The Women’s Board of the Johns Hopkins Hospital holds that Baltimore institution, the Best Dressed Sale and Boutique October 5-7 at the Carriage House at Evergreen House. The event (in its 45th year!) sells new and gently used men’s and women’s clothing and accessories. It’s the ultimate recycling program!
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Towson University Student Colleen Kochesfahani is making a name for herself with her fashion blog, jimmychoosonthetreadmill. (The business marketing major says she does not actually wear the high-style stilettos on the exercise machine, but wishes she could.) We will run her column from time to time and have enlisted her for a bit of fashion coverage. Keep your eye on this up and comer! – The Eds.
Without a solid plan for the weekend, Natalie and I hopped on a bus to New York at 5:30am on Saturday morning. We arrived in the city fifteen minutes before the first show of the day began and had a desperate need for caffeine. We ran down the street, duffle bags and a change of shoes in tow, grabbed bagels and coffee, and jumped on the subway. Busy applying a fresh coat of lipstick and sleep deprived, I failed to realize that we were going downtown (rather than uptown) until after several stops.
After a subway and flats-to-heels switch, we walked through the Lincoln Center doors fashionably late at 9:12am.
Geared up with iPhones, headsets, and credentials, we began the jam-packed day with the Lacoste show. Knowing that my Fashion Week was more of a Fashion Weekend, I was happy that Jill Stuart’s show was on Saturday. I had the chance to briefly go backstage to congratulate my former coworkers and to get a sneak peek of the models minutes before they walked.
Red carpet affairs, weddings, and prom nights always seem to bring to bring up the same perennial gripe: women have endless options for expressing themselves sartorially, while men must operate within a very narrow spectrum of fashion choices. A man who forgoes the plain navy suit in favor of a navy suit with (gasp!) nearly invisible pinstripes is seen as making a bold statement. Yikes.
Enter, MINTLEN, a fresh new menswear brand that debuted its first collection recently during Fashion’s Night Out. MINTLEN’s designers are clearly pushing the envelope in offering men genuinely interesting clothing options. T-shirts come printed with provocative slogans such as “Luxury Kills” and “Cold Style Cruel Taste.” The “cut + sew” line features button-down shirts with asymmetrical detail work. The designs exhibit the attitude that making bold fashion statements can indeed be fun, cool, and manly all at the same time. The brand is based in New York — although the chief marketing director, Chris Warren, was featured in Sartorial Baltimoreal and is from Baltimore — but available here at South Moon Under in Harbor East, where Warren served as men’s department manager.
South Moon Under is located at 801 Aliceanna Street, Baltimore, MD.
The new Anthropologie in Harbor East is just what you’d expect: fresh and funky. The store is a chain of over 100 stores across the U.S. and each one is pretty similar, but this one is huge, much larger than the Towson Town Center store.
Did we mention we got “Best New Website” in Baltimore Magazine’s “Best of Baltimore” issue on stands now? We did? Oh. Okay. Well, a few BFB writers and editors went to the big party at the Hippodrome last Thursday night to celebrate.
None of us had been before. It was packed. Nearly every restaurant in town had a table and was giving out bites, there were assorted bars and two live bands. The second we got there it was obvious that all of us had underdressed: Nearly everyone was dressed to the nines. Most of the women wore dresses and the men wore ties. The women’s dresses were sparkly, animal print, colorful, short, long, tight, plunging. Apparently, knock-offs of the “bandage” dress, made popular in the ’80s by French designer Herve Leger, are all the rage. (My niece told me rented one from Rent the Runway for the prom last year.)
See below for some snaps of the fun. We added our own Best of…