Who/What/Wear: Black is back as summer fashion gets moody

I waited for local artist BEATRIX (below) to emerge from toy store Alakazam for 15 minutes while she was shopping with her grandchildren. The eptuagenarian is something of a street style star, having been featured multiple times on Ari Seth Cohen’s blog Advanced Style and profiled on the popular site StyleLikeU. Here she’s wearing a decade-old leather wrap dress of her own design. “I had a fabulous seamstress here…you just gave her a drawing and she did it like couture!” She describes her shoes as, “also a little bit antique,” with a laugh, but her fashion-forward tote is Pleats Please by Issey Miyake.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

B.K. and JONATHAN were in town from New York City, where she studied advertising at Pratt and he studied marketing and management at NYU. The future power couple was dressed the part in all black, “our go-to in the city,” said Jonathan. “I really like looking at blogs and picking which pieces I like best and seeing how those will work in my wardrobe,” he said of his personal style. “Then just finding consistencies in all of those things to make a full outfit.” B.K. agreed that street style blogs are a big inspiration. She put her best face forward in an Alexander Wang jacket, neutral layers and platform espadrilles by Robert Clergerie. Jonathan wore a Drew Keith jacket overtop a wings + horns hoodie, a T-shirt from Uniqlo, jeans by Cheap Monday and Martin Margiela trainers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

ANTOINETTE was having lunch in the park when I asked to take her portrait. With her cropped bob and clad in her “weekend uniform” of a black maxi dress and sandals, both from Urban Outfitters, she evoked an early-oughties Selma Blair. “I pretty much always use this handbag,” she said of her Mulberry Bayswater. “I just love to lug everything around with me.” Antoinette cites Gwen Stefani as a timeless fashion icon and movies as a frequent impetus for trying new styles. “If I watch a movie the night before and I really like a character in the movie, that’s usually most inspirational [for me].”

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