Sunday, February 28, 2010

Jason....Canal Park

This natty angler also happened to be a delightful young man.

LM: Sir, the fishing rod, the jacket--I do like the way you've put this together. May I take your photo?
Jason (first looks around, then realizes the odd elderly gent is speaking to him): Sure, I guess. Just don't put it on the internet.
LM: But that's precisely what I'd like to do!
Jason (grins then shrugs): Oh well, okay.

Friday, February 26, 2010

Elizabeth....The Vista

While enjoying a coffee with my friend Elizabeth, I remarked that I needed a photo to add to this blog. As fortune would have it, this Elizabeth materialized--looking smashing in her zebra striped cardigan and smart yellow belt. The cardigan, she told us, came from J Crew, the belt from Banana Republic. Is she a fan of animal prints, I queried. "I like patterns," the lovely young lady said modestly. She also confessed to being a bit of a shopaholic. To which I say, she shops quite well!

Thursday, February 25, 2010

May....On USC's Campus

I can count on May for snazzy jackets. On Tuesday, when the weather was delightfully warm for a February day, she had just the right thing--this lightweight coat with a graphic print.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Reid....Two Vests

I noticed that the last two times I saw my old friend, he was wearing among his layers a sweater vest. I quite liked the effect. Above, you see him in his brown version and below.... see him in grey. You also see him grimacing at me; it seems it can be rather annoying to have among one's friends a photo-snapping fashion anthropologist. Poor Reid somehow endures.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Hand in Hand....A Sunny Sunday

I admired their style, in particular her long patterned skirt. I also liked her bag, which I first thought to be a re-purposed tennis bag; on closer inspection, I now believe it to be some sort of ergonomic backpack (and the perfect shape for carrying a smoked ham, no?). For once, however, I did not barge over and make a fuss. They seemed too content with one another to be set upon by an old codger like me.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Katie....a Colourful Sweater

I adore a colourful sweater and if it has an element of the handmade about it, so much the better. Katie's not only brightened my afternoon, but with its granny squares on the sleeve, it also reminded me of dear, departed Aunt Agatha, who spent her Summer of Love living in a crocheting commune.
Before graduating to ponchos and one rather remarkable jumpsuit, Aunt A. first crocheted this pillow, which somehow came to me as a Christmas gift in 1973. (By then, I believe, she had moved on to weaving potholders.) Cheers to the granny square and its enduring warmth, both figurative and literal!

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Robin....Greene Street

Robin and I had a rousing discussion about the merits of nearby Camden, a topic that seemed well-suited to her equestrian-inspired jacket and ruffled blouse.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Emily....Saluda Avenue

Emily's cheerful plaid coat caught my eye as she exited her car on Saluda, so naturally, I intercepted the young lady. She was on her way to Bohemian, to check out the store's new location in Five Points.

Emily's coat and jeans came from Delia's at Columbiana Centre, a store she told me that is not expensive and that she's found to be a great source for denim trousers: "They have fantastic jeans, shorts and petites, all sizes, and they're not expensive," she said. Her scarf was from Forever 21, her boots just purchased on sale at Dillards, and the knit hat from Urban Outfitters--"Five bucks. I got it on sale." When I noted her smart shopping, she said it wasn't really a matter of choice: "My husband's in med school. We have to watch our budget."

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Frosty....Maple Street

This little gentleman won me over with his jaunty cap, dashing scarf, and glorious camellia for a boutineer. Alas, those may be all that's left of him by now.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Kellane & Lee Ann....Sledding

Risking hip and limb, I ventured out to a neighborhood hillside this evening for a bit of snow-inspired fun. To my delight, I found this adorable young lady improvising--with quite a bit of flair. Not only had she fashioned a sled for herself from a box, but she'd mocked up some colourful winter footwear by using plastic bags.
Kellane had lost one of her purple booties, somewhere in a bank of snow. Do be careful, Lee Ann (Kellane's mum) warned me. It's treacherous out here.....
...though I doubt if this is the safest stance to take in the snow.

Thursday, February 11, 2010


This is not the first time I've photographed Caroline nor, I hope, will it be the last. The woman's style is mesmerizing, no?

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Brave Souls....On Campus

Ordinarily, we fashion anthropologists are a hale and hearty lot. But today, dear reader, I must apologize: I could not pry myself from the wind-proof cocoon of my car. (Perhaps the heated seats are to blame!) So these photographs are a bit, shall we say, panoramic. When I spied this young man at the University of South Carolina, he looked from afar to be covered in a web of spots, somewhat like a fire salamander. Turned out the orange and black pattern across his back was actually a backpack in a large plaid.
And this young man, strolling across Blossom Street as if gale force winds were not blowing, seemed to mirror the yellow ped x-ing sign at right. My goodness, if his mum sees this I'm sure she'll want to know why he's not wearing his coat and woolly winter boots.

Friday, February 5, 2010

Adelia....The Fresh Market

Forget an apple to keep the doctor at bay: the sight of Adelia was just what I needed to cure me of the rainy day blues. I was wowed by this red coat, the bold hat and cuffs; they are very nearly a match for Adelia's radiant beauty.

I believe I might have embarrassed this lovely woman with my gushing. But Adelia was quite the good sport. The coat and hat she found at Belk on Forest Drive she told me "four or five years ago." She doesn't wear this ensemble that often, but donned it she said, because "it was raining and I didn't want to get my hair wet." I believe a toast to form and function is in order.

Thursday, February 4, 2010


Ron spent our entire lunch attempting to convince me that I need a telephone for my eye. I failed to see why, when my eye can neither hear nor speak--and in fact, can barely make out the newspaper without a magnifying glass. Then at last I realized he meant an iPhone. Well, indeed, why didn't he just say so?

I am a great fan of pairing browns and grays and thought Ron looked quite well put together in his v-neck sweater, striped shirt, and lustrous wide-wale corduroy trousers. I'm afraid his photograph of me may have caused his iPhone to short-circuit. (I confess, I felt a bit like Doc Holliday at the O.K. Corral.)

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Elizabeth....Devine Street

Was that my luncheon companion beneath the large umbrella? And was I, in fact, making her wait in this downpour? I spied the boots and feared as much. Indeed, I was right. Elizabeth is the creative talent behind Nella Designs. She makes lovely paper goods. I would expect nothing less than stylish gum boots on this one.
Late though I might be, I still troubled her to let me photograph her wellies. She found them, she told me, at the Junior League's Holiday Market and says they are also available through Or perhaps she was telling me how I might make up for my tardiness.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010


I'm so glad that I happened to glance down this aisle and catch sight of darling Drayton. Her full short skirt and boots inspired me to stop my cart and back up. Then as I turned and wheeled closer, I realized she was wearing an authentic Burberry scarf.

The skirt, she showed me, was actually a dress she'd topped with the cardigan. The boots, she proudly proclaimed, had cost just $40. And about that scrumptious scarf? It's a pattern that has been discontinued, she told me. Her mother had gotten it for her in Europe, a Christmas gift. "I love it," Drayton said. "I wear it all the time."

Monday, February 1, 2010

Renee....The Vista

Renee cut a striking figure with her winter white coat and blonde hair.