Monday, November 20, 2017

EXPEDITION: FASHION FROM THE EXTREME @ MUSEUM AT FIT

Shuttle Launch! Harry Gordon for pink poster dress (c.1968), UK on display at Expedition: Fashion from the Extreme @MuseumAtFIT

Over the last year, extreme shifts in politics and weather has shaped social consciousness of climate change. Similarly, everyday-wear for extreme environments has endured a fashionable facelift on account of a decades-long stylistic translation from practical to posh. Currently on show at the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology (MFIT), Expedition: Fashion from the Extreme reveals a notable correlation between clothing developed for survival in brutally harsh environments and the stylish, sartorial feats that have spawned since. Expedition presents 70 items grouped in 5 thematic "environments" inspired by land, sea and space. Keep reading for a glimpse inside...

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

-WEDNESDAY WINDOWS-

Harney & Sons -- Always a solid windowscape! Rootstein mannequin and window dressing by Polar Buranasatit

At first glance, fashion is creative, clothes are necessary, style is impressionable and all (of the aforementioned) are representative of an individual or idea. Weighing the dichotomy between a designer's creative vision and the large-scale ills of fashion's forcible footprint, where lies the balance of trend vs. ethical, sustainable and affordable fashion? This week's windows at Harney & Sons showcases stylized sophistication--made from tea bags! Look inside for a detailed shot... 

Sunday, November 12, 2017

L'ARCHE DE NOÉ (NOAH'S ARK COLLECTION) RACONTÉE PAR VAN CLEEF & ARPELS

Heron brooches  on display at Van Cleef & Arples' L'Arche de Noé

Digitized walls of simulated seas convene a tone of tranquility for L'Arche de Noé recontée par Van Clef & Arpels. Yet, contrary to the traditional treatment of Noah's Ark as centerpiece, atmospheric cues converge the eye toward hotly lit display cases--with a miss-able, skeletal vessel suspended towards the far wall. Unveiled in the the U.S. for the first time, Van Cleef's high jewels--inspired by Noah's Ark--features 60 handcrafted animal brooches enveloped in the artistic undertones of Robert Wilson's theatrical prowess. Keep reading for a look inside...

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

-WEDNESDAY WINDOWS-

Pre-holiday windows at Bergdorfs on Fifth Ave, NYC

Over lattes and laments, an epiphany of sorts. "Success" has long been a definitive black or white, with grey branded the disgraced 'in between.' Yet, as age amasses, maturity amounts to an acceptable medium--graceful acceptance of criticism prevails over perpetual "right"-ness and rapid recovery triumphs over perceived failure. Context crushes assumption, absolving insecurity. Keep reading for this week's windows at Bergdorf Goodman and reflect on the figurative seats on which we sit... 

Sunday, November 5, 2017

LOUIS VUITTON VOLEZ VOGUEZ VOYAGEZ

 Louis Vuitton presents #NYCVVV; Volez, Voguez, Voyagez, at the American Stock Exchange Building 86 Trinity Place

Almost immediate, a sense of adventure appears as guests queue to enter Louis Vuitton's NYC rendition of Volez, Voguez, Voyages. On entry, an animated train mesmerizes visitors, alluding to the forward progression and active evolution over the brand's 163 years. Building on its "art of travel" mantra, Louis Vuitton enlists the expertise of curator Olivier Saillard and artistic director/set designer Robert Carsen to saturate the former American Stock Exchange space with trunks, travel accessories and tales of historical significance. Fly, Sail and Travel with Louis Vuitton over 10 epic segments and one exhaustive journey through time. Keep reading to have a look inside...  

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

-WEDNESDAY WINDOWS-

 Gucci F/W 2017 windows on Fifth Ave.

Five letters manifest a movement founded on a premise of power--first the situation, then the silence, and now empowerment to come forward. The predatory prominence of Harvey Weinstein predicates an outpouring of #MeToo and a comraderie through comisery. Yet beyond the American entertainment industry, different views between men and women continue to fuel controversial conversation (See this article on foreign policy.com). This week's windows at Gucci seems to fit the mood. Keep reading to see the rest...

Monday, October 30, 2017

ITEMS : IS FASHION MODERN? @MoMA

A-POC Queen Textile (Issey Miyaki) show as part of the MoMA's Items: Is Fashion Modern 

When fashion re-enters the walls of a renowned art institution 7 decades after its first (and only) showing, heads turn to follow the fuss. Items--some familiar, some commissioned and 111 in total--provisionally pervade the 6th floor galleries at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), offering a sampling of a centuries' worth of fashion design and function. After a 40-year hiatus, Items: Is Fashion Modern sequels the 1944 exhibit Are Clothes Modern? organized by architect Bernard Rudofsky. Focused on select garments and their influence(s), Items: Is Fashion Modern profiles the iconic wearables that define the last decade. Keep reading for a look inside...

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

CARTIER HAUTE JOAILLERIE EXHIBITION

Necklace, Cartier London special order (1932); sold to Lady Granard

A collective of the world's rarest, most unique gems congregates in an unprecedented public exhibition as The House of Cartier transforms into a larger-than-life treasure trove, brimming with optical opulence. One-of-a-kind high jewels from Cartier's Geneva archives mingle alongside reclaimed historic pieces (some from public sale) and 100 new designs from the Résonance collection in Cartier Haute Joaillerie Exhibition. Keep reading for a look inside...

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

-WEDNESDAY WINDOWS-

 David Fielden dresses in the windows of Kleinfeld Bridal

The steady stream of Star Wars sounds followed by a persistent whir and an occasional jagged rocking likens the MRI experience to a mild roller coaster ride. The 40-minute ordeal presents a digital-device-free dreamscape, devoid of distractions and mindless mental stimulants. It becomes apparent how idleness and forced internal reflection can present an unpleasant experience, for some. Retreating to a safe space, personally, the excuse to exit reality--if even for the lesser part of an hour--is rather relaxing. Happy Wednesday; enjoy the remnants of Bridal Fashion Week in the windows of Kleinfeld, NYC...

Monday, October 9, 2017

BRIDAL FASHION : LIMOR BEN YOSEF

Leading Israeli bridal couture designer Limor Ben Yosef presents her newest collection at PureSpace Sunday

Strains of a fairytale romance materialize amid melodic sounds of a solo harp at PureSpace Sunday. Lovely ladies in light, airy dresses cascade across the sunlit space as designer Limor Ben Yosef and her team greet guests, offering strawberry cake and champagne. Hand-sewn sophistication adorns ornate, sparkle-infused looks with plunging necklines, open backs and illusion lace. Ben Yosef’s 2017 collection floats from the ceiling in elongated elegance, providing a sensual backdrop for the 2018 showcase. Keep reading to see stunning photos from the presentation...