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Thursday, September 17, 2009

On the Street....Black in Motion, NYC

Comments on "On the Street....Black in Motion, NYC"


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

finally.... Fall!


Anonymous Laura said ... (12:06 PM) : 

really amazing


Blogger Fermina M said ... (12:12 PM) : 

Mhhh black is the new black this year, it seems.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:13 PM) : 

I like the motion in this picture--she looks like a stealth hippie ninja on a mission to get her morning paper.


Blogger Hawa said ... (12:15 PM) : 

i love the atmosphere you have captured as well as the movement...and her lovely hair in the wind!!! congrats on all your success!


Blogger holierthannow said ... (12:26 PM) : 


i knew it.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:27 PM) : 



Anonymous Katie said ... (12:28 PM) : 

That looks very comfortable! :)


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

simply chic!!!


Blogger Little Rus said ... (12:35 PM) : 

When in motion, wear black... :) Gorgeous photo!


Blogger Petey said ... (12:36 PM) : 

She flies through the air, with the greatest of ease...


Blogger beba, said ... (12:37 PM) : 

Baggy style (: Her hair in the wind look really cool.

Peace and love!


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

love black colour ^^


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (1:12 PM) : 

I never, ever take my Birkenstock clogs off, that's why I have many pairs in many colors, so this makes me happy!.
To think that one day the Sartorialist might see me in the streets and would not get put off by my shoes!.


Blogger Alice Olive said ... (1:17 PM) : 

Wonderful shot!


Blogger Graham I. Haynes said ... (1:46 PM) : 

Reminded me of Henri Cartier-Bresson's photo behind the Gare Saint-Lazare train station. I've often wondered if you use continuous shooting to capture such great motion in your subjects... ?



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

Lovely motion.


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

I can't yet shed my Birkenstocks (Gizeh in a variety of colors) although it feels cold already here in Paris...


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (1:56 PM) : 

Oliver Peoples Riley glasses you're wearing in the signing photos, Scott?


Anonymous MIA said ... (2:01 PM) : 

birkenstock! the trousers are beautiful and very original.

you're work is really god!

kiss kiss


Blogger Gil said ... (2:03 PM) : 

I wish she would not have worn Birkenstocks. She looks good from the ankles up, and then that horrid footwear.


Anonymous claire schiffer said ... (2:20 PM) : 

I love black, but during the day, under sunlight it seems heavy, doesn't it?


Blogger SallyO said ... (2:34 PM) : 

I love her "Spock-like" eyebrows!


Blogger Dr.Kraft said ... (2:37 PM) : 

beautiful image !!


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

beautiful shot and THANK YOU THANK YOU for the variety--this woman doesn't follow trend but has a ton of style and good sense judging from her cool birkies.

thank you AGAIN!


Blogger Billie Kinson said ... (2:52 PM) : 

Wow, the hair


Blogger Reg said ... (2:52 PM) : 

Very nice! Comfortable, chic and sensible footwear. How refreshing!


Blogger Mcmaris said ... (3:23 PM) : 

Such a perfect outfit for today's weather. NY fall is the best. I love her blond hair in contrast with the all black ensemble!


Anonymous Elaine said ... (3:45 PM) : 

Interesting contrast of being bundled up in a warm jacket and wearing sandals.


Anonymous sanmiguelense said ... (4:14 PM) : 

Baggy and Birkenstocked! What an excellent turn of events!


Blogger Hanna Persson said ... (4:18 PM) : 

Oh I love this photo! Very elegant and classic!


Blogger hc said ... (4:42 PM) : 

glorious. where's she going? per se perhaps.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (4:46 PM) : 

The outfit does nothing for the female form lovingly bestowed upon her by the heavens.

It is as though she were protecting herself from her environment further highlighted by the left arm sheltering the torso.

Her expression befits her clothes.

Non mi piace.



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

This is a neat photo. Its what fashion photographers are always trying to capture in studio shots where the models are jumping around and there are fans blowing, but this is real. i like how the straps of the shoes add to the motion. My least favorite shoes in the world, by the way.


Anonymous Brittany Trotman said ... (5:23 PM) : 

Love this site. Great inspiration!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (5:25 PM) : 

I joked on Birks about one hour ago. Context: Sitting in the locker-room with a friend after having played icehockey for the first time this season, complaining about our feet hurting. He said: good to be back in the Birkenstocks. I answered: Birks are the problem - They ruin our mental strength. (german cliche on german shoes)
Since I also wear Birkenstock occasionally I am appeased to see this strong woman just after coming home.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (5:36 PM) : 




Anonymous Anonymous said ... (5:38 PM) : 

I love the look-head to toe !


Blogger Dana said ... (6:01 PM) : 

birkenstock.... please no...
otherwise - nice!


Blogger S.I.Q. said ... (6:12 PM) : 

love it!!
the pants so such a cool motion!!
very good photo and amazing pants!!

-fashion + animation
-Best of NY fw ss10


Anonymous phyllis said ... (6:39 PM) : 

With hair like that she can get away with Birkenstocks.


Blogger elen houin said ... (6:41 PM) : 

also reminiscent of boccioni's unique form of continuity in space


Blogger Brigadeiro said ... (6:59 PM) : 

Birkies!!! It gives a very 'naturalistic' vibe to her flowy outfit, love it! :)


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (7:33 PM) : 

like abbey road...birks, high fashion and big hair...captured that beautifully


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (8:10 PM) : 

Let's be honest Birkenstocks have never been chic.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (8:38 PM) : 

Thank G-d this woman is wearing shoes that are not crippling her feet. I am so tired of the gorgeous, yet ridiculous, things women in NYC wear on their feet.


Anonymous Mateo said ... (8:55 PM) : 



Blogger CHICMUSE said ... (9:37 PM) : 




Blogger Krystal Simpson said ... (9:49 PM) : 

it was so great meeting you, and having you photograph me (i was with pete from style sightings in front of MILK)--of course im a huge fan!congratulations on the book!


Blogger Bianca and Isabella said ... (10:19 PM) : 

lovely hair

the crumpet girls


Blogger sparkle motion said ... (10:19 PM) : 

amazing photo


Anonymous Ave said ... (10:22 PM) : 

I used to think the black birkenstocks were particularly ugly (not that I don't own them in different colors) but the other day I saw someone wearing them in real life and I thought they looked really pretty. Somehow it works, especially here with that nice hair!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:44 PM) : 

Is this tonne goodman?


Blogger Acid said ... (11:07 PM) : 

Was at first surprised to see the Birkenstocks. But pulling back and looking at the entire low-key outfit, it quite nicely fits. :)


Blogger Zuse MarafaYunianto said ... (11:21 PM) : 

nice good ( )


Anonymous Holly said ... (11:40 PM) : 

You captured a lady on a mission...I love it!!!


Blogger Pearl Bhasin said ... (11:42 PM) : 

OMG! I never thought I'd see Birkies on The Sartorialist!! I am SO happy, 'coz I am in them 24/7... Woo-hoo!


Anonymous The Photodiarist said ... (11:59 PM) : 

Wonderful motion shot.


Blogger CeK said ... (12:07 AM) : 

Effortless, classic; literally a woman on-the-go. Her mane makes her look like a lioness.


Blogger Jennifer said ... (1:06 AM) : 

Love the blustery movement of this one. Looks like fall!


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

what a beautiful picture.
i really don't know (i'm a guy,) but i think that look could be very affordable, right?
i was just browsing the antithesis of this site:
they get a lot of hate mail for "picking on the poor." but, having class and style is not limited to the rich. to me, this is the beauty of your work, Scott.
"i could be that beautiful" (well, maybe not me, but my wife.)


Blogger Lemonia said ... (2:40 AM) : 

I love black outfits, but I am afraid I do not like at all her shoes!!!


Blogger The Storialist said ... (3:20 AM) : 

I love how the cars are still and she is moving...very interesting movement here!

And her hair is great.

I agree that the jacket looks a bit heavy, but I know mornings can be chilly in fall...


Blogger Anna said ... (3:49 AM) : 

I'll never rid of my affinity for Birkenstocks.

C'mon you know you'll be wearing 'em soon.

Dr. Marten's came back, why not Birkenstocks?


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (4:18 AM) : 


unfortunately hyped by bored fashon-victims (like ugg-boots...)

was nasty
is nasty
will be nasty for all time

only reasonable for nurses and doctors


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (5:06 AM) : 

It reminds me Tood Lynn... Did you see the show? He's great!!! Look here the last show he made in Milan with Alexis Mabille... GREAT!!!!


Blogger Dudù said ... (5:27 AM) : 

The shoes are very... crazy... and the atmosphere is so cold!


Blogger Luciana Martins said ... (5:48 AM) : 

It looks like she's going to buy cigarrets.


Blogger pixie said ... (6:22 AM) : 

I'm not a Birkie fan at all and someone commented that they look pretty. To me that is no "pretty" shoe. It is a great photo however. You can still have comfortable footwear that isn't so damn ugly.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (6:39 AM) : 

Great picture - love the movement

Polly x


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (7:32 AM) : 

This is refreshing. Does EVERYONE have to wear 6" stilletos outside the confines of their homes????


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (8:20 AM) : 

The only shoes uglier than these are crocs. But this picture is really about her beautiful hair, and the all black outfit in contrast with the color of her hair, and the sense of volume, empty space, enclosed by the hair and the bagginess of the clothes. And about the coming of fall! Hooray!

But seriously, I agree with the post that she looks like she is running down to the corner to buy some smokes. Or cold medecine. It's a strange thing about cities: you have the chance to be vulnerable in front of a lot of people. And I think that is why this image is appealing.


Blogger Jamie said ... (8:33 AM) : 

love it.
exchange link?


Blogger Tainá said ... (8:58 AM) : 

Kind of the beatles pic, at the Abbey Road!

Very Nice!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (9:17 AM) : 

fantastic. birkenstocks actually work. love the shot!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:32 AM) : 

She looks so regal... like the wind is carrying her away in her all-in-black glory!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:44 AM) : 

i really like the motion of motion in the picture; not convinced however about those birkenstocks!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:53 AM) : 

that's monicka hanssenTeele, producer of all the calvin klein shows

explains a lot


Anonymous SleeplessDemelza said ... (10:56 AM) : 

I absolutely ADORE the Birks in this shot. As everyone else has said, I love the sense of motion, the color aesthetics of the whole shot, the motionless cars, her gorgeous hair in flight, the black outfit, the sense of fall captured by the jacket--and the practical shoes!

I know Birkenstocks trigger either a love 'em or hate 'em response--no one is ever neutral on Birkenstocks, which in itself speaks volumes about the power of their "look." For me, though, they say "Screw conventional beauty, I'm my own person."


Blogger andressa said ... (11:04 AM) : 

great picture


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

I agree with Pietro completely, the clothes are too baggy and they detarct from her natural gifts of beauty. However, the true eyesore, terrible eyesore, is the footwear. There are many comfortable shoes around; a pair of Superga runners in blue would have been perfect with this outfit, but the Birkenstocks send an odd signal of deliberate: "i'm angry and trying my best to look ugly".

Non mi piace affatto; i Birkenstock fanno schifo


Blogger The Daily Connoisseur said ... (2:06 PM) : 

Who knew Birkenstocks could look so chic?


Blogger Allen - East Hampton said ... (3:02 PM) : 

Great pants. Great shot.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3:16 PM) : 

In my "mind", if it's cold enuf to wear a coat, then it's time to put your sandals away..........Love the blog!


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

I love that she's making Birkenstocks look so fashionable. They should hire her for an advertising campaign to lose the hippy stigma!


Blogger Wanderlusting said ... (5:26 PM) : 

It's just a cork bottom and two can that be considered the epitome of ugly to so many people?

Crocs, Uggs - YES! But BIRKS? They are just harmless sandals, chill out everyone. I don't find anything offensive about their look, only perhaps about their outdated hippie conotations.


Blogger The Cool Vibe said ... (5:32 PM) : 

Black is the color of elegance. I once read that in GQ. I believe it. Her look is so refined. Black is Beautiful.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (6:10 PM) : 

i love the bagginess of the clothes. looks so yoji yamamoto. the birkenstocks don't make or break it. i thikn she looks so casual and cool. im sick of the typical fashion week outfits..


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

I feel this picture epitomizes NYC, the girl in motion, hurrying somewhere, all in black, and the yellow cab... I love the outfit and I think the shoes raise it to another level, it would not be the same, if she were wearing some other footwear. It's so nice to see someone not in the uniform of the day, shoes with heel lengths longer than their skirts!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3:44 AM) : 

the two Italian men commenting on here that this woman's clothing isn't revealing enough make me laugh. News flash, boys: fortunately, the vulgar and all-too-prevalent Italian bimbo look (overly-tanned muffin top, pushup bra under tight, artificial fiber top, and a huge, shiny metallic, studded handbag doubling as a reflective safety vest) just isn't much seen outside of Italy. This woman epitomizes grace, style and individuality. One doesn't have to "put all the goods in the shop window," as my great grandmother would have said, to show real beauty. And PS: women were not put on this earth to display themselves to you, despite what you may have "learned" from Italian television.


Blogger Kiwi said ... (4:50 AM) : 

this is so refreshing!!!!!


Blogger Ashley said ... (8:29 AM) : 

Love this. Great movement and the Birkenstocks are very unexpected but SO right.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:48 PM) : 

I'm not much of a Birkenstock fan, but those shoes are infinitely more practical for NYC than the sky high stiletto heels I see in so many of the pics here.


Anonymous Ljerka-Susanna-Lukic said ... (5:52 PM) : 



Anonymous Anonymous said ... (9:55 AM) : 

I agree with Alessandro completely and I disagree with Anon 3:44 AM completely. Finally, a bit of discussion.

With all due respect to you Anon, and the reason which triggered Scott to deem the subject worthy of immortality on his esteemed blog, I broadcast my sentiments not out of malice but genuinely from my aesthetic perspective as a man - an aesthete that has been embroiled in the industry for some time.

Leonardo Da Vinci once said that "simplicity is the ultimate sophistication." The clothes that I see being dragged across the zebra crossing are neither simple nor sophisticated.

They may be appealing to you from the perspective of a woman but to me they do zero.

You say, "women were not put on this earth to display themselves to you [men]" In the grand scheme of things and the finely tuned cogs of mother nature, you will find that you are wrong.

Respectfully Yours,



Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:56 AM) : 

But Pietro, it's only your perception that this woman is not dressed attractively.

Once upon a time, a woman could dress with taste and discretion -- and in shoes in which she could walk, yet -- and men would still find her attractive, despite not being able to see her cleavage, her navel, eight inches of thigh and her thong underwear. Are you seriously arguing that, for instance, Audrey Hepburn or Grace Kelly were somehow sexless, simply because they weren't spilling out of their clothes and tottering down the street in six inch heels?

The obvious and the vulgar have only recently and regrettably become the norm; the words "lowest common denominator" spring to mind. Still, it's amazing how quickly someone like you has managed to develop the sense that you are entitled to see a T&A show on the street.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:25 AM) : 

Living in Portland, Oregon. I can definitely say this is the most fashionable I have ever seen Birkenstocks look.


Blogger LaFra' said ... (2:53 PM) : 

love it!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (9:14 PM) : 

Anon 10:56, you're preaching to the choirboy. I find what you describe just as detestable. From a man's perspective, I find an overabundance of skin to be vulgar. Any of my comments throughout Scott's blog are a testament that I admire taste and discretion in a woman's choice of clothing rather than peeking thongs, winking navels, stilts and cleavages.

Give me an Audrey Hepburn or Grace Kelly whose feminine charms still inspire today over a Pamela Anderson or Paris Hilton type anytime.

Look, read my comments about Gloria above (posted by Scott at 10:11 AM) or the two ladies under Tonal Trenching (posted by Scott at 5:00 PM) and you will understand that our sentiments run somewhat in harmony.

Yet I stand firm, although the lady is obviously attractive, I find this lady's outfit somewhat reminiscent of a burka, too isolating from her environment, too protective of imaginary fiends, whether they be the climate or ogling male eyes. As a man, I would not approach the lady for fear of having a ninja star lodged in my forehead.



Anonymous kristinsdottir said ... (9:29 PM) : 

Of course I'm female and thus biased, but IMO comfortable and confident can't help but come out looking sexy ...


Blogger flybynightkarmarepair said ... (1:06 AM) : 


I saw the Avedon show at SFMOMA last week, and in my mind have been comparing and contrasting your work and his.

I love your work, but often it's static, and one of the things Avedon did was put motion into fashion photography.

I was just this evening telling someone about your work, and noting it's largely static nature, and now this!!!

Well done.


I don't see this particular picture as being about the clothes. In fact, the details that much of the work on this site concentrates on - fit, for instance - are lost here. This image is about the purity of the image itself. If you caught a glimpse of this woman out of the corner of your eye, this image, would it not burn into your retina, and it's after-image shimmer in your cortex, for a noticeable period? I would consider myself LUCKY for the rest of the day.

Who gives a shit what shoes she has on?


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (8:49 PM) : 

Agree. This picture is simply beautiful. Who cares about the clothes? The way you've captured movement is breathe-taking.


Anonymous Alessandro said ... (5:58 AM) : 

The pictures is beuatiful, no doubt. But given the title of this blog and the majority of posts, it's hardly out of place to comment on the clothes. It is most certainly not out of place to comment on Birkenstocks, an item of clothing that in my view is always out of place. If anything this picture serves as yet another example of how Birkenticks (and shoes) can affect the way somebody looks. These shoes have the power to infuse ugliness; even Heidi Klum looks ugly with them. Birkentocks are the proverbial 'ugly stick'.


Blogger Cindy said ... (10:13 AM) : 

I,too, am shocked to see Birkenstocks on the Sartorialist. But she looks great in them. Maybe with enough exposure I won't be self-conscious when I wear my comfy shoes.

See this sart posting with chic Brikenstocks:

There's hope for me.


Blogger Jules, London said ... (4:21 PM) : 

Great fluidity. Great citywear. Black is sooooo the colour for blond hair. A traffic stopper.


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