Monday, October 31, 2011

Morgan....Columbia Airport

Oh  how I do appreciate a snappily-dressed traveler.  The sight of darling Morgan and her fabulous hat almost made my six hour wait yesterday at the Columbia airport worthwhile.  Indeed, I had to know more. Morgan told me she couldn't pack the hat, so wearing it seemed the best choice. I admired not only the topper but also the aplomb with which she wore it--as if wearing a hat to the airport were an everyday sort of thing--and well it should be!  Morgan had traveled to Aiken to visit her father for his birthday and to attend the steeplechase.  She was on her way back to Philadelphia.  Such a fortunate father he is, with this sparkling gem of a daughter!

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Candy & Costumes....All Hallows' Eve Eve

I took these photographs about a month ago, while on a trip to Baltimore. They were part of a delightful candy store display. (I understand the franchise also staffs outposts in Dubai and Myrtle Beach.) The Halloween holiday weekend seemed a splendid time to post them.
They run the gamut from slightly naughty to sweetly girlish....
.....a solution to any last minute costume quandary as well as a use for excess trick or treat candy, perhaps?
If you have collected a preponderance of Twizzlers and gumballs, I can imagine seeing you out and about in something like this, even next weekend. Indeed, I hope so! (Apologies gentlemen, but the store only featured ladies' attire. Perhaps you might venture a fringed cowboy vest with the stuff.)

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Michael....Maple Street

While bicycling over to my friend Millicent's house last week, I happened across my pal Michael, who seems always to be up to something that causes this old gent's eyebrows to lift. This time, he appeared to be wearing a lady's suit jacket with 3/4 length sleeves--an item, he told me, he had in fact purloined from a woman's closet.  (Ladies, be warned--lock your closets if Mr. Krajewski is about!)
Not entirely pleased with my haphazard snapshot, Michael insisted on striking a pose, to better show off the ensemble. He told me he'd received a number of compliments (yes compliments, not comments) on the jacket--a look he thinks could catch on with young men around town.  We shall see!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Frog King Kwok....Installation

Perhaps if you crossed The Lizard Man of Lee County with local event planners Flock and Rally (the duo behind the Free Times Best Of festivities), you might get something like this installation I happened across while visiting Venice.
It was part of the Venice Biennale, and one of its chief features was the option for visitors to dress up in wacky costumes from a selection of items provided by the artist. Perhaps you will find inspiration for the upcoming costume holiday next week.
The entire display was the work of a chap who calls himself Frog King Kwok (though I find myself wanting to call him Hong Kong Phooey).  HRH Kwok has produced thousands of events around the world over the last 30 years.
Here's a photo of his logo, which does bear some resemblance to my favourite character....
...Hello Kitty.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Seasonal Palette....Main Street

Indeed, I loved the way this gorgeous woman was wearing the seasonally-appropriate combination of orange and black. She looked so marvelous....
 ...that I followed her down the street in order to get another shot.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

DJ Kingpin....Main Street

A reader submitted this photo, thinking I would like to add this t-shirt to my collection--and that reader was correct!  Apparently, Mr. Kingpin played a role in the Cola-Con event last month, helping to organize an afterparty that began well past this old chap's bedtime, alas.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Emilia....Italian Festival

I met this Polish-born beauty at the Italian Festival on Columbia's Main Street today. Grazie, dear Emilia, for pausing to pose.  Or perhaps I should say dziekuje (if only I knew how!).

Friday, October 21, 2011

Ian....Tapp's Building

I met Ian a few weeks ago, during a show at the Tapp's Building, and once again found myself thinking what a cyclical business fashion can be. No, I am not talking about the return of the Aztec print, though his shirt can make the case for it.  I refer to the accessory he's sporting--used for swatting unwelcome visitors long before the world invented handbags. That's right, the caveman's club.
There are many types of clubs in the world--the Japanese kanabo, the Irish shillelagh, and the Zulu knobkerry to name a few. Ian fashions his clubs from tree parts he collects, turning them on a lathe to give form--but at the same time, striving to retain their rustic knottiness.  Will these, perchance, catch on as the must-have item for Fall 2011?

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Guggenheim Guest....Venice

I stopped over briefly in Venice on my way back to Columbia from a research expedition and found myself lodging mere steps from Peggy Guggenheim's old place, now a museum. Though I never knew the woman well, Peggy and I had met in Venice when I returned her lost dog. She subsequently invited me to her palazzo several times for social gatherings that left me less than fit to paddle my own gondola home. Today, I found this young lady seeking respite during a school field trip. While I was viewing the art collection, she was reading on the terrace that overlooks the Grand Canal. I adored the vivid colour combination, punctuated by the black and white lace-ups.  I'd like to think Peggy would have approved.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Francie....Out of Africa

I had hired a car and headed to the Karen Blixen house on the outskirts of Nairobi, where I was more than a little surprised to hear two people discussing the flora of the Palmetto State. At first, I wondered if I had imbibed one Tusker too many....but indeed, the pair were from Columbia. We gazed at the Ngong Hills together, and the woman seemed beside herself to be reliving the movie Out of Africa. (I must admit, it is one of my favourite movies, from a fashion point of view.)  Poor dear, she'd been wearing the same outfit for more than a week--the travel skirt a purchase from the Columbia outpost of Halfmoon Outfitters.  A night later, I bumped into them again, at the Lord Delamere Terrace in town. I do hope their subsequent safari to the Masai Mara is a success.

Friday, October 7, 2011


I was enchanted by the attractive law enforcement brigade throughout the city of Florence...including these two officers encountered near the Ponte Vecchio. Indeed, they rival the Columbia police force in their ability to wear a uniform well.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Floral + Red....Florence

No, dear reader, that is not the Thunderbird Inn in the background. I am indeed in Florence, Italy, doing a bit of research--and spotted this woman on a Sunday afternoon. I was taken by the floral dress and splashes of red.