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Monday, December 27, 2010

On the Street....East 13th St., New York

Comments on "On the Street....East 13th St., New York"


Blogger S said ... (8:47 AM) : 

Wow, heavy duty. Love the use of duct tape?


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

so strange!


Blogger Rafael Franco said ... (8:55 AM) : 


Very interesting. i like the colour of the jeans and the shoes are great.

kisses from Brazil*


Blogger Meine Dinge Franka said ... (8:55 AM) : 


Very special! :-)



Anonymous said ... (8:57 AM) : 

CLEVER!!!! I can't believe you are on the streets with all that snow!! CRAZY!!

Hey SCOTT!! I would love it if you can stop by my website!

thanks !


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


xx Ale


Anonymous de chan said ... (8:58 AM) : 

Excellent ingenuity! Form & function...


Blogger Blond Panther & Louboutin... said ... (8:59 AM) : 

very strange


Blogger Izzen said ... (8:59 AM) : 

Whoa, silver duct tape = awesome, apparently.


Blogger Olivia said ... (9:01 AM) : 

That is so cool!


Blogger comme fraiche said ... (9:04 AM) : 

little bit of a contrast in shoewear in your last two posts


Blogger Tomma said ... (9:04 AM) : 



Blogger amanda archambault said ... (9:09 AM) : 

He obviously doesn't want anything touching his ankles! Serious stuff there lol

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Anonymous Anonymous said ... (9:10 AM) : 

Why did you put this photography?


Anonymous sanmiguelense said ... (9:14 AM) : 

Excellent solution!


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

This isnt fashion, or cool.. its a photo of a homeless person.. reality check please.


Blogger said ... (9:16 AM) : 

Okay not quite sure.....?

Another great use of duct tape.


Anonymous Jennifer - Stylish Clin d'Oeil said ... (9:18 AM) : 

Very grunge and futurist!
But it's weird...


Blogger Unknown said ... (9:22 AM) : 

With Duct tape and WD40 you can rule the world....smiles.


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

i don't get it


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (9:31 AM) : 

i don`t get, man, that`s a homeless person


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (9:36 AM) : 

Yes, photo of a homeless person - but wait! Urban hip-wader, boot/pant combos will be all over the runways in a couple of years!


Blogger Mary Beth said ... (9:37 AM) : 

With all the different types and colors of duct tape out there, I think duct tape will be the way to salvage bags, jackets and boots! It's very Recession-friendly too.


Blogger Unknown said ... (9:41 AM) : 

Wauw, that person really dares to wear anything.



Anonymous Anonymous said ... (9:45 AM) : 

Ingenious. Might have to try this next time I'm out shoveling snow. Seems like it would be a pain to take off though.


Anonymous Elle said ... (9:46 AM) : 

hahaha that's a genius foil to the snow over the boot problem! i'm amazed if that's bare ground in the photo... we got almost a foot here in Providence.


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

Just glad not to be homeless, living in the cold of NYC and obliged to wear gum-boots - poor guy (?) must be frozen x


Anonymous Nikki said ... (9:57 AM) : 

He's homeless, it's about function.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:00 AM) : 

It's not cool or even interesting it's just really sad as an anonymous said before this is probably a picture of someone living in the streets WAKE UP there's nothing funny!!!!
how can you comment this saying it's "so cool"?????
You are all unhearted people and in these days of Xmas you should be ashamed ....


Anonymous bijuterii said ... (10:07 AM) : 

Is this a homeless or a fashionable person??.. I think it is a very very good... photography :) Bravo!


Blogger Unknown said ... (10:15 AM) : was horrible weather here, nyc.. combination of blizzard and thunders last nite.. seriously we need to be like this if you go out side today. totally snowed in..


Anonymous jimjims said ... (10:17 AM) : 

space boots!


Anonymous Alejandra E said ... (10:21 AM) : 

Some say it's interesting... I just don't like it at all!!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:21 AM) : 

it's too cut through the snow people...without getting your ankles wet


Anonymous Istanbulboy said ... (10:22 AM) : 

Just what the doctor ordered - reading the NYC weather today...



Blogger Lasana said ... (10:26 AM) : 

Inventive as well as creative.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:29 AM) : 

I got it! It's the new trend replacing ridiculously short trousers on men.


Blogger Frozen Fashion said ... (10:33 AM) : 

NOw what is this person's story? You certainly peeked my curiousity with this picture!



Blogger Kel said ... (10:38 AM) : 

I wonder who this person is...
Construction worker having to work through the snow, business man having to trek through the snow (and saving his finest for the office) its not "fashion" (at the moment) but is sure as hell is smart. for those who've been in NY during any snow storm this is normal if you have any intentions on keeping your toes.

And for those questioning the post of the picture, not everything inspirational is candy-coated, bejeweled and obvious.

Happy Holidays


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:40 AM) : 

I agree with an earlier poster...this isn't fashion, it's (sadly) someone trying hard to keep warm. God bless!


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

Functionality before aesthetics.
I bet HIS feet stayed dry. :)


Blogger Unknown said ... (10:46 AM) : 

i love strange outfits,but this i just don't get it...

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

Scott has gone mad! this is sooooo bad... almost offensive...


Blogger Unknown said ... (10:55 AM) : 

This person is a Jedi.
Duct tape is an extension of the Force. It has a light side and a dark side and it binds the universe together.


Anonymous Karoshi said ... (10:55 AM) : 

Chilean Miner with snowboarding boots? Combination looks very hobo/need a job but it works. Really would like to know this story.


Blogger Aimee said ... (11:00 AM) : 

A neat departure from the usual lol


Blogger Aimee said ... (11:01 AM) : 

A neat departure from the usual lol


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

I think this is an artphoto. Love the colors and heavy message.
Tape is used to make sure that those good shoes are not stolen while owner sleep?


Blogger Yevgeniya Yelkina said ... (11:05 AM) : 

hahahaha i loveeee the boundaries of fashion


Blogger The Cat's Whiskers said ... (11:15 AM) : 

I really wonder what purpose this has... O.o



Anonymous cyn said ... (11:18 AM) : 

good stuff. can't quite envision how the function (getting the boots on and off) works, but certainly a picture that suggests using your imagination to translate that into fashion.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:21 AM) : 

I love the textures. This is someone who's planning to be outside for a while.


Blogger Kacrates said ... (11:21 AM) : 

Haha. So many things could be said. Lets leave it to our imagination.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:26 AM) : 

Great photograph, it really captures the ingenuity needed when inclement weather hits and what the homeless do to keep themselves alive. Very moving.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:26 AM) : 



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

Necessity is the mother of invention.

Happy holidays Scott!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:38 AM) : 

this picture shouldn't be in this blog but maybe in some hobbies blog....I don't know why people have to find something trendy in everything... sometimes there is simply nothing to notice.


Blogger Unknown said ... (11:39 AM) : 

is that... duct tape?


Blogger Sophie said ... (11:40 AM) : 

The picture is awesome. Reality is not.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:42 AM) : 

excellent post. brings us back to the practicality - and reality of fashion.


Blogger FH said ... (11:58 AM) : 

Yes strange !!


Blogger Kristel Louisa said ... (12:00 PM) : 

So unusual. It's uniquely amazing! It's just creative. It looks like high boots. Sort of.



Blogger Forty+ said ... (12:03 PM) : 

Clever way to deal with heavy snow.


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

you haven't posted since friday and you come back with this picture? truly a let down.


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

Yeah, this must be New York.


Blogger Bronwyn said ... (12:09 PM) : 

That's pretty cool. I love the open buckles and how they pick up the silver of the tin foil/duct tape...


Blogger The Sartorialist said ... (12:09 PM) : 

this person is not homeless.He is a construction worker.


Blogger Roger Mensink said ... (12:12 PM) : 

Awesome! I love the boots, but it's the duct tape in classic silver that made me take notice. It just goes to show that even a homeless person or city worker or whoever this person is can accessorize with wit and style, given what's available to them.


Blogger LatteLisa said ... (12:14 PM) : 

that's one inventive construction worker ;-)


Blogger Davidabl said ... (12:15 PM) : 

I am also wondering if it's workwear or homelesswear, due to the obvious difficulty of changing clothes at the
end of the day. If I actually lived in
NYC I'd probably not need to ask the
question. Anyway, the photo really works as a photograph. And that's no
surprise coming from the Sartorialist!


Blogger Allison M said ... (12:21 PM) : 

Homeless person or construction worker...whatever works to keep the snow out!!!


Blogger my.amalgam said ... (12:29 PM) : 


great shot scott!

only you could make a construction worker look fashionable.

watch this be the newest trend on the streets


Blogger bloggerofwrath said ... (12:31 PM) : 

He either has duct tape on to keep is boots up or his pants down.


Blogger V.V. said ... (12:32 PM) : 

Whoever this person is, there's always a slight line between what's ridiculous and what's considered "fashionable"...nowadaysit seems that everything can work and be "cool"!



Blogger 35jupe said ... (12:33 PM) : 

Clever. And I love the jedi comment above. Hope you New Yorkers are doing okay with all that snow!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:35 PM) : 

hahahaha ...and then their was silence..... Does anyone have anything to say for your yourselves?

"Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt." - Abraham Lincoln


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

We all realize that no one's going to be out in the snow in their Manolo Blahniks. I think this was a clever picture to show the craziness of this storm.


Blogger Jessie Rubin said ... (12:39 PM) : 

ahah so clever!!


Blogger "Guppy" Honaker said ... (12:41 PM) : 

Ducked tape over boots. Frankly, in a very wet enviornment that would be a brilliant way to keep the water out of your boots. But fashion statement? I don't think so.

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

I love your blog..!


Blogger Gabriel Ugoala said ... (12:51 PM) : 

very interesting though I don't get it...


Blogger anthony said ... (12:55 PM) : 

I battled with this photo. It affects the emotions in that it could be of a homeless or an eccentric person. Maybe you could have indicated that the guy is a construction worker. It comes close to the bone.


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

one look at the picture: wow.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (1:09 PM) : 

Another foray into the lives of the working classes? Honestly, The Sartorialist could use some hand holding in this area. The line between art and objectification isn't that thin, yet seems to crossed here frequently.


Blogger Gorete Sousa said ... (1:19 PM) : 

Great Pic!!!


Blogger Alan D West said ... (1:35 PM) : 

Nice shot, whether it is fashion or not is up to everyones taste, but one thing is certain it has provoked a discussion, some like it and some not. My thoughts immediately went to a working guy would love t see the rest of the outfit.

The duct tape seems to be purely practical due to the weather conditions surely?

Keep up the good work Scott.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (1:54 PM) : 

I love it - makes you think around corners.


Blogger SONGMAKER said ... (1:55 PM) : 

I love it!

This is the kind of guy (or gal?) you want around in times of crisis!

Inventive, Practical, & No-nonsense!

I swoon for folks who know how to make a way out of no way!

Survival of the fittest pair of boots!


Blogger SONGMAKER said ... (2:00 PM) : 

Oh, and I also meant to say:

Perfect photograph, Scott!

It's gorgeous.

It's like a 3-tiered cake celebrating the occasion of Blizzard Day!


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

this photo is so crisp and perfect and reminds me of my brother.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (2:27 PM) : 

Don't tell me...a statement on what not to do..


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (2:51 PM) : 

cool bots)


Blogger simply h² said ... (2:52 PM) : 

Haha, very interesting.


Blogger Gene said ... (3:03 PM) : 

I think this is incredibly unique. Maybe a bit weird, but it says some character about this person.


Anonymous IS THIS IT? models review said ... (3:08 PM) : 

Whaaat?! Man at work I hope.... in that case: great idea! :)


Blogger Unknown said ... (3:11 PM) : 

Oh, my goodness. I would love to know the story behind this ultra-utili look.

Oh, wow, wow! I don't know why I like it, but I just do.

Scott, could this look be considered a kind of "couture"?

What if our favorite designers began to incorporate this metallic look into the fabric of their jeans?

OK, designers, you may contact me for further musings on utili-style for 2011! :)



Blogger Ripped Jeans said ... (3:13 PM) : 

rough and tough!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3:18 PM) : 

I thought this was my friend, who's an avid cyclist here in Lower East Side. As we always say, "Duct tape and super glue fix everything".

It's almost pathetic some people think beauty only exists on the rack or on the window of designer boutiques.And mind you, some homeless people are dressing sensibly despite their limited source and unfortunate condition....


Blogger Salata said ... (3:31 PM) : 

Nice job man. Striking! indeed. Especially to see it on a blog like this. This is one of our realities.
A homeless person.


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

I was outside today photographing snow in Central Park, and let me tell you – this is a smart idea to tape your pants to your shoes! Of course, it is also sad because this picture is most likely of a homeless person, and this isn't a good time for them.

Either way, the silver cheers up the idea, if only a little bit...


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

You people are so funny...

This is a Cement Mason or Concrete Construction worker.

They use these boots so that concrete does not
touch their skin or feet. It's also keeps their feet dry.

Obviously no one here is in touch with the construction industry.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (4:15 PM) : 

TOO weird!


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

recycling smart ! or being clever and interesting while poor ! (i know all about the latter) : )

nice shot!


Blogger Paula Elizabeth Fowler said ... (4:19 PM) : 

Necessity is the mother of what???


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (4:19 PM) : 

Why would people be offended with this being a homeless person? Scott's blog isn't just about girls in bandage dresses and high-heels. He takes photos of people coming from ALL aspects of life. Homeless or a billionaire, both are worthy of a photograph. Good golly, you picky, whiney people.

I, for one, love it; it reminds me of something the crazy doc would wear in Back to the Future!


Blogger Aissata said ... (4:23 PM) : 

so cool


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

laugh out loud
with thumbs up!



Blogger Mileide Almeida said ... (4:51 PM) : 

very unique and full of personality!


Blogger Unknown said ... (4:56 PM) : 

Necessity is the mother of invention.


Blogger ricola said ... (5:13 PM) : 

I hate snow falling in my boot tops and have thought of doing this several times.
Also, interesting how many people who posted earlier equate functionality with homelessness.


Anonymous Daniel said ... (5:15 PM) : 

Well its what at least mens clothing is all about, useful and natural. This guy adapted to the circumstances.
he is cooler than any of the other posts simply because he did not dress conciously but naturally.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (5:32 PM) : 

zoolander derelict


Blogger Sabina said ... (5:36 PM) : 

I wish I woulda thought of that. But I would have had to tape myself up to the waist to stay dry.


Anonymous Stephanie said ... (5:39 PM) : 

Those are very interested boots.


Blogger J Kim said ... (5:47 PM) : 

Great texture.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (5:48 PM) : 

Ricola, I think people equated this look with homelessness because it's something many homeless people do to stave off hypothermia. It's seen very often. Not simply functionality, but using cheap, easily available duct tape in particular. It's not a strange conclusion to reach.

Personally I thought the boots were in too good of condition to belong to a homeless man.


Blogger Alys said ... (5:48 PM) : 

Whoa, space-age.


Blogger me and alice said ... (5:54 PM) : 

Wow I just love your blog!!!
I guess there must be a lot of snow in NYC today!!!
xoxo Susanne


Blogger the outfit diaries said ... (6:02 PM) : 

people commenting on blogs are funny, most of them always say the same, something positive, kissing ass. I don't like one thing about those boots or trousers. It's sad that he needs to tape his pants to his boots to walk trough the snow.


Anonymous Maryanne said ... (6:19 PM) : 

the " Tin Man " in Manhattan..
December 2010 blizzard.


Blogger J Kim said ... (6:33 PM) : 

To Sarah S.
Yes, some of your points are very valid, if this guy really is homeless. (But consider the fact that he might just be a construction worker among other things! We do not and cannot know it for a fact.)
However, the texture and the colour palette of this picture are interesting nonetheless, and that also has to count for something, especially in a fashion blog.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (6:52 PM) : 

Those criticizing Scott, wake up. He isn't being insensitive to the homeless and it's not about a fashion statement. It's about dealing with the snow in NYC. I live in SF and I get it because I read the news. Think twice before you make assumptions. Or you might be called an A**hole.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (6:55 PM) : 

what a smart savvy way to stay dry on the job!


Anonymous Mike said ... (7:06 PM) : 

uhh...sorry this isn't creative or stylish at all. If it was deliberate, maybe it'd be cool, but it's just a homeless guy keeping warm. Oh how avant-garde! Not really...


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (7:29 PM) : 

A symphony of form and function!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (7:42 PM) : 

I love the use of color and the carefree way the boots are in disarray. what flair, how can I meet this person? Does anyone know how to get the silver leg warmers? Are they Danskin? JCrew Soho grease pit, maybe.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (8:01 PM) : 

Since when has gaffer tape been a fashion must have. The GFC has a lot to answer for.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (8:11 PM) : 

Clearly, the homeless exist for our amusement. I hope you at least gave him a few bucks.


Blogger Whitney Sherrell said ... (8:16 PM) : 




Blogger amw said ... (9:18 PM) : 

reminds me of a firefighter for whatever reason.


Anonymous Chris F said ... (9:30 PM) : 

Wow - very brave.. especially in NYC. I think I'd call it "Holding onto lost memories," though.

Time to ditch the hobo look and get some new attire.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (9:38 PM) : 

Let me show you... Derelicte!


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

this is weird.. uncomfy tape for style..?


Blogger Luca Malcontent said ... (10:11 PM) : 

A fireman suit?


Anonymous Julie Haagen said ... (10:14 PM) : 

Cool, Chic, Colors??? I get when people don't understand what is this picture doing in here, but why do some other think this is a look???
This is just an ingenious way to befall the blizzard of new york right now!
And since we're talkin about fashion, I can only imagine that Scott found that the creativity of this man was worth posting.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:33 PM) : 

That is stupid, very disappointing you would post this Scott. It's not fashion, it's just a guy who does want stuff down his boots. Lazy.


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

I think some followers are missing the point of the Sartorialist. If you've read some of his posts in the past, Scott is inspired by photographers that capture something aside from the obvious. He looks at photography from an artistic point of view---fashion being the subject matter. So if you're thinking this has nothing to do with haute couture or fashion, you've missed the point.


Blogger Alinne's Style said ... (11:09 PM) : 

Dirty style! it's strange but interesting and particular!
Kisses, Alinne.



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



Blogger Unknown said ... (11:31 PM) : 

i love the sense of humor in this image, it honestly cant be taken serious, if at all.. :)


Blogger thwany said ... (11:52 PM) : 

<3 nyc


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

Hahahaha duck tape around the jeans was a HUGE trend when i was in 6th grade... i wore duck tape bracelets too.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:32 AM) : 

20-inches of snow, people. Add to that the mountains on curbs where you could easily sink in to your mid-thigh. Duct tape dude has the right idea. The only thing political about this photo concerns global warming!


Blogger Ruth said ... (12:50 AM) : 

So many haters... isn't this blog about real people wearing what real people wear? Sadly, homelessness is a reality. I like to think this photograph is poking fun at the absurdity of Christmas' blatant consumerism.

Great photo and thought provoking.


Blogger Unknown said ... (1:50 AM) : 

As we Canadians know, duct tape fixes everything. Duct Tape Forever!


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

This is the bomb! I live in Chicago and had to shovel snow all day and I got snow in my socks...I was so pissed off. If only I did what this guy did today...


Blogger Laura said ... (3:00 AM) : 

My favorite shot so far... probably because I am a working artist who's art is influenced by fashion. Thank you for posting.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (3:25 AM) : 

Guys, I think he's homeless and just doesn't want his boots to be STOLEN, when he sleeps.

I guess it's all a matter of perspective - as this clever post shows us...



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

Are you protesting something? Christmas spirit? These could be the footwear of some modern urban shepherd. Happy Christmas season, there are still many days of it left!


Blogger Giuppy d'Aura said ... (5:07 AM) : 

i d love duck tape bracelets!
i think that all those styles, inspired by the army or the work-and the working class-, are gorgeus!


Anonymous said ... (5:15 AM) : 

Totally disproportionate comments about the homeless person or being a cool picture. Not everything is cool and not everyone that doesn't wear Prada shoes is homeless.

Give the "photo shooter" some credit here for not necessarily wanting to show us the homeless style, but rather a functional clever solution from a man from the streets on his job.

A job not necessarily by sitting behind a desk by sipping latte's but fighting the cold weather in NY city.


Blogger MELISSA Z. said ... (6:20 AM) : 

cool and stunning! wow! love this pic!


Blogger mimi said ... (6:41 AM) : 

Great photo, mysterious and inspiring
Many thanks


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (7:45 AM) : 

Gotta love human creativity and ingenuity ;)


Anonymous Key said ... (8:19 AM) : 

Remarkable photograph, Scott. Whether it's the boots of a homeless person, a workman or someone readying for the storm it forces me to think about uncomfortable things. Sometimes life trumps style. Beautiful work.


Anonymous Alice said ... (8:31 AM) : 

Father Christmas needs new gear in the 21st century, a sign of our times due to changing weather conditions.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (9:05 AM) : 

Well, at least his ankles won't be cold, right? You do what you've gotta do to keep warm during the harsh winter.


Blogger A&M said ... (9:10 AM) : 

intersting and intriguing.



Blogger Giuseppe said ... (10:25 AM) : 

I have seen planty of workers around NYC have the duct tape around the pant and the boot, i hear is mainly to keep stuff to get inside the boot.
But what if it was a homeless guy? Why is it a bid deal posting a photo of a homeless guy? This blog is about fashion, and fashion i believe is a way of life.
Scott next time you might want to specify that:
On the Street....WORKER in East 13th St., New York... LOL!!


Blogger Eryl said ... (11:44 AM) : 

The art of dressing for the conditions one finds oneself in: problem solving and creative, much more attractive than soggy hems and water/snow stained leather. And his trousers are the colour of old photographs.

I wouldn't mind a pair of those boots myself, love the red soles.


Blogger MSlattery said ... (12:00 PM) : 

This image bothered me, too, at first, mostly because the person is cropped out and that decision prompts my curiosity. What is being withheld? Other elements: there's the child-like feeling emanating from the iconic, unbuckled boots, they seem innocent. Then the duct tape and how it's applied: spontaneously, decisively. Then the dirty pants: a little scary and "real." All together a thought-provoking image of something "fashioned."


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

Im sorry darling, great picture but this cannot be style. This is not function over fashion either. Gets some Wellies put silver duct tape all over that and waaahlaa...functional fashion grunge look. :)


Blogger Nyrha said ... (12:36 PM) : 

interesting, I kinda like it!



Blogger carl auböck architekt said ... (12:41 PM) : 

the truest picture since weeks-
time meets fashion meets politics meets everything.. gaffa is king.


Anonymous Red Red said ... (12:42 PM) : 

Getting snow down your boots sucks. Make do with what you have, or don't have. Nice job Scott.


Blogger 82Brute said ... (12:47 PM) : 

I love this photo and i think this is the perfect place for it. We get very caught up in the "conspicuous consumption" aspect of fashion where people of means distinguish themselves from the rest of us with envy-inducing, recognizably expensive clothing and accessories . However next to real adversity a preoccupation with fashion comes off as frivolous and incredibly self-indulgent. As for the subject here, judging by what appear to be broken buckles on the boots and the filthy state of the pants, I'm going to say that this a person who is making due with very little rather than, as some suggested here, a construction worker with a steady paycheck who is accustomed to working in adverse weather conditions and has the means to equip him/herself accordingly. It is certainly not a person who has the luxury to care about appearance. Interesting to see how uncomfortable this photograph has made some of us. At any rate, I do hope this person has a very good pair of wool socks under those boots. If not, I propose taking up a collection to deliver some to him/her. Scott?


Blogger Ilse van der Velden said ... (1:04 PM) : 

you've done poor or modest before but this is different..crossing a line it a homeless person? that would be the only reasonable explanation for the ducttape; he has no home in which he can take his shoes off. plus the trousers (jeans?) are very, very old and dirty...tell us Scott!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (1:10 PM) : 

It is interesting that nobody has realised that this is a battle scared and fire-proofed 'Fireman'. Am I not wrong?


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (1:21 PM) : 



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

Shades of "Home Alone". Talkin' 'bout The South Bend Shovel Slayer, son!


Blogger Vivek said ... (1:49 PM) : 

'Ghostbusters meet Metal'....nice and intresting


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (2:38 PM) : 

I think people are reading too far into this photo. Yes, it may be a homeless person, or a construction worker, or even just an experienced northerner, but the reason Scott posted this picture may simply be because he thought it was interesting. He is a "Design Influencer." Perhaps he simply hopes someone will also find it interesting and draw inspiration from it.


Blogger Davidabl said ... (3:06 PM) : 

90 years ago puttees or taller boots were used for the purpose that duct
tape is being used here. The march of
progress isn't always in the forward direction..

Here on the west coast cement work is
rarely done in vile weather so I haven't seen this particular use of duct tape


Anonymous The Style Curator said ... (4:36 PM) : 

Love it


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (5:48 PM) : 

A sartorial "There! I fixed it!" moment. :)



Blogger Fatima.Elkadi said ... (6:40 PM) : 

This I didnt understand??? Can someone please?


Blogger J.Ro said ... (6:56 PM) : 

In a snow storm, the East Village embodies the fashion tastes of Wasilla.


Blogger Jillian said ... (6:58 PM) : 

A treeplanter. That's what they do out in the bush to protect against bugs.


Blogger Chevere said ... (7:04 PM) : 

What the heck?? What is the purpose of this picture??


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (7:54 PM) : 

am I missing something?...otherwise this is ridiculous


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (8:15 PM) : 

WAY more interesting than any chanel or prada clad woman.


Blogger Cris said ... (10:06 PM) : 

thats pretty fantastic! And great shot!



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Blogger Unknown said ... (1:28 AM) : 

Thanks for "getting" NYC, Scott.
Well done.


Blogger Lisa Petrarca said ... (4:17 AM) : 

The saying that instantly comes to mind, "A picture is worth a thousand words!"


I've missed your blog posts Scott, this flu kicked my butt and kept me away. Hope you had a wonderful Christmas! Happy New Year to you and your beautiful Garance!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (4:29 AM) : 

this is so awfull!!!!


Anonymous AViewfromtheShade said ... (5:03 AM) : 

woah! what the heck! what a great idea! haha


Blogger Larissa said ... (7:29 AM) : 

amazing! it works somehow!


Blogger *sunday* said ... (8:04 AM) : 

i actually thought he was a fire fighter.. cost of the foil and the dust on his boots. could almost pass for ski boots even..


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (8:29 AM) : 

functional and horrible, definetly a new trend...


Anonymous Jenn Kelly said ... (8:54 AM) : 

my husband uses electrical tape. keeps your pant cuffs down while you're working. electrical tape (hockey tape) comes off without ripping your pants. he also uses it on our son's snowpants so snow won't go into his boot. And over his rainpants.


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

great photo.. we could use this technique too.. snow over the knees


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

Looks like his shoes laces broke so he used tape. Brilliant idea!! Love your blog!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:15 AM) : 

Love the street shots...


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (11:59 AM) : 

i love how you captured the light on this photo, sublime!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:08 PM) : 

I see the function but it's those nasty stains...plumber and grease trap come to mind.


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

My first thought was: firefighter? And then later, I passed a car accident and instead of craning my neck to see if everyone was ok, I was craning to see the firefighters shoes of choice. What have you done?


Anonymous Mandi said ... (12:38 PM) : 

On second thought, I GET IT: Duct Boots... as opposed to Duck Boots. Man are we clever!


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

How interesting that from even a waist-down shot there are enough hints to make so many people think homeless. It makes you realize just how tuned into clothing and what it reveals about us we are.

And also how easy it is to still be wrong. I thought he was homeless myself, but it turns out he is a construction worker (Scott said so in one of the comments above, but it was buried and forgotten in the comments that followed).

Makes you think.


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