Friday, August 28, 2009

Cutting-edge fashion - on a roll

By Michèle De Meglio

Brooklyn is full of high-end boutiques but there’s only one graffiti-clad van bringing fashion to the streets.

Since 1989, Kensington resident Derrick Meyer has parked his colorful vehicle on various street corners to sell spring dresses and winter leggings to pedestrians.

This summer, he’s found a spot in front of Trader Joe’s at the corner of Court Street and Atlantic Avenue. The Brooklyn Heights location has proven profitable, as the gourmet supermarket’s shoppers stop in their tracks when spotting Meyer’s wares.

While Meyer previously sold dresses he designed and manufactured, he now selects the most trendy — and affordable — fashions produced in India.Currently, the racks offer peasant tops and embroidered cotton skirts in a variety of summer colors including lemon, pink and lavender. These would be perfect for a Sunday afternoon stroll on the Brooklyn Heights Promenade.

There’s a variety of maxi dresses.

For a loose look, try a tiered confection in baby pink with the most subtle peach flowers. The long dress melts into a soft turquoise shade, creating a cool color-block effect.

A delicate pink, purple and green tie-dyed halter dress would be lovely for the beach or sipping piña coladas after a day in the sun.

Want to go super slinky and sexy? Try the silk halter maxi dress in a gorgeous paisley print with touches of navy and ocean blue.

All the dresses range from $20 to $40. Cheap and cute!

In the coming weeks, Meyer will switch to cooler fare, including tights and leggings in an assortment of warm colors.Fall can’t get here soon enough!

The dresses are for sale at Court Street and Atlantic Avenue every day, except during rainstorms. Contact 561-459-6023 for more details. Meyer also sells goods at the corner of Spring and Mercer streets in Manhattan.

Michèle De Meglio is a native Brooklynite addicted to all things chic. Check out Pumps & Pleats each week for more adventures as she scours the borough for fab duds and accessories.


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