Spring Style in Bloom

Spring Style in Bloom

A sure sign of springtime in Baltimore, the annual Flower Mart always blooms in splendid style on Mount Vernon Place. Last weekend was no exception.

The perennially popular Lemon Stick – a true Baltimore tradition – made its return, providing a sticky, sweet-and-sour treat for festival-goers young and old alike.

On Kentucky Derby day, guests at private viewing party at the Federal Hill home of Joe Alvarina included Matt Thorn, looking spiffy in this ensemble. The linen shorts are from Nautica, and shirt is Michael Kors, both at Macy’s. The bright red blazer is from Linea Uoma, hat purchased off the rack at K&G, and shoes are by Ralph Lauren Polo at Macy’s.

Also in attendance at the Derby Day party was Columbia resident Jacqueline Easley, looking smashing. Her outfit included a black-and-white pattern print dress from Zara, purchased in Madrid. The picture hat is from Hats In the Belfry in Annapolis, and shoes by Brian Atwood. She accessorized the look with a Chanel crystal cuff, and watch, bracelet and cross-body bag, all from Michael Kors.

Attending this year’s Bourbon & Bow Ties fundraiser at the Museum of Industry was Gene Michael Addis, the general manager of the Lord Baltimore Hotel. His dapper look included a deep purple and black silk smoking jacket made by Matthew Crookson in Paris.

He supplemented the look with velvet slippers from Stubbs & Wooton with a coffee and cigarettes theme, dubbed “the breakfast of champions.”

Speaking of shoes…
As a longtime fan of both Sperry’s classic top-sider deck shoes and Jack Spade’s classic looks for bags and accessories, I was immediately drawn to these canvas slip-ons designed with a nautical theme. Available this season only, these are a collaboration between the two brands. I first spotted them in a fashion feature in The New York Times and liked them so much, I had to order a pair. {$75; available online}

Brian Michael Lawrence

Brian Michael Lawrence is one of THE Baltimore style experts. After all, he was the longtime editor-in-chief at STYLE Magazine, which specialized in covering everything stylish around the Baltimore area. Brian also served as editorial director for the digital division at Sinclair Broadcasting, and creative director at Blue Sky Design. Currently, he oversees communications & marketing for the department of Tourism, Film & the Arts at Maryland’s Commerce Department.  In his bi-weekly column, you’ll get to see what cool hotspots are piquing the interest of this Baltimore style maven and why - whether it's the fabulous food, cool cocktails or elegant environs.