December 10, 2018 Fash Flash: Edition #2 Baltimore kicked off its holiday season in style. Literally. I spotted all sorts of gorge getups at a number of events around town the last couple of weeks. If I had any doubts (which I haven’t) about Ayana Lugo fearlessness with fashion, they were erased when I ran into her at Rye Street Tavern after the BAHA Industry Mixer. She paired what could have been a spring-y floral cropped top with some wicked over the knee boots for a great winter look. But, the accessories Ayana was really rocking that night were the box braids she had gotten at Wazala Hair Braiding, which took two hairstylists 10 hours to create on her. Not all the art was on the walls at “A Charmed Life” closing reception at Creative Alliance. Dr. Martina Callum – a family practice physician who specializes in working with the elderly – literally “bloomed” in a resplendent red vegan leather coat that looked like it was made of petals. The flower motif continued with the vegan leather flower applique on her sweater, as well. One way to ramp up your style, borrow from a bestie who just happens to be one of B-more’s premier jewelry designers. Rochelle Carroll did supply her own standout white cowboy boots, but cadged the white fur poncho and jewelry from her pal, Shana Kroiz, for a girls night out that included a stop at “A Charmed Life” event. The holiday soiree thrown by another Baltimorean – Rachel Mulherin – brought out fashion fans in force. Starting with another of this town’s fearless fashionistas – none other than former mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake – who proved her prowess with a perfect balance of sexy sparkle and shine to welcome the holiday season. I’m totally in love with all the fab faux furs out there right now, like this navy, blush and white number sported by Kim Fisher at the Mulherin party. Fashion blogger Anna Elizabeth Hartman of “Lifestyle by Anna Elizabeth.” What is there to say? Other than….DIVINE. Also at the same party, loved the way Michelle McLaughlin kicked up her holiday look with these rhinestone bowed black satin pumps by ABS by Allen Schwartz. Fashion as art on full view at the BmoreArt Magazine Launch 06 party…with Baltimore-based art critic Michael Anthony Farley making UNION Craft Brewing his own personal runway. Check out the Johns Waters/Divine-themed onesie Farley made himself. Everything else were thrift store finds. We only wish this guy wouldn’t take himself so seriously! Local fashion designer Keyasia Coleman wasn’t wearing any of her creations that night, but she showed off her creativity in how she repurposed a pajama top in putting together a chic ensemble. Meanwhile, her pal Khera Gross showed her style talent doesn’t end with her work as a hairstylist. Photojournalist Tony McKissic may be most comfortable behind the camera. But, once I spotted him in his all-weather onesie – courtesy H&H Outdoors – topped up with his furry cap, I had to put him in front of mine!