Camille Goodman welcomes spring in front of Glo's on Olive Way. Her hatred of the fashions at her high school in Mountlake Terrace led her first to vintage stores on Broadway, then to an internship at Pretty Parlor (119 Summit Ave E), and finally to launching her own "vintage-inspired" line, Millie Vixen (myspace.com/millievixen). And look where it's taken her! Our photographers found Goodman on the planter box in front of Glo's, where she drew the attentions of two "gangster boys in a really shitty car," who circled the block, "206 hats and all." Success!
SHOES, $80 at Market Street Shoes in Ballard (2215 NW Market Street, 783-1670).
Who says models have it easy? Goodman met her black leather shoes earlier this year at a fashion show held at the Triple Door for Velouria (2205 NW Market St, 788-0330). Goodman was a model. The shoes were part of her outfit. But then the shoes left her when the organizers reclaimed them after the show. What's a girl to do? The only thing she could do: She went out and bought a pair.
SKIRT, $52 (for everyone else) at Velouria in Ballard (2205 NW Market St, 206-788-0330).
This skirt is part of Goodman's "vintage inspired" line. The fabric was purchased at Goodwill, and, she likes to imagine, came from the closet of some recently deceased grandmother. It's a box-pleated skirt, which, if you don't know what that means, is definitely worth checking out in person (preferably at Velouria, in Goodman's opinion).
SHIRT, $28, available from Millie Vixen (myspace.com/millievixen).
This scoop top gives the boys two things to pretend they're not looking at: (1) the scoopage and (2) the sexy, lacy trim on the sleeves. The top is made from a spandex/cotton blend, and the sleeves are made from fabric-store lace. Best thing to ever happen to Goodman in that top? See below.
SILVER BALLOON, $3 after serious bargaining, from homeless man who was spotted tying said balloon to pay phone in preparation for abandoning it (outside Hillcrest Market, 110 Summit Ave E, 329-4400).
On January 26, the Seattle/King County Coalition for the Homeless, in partnership with Operation Nightwatch, conducted the annual one-night count of homeless people in the Seattle area. A total of 2,159 people were found living without shelter in this region, a 16-percent decrease from the 2004 count. Is that good news? It's unclear. It could just be that the colder weather of the last two winters drove more homeless people to shelters and service agencies. In February, the Department of Housing and Urban Development estimated there are 754,000 homeless people in the United States—about 300,000 more people than there are currently beds in this country's shelters and transitional housing facilities. So how much would it cost to end homelessness in this country? That's also unclear. In February of last year, Malcolm Gladwell wrote in The New Yorker about "Million Dollar Murray," a homeless man who died in Reno after racking up a huge medical bill on the government's tab. Gladwell argued that solving "hard cases" like Murray's before they become huge financial drains on society could actually be cheaper than the amount we now spend to manage homelessness, and more effective. His silver bullet: understanding power-law distribution (www.newyorker.com).