COLBY WARE, BALTIMORE SUN
April 28, 2011
When, it comes to her style, Valeska Populoh, 35, describes herself as a "shape shifter." "It depends on what I'm doing," says the Maryland Institute College of Art experimental fashion instructor. At the opening night of the eighth annual Transmodern Festival, Populoh was going for "rural transplant to urban environment" in a multi-color V-neck top from Goodwill that she'd layered over a gray graphic on black Alexander McQueen tank that she'd found at a thrift shop and black L.O.G.G. corduroys from Village Thrift. The Waverly resident then added a multi-color striped woven rayon scarf she'd found at a yard sale, a gray, orange and brown patterned newsboy cap from a New York City thrift shop, and brown lace up Frye hiking boots from thefryecompany.com. Her gold and turquoise painted wood hoop earrings came from Whole Foods. The one piece she never takes off is a wooden bead necklace that she's wrapped around her wrist to create a cuff bracelet. "There was a specific time in my life when a specific thing happened when I got this. Some people get tattoos [to remember it]. I have jewelry I don't take off."