This past weekend, the Penn Fashion Collective had their annual fall semester fashion show. This year the theme was minimalism and form. Although it pulled me away from the blog, running the styling for the male models was a fantastic time... you will see those photos once their published.
I took this photo while some of the ladies were practicing their strut down the runway. It was interesting to see each of the model's personal style before the show, and this was easily one of my favorite outfits. Everything about it is subtle.... the tones, the lines, and the texture. I'm excited to show my work once it is available, but for now let's just enjoy this.
I'm starting to love Philadelphia. It kind of crept up on me... love has a way of doing that, no matter what it is. As I ride my bike around this city I learn to appreciate her. Coming from New York, there are a lot of complaints one can make about any city. Things actually close in Philly... things take a breath.
The explosion between history and the ever expanding concrete jungle is unreal. One moment I'm biking next to Independence Hall, and the next I'm looking at half of a retro-plane in between skyscrapers. It's bizarre in many ways, yet the mix is beautiful. I've learned to appreciate this city during my second year of school here at Wharton. Philly really has taught me to appreciate my surroundings, no matter my mindset before going anywhere.
*All photos taken from my Instagram @reggiejames_tps
We don't need to have fun in the sun these days. We take enjoyment in hot cider and stomping in puddles decorated with the leaves of Autumn. We layer ourselves in over-sized knit sweaters and quilted vests. Facing the rainy days with our Hunter boots and rain slickers. Come enjoy the season with us, before you know it... Winter's bite will be pelting us with snowballs.
If you don't get the reference, then you don't appreciate West Side Story enough, but that's neither here nor there. I love when my friends message me saying someone is dressed "blog worthy". I find it hilarious, but sometimes they are spot on. My friend Barrett is the master of Autumn style here... dark denim, quilted blazer with elbow patches, and all in grounded earth-tones. Take notes because he is laying down some serious style rules.
The man is on the run. From the Head of the Charles to the beautiful Schuylkill that runs through Philadelphia, Jack Carlson has his hands full with races and book signings. Hopefully you remember the amazing Rowing Blazers book launch in NYC... if not, here's a refresher.
After finally meeting him in person at the event in New York, Jack invited me to his most recent event in Philadelphia. Hosted by the Undine Barge Club, something I really admire about all of these rowing events is the emphasis on charity, and using rowing as a force for good. Post rounds of good food and mingling, I had a chance to have a talk with Jack one-on-one. He tried to convince me that my size is perfect for a coxswain, and that I should really consider it. I took it as half of a compliment, and half of him calling me small... but that's not the important part. We met the next morning for a couple of photos before his flight out of Philly, and he was a gentleman through and through.
If you haven't yet, buy his book off of Amazon. This three year project stands to be the "Take Ivy" and "Preppy - Cultivating Ivy Style" of rowing blazers and the culture it is submersed in. The history is beautiful and F.E. Castleberry put out some of his best work as the principal photographer. A big thank you to Jack for inviting me to these exclusive rowing events, and hopefully our mutual admiration for each other's work leads to more fun times like this.