Thursday, September 30, 2010

Faith....Devine Street

This young lady turned every head in the gallery when she appeared wearing a beret, black lace, and gold-metal-studded shoes. Her flair for style caused me to pause: had I seen her before? Indeed I had, looking equally smashing but decidedly different. Faith's beautiful mother Barbie, an artist, was accompanying her.  Barbie told me her daughter is often the subject of her paintings--and mum encourages daughter to express herself in her clothes.  

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Farmers' Market Style....Portland

I was able to venture out to the Portland Farmers' Market on Saturday morning before my official duties resumed. What fun to capture a little of the local style....this young lady above looked utterly fetching.
These two young gents displayed appealing ensembles, as well as more than a little talent. A few steps away, I met yet another Carolinian, a handsome young man named Brian, one of the proprietors of Pine State Biscuits. Brian told me he arrived in Oregon seven years ago to visit and never left. He and two friends started baking southern-style biscuits that appear to be the hit of Portland. He even let me peer into the oven to see. I was so enthralled that I completely forgot to take his photograph. I did, however, manage to capture this young woman at work.....

And another shopper....
Though truly none of the shoppers, no matter how intriguingly dressed, could outshine the main attraction....
Natural beauties, indeed.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Lisa Marie....Portland

I was walking out of my hotel in Portland, Oregon, when I encountered this gorgeous lass in the most wonderful print dress. "Forgive me for being so forward," I said, "but if you are any indication, then the women of Portland are quite stylish." She laughed. "Thank you sir," she said, "but I'm from North Carolina."

Ah, I cooed, practically a next door neighbour. I learned that we not only had the Carolinas in common but professional interests as well. Lisa Marie is a fashion consultant who shops for individuals and styles magazine shoots. Her website is polishedraleigh.com. She'd found this dress, she told me, at Anthropologie.

As for Portland, what brings me here? If you did happen to wonder, I am flattered by your curiosity! I am participating in a debate hosted by the International Society of Polar Fleece Gatherers. It seems some would argue that recycling plastic bottles into pullovers will make the sheep obsolete. To which I say, Manchego cheese--but I should stop, lest I give my case away. Wish me luck!

Friday, September 24, 2010

Patrice....Main Street

Patrice patrols Columbia's Main Street on this fabulous yellow scooter contraption and not only does he cut quite the striking figure, but he's also the very picture of courtesy.

Ah, the enduring charm of the scooter. Many years ago, my dear friend Millicent arrived for lunch aboard a sea-foam green Vespa with matching helmet. She looked so darling, so much the part of the free-spirited sophisticate, that I forgot she was my dull old friend (apologies Milli!). For approximately 4.7 minutes, I was swooning with love. Lucky for us both, familiarity again bred contempt--and quickly; still, I have not forgotten the impact that a snappy, motorized accessory can make.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Bonnie....Main & Lady

What does one wear on the first day of autumn when the temperature is positively summeresque? Just yesterday, I met a woman from Hawaii and asked her advice. "Why the same thing we wore the day before autumn, sir," she told me, as if I'd fallen here from another planet. Fine, I suppose, on an island where there's no hope for a change of season. Surely, however, I'm not the only one flummoxed by this persistent summer in Columbia.

This lovely young lady seems to have a nice approach (which is why I photographed her)--a simple palate of beige and silver, a sleeveless dress that is cool yet doesn't scream summer. I particularly admired her silver jewelry and mesh bag. All modesty, she told me her eye-catching accessories came from an ordinary store, New York & Company.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Mildred....Downtown

I was grazing the buffet at a reception when I spied this majestic woman and her dramatic dress. I was so taken by the sight, dear reader, that I spilled the contents of my plastic party plate onto the shoes of the lady next to me. Dashing from the scene of that crime, I made my way over to Mildred quickly and was rewarded with a tasty tidbit of information: her dress was from Cameroon and indeed, she'd worn it to a Cameroonian wedding.
At Cameroon weddings, each family wears its own distinctive pattern. Mildred has traveled much of Africa, I discovered, and owns quite a few lovely handmade items. I remarked on the smocking across the top of this dress; Mildred said it's amazing how quickly the artisans who sew these dresses can create smocking such as this.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Aaron & Grant....Millwood

This is not the first time I've encountered these gentlemen, though it is the first time I've captured them together in their native habitat. By native habitat, I mean that I bumped into them at the grand opening of a thrift store, Revente's Last Call. Their style suggests to this fashion anthropologist that they possess a certain thrifting genius, a flair for the remix, if you will indulge an old man's attempts to use modern terminology.

I watched with more than a little interest to see which jackets they elected to try on, though it seems to me they cannot go wrong: their distinctive whiskers lend a certain je ne sais quoi to everything, no?

Friday, September 17, 2010

Julie....Blythewood

Darling Julie's ensemble put me in mind of Meryl Streep in Out of Africa--feminine yet ready for rugged adventure. In what I understand is known as a "senior moment", I had neglected to bring along my camera. Fortunately, the handsome gentleman, just visible on the left edge of the photo, allowed me to use his telephone to take this shot. Unfortunately, the phone camera seemed much more intent on getting the striped shirt to the right in focus, leaving Julie's lovely face looking a tad fuzzy. Perhaps I should have viewed that as an omen, dear reader: after enjoying bluegrass, barbecue and beer at a charming establishment called Smoke, I was feeling a tad fuzzy myself.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Lavell, Bryan & D.W.....Trenholm Plaza

Dear reader, imagine my delight when I spied not one--but two--young men wearing hats. Lavell, on the left, also happened to be wearing a marvelous fringed vest (and I do regret that you cannot see it in its glory. truly, I suppose, you cannot see it all, can you?). Bryan, center, was not wearing a hat--but had the richest, most melodious voice I've heard in some time. Indeed, who needs a hat when one has a voice such as that?

The three gentlemen were gracious about permitting me to interrupt their meal. They are, D.W. informed me, entertainers. They dance freestyle. I then recalled that I had seen them somewhere, in a video perhaps? Yes, they told me, I might well have see them in this one. As for the hats? "We wear hats a lot," D.W. said.

Friday, September 3, 2010

Brielle....Benedict College

Being a bit of a nerd myself, I was smitten by this t-shirt proclaiming "nerd love". Indeed, I admired the young woman's entire ensemble--bold top, skinny jeans, and matching plimsolls in a bright colour. That specific shoe style, I noticed, was worn by more than one student. A campus canvas trend, do you happen to know?

Adorable Brielle is a freshman at Benedict College, just arriving from Long Island. She is, among other things, a member of the school's renowned gospel choir, and was on her way to a rehearsal when I encountered her. She told me she found her shirt at Macy's. (That reminds me, I must send a little nerd love to photographer and friend Molly Harrell: thank you, dear, for taking this photograph for me!)