On the Town

Bluffton fashionistas storm Savannah

Babbie Guscio
Babbie Guscio

I love clothes and design and have always been interested in colors and how things are put together.

We went to the Charleston Museum when I was eight years old. Even then, I was struck by the way the clothing looked and how much smaller people were back then - about my size at the time or a bit taller. We have all gotten much bigger and it is probably because we have easier access to food though I am not sure about that.

In any case, when I hear about a new emporium featuring clothing or fabrics my ears perk up. H&M , the much talked about retailer extroidinaire, opened recently in downtown Savannah. I gathered several fashionistas together and off we set to check it out.

The store is in a newly refurbished historic building that is four stories tall. There are escalators and elevators so there is no problem getting up or down to see all that is offered. There are two floors of lady-teen clothes, and others for children and men. The lady-teen clothing is made for European sizes because one has to go up 1 or 2 sizes so arms can be lifted and pants can be pulled up.

The prices range from $5 to $10 for some items up to a max of $49 for other more well-made garments. It would be a great place to nip into if you need a top or inexpensive dress to wear once or twice. We were not overly enthused about the store.

A little bit down Broughton Street, we found Club Monaco, which is a very small attractive boutique showcasing higher end outfits suitable for a night out or a fun afternoon soiree. Across the street is Bluffton's Calhoun Street sister shop Spartina, which we really like. The Spartina shop on Broughton Street is lovely and rivals its Bluffton relative in charm and lovely offerings.

There is a charming French cafe around the corner from the shop, Anthropologie, that is quite reasonable and good. The cafe is not open on Monday so plan another day to go.

A designer hero

While on the subject of clothing, Carolina Herrera is a designer who has been in the fashion industry for over 35 years. She has designed gorgeous clothes for women the world over and has been called “Fashions First Lady.”

I do not own any of her designs but I have copied her style. One of my favorite looks is a full skirt in a lovely color or print topped by a white button down shirt or beautiful cashmere sweater, a classic combo. Herrera is a wife, mother and grandmother of great style and beauty and one day I would love to meet her.

The Savannah College of Art and Design has honored Herrera for her 35 years of timeless elegance with an exhibit of more than 75 garments of her design.

The exhibit - “Refined Irreverence” - runs through Sunday, Sept. 4 at the SCAD Museum of Art, 601 Turner Boulevard in downtown Savannah. The museum is closed on Monday and there is an admission charge.

We now have a gorgeous treat to look forward to this coming November and December.

New flower garden to bloom

The Camellia Garden at Honey Horn on Hilton Head Island has just become a part of the American Camellia Garden Trail. There are 31 other camellia gardens located throughout America, including Middleton Place in Charleston and Masse Lane Gardens in Georgia, and this Honey Horn garden will be a special, nearby present to all of us.

The beautiful camellia garden at Honey Horn features a diverse collection of 131 historic and exotic camellia varieties. The garden is a gift to the community given by Fred and Donna Manske, who fell in love with the camellia plant 12 years ago.

The Camellia Garden at the Coastal Discovery Museum is the only public camellia garden on Hilton Head and it is open daily to all for no charge. I can't wait until November to see and enjoy this beauty thanks to the Manke Family.

Go to www.coastaldiscovery.org for more information.

Spend a Saturday on the Sound

The Port Royal Sound Foundation invites everyone to the Maritme Center to enjoy, Saturday on the Sound, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug.27.

There will be food, fun and lots of festivities for all ages. Admission is free so come experience, discover and explore what the center is all about. The center is located at the Chechessee River Bridge on Highway 170.

Call 843-645-7774 or visit www.PortRoyalSoundFoundation.org.

Babbie Guscio is the social columnist for The Bluffton Packet. She can be reached at The Store on Calhoun Street or at thestoresc@gmail.com.