At the Sowa market – a boho chic Bostonian, Bianca. Black maxi dress, rust silk vest, and flat brim hat. I loved the flowing fabrics, simplicity, and overall comfort of the outfit. That, and the tiny bits of turquoise interspersed throughout.
“Besides school and working at a pharmacy in Cambridge, I try and find time to channel my creative energy by drawing. SOWA and the Boston Public Library have been huge players in my inspiration.”
“Just recently, checked out a few Janis Joplin albums. I can definitely say Joplin has been an inspiration to both my art and my style as of lately. But truly, I would say my style is quite versatile, but I always rock a lot of arm bling.”
The Institute of Contemporary Art holds an open event every first Friday
of the month for the summer, where the outside back deck overlooking the harbor turns into a dance floor with food, drinks, and a live DJ. Inside, there are performances and gallery talks. A definite must for your summer bucket list. There’s only one left scheduled for the summer, and these get entirely sold out, so make sure you buy your tickets beforehand!
I’ve found that a lot of the guests themselves are works of art——dressed up in all sorts of festive attire.
These feathers make for a brilliant silhouette against the sunset.
Hello from Oxford, UK – land of Harry Potter, Kate Middleton, and currently, Olympics mania (oh, and someone told me there’s a university here too, who knew?). My name is Grace Sun, and I’m the newest photographer for Books&Liquor! Currently in Oxford doing a creative writing program although I’m excited to be back in Harvard Square come fall for my senior year.
I spent the beginning half of the summer doing a photography internship in New York City and stumbled upon this woman competing in the retro bathing suit competition at the Governor’s Island Jazz Age Party. The event is essentially a 1920′s dress-up extravaganza, and it’s being held again on August 18th & 19th if you happen to be in the area.
The handsome gentleman in the back of this photo? None other than Bill Cunningham, fashion photographer for The New York Times.
Looking sharp in white-on-white, this couple was one of my lawn party favorites. Check out the incredible detail on her sunglasses and lace dress.
Those feathers! That bowtie!
This woman’s megawatt smile is definitely her best accessory, but her red-white-and-blue ensemble comes in a close second.
Spotted in Harvard Yard, outside of Weld: frolicking on some Faust furniture in her whimsical monochrome gray pant-dress: Government concentrator Maria Shen, who just returned, all glowing and smiles, from a semester abroad in Spain.
I often see these one-piece jumpers hanging about in numbers on the sales racks of trendy clothing stores, as few are daring enough to try this look. I think Maria pulls it off perfectly, keeping it simple, letting the silhouette speak for itself.
I was perusing the many rows of patinated tins and old daguerrotypes at the Sowa Market
, when I came across this charming and eccentric young antiques dealer, named Adam Irish, who’s been in the trade since the age of six. With his tortoise shell circle-framed glasses and straw hat, he could’ve fit right in on the set for a filming of a Mad Men episode.
He certainly sells some interesting vintage items. Check out his site here
, or visit his Etsy shop
. Or visit him next Sunday at the Sowa Market, where he’ll be hosting a stand inside. He’s friendly——chat him up, and maybe you’ll learn a thing or two about 1950s menswear.
Outside of Bobby From Boston, a Bostonian donning brilliant blues and aquamarines hues. These colors are matched perfectly in her paisley head scarf. It was no surprise to me when she told me that she worked at a fabric shop, and taught sewing lessons.
Note the incredible thimble necklace: a charming little detail that pays homage to her field of expertise!
I found Anthony outside of Concepts
, a Harvard Square based footwear/ street/ skate culture retail store.
Anthony is a photographer (which explains the lens cap outine you can see in his pocket). To be honest, I’m always a bit intimated whenever I find out one of my subjects is a professional photographer, as I’m frankly just an amateur who’s into taking photos of interesting-looking people. But Anthony was extremely nice, and even gave me some good advice.
Outside of Café Crema: a Boston-based model from Europe with a vivid color-block outfit.
And of course, cool shades.
In the Yard, On Widener Steps: a Ukrainian journalist, here for Harvard Summer School (to study modern Ukraine, I believe) with a forest-green cardigan featuring a cartoon poodle, tan sneakers, and a skirt in a wacky mustard yellow print.
Next to the Brattle Florist: flowers and fedoras. Floral prints have been around and popular for a while, but so too have fedoras. And this summer, I’ve been seeing them around the Square with more frequency than ever before.
“The word fedora
comes from the title of an 1882 play by Victorien Sardou, Fédora…
The play was first performed in the United States in 1889. The heroine of the play wore a hat similar to what is now considered a fedora. The fedora had been a female fashion. When the fedora became a male fashion item in the late 19th century, it was popular for its stylishness and its ability to protect the wearer’s head from the wind and weather.” – Wikipedia