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Thursday, October 18, 2007

Scene At The Louvre

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Blogger Pret a Porter P said ... (8:54 AM) : 

how fantastically random that cowboy is!


Blogger Rebecca, A Clothes Horse said ... (8:55 AM) : 

what a mixed bag of style. it's wonderful!


Blogger winst said ... (8:58 AM) : 

#3: Ai Tominaga, if that's she, is as breathtaking as ever... I remember seeing her for the first time and just kind of melting under her (very tall) presence--and smile.


Blogger Alice Olive said ... (9:02 AM) : 

I love the first photo!

That collar is fab-u-lous! She is striking. I love how she is boldly posing and is unflustered by the people crowding by. Fantastic shot!


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

I'm not sure if the lady in the first picture is a beautiful amazon decended from heaven, or an alien from outerspace? I do know that she is certainly an inspiration - hopefully to the dowdy woman I thought was a man to her right!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (9:27 AM) : 

Look at the tourist woman on the left in the first photo. I love the look of realization on her face at how pedestrian she is in comparison.


Blogger Alice Powers said ... (9:30 AM) : 

The cowboy is from Paris???
I never saw any horse in town, exept the police's one. ;o)


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (9:33 AM) : 

And here I am struck by how, in your photos, the women are sartorially stunning and the men are sometimes... not.


Blogger Pauspling said ... (9:34 AM) : 

ve the way your subjects stick out from the crowd. Especially in the top picture, the astounding woman looks gigantic and so much more beautiful than the rest. Actually, she seems to come from another planet altogether.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:04 AM) : 

These pictures should be hanging in the Louvre! Bravo!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:04 AM) : 

I applaud how you juxtaposed the cowboy between two fashion plates. Of course, it might be melancholy as I'm positive that is what my father would wear to the Louvre.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:05 AM) : 

okay, i too thought that woman on the left side of the first picture was a man. i resist, however, the idea that she ought to feel lesser in comparison to the very wealthy woman standing in ludicrous shoes. don't get me wrong, i think her whole outfit is wonderful and it would make my day if more people were that fanciful in their approach to fashion - but not at the expense of other people's feelings. people who embrace fashion should do so for themselves, and not to pose and not to intimidate or reduce others. personal style is just that, and it does not compensate for intellect, experience, humor, graciousness, compassion, etc. I read recently that in England, manicured nails imply that you have too much free time. applying that approach of effort=time, the subjects for many of these wonderful pictures have waaaaaay too much free time/nothing better to do, while the "pedestrian" woman must be very busy.
it ruins it for me when people treat fashion as a way to be superior. that's delusional.
that other woman is going about her business and did not ask to be featured on this blog for all to criticize.
is the model, ai tominaga, in picture 3 working, or on her own? if she's working, it feels misleading to present her as someone with great street style. if she's not working, she is fantastic!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:19 AM) : 

She looks really beautiful! I love this style!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:25 AM) : 

The woman on the first picture looks very elegant but stiff. The cowboy looks very happy and the girl on the last photo is incredibly beautiful and really knows how to wear her outfit.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:41 AM) : 

Lol, he's like a thorn between two beautiful roses.
The ladies look so in control of themselves. Great photos!


Blogger Asi Mod said ... (10:43 AM) : 

#1. Gorgeous jacket and love the drama in the collar and shoes. I can't believe nobody was looking at her in the photo.

#2. Cowboy in Paris?!?! Now I've seen it all!!

#3. Ai Tominaga -- GORGEOUS!


Blogger Jim Ryan IV said ... (10:52 AM) : 

Don't be melancholy if your father wears that to the Louvre. The iconic cowboy look has inspired tons of "fashionable" people, from Ralph Lauren to the gentleman in the "Style of Paris ... Texas" post from a couple of days ago.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:18 AM) : 

I think the man in the western wear has a look that is as put together and well considered as the ladies. In fact, his choices are far more radical and single-minded. Bravo to the gentleman! And why NOT wear that to The Louvre?


Blogger ricpic said ... (11:36 AM) : 

The top photo is right out of Weegee.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:41 AM) : 

The first woman looks obscenely tacky, with those huge, bug-eye sunglasses, perm, and perma-tan. Ick! Proof that money can't buy style.


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

The first one reminds me a little of the famous Diane Arbus photo of the crusty society ladies with their furs and tiaras, marching past the homeless people.


Blogger Deirdre said ... (11:47 AM) : 

Love the red dress versus the red sweater in the first picture. But the shoes the red dress woman is wearing -- they look outer space-ish. Not sure I like them.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:50 AM) : 

I love the cowboy! He looks so jolly. I'm only disappointed he didn't have a more pronounced crease down the front of his jeans!


Blogger Thomas said ... (11:51 AM) : 

You are simply amazing. The depth of field in the illustrator's (?) photo a few posts down is brilliant. And the middle picture here shows how open you are to finding good shots, not just the "right" shot or the "right" style.

I don't even know how you managed to snap that first shot.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:54 AM) : 

I think the average Jane in the top pic is thinking "how on earth does she walk in those things???"
Not keen on the fur sleeved dress at all - two fur patterns in one ensemble (the purse) are too much for me.
The cowboy - love him!! He looks like he'd be so much fun anywhere he went, telling good jokes and charming the ladies.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:59 AM) : 

The first woman reminds me of my friend's mother who is Greek. Her mother always looks so chic compared to most moms. I love this woman's strong posture. I want both women's outfits from head to toe, and I want to go riding with the cowboy, and then mosey on down to the local soda fountain with him for a scoop of ice cream.


Blogger Susana Rodrigues said ... (12:05 PM) : 

wow that lady in the first picture! amazing :)
I imagine Sarah Jessica Parker's character "Carrie" wearing something like that!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:05 PM) : 

The gentleman in the middle reminds me so much of my father that I just burst into tears at the office. It's a wonderful photograph, and a wonderful reminder that style is not necessarily fashion.


Blogger CC said ... (12:07 PM) : 

LOVE the top pic, her poise enhances the outfit's kick, the middle cowboy is just adorable and the bottom woman is really pretty. just pretty.


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

That third girl´s just gourgeous! What a smile, what legs. Pure perfection!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:23 PM) : 

i want to BE that woman in the first photo...sartorialist hat's off!! she looks like the female gordon gekko, exuding power and strength....and i love how it looks like somehow you caught her in the process of moving, and she stomped still just long enough for you to grab the shot!


Blogger The Spicers said ... (12:30 PM) : 

That first woman: talk about standing out in a crowd!! She's amazing.
And the last photo: fantastic fur sleeves!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:32 PM) : 

I'm always curious when I see women in belted coats like your first subject is wearing. Obviously, a beautiful statement, and very eye-catching, but what happens when you get where you're going? I don't think that belt is attached to the coat, and it just seems weird to me that you'd be buckling yourself into and out of it in front of a coat check.

I hope she doesn't plan on traipsing all over the Louvre in those shoes. The whole outfit just seems unwearable for the rest of us mortals.


Blogger G said ... (12:32 PM) : 

The women are great, but you gotta love the guy in the middle: "Je suis Americain? Americaine?" indeed. (Say it with a Texas accent). And who knows, he might be Texas rich and own a few 'lil''d be surprised.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:45 PM) : 

That woman at the top looks like she owns the world, and looking like that, maybe she should! A beautiful picture really, a step up once again Sart.



Blogger Lisa said ... (12:46 PM) : 

An eclectic mix of styles and people! I love it. The woman in Picture #1 is SO striking. I see her as a sartorial shimmer of sunshine atop a sea of (what looks like) tourists behind her.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:48 PM) : 

#3, isn't that Bruna Tenorio? If it is, she's stunning as ever.


Blogger Richie Designs said ... (12:50 PM) : 

That first woman is HOT HOT HOT. I love that women over the age of 30 are rockin it HARD!!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:50 PM) : 

What a stunner she is! Any idea who makes the dress?


Blogger Butch said ... (12:51 PM) : 

The lady in top shot is, sartorially speaking, wound more than a mite too tightly.

Nice combi-platter of dress approaches, though.


Blogger nanashi said ... (12:58 PM) : 

The lady in the third picture is Ai Tominaga indeed. I think she got prettier after she gave birth to her son, she looks more confident and happy, an added sense of glow to her face.

Her puffy sleeves must be difficult for anyone with an ordinary proportion but she managed to balance it well with her shoes and bags. Beautiful.


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

What a genuine and personal style! Quite fantastic!
And her slim lined hairstyle to, suits perfect to her square face form and lathy facial feature. Maybe the parting could be more to the left, but that she surely already try out.


Blogger Alicia said ... (1:32 PM) : 

THe first photo is just WOW. Those shoes are insane! THey're like those basketball shoes that are supposed to help your vertical, only in pumps! She's so refined. Love it.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (1:51 PM) : 

Look at the tourist woman on the left in the first photo. I love the look of realization on her face at how pedestrian she is in comparison.

That's awfully presumptuous. She might just as well be thinking how utterly ridiculous that woman looks.


Blogger Joanna Bolick said ... (1:55 PM) : 

The contrast between photo #1 and photo #2 makes me laugh!


Blogger BoatoLuxo said ... (2:04 PM) : 

I love the first photo too...
the posh lady....


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

Fabulous contrast in #1! I am always intimidated to wear my most fabulous clothing when everyone around me is in sweat pants and will make comments if I even wear a casual dress and flats. She is an inspiration! #3 is just lovely.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (2:10 PM) : 

WOW,where do you find all these people?The first lady really stands out from the crowd and in a not fun way.I like the old chap best cause he is real. The girl in pic. 3 looks odd.Her outfit is just too much of nothing.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (2:15 PM) : 

Actually, I believe #3 is Bruna Tenorio


Blogger PeaceSignWithChocolate said ... (2:35 PM) : 

I love the first and second photos. The woman looks so stereotypically European and the man so American. And he looks like a great sport, too. Funny that only in Paris could his style stand out as unique. Most places in the US he'd blend right in.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (2:36 PM) : 

Although the woman in the top photo is superb, I really love the woman, the hair, dress (?), and shoes in the last. The fur-trimmed sleeves are fab!


Blogger Thysz said ... (2:44 PM) : 

Hi Sart! Im extremely happy to see my most favorite model, Ai Tominaga in here! Whew! I kinda not expected that she would appear here specially because I think she's the really private type... But she is extremely glamourous and who could pull off those sleeves? My friend and I are ecstatic actually, since earlier you featured Agyness Deyn (his fave model) and now I got my wish! Haha! Thank you Sart for bringing the best style inspirations from around the globe. I actually think everytime i go out to work, "If the Sartorialist is in the street, will he ever shoot me?" ( then I throw the drab outfit out and change into something expressive and lively! ha!). keep it up!


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

when I think of France, I think of the wonderful woman in the first photo


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3:46 PM) : 

That cowboy is not from Paris. I'm guessing Texas or New Mexico. Those are the traditional style wranglers that cost about $20 and I doubt the shirt was much more. The hat on the other hand, was probably hand-made and rather expensive. But he probably wears it every day. It's funny - I see guys like this all the time and don't give it much thought. Put him in a different setting, however, and he'll really stand out.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (4:05 PM) : 

great mix! Love it!
big hugs from sweden


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (4:21 PM) : 

I find the woman in the first photo to be very striking, but I think her shoes are weird.


Blogger PRGirlLondon said ... (4:46 PM) : 

Her Shoe are NOT Weird. She is awesome. What a presence. LOVE both top and bottom shots. And the people around both models only add to the images.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (5:08 PM) : 

I think the woman in the left of the first photo is wondering how the other woman walks in her shoes. To call her 'pedestrian' (particularly when she's not aware she's the subject of a style critique) is downright insulting.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (5:25 PM) : 

I love that you take pictures of people of all ages. It just goes to show that you can have style no matter how what age.

Thanks for making my day.


Blogger dnqcnn said ... (5:29 PM) : 

oooh thats a very very very original dress!
people claim it's hard to look good in beige (or that type of color) but she's obviously not one of them, i love it!


Blogger Mónica said ... (5:34 PM) : 

I love the first pic, and how the woman in jeans is looking at the shoes...great pic


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (5:44 PM) : 

The woman in the 1st pic is so memorably dressed that I'll bet you snapped her pic on the one day a year she wears it. As for the shoes -- do they have cloven heels?
The whole thing reeks of pretension & affectation.


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

Great subjects and beautiful photos Sart, the first one is really exceptional. The contrast between her tall elegant presence and the crowd behind her is striking, I'm sure it was no accident either! And as somelse said, beautiful depth of field.


Blogger Saint Lexi said ... (6:04 PM) : 

in the first photo, she holds the whole world, doesn't she? every one around her disappears, is invisable and yet somehow there only to show they are smaller and less fabulous than her. maybe it is the confidence in her stance. maybe she just knows she owns the world. at least for that moment!



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

The woman in the first photo is fabulous. I agree with the commenters who noted that she looks as if she'd just arrived from another planet. A planet ruled by glamorous Amazons, at that.

And while the woman on the left didn't ask to be photographed and posted on a fashion blog for all the world to see, the contrast is simply too great to not comment on it. True, very few women can pull off the glamorous look of the woman in the center of that photo. But is that any reason to simply give up and fall to the woman on the left's level of slobbification? None of her clothes fit, and she doesn't even seem to be wearing a bra, for crying out loud. And she's hardly unique.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (8:36 PM) : 

I wonder if that old cowboy is old enough to have first visited Paris in 1944? My Dad has frequently returned to Europe to see places he flew over (or bombed) in '43-'45.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (9:00 PM) : 

i applaud her general boldness, but woman #1 could use some softness. she honestly looks over-produced and over-worked, from her fake nails to her crispy coif to her orange legs to the (unnatural?) stiffness in her face. there, i said it.

woman in the red sweater

(not really)


Blogger pearlaceous said ... (9:21 PM) : 

eioLove the last photo! The movement in the backround and her elegance. Love the fur sleeves, and her grainy dress dress.. Nice textures

The first photo is very voluminous from her coat to her hair, even her heels..


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:19 PM) : 

The Girl in the 3rd Picture is Ai Tominaga and NOT Bruna Tenorio. Bruna doesn't dress like that, she is a shirt and jeans girl.

I have seen Ai in the backstage of fashion shows and she always dresses well! kudos to her, not all SUPERMODELS dress well


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:51 PM) : 

#1-Way to much time. #2- Doesn't cut it for me. What's wrong with art criticism?


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

i am positive that's Ai Tominaga. the ears tell all.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3:22 AM) : 

im amazed by how the lady in e 1st pic balances herself.


Blogger Pistachio Of Liberty said ... (6:29 AM) : 

My father, who did western art before Parkinsons hit, had some paintings selected for a show at the Louvre in 1976, "Americans In Paris". I love that you have brought back this memory for me!

And ditto that the other people - the busy ones - though literally pedestrians, are likely to have led a life as worthy of our interest as a fashion plate.


Blogger Unknown said ... (9:34 AM) : 

I think Victoria Beckham will look like woman number 1 in 20 years time. I don't know if this is a good thing or not.

And I love cowboy man, he looks like a jolly sort. I think it just goes to show how important context is. Maybe he wouldn't stand out in some states, but crikey he does in Paris!

The diversity of your vision is so enriching!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (4:02 PM) : 

The cowboy is the real charmer in this trio. I bet the people of Paris were totally in love with him.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:18 PM) : 

The first picture actually is quite funny.This madame with everything trimmed to it´s best promenading on the street and then suddenly this elderly American? tourist alongside her on the left being caught by surprise in the same picture.It would be interesting to know what she was thinking at that moment...


Blogger blyger said ... (1:38 AM) : 

Why can't everyone be secure within themselves?


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

Your eye for the intentionally fashionable and the ironically fashionable is as keen as ever. The unsuspecting 'Cowboy' tourist fits right in with the ultra-self conscious subjects above and below. Bravo.


Blogger Lola A said ... (9:49 PM) : 

the man with the cowboy hat made me smile.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (2:53 PM) : 

I love ai tominaga...i met her at a go-see and absolutely breathtaking!!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3:52 AM) : 

i love them all, but i must admit, the cowboy is my by-far favorite. he is a breath of fresh air in the middle of all of these almost-overwhelmingly-chic fashion week (month) pics. i'd been thinking in recent days how excited i will be to see you get back to NYC, back to photographing the real street people... not that i don't love the fashionistas but i can only take so much of them.

but anyway - out of all of these, with the cowboy, i instantly wanted to know everything about him - where's he from? what does he do? what's he up to in paris? what does he think of paris? how do people there react to him? and on and on... this to me is a GREAT style picture.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (1:48 AM) : 

my my.. the third picture was breathtaking, truly.


Blogger Unknown said ... (5:31 PM) : 

the cowboy is unexpected...i love it!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (6:33 AM) : 

The first woman looks so refined and elegant. It may be a bit formal, but it is stunning none-the-less! I find that older people usually look more stylish in formal clothes.


Blogger Unknown said ... (10:55 AM) : 

I love the cowboy! I see him as a hard-working guy who has finally saved enough money and has the time, because he's either retired or found someone to take over the ranch for a few weeks, to take the trip of his dreams. His clothes are clean and pressed and I'll bet he's not wearing running shoes.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (2:52 PM) : 

a cowboy in paris?? :) this photo is art to me. great portrait.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:03 PM) : 

I am so touched by your first two photos and their subjects. Universal and ageless. The joie de vivre of the gentleman and the elongated elegance of the lady perfect. Thank you Especially love the gentleman. He reminds me of all wonderful gentlemen in the American south and southeast.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (8:52 PM) : 

great photo of the super model Ai Tominaga! she looks even better off the t-stage!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (6:33 PM) : 

I know the first woman. She dresses like that almost everyday. She is so lovely and pleasant to talk to and has such a killer sense of style.


Blogger Paige said ... (2:22 PM) : 

Sart, i can't thank you enough for the gentleman in the Western wear! What an eye you have. brilliant selection of people. The cowboy most certainly has his own sense of style, which is more important than fashion anyway.
As a Texan and a lover of fashion, this picture had the same effect on me as when i was studying abroad in Madrid and came across a pick-up truck in front of a high end store... tears of joy!


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