Evocative and scenic Alamo Square is one of my favorite spots in the city (as evidenced by one or two other photoshoots there). From its peak you can see almost from shore to shore (or bay to breakers as some like to say) and it feels like you’re right in the center, in the heart of the city. This particular afternoon it occurred to me that the park is the living embodiment of the season — if the Sunset & Ocean Beach are December, and Downtown and the Bay behind me early June, then we’re right here in September, as summer coyly slips into fall. Strolling up past the constant crowd shooting photos of the Painted Ladies, up to the top of the park I could see the fog looming larger and thicker as it spread out across the parks, hills and rooftops of the western half of the city, while to the east the sky was clear, sunny and blue — and with me in the center, hugging my velvet coat tight whenever the wind picked up.
I love that I can still get away with wearing this sheer summer frock, just picked up the other week while browsing Urban Air Market in the Dogpatch. Amidst the selection of handmade leather goods, jewelry, and soaps, I found a booth with an amazing array of mini dresses, midi skirts, and Hawaiian print shirts, all crafted from gorgeous vintage fabrics into contemporary designs (I think we call that upcycling, non?). The maker has a shop in LA, but will also be at the September market in Hayes Valley for us in the bay area. Urban renewal fashion like that is my definitely my Achilles heel, so I’m saving up for the next market in between eyeing new coats and destroyed denim for fall. You can never really have too many coats in this town (she said to herself)…
Photographs by MB Maher