Monday, March 31, 2014

Rehearsal....Runaway Runway

When I snuck into the rehearsal for Runaway Runway (the recycled fashion show), I was hoping to get a peek at the entries in this Saturday's competition.  Alas, I was the only one there wearing a garbage bag. The models were wearing their own clothes. I thought the young woman above looked particularly charming.
I was also taken by the array of footwear, with some models shuffling along in flip flops while others test drove some rather challenging shoes. The stunning platformed stilettos above (which I'm tempted to rename stilt-ettos) were attached to a young woman with height to match.....

....this pretty model who was, I'm quite sure, as tall as that ladder you see in the background.  For more information on Runaway Runway, including how you can get tickets, go here.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Joe & Louisa....Carolina Cup

A reader in Camden sent me this photo, taken at yesterday's Carolina Cup.  The pretty young lady in the yellow dress, it seems, is the same impressive young lady who sang the national anthem to start the day's races. She's just 11 years old, yet kept her cool while performing that difficult song before some 70,000 or so people.

In any other case, I'd suppose these two were speaking to one another, as is the modern practice.  But given her success, I wonder if she and her father are calling family with the news of her triumph....or perhaps, fielding calls from agents. 

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Spring or Winter?....The Vista

I gaze out my library window and wonder if the poor dogwood attempting to bloom is as perplexed by this weather as I am.  That thought brought me to this photo, of a woman who seems to have a sound approach to our daft weather, wearing a pretty floral dress with cozy tights and ankle boots.  Indeed, on this particular evening, I saw quite a few women pairing booties with dresses.  Only after I'd  arrived home and settled in did I realize that the particular young lady above is also this darling young woman

Meanwhile, I'm put in mind of that line of verse, "April is the cruellest month," which I always took to mean that April was a horrible, wanton tease.  March, I must say, is seeming despicable...rather like an investment scam....getting up one's hopes, then utterly leaving the eager believer out in the cold.  Were I not a gentleman, I might pull on some ankle boots and kick March in the shins.  There, I feel better just for saying it. 

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Pattern + Pattern....701 Whaley

Delighted to spot these tights and this bag at an arts event....and wish I'd had the chance to meet the wearer.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Behatted Staff....701 CCA

These delightful young women greeted me when I dropped by the gallery at 701 Whaley this week. I was there for the opening of a charming show by famed milliner Leigh Magar. I'll be writing more about that show soon for this blog, but in the meantime, do enjoy the Magar hats these two are wearing so well. And if you have the chance, indeed see "Madame Magar's Workshop" at 701 Center for Contemporary Art before April 30.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Adorable Duo....The Vista

It's impossible for me to imagine how these two might be any more darling. Don't you admire the yellow on both and the way it coordinates without matching too much?

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Pattern & Layers....SOCO

Delighted to encounter this chap and his daring sport coat last evening. I do admire a man who mixes it up!  We were both attending a little social gathering at a place called SOCO, where I understand you can indulge in some co-working.  I, naturally, thought that this meant we'd all pitch in and work together on my various projects.  Rather, it means you can drop in and have temporary office space, drink the coffee, and use the wifi.

After getting all that straight, my companions and I then began a lively discussion of what exactly constitutes a "sport coat."  Here's one opinion.  I'd love to hear yours.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Monique....Art Museum Gala

Who can blame this pretty young lady for appearing a bit skeptical when an elderly gent sidled up to her at a gala. Perhaps she feared I might attempt to press her into service as my partner for the foxtrot.  But...aha....
....when she learned that I was a fashion anthroplogist admiring her frock, well, she merrily struck a pose for me.  Her charming dress is by designer Monique Lhuillier (and indeed, I don't believe that Monique is this young lady's name).  I had just the weekend prior admired this Lhuillier on the red carpet at the Oscars.  And if you should like to wear such a dress but aren't ready for ownership, you might like to know that you can rent it here.

Friday, March 7, 2014

Heather....Drip on Main

Difficult to say which I liked best--the polka dot glasses, the glittering beret, or the cheery red coat. Heather looked fantastic, as always, and was an even more welcome than usual sight because of this cold grey day.

In this photo, I  believe Heather may be looking at the same thing we other customers were enjoying at the moment--a ringside seat to a marriage proposal.  My friend, photographer Molly Harrell, snapped a photo of the happy couple and posted it here.