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Saturday, September 06, 2008

On the Street.....Fay, NYC

I hope you recognize Fay from this London shot I took back in May - because I didn't.
When I took this shot I had no idea that the bowtie-collar-dickie was an accessory.
To me, that is truly inventive and a great, low-cost way to change up lots of different looks.

Now I am curious to see what she has up her sleeve for the rest of the week (no pressure Fay)

Comments on "On the Street.....Fay, NYC"


Blogger Carolina Lange said ... (9:23 AM) : 

She has such an unique style!


Blogger thingorjus said ... (9:31 AM) : 

I love Fay's bag. Where can I get one just like it?

I also think Fay looks adorable in the second photo. Her hair is very chic, very young and fresh. The hair and the black bowtie make the outfit work.



Blogger indigo warrior said ... (9:41 AM) : 

I'm going to be honest here - sometimes I look at fashion and wonder how the people wearing it can keep a straight face. I don't understand a grown person wearing a 'romper' like the one in the top picture. The under two set, though, that's a different story. What am I missing? And don't even tell me it's a sense of humor.


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

WOW. She definitely knows how to work a look.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:06 AM) : 

What a wonderful idea for an accessory!
I had always wondered whether these could be worn outside of a black tie event, but as I am only fifteen I have only ever seen my father wearing one, and he is a very classically stylish man who rarely moves off the traditional path. However, Fay has taught us all not to ignore the dickie and to embrace it as a new neckpiece!
Mr Sartorialist, have you ever considered visiting Australia? Particularly Perth, we are the fastest growing city in Australia at the moment, but unfortunately we are also the most isolated city on earth! But we do have some beautifully dressed people and some incredible local labels who are taking an international stance such as Aurelio Costarella and One Fell Swoop.
Happy travelling Mr Sartorialist,



Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:06 AM) : 

Wow - Fay is one cool hot chick! Is she a stylist or designer?


Blogger Miguel said ... (10:08 AM) : 

Wow! So beautiful. It's all I have to say.


Blogger Susanna-Cole King said ... (10:12 AM) : 

Wow she has superb style! :)


Blogger RichardWhitter said ... (10:18 AM) : 

(no pressure Fay): streaming_LOL'z

BOTH looks are great!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:23 AM) : 

The "shirt" in the NY shot is different - it's made of/from finer material (also, in the London shot, you can see that the shirt she's wearing is fuller/thicker/wider), so I'm guessing she cut up a different shirt/blouse and then simply used the bow tie (again!) as an accessory.

Either way, great style!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:27 AM) : 


I love how versatile she seems to be, taking the same accesory and using it as a center piece in two completely different outfits.



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

love the second photo's dress


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

Fay is one of my favorite people that you have shot :). Very creative.


Blogger Dan in Richmond said ... (10:56 AM) : 

Yes she is inventive. I thought the London look was flawless. This one is a bit riskier. In the end this one fails (just barely) for me because I can't get "art student" out of my mind.It's a little too self-consciously wacky. I do admire her creativity- see, this is even beginning to sound like an art school critique. Okay, I do like it (I wonder if she is in art school?)


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

oooh pretty, i love her bag, does anyone know where it's from?


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:14 AM) : 

I appreciate the fact that she makes her outfit so full of personality and fun. The romper could have gone in the direction of too revealing - but the way she paired it with the tights and what might be her constant accessory of the collar the outfit becomes a unique thoughtful statement perfect for fashion week!


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

The dickie thing is cute, but I'm not so sure about the whole outfit--to me, it looks too costumey and impractical. If it's hot enough for bare shoulders, isn't it too hot for heavy black tights?


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:49 AM) : 

The fashion week outfit feels so costumey ... I prefer the London b&w look - still stylish, very individual, very chic, but also wearable and approachable. In bryant park she looks like a circus burlesque hipster.


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

nice.. really individual


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:15 PM) : 

First shot: As a costume for a dance number from a Broadway musical, sure. As streetwear -- um, no. Looks like she got lost on her way to rehearsal.

Second shot: Playful and interesting. Not something I could wear to the office -- not sure exactly where it would fit in -- but strangely it all seems to go together. Better still without the oversized flowered bag. The purity of just black and white is enough.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:16 PM) : 

It's not only what's she's wearing, but the way she's waring it. That outfit on some people I know would be hard to take serious.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:20 PM) : 

that is bloody stylish. great shot too!


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



Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:30 PM) : 

What's her profession? She looks like a hostess to me. She's the kind of girl that can pull almost any look off i guess... pretty face, slim and a cocky attitude. I'd like to listen to her thoughts about her style.


Blogger beths said ... (12:37 PM) : 

The London shot is still lovely, but the latest NYC ensemble is far too precious for my taste. Nevertheless, I always enjoy seeing people have fun with their clothes, a need the Sart blog fulfills for me!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:37 PM) : 

Maybe I just don't understand fashion, but I don't like the collar, it is just if she trying too much to be ... creative and different, which she is, but, for me, at the same time, bit tasteless.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (1:13 PM) : 

She looks like she's walking on a rope in a circus...I'm sorry, I just don't get it, it seems all wrong.


Blogger Chi-Chi and the Greek Vintage said ... (1:15 PM) : 


love it!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (1:15 PM) : 

Brilliant, she's like just walked out from a fashion magazine... I really love the first one, although I feel the shoulder bag gave too much points overall...


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (1:16 PM) : 

Thumbs up for the bow-tie collar, did she make it herself? It looks pretty anyway, even though I do not approve of the outfit.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (1:20 PM) : 

creative and silly.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (1:22 PM) : 

Aw, Sartorialist, Fay is fabulous but that first look is not workin' for me. It seems somehow costumey.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (1:23 PM) : 

I love it. She is just so lovely! And where can I get that collar?


Blogger Troy N. said ... (1:26 PM) : 

long live Audrey Hepburn takes; outstanding.


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

Wow! Very cool lady. I like it.


Blogger Rebecca Lydia said ... (1:56 PM) : 

hot damn! what a lady. i wish i had the confidence to put together and pull off outfits like that. i feel inspired by these shots, maybe coming cooler weather will let me be free.

lastly, her shoes are awesome in the bottom picture.

love, beck


Blogger Maggie May said ... (2:19 PM) : 

how perfect that her name is Fay, and she is Alice in Wonderland, or Fay in New York City, so interesting to look at, in a way i would never do but am glad other people do, because i get to look at it...


Blogger ricola said ... (2:38 PM) : 

Girl's got moxie.


Blogger Cassaundra said ... (2:46 PM) : 

she is lovely - with inventive style.


Blogger said ... (2:56 PM) : 

I'm not a fan of her style, but I recognize that she is very creative and does great things with it.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3:04 PM) : 

Perhaps the bow tie is her trademark like Alber's? Will she be sporting it all week?


Blogger Jessica said ... (3:10 PM) : 

Well, she certainly has a sense of personal style. It's not one I would ever choose . . .

But on pure technical merit, I imagine that is really quite difficult to consistently say, "circus performer influenced," or "high-carny style" without ever looking like you just got off the bus from Burningman. Points for that, definitely.


Blogger mgi said ... (3:31 PM) : 

high five for Fay and the mindful camera.


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

love it. love her hair too


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

I'm sorry. She just looks so sad in the first picture. I don't know why.


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

What the...? You've GOT to be kidding, right?


Blogger Jack Daniel said ... (4:32 PM) : 

wow, nice pictures!

finally something fresh.


Blogger Hannah Stephenson said ... (4:57 PM) : 

Life is a cabaret, old chum...

Really, she's captured that look perfectly. She could even pull off a spit curl or two.

She is so striking, and what a strange/cool way to accessorize.


Blogger Teena Vallerine said ... (5:11 PM) : 

Cabaret meets Doris Day! I love that the shirt front is frayed not hemmed. Just all ingenious. t.x


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (5:43 PM) : 

I consider myself to be open-minded about style and previously commented favorably on her first look. I have looked closely at this picture, trying to find something positive in it....she wears the hat well, and I appreciate the repetition of black throughout the outfit. But for the most part, I badly dislike this. The romper is just awful in many ways, but I particularly dislike childish looks on women. And it seems that the dickey has raw edges, as if it was just cut out of shirt with a not-too-sharp pair of scissors. Maybe someone else can say something to convince me otherwise...


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (5:47 PM) : 

Whoa, I love this. Very eccentric.


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

i don't think it's a looks like she cut it into a dickie - super fab though!


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

wow now this is what the sartorialist is all about!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (6:41 PM) : 

she looks like a hipster playboy bunny. i think this look is just stupid. also, onesies like these belong on infants.


Blogger Unknown said ... (6:42 PM) : 

This is just brilliant. I love how quirky her look is... an innovative approach to retro x


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (6:45 PM) : 

So Tove Jansson-esque!


Blogger Austin.Garnett said ... (6:51 PM) : 

i like the b/w look better, but she does well.


Blogger miss fashion said ... (6:55 PM) : 

i absolutely love the first look.

come look at my blog:


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

How interesting that a lot of the same pieces are present in both shots - the shoes, tights, dickie accessory, bag - and yet she looks like two totally different people. The creativity and bold individuality is inspiring.


Blogger Unknown said ... (7:26 PM) : 

That bowtie-collar-dickie is brilliant! I'm dizzy with imagining the possibilities for it. Wonderful idea!


Blogger meredith said ... (8:41 PM) : 

Now this is why I want to live in New York; I'd love to see people really express their personalities in what they wear. Your photo even makes her DHL bag look like a well chosen accessory.


Blogger zerzanfan said ... (8:49 PM) : 

Are we going to the circus?


Blogger Yellow Vespa Guy said ... (8:49 PM) : 

I wish I was in NYC right now. I miss home.


Blogger NY Spender said ... (9:43 PM) : 

Dear Sartorialist,

I got her first! ;)

She was my fashion disaster for this week:Cool or Fool?


Blogger LIO said ... (10:10 PM) : 

Bravi! Many aspects to appreciate. I disagree with the term romper. Is it possibly a vintage bathing suit she has sewn black buttons to and belted? I am awed by the completeness of her look. From the hat to the stockings. That she is wearing this on the street with such poise is enviable. Yay Fay!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:50 PM) : 

To tell you the truth...i actually like the "original" Fay than the "progressive" Fay. but i admire her creativeness with the signature bow-tie and colorful monogrammed bag.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:12 PM) : 

Not only the girl and the bowtie are the same. Also the shoes, the bag, and I bet the black jacket she's carrying, too. And probably (what's left of) the white shirt. That's the kind of talent in admire most in truly stylish people: the ability to achieve totally different and creative results with limited resources, instead of simply asking 'where can I get those [shoes/bag/shades/whatever]'. I don't like her most recent look, but that's completely irrelevant.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:34 PM) : 

It's not for me. I'd be embarrassed to walk around in outfits like the first one.


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

UGLLLYYYY! sometimes i think people think they HAVE to like something even though it's crap and they would never wear it.


Blogger pasboqfjat said ... (12:40 AM) : 

I saw when the photo of Fay was posted months ago and it struck me as brilliant. Her hair and demeanor in the look exuded all that embodies chic. I love the direction fashion is going right now, toying with the boundaries of masculine and feminine. Fay's London look encapsulates that beautifully. However, her New York look doesn't quite do it for me. It borders on the costumey. Actually, I think it goes there. All I can see is the Playboy bunny costume as I look at her New York look. Another thing I love about fashion now is its reinvention. Everyone agrees that the 80s are back with a vengeance, but with modern alterations. I love where Fay is going with her look, but, and it's hard to believe, she's not going far enough. The silhouette belongs to Hugh Hefner. The look would have looked amazing had she been wearing perhaps a high-waisted pant. There are several things she could have done, but the problem for me is that she looks like a Playboy Bunny going to a garden party. However, I LOVE Fay, and her ability to work very creative looks.


Blogger Gina Marie said ... (2:51 AM) : 

I guess I'd like to respond to all the circus people... some of us like our outfits to be a little costumey, but I feel like it's almost a dirty word in fashion. Isn't that, though, what high fashion and couture is all about? And that's considered the height of glamour.

Okay, I admit it, I work in theater and am imagining writing a character based on this girl's style. BUT! That does not change the fact that I still think these two outfits just WORK.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (2:55 AM) : 

Two great pictures to contrast. In the second one, she is wearing the clothes while in the first one the clothes are wearing her.

Also it is not the same cut up white collar with a clip on bow tie in both pictures. In the second you can see the shirt underneath is wider than the handmade "dickie" in the first.

The first picture is far too costumey, it's a great look for fashion week where she want to be photographed and get noticed but outside of that and the party scene, this outfit would not work in most settings.


Blogger hemoglobin said ... (4:13 AM) : 

i heart~~ her!!
shes terribly stylish and funky(without being frumpy)


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (4:56 AM) : 

errmmm, eccentric? yes. flattering? no.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (5:18 AM) : 

how cool she is
there should be more speciaal people


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

I prefer the London Mary Poppins look with the flat shoes and fun socks. That bag is a great accessory - it will complement so many different looks.


Blogger Unknown said ... (8:03 AM) : 

I love the anonymous comment that says she looks like hipster playboy bunny and implies this is a *bad thing* - are you kidding? What a fabulous concept!


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

The bag has the same "I love you" colorful pattern that my stroller has. The stroller I am referring to is a MacLaren limited edition Lulu Guinness. So I guess the bag is either a stroller accessory, or something by Lulu Guinness herself.


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

I follow this blog for the inspiration I often find here. But get-ups like this last one, although reflecting creativity and confidence I suppose, offer nothing to me.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:30 AM) : 

I usually respond badly to this kind of romping around, but in the case of Fay I make an exception. Her wit is so well grounded in a knowledge of style, and she is so beautiful that, like Picasso, she can do no wrong!


Blogger noe said ... (11:55 AM) : 

This looks like a nightgown my grandmother wears to sleep, sans the bowtie and bag. She's beautiful but this costume does not flatter her, I honestly don't see the beauty in this. I refuse to believe NY streets can't provide stylish people to photograph.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:56 PM) : 

Her best features are (1) the way she carries herself - subtle confidence and (2) her haircut - genius. The London look, as someone else observed, is very Mary Poppins-eske but still playful enough. I am sorry to say that I don't find the NYC look a success. This 'barboteuse' is better left to toddlers, or if she MUST wear it, it should have been better tailored. If anything, it makes her legs look short. Not very flattering on HER. It's possible to look playful and gamine, but this is not it. Nevertheless, I can appreciate someone stepping out of the norm. I just think she can do better.


Blogger deanna said ... (1:01 PM) : 

i LOVE that top outfit. sure, it's circus-y and costume-y, but in my book that only adds points. i couldn't pull it off, but Fay finesses it. We need people who don't play it safe with their clothing - they make a simple walk down the street a much more interesting prospect.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (1:35 PM) : 

I am going to echo a lot of the comments on here, and say that while I adored Fay's first outfit from a few months ago, I really don't like this one. As it was mentioned, I suppose the first outfit was unique yet approachable, whereas this look is unique and iconoclastic. She is somehow cold in her boldness.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (1:47 PM) : 

I see NY Spender got her first:)


Blogger Unknown said ... (3:08 PM) : 

most of us dress with a 'measured' sense of adventure everyday. fashion week is an amalgamation of creative professionals.. stimulating and electric... where the purpose is to stretch conventions. so why not go the extra mile?
i particularly like the combination of the same accessories with different outfits- she uses her imagination well, and is wonderfully comfortable with herself.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (4:51 PM) : 

In the first picture, it looks like she's trying too hard. it doesn't look particularly comfortable with a belt that you'd have to adjust to make sure it stays in place, and a romper that looks like it would easily slide down, unless she'd sewn it to the...whatever you call that white strip of leftover shirt.

She obviously put some effort into this and it still looks sloppy.

Don't people realize that fashion can be alienating? Why would you want to present yourself in such a way? So you can feel like you're better than them? Eccentricity for eccentricity's sake is not that interesting to me. It's just gimmicky.

The second photo is infinitely more flattering! She managed to carve out a look for herself which is distinct and strong yet not obnoxious.


Blogger Kat Walks said ... (4:55 PM) : 

she is too good to be true


Blogger Robert said ... (4:56 PM) : 

The first style looks like something straight out of post-impressionism. The second: urban gardner.


Blogger 1234 said ... (7:13 PM) : 

i love how she looks in the first photo!


Blogger Aphophenic said ... (7:46 PM) : 

For the top photo, I really like how the framing is a bit off center and there's all this space and background behind her. It gives a sense of motion, drama and performance. Although the outfit is a bit costumey, it's really fun. Reminds me of a summertime cabaret if it were outdoors.


Blogger Karina said ... (10:33 PM) : 

Ooooh, ouch - on the romper photo.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:57 PM) : 

I really admire when someone can use a simple accessory to determine the end result of an outfit. She did it so well you don't even recognize any similarities between the two looks at first. Genius!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (2:19 AM) : 

Nice haircut. Personal look. Nice.


Blogger clareassiral said ... (3:36 AM) : 

that girl's got impeccable taste and style! very whimsically chic


Blogger Irene said ... (4:17 AM) : 

Oh no!In the second picture she's managed better, though.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (5:57 AM) : 

At first glance I assumed Fay was a street performer. She is divinely gorgeous. Doll like. In the first picture it looks as though she is not wearing a real dicky but in fact a cut up shirt! I like her naive talent and inventiveness. It makes me wistful and bored with my workaday attire.


Blogger Alice Olive said ... (9:39 AM) : 

Indeed! Love her long, long legs.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (9:57 AM) : 

Delightfully hideous. There's enough boring tastefulness to go round. Fay gives us something to look at.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:36 AM) : 

Wow. Judging by all the naysayers, punk seems to have never happened in some quarters. Lighten up, you squares--you sound like bumpkins.


Blogger PunkiMeowMeow said ... (11:27 AM) : 

I love individuals who express themselves through the way they dress. She has the confidence to pull it off. FABULOUS!!! Love it!


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

I feel a little torn over these images. Of course, she is beautiful and her bold style suggests a creative, exuberant mind. But these seem very much like clothes for children to me. I would like to know if she feels she is taken seriously when dressing this way--but then, maybe she doesn't care about that.

In the end, I have to be in favor of experimentation and risk-taking with style, so props to Fay!


Blogger Keiler said ... (4:26 PM) : 

It doesn't really matter whether it works or not, it would be fun to see what she wears every day. It's more about art & entertainment than looking "good."


Blogger Jess said ... (5:59 PM) : 

She has such a great sense of style! I love the colour palette in the first shot.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:20 PM) : 

I think Fay needs a fan club! She can really pull off some daring looks and she does it SO well!!!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (8:05 AM) : 

Brillant!! She works it like ONLY she can, thats why it looks so good!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (8:31 AM) : 

the epitome of the St.Martins student! maybe unique in the US but in east London this 'crazy thrown together' look is rife and sadly comical!
London pic slightly better but still trying too hard.. sorry!


Blogger doodle girl said ... (1:43 PM) : 

she is excellent and i would like to see more. i love her blazer.


Blogger pearlaceous said ... (2:30 PM) : 

She's very creative indeed! Love the way she wore socks and stockings in the second pic, great idea! How she wore the same collar piece in such different ways is enlightening..


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3:04 PM) : 

there's style, and then there is trying too hard.

i dont think people should wear something to the point where it's a signature.

we get it. you cut up shirts.

move on.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (9:40 AM) : 

Meh, she looks like every other artschool hipster on a night out.

I do appreciate the effort, but... dunno, it's not beautiful.


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

She's absolutely beautiful. I think her style is marvelous - ignore all these nay-sayers, Fay. You're fabulous!

I'm going to feature her on my Sunday Showcase Seven on my blog, to be posted on Sunday. All credit to you, of course!


Blogger Brian said ... (4:05 PM) : 

That outfit screams "PAY ATTENTION TO ME"


Blogger Lyralie said ... (4:32 PM) : 

I love it. It's a total Katy Perry-80s inspired look, from her ray-bans to her romper.

Fearless and fierce.


Blogger Ryan said ... (11:33 PM) : 

Fay is a model and formerly a student of Parsons. As long as I've known her she's had an incredible sense of personal style. Good find, Sart.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (7:43 PM) : 

It's like she's from a pop-out book.. very cool


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (5:04 AM) : 

The exposed romper looks strange to me. Too exposed.

It doesnt compliment the rest of her outfit... a bit of an Aggyness Deyne look~

It looks like she is going to a costume party .. but for an Aggyness that would be when she is "best dressed"


Blogger MorganeKS said ... (9:46 AM) : 

I love her outfit!
Très joli!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (8:35 PM) : 

mad points for being confident enough to wear what every you want. and i thhink that this is a woman who could wear a garbage bag and make everyone believe in it. ...but because one can doesn't mean that they should.


Blogger jimster said ... (10:00 PM) : 

leshner, you beautiful girl


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