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Friday, September 21, 2007

On The Street.......Girl Against The Car, Manhattan

Comments on "On The Street.......Girl Against The Car, Manhattan"


Blogger WendyB said ... (4:54 PM) : 

Cute pic. I was surprised by her shoes!


Blogger The Spicers said ... (4:54 PM) : 

She looks about 12, but what style! Love the way she's paired the lace-y, vintage-looking dress with Converse. AND the glasses. Cute!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (5:02 PM) : 

adore the mix of casual boy shoes with a lacy dress, i think this is only a look that can work well on a really thin person though.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (5:02 PM) : 

the contrast between the edgy young girl, and the family- car is superb! A+


Blogger wilsonreps said ... (5:03 PM) : 

oh wow! i love the frames and chucks... good shot sart.



Anonymous Anonymous said ... (5:23 PM) : 

Personally, I think a great pair of vintage shoes would have been a better choice.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (5:27 PM) : 

wow, her glasses are spectacular, she looks divine


Blogger Butch said ... (5:28 PM) : 

What separates humans from other animals: the ability to pair a dress and shoes as she's done here....


Blogger sara star said ... (5:48 PM) : 

I disagree with the commenter who thinks this can only work on a really thin person. Healthy woman can look awesome in vintage dresses and chucks too!

I know because I look awesome in Gunnisax and converse myself and I am a size 12!


Blogger cobaltika said ... (6:07 PM) : 

and this is another reason that i love the sartorialist...


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (6:27 PM) : 

she looks EXACTLY like Helena Bonham Carter. Exactly. Isn't it interesting she's also carrying a sweatshirt? wish we could see the bag.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (6:56 PM) : 

What an amazing face, and what a look. So striking.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (7:21 PM) : 

i don't know what amazes me more - the young girl's wonderful style or the power of The Sartorialist's antennae?...


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (7:22 PM) : 

Gasp! The first thing that sprang to mind was the book The Lover by Marguerite Duras. What style. What a shot.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (7:48 PM) : 

she looks like a young, Asian Miss Havisham.


Blogger lily said ... (7:59 PM) : 

I rarely feel moved to comment on even the best photos on here, but something about this just grabbed me. It's so incredibly RIGHT somehow. She has attitude and style. Good find Sart!


Blogger MrWong said ... (9:31 PM) : 

As a Ashin that ejoys wearing kooky frames..

I'm like this trend of your's Scott..

1st the Asain guy, now this Asian gal..


Blogger stacy said ... (9:39 PM) : 

Superb personal style.

Great, great shot!


Blogger Asi Mod said ... (9:56 PM) : 

She has an interesting look. She reminds me of Lane Kim in 'Gilmore Girls' -- nerdy bohemian chic.


Blogger SophieA said ... (10:03 PM) : 

i like that she's not looking at the camera.


Blogger Secret Agent said ... (10:03 PM) : 

Wow, she looks awesome. She looks young, but awesome. =)


Blogger Jennifer said ... (10:17 PM) : 

this little urchin wins best pose of the month. the glasses have such an incredible ability to turn her from waif to student, or at least someone in control (they instantly connect her with medical care, literacy, knowledge). really very interesting.


Blogger David-Alexandre said ... (10:25 PM) : 



Blogger these random musings said ... (10:27 PM) : 

I had this as my wallpaper as soon as I saw it on That insouciance! It can only make you gaze and shake your head in amazement.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:48 PM) : 

divine? spectacular? man you guys will praise anything


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:36 PM) : 

I like how the antiquity of her dress is juxtaposed against the modernity of the car... I like the reflections.


Blogger bowerbird said ... (11:37 PM) : 

What a great pic. The scruffy sneakers give the her look real edge. Not too many people can pull it off though...fab photo!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:43 PM) : 

i love the glasses and the attitude. not sure how i feel about the shoes. i do hope that this is her vehicle she's leaning against however


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

Don´t fancy this one.She has the figure of a little girl but her face looks older. A different style of dress would suit her better.This one would look better on a taller woman.The choice of footwear is odd.


Blogger Haircuts... said ... (2:33 AM) : 

Nice style, not only her simple and basic clothes, her hair to, with the proportional glasses and that she
have let the fringe setup, that open her face and gives a perfect entirety expression to her face.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3:29 AM) : 

i want to be her. she amazing.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (5:33 AM) : 

THE SHOEWS!! do it for me. perfect! love it!


Blogger Blue Floppy Hat said ... (7:20 AM) : 

It's a lovely shot, especially since most of your photographs have the person/people alone in the frame. Love the sneakers/dress combo, not least because I often resort to it too.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (8:32 AM) : 

she looks so tiny! Thogh she has a great style, mixing a qute dress with a more geeky look for her glasses and shoes.


Blogger simplyolive said ... (9:52 AM) : 

i love how everything here just doesn't seem to go together, but yet, somehow it does.
love the glasses,
love the dress,
love the converse!
don't love minivans, but it works for the photo.

(i'm noticing quite a converse trend...)


Blogger The Sartorialist said ... (9:52 AM) : 

lets make one thing perfectly clear

Her size has nothing to do with this post

it is about a dress with hi-top sneakers.

it is about a a distant stare

it is about the way she is standing

it is about nothing else so don't waste your time making comments about size


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

The first thing that struck me about this image was the light striking her exposed breastplate. A dear friend of mine, a very petite fashion designer, eats a severely restricted vegan diet. I was surprised to learn one day when she explained that her diet and its effect on her body was, for her, just yet another design decision. That is, her bone-thinness, tiny breasts, etc. fit her aesthetic and that of the clothes she produces. And on reflection, of course! Don't we all make choices about what to feed ourselves, how much weight we carry, in part, at least as an aesthetic decision. So I disagree with you on this one, Sart. Size reflects, at least in part, a decision we all make on some level that reflects our aesthetic, our style. Assuming they are not mean-spirited, comments pertaining to size can certainly be relevant to a discussion of an individual's personal style.


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

this girl was photographing everything in site during fashion week. I snapped her near the rear entrance to the action.


Blogger jamesylala said ... (12:57 PM) : 

Wow she is RAWKIN' Cool!!!! What incredible insight and mix. This girl takes great risks with an amazing payoff, A stunning look! Take Notes kiddos; This is called style, and this young lady has it in spades. This is what real fashion is about, setting your own course ad owning it.
Sart, you never cease to amaze me when you capture such individuality from behind that lens of yours, Cheers!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (1:00 PM) : 

the shoes make her look shorter, no?


Blogger marina k said ... (1:23 PM) : 



Anonymous Anonymous said ... (2:00 PM) : 

i love this...her outfit, the way the glasses frame her eyes...i wish my glasses did that for my eyes! i'm so glad you got this shot.


Blogger The Sartorialist said ... (2:27 PM) : 

for pdog
most of the comments are mean spirited


Blogger dnqcnn said ... (4:07 PM) : 

i really adore her look


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (4:13 PM) : 

This is so interesting because I really can't tell how old she is. No matter what her age, it's a wonderful photo and she has such style. But part of me hopes she is as young as I think she is...because if she has such style at such a young age, just imagine what is to come!!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (8:17 PM) : 

So Rei Kawakubo! I love it!


Blogger Jennifer said ... (9:05 PM) : 

um, pdog, you can't let one extreme example define everyone's physical body shape in your mind as a conscientious choice, not at least taken to such an intentional and aesthetic level. i was thin like that back in jr. high and high school. as my mom says now, "scary skinny" (does that help? no. lol). it was metabolism, genetics, whatever. i ate like a quarterback. if you don't know a person, isn't it always best/safest/most civilized NOT to judge? is this a site about art/fashion/style/photography? yes. let's stick to the visual, it's more than enough. the subjects in these pictures don't owe us a single explanation or apology.
and i totally disagree - the vast majority i think do not consider their weight to be part of their aesthetic/style.


Blogger O!Lightning said ... (9:36 PM) : 



Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:42 PM) : 

wow, she looks supercute! Well done girl! Hey Sart, what lens are you using?


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:43 PM) : 

mr. sart, i really love hearing your feedback (i wish you could add more), and i also enjoy it a little too much when you put someone in their place, but it seems like you've been "speaking up" on the comments page more often lately. i could be totally wrong, but are you feeling a little jaded lately? it sounds as if you've recently taken on quite a few exciting projects, and maybe you're stretched a little thin. but please, please continue to post as regularly as you do now, and also please don't remove the comments page, as some blogs have resorted to. your work is so inspiring to so many people, and i have enjoyed reading much of your readers' opinions and extra commentary. i'm sure this site is pretty time-consuming, as is reviewing all of the comments before they get posted. and i'm sure a lot of it is frustrating, dumbfounding, and sometimes just plain dumb. but it's sooo worth it.

-a loyal sart in training


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (6:11 AM) : 

she reminds me of a character from "the incredibles", you know, the one who designs outfits for all the superheros...


Blogger jkh said ... (8:28 AM) : 

you are the one to show us what you see.
we are the ones to tell you what you have shown us. -- "artist and audience" -- it is this simple.

i can tell you that my comment was not mean spirited at all.

the reactions to this pic should also tell you that you have a responsibility for your subjects beyond just deleting some comments.

you very well know that the difference between a good photographer and a great one is the ability to be your very own hardest critic and sharpest editor.

kind regards.


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

i really like this look. kind of furturistic/apocalyptic. It's something you'd expect a character in a william gibson book to wear.


Blogger Unknown said ... (3:26 PM) : 

This girl is genius. I took a bunch of pics of her at Y-3. She had a great old pentax-esque camera that added even more quirk to her look.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3:41 PM) : 

this is a really strange photo. i like it but the girl sometimes looks to be a 12 year old in a granny's clothes and her own shoes or a 65 year old who forgot to take her medication. and that's what makes it interesting.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:00 PM) : 

i don't like it..i doesn't inspire me nor make me wanna have her style..
she looks awful to me..not a big fan of vinatge dresses and converse...and i don't know..kinda World War II looking..

But it's an amazing shot and the way she stands is rly amazing.


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

Ooops, just read comments about not commenting on size.

Ok, fair enough. For the record, my purpose was not mean spirited - lots of other lovely slim women featured on this blog too. Just picked her out is all.

I like the glasses the most - it's a great trend, and I'm happy about that since I wear glasses!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (2:37 AM) : 

She reminds me of Edna Mole from The Incredibles with her hair and those glasses. Her old-fashioned-looking dress keeps her from being too cartoony though.



Blogger The Sartorialist said ... (4:12 AM) : 

i have such mixed emotions about this shot now

i still feel completely honesty in saying that this shot , for me, has nothing to do with her size but I guess that is all most of you saw.

again I am shocked and saddened by what some people think they have a right to say about other people in a public forum. I know you have the "rights" to say it but still.

If i replaced the word "thin" with "fat" in the comments left on this post -I would be killed for allowing such a negative views on overweight people.

i think i will just like to forget this post.


Blogger jamesylala said ... (11:26 AM) : 

SART.....Don't You Dare Forget This Image or The Posting!!!!!!
What this image represents is your eye as a photographer and what resignates with you. That is FUNDAMENTAL! What the public says is critical. Critique and Art are two separate categories. For someone like me this image means everything, Everything! I am very whipped into a frenzy about this hardness you have expressed. To me an image like this one is more important than ANY editor, fashion plate, or Model of the moment you shoot. This girl is out there, in life living her vision. She is an inspiration to the world of fashion. She is the kind of girl who inspires stylist and designers a like.

Sart, Please continue to be inspired by these wonderful visionaries you come across. Please continue to highlight Individuality every chance you get. You are a voice sharing a vision of style from around the world.
Thank you,


Blogger marie said ... (1:18 PM) : 

Dress with athletic shoes reminds me of elementary school.


Blogger rebeccacalvetti said ... (1:25 PM) : 


I respect your work very much, and I hope you understand that. I know this comment probably won't get in, because it concerns the deletion of past comments. I am not one of these people who thinks the anonymity of the internet means one should be as mean and rude as possible. At the same time, I think that an honest reaction to the material presented is not something that should be censored excessively.

You are an excellent photographer, and, for the most part, an adept arbiter of taste. But this woman's emaciated-looking chest, and possibly the angle from which the photograph was taken, has somehow overshadowed her chic-ness.

And let's face it: When have you ever even attempted to use overweight people in your posts? I mean, aside from GF Ferre. Your curvy women all appear to be under a size 8. I don't really have a problem with that. But I do not think that this instance of a general outcry regarding this woman's bony form is really comparable to possible anti-fat sentiment.

At any rate, there is only one way to find out.

Once again, much respect,


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

I can't say I like this dress at all. I know what she's trying to do and all, but the hemline, sleeves, shoulder hem thing, neckline, and waistline all fall just slightly weirdly to my eye and it misses the mark... and to be clear, I would be just as perplexed by the garment with some heels and more streamlined glasses. Maybe with that sweatshirt on, the attempted casual teen vs. vintage juxtaposition would be neater, but I think the hemline would still bother me a bit.

This is the sort of vintage dress I would recommend passing over when thrifting, but that's just me.


Blogger hillary said ... (6:36 PM) : 

she reminds me of the designer lady from the incredibles. love it!


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

She is so mysterious! It is impossible to tell how old she is - granny yet girlish dress. Heavy glasses but playful shoes. And yet, playful clothing but aloof glance. Bookish but lady-like old-fashioned urban wear?

And what beautiful pale skin.

People must feel terribly insecure about themselves if they have to come online and make snarky comments about a woman's size. Or, in other instances, the price tag on a woman's coat/dress/etc.
As a poor student, I feel envious sometimes but I try to appreciate the beauty and diversity of Sart's streets without carrying agendas or baggage.

"But this woman's emaciated-looking chest, and possibly the angle from which the photograph was taken, has somehow overshadowed her chic-ness."
--Only for some, like you rebeccacalvetti. I think this girl is lovely and didn't think twice about her size. Many young Asian girls are that small- who cares?


Blogger Celia said ... (11:29 PM) : 

The responses on this post (and the fact that Sart had to "defend" himself twice) makes me sad. Perhaps I have vision problems, but I didn't notice the girl's thinness at all until I started reading the comments. What I saw was an inspiring fashion photograph of an Asian girl of indeterminate age, the pairing of a lace dress with bare legs and undone chucks, and the girl's expression.

Is this blog about weight or age in fashion? This blog features high style and street style, style found in a diverse range of ages, cultures, and yes, body types. In ALL his posts his subjects appear healthy, at ease and self-possessed. I have not seen a single shot where there is a glamorization or focus on any element remotely unhealthy, unhappy, or anyone who looked like they were in any way weak, ill or passive.


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

just beatifullll


Blogger xo said ... (10:39 AM) : 

Sart, I am curious to know what these deleted comments might have contained, if there may be more scathing than what some might have said here. Perhaps being an Asian made me overlook the size issue that may have stopped some people at their tracks. It was her deliberate 80's haircut, vintage frames, chucks, the facial expression. It was her personal style that got across to me and compelled me to comment on this post.

I don't understand the preoccupation with her age and her relative body size. If some don't already know, the average adult East Asian woman is of that height and built anyway. Since they are born that way, what's wrong with dressing up in a way that they are comfortable with? If she was displaced to an East Asian city,her dressing sensibilities would be totally acceptable because people there are comfortable with seeing people of this size.

Anyway I'd better stop my comment here because it's causing me to overanalyze which could only serve to erase charm of this great photo.


Blogger sunni said ... (11:35 PM) : 

i don't think her thinness can be ignored...but people who are commenting for the purpose of pointing out her size are wasting their time. it's about what she is wearing. and frankly, it's a great outfit! it's not that unique in my opinion though, a lot of indie kids are mixing the vintage dress with chucks and black frames. though this girl adds a class to it, i think it's her effortless hairstyle and pose.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (8:41 PM) : 

One seems to forget what a photo is meant for: TO BE LOOKED AT! How can someone be criticized for commenting on what they saw first, be it her clothes or her body? We make sense of what we see visually and can't control what affects us initially. Let's not subtract everything else but the clothes, what do you say?


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (8:38 AM) : 

She looks young, but at the same time she looks like have a lot of experience!


Blogger Unknown said ... (12:28 AM) : 

A little funny pics and thanks for make me laugh for a while


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