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On the Street....Crapdozis, Moscow


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Wednesday, December 17, 2008

On the Street....Crapdozis, Moscow

This is one of the shots I did for the Harper's Bazaar Russia Best Dressed List. She was one of my favorite young ladies I met while in Moscow. She has great natural style, a great wardrobe and was up for whatever kind of shot I wanted to do - so I knew she would be the perfect young woman for this location.

While I was riding in the car with Mira (I posted several photos of her on November 5th) I noticed this one particular kind of hot dog stand that I kept seeing around the city. I asked her, "what does Crapdozis mean in Russian?"

She looked at me very strangely, so I pointed at the hot dog stand and explained that, to me, the sign said Crapdozis. She laughed and said in Russian it meant something like Starfish or Star-something.

Then she said, "What is a Crapdozi?"

"Well," I said "Crapdozi is might mean something like....well....big poop"

She could not stop laughing. It became the running joke during my time in Moscow.

When we were on one of the last shots for the day I decided we had to get Crapdozis in the story, luckily there was one only a few blocks away. We ran down there quickly because we were losing light fast.

I wanted her to stand close to the table that had Crapdozis written down the side. Unfortunately, there was a guy already standing there finishing his meal. They asked him in Russian if we could join him for a minute while we got the shot.

I still have no idea who that guy in the far background is, but they all seemed to have a good laugh while we did the shots.

And that, my friends, is the rest of the story.

Comments on "On the Street....Crapdozis, Moscow"


Blogger Milena said ... (11:24 AM) : 

The stand actually reads "Stardogs". And that young woman looks fabulous.


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

It is a wonderful shot, but it pales in comparison to the story.

Crapdozi is my new favorite expletive!


Blogger junglesiren said ... (11:38 AM) : 

She's looking at her crapdozi contemplating what you said and deciding never again to eat starfish hotdogs.

I quite love this shot. When I first saw it I wasn't sure if it was one of your on-the-streets or editorial. It's a bit more polished than your others but fits right in.

She's beautiful and her ensemble (which you've indicated is from her closet) is very nice, I especially dig the boots. I guess Russian's aren't weird about mixing orange and black like American's are.


Blogger Dominica said ... (11:55 AM) : 

Oh yes, I can totally see and agree why she's on the best dressed list....


Blogger Brian said ... (11:56 AM) : 

"Dude, I had a dozen beers and then hit Taco Bell on the way home. This morning was a Crapdozi!"


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:07 PM) : 

hey when i came to Canada and saw "hot dogs" on every menu i thought Canadians eat their dogs for real. lol.

great shot btw. i really like that you included those young men as well.



Blogger May Kasahara said ... (12:17 PM) : 

amazing shot.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:18 PM) : 

She looks beautiful.


Blogger Camille said ... (12:22 PM) : 

How elegant is that red jacket. Structured, but toughened up with those boots. The men are great too, love that splash of purple... definetly a brave move!


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

I don't know if you have more time now than usual but I am really enjoying your additional commentary. It is more like when you first started the site. Your opinions, thoughts, and sidenotes are as valuable and interesting, if not more so, as your images. Your particular take is very refreshing and is what makes your blog so interesting. Please continue if at all possible.


Blogger A.Rane said ... (12:47 PM) : 

That necklace! Simply works so well with the neckline of the dress.

Love the color of the other guy's scarf, too!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (1:05 PM) : 

She will look good in whatever she wears..model looks..I don't see anything special here.. is sort of like you shoot a subject you know will look good.


Blogger Rita said ... (1:19 PM) : 

Such a great shot, and such a funny story :D


Blogger Randy Wylde said ... (1:23 PM) : 

That purple scarf is beautiful. And, while I don't love the vest, I do love that it matches his shoes.


Blogger Dan in Richmond said ... (1:40 PM) : 

It's nice to have the background stories again. l Iove her look here.


Blogger Becky said ... (1:52 PM) : 

When I was in Moscow last spring, with some friends we thought the sign said "Crapdogs" which is even worse than Crapdozi..

The shot is gorgeous though, very natural looking.



Blogger Dave and Catherine said ... (1:56 PM) : 

Never heard of Stardogs referred to as Crapdozis... I'll have to tell my husband about that one! Stardogs are gross though; the best sasiski (hot dogs baked into their buns) are from the individually owned stands at the more distal ends of the Metro lines.
By the way, I'm loving the additional commentary! It livens it up so much more with the added perspective!


Blogger said ... (2:22 PM) : 

I LOVE stories like this! Also agree with Anonymous @ 12.36...


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (2:25 PM) : 

Sart, love this story - and some people's comments are very funny too! Please keep writing, you're such a gifted communicator, visually and orally.


Blogger daltonmc said ... (2:34 PM) : 

That outfit is so simple and she so effortlessly wears it.

That red just makes it pop.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (2:44 PM) : 

luckily, none of the guys were wearing red


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

"Crapdozis" are "star-dogs" ("star-hotdogs") in Russian, and the whole story is very funny. It is like "Le Big Mac" from "Pulp Fiction".
Welcome back to Moscow :)


Blogger anonymous said ... (2:55 PM) : 

It's stories like this that make this blog so distinct among so many other fashion blogs. Great image and great story... keep the awesome coming, Sart!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3:21 PM) : 

great shot, loving the necklace.


Blogger J.A.F. said ... (3:39 PM) : 

You know you have the coolest job in the world....yeah you know.


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

OMG OMG!!!!!
s(C)t(T)a(A)r(P)d(D)o(O)g(Г)and its just "!"
but your version now is my favorite, amazing, i cant stop laughing too.... omg, love your blog, especially Moscow shots
Ira, Moscow


Blogger John Danner said ... (4:43 PM) : 

Street food is the best.

What is the fabric of the jacket she has on, anyone?

I love the way she's standing.


Blogger D. said ... (5:11 PM) : 

The chubby-faced Russian guy next to her is a cutie.

I don't really see how the Cyrillic т even approximates a lowercase "r"--it looks pretty much just like our uppercase T, but smaller...


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (6:22 PM) : 

That jacket looks like it has a beautiful texture - I just want to sneak a bit closer and touch it!

So you're telling me that the guy with the black & white vest and black & white shoes and purple scarf just happened to be standing there... so do all Russian men have this much fun and personality in the way they dress?

I also want to see his quilted jacket and quilted belt a little closer. And maybe give him a big hug while he's wearing it. ;)


Blogger Sunny said ... (10:21 PM) : 

I can't wait to use crapdozis in a sentence.


Blogger Jack Daniel said ... (11:30 PM) : 

that young lady is definitely one of russian's finest.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:04 AM) : 

The story you shared gave more perspective to the photo. It is just beautiful. I also learn something new today - Crapdozi. Thanks!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:41 AM) : 

Hahahaha. Ironic how hotdogs are kind of the crap meat...


Blogger La Terpette said ... (2:01 AM) : 

Love love everything about her outfit


Blogger Diana said ... (2:57 AM) : 

is she the same girl like on your black and white moscow foto?
So a russian star is equal to an american crap :-))))
Perhaps Mr Medvedev would be not that happy with this news;-)

I like her boots, anyway?


Blogger  said ... (4:44 AM) : 

Funny photo.
J'adore la fille!


Blogger Pret a Porter P said ... (10:56 AM) : 

she is absolutely elegant. i like how this looks like an editorial.
funny little backstory for the picture.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:05 AM) : 

That is the kind of hip and easy grace that every girl wishes she had or could look leaning against a 'crapdozi' stand.

I couldn't find the pictures of her on Nov. 5th though... I would like to see more.


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

haha thank you for the laugh!
also i love the red jacket shes wearing


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

Whats funny is the image of the hot dog flag over the these two guys hitting on this gorgeous girl...


Blogger Shaynuh said ... (8:58 PM) : 

Love the bold red jacket sported by the women holding the crapdozi (lol!) and that purple scarf that guy is wearing.

cool story! :)


Blogger Amber said ... (11:53 PM) : 

Great photo. Brilliant story.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (4:34 PM) : 

the young lady is Vika Agapova, she is dj on Silver Rain radio and has her own programme called Point of Style..


Blogger robinbenito said ... (9:01 AM) : 

awesome story and pic, thanks for sharing =)


Blogger Bevonae said ... (4:32 PM) : 

my favorite look---naturally chic and it appears effortless and comfortable but obviously well thought out.


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

love her outfit!


Blogger greenapplerum said ... (4:03 PM) : 

Haha:) I would never recognize moscow, looking at the people...only after reading text I looked again and saw stardogs i think i know where this one is.. Your story made me laugh so much about the name:))))))))))))..Hope you come here again and make some more cool shots..would be interesting to see:)..


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (6:00 AM) : 

wow this is really ridiculus)))) i hope the Stardog's creators have a peek at your blog to find out what image their brand produces for the foreigners! and the girl is a beauty!


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

The stand actually says stardogs just the letters are in russian. Funny thing is i stay in moscow and i never noticed the stands till i saw it here. Nice shot by the way. Loving the legs.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (1:24 PM) : 

She looks like a model!
Reminds me a little bit of a Channel style.
Loved the hair, the necklace, leggings and boots!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (7:46 PM) : 

ooh, i want those boots. what brand are they?


Blogger Grace Yim said ... (7:17 PM) : 

I am enthralled by this photograph. It's so normal yet captivating by the way she stands while regularly talking to two men. Plus, her boots definitely grab my attention. :]


Blogger la femme said ... (9:23 PM) : 

Great story. Brilliant shot.


Blogger kleymyonova said ... (1:35 PM) : 



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