This page has moved to our new address, If you're not redirected within a few seconds, please click below. If you still have issues, please clear your cache and try again.

The Bold Shoulder, Paris


Rss Feed


Assignment Photography and Syndication



This entire site ⓒ 2005-2011 The Sartorialist. All of the photographs herein, unless otherwise noted, are copyrighted by the photographer. No part of this site, or any of the content contained herein, may be used or reproduced in any manner whatsoever without express permission of the copyright holder(s).


Friday, November 21, 2008

The Bold Shoulder, Paris

Comments on "The Bold Shoulder, Paris"


Blogger Brigadeiro said ... (8:12 AM) : 

Wow! Incredibly sculptural!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (8:14 AM) :
Couldn't stand them in the 80s, won't start liking them now, sorry.


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

Hi Sart.,

I guess it is a sign of aging when you stop saying 'look what's in fashion' and begin saying 'look what's BACK in fashion.' Mega-shoulders are back. Wow. (It's actually depressing, but lets not be too grumpy).



Anonymous Anonymous said ... (8:39 AM) : 

I love the woman with the trench coat ... so chic ... dig those crazy toe boots!


Blogger The Clever Pup said ... (8:45 AM) : 

Sorry, I'm going to say it but 2 of these 4 would benefit from a better hair cut and make-up application. The shoulder's aren't going to make any difference.


Blogger Unknown said ... (8:46 AM) : 

That trench coat is wild, I love it.

I like the mix of patterns on the guy with the big scarf.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (8:48 AM) : 

Why would you want to walk around inside a black coffin... and to the lady in the "sculpted neck trench" please do not ruin yourself with those shoes!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (8:57 AM) : 

no no no no no no no to the first picture. the rest are tolerable.


Blogger okso said ... (9:04 AM) : 

oh holy god, cameltoe shoes. please, no. who comes up with these ideas?? but i can see the start of another debate here LOL.

woman number 3 is nice, the silhouette works. nice fall to the skirt. i wanna be like her when i grow up.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (9:08 AM) : 

These are all so inspiring. Where do you get the silver booties?


Blogger wilsonreps said ... (9:21 AM) : 

Interesting look even though the bottom two look Bride of Frankenstein inspired.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (9:24 AM) : 

What i'm learning from his post is that the Bold Shoulder needs a stong face and good hairstyle. The lady with blonde hair reall works he look and those shoes rock!


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

These shoulders doesn't do it for me, although the second outfit looks elegant in a japanese-meets-space sort of way, rather cool. The last black "straight-jacket" is horrible... Have a lovely weekend everybody!


Blogger  said ... (9:31 AM) : 

WOW !!
Jikatabi with Talons Haut on the number 2 !!
Mdr...pas mal pas mal.


Blogger Stephanie Clayton said ... (9:39 AM) : 

I'm this a cape? If so, it's very narrow. Looks like it's made for someone who has no arms.


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

the second woman wears it the best. but what is with those freaky split-toe shoes?!


Blogger Jorge from W Palm Beach said ... (9:46 AM) : 

I love that in all these examples, they knew when to stop when it came to accessories. When your clothes are so outstanding and significant, you don't want to dull their impact by adding belts, jewelry or even a purse! All the shoes I can see are great, btw. Jorge from W Palm Beach


Blogger Stephanie Clayton said ... (9:49 AM) : 

Oh, the pale blond woman in all black- very striking! Also the man's look really works as a casual but very stylish look: black jacket, dark wash jeans, gingham shirt with that scarf (is that an Arabian scarf? looks like the one my husband got during his travels...)


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (9:53 AM) : 



Blogger Frau Erdnussbutter said ... (9:53 AM) : 

the last one reminds me of the playing cards from Alice in Wonderland...


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (9:54 AM) : 

At last, shoulders are back!!! Europe is always so stylish and fashion-forward. Americans only want to blend in, copy what everyone else is doing, then never change.


Blogger Dan in Richmond said ... (10:11 AM) : 

I think the third from the top works well and I love his scarf and shirt combination. I like the coat in the second photo- yes, it's extreme for the street but that makes it kind of fun. I like her gloves because she's paired something traditional and formal with something outre. Love his boots too.


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

Margiela. Luv it! Actually, I love all of it! Thanks Sartorialist!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:49 AM) : 

#3 Channeling Madonna, Who's That Girl edition. At least from the neck up. Big shoulders, well, they were due for a comeback sooner or later.
Keffiyahs are controversial in the States but like seeing them worn anyway. It's like taking back the night or something.


Blogger Unknown said ... (10:53 AM) : 

definitely not a look for the NYC subway ride...


Blogger The Spicers said ... (11:00 AM) : 

I love the silver split-toe boots.
Live a little!


Blogger Jack Daniel said ... (11:04 AM) : 

the last pic caught my attention!!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:09 AM) : 

they're trying a little too hard...


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

Third pic is my fave.

As a woman with naturally large shoulders, it's nice to see fashion flaunting them again.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:35 AM) : 

What is interesting is that all these daring outfits are carried by older women.


Blogger Dominica said ... (11:43 AM) : 

The guy in the 3rd picture down can come and live with I can borrow his clotes and especially his scarf !
Love his complete look ; he looks effortless as for the other people in this shoot they all look like they had advice from a stylist, it looks less personal to me....


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:55 AM) : 

i'm really sick of those Keffiyeh scarfs - really played out at this point


Blogger Emily Pfeifer said ... (12:06 PM) : 

Day gloves in 2! Rock it, sister! Now I don't feel so silly for buying vintage cotton gloves for a Halloween costume.


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

These look like costumes. Yuck.


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

Love the Margiela boots on the lady in the crazy trench! I always try to picture these clothes in normal everyday life and then I laugh when I am reminded that these people obviously don't lead normal everyday lives! I could see myself walking the dog in that trench - LOL! The people at the dog park would die laughing!


Blogger underneath said ... (12:49 PM) : 

Two of these shapes is fashion at its best and worst... The silhouettes does nothing good to their bodies and I am not sure wether these ladies ever dare to take them out of the closet the next season. Sometimes a NEW idea isn`t always a GOOD idea.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (1:08 PM) : 

Finally, shoulders - I've been longing for it. My wardrobe is full of that!


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

My personal opinion is that the brown looks silly. I rather like the rest, but the shapeless haircuts detract from #1 and #4. Guess that means I like #3 the best - too bad it looks like she is freezing. But that does bring up the question of what to wear as outerwear over extreme shoulders.


Blogger beths said ... (1:26 PM) : 

Beam me up, Scotty.


Blogger minimax said ... (1:47 PM) : 

i´m so sorry for all of them...


Blogger minimax said ... (1:51 PM) : 

i´m so sorry...........


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (2:13 PM) : 

That trench coat is certainly not for rainy days.


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



Blogger No-ëllk said ... (2:52 PM) : 

thats a bit too much margiela all in one go, i think; the camel toed shoes & the trench coat.


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

The second photo screams fashion victim. She looks uncomfortabe in her own ensemble.

The third outfit works - she wears it beautifully, it's as though the others have clothes which are wearing them.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (2:54 PM) : 

I loved the coamel toe definition, it made me laugh... Big shoulders look experimental today but in the wrong way: seen them before and never ever been flattering. Just a comment about these (allegedly) French women: typical French "arrogance": no need for make up or to look after hair style as long as the clothes look expensive...


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3:03 PM) : 

Number one needs less volume on the bottom to balance out the proportions of the shoulders.

Number two's trench coat is interesting, but I don't think it communicates well with the gloves and the shoes (camel toe? too true...).

Number three is sophisticated and proportionally balanced. I really like her style.

Number four... well this isn't too flattering... I guess it's an interesting idea.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3:07 PM) : 

Yikes! The first and last pics are not good-- extremely fashion victim-esque: The physicality of the individual does not match the graphic lines of the design. This is the perfect example of "(Designer) Clothes do not make the man-- or women."

The woman in the trench dress coat seemed like such perfection except for the footwear: She would be sublime wearing a strong, structured and sharper design.

Hands down, the third woman from the top wins! She looks fantastic with such a strong and elongating silhouette. No fashion victim here. Beautiful.



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

the silver booties are martin margiela.

and the woman with red hair looks very belgian to me, she resembles one of the designers for a.f. vandervorst.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (4:44 PM) : 

Regarding the hair comment...

simple hair is required for this look. it must offset the stand-out shoulders. Thats why this is an evolution from the 80's where such a look would consist of big hair, big shoulders, big earrings, big bracelet....

Not too much of a fan but I like it if its a rare site rather than a trend.



Anonymous Anonymous said ... (5:26 PM) : 

The woman in space age trenchcoat with silver booties looks amazing. She really carries that off, and with genteel little white gloves! I always love the black silhouettes and these are no exception. The woman in the cape looks warm - and not to be messed with.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (5:53 PM) : 

Is that a scarf the guy is wearing or a table cloth from a local tea-room?


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

Just last night I was trying on some Thierry Mugler jackets and Claude Montana suits I saved from way back when......I love the fact that they are chic again. The construction of these pieces is superb and quality is without measure. I am encouraged to pair the vintage jackets with some of the accessories of this season...booties..etc. Oh, I like the Space Cadet Trench the best...looks like she is in a voting booth.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (7:58 PM) : 

The final picture channels those old caretakers that open the heavy doors of haunted mansions you see in cartoons!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:35 PM) : 

Wow! Those jackets actually DO look like that off the Funway! Margiela rocks the hard cccore!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:10 AM) : 

What smart clothes!!
I like that all the clothes shown today incredibly unique without looking costume-y. I really love the trench and the cloak without sleeves. definitely making a social statement as well as a fashion statement


Blogger Terri said ... (12:13 AM) : 

Ah Sart, thank you. You have been taking a lot of pictures of "beautiful" women lately and let's be honest, beauty is one of the great joys in life. I am not complaining. But these women are not only stunning, they interest me. I would love to talk to these women.


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

The second woman down, maybe she would like to play chess. She'd make a good rook.


Blogger junglesiren said ... (12:46 AM) : 

Lady in the Blade Runner trench--- so demure with the gloves. It's incongruous and beautiful.


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

I don't get it.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (2:04 AM) : 

I love pictures #2 and #4.
The first one could have been shot from a more flattering angle, which may be why she has attracted some critical comments. You are usually kinder to your models...


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (2:07 AM) : 

Big shoulders? Such a terrible look! Would someone please drive a stake through its heart! I suppose this means some horrible iteration of YSL's harlequin look will be back momentarily. Yuk.


Blogger John-Bryan Hopkins said ... (7:52 AM) : 

They are SO not 1987.

More as an art statement.

Love that!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:26 AM) : 

This is the ugly eighties fever I have mentioned before. what a pity!


Blogger Guy Lodge said ... (10:46 AM) : 

I know it's not really the point being discussed, but the thing that most leaped out at me was the guy in the second picture:

Is the bowl cut back?

And how is he making it look so good?


Blogger Unknown said ... (10:57 AM) : 

Interesting, the range of comments on the Middle Eastern scarf in #3. Each country has its own color/pattern combo. This might be Iraqi. The black (or red, if you are in Jordan) is hand embroidered on the better scarves.


Blogger Maddie said ... (4:03 PM) : 

ick... straight jacket, much?


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (6:34 PM) : 

the third girl is workin the tributes and the arm candy - hands down winner


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (6:53 PM) : 

i'm sick of seeing the keffiyeh/middle eastern scarf everywhere. it is no longer a political nor a fashion statement when you can buy these things at Urban Outfitters


Blogger Unknown said ... (7:14 PM) : 

Sculpted shoulders?

No. Not again. Never again, please.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (9:18 PM) : 

the third look is gorgeous. The proportions are perfect, and the rounded shoulders work off the round toe shoes.

With the second pic, I'm compelled to set a vase of flowers in each of those "pockets" on her shoulders.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (2:39 AM) : 

My shoulders are wide enough as it is!


Blogger Ann (MobayDP) said ... (8:14 AM) : 

oh no. the 80s are back. >.<


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:53 PM) : 

we need more of this in the world. sorry short ladies, this is wonderful


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3:07 PM) : 

is this from a star trek convention?


Blogger erin nuts said ... (5:01 PM) : 

Hmm it so happens that I really can't stand all of these. Very interesting and worth photographing, though.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (5:14 PM) : 

LOVE the Margiela. I covet those silver tabi booties. Wouldn't say no to the trench either. Woot!


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

These are totally amusing pictures. The expressions of the women really match the clothing. Almost disturbingly so. Most notably the 2nd woman looks as concerned as one should when peeking out of a khaki castle-parapet to ascertain the position of the approaching enemy forces. And the poor woman in the odd sleeveless garment looks as dour as one might expect after being captured by a black straightjacket.


Blogger yours truly said ... (3:30 AM) : 

brilliant shoulders. love how mostly all of them are in black.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (4:47 AM) : 

it's like the last woman took a military coat and distilled it down to its conceptual essence.


there's something bizarre, simple and strangely right about it. If here hair and makeup didn't look so ghostly, the outfit would look less coffin-like. (But perhaps this is in keeping with the military theme)


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (6:46 AM) : 

Belgian fashion rules with Anneke Vandervorst and Martin Margiela!!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (7:35 AM) : 

The first time I saw somebody bringing this look back was Róisín Murphy. She was wearing a gray one. I think it´s totally chic, the cut it´s amazing. I don´t care if it´s 80s or not. It seems extremely confortable and warm.


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

Pic. 4= Ann Vandevorst or her twin sister


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



Anonymous Anonymous said ... (4:04 PM) : 

i wonder if that guy in the second pic even knows what a keffiyeh is and yet, he's wearing one. odd.


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

my mistake, third photo.


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

Although some are critical of it, I absolutely love the last coat. Does anyone know who makes this unbelievable coat?


Blogger Donata said ... (7:26 AM) : 

The woman in the first piture is Nicola Knels, fashion editor from German Vogue.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (4:47 PM) : 

What does the ginger lady do if she falls over? Will she lie on the ground flailing around while strangers walk past, whispering, "Don't touch her, I think she's an artistic intervention".


Blogger melbourne said ... (6:24 PM) : 

Can't believe the nasty comments. I love these individualistic pictures. Clothing is not ALL about enhancing your figure for the viewing (perving) public. Kudos to the wearers. Oh, and tabi boots are very comfortable and stable to wear. Try 'em! Why do you think then ninjas wear them?


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (1:57 AM) : 

Anon. 4:47

If you look closely, there are sleeves. Just shoulder caps (?) then pockets.

The look is very Margella... but not very attractive


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (1:34 AM) : 

all great. love it!!! though lady in pic 1 from the neck up looks like a suburban mom or someone at the gym. get rid of the bobby pins.


Blogger Lizette said ... (7:43 PM) : 

does anyone else think the woman in the shoes looks like a ninja turtle?


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

those camel toe boots are martin margiela


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

I like the guy's style in the second picture, he seems to be really in a motion...And those Pierre hardy are really killing everything.

I got one question though : what is he wearing between the jacket and the shirt? An oversized plain grey cardigan?


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (1:03 PM) : 

She IS AF Vandervorst (Belgian designers, couple) in person !


Blogger Coco & Nev said ... (1:16 AM) : 

first one... balenciaga... i bought that jacket and returned it... i just looked like a football player


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

The last pic looks like a Jil Sander FW08 piece


Anonymous Ljerka-Susanna-Lukic said ... (11:35 AM) : 



Blogger DAN KRIEGER said ... (4:49 PM) : 

Love the 3rd picture .. the guy with the scarf has definitely much style!


post a comment
Newer Posts Older Posts
Best Web Hosting