Street Style: Heat Chic

By Sascha Wolhandler

And just like that, SHAZAM, it’s summer! Images of lemonade and vodka, of baseball and beaches, and languid walks by the harbor – all inspire creative fashion moments to Baltimore’s cityscape. Brilliant white, with architectural splashes of color, helps to ward off the hot sun. Be it cowboy boots combined with a summer flirty dress, Lucite heels to complement designer white jeans, a  classic jeans jacket over a pale pink strapless dress, or hats galore, folks are bringing a statement look.  Bold stripes and colorful florals – as well as a palette of pastels and sophisticated khaki – make this a hot Baltimore fashion moment. And did I mention nails? I saw some examples that would make Cardi B. swoon. Bring on your heat, Summer, a little sweat never deterred our Baltimore fashionistas.

Petticoat Junction meets the wild west – cowboy boots for a cool summer look on Deema (Snapped on Thames Street)
Melody kicks it up with bodacious florals aboard the USS Constellation (Snapped in the Inner Harbor)
Sheyla and Qunyezjeia bring a garden to the USS Constellation (Snapped in the Inner Harbor)
Pilates, schmilates, it’s a workout look that works for Stephanie. (Snapped on Aliceanna Street)
Designer urban chic rules as Elena sports a Borsalino hat, Bottega Veneta flats and Alaia bag. All a wow! (Snapped on Broadway)
Kirsten is quintessential hipster in strapless pink dress, giant hoop earrings…
…and statement nails. (Snapped in Fell’s Point)
Ebony’s all-white ensemble takes a flight of fashion…
And those fabulous nails give her look some added polish. (Snapped on Broadway)
Pink and white and a passel of tassels make a perfect summer look for Felicia. (Snapped on Broadway)
Melissa sports a maxi dress with maxi style. (Snapped on Broadway)
Erin’s sophisticated “onesie” and hat, has that has super summer punch. (Snapped on Broadway)
On Marie – peek-a-boo perfect under the perfect summer chapeau. (Snapped on Broadway)
Reem crushes with a fashion moment: perfect white jeans, a sunny black and white top…
…with a flash of yellow of her burlap bag…
…and killer Lucite heels. (Snapped at Ouzo Beach, Lancaster Street)
“Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” seems to be the call of Tiffany, Portia and Luscious.
And talk about “ nailing it” – say no more! (Snapped at Azumi, Harbor East)

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!"