Street Style: Fall-ing into Fashion

Street Style: Fall-ing into Fashion

Fall often is thought of as nature’s denouement as it moves slowly towards winter. But for me, it is – in fact – my new beginning…as it is for local fashion fans.

My mental calendar is locked to coincide with the new school semester. New beginnings. Energies are reignited from summer’s lethargies. Succulent Honey Crisp apples – tart and sweet – seem to meme the crispness in the air. And pumpkins are everywhere. Time to put away the Orioles jerseys (repressing our sad season) and dust off those Raven’s sweats (hoping for happier results). The crash-and-dash films of summer have ended and more serious films emerge. Museums host new events.  Quirky taxidermy at the Walters, and several events at the BMA seemed to stoke our Baltimore fashionistas. While on the streets, flip flops were banished for boots and stilettos, ornamental ear embellishments sparked trending ear statements, and the fall hues of orange, gold and beige and browns appeared to reflect in much of street fashion. However, a fairly warm Indian summer provoked some summer-to-fall crossovers. Bright yellow jump suits and earthy toned overalls were made modern by midriff baring crop tops.   And because it was 89 degrees on the last day of September, a stunning pair of black hot pants with some red-hot bootie stilettos grabbed everyone’s attention. Hello, fashion forward Baltimore! As I sipped my pumpkin latte in the morning, nibbled at a pumpkin muffin at noon and nursed a ginger pumpkin martini at 5, I marveled at the fall fashion parade that is our Baltimore.

Pack away summer’s woes from the O’s & say hello to HOPE for Raven’s Madness
(Seen on Broadway, Fell’s Point)

Antlers and briarwood decorate this modern-day wood nymph (Seen at The Walters Art Museum)

The Power of the Dot!!!!! Polka On!!
(Seen at The Walters Art Museum)

Apollo fades into the background, compared to these two gods!
(Seen at the Walters Art Museum)

Eyes Wide Shut. Not.
(Seen at The Walters Art Museum)

Flirty, skirty! (and we could swear we saw a wink from a certain stone-faced admirer)
(Seen at The Walters Art Museum)

Amusing musing.
(Seen at The Walters Art Museum)

Foxy lady!
(Seen at The Walters Art Museum)

Hats. Off.
(Seen at The Walters Art Museum)

Ya had me…

…at the red stilettos!
(Seen on Bond Street)

Yellow with brick road beats yellow brick road.
(Seen on Bond Street Wharf)

On trend overalls, bare midriff and purple greyish dreds – a modern fashion moment
(Seen at Bond Street Wharf

Our noble leader of Snap – always working – but really “working it” in those calypso ruffled pants (Seen at the Baltimore Museum of Art)

And that’s how we roll in Baltimore, folks!



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!"