Thursday, September 30, 2010

Sunday In The Park

Karen McGinn-Bell
Victoriana returns Sunday to Oakland Cemetery, when Atlantans of the new millenium will be transported to a nineteenth century-themed afternoon lawn party offering carriage and walking tours, music, storytelling and crafts. There is even a Teddy Bear Tea for those young enough to suspend belief every day. For the rest of us, Sunday in the Park is a living connection to our city's past.

Elements of Style In Poncey-Highland

Her "go to item", a frilly, feminine cardigan by Banana Republic caught my eye, too. She cinched it with a vintage belt from the collection of Atlanta's own Bill Hallman. The exposed zipper is an up-to-the-minute fashion of her dress by Karen Millen, where "the fit of their clothing is amazing." Marc Jacobs pumps may have required some investment, but will repay careful wearing. Monogram and heart pendants are timeless icons by Elsa Peretti.

Monday, September 27, 2010

On Auburn Avenue: Recession Chic

Morning rain put me in mind of galoshes and umbrellas, but today's surprise was this amazing pair of Tom's Wrap Boots. Part shoe, part ace bandage, they make her feel like dancing. Thrifted, cut-off man pants that will be worn 'til the point of falling apart define 'recession chic'. After all, it's not what you wear but how you rock it.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010


Onitsuka Tiger track shoes were de rigueur in my school years. Both purposefully sporting and simply elegant, this trend is a welcome return to basics for trainers. Others have rocked such shoes in blog postings here and here.

St. Charles Style

'Tis ever gratifying to meet a reader of this blog.

Autumnal Equinox on Euclid Ave

What a great mix of stylings united in her choice of color palette to welcome the new season.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

In Chattanooga: DIY

Of the dress, she told me, "It had these puffy, frou-frou sleeves,
so I cut them off." We agreed: the lovely pattern speaks for itself.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

A Girl's Best Friend

While everyone looks forward to autumn layering, being chic in this heat relies more on the hows of dressing than the whats.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Homage to The Sartorialist

An inspiration to this blog and countless others, Scott Schuman's worldly look at street styles, The Sartorialist, is a modern success story. Says he, "When I worked in the fashion industry (15 years), I always felt that there was a disconnect between what I was selling in the showroom and what I was seeing real people (really cool people) wearing in real life." That instinct has been recognized as one of Time Magazine's Top 100 Design Influencers. GQ publishes his monthly column and his photo book is must reading for the style conscious, some hundred of whom converged upon the Hagedorn Gallery last night to meet him.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Clark Atlanta University

Seersucker season remains in Atlanta, where the high temperature
today reached ninety degrees.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Scott Schuman To Visit Atlanta

photo: Scott Schuman
Leading street fashion bloggers Scott Schuman and Garance Doré will visit Atlanta and Savannah this weekend, stopping by the Hagedorn Gallery Friday evening. Click on the image for a link to his blog posting of itinerary details. See you there!

Monday, September 13, 2010

Visitor From Kyoto


In Little Five Points: Fixie

Like a fixed-gear bike, his look is pared down and elemental. Shades of grey let the colorful accessory speak for itself.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Decatur Stroll

Art Nouveau meets monochromatic geometry on the Courthouse Square in Decatur. From the front, her frock is all lines, tied together with piping, epaulettes and a bow. Follow her surprising tights to Squash Blossom Boutique for a pair of your very own. Gentlemen readers, these make lovely gifts ; )

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Toward Autumn

September brings Atlanta a welcome change from the "dog days" of August. Temperatures a bit cooler, some afternoon showers and an earlier dusk spell the ending of summer. Her cardigan by Wet Seal is an old friend that picks up the hints of autumnal color in a sundress by Forever 21, but the Volatile shoes from Festivity in Virginia Highland leave no doubt to the season.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

The Seersucker Social

It was a cool Saturday and a lovely crowd for the ride from
downtown, through Piedmont Park, Virginia-Highland and
Old Fourth Ward to Oakland Cemetery. These twelve
are highlights from a set of 100 images on flickr.
Click here for more coverage from I Dream of Bicycling.

Friday, September 3, 2010

Profile: LRW Designs

Colorful geometry and whimsey first encountered at the Gifted! market in Roswell promised a memorable meeting with the artist herself. Lynn Weinberg graciously invited me into her home studio to talk about these creations. What began with the carding and spinning of fibers evolved into hand-painting of silks for "the long, flowing dresses, 'wearable art'," she remembers. While the gutta French resist technique is now applied to her scarves alone, these delightful cotton jackets are hand-painted at the same batik workshop that she has employed from the beginning, when her husband's naval career took them to the Phillipines.
Such detail recalls a military campaign ribbon while her scarves pay homage to Alexander Calder and Piet Mondrian. It's easy to see this stilled flock taking flight on a breeze of one's own making in the wake of a bicycle or convertible sports car. Yes, these bits were the scraps. "We waste nothing," she is proud to say. More odds and ends coalesce into necklaces or earrings.
If all this creativity weren't enough for one, Weinberg has also run the business end of things since her partner retired from that role. "It's easy in this age of computers," she claims. To see for yourself how this multi-talented lady organizes the elements of her lifestyle, save the dates October 6-7 for Gifts Galore & More, an exposition of clothing, art, yoga and personal care.
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