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What Are You Wearing? 

In July, our intrepid photojournalist Jen May hit the streets of the Hudson Valley to document what we’re wearing now. It seems that not much has changed since the last time Jen went out on a similar assignment, back in 2006. We still love to look good, but practicality—and price!—is also a concern. The cities and villages of our region are made for walking, and when we go out on the town, we can’t be worried about costume changes (our token rock star, Alana Orr, excepted). Accessories and signature items—certain pieces of jewelry and footwear—need to show versatility. Vintage is often the way to go, as high-end designer fashions can be trop cher.  And once again, we’re reminded that it’s not only what you wear, but how you wear it.


HUDSON
Location: Warren Street
Name: Henry Thompson
Occupation: I represent private jet charters with Halcyon Jets. We live in New Jersey.
Define your sense of style: I’m a jeans with button-down shirt and blazer kind of guy; you wear it for work or play—you can go shopping or to the beaches of Miami. There’s nothing like a blazer and flip-flops. (“He is refined, classic, preppy, and laid back,” says Aimée.)
What are you wearing today? A Banana Republic linen jacket, classic Levi’s, a graphic T, flip-flops, and Hugo Boss sunglasses.
Tell me about these pictures on your phone: There I am at P. Diddy’s party. Me with Kelsey Grammer; also with Ben Stiller’s dad.
I bet you have some wild stories: You could say that.

Name: Aimée Spiers
Occupation: I hate that question! Do I have to answer? I’m starting over.
Define your sense of style: Versatile. He likes elegantly classic. (“Fit for a nightclub or for a polo field,” adds Henry.) You want to dress appropriately. I’ve always been a trendsetter. My mother and grandmother were both models; my mother was one of Bloomingdale’s first models. I was in a fashion show of Pol’ Atteu in Beverly Hills. He is a friend of ours. He designed for Anna Nicole Smith. I own the wedding dress she was going to wear.
What are you wearing today? A perfect summer dress by Lilly Pulitzer. Shoes, Stuart Weitzman. A Coco Chanel bag. And my ring: 18 carats with a canary in the center.


KINGSTON
Location: Broadway at the Strand
Name: Reed Karasik
Occupation: Jewelry designer. I studied fashion design in Syracuse.
Define your sense of style: I’m not into wearing what is in fashion. I wear what I feel like wearing, it is an interpretation of who I am.
Where did the pieces come from you are wearing today? The top is from a boutique in New Paltz, and I got the skirt in Spain.
Tell me about your hair: It’s usually pretty different. I’ve had every color, but I always revert back to blue.
What is your signature item? My rings. They all have special meanings.


BEACON
Location: Main Street
Name: Kayla Turner [on left, in orange]
Occupation: High school student
Define your sense of style: I like bright colors. I like to be daring and to stand out. I like to be different from other people.
Is there anyone whose style you admire? Lil Wayne.
What are you always seen wearing? My necklace (gold script, reads “Kayla”). I never take it off. My mom gave it to me.

Name
: Shanice Hughes [on right, in gray]
Occupation: High school student
Define your sense of style: I don’t like bright colors. I like to be more toned down, I wear blacks, reds, grays—but not goth.
What accessory are you never without? My NV Touch phone.


RHINEBECK
Location: East Market Street
Name: Alexia Evans
Occupation: Associate director of the Byrdcliffe Gallery
Define your sense of style: I like high-end French fashion, but I can’t afford high, high end so I do what I can to make it work. I like to do vintage ‘50s hair and makeup but I mix it up to make it a little modern.
What are you wearing today? Shorts, Limited. Top, WD-NY. Shoes, Steve Madden.
Where do you shop in the Hudson Valley? I shop at consignment stores, Express, and Marshalls in Kingston.


WOODSTOCK
Location: Tinker Street at the Village Green
Name: Galen Scheidenhelm
Occupation: I am a bartender at a little karaoke bar in New York City.
Define your sense of style: Casual, comfortable, and understated.
What are you wearing today? A Calvin Klein T-shirt, Lucky jeans, and John Varvatos boots…he is a new American designer.
What is your signature item? Motorcycle boots.

Name
: Jenna Nanke
Occupation: Hair stylist
Define your sense of style: I don’t know. (“Hippie-chic,” says Galen.)
What is your signature item? I always wear big, big earrings, but not today, as we came on a motorcycle from New York City…you know, the helmet.
What are you wearing? Handmade Italian boots from Calypso, G Star jeans, and an Urban Outfitters jacket.
What item do people always see you in? I have a big boot collection.


ROSENDALE
Location: Main Street during the Rosendale Street Festival
Name: Alana Orr
Occupation: Musician. My band is called the Duchess of Funk, but I am changing it to Orchid.
What instruments do you play? I front the band, sing, play bass, write my own songs, and play guitar and drums.
Define your sense of style: Well, I was voted funkiest dresser in high school. I guess I would say funky.
Is there anyone’s style who inspires you? I do my own thing. I see things all over that inspire me.
What is your signature item? I am never not wearing a necklace. Ninety-nine percent of the time I wear beaded jewelry that I make.
click to enlarge Beacon: Kayla Turner and Shanice Hughes. - JENNIFER MAY
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  • Beacon: Kayla Turner and Shanice Hughes.
click to enlarge Hudson: Henry Thompson and Aimée Spiers. - JENNIFER MAY
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  • Hudson: Henry Thompson and Aimée Spiers.
click to enlarge Kingston: Reed Karasik. - JENNIFER MAY
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  • Kingston: Reed Karasik.
click to enlarge Rosendale: Alana Orr. - JENNIFER MAY
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  • Rosendale: Alana Orr.
click to enlarge Rhinebeck: Alexia Evans. - JENNIFER MAY
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  • Rhinebeck: Alexia Evans.
click to enlarge Woodstock: Galen Scheidenhelm and Jenna Nanke. - JENNIFER MAY
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  • Woodstock: Galen Scheidenhelm and Jenna Nanke.

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