Street Style: April

Street Style: April

As we bid farewell to April, we look back at its capriciousness. Hot one moment, cold the next. After what seemed like an interminable winter, the sun and warmth of a possible spring gave hope. As quick as a Harry Potter magic wand, Baltimore’s iconic masters of street fashion sprung forward. Down puffys were abandoned to free shoulders, heavy socks gave way to sparkling toes, and short shorts gave legs their struttin’ stuff. Spirits soared as folks found it compelling to showcase a little color, to flash a little leg, to bare some skin. But as quickly as Mother nature warmed us, chilly airs rounded the bend and out came the jackets and tights. This time around – however – bright colors, shorter skirts and jaunty jackets, and white-white suits challenged Mama Nature to back off.  Warm weather, it’s a coming!!! Bring it!\

A splash of bright blue evokes the Caribbean above purple tights. Courtney heralds the beginning of spring. (Seen at Harbor East)

“Free to breathe!” Macy seems to say. (Seen on Shakespeare Street)

Shannon pairs a cool black and white striped shift with a warm black anorak. Against the flowers, it speaks spring. (Seen on Exeter Street)

An army green jacket for warmth, and a lovely lilac bag give Emily her Spring “armor” (Seen on Fleet Street)

Okay, I am in love with this gent!!! Ralph’s white jacket and pants, flower pin in lapel, natty bow tie, and bike!! Where else but Baltimore??? (Seen at Fells Point harborside)

Who wears short shorts?? Apparently, Logan does, and does it well. Shades, shoulders, patterned tights – she’s got it all happening. (Seen on 36th street in Hampden)

Cool Dude. REALLY, it doesn’t get cuter. Notice checkered sneaks, matching the checked side of fanny pack – worn crossbody, no less. Yup! With piercing adornments, Devon is a fashion statement. (Seen on Hampden’s 36th Street)

WOW!! Janelle stops traffic. Power is pink! Hot pink dress, pale pink nails, finished off with orange shoes. That’s a moment in time. (Seen in Harbor East)

Did we transport to London? Dapper John in fedora, sportscoat, cigar and dog. What else? Tude, plenty of tude! (Seen at Harbor East)

Sassy, Sassy, Sassy. Courtney’s hat, bag sandals, and smile say it all! (Seen on Exeter Street)

Keilah is fierce. Camouflage jacket, open-toe tie-ups, cropped top baring some skin – it all fights the freeze, yet welcomes spring. (Seen on Bond Street)

She’s the bomb. Coach B-Dot is her moniker. Joy is her spirit and fashion follows her game plan. Energy exudes. (Seen on Fleet Street)

Cute doesn’t get any cuter! Pompom hat to ward off chills, but spirits soar with purple ombre hair and a sparkling smile. Buh-bye, winter. Spring is in the air!!
And that’s how we roll on the streets of Baltimore!

Sascha Wolhandler

What do food and fashion have in common? Apparently quite a bit to a chef who: peels carrots and potatoes in a vintage French chef jacket (found at the Paris flea market), favors 4-inch platforms over professional clogs in the kitchen, and could be said to have a certain fetish for fashion.          Sascha Wolhandler is known around Baltimore as much for her unique style as she is as a longtime caterer, restaurateur, food stylist, and radio personality (co-contributor to "What Ya Got Cooking "on WYPR mid-days).          Her taste often reflects the cool quirkiness that is Baltimore, as do her culinary creations.           As the founder of Sascha’s Catering and the now-closed Sascha’s 527 Café, she’s known for her extraordinary skill at combining flavors and how she fashioned her buffets – pairing the fine with the rustic to create exquisite tastes and tableaus.          Food styling in the movies honed her fashion observation skills. Whether whipping up eggs for Julia Roberts in "Runaway Bride," or creating hors d’oeuvres for “House of Cards,” Sascha observed how costumers tell the “stories” of characters in how they dress the actors.          It’s no surprise that Sascha finds her favorite fashion on the concrete and cobblestones of Charm City.          "The streets, that's where I look for the fabulous combinations that humans put together…and that ‘je ne sais quoi’ moment that speaks style," the five-foot-two self-proclaimed “alley goddess” declares.          Her eye for style may also capture other street scenes that reflect our city’s cool vibe. So, look for Sascha’s “Street Snaps” that show "Baltimore rocks!"