Philly our fashion twin?

November Lucky magazine, now on the stands, pairs Austin with Philadelphia. In each town, an “ultracool” woman shows what makes her town “so fashionable.” Skip Hilary Duff’s fashion advice and all those pages of shoes and head straight for page 196, where, as Austin’s fashion rep, Wendi Koletar of Kickpleat, proclaims, “There’s a lot of self-expression in Austin, but at the end of the day, it’s a low-key place. So people are into wearable, versatile clothes that are clever and fun.” And that’s even more true at the beginning of the day. She’s photographed at End of an Ear, Alamo Drafthouse, Starlite, and an unnamed breakfast spot, of which not enough’s shown for identification. The last time that Austin enjoyed such a proliferation of small, specialized clothing and accessories boutiques was just before the last crash. At that time, many of them were operated by the wives of wealthy husbands. I hope that these boutiques are doing some business. Obvious tourists seem to patronize some of Dallas South in the Second Street district. Do they shop any farther afield? Who are the Austinites who (a) have a lot of money and (b) have the time and the inclination to go from tiny shop to tiny shop and (c) actually spend money at such places? I do my share of looking, but next to no buying, and don’t see much of what’s stocked worn at any of the events that I attend.

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