Friday, January 31, 2014

Robbie & Boots....Blue Marlin

This weather had me searching for boots...a search that caused me to happen across this photo. I took it several weeks ago at a lively party and had forgotten about it.  Despite the "mood" lighting, I believe you can make out the woman's fabulous 60s outfit--piled high technicolour hair, matching boots, and a marvelous foil-ish dress with fake fur cuffs.  The gentleman is no slouch either, with his ruffled shirt and velvet jacket. There appears to be a third head in the photo, which I took to be some sort of macabre accessory until I adjusted the exposure and realized we had a third chap, body and all, involved.

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Buttons & Tresses....CAE & BOS

I was waiting to nab my valise from the carousel at Columbia Metropolitan Airport last evening when I glimpsed this attractive woman and her magnificent buttons.
Here's a bit of a better look. I was particularly taken by the buttons' size, perhaps because I'd been in below freezing Boston for the last three days, struggling to button my coat while wearing mittens.  I'd made a note to myself to get better gloves.  Perhaps I just need larger buttons.
While in Boston, I happened across my old friend May (a recurring coincidence, this business of bumping into her, one which defies scientific explanation).  Not only was she well-dressed for the weather, but she had just had her hair transformed into a do she said was inspired by That '70s Show, in a place called Drybar (not to be confused with Carrie Nation).  I looked into having my hair dried there, but the polite staff gently suggested that wispy hair+a balding pate=little need for their services. (Can you tell I spent most of this trip with a group of MIT brainiacs? I was researching the history of the pocket protector, but that's a story for another day....)

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Cozy Nightcap....Goatfeathers

All this chatter about a second polar vortex reminded me: During our last cold snap, I ventured out for a nightcap and found this handsome, friendly chap sporting a nightcap of another sort.  By the way, the gentleman was managing two looks at once--this flannel and suede ensemble above the table, fluffy sweatpants beneath--perhaps a trick he learned from a local news anchor?

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Fuzzy, Peachy....Eggroll Station

Pardon the fuzzy photo--but I was delighted by this fuzzy wool cap and puffy peach coat I spied while waiting for takeout.

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

4 Questions For....Larry Hembree

"Well, it's probably pretty odd for a guy to direct a play centered around women's clothing, but the language, the imagery, the humor, the depth and the nuance that are all in the script leapt off the page when I first read it."

So said Mr. Larry Hembree when I got in touch about the play Love, Loss and What I Wore, which he is staging this month at Trustus Theater.

I hope I won't offend him by saying I did not find it odd at all for this guy, actually.
As you may or may not know, Mr. Hembree has dressed as a woman on more than one occasion--and thanks to photographer Molly Harrell, I have pictures. 

I found him so convincing as Sen. Jim DeMint's sister this past Valentine's Day, that I participated in his Christian speed dating event for more than a half-hour before I realized the entire thing was a sham.  Love and loss, indeed!

Love, Loss and What I Wore is a play by the beloved Ephron sisters, one that explores how items in our closets relate to moments in life. It's based on a memoir by Ilene Beckerman. In light of the play and his other "experiences" with fashion, I was eager to receive Mr. Hembree's reponse to my 4 Questions:

1. In preparing this play for the stage, what revelation did you have about fashion?
From now on, when I am at a cocktail party and there is a lull in the conversation, I will just say the word "fashion" and the women will not shut up for the rest of the party.

2. What can men learn from wearing women's clothing and would you recommend it?
All men should wear women's clothes at least once. This is true: As soon as the hose go on, they will start becoming a woman. After the lipstick, the will BE a woman.

3. Women dress in menswear and no one lifts an eyebrow. But J. Edgar Hoover purportedly wears a skirt and pumps and creates a stir. Why do you think this is?
98 percent of men are insecure. Period. J. Edgar Hoover is part of the 2 percent who are not. This is not really an answer to the question, but I just wanted to say it.

Mr. Hembree in plaid,
from his Twitter profile
4. Anything you wish I'd asked? If so, will you ask yourself, then answer it?

What is/was your favorite article of clothing you've owned and worn?
When I was in the seventh grade, I had this awesome pair of bell bottoms that were part of a leisure suit. I thought I looked really sexy in them. They were plaid. I would always wear them to the Moose Club when my grandmother would take my twin sister there to play bingo. I guess I thought they were sophisticated, too.

 I, for one, am always eager to see what Mr. Hembree is up to, for it never fails to delight....not unlike bell bottom trousers in plaid. You can read a bit more about this play at Trustus on my most recent post for Fig.

Monday, January 6, 2014

Stylish Duo....Columbia Museum of Art

I was on my way to the museum to see the Annie Leibovitz exhibit before it closed when this pair caught my eye.
Here's a closer look at the handsome gentleman. Lovely trousers, no?
And the even more lovely lady.

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Columbia Street Style....In Vogue

While sipping my coffee this morning, I happened across a "best of street style 2013" post on Vogue.  While end-of-year lists sometimes try my patience, this one rather delighted me.
I found that their images of fashion from New York, Paris and other stylish cities were rather like the delightful ensembles I'd documented here in Columbia.
For example, they have a fashionable young woman running about in a tulle do we.
They have beautiful women wearing black dresses with some of the dress do we.
Dare I say our denim head-to-toe look is more delightful than theirs?
And though they show a denim jacket with a bold design, we one up them with Wonder Woman sported by no less than the King of the Crown.  (Not that it's a competition, of course.)

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Two-Hatted Chap....Main Street Ice

You've no doubt heard the saying "two hats are better than one" and indeed, with temperatures this morning at or about freezing, it's bound to be so.  I was totally charmed by this fellow's approach.

Friday, January 3, 2014

Cola on Ice....Main Street

My goodness it is chilly today in our little Soda City. I saw this woman in her cozy coat and scarf at the Main Street ice rink last week.  The bold combo of  plaid, stripes and big fringe was eye-catching!  Well done.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Trench Coat....For a Rainy Day

Certainly a good day to sport this classic foul-weather foiler.  Or you might elect to do as I have--stay indoors, take some tea, and contemplate the old question: who invented the trench coat? Burberry? or Aquascutum?

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Father Time + New Year....Main Street

This vintage postcard shows a familiar New Year's duo--the old chap and the youth of the new year. It reminded this old chap that I had a photo of a pair of silver boots on an adorable young person, perfect for the start of a shiny 2014....
I also commend the fellow in the background on his shoe choice.