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I’ve been absent, this I know.

It’s really weird how it happened, just sort of all at once. I was blogging here and then opportunity after opportunity began to knock, and responsibility after responsibility began to submit itself and before I knew it, Musings of a Gallivanting Boy had been put on an unofficial hiatus and about a month ago went to a full, official hiatus.

While it sucked abandoning the child I’d birthed and reared, he had completed his assigned task. The point of the blog was to give me a platform from which to launch into other work… and that I’ve most certainly done.

As of now I’m a writer, PR person, and part editor. All of this comes in addition to being a student. Easy tasks they are not but, they certainly are preparing me for a future in this industry. I’m not the only one maturing in fashion though.

It seems that the entire Columbia fashion industry is maturing, and progressing. This past week alone the city was privy to an exclusive Tibi Fall/Holiday Fashion Event as well as the kick off of the Urban Outfitters: Store on Tour pop-up shop. Both events were tasteful, targeted directly to the right individuals and well executed. I really did enjoy them.

Because of the many obligations there’s no way I’ll be able to pour into this blog all of what I once had. There just aren’t enough hours in the day for me to be able to. But I’m not leaving.

As I never did do show reviews for the Spring 2012 shows – and can we pllllleaassee discuss all of the insane scheduling problems that are cropping up for next year – I do plan on going back and taking an in depth look at some of the collections, so at the very least there’s that to look forward to.

There are other ideas for content but I was once told that if you keep your mouth shut about things, people can’t hold you to your word… so I’m going to try to employ that tactic.

But until the next post.



Rhythm at the River

Last week right before I went to the Man2Man event I went down to the RiverWalk and took in the Rhythm at the River event. Since I did arrive a little earlier I got to walk for about an hour or so with a friend. If you’ve never walked the RiverWalk before, it’s a long trail and you can quickly forget how long you’ve been walking and only realize how far you’ve gone when it’s time to turn around and come back. That’s exactly what happened with my friend and I.
After we finally did get back to the amphitheater we saw a local artist performing and a decent amount of people watching(half of which aren’t captured in my picture as they were on the other side. In the parking lot, artists had come and set up their works and I found myself gravitating towards that. Brian Pyle, Thomas the Younger, Joy Mullen, and Amanda Tatum were only some of the artists that I enjoyed. Thomas’s pieces with their interesting color choice and seemingly animalistic subject nature, were probably my favorites.

Brian Pyle
Thomas the Younger
Joy Mullen

See more photos on our Facebook.

Man2Man Boxing Event

Last Sunday I went out to the Man2Man event at Fight Club University. The event was the first event benefiting the Man2Man program for “at-risk” youth. I’d never actually been to a sanctioned boxing match, so the eight that I saw that night proved to be a new expereince, and one that I wouldn’t mind repeating.
It seemed like there was curse on the blue corner. As the night progressed, winner after winner emerged from the red corner. Throughout the eight sanctioned fights, two resulted in coaches “throwing in the towel”. One of the boxers seemed to not even be able to stay on his feet as hit after hit landed him on his backside, laid out on the canvas. Ages varied but seemed to include mostly high school/college aged fighters but there were a few of the exceptionally young. One such boxer quickly gained the crowd’s favor after preservering though his match and even giving a little energetic foot work. Sorry, he ended up losing his bout.

If you’re interested, make sure to go out to the next Man2Man event on July 16th.

Also follow them on Twitter for updates.

More photos are on our Facebook.

Frame of Mind Trunk Show

A few of the frames from Monoqool at FOM. More photos by Mikelle Street

So last week, not too long after the Mast Store opening, I popped into one of my favorite little shops on Main Street: Frame of Mind eyewear Boutique. Mark Plessinger, the owner, is a really artistic guy with vision and the dedication to see his vision through. Sadly the latter isn’t found in Columbia much.
Anyway, Mark hosted a midweek trunk show showing some of the latest wares from Monoqool, Derapage, Crowbae, Mainhattan and Eight Below Zero, all brands that are only sold in boutiques. There was a representative from Studio Optix there, Jack Erker, who gave me a quick run through on some of the brands and what makes them different, the most interesting of which happen to be the frames made from Mongolian Ram and African Bull horn. Erker was recently also in Huntington Beach and a few other places doing trunk shows.

Frames made out of ram and bull horn at FOM. More photos by Mikelle Street.

A few tidbits:

  • Monoqool- The frames made by Monoqool utilize a patented spiral instead of screws to connect the arms. Another bit I found interesting was the fact that some of the clear frames are actually like transitions lenses. Instead of the actual lenses changing with sunlight, the frames change.
  • Derapage- The Derapage frames also have a signature which is the layered technique. Formed from sheets of steel, the brand has it’s roots in automobiles as the factor which manufactures them is a 3rd generation race car factory in Italy. Some of the newer frames are made from Italian acetate, which is one of the strongest plastics out.
  • Crowbae and Eight Below Zero- Both of these lines are composed of frames made from animal horn, african bull and mongolian ram respectively. Because they are made of actual animal horns, there are no pair of frames that are exactly the same. The frames are all being manufactured in France, and have been made from these animals for the last 4 years. Erker also said that the horns are from animals who’ve all died from “natural deaths.”
Tonight, Frame of Mind will be also hosting another event, but this time for First Thursdays.
DR and Kelsey Granger’s work will be on display!!
Make sure to attend!

Mast Store Opens on Columbia’s Main Street

Mast Store opens on Main Street. More photos by Mikelle Street

So last week I went to the ribbon cutting of Mast General Store‘s 8th location which was at 1601 Main Street. The store is being touted as retail’s return to Main Street as well as a revitalization of a troubled corridor. The effort joins many artistic endeavors already in motion like First Thursdays and makes sure to reinforce the historic feeling that downtown Columbia is known. The building itself was restored to it’s 1927 condition.

Mast Store carries “lifestyle clothing” as well as gifts and candy. More photos by Mikelle Street

While I could go all political right now(which I actually did and deleted) about how Main Street is supposed to be being revitalized and some of the things I see that need to be redone I won’t. What I will do though, is say that Mast Store had over 500 different types of “old fashioned candies” to be bought by the pound. Of course some of the people just grabbed a few of the pieces of candy that were single wrapped for “testing”(which was totally allowed) but I refrained. The two story building was relaxed and comfortable with gifts, colorful t-shirts and outdoor/comfortable gear accompanying the candy. Patagona, Northface, TVA, and Choco are among the brands stocked.

This Thursday(today) Mast Store will be participating in it’s first First Thursday as a part of it’s Grand Opening Celebration. There will be Drawings, informative seminars and old-fashioned fun from today through Sunday(June 5th).
Hope to see you there as I’ll be dropping by.

"Hairspray" at Workshop Theatre

photo of the outside of Workshop Theatre by Mikelle Street
“Momma-I’m a Big Girl Now” by the original cast of Hairspray

Last night I went to the Workshop Theatre to see their sold out production of “Hairspray: The Broadway Musical” sponsored by the AIDS Benefit Foundaiton of South Caorlina. Having never actually been to Workshop Theatre, I found myself attracted to the small intimate cortyard and even alleyway surrounding the entrance. Since I’m not a fancy cool photographer, I had no clue how to shoot the space(alot of trees=alot of shade and I hate the flash) but I did try.
Anyway the production was a powerful one. It was set up as a sort of immersive performance with actors milling through the aisles and coming throgh back entrances to the theatre before making their way to the front stage. For those familiar with the recent movie Hairspray, while similar, the plot wasn’t exactly the same. One of my favorite numbers of the movie, “New Girl in Town,” wasn’t found in the production but instead there was ” Mama-I’m a Big Girl Now” performed by the three mother/daughter duos. For those unfamiliar with the movie, the plot is based on Tracy Turnblad who plays played by a talented Jennifer Morse, who fights for the rights of her African-American cohorts while herself being ridiculed for her weight.
The strongest numbers seemed to come from Miss Motormouth Maybelle herself, played by Michelle Nicole Rivera. Rivera’s voice held a strength, vigor, and maturity that seemed to outshine the rest of the cast. “I Know Where I’ve Been” was undoubtedly the strongest number, led by Rivera with the accompaniment of the ensemble. The resulting applause was resounding.

Hairspray will run at Workshop Theatre until June 4th with showtimes at 8.

The production will pick back up on June 8th and run till the 11th.

Call and reserve tickets because they sel out quickly.

Runaway Runway 2011 After Party

So after Runaway Runway everyone was invited to go across the street to the after party for wine and hors d’oeuvres. Seeing as my work was done at the event, I did get to scoot right on over and it was a really nice time. I can’t for the life of me remember the name of the venue but I’ve passed it countless times. It was a great night to be outside and with intimate lighting, and a jazz band, the atmosphere complimented that of the main of event nicely.
Since I did happen to still have my friend’s camera i shot around a bit, finding that I have an attraction to shots with no faces. In the future I may try to leave the photography to photographers but a fun time was had by all.

See more images from the After Party.

Exclusive Brad Boultinghouse Interview

Brad Boultinghouse talking to attendees after the show
photo by Keri Goff

Following his show on Thursday I sat down with Brad Boultinghouse to talk a little bit of shop in regards to the collection and the inspiration behind it. I have to say thanks to Keri Goff who like a trooper switched from photographer to videographer at the drop of a dime. I hope you guys enjoy the short interview as well as the images below the clip.

Brad directing models backstage
detail shot of second look
spiked wedges from aholic by Brad Boultinghouse

Sarah Hines, Me, and Hallie Lipsmeyer
Hallie Lipsmeyer, Brad Boultinghouse, Christian Barker, Sarah Hines, Me

aholic by Brad Boultinghouse 2011

Brad Boultinghouse giving his preshow speech
photo by Keri Goff

The model rounded the curve, the mosaic print rippling off of her, the high hem in front of her high enough to reveal the bottom of the bathing suit she wore beneath. It was the same look that was on the promotional image that got me interested in the show, and the same look I’d just seen backstage but as always, there’s something a bit different when you can see the fluidity of a garment as the model stomps down the runway, the dim, intimate lighting only enhancing the overall appeal.
Brad Boultinghouse showed his entire 2011 collection for his label aholic this past Thursday on the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center patio. Attendees came out for a night of champagne, hors d’oeuvres, music, and fashion with proceeds benefiting One Good Deed charity, based in Kansas City, Missouri.
The goal is to raise enough money for diapers for one hospital, for one month and update a laundry facility,” Boultinghouse exlained to me a few days before the show. He went on to detail how the $3,000 would buy diapers that would provide effective sanitation and prevent diseases for children, as well as bring the outdated laundry facilities into the 20th century in order to sustain these new diapers as there’s a landfill problem in Africa, where these funds would be headed.

see more runway images by Keri Goff

The collection showed was one that was still very much within the parameters that Boultinghouse set for himself. One look in particular, a grey body conscious cocktail dress with architectural ruffle flourishes, was a dead ringer for a black dress he showed last season. The collection surely wasn’t the same though with a great deal of fragility and even innocence in pieces.

While Boultinghouse did say he’s nervous about how his pieces will be received, he himself knows that they aren’t for everyone. That black shift dress with the white block of fabric layered over it, and those herringbone shorts, along with the rest of the collection are one of a kind pieces going to customers who don’t have to worry about going out and finding another girl with the same look. These of course are customers who have no qualms in matching the softness of a simple white cotton dress with the rough appeal of the spiked wedges that comprise one third of Boultinghouse’s entry into accessories.

see more backstage photos by Keri Goff

The collection as a whole was a consistent one, a solid one and even above average for Columbia fashion. Though possibly a tad confusing as all seasons are shown in one presentation Brad Boultinghouse ensures cohesion by telling one story, one that he says is his own, and seems to include a bit of retro sensability. I only await future collections from him.

(Sarah Hines, Christian Barker, Melissa Brown, Hallie Lipsmeyer, Me)

Grit and Glamour 2011

On this past Saturday I attended the Grit and Glamour Gala at the Columbia Museum of Art. It really was an amazing event with performances by the Unbound Dance Company, as well as The Swingin’ Richards, and MaryLiz the Princess. The museum was divided into different sections like the Piano Bar, the Hemp Bar, as well as the Coffee Bar. The largest space was in the expansion area of the museum where Izms of Art had painted the walls in graffiti. There were markers for us to add to the work but I, as always, couldn’t bring myself to do it.
All and all it was a great event benefiting a great cause. There was enough food to probably feed twice as much as we actually ate and there would be no way for me to even guess how many attendees there were. Of course there were a few familiar faces like the women of VanJean and Just The Thing, as well as The Shop Tart(who you can thank for the picture of me), and Otis Taylor of The State. Cori Hanky of Garnet and Black accompanied me and so when we get them back most of the images will be from her.

Cori Hanki and I via The Shop Tart