM) : 

I think you should make it a photo contest, taking inspiration from the photos of yours that we obsess over! =)


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (6:36 PM) : 

A comment seems more straightforward and less fussy than a picture so maybe a comment that links Celine with some of the pictures in this blog? Which picture captures well the Celine style and why? Something short --150 words or something like that-- and choose the winner at random with the random number generator at

Having said that, I would support the idea in the post of an ebay auction for charity. There are so many needs and charities need all the support they can get.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (6:40 PM) : 

S&G, what a great idea this is. So considerate of you two and this game benefits your readers, your blog and Celine. win, win, win!

I read about the first half of these comments and I think one of the first ideas was the strongest:
A Celine vs. Look-alike photo contest, with the most right answers winning one of the books. That way, the game rewards true Celine die-hards while not excluding those who aren't so well versed but still love learning about fashion.


Blogger I own my life said ... (6:44 PM) : 

just write down all our addresses and you just randomly choose one... scroll down your mouse and stop lol


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (6:45 PM) : 

Love the caption idea above. Don't have to be a creative pro to do well at that. While I'm all for charitable giving, making this a competition based on money is a bit of a turn off...


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (6:45 PM) : 

The images were gathered together for a reason, bound together in a book to give people an idea of what inspired the result, why it came to be the way it was.
Get people to identify the links between what is displayed in the book and what was presented in the collection.

Harry cm24


Anonymous hk said ... (6:49 PM) : 

please... just give me one. looking at these pages is making me go crazy!!


Blogger Christina said ... (6:50 PM) : 



Anonymous Luu said ... (7:03 PM) : 

I say something very rationnal (maybe someone already propose it, but i don't read all teh answers...).

- You create a mail (exple:
- ask everyone to send a mail guessing how many participants will play
- set a finish date
- at this date, see who the closest to the real result, and if there is many people who got the right answer, who still have the date of their mail to sort them.

Quite easy, no way to cheat and you sure have the right coordinate of the winners.


Blogger David said ... (7:08 PM) : 

Not so long ago, during the Balmainia, nobody cared about Celine - Ivana Omazic's collections simply went under. Now that Phoebe's here... well, we all know the rest. Everyone's talking about the Celine woman, although it's not quite certain who she is. So let's talk about how an old French house (now Celine, before it Balmain, and there are other examples, too) can change its should-we-pay-any-attention-to-it? status so rapidly. Because that's what happened - less than a year ago, everyone wanted the brash Michael Jackson jacket, not the practical coat in navy.


Anonymous Sarah said ... (7:11 PM) : 

How about this;
Select your favourite Sartorialist photo (or one of your many favourites!),
and re-create it starring yourself!

and there could be categories ie. most spitting image reproduction, most quirky yet recognisable reproduction, best derivative etc.

How many books do you have to give away?



Anonymous Anonymous said ... (7:15 PM) : 

Ebay auction for charity. Maybe for small awards for photography or fashion design students?


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (7:28 PM) : 

raffle for charity.....1USD per ticket, and all proceeds go to forgotten cause: children living with HIV/AIDS.


Blogger *!Rasheeda!* said ... (7:33 PM) : 

i know, i know!

take a picture of a massive jar of jelly beans, and have us guess how many are in it.


Blogger platformshoesandwintercoat said ... (7:42 PM) : 

random number generator


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (8:02 PM) : 

The idea of a raffle seems most fair. Anyone who is interested can buy a ticket and have a chance to win, unlike an auction. A raffle might generate more donations which could go to charity, such as Keep a Child Alive, in honor of Alexander McQueen. You could film the raffle drawing and post it on your blog, almost like the Academy Awards. SMJ


Anonymous sjoo said ... (8:03 PM) : 

Perhaps an auction can be held with proceeds going towards Haiti and Chile earthquake releif. Donating never goes out of style, after all. ;)


Anonymous Chele said ... (8:11 PM) : 

It will be interesting to see what you settle on. I do think it's nice of you to not automatically default to "auction". It's nice that anyone, no matter what their financial situation, can have the same chance to get this book. SO much in 'fashion'* is denied to people on lower incomes.
That's all. xxo

* I realize that 'style' is open to anyone


Anonymous Sandra said ... (8:11 PM) : 



Anonymous Anonymous said ... (8:12 PM) : 

I like the charity idea - do that with one or two books and then just make a random draw between all the people who enter their wish for a book in a comment box - in this way, the people who really want a book can get one by buying it... and students or other less wealthy fashionistas (we like fashion as well but do not have the money to buy such an amazing book) will have a chance of getting our hands on one as well.


Blogger Kel said ... (8:26 PM) : about a contest for fashion haiku or limericks? Prizes for most creative, most clever, silliest? Points deducted if your limerick starts with "there once was a girl from Nantucket..."


Blogger hannah said ... (8:44 PM) : 

i think that each person should send a picture or drawing or description of the think they most adore in life. then who wins is who chooses the most beautifully creative and descriptive response. or maybe just you should choose people called hannah. because thats a great name. also good.


Anonymous D said ... (9:04 PM) : 

I think we should take a picture of ourselves like how we dress everyday and send it to you.
Whomever has the best/most interesting look gets a book.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (9:12 PM) : 

easy. we send in a photo of our most "satorialist" outfit and you judge.


Blogger Helen said ... (9:26 PM) : 

I like josephine's comment (12:56).
We should show a photo of our favourite personal item and say why. Charity is a good idea but only those with the most money get one which isn't fair. Those who win could donate something though...?


Blogger Goldilox said ... (9:26 PM) : 

I say do a random drawing on comments for particular post and use a free sites random number generator,, to choose your winner. Everyone gets a chance since all they have to do is comment


Blogger ezb193 said ... (9:44 PM) : 

Define "style" in 140 characters or less (like Twitter). Judged by either you, or us, or a combination of both.


Anonymous M from TN said ... (9:44 PM) : 

2 ideas:

1) The idea to send in a most "sartorialist" outfit is a good idea, but since not everybody's budget is in the same capacity how about you have a "thrifty sartorialist/recession sartorialist" contest. Everybody may submit an outfit, but how about some limits are placed (i.e. the outfit can not cost more than $200 overall, it must be all thrift, etc.)

2) art competition?


Anonymous Weelass3 said ... (9:57 PM) : 

I guess I am the only one thinking of a trivia contest.. iconic fashions/pieces matched with the designers who created them, or geat moments in fashion or something. This way you could wittle down the cache of those in the running (you will have hundreds, maybe thousands of entries).. and then have a "fashion-off" where the highest scoring ten get some bonus round, or something like that. Not too much trouble for you, concrete results and scores, and you educate us at the same time.


Blogger AnastasiaC said ... (10:22 PM) : 

i suggest something a little creative competition

- an illustration
- a collage
- a clothing design sketch
- a poem

or maybe just use and pick a number to get a winner?!


Blogger kawaii said ... (10:25 PM) : 

Just using the LV vs Celine idea... what about... the man/woman you are now, and the man/woman you'd like to spend a day as...
For example, as a small petite woman... I'd like to spend a day as a tall amazing man... someone like Alber Elbaz, Karl Lagerfeld or George Clooney.
Ppl can vote on the most creative, inspiring, relatable, etc.


Blogger Jennifer Hoak said ... (10:28 PM) : 

Clearly you must require each participant to submit a fashionable self portrait and then select the top three for the audience to decide the first place winner.


Blogger Donnie Gayfield said ... (10:29 PM) : 

I check your blog everyday when getting home from work. I've always been a style addict. I think you should ask everyone whether they are style aficionados or not.


Blogger Shani said ... (11:18 PM) : 

I think you should auction them for charity


Blogger Jean Floressas des Esseintes said ... (11:49 PM) : 

How about a contest of whose fan's blog is most interesting, this way he/she could demonstrate that he'd put the inspiration book to good use.. in case they have no blog, we should create a blog for the blog-less people where they could post interesting images/works of art/ etc so that they would compete with the people who have blogs.. the most originals and interesting should win.

Just my two cent's worth..


Blogger Shoot into the Sun said ... (11:55 PM) : 

Highest per posting percentage of Phoebe Philo/Celine mentions by bloggers interested in the book.

I am so curious to see it! Hope the winner will post scans for us all. The clothes are so minimal by the photos have this sexy slightly gritty vibe. Makes me look at the collection differently.


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

Just give it to the cutest girl - me.


Blogger Tiffany said ... (12:27 AM) : 

i think a raffle would be the least complicated and most fair.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:37 AM) : 

why not have a sartorialist competition whereby everyone takes a snapshot of a random person on the street and emails them in. the best will get shortlisted and loaded on the website where people will view and vote.



Anonymous Stephanie Pastel said ... (12:48 AM) : 

An auction for charity is a great idea. Something local, like a homeless shelter, or food baskets for poor families. Maybe get a big company to double the final bid and add to the donation.


Blogger Leah G. said ... (1:34 AM) : 

I think that you should split it up...

Give a couple out to loyal fans who lack in the cash. We could submit via email a picture of ourselves dressed to express our personal style. Then you could also post the winners so those of us who are not fortunate enough to live in a fashion centre could end up gracing your space...

The rest should be auctioned off to support a charity of your choosing.

That way everyone wins.

PS~ Pick me!


Anonymous Hannah said ... (1:41 AM) : 

my vote goes to auction for charity! Dress for success is a fantastic and relevant cause!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (1:41 AM) : 

Ask people to submit something (anything, e.g., answer a question) and make it easy on yourself by putting the entrants names in a list and using a random number generator. No subjectivity whatsoever.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (2:42 AM) : 

Charity, definitely! Auction one or two on eBay to raise significant money. Raffle tickets for the rest to allow everyone a chance to win. All proceeds go to a fashion-related charity like Dress for Success.


Anonymous cdmcdonald90 said ... (2:43 AM) : 

post a recent inspiration you've seen in the world around you. no messy collages, no 200 word count essays... just a simple object and a sentence explaining why.

eh... its an idea


Blogger sofia said ... (3:06 AM) : 

I like the idea of people takes photography of themself. Or just a auction for charity.


Anonymous Cecilia Blomdahl said ... (6:15 AM) : 

Just have everybody post a picture of themselves in their favourite outfit and then you choose the ones you like the most? Simple, creative and fun. :)


Blogger Mrteryx Artestates said ... (6:21 AM) : 

Let people send in their own best Sartorialist picture and the best one wins.


Anonymous Julien said ... (6:26 AM) : 



Anonymous Anonymous said ... (6:40 AM) : 

Put a time frame and create a space in which participants can post their most flaboyant outfit, let us vote, and the ones who get the most votes win!


Blogger susanricher said ... (6:47 AM) : 

You choose an image from the booklet, invite us to write a poem in response to the image, PP chooses her favorite poems - winning poets receive booklet - free poems for everyone.


Blogger aysha said ... (6:51 AM) : 

OOOOOO, I like the Josephine comment too but how about relating it to you and what both you and Garance do? Have people send in their looks and you guys can judge who's the most sartorial and trendy?!

OOO I just noticed that someone posted the same idea up!!! So two for the look idea?!




Anonymous mea said ... (7:15 AM) : 

While an auction for charity in theory sounds like the nicest idea, and it's a wonderful thought that probably tons of people will be bidding and no doubt a tidy sum will come out of it for a good cause, but it's not really the fairest thing to do! A lot of your readers don't have the finances to be able to bid and would still love to have the chance to get one! I have no idea how many of these books you have, but in case you have a few, the best idea would be to take some of them and put them on e-bay for charity and take the other half for a creative competition, to give fans who don't have the resources a shot at winning the book! Fair and square : )


Anonymous Giovanella said ... (7:34 AM) : 

I vote for all of those who voted Charity causes. There must be a way to make this great idea have good ends to fashionable means.

The winners of whatever contest send a contribution to you for the book, and Scott and Garance should choose a charity close to their hearts!!


Anonymous Antigone & Ismene said ... (7:57 AM) : 

Maybe it can be a photography contest, which would be more coherent with the prize AND your blog. I suggest the best "book" of fashion pictures done by an amator wins. Maybe we can fix it to like 5 pictures so that people can really express what they want through their pictures because just one wouldn't be enough.


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