Wednesday, April 18, 2018

LOOT 2018 @ MUSEUM OF ARTS AND DESIGN NYC

 Neckpiece by Gian Luca Bartellone

Spotless glass cases carry the "loot" of 35 of the world's most innovative jewelry designers. Unlike the strands of sparkles at Cartier or Tiffany's, the spread at the Museum of Arts and Design's LOOT: MAD About Jewelry takes the conceptual "statement piece" on an artistic adventure. Representing 15 countries, this year's curated selection of contemporary art jewelry brings together an assorted aesthetic with emphasis on non-traditional materials (e.g. 3D printed nylon, safety pins, crocheted textiles, bicycle tires and more). Offering celebrated artists a "public platform for their creative practice" this is MAD's 18th year of being true to its commitment of presenting jewelry as an art form. Keep reading for a peek inside...

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

IDEAS GET DRESSED: WORKS BY ZAC POSEN, MANOLO BLAHNIK, ROLAND NIVELAIS, RAQUEL DAVIDOWICZ and GEOVA RODRIGUES

Eva by Geova Rodrigues at Sapar Contemporary's exhibit Ideas get Dressed 

Starting out in solitary suspension, inspired ideas materialize into thought-turned-tangible triumphs of design. Whether napkin drawings, formal sketches or direct-on-mannequin draping, fashion designers engage in a ritualistic conjuring of creativity with each new collection. From initial vision to conceptual clarity, the precursor to perfection is a uniquely individualized prepatory process. In an intimate exploration of the drafting of daydreams, Emma Kathleen Hepburn Ferrer (granddaughter of Audrey Hepburn) embarks on her first solo curatorial endeavor, Ideas Get Dressed: Works by Zac Posen, Manolo Blahnik, Raquel Davidowicz, Roland Nivelais, Sara Zielinski and Geova Rodrigues at SAPAR Contemporary in Tribeca. Keep reading for a look inside...

Thursday, March 29, 2018

-WEDNESDAY WINDOWS-

Flowers abound at Macy's Herald Square

Taking time to triage, reflect, regroup and rebuild. In three weeks, one of my best pals unexpectedly passed, I survived a weeklong offsite (for work) and a hint of happiness wafted in. Around the world, people continue to starve, technological innovations continue to expand human horizons and our President continues penning cringeworthy tweets; time passes--Business-as-Usual--without pause. Life in intersecting and hastily finite bubbles of breath continues on a path of "ok and "goes on," with new considerations and sometimes less familiar faces. This week, the windows at Macy's summarize spring and the "newness" of another seasonal cycle. Keep reading to see more...

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

-WEDNESDAY WINDOWS-

Alice & Olivia, Soho NYC 

The past metaphorically alters one's perceived reality, recklessly rewarding risk in a world of popcorn jargon. Choices, choices... mixed amid victories and vices. Beware while appropriating assumption; sometimes "winning" is merely a fleeting moment, bestowed by chance. This week's windows at Alice & Olivia made me smile--a cheeky reminder of the tireless temptations lining shelves at the grocery store. Stay dry and Enjoy! 

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

-WEDNESDAY WINDOWS-

 Louis Vuitton, 5th Ave. and 57th St. windows

Not easily influenced by inspirational quips and chain-letter insights, recent reflection uncovers a realization that the hidden truths in mass-market messaging may actually be relatable. Entering the Dog Year, mantras prompting "You're always one decision away from a totally different life" or "You are the author of your story. If you're stuck on the same page, remember that at any moment, you have the power to write a new chapter" present new challenges. How's your story starting off his year? Keep reading to see this week's windows at LV...

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

-WEDNESDAY WINDOWS-

Bergdorf Goodman #BGClub58 windows

Sequins make a comeback, headlining Fashion week's runways and lining Fifth Ave. roadways. Back in September, Tom Ford's deconstructed disco ball aesthetic rivaled Coach's sequined slip-dresses and sequin-infused sportswear by Monse. Marc Jacobs, Sachin & Babi, Oscar de la Renta and Greta Constantine--among others--compete with equally shimmery styles. This 'round, the F/W 2018 lineup sparkles with sequined suits by Christian Cowan, Chanel and Alice & Olivia. On Fifth Ave., Bergdorf Goodman's BG Club 58 windows are ablaze with reflective looks by Paco Rabanne, Alice & Olivia, Peter Dundas, Oscar de la Renta and more. Keep reading to see the spread...

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

-WEDNESDAY WINDOWS-

Screaming Mimi's 240 W 14th St.

Just another day? or Just another excuse to celebrate? Coincidentally, Valentine's Day falls on Ash Wednesday this year. For those who acknowledge either (or both) occasion, annual rituals ensue. Beyond pink hearts and ashen crosses, St. Valentine serves as a martyr for one's predilect "love" of God or Man. Whatever stage you may be, search your soul and savor the symbolism. Stop to Smile, because somewhere along the way, some one once-loved or still loves you :)...  

Monday, February 12, 2018

CHRISTIAN COWAN A/W 2018

Lights dimming, Pre-show at Christian Cowan, Spring Studios

It's LIT Saturday afternoon as party hats, neon lights and sassy, see-thru styles parade down Christian Cowan's runway. Saturating Spring Studios with bountiful bling, a steady stream of sparkle and shine ends a harrowing wait for elevator service (to enter the show). An assortment of casual wear, party wear and sportswear--interpreted with maximalist appeal--comprises Cowan's Fall/Winter 2018 collection. Keep reading for a look inside...

Saturday, February 10, 2018

SNOW XUE GAO A/W 2018

 Snow Xue Gao 2018 A/W runway collection presented at Jing Fong 

Stylish suiting with juxtaposted jacquard are the featured special at Chinatown's Jing Fong  Thursday night. Every seat for Snow Xue Gao's  A/W runway presentation was "front row," with onlookers snaking around servings of tea and dim sum. Situated on the second floor of NYC's largest Chinese restaurant, Snow Xue Gao returns with a third showing at NYFW, with a wacky, non-traditional Mad-Men meets Picasso sequence. For A/W 2018, Gao fuses traditional tailoring with amplified proportions, crossing boundaries associated with gender-based fashion. Keep reading for a look inside...

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

WEDNESDAY WINDOW: BLACK FASHION DESIGNERS @FIT MUSEUM

[L] Patrick Kelly dress (F/W 1986) / [R] Duro Olowu ensemble (Fall 2012) at FIT's #BlackFashionDesigners exhibit ending May 2017

Adjusting to life in limbo--while on a fast train to a frightening future--has its ups and downs. Five seasons of Gossip Girl later, I'm finally securing socks + shoes at a reasonable pace and ambling towards an advanced state of lurking indoors. While unable to share street-side snaps at the moment, keep reading to see photos of the Museum at FIT's Black Fashion Designers exhibit I had neglected to post...