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Tuesday, January 13, 2009

On the Street....Layered Greys, Florence

When you are doing a minimalist look don't forget the importance of texture. Here we see one color, but 5 textures of that color - cashmere cardigan, structured base knit, heathered scarf, woven coat and silk lining. Each element complementing the others, and yet so subtle that they might individually be missed. I think the key here is that each layer is so thin that they don't create a lot of extra bulk.

I hope the guys can also take a little inspiration from this look - I know I have.

Comments on "On the Street....Layered Greys, Florence"


Blogger Michael Joseph Owens said ... (8:40 AM) : 

Admirable layering going on here.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (8:45 AM) : 

Love all the layers of blacks and grays. Also the Prada bag is very nice too. Love the whole look. Very chic!


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

It gives a little extra on the arms, arms are usually a boring part on an outfit. like it!


Blogger Unknown said ... (8:56 AM) : 

Ever so often, I find myself in a monochromatic outfit. When I do, I'm usually thankful I'm not going anywhere too public, because it never looks this good.


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



Blogger Dan in Richmond said ... (9:01 AM) : 

I think textural contrast is always a key element, and even more so in a monochromatic look and yes, it's equally applicable to men and women. It's nicely done here.


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

Cashmere? Great for keeping you warm on a cold day but all of the cashmere sweaters I own tend to loose their shape/structure and grow too big with wear/wash. Poor quality, dry-clean only?


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (9:30 AM) : 

YSL f/w 2007, to a tee.


Blogger ricola said ... (9:34 AM) : 



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

You wrote that you hoped "the guys can take inspiration from this look"; women can too. I think a lot of people fear that a monotone look will be thought boring, feel a need to add that "pop of color" some self-proclaimed experts deem essential. When a monotone look is put together correctly, that "pop" is not only unneeded, it's superflous, often jarring.
Both genders can learn from Rick Owens' fall/winter 2008, which played beautifully with contrasting/complementary textures, all in black. For women, Nicole Miller did some really good shine/matte pieces, also in black. As someone who dresses almost exclusively in blacks in the winter, beiges in the summer, I very much appreciate when a designer I admire explores a concept I live by.
Back on topic: The man in the photo looks absolutely wonderful, and your out-of-focus background--nicely devoid of attention-hogging color--spotlights his accomplishment.


Blogger Dr. Debonaire said ... (10:08 AM) : 

I love the subtlety of this look. I mean at first glance it looks like she's merely dressed in all black (with that amazing Prada bag). However, when you take a closer look you realize how well thought out the whole ensemble was. I love this!


Blogger Jorge from W Palm Beach said ... (10:16 AM) : 

Also remember that truly black items are hard to find. Peruse the Donna Karan collection and you will find a number of black hues, like blue, green sometimes, gray. All of these variations can also be mixed to great result. Love the picture, may have to save for the Prada briefcase. Jorge from W Palm Beach


Blogger Alice Olive said ... (10:16 AM) : 

And look at her hair! I love it. Love it. It's so well suited to the minimal style. She looks great.


Blogger The Spicers said ... (10:30 AM) : 

Great contrast of textures and layers.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:46 AM) : 

She will look amazing in Rad Hourani's collection, the perfect silhouette for Rad!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:03 AM) : 

Total black mixed by diferent fine texture!!!!goth and stylish...........


Blogger -E said ... (11:15 AM) : 



Blogger said ... (11:20 AM) : 

Very chic!


Blogger Petulia said ... (11:34 AM) : 

beautiful, the gray is so elegant and her hair gives her a sophisticated look. brava!


Blogger Jack Daniel said ... (12:02 PM) : 

I have indeed!


Blogger Jazzbuff630 said ... (12:35 PM) : 

A very chic almost unisex look.
Very sharp.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (2:18 PM) : 

the girl in the photo is absolutely chic !
wonderfull and unique the way to put together all.
her hair, the posture all looks great


Blogger Allen - East Hampton said ... (2:37 PM) : 

She looks great. ...Even the Prada bag.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3:17 PM) : 

Really like the blackness and stylish bit of this style!


Blogger gracey said ... (3:23 PM) : 



Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3:32 PM) : 

Very, very cool. I like this a lot and am inspired. I wish there was some way I could get a closer look at what she's doing here.

Thanks for posting this, Scott.



Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3:57 PM) : 

i love this look....the layering is very nice...Even as a woman i am very, very inspired!


Blogger Pret a Porter P said ... (4:44 PM) : 

Everytime you capture her she seems to carry herself with such elegance. Beautiful


Blogger zoe said ... (4:51 PM) : 

This is perfection.


Blogger Bex said ... (7:51 PM) : 

Love the bag!!


Blogger Dan in Richmond said ... (8:00 PM) : 

To Anonymous 9:18 AM, re: cashmere- cashmere feels and looks (at first) fabulous, but it is not durable nor long-lived. It's such a soft fiber that it pills and shows wear pretty quickly. Given the choice I would forego a little luxury and choose lambswool for its greater longevity. A little cashmere in a blend never seems to hurt, though- in fact, it's very nice. In my experience pure cashmere doesn't last.


Blogger THE VEGAS STYLE GUY said ... (8:29 PM) : 

I wish I was thin enough to pull this off!

I'd look like the Stay Puff guy dipped in charcoal!

Cool outfit!


Blogger Hilda said ... (8:52 PM) : 

I've always loved mixing different textures of the same color. The design for much of the costumes in the LOTR movie series followed this tenet too and I loved them.


Blogger Joy said ... (11:03 PM) : 

The different textures makes the monochromatic color scheme seem lively. This outfit is très magnifique!


Blogger Cool Meister said ... (1:08 AM) : 

I adore the androgyny of it all; the hair, the clothing, the coloring. This person is beautiful, and this picture is sublime.

I agree with Zoe, this IS perfection.


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

The textures and layering is fantastic, but I love the androgyny even more. She is quite handsome.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3:51 AM) : 

you forgot to mention the wonderful 6th texture, the hair.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (4:25 AM) : 

I aspire to look this good.


Blogger Unknown said ... (7:14 AM) : 

I layer all the time so I'm loving this look!


Blogger J.A.F. said ... (9:17 AM) : 

Well thought out... the textures make a huge difference.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (9:48 AM) : 

I love his hair.


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

9:18 AM Anonymous...

Up your gauge;

Buy Scottish, or a carefully chosen Italian;

Not all cashmere is equal.


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

I love this photo. its a wonderful take on layering.
I think one of the reasons why texture is so important in a look like this is because it gives essential depth; the way the different textures reflect the light and work with each other makes it look as though theres several different shades of grey.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (5:51 PM) : 

I know this lady, she is a Catalan genious of colour, shapes and texture combinations...Her compositions communicate emotions.
Awesome outfit and attitude, Thank You!!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (9:03 PM) : 

I am so taken by this photo...i'm speachless!

question, is she the same lady as this?

Her style puts me in awe everytime i see obsessed!!


Blogger Sterling-haired Lady said ... (9:50 AM) : 

As someone whose closet is 90% black clothing, I was immediately drawn to this photo. What I find is that a monochronistic wardrobe is incredibly freeing---you can create layers and combinations such as those in this photo and be amazingly creative with what you own. The restriction in color allows you to show much more of your personality in the way that you put it together. I also find that you end up wearing the clothes---rather than the clothes wearing you.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (6:13 PM) : 



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Anonymous Anonymous said ... (9:04 PM) : 

O estilo é simplesmente super. Elegante, fino, discreto e tudo isso chama a atenção. Desperta admiração. Valeu!!


Blogger Sue said ... (12:41 PM) : 

I'm always inspired everytime i'm here. Thank you for the wonderful pictures.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (5:00 PM) : 

Such an inspired outfit... plus attitude... can you ask for more?! :)


Blogger Jason said ... (5:18 PM) : 

Monochromatic at it's best! It is so true about the importance of texture and different fabric "weights", when attempting this look. It should always seem as effortless as this does.


Blogger Room4777 said ... (6:27 AM) : 

I've looked at this image repeatedly so as to capture every single pixel of it's genius and beauty.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:28 AM) : 

The bag is great!
What is it from? Does anyone know?
I was looking for ages to find such a bag!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3:29 PM) : 

Oooh, that cashmere peeping out looks so good! This is a look I'm going to try, and I'm a woman.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:14 PM) : 

Loving this look, looks brilliant with all the layers


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:34 AM) : 

well, his hair is gorgeous

and the rest of all,

not bad


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (7:55 PM) : 

I really like your observation on this. It's such an education.


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