Time is neither here nor there, exiting one season and entering another, necessitating layers. Day wear and night wear exist as separate but morphing entities. A wardrobe of transitional objects begins to be built: linen jackets, cotton hats, and shoes that hint at the warm day trailing off into a colder ending.
Still summer to be sure, a python and shell Alaia sandal summons the heavier skins and furs associated with fall.
The black espadrille is the perfect transitional sandal - an outdoor balcony sandal - black later masking the straw at night.
A plain brimmed hat with a solid band is New York's most ubiquitous accessory, and also the ultimate transitional object from beach culture to pre-fall sport, the Polo match.
All merchandise found in Union Square, from top: Vivienne Westwood rubber slingbacks with gold ball; Ixiah basket-weave top with metallic beaded trim; Alaia python and shell sandals; Polo linen men's blazer; Valentino men's black espadrille; Victor & Rolf pinstripe men's cotton blazer; Raf Simons for Adidas men's sneaker; Comme Des Garcons navy cotton men's brimmed hat.
It is the end of summer in the local neighborhood. Doors are still open, people still taking to the street. Seamus, dressed in a Burberry trench coat and Rag & Bone straw hat, points to the teardrop jewels in Harper's Bazaar, reading pages aloud to the locals who have a permanent residence on the outdoor benches.
The summer never reached its full heat; swimmers meander in and out of the pool, the water nearly past-season for wading. A Sonia Rykiel purple cashmere hat and Pleats Please braided scarf are worn poolside over a Junya Watanabe nautical stripe.
Yet another seasonal pleasure in August - sifting through end-of-season merchandise. Seamus decides between two pairs of sunglasses while astride a bicycle. He trades a Chanel blue-tinted pair of sunglasses for vintage oval lenses. Caught between three summer identities: private detective, diligent shopper, and model, which pair of glasses should it be? And more importantly, a Row box purse, or Marc Jacobs black leather satchel? Or a simple Miu Miu wallet, the receipt still inside?
The final weeks of an up-to-70% markdown sale continue at Union Square, as in all INA locations. "All that glitters is gold," they say, but gold found its setting clutched in matte grey, black leather, and rhinestone, and all significantly reduced.
Side view: Jimmy Choo rhinestone clutch with satin lining.
From the side and above, Gucci black leather clutch with gold leather interior.
Zadig & Voltaire black leather fold-over studded flap purse, opened and closed.
At an angle: Miu Miu crushed metal leather night pouch.
Diagonal view of Donna Karan shell flap leather purse with metal fasteners.
Ina, our own Ina Bernstein, was recently photographed in a sweeping caftan for the advertisement of a Vitra lounge chair. The black and white fringed cape swung against cream leather reminded of the black and white full length hemlines in INA Soho, some replete with high necks.
Featured garments from INA Soho: Jean-Paul Gaultier black & white striped, hooded jersey dress & Pierre Hardy wedge sandal; Phillip Lim black jumpsuit with sheer neckline & YSL black suede sandal trimmed in white; Alexander Wang open-weave sweater with cropped front; Celine black & white silk blouse with neck tie, Acne striped jeans, and Carven velvet bow sling-backs.
Out on the town, in our city for the not-faint-of-heart, Soho makeup artist and Thompson Street fixture takes on New York adorned in light-heartedness.
Belle wears a ruffled tutu, an arm of feathers, and body-grazing mesh.
Belle wears all looks from INA Soho on Thompson: Hakaan tutu trimmed flesh dress & Giuseppe Zanotti white leather, studded pumps; Agent Provocateur pink-feathered loungewear & Louboutin teal, satin mule; Chanel pink & white checkered dress with pastel basket-weave Chanel slingbacks & vintage white & black quilted purse; Isabel Marant red mesh racerback coverup worn over Herve Leger bodysuit & Manolo Blahnik gold and black leather peep-toe and ankle pumps; Jean-Paul Gaultier pants with cut-away floral ruffle panel; Erdem navy and floral leather jacket with Dolce & Gabbana corset, Blumarine navy silk pencil skirt; Chanel gold lace-up gladiator sandals.
High time for a cook-out, the INA employees gathered last Thursday night around the grill behind INA, and to boot, wished Bajun an early "Happy Birthday", the manager at-large of INA Men.
Soon after blowing the candles, one of our most beloved friends and customers showed up on a chopper - here ye here ye - Meatloaf.
The staff took turns taking a whirlwind ride around Nolita, Leah first, then Sarah -
Squirrel, next, and let's not forget fashion while riding.
(A Lanvin silver leather strapped sandal on the pedal.)
Daniela waited in line with Ina for a ride, and as it turns out, both were naturals.
Ina gives the crowd a final smile, leaving us all to wonder, where's Meatloaf?