Don Bauder 7:30 a.m., July 30
The great thing about San Diego and the current fashion trends in general, is that individual style is celebrated. It’s not unusual to see people wearing 1960’s inspired, Grunge, Glam Rock, Great Gatsby influenced, or even Victorian sty clothinleg out and about in SD. Anything goes. Yesterday, in Hillcrest, I ran into three people that represented different eras in American fashion.
First there was Adriana Bernal whose outfit was pulled from the late 80’s early 90’s grunge era. Her outfit looked like something D'arcy Wretzky would have worn on stage in the 90’s. The 19-year-old city college student wore Charlotte Russe creepers, H&M tights, a vintage Gap jacket that belonged to her mom in the 80’s, and Forever 21 black shorts.
I found international student, Kay Kim on 5th Avenue in Hillcrest. His outfit is a mix of modern meets Mr. Roger’s. His cardigan, loafers and plaid pants resemble items hung in my grandfather’s closet only better fitting with smoother lines. Kay’s style is what I like to refer to as grandpa chic. At first glance every article of clothing appeared vintage but in reality he bought everything new in Korea.
Lastly, I found Ron Abreu on University and Louisiana (at the cusp of North Park/Hillcrest); He was waiting for a bus in a powder blue textured suit circa the 1970’s. He wore a bolo tie and a hat with an extravagant feather. He was perfectly happy to be photographed but did not want to answer any of my questions.