Style Profile: James B. Williams, special events coordinator at the National World War II Museum
Wearing: Salvatore Ferragamo belt buckle, ; “Four Horsemen” by New Orleans Bow Ties; Ike Behar shirt; Gap chinos; Ray Ban sunglasses; Cole Haan shoes
THE OXFORD AMERICAN: Why is fashion important to you?
JAMES WILLIAMS: It's a self-esteem builder, and people enjoy seeing others invest time in making themselves look good. I also think it's a New Orleans hallmark. There's a degree of style and glamour connected with New Orleans, and it's expected in a time when it's lost.
THE OA: What is your favorite item in your wardrobe?
JW: For the summer, these shoes: Cole Haan, summer wingtips. I saw a picture of my grandfather in these in the '40s and I said I have to have them.
THE OA: What is your fashion trademark?
JW: Classic, but pushing it a bit. These are just Oxford, but with canvas. I wear bow ties a few times a month. When you do something too much, you become a white wall. People begin to expect it.
THE OA: What style do you admire in others but can’t pull off yourself?
JW: Casual. I wish I could, I just feel I can't do it right. Not that I wouldn’t look good in it, I just wouldn't be comfortable and I feel like what I pick is boring. But, I wish I could.
THE OA: What is your style inspiration?
JW: I love Tom Ford. He once said something like “never wear flip-flops in the city,” and I fell in love with him then. He still is sort of classic, but he pushes it a bit.
THE OA: What look do you despise on other men/women?
JW: Flip-flops. I hate them, but sometimes it I think it's sexy. As long as it doesn’t cross the line of looking lazy.
Style Profile: What the man behind Parish Chic is wearing
I taught writing this summer at Cutoff Community Center in Algiers. I thought I was suffering from a sore throat, so I bundled up with a lightweight scarf from H&M paired with Levi's jeans and jacket, a Gap v-neck T-shirt, and some old, but comfortable, Steven Madden boots. I learned after work that I had strep throat. Photo by Kesha Bullard.
The Melanted Writers Summer Reading Series staged a Literary Juke Joint at Café Treme recently, and I read a creative nonfiction piece titled “Digital Heartbreak: A Half-Assed Heartbreak." Photo by Eric Simon.
I'm wearing a cravat from Milan, a shirt by Ralph Lauren, J. Crew jeans, and shoes by Florsheim. Photo by Eric Simon.
Out on the town using the St. Charles Streetcar to bar hop. I'm wearing a now-retired straw hat from Wal-Mart, an Izod shirt, and a bow tie from The Wild Life Reserve. Photo by Yolanda Cal.
Style on the Spot: Summer Style Edition
Derrick Tabb, founder and director of The Roots of Music, in his trademark baseball cap and jeans, with band members after practice. The Roots of Music is a marching band and music program dedicated to saving the youth of the New Orleans. Tabb was a CNN top-ten hero in 2009.
Jarvis DeBerry, an editorial columnist with The Times-Picayune, and his wife, Kelly Harris-DeBerry, an activist and poet, sit on the Carrollton Streetcar. The couple met at a Cave Canem workshop several years ago and are now expecting their first child. Jarvis is wearing a Kenneth Cole Reaction suit and a hat from the American Classics line by Russell Simmons. Kelly has on a Pea in the Pod maternity scoop-neck dress in strawberry. They are both members of the Melanated Writers Collective, and Jarvis will be reading this Thursday at JuJu Bag at 7 p.m. (5363 Franklin Ave.).
Aura Fedora, a writer and audio journalist. Goorin Bros. hat (named Debbietante), Ragin' Daisy sunglasses, Wal-Mart dress.
Christy Lorio is an assistant manager at Buffalo Exchange and fashion columnist for The OA.
Buffalo Exchange purchases red dresses all year, but always sells out after multitudes of New Orleans men raid the racks every August for the Red Dress Run.
A five-alarm fire destroyed the Hubig's pie factory in New Orleans last Friday, July 27. The iconic fried-pie company has been a staple since 1922. Bootsy's Fun Rock'n on Magazine Street is one of several local stores that are supporting Hubig's efforts to rebuild.
In front of Bootsy's you'll find this reference to New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees and his recent $100 million contract, one of the largest in NFL history.
Frock Candy offers ladies some options for this weekend's Whitney White Linen Night.