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On the Street.......Nonna, Florence, Italy


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Thursday, January 11, 2007

On the Street.......Nonna, Florence, Italy

Comments on "On the Street.......Nonna, Florence, Italy"


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (1:17 PM) : 

darling and elegant at the same time! what a capture of the beautiful details in the everyday mundane


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (1:49 PM) : 

She's so cute! Love her lipstick and big fur collar.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (2:06 PM) : 

I love it..such a tiny lady in a big, beautiful coat, with such a lovely collar. I also love the tobacco colored leather purse, beautiful. Now, if only the young one has as much style and class.


Blogger Butch said ... (2:12 PM) : 

What's interesting here is, of course, the generational contrast.

Both dress their age and time. Nonna wishes to appear a correct lady--wool coat with fur collar, gloves, handbag in lap, sensible shoes, while her companion dresses for emancipated, desexulized "utility"--what she's wearing could just as easily be worn by a guy.

The fact is, neither is particularly stylish, but both say volumes about fashion as a ritual of role-playing.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (2:31 PM) : 

Absolutely LOVE this picture. It is a wonderful contrast between the "dolled up" lady and the relaxed youngster. The older ladies of Europe are so cute to watch they really keep their style up. I hope to keep my style and spirits up throughout life like they do! Bravo!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (2:45 PM) : 

Sartorialist you've done it again! The nike shox, the obese figure and the hoodie!


but seriously who doesn't love old people, they are so cute and classy


Blogger Three Repute said ... (3:09 PM) : 

looks like the grandma from billy madison.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3:13 PM) : 

The visual comparison between the older and younger generation is striking. The elegant elderly woman is pulled together in a way that I hope hasn't completely passed out of fashion altogether. Vintage style, for this reason, is my real inspiration.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3:26 PM) : 

wow. talk about compare and contrast...


Blogger The Sartorialist said ... (3:32 PM) : 

I never thought of this as a compare and contrast
I only left the young lady in the photo to give some scale to just how tiny the grandma is- I think she is just adorable!


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

another note on the contrast-- both have their hands "folded" in their laps; but look at their legs. Nonna's are crossed at the ankles- very proper. The young girl not only dresses like a boy, but she's sitting like one, too.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3:57 PM) : 

I think so, too. The old lady is adorable. She actually reminds me of my Grandma who died long time ago...back in Germany.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (4:14 PM) : 

the woman on the left is wonderful. i love her big fur collar, utilitarian shoes, and gaily-patterned fabric shopping bag. snazzy.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (4:54 PM) : 

Yea, as a biology guy I was going to say that the little lady may not have been so small for her generation and that the current generation is bigger in stature but also body fat.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (6:20 PM) : 

Ah she's charming
the coat looks as if it might overwhelm her
but it works with the green peeking out from the collar


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (6:51 PM) : 

She could pass for any granny I have seen in Queens or Staten Island.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (7:05 PM) : 

Why is it that women of a certain age can do what none of us not at that age will never be able to? Oh, to have that grace and elegance...


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (7:10 PM) : 

Wow. It looks like Florence, Italy meets Florence Ave. in Los Angeles.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (7:14 PM) : 

Doesn't look European to me. Could be a bus stop in Des Moines.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (8:34 PM) : 

that tiny old lady is priceless.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (8:44 PM) : 

oh my gosh - Nonna is adorable!
what an outfit to catch a bus - I wonder where she was off to?
her shopping tote is cute too!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (8:59 PM) : 

The lady looks great. That's indeed a beautiful coat.


Blogger DK said ... (9:50 PM) : 

I don't even see the clothes. I just see life.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:02 PM) : 

ooh, a companion book to The Art of the Sart - older gents version, a Ladies of a Certain Age book! Please sell as a boxed set and autograph mine, thanks!


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

She is absolutely adorable. Will I see the day when people dress like this again? Decked to the nines!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:20 PM) : 

wow, i LOVE this! would it be an infringement of copyright to get a print made?



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

I want to be fabulous like her when i'm older.


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

I would have to agree with anon at 7:14, it is not particuarly European looking. The young girl is really like any American.


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

This is a thing I miss about Italy: elegant nonne with perfect hair and pride to be well dressed all the time!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:01 AM) : 


I'm hoping beyond hope that the pendulum will swing back to the frame of mind that one doesn't leave the house without some measure of elegance. The consensus here seems to agree, for the most part: younger generation often (not always) hasn't a real clue about how to take good care of themselves and/or clothe themselves with care. Many compliments for Nonna, very few for her young companion.

But times change and so do we, for better or worse. Still, I've fantacized about citizens' citations for bad taste. Wouldn't it be funny?



Blogger in defense of retail therapy said ... (11:45 AM) : 



Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:31 PM) : 

I agree with butch! I love the picture so great!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:58 PM) : 

Ya, she's NOT fat!

Real women have curves!



Anonymous Anonymous said ... (2:02 AM) : 

I'm surprised nobody mentioned the possibility of socioeconomic differences at play here. The young girl probably can't afford a fur trimmed coat. That's not saying the old lady is rich but still, they have different priorities in life.


Blogger Tongue in Cheek Antiques said ... (12:29 PM) : 

Precious and dainty,
sat by strong and sturdy
two women
two times
both sitting waiting
and hoping,
for the same bus of life.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (4:58 AM) : 

She's got style and look oh so elegant. This is what I called aging gracefully.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (6:12 AM) : 

looks like they've been waiting for that bus for a while..


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (9:06 AM) : 

Clothing is clothing.
the woman on the right is dressed NORMALLY!!!!
It's unpretentious.
It's unaware.
(And it makes the older woman look like a museum piece....a really fantastic one at that !)


Blogger JA Firebrand said ... (9:56 PM) : 

oh how I love, love it! Full on grace and she could be anywhere, but you know she is a-list, sweet


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (7:50 PM) : 

pretty photo. beautiful lady!!;)


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (9:06 AM) : 

The old woman is absolutely adorable, but the girl next to her pisses me off.


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

Love this photo. Always nice to see an older woman, not your usual fashionable hip girl. Keep up the great work, Scott.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3:35 PM) : 

What a contrast! Brilliant -


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

I give props to grandma, well groomed and put together.

The young girl next to her looks as sad as the outfit she's wearing. A lot of American girls dress like that and its ashame.


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