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Thursday, March 24, 2011

On the Street.....via Manzoni, Milan

This woman was such a vision in her monochrome look. Her sole splash of color - a vintage red Hermes Kelly bag. I tried to communicate with her after the shot but the language difference was too much of a barrier.

Comments on "On the Street.....via Manzoni, Milan"


Blogger Fluid Idleness said ... (3:32 PM) : 

Ah, very elegant and she looks so sweet for some reason.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3:32 PM) : 



Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3:32 PM) : 

Her hair is absolutely beautiful!


Blogger Kurt said ... (3:35 PM) : 

I love vintage kelly bags from hermes.


Blogger Leire said ... (3:37 PM) : 



Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3:39 PM) : 



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

This is such a lovely image!! I love her simple colors with the bright florals in the background!! very beautiful!


Blogger comme fraiche said ... (3:43 PM) : 

Judging from her appearance (legs) she could have been a runway model. The flowers she's looking at make for a colorful background


Anonymous Szczecin Street fashion said ... (3:43 PM) : 

just amazing


Blogger cheryl said ... (3:43 PM) : 

I'm feeling this.


Anonymous flora said ... (3:46 PM) : 

Beautiful coat, together with the color of the stockings, her hair and the red Kelly bag a great look


Blogger jessica january said ... (3:48 PM) : 

this is incredible. what an amazing shot.

january, x


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3:49 PM) : 

Is she around 60 years of age? She looks very fit and energetic!


Anonymous meenal @ maison marigold said ... (3:51 PM) : 

i'm loving your focus on old people these original and interesting..keep it up! xx meenal


Blogger S. said ... (3:51 PM) : 

she looks really classy


Blogger Amy said ... (3:55 PM) : 

Mmmm... your last three shots have been divine. There is so much inspiration in this look!


Blogger about said ... (4:00 PM) : 

this picture represents a world in which i have always wished (and still hope) to be a part of. sublime elegance.


Blogger j. said ... (4:01 PM) : 

lovely pic!


Blogger SAMANTHA said ... (4:07 PM) : 

I can only imagine, she looks adorable! xx


Blogger Emily said ... (4:08 PM) : 

Pure perfection!!
Wow.. Thank you for the photograph!


Blogger Pretty Things said ... (4:08 PM) : 




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

Don't you have the Google Translate App for iPhone or Android?

It's pretty amazing.


Anonymous JenfromCali said ... (4:11 PM) : 

First thing I noticed... Her hair. I love her hair color, it's so natural, so healthy. Clothes are great too. Classic coat. Simple elegance.


Blogger Cecille said ... (4:11 PM) : 



Anonymous carly said ... (4:13 PM) : 

what a vision, and just from the back!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (4:15 PM) : 



Anonymous princessglee said ... (4:17 PM) : 

My mother has said over the years "gettin' old ain't for pussies." I interpret it to mean that I better have and maintain a solid foundation about most things when I reach old age. Your pictures lately have given me ideas on how to age beautifully so I can have that solid foundaton and not become a pussy.


Blogger A Dance With Grace said ... (4:20 PM) : 

Class is....

Thanks for sharing! I'm your latest fan!


Blogger Luana said ... (4:30 PM) : 

non mi piacciono le pellicce!
sarebbe stata più chic con un cappotto lungo beige.


Blogger manuel said ... (4:38 PM) : 

Nice shot, I like too. flower shop and madame.


Blogger Caroline said ... (4:41 PM) : 

OMG...I hope to be that stylish when I am older...


Blogger Alice Olive said ... (4:42 PM) : 

Love her hair. Another great shot where the background is perfectly suited.


Blogger The Fancy Teacup said ... (4:44 PM) : 

She looks like an absolute doll! Such elegance and love the pop of red, too.
much love.


Blogger Anula said ... (4:47 PM) : 

Wow!! I love it!!


Anonymous Gosia said ... (4:50 PM) : 

Wow, I think it's one of my favourites shots ever! I gaze at it and I can't get enough...


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

Really really loving your blog!
Just started following and very much enjoy the fact that you feature all age groups and looks.


Blogger LoveE ♥ said ... (4:54 PM) : 

Love it! That nearly exact coat was on the runway this Fashion month, and I think I love it more on her than the model!


Anonymous carole said ... (5:13 PM) : 

I just love, love, love this photograph! All the colors of the flowers and her bag are brilliant against her monochrome.


Blogger pinky said ... (5:14 PM) : 

This lady still has it!


Anonymous Shadders said ... (5:21 PM) : 

cute hair and that fur coat looks gr8 on her


Blogger Afternoon's Hat said ... (5:28 PM) : 

She looks very elegant and her legs are perfect!


Anonymous Augusta said ... (5:31 PM) : 

if you need an interpreter when in Milan... :-)
These ladies you're shooting are wonderful examples of italian old style beauty and elegance


Blogger Alice said ... (5:36 PM) : 

You're right. A vision, she is. Fantastico!


Anonymous stellina said ... (5:51 PM) : 

i love her coat and the combination of the colors!!


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

Wow! Just WOW!!<3


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (5:58 PM) : 

Love her shoes - I thought she was barefoot for a minute! And her long fur coat makes it really stand out. Hermes? Wow. I need it!


Anonymous Elena from greece, living in Paris said ... (6:26 PM) : 

This is the first time I comment on your website, this image is just perfect. I wanted to say that before I started looking at your blog a couple of months ago when my friend was given your book as a present, I had never been interested in fashion before. At all. The people you choose to photograph are amazing, but the way in which you photograph them is such a large part of that. You make each person appear extremely unique, and they are, but that comes across so well in your photos. Every picture conveys a character. You are truly doing an amazing job, and I have since given 'The sartorialist' book away as a present to people I know who appreciate design, but also great photography. You have made me love clothes, and realise how much they can do to bring out the uniqueness in each of us. Congratulations.


Anonymous Hitomi said ... (6:32 PM) : 

Please let me take to your street shooting. I can be a strong help on language!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (6:46 PM) : 

Her monochrome looks seems sad and washed out next to all those blossoms.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (6:50 PM) : 

I wish i could see her face, she looks immaculate. Vintage is when you are young and it's the first time around. Delicate line.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (6:53 PM) : 

usually i don't feel the want to see more than what your shot captures but this time, i would really give a hoot to see a frontside.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (6:54 PM) : 

Perfection. Such elegance.


Blogger Carolina Lange said ... (7:00 PM) : 



Anonymous Lauren said ... (7:03 PM) : 

Love, love, love this! The look is chic, youthful, and especially fresh against the backdrop of the flower stall. Sheer perfection!

The Styleseer


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



Anonymous Anonymous said ... (7:29 PM) : 



Blogger Tanya said ... (7:48 PM) : 

just beautiful


Anonymous Lord George said ... (7:53 PM) : 

Maybe it's time for you to learn some italian, swedish and french. At least the basic frases that one might need to know: "Est'ce que je peux te photographer, s'il vous plaît?" "Du är jättevacker, får jag ta en bild på dig?" and so on. :)


Anonymous Lord George said ... (7:55 PM) : 

... or whatever the french is!


Blogger F.S said ... (7:57 PM) : 



Blogger Jessie said ... (8:01 PM) : 

i love love love this! the fur contrasted with the brightly colored flowers is truly beautiful.


Anonymous de said ... (8:29 PM) : 



Blogger Davidikus said ... (8:39 PM) : 

Most of all, it is the flower stalls I like.


Blogger Kirstin said ... (10:12 PM) : 

I love monochrome looks, there is something very elegant about it and this women certainly pulls it off wonderfully. I also love the splash of color in the background with the flowers. Beautiful.


Blogger The Foolish Aesthete said ... (10:41 PM) : 

Absolutely love her look!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:46 PM) : 

First thought: Margot Tenenbaum.
I love seeing fur coats on such sylphlike women, since the intimidating notion of the 'fur coat' is softened by the fragile aesthetic.


Blogger maya said ... (10:57 PM) : 

brilliant - on both her part and yours.


Blogger Maryam Maquillage said ... (11:01 PM) : 

She looks so approachable, even in all that monochrome :)


Blogger fshnvctm said ... (11:19 PM) : 

Her hair color is so lovely.


Blogger pdrajdev said ... (11:36 PM) : 

This is a great shot! The red accent is so nice and works so well!


Blogger Trés Awesome a Chicago Street Style Blog said ... (11:52 PM) : 

BEAUTIFUL. I love this.

Très Awesome- A Chicago Street Style Blog


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:26 AM) : 

an exceptional photo. because - finally - a picture of a senior and because of the composition. monochrome and flowered backdrop. kudos. i see you have another recent photo of an oldster. good. love it when you snap the real people, not only the "beautiful" people. real people photos are sart at his best...


Blogger liza said ... (12:45 AM) : 

She looks very classy and elegant.

I dearly hope that is faux fur. Something tells me it isn't though :(


Blogger jackie said ... (1:02 AM) : 

I love the latest spike of older people on this blog- interesting and inspiring... This look is lovely, I love her hair and the way shee stands out from the flower stand.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (2:14 AM) : 

She is not in her 60s, rather 70+. And this is how old ladies look in Milano (where I live). Most have this build and this attitude. And you may spot some on bikes - with the same outfit!

Also, on the lady with the scarf on head - this is old style scarf knotting, you still see it in countryside areas in traditional Europe.


Blogger lia said ... (2:29 AM) : 

So stylish!!! This time she reminds my grandma ;)



Blogger sana wong said ... (4:39 AM) : 

Love the color from her.


Blogger MELISSA Z. said ... (4:44 AM) : 

OMG! This pic is wonderfful! Congrats! <3


Blogger Stella said ... (5:02 AM) : 

Splendid photo of a splendid woman. So full of life, surrounded by the flowers..


Blogger pinkhandmirror said ... (5:09 AM) : 



Anonymous Anonymous said ... (5:20 AM) : 

I love all the horizontal lines!


Blogger KC said ... (6:57 AM) : 

just like an ice queen.


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

a touch of paris-gout in Milan.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (7:38 AM) : 

Your shots of older people are tremendous. As you said, their fashion sense is based on their own reference points. I love the fact that their looks are, in the end, timeless and unique. Please keep these photos going.


Blogger Bebete Indarte said ... (9:34 AM) : 

sniff sniff, I'm trying to let my hair growing white (au naturel), need loads of pacience.


Blogger Natalie's Life said ... (10:01 AM) : 

what a graceful woman. and that hair - cropped short AND silver. amazing.


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

What a shame you were unable to communicate. She's the kind of person we can all learn from, the most. A well of experience. Get a translator app for your phone and go find her!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:40 AM) : 

Classic! What an inspiration.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:40 AM) : 

Classic! What an inspiration.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:42 AM) : 

Beautiful contrast between her monochrome and flowers. I'm glad she is not wearing Spartacus shoes etc. But seriously, isn't she is a retired ballerina from the Ballets Trocaderos de Monte Carlo?


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:09 PM) : 

somehow ethereal...


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

amazing shot! :D


Anonymous Victoria Regia said ... (1:02 PM) : 

Very cool! I wonder what color of lipstick she is wearing.


Blogger OneRedCherry said ... (1:16 PM) : 



Blogger Christina Simon said ... (1:42 PM) : 

This is one stylish lady. Wow!
Together with the beautiful background, this is a fantastic photo.


Blogger Melinda.Robicheaux said ... (1:59 PM) : 

Skinny legs and flats always come together.


Anonymous Loth said ... (2:23 PM) : 

Awesome photo, but I just can't understand how you don't speak ANY Italian (even the minimum to make a -deserved- compliment to the lady), assuming the time you spend in Milan! However, I'm still a fan :)


Blogger Ninjagaiden78 said ... (2:28 PM) : 

She looks absolutely wonderful.


Anonymous Kismondo said ... (2:48 PM) : 

Divina! White head, white legs... some of eternal youth!


Blogger RIA said ... (2:54 PM) : 

learn italian! as an avid traveler, it shows respect.


Anonymous Lauren said ... (3:12 PM) : 

Classic! What an inspiration.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3:33 PM) : 

oh .. so cute!!! in lithuania people is so dark...
lithuanian's don't have people like this amazing grandma ^^
like it sososososooo much!! )))


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

So so chic!!!! Love it, her style matches her hair.
Such a shame u couldnt talk. by the way wich language she speaks? curiosity


Blogger holliegeorgia-x said ... (4:07 PM) : 

my mission for this weekend is now to buy some white tights, i liked them before but now they've become a must have, this photo is inspirational!


Blogger Joy said ... (4:07 PM) : 


Mounds of Joy


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (5:39 PM) : 

I want to be this elegant when I'm older.


Blogger fabio said ... (6:16 PM) : 

Beautiful shoot!

I think that your shoots during "normal days" are much better than the ones during fashion week.
During "normal days" i feel they are closer to a big safari, and are much more uncommon, more original, more inspiring.



Blogger todd said ... (9:33 PM) : 

flora and fauna. love.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3:06 AM) : 

She could be formerly a ballerina. Also, amazingly thin calves! I'm probably half her age and my calves are like tree trunks!


Blogger joshylola said ... (4:42 AM) : 

AMAZING Photo.Love her short white hair :-D


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

I hope she understood enough to consent to your putting her photo on the internet! LOL!


Anonymous Naftali Stern @ The Bohmerian said ... (9:43 AM) : 

Very inspiring!


Blogger Ari said ... (10:25 AM) : 

You know I love an elegant older woman. Great Shot!


Blogger Mertxe Hernàndez said ... (11:10 AM) : 



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

speechless , she is an icon


Blogger Christina said ... (1:44 PM) : 

Just simply AMAZING!!!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3:18 PM) : 

You know her home is amazing.


Blogger P said ... (7:31 PM) : 

this women is already my style icon, and i haven't even seen her face!
her poise is that of a ballerina, and just exudes class. Besides, her choice of fur is so soft! She is probably a dear.


Anonymous Mrs Vintage said ... (4:54 AM) : 

Love the fur XD


Blogger miss k said ... (8:40 AM) : 

i agree there is such a sweetness, to her look, her surroundings, the picture is just perfect. it makes me want to be her!


Anonymous La Fille du LES said ... (7:30 PM) : 

Really cute!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (1:06 AM) : 

i really appreciate your finding inspiration in the fashion of older generations. the simple elegance of this look makes me realize how overdone many "fashionistas" feel they need to be to achieve a level of chic. Well done and thank you!


Anonymous Jenni M said ... (3:24 PM) : 

I was always so certain that you were fluent in Italian! After all, you spend so much time in Milan. No big though - great photo!


Blogger Gabriela said ... (3:54 PM) : 

Sweet, elegant and lovely.


Blogger joy sohn said ... (5:52 PM) : 

I absolutely adore this woman! I hope to look as amazing as her in my prime.


Blogger Maha's musings....... said ... (2:05 PM) : 

she's glorious...and I have "un faible" for these tones


Anonymous Helena said ... (3:00 PM) : 

only one word for this picture: AMAZING


Blogger Mertxe Hernàndez said ... (6:10 AM) : 

Elegent look..Amazing!!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:13 PM) : 

Ahh. I would die to talk to her. if only i had a full view of her beauty. I like the difference between her monochrome and the rainbow of the flowers in the backround.



Blogger Walking around with a scapel said ... (12:19 PM) : 

A vision. And a lovely one.


Blogger IRINA PRIPORINA said ... (3:41 AM) : 

what a fox!


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