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Tuesday, January 15, 2008

On the Street....Milanese Woman

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Blogger 'The Rock Inc' said ... (12:17 PM) : 

I guess I can use the word 'adorable' on this old lady.
She's got style man!


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

This is wonderful. Following The Sartorialist for a year, this is the first time I am compelled to comment. Great portrait.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:29 PM) : 

I'm sorry, but seriously, what's the point with this photo? I'm sure there's a ton of nice outfits to shoot at Pitti Uomo, no?


Blogger Cipher said ... (12:32 PM) : 

I can see where Miuccia Prada gets her inspiration.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:36 PM) : 

I love people like this. You get the impression that she did not spend an hour in front of the mirror picking out her outfit. Instead, style is just a part of her character. What a fashionable lady


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:49 PM) : 

Go Granny go. Nice picture.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (1:11 PM) : 

This photo perfectly sums up why this blog is so popular. The photo captures everything that is great about fashion. First and foremost, fashion is for everyone as underlined by this classic Milanese signora. Who else would show off a pensionata, yet ironically it's the pensionata who looks most beautiful to me and many others!!



Anonymous Anonymous said ... (1:33 PM) : 

Beautiful individual style -- at any age! That's one hip elderly lady.


Blogger Susan B said ... (1:45 PM) : 

Look at the care she's taken with her scarf. I want to sit down at a cafe with her and hear about her life.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (1:53 PM) : 

Now this lady is styling! Love the coat and especially love the handbag - I say handbag, because that's exactly what she's carrying. No over the top IT bag for her!


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

Sart, do you know anything about this wonderful woman? She must be the matriarch of a business family (it is Milan, after all.) but, what kind of business?


Blogger Jamie Welsh Watson said ... (2:15 PM) : 

Thank you for including one of our elders. It helps to click on the picture to enlarge it, so you can see the details of her hat, scarf, earrings & gloves. Lovely.


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



Blogger Alice Olive said ... (2:52 PM) : 

Accessories. So important. Always.


Blogger Mervis said ... (2:57 PM) : 

beautiful palette of colors and textures. and i don't even hate her shoes!


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

I bet she has worn some great shoes in the past!
Still in style, but comfortable, a joy of old age.


Blogger Jenny said ... (4:11 PM) : 

she (and everything about her) is the perfect size and shape. . . and her mouth is the focal point of this photo for me. . . commanding and stoic but with a comfortable in her own skin sort of ease as well, it matches her stance.


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

My guess is that this lady would have been very flattered to get photographed but nonetheless, like a true Milano lady, she gave the photographer a nice dose of nonchalance. Love it!!!

she looks good too!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (4:38 PM) : 

Wonderful picture of an older woman who takes the time to put herself together. I see many women like her on the upper west side of manhattan going about their daily errands and I always think "I hope I have the (mental and physical) energy when I am older to continue caring about my personal style". She looks great!


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

My renter is the same - a 94 old lady which is still in perfect style - every single day! Make Up, accessoiries, white/black dotted outfits and a turban which has been seen on PRADA fashion show 07.
I wish I will be that stylish and chic when I'll be at her age!!


Blogger saray said ... (5:23 PM) : 



Blogger Topham Beauclerk said ... (5:46 PM) : 

This really is a great picture of a woman who knows what she's about. But "joy of old age," and "adorable"? I think not . . . She's not someone to mess with in the slightest!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (5:48 PM) : 

@cipher: you couldn't be more right than this.
Prada style finds its roots into old milan-fashion-style.
For 'old milan style' I mean up to the 50's and the 60's.
More than italian, Prada is 'milanese', and this wonderful granny has two typical old milan-style things: the short fur and the round furry-hat.
So lovely.. she seems my granny, wearing the same way.


Blogger Anne Corrons said ... (5:52 PM) : 

Italien women are always so chic!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (6:01 PM) : 

12:29 PM. Ahem, my sincerest apologies, but lighten up.

This elegant woman would add gravitas to Pitti. From whence do you think "fashionable" people receive their sense of fashion? If that sense is truly and deeply rooted in their inner being, then perhaps from parents and grandparents who took great care in their public appearance.

Her sense of a subdued color palette is extraordinary. Browns, black, dark green and blue. The u-tip suede derbys, brown handbag, nummy warm-looking marrone gloves and ivory tights are a playful combination. Her black watch kilt/skirt matches so well with the shoes and accessories (tasteful scarf and lovely earrings). One only wonders what kind of top she was wearing under her coat (ivory or tan cashmere perhaps)? The kilt picks up the black and dark blue hues of the coat. The fur coat and matching hat are stunning in their combined sense of casual-about-town, while still remaining formal (I don't really have a prob with fur. Sorry). The sterling handle on her walking stick is sartorial brilliance. This is a matriarch among woman who takes great care in her public appearance. Good eye Scott. Brilliant photo. I wonder if she was off to Peck to shop for dinner. Cheers, Tim in Tokyo


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (6:57 PM) : 

i guess i could forgive the fur in this case...vintage all round. kekekeke

seriously great pic, i and a legion of others will see the point of this inclusion. pity anon 12.29 doesnt. their loss however (sartorial (adjective): of or pertaining to clothing or style or manner of dress: sartorial splendor.)


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (7:04 PM) : 

As a whole, she looks very elegant but the pleated plaid skirt/white tights combo has a definite schoolgirl connotation - very odd to see on an elderly lady.


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

It's great to see so many older women in your blog recently and I notice how many comments they receive, mostly so respectful and admiring. It's very empowering for us in our 60s, so thank you everyone!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (9:26 PM) : 

I especially like the earrings.


Blogger Bader Alhejailan said ... (9:49 PM) : 



Blogger Kanani said ... (10:04 PM) : 

The shoes.
I love the shoes. They show grounding and that she knows who she is, and that she doesn't really care what anyone thinks. This is style, confidence and grace. And of course, there is much more to love and it's already been pointed out.

What I'm tired of is the aging process being dismissed as a curse in the way of botox, nips and tucks. I'm tired of mothers trying to out do their young daughters in looks and silhouette and of bought cleavage being seen as an accessory.

With all that time spent on dealing with such things, how is someone ever to sort through those introspective moments that will help them age with grace such as this woman?


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:38 PM) : 

to anon 12:29pm,

Take a 'drop-dead' pill.

It's called a portrait; in this particular case of dignity in age.

That's the 'style factor' here.

We should all only hope to live so long, with nearly as much.

Not everything has to be about fashion worship... ogling the latest import wearing 'short-pants' with stripped socks and a fucking ascot.


Blogger GH said ... (10:52 PM) : 

This is a perfect example of the value of this blog. This little old lady, seen on the street, would be ignored by most of us. She is old, she is dressed apropriately, she is neither outrageous nor in style. But The Sartorialist sees something we don't see, and asks us to slow down and look-- seriously--and examine her as an individual, rather than as a familiar type. When look for beauty we find it.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:23 PM) : 

SUmmer clothes are about attitude and physical body, while the building of layers shows the creative personality in building a shape.
I love and appreciate your photos as you see the person who wears the clothes as being the artist who creates the overall look.



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

I was in Venice during the holidays, and practically every woman over 60 was wearing this outfit. EXACTLY the same outfit. Fur coat, Hermes Kelly or Louis Vuitton bag, simple tights and shoes, and optional cane. I'd like to say that it became an annoying sight, but it was rather charming until the very end. I especially like seeing four or five of these luxurious ladies within the same vaporetto.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:01 AM) : 

Sart: Are you sure she understood why and where her picture would end ?


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

She looks so much like my grandmother than I lost this fall. That expression and the furs. And just like in the picture, she knew how to wear it well, perhaps without even knowing it.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:24 PM) : 

i love the small details in her style. the scarf is beautiful, and the detailing even on the handle of her cane is elegant.
this is a solid outfit i can only hope to put together when i am her age!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (2:26 PM) : 

I wear white tights every morning I decide to make it a special day. I think she is preparing for a special day. Yet, what makes her more remarkable than me, or by extension the twenty-and-something year old girl, is the fact that, at her age, she is still preparing for special days.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3:47 PM) : 

She IS adorable!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (6:49 PM) : 

This is what it means to be inspired by someone's personal style. I saw this picture, and although this woman is probably 50 years older than I am, I immediately started planning an outfit for tomorrow that, hopefully, will capture the same spirit as this woman's coat/scarf combination. Beautiful photo.


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



Blogger Kat Walks said ... (7:34 PM) : 

she's my style guru


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (9:44 PM) : 

What I love about this photo is that if you look at it from only the waist up, she looks very dignified, regal, strong and proud, almost intimidating...but then when you scroll down and see this kilt and tiiiny little legs in white tights, and realize how small she must be under that large fur adds a sense of vulnerability and just makes me go awwwww and miss my grandmother.


Blogger claire l said ... (11:26 PM) : 

Love that even at her age, she still pulls out the stylin' looks.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:06 AM) : 

OK, so she's wearing a scarf with fur and a somewhat funny looking hat... is it me or do I not get it? I think the white leggings are jarring and frankly, there's not a lot of interest to this look. Sorry, granny!


Blogger deborah said ... (6:22 AM) : 

She's cute! I like the pleated skirt and white stockings, she definitely pulls that off nicely.


Blogger discotheque confusion said ... (7:20 AM) : 

And this is how I shall look at her age.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3:55 PM) : 

the first time I have commented. this picture is wonderful. this lady looks so stylish and dignified, and really quite terrifying! hats off to Sart - what a great eye.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:31 PM) : 

If I can be half that stylish when I'm older, I'll be a happy girl.


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

I like the fact that she is older and not wearing pastels,sweatshirts with kitties or white sneakers!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (4:01 PM) : 

Put this lady on the runway. She's all about true style!


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

FABULOUS outfit! at any age.


Blogger mjaneb said ... (5:04 PM) : 

I hope I am this rockin and beautiful one day.


Blogger Angela R Miller said ... (7:15 PM) : 

If a dose of practicality (shoes & stockings) allows you to feel elegant (rich feeling fur), carpe diem.


Anonymous Megan said ... (6:24 AM) : 

for too many of us old mean decrepit. I hope when I'm this age, like this lady, I can look into a wardrobe it's taken a life to amass and feel more stylish than I've ever felt. x


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