Sunday, December 30, 2012

Pretty Shopper....Mast General

I had to sneak a photograph of this pretty young woman, who had concocted such a pretty ensemble in minty green.  I much liked the chunky sweater paired with the tulle skirt. I have no idea what her plans might have been, but it seemed perfect attire for a little ice skating outside the Columbia Museum of Art.

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Boots & Bag....Crossing Taylor

I found myself in step with this festive combination while shopping on Main Street last week.

Saturday, December 22, 2012

J....Main Street

"I believe André Leon Talley might be at the market today," the pretty young woman whispered to me.  I looked in the direction toward which she tipped her head to see an impressive gentleman sporting a fabulous furry coat.  I watched as someone else took his picture, then asked if I might as well.  It was not Mr. Talley (who is a native of the Carolinas, by the way) but the also-stylish Mr. Anthony.  Thank you sir for the photo!

Monday, December 17, 2012

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Camel Coat....Soda City

I much admired what both these handsome chaps were wearing, but nostalgia requires than I go on a bit about the camel coat.  When I was a wee fellow, I was amused at the notion of a "camel" coat, believing it made from the hump of a camel.  The source of that misinformation was my rascally Uncle Fergus, a man who thrived on spinning up tales and terrifying children. 

Camel, I later learned, was the colour.  Indeed, a rather snooty American lady once told me she'd read in Collier's magazine that camel coloured overcoats were proper to wear in the summer, in the country, and in the South--but that navy overcoats were called for in the city, in autumn, in winter, and in spring.  Seems that we're quite right, then, to wear them here whenever we jolly well please! 

Saturday, December 15, 2012

April....Main Street

April looked absolutely adorable on a chilly morning.  And she was a delightful person, as well. Thank you dear--and I do hope you enjoy your greens!

Monday, December 10, 2012

Carri....Drip Coffee

I was enjoying a very large latte at the counter of Drip in Five Points, when I felt a wave of good will wash over me.  Was it the spirit of the season?  Or was I responding to the subliminal message emanating from the words tattooed on Carri's arms?  We chatted (she's a darling young woman) and she told me she'd just recently had the two words imprinted above her elbows.
I relate, in particular, to the word above the right one, for with my advanced years, it's a skill that seems to come quite naturally.  In other words, I may still be able to hold a grudge....but I may not be able to remember why!

Friday, December 7, 2012

Molly & Chap....London Calling


Imagine my delight when I opened up The Facebook and found a photo of this stylish chap--along with a message from photographer Molly Harrell:

This gentleman was hanging out on Brick Lane, outside Beigel's Bagel shop, near Spitalfields Market. The first and best salt beef bagel shop in London. Thought you might could use it. 

Molly is visiting London and I admit to feeling a twinge of envy. I do hope she's having fun.  I swiped the photo of her, below....
....which she just uploaded as her profile portrait.  I hope she won't mind!  Looks as if the English weather is agreeing with her.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Clogs & Cuffs....Soda City

I loved this woman's Saturday-morning-at-the-market look, particularly the way she was wearing clogs with her turned up jeans.
I also like the style of this duo, not to mention the music that they play.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Holiday Plaid....Wine Garage

This festive red and green plaid coat was all that stood between me and a free sip of cava.  As that fashion icon, dear Mr. Lincoln, might observe: a fashion anthropologist divided from his bubbly cannot stand in line for long.
Fortunately, my wait was brief--and I did put the time to good purpose, capturing a photo or two of the adorable woman wearing the coat.  I'm rather partial to a red and green plaid, as it's my family tartan.  I also found the Wine Garage to be a delight. It's a new shop on North Main Street that carries an interesting selection of wines and beers at very nice prices, across from the LambsBread vegan restaurant, if you care to check it out!

Monday, December 3, 2012

Tom & Emile....Vests


Dear reader, I confess I was tempted....to make some play on the word "vest" such as "vest friends" or "vesty interesting."  Lucky for you, I resisted!  The two gentlemen seemed too well dressed for such silliness, anyway.  Tom, on the left, has been featured on my humble blog before.  Emile, on the right, is one of the best-dressed fellows in town, but I have never had the good fortune to include him here.  Why, you might ask.
Well, I wonder if he has an aversion to fashion anthropologists.  Above, you see how it's gone with an earlier photo.  (Surprisingly, I found the "diabolical" eyebrow even more intimidating than the Hong Kong Phooey hands.)  As I reconsider, perhaps he was joking. He does seem to have a playful sense of humor, and I am rather hard of hearing, as I've proven before. At any rate, I'm most appreciative and do hope I'll find him amenable to future attempts at documenting his natty wardrobe!

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Holiday Tutu....Main Street


Memo to self, as they say, attend next year's Jingle All the Way 5k.  Apparently, it's a boon for fashion anthroplogists.  Above, you see yet another adorable runner clad in festive attire.  On the other hand, I did manage to see more than a few of the runners at the Soda City market--and the market does provide excellent coffee--which I'm not sure I'd find along the running route.
Here's a slightly different shot, taken as the runner was chatting with a market vendor who makes books.  I overheard the runner saying she'd made her tutu herself, a statement which caused my ears to perk up since I'd just held forth on the origins of the traditional tutu material, bobbinet.

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Jingle Runner....Main Street

Indeed, I did smile when I saw this darling woman. I was shopping at the Soda City Market downtown, and she had just finished some sort of jingle bell 5k.  Delightful!

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Tracie....701 Whaley

It's not the first time I've noticed: Tracie is one of those wonderful red-haired beauties who knows how to wear red well.  My memory tells me her skirt was more on the aqua-to-green spectrum than it's showing here.  Nevertheless, I like the way she and her gift bags are colour coordinated.  Perhaps that will become a holiday trend this season. If you do give it a try, please send me a photo!

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Adorable Volunteer....701 Whaley

I startled this darling young woman by taking a photograph of her. But when I complimented her on the choice of pink tulle skirt, she seemed rather delighted.
She even posed for a second picture.  Sustainable Midlands was quite lucky to have such a winsome volunteer!

Of course, 'tis the season for tulle, what with The Nutcracker being performed on stages about town.  One simply cannot have a Sugarplum Fairy without it ("it" being tulle or The Nutcracker, since both are essential, now that I consider it). Tulle netting was named for the French city of Tulle, known for its lace production in the 18th century.  The tulle you see above--and in various tutus--is more likely bobbinet, a British invention.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Holiday Shoppers....Sustainable Midlands

There was quite the crowd at the Sustainable Midlands annual holiday event to promote shopping locally for gifts.  I saw these two as soon as I walked into 701 Whaley and was instantly charmed by their style.
This was, perhaps, my favourite item of handmade clothing.....a onesie that permits you to disguise your newborn as a football.  Brilliant! And useful, no doubt.  The work of Peacock Handmade & Vintage, you can find it online at Etsy.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Cowboy Hatted Chap....Around Town

All the fond tributes to fashion icon J.R. Ewing (or perhaps I should say Larry Hagman) reminded me that I had taken a couple of photos of a man in a cowboy hat. Above, at the Jam Room Music Festival....
...and here, at the Columbia Blues Festival.  I do not know who he is, but I like his cowboy attire!

Friday, November 23, 2012

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Let Them Eat Toast....Art Museum

Is that a chrome handbag in the foreground of this photo? Yes and no...it is, in fact, a "handbag toaster", one of the many charming toasters I viewed last night at The Columbia Museum of Art.
 
Here's a combination toaster and curling iron.  The gentleman who collects these, Dr. Ken Huggins, is pictured below at right.  He is supposed to have amassed the largest collection of toasters in the world.
He is also the best sort of collector, or dare I say, toaster anthropologist--for while he has a rather serious collection of bread-burning devices, he does not take himself seriously.  I laughed throughout his informative presentation.  I learned, among other things, that the Hotpoint clothing iron got its name because it was the first electric iron to have a hot point.  Indeed, I am so swept up by this toaster madness that I suggest you replace your turkey with a large platter of toast.  I would not be surprised to learn that Dr. Huggins has a toaster shaped like a turkey in which you could singe your slices.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Chief Louie....Native American Film Festival


I just came across this photo of Chief Louie, a majestic fellow I met earlier this month during the Native American Film Festival.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Lucas....A New Look

Ah, young artists. Like Madonna and Lady Gaga, they have a penchant for reinventing themselves. Plus ça change. Or perhaps I mean vive la différence. At any rate, Lucas looked splendid with this new look...as he did before that....and before that.  (The wolf-like glint in his eye is not a part of the new look but indicative of my need for a new camera.)

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Neon Gear....Columbia Airport Runway

"You'll be like Cary Grant in North by Northwest," my friend Millicent said when I told her I was thinking of participating in a 5K on the Columbia Airport runway. Having never seen the film, I assumed this meant I should put on a snazzy suit and run to catch a flight with a beautiful woman. It sounded like a fine plan.  But when I arrived in my tweeds and tie, I realized my attire for Saturday morning's race was all wrong.  It seems vivid colours and stretchy fabrics were the order of the day.  I was delighted by the neon arm warmers I saw on some women.....
 ...as well as the amusing array of socks.  As a reader has explained to me earlier, these are not "depression" socks nor are they "expression" socks.  In fact, some runners seeking an edge are quite serious about this sort of legwear.
Though I was a tad too overdressed to race, I stuck around and bumped into my darling bud May, who was--as usual--perfectly attired.  And as she demonstrated with the blazing pace of her run, fitness is always in style.  Circling back to the Cary Grant connection, those of you who know the film may be amused to learn that I was able to outrun an incoming US Airways flight, despite my age and leather-soled footwear.  It seems that adrenaline is the ultimate performance enhancing drug.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Pilots & Twinkies....Dallas

Pilots, while always nice-looking in their uniforms, rarely attract my notice because they all look more or less the same. This pilot, however, did spark my curiosity with his rolling bag.....
...because the de rigueur black accessory was sporting some unexpected stickers.  Alas, the airport train arrived and whisked him away before I could ask about them.

On a side note: my trip to Dallas to document the history of hairnets worn by Hostess bakers was thwarted when the business shut down its ovens. While others bemoan the loss of the Twinkie, I will miss most their chocolate cupcakes with the iconic white swirl. Above, you see a 1930s bathing suit that captures the essence of everything, design-wise, that I admired.

Hairnets, by the way, have a fascinating history and can be traced as far back as ancient Greece, giving them a shelf life to rival that of the Twinkie.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Trace....Tapp's Arts Center

I was drawn to the confident combination of striped stockings, floral skirt, and patterned top.
I strolled around this pair and discovered that the boldly-clad woman was none other than Trace. She'd found the skirt, she told me, at a consignment shop. As for the gentleman in the cap, I feel I should know him. Perhaps you can tell me who he is.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Cyclist....Main Street

I'm rather fond of cyclists in general and of stylish ones, in particular.  I did admire this chap's style, especially the plaid cap!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Michael....With & Without

Photographer Molly Harrell has an amusing series of photos hanging in the lower level of the Tapp's Arts Center.  All depict good-humoured chaps sporting mustaches.  Here you see Michael, with his mustache in four photos, and without it, standing to the right.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Courtnie....Drip Coffee

Desperate for a latte to launch me into action, I lugged my old bones into Drip Coffee in Five Points yesterday morning. The sight of Courtnie so invigorated me, however, that I very nearly broke into a chorus of "Oh What a Beautiful Morning." I loved everything about her style, especially the mix of patterns.  Though I was inspired, I still imbibed. Indeed, I was next in line.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Molly....Main Street

My chum Molly Harrell is always snapping photos for this blog, for which I am tremendously grateful.  That doesn't mean, however, that she is above mocking me on occasion--as she is doing here, "posing" as a photographer for my photo. I think she looks smashing in her grey stripes with touches of bright green, nevertheless.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Space Suit....Tapp's Arts Center

Here's a fun shirt/tunic/dress depicting what appears to be our solar system.  Very Jetsons, which is among the highest praise I can heap.   Don't you like the way the leggings and socks pick up the colours of the planets?

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Elvish Vest....MLK Park

I was quite taken by the lines of this intriguing hooded vest which, yes, put me in mind of an elf or pixie.  Delightful! I also admire the way she paired the brilliant blue with full, flowing red trousers and a purple shirt.  What fun, indeed.

Friday, November 9, 2012

Bare-shouldered Dress....Tapp's Arts Center

I managed to grab a quick snapshot of this beautiful woman wearing a striking dress....and wearing it so well.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Gingham & Gold....Five Points

I encountered these two chaps Saturday at the chili cookoff in Five Points.  I was delighted by their large gold accessories and cheerful demeanor but was unsure what to make of their fashion statement. "Your check's no good here" perhaps?  If you can enlighten me, please do!