It's April, and flowers are starting to bloom all over. They are certainly blooming in stores all over New York. Why not pick some and create some new spring looks. As in nature, there are so many varieties of blossoms to choose from. Boho to structured looks, street style and more, what ever your style is, there is a floral for your style. Try the Alexander McQueen rose printed blazer contrasted with a white eyelet dress is a fabulous new way to wear the look. A great play on masculine/feminine.
Vintage tinged rose motif are for making a fashion statement. Romantic daytime looks in filmy chiffons from the cult Australian label Zimmerman, Sporty roses for sundresses and rompers for a weekend vibe, or casual tops to mix with colors colorful jeans bring an of the moment update to your look. How about a pair of rose printed jeans? That's something completely different. Take the look into the night with a divine chiffon pastel blue floral print Gucci dress topped off with a jacket and a pink satin sash.
The Boho florals look even newer when they are executed in tonal neutrals and blues. The black ground prints have a gypsy vibe, and are shown on mini dresses, maxi dresses, blouses, rompers and skirts. Wear them head to toe, or toned down with a solid top or bottom.
If you aren't into cabbage roses, smaller scale floral prints are may be offer a fresher take on the floral trend. They look right in super casual looks, as well as flowy and also more structured dresses. Simple accessories work best with these prints.
Mid scale prints come in a variety of colors. Bright prints do mix well with polka dots or tie dyes. The lively colors will make your skin come alive with a summer glow. And the dark ground prints are sophisticated and are sober enough to pass muster at work. Florals can go anywhere, if you pick the right ones. Shop with a stylist, and get the look.
Flowers come in so many colors, and they inspire designers to treat prints in many ways. Floral prints lend themselves to extravagant body shapes. Full skirts, billowing sleeves ruffles and more. Nothing minimal here. The bright shades are joyful, and bring the proverbial ray of sunshine into your life. Some are dainty and some are bold. Go for the prints that inspire you.
There are some designers who have never met a flower they don't love. Dolce and Gabbana are nature lovers, who create beautiful floral prints. Their clothing is generally more structured in design, but they too hit the boho note with ruffles and flowers. Large scale florals seeped in pink tones, or a group of citrus yellow flavored prints are clean and from fitting. Their take on patching different florals together is clean and sharp.
Sometimes bigger is better. Gucci has a special selection of watercolor prints especially designed for the collection they showed in Arles France. Under Cover does some huge mad prints that speak to their avante-garde customer. Evening wear looks hot with huge floral on wide skirted strapless dresses. Flowers come in all shapes and sizes.
Should your style be more minimal, and you are not into boho, why not try some floral accessories to spice up your spring wardrobe. Gucci has brought back the classic Flora print for a collection of bags, totes and slides. Detailed in black or pink, whey will add the perfect pop of color and style. Dior has made a series of beautifully hand embroidered bags. The bags beautifully mix folkloric floral themes with city dressing.
Flowers speak to everyone. Virgil Abloh of Off White might not be the first designer you think of when you think of floral prints. His elevated street wear is on everyone's must have lists. Why not liven up a spring weight parka with bold red and yellow roses. If you speak the language of flowers, red roses signify love and respect, and yellow roses say joy and friendship. You will feel great when you wear this piece, and others will sense your message. If you fashion style takes a more ladylike approach, the Dolce Gabbana spring dress full of bunches of pink flowers not only says that you are chic, but the roses mean grace, joy and I love you. Statement dressing that feels good and sends a feel good vibe. Wear it well! It's time for you to pick some florals for spring.
OK shoe lovers, so spring is officially here, and it's looking prettier every day, It's time to take a look at some of the newest options that will take you through the season in style. It's time to try some on.
Gucci has some of the best slides around. Pamper you feet with signature logos and prints. The classic buckle slides get a lift with a floral print, but maybe the best ones are the playful takes on logomania.
Here are some heels to take seriously. Artfully graphic mixed color from Off-White, seriously fun politically charged graffiti from Balenciaga, or some clear vinyl wrapped sandals. All chill and all signature.
Giuseppe Zanotti has a way with luxe sandals for evening. Trimmed in metal, soft silk petals of diamante leaves, they will have your feet in the spotlight. Wear them with something simple to make a statement,
Platforms will lift your spirits. And add a few inches to your height. Gold floral sandals from Dolce Gabbana are covered in delicate hand painted flowers. Sometimes you do get what you pay for. Maison Margiela updates the iconic Tabi with wooden soles and glitter, Miu Miu keeps it simple in red snakeskin. Which pair speaks to you?
Love bows on you toes? Jil Sander offers a raffish take on tied flats, while Prada adds a tiny bow to their classic satin kitten heels.
Day or night Miu Miu sparkles. Try some vinyl flats with glitter covered toes or some killer stoned heels. High or low? Or both? And you will never regret buying these Dolce leopard heels with the floral trim.
Don't say no to boots for spring. Sock boots are seasonless. Margiela does a patchwork pair mixing dots and dialogue. Balenciaga covers you in either ribbons of logos, or tiny Eiffel Towers that will have Paris at your feet.
Statement boots for Chloe and Louis Vuitton can make a look- wear them with jeans or a summery midi dress.
Not to be missed are the new crop of logoed sneakers. The Fendi pair have a cool closure on top of their logos. Love the Miu Miu slip ons that sparkle. But I have to say top of my wish list are the Virgiol Abloh/Louis Vuitton matte white men's sneakers with the chain detail.
Or go for color... Chanel is super chic in a bright blue. Amiri or LF can up your street cred. Amiri adds some California palms to their slip ons, and LF platform sneakers in a pale lavender can just make your day.
When you are done shopping, dining and partying, the best part is just coming home and putting on some cool slippers and chilling in your jammies.
The business of beauty has reimagined itself in a very shoppable area of Nolita. New stores and concept stores have joined some of the one of a kind pioneers that were already in the neighborhood. Come and explore some of the newest and best shopping around. Time to explore the best shopping in New York.
Fresh Beauty has opened a new concept store called the Fresh Beauty Kitchen. The shop tells the story of the products, with user friendly displays of the ingredients of products that you can see and play with, hence the name Beauty Kitchen. The displays are delightful, with a vintage fridge containing the creams, scrubs, and other products, a custom soap bar offering special wrapping and packaging, sweet treats and drinks are on offer. There is a lipstick bar,where one can play with products, and a changing assortment of special items for sale. The staff will help you with personalized skincare rituals, and there is even a mini treatment area for facials. Indulge yourself, and on the way out, you can browse the pretty and ever changing selection of plants and flowers.
Red Flower has been in Nolita for some time. It gets better with age. It has been offering environmentally conscious body products, made in the New York area for many years, before environmentally friendly was fashionable. The boutique is decorated with quirky re-purposed antiques and constructions. Hidden in these wonders are body care ritual staples made from ingredients from around the world. Rose scented products take pride of place, in body washes, candles, perfumes and bath salts. Try the hair care products as well. There are over 12 different scents available in the hand made perfumes and other products. Ahead of it's time in sustainability and originality, the products spotlight wellness and the environment.
Walking into the Cire Trudon boutique is like stepping back in time. Opulent and overwhelming, the small space is ambience with attitude. Started in France in 1643, the company was the candle maker for royalty and religion. The factory, located in Normandy, specialized in beeswax, hence the name cire, and produced the candles that witnessed history. The candles are handmade and housed in hand blown glass vessals. Today along with the household candles in myriad colors, and the scented candles, room sprays and perfumes sit alongside the most amazing sculptural busts of historical figures such as Louis XIV and Napoleon. They are candles, but seem too amazing to burn, but would certainly add a special secret French touch to any room. And this store is their only store in New York and America.
The Claus Porto boutique recently opened in a space that is full of architectural swagger, with a range of hand crafted products made in Porto, Portugal. The brand was founded in 1887 by two German gentlemen living in Porto. The soaps and fragrances have an old world feel. The packaging is a superb mix of handmade designs in geometric patterns created early in the 20th century that convey a distinct personality. There are huge bars of soaps, smaller boxes of curated soaps, and boxes of small delicate soaps that almost look like macaroons. Colognes, candles and diffusers round out the product line. The design of the boutique envelopes you. Feel free to try out the many products, and then use the statement sink to start over and try more. This store is about product and design- from the architecture to the packaging that really amps up the product.
The new Nest boutique is a delight for the senses. The decor is meticulous and enchanting. A boxwood sculptural ceiling looks at the walls with floral decor that is a chic update of Wedgwood. Products are tucked with a decorators touch on specially designed surfaces. The owner, Laura Slatkin, was known for specialty scented candles. She has spread her wings, and created a range of home and beauty products from lip balms, perfumes and lotions, to a wide range of candles and diffusers. Nest understands that shopping should be a wonderful experience that embraces you with beautiful visuals as well as perfect product. Treat your home and yourself to a trip to this perpetual spring like shop and explore all the possibilities.
New York offers infinite shopping experiences. They are hidden all over New York. You owe it to yourself to discover all the best that the city has to offer. NYC Private Shopping Tour can take you to the most unique stores in the city. Join us and find out.
The color red is speaking to me these days. Red has always been a symbolic color, as well as a color that makes everyone look and feel good. We have just finished celebrating the Year of the Pig, the last of the 12 Chinese Zodiac signs. The Year of the Pig is a stand-out year for red, the association stands for good luck, joy and wealth. Who wouldn't want that? Red is also a color that signifies excitement and joy in the West. Get your red on today, whatever you chose to wear. Shop for the best of red in NY. Here are the looks that you will love.
Love red, then love Gucci. Day or night, you are covered. Parka or a leather jacket? Or both perhaps. The signature Gucci humor and appropriation are here in the Hollywood Collection. Just in time for the Oscars. Hit the red button to win.
Other picks for evening include a dress with a fabulous red fur cape. Or you can choose mix and match wrap dresses from Marni. Or a super chic chiffon blessed McQueen statement suit. You will look divine.
Everyone knows that one of the best places to head for red is chez Valentino. It's been on of the brands signature color for decades. No one does it better. Here are a few of the spring looks that you should consider buying while you are shopping in New York.
Whether it is a red driven floral print dress with a prim coat from Dolce Gabbana, a bodycon Alaia stretch dress, or an intricate patterned suit from Fendi, you have to have some red in your life.
Spring offers new coats as well. It's still chilly in New York after all. You can go "punk chic" in Miu Miu's color blocked red coat. Azzedine Alaia has always made the perfect classic coat with a twist. A beautiful sculptural coat, in a jacquard pattern, with one of his signature belts cinching the deal. And the new Chloe brings a military precision softened with a boho charm.
Or try these looks from Fendi. They all have that Lagerfeld for Fendi touch we all love so well. The quality and attention to detail are amazing. Some of the best shopping in New York can be found at Fendi.
Looking for streetwise fashion? Look for that in red as well. Off-White and Unravel elevate their looks with a touch of the lucky red. And Miu Miu is jokey with its unicorn sweater. Street style is NY style.
Please finish off your look with a signature bag. A Dior Saddle bag perhaps? Azzedine does beautiful bags and shoes that pop. Shopping for something more avant-garde? Martin Margiela will take you somewhere else. To complete your street style shopping list, add one of these Palm Angels bags.
Shoes add the first or last touch to an outfit. These are one of my favorite new spring styles. Practical, maybe not. But certainly covetable, joyful and most assuredly, red.
Walking into the Valentino store on Fifth Avenue, I spotted these fun takes on the classic cowboy boot. Boots are everywhere, and seasonless. Add a touch of whimsy and add these to your wardrobe.
Raf Simons was the first to bring back the cowboy boot for Calvin Klein.
Tough chic that was pure Americana.
Chloe offers a funkier take on the classic boot. Appliques, studs and sequins give the boots a new dimension. Nothing serious here.
Fendi, Givenchy and Maison Margiela all agree. You should be wearing boots this season.
If the cowboy isn't for you, how about a chill work boot? Grace Coddington collaborated with Louis Vuitton an a cat lovers collection of boots and bags. Givenchy and Alexander McQueen took the tough chic route, and who wouldn't want these?
Sock boots are a softer alternative. Patterned and logoed Balenciaga and Chloe will lift you up.
Looking for signature style. Virgil Abloh for Off-White and John Galliano for Maison Margiela have their own distinct take on boots.
Tough chic is cutting edge. Dangerous liaisons of metal and leather.
Then there are the dream boots. Love this drawing done by Andy Warhol early in his career. His dream boots for Elvis. What makes it special is that Andy deliberately misspelled his last name.
Streamline your summer into fall look. Crisp, clean and cool is trending now.
Black and white are always in style, but mix them up and add a print or pattern, Stay ahead of the game in the newest looks. Play with shape and proportion.
Rick Owens ups the style stakes. Unclassic classics in white freshen your look. A jacket or a skirt is all it takes.
White with black, or black with white. You pick. Vis a Vis vs Valentino.
Throw in a print or a plaid. Add a pop of red. Mix it up. Balenciaga and McQueen.
Twist a dress with a shirt, or go for logo-mania.
Contrast the checks. The shape may be classic, but the combo is not. Follow Thom Browne. Or go for effortless draping and tying from Khaite & Monse. Add denim. Have fun with Roland Mouret and Off White/Virgil Abloah.
Avant-garde elegance from Alaia. A laser cut coat and intricate patterned knits speak volume.
It's easy for evening. From Curve to Gucci. Uptown and downtown. It works.
Add accessories for the finishing touch. Bags, necklaces and boots. St Laurent, Celine, Balenciaga, Loewe, Fendi, Prada, Off White, Chloe, Thje Row, Marni.
Opposites do attract. Go for easy elegance, and stay ahead or the curve.
Shopping for some new looks? Let's discover one of the newest trends, and summerize your style . Summer is finally here. Why not add some stripes?
Start with a bag. Sharpen your look. Be bold with Valentino and a new take on the Rockstud, or subtle with Balenciaga. Charms included.
Dress up or dress down, Marni offers a clean, colorful touch that will add a punch to both sides of your summer looks. What looks totally new is striped footwear. Uptown or downtown, the look is striking. Try Valentino or Margiela.
Stripe shirts have been a staple for years. Why not blow up the proportions and mix it up to make a statement? Monse, Prada and Off White all add to the conversation. Prada likes mixing it up with stripes top and bottom.
Stripes mix with florals at Balenciaga, twisted geometrics at Marc Jacobs or lace trimmed from Off White.
Love the Fendi mix, and the subversiveness of Prada. Thom Browne is abit more cheeky with the lace added to the classic pinstripe jacket.
Sporty stripes are back. Knit to perfection. Prada and Valentino go sporty and casual. Altuzarra takes a body con position.
Stripe it up for evening. Missoni does elegant tiers and Valentino pieces it.
You don't need a million dollars to look like a million. Vintage stripes love to be paired with flowers, and local Brooklyn designers have their own take on the trend. Celebrate summer. Wear Stripes!
The drab days are behind us. Spring is finally here. Celebrate the season with one of the biggest trends. Flowers, florals, roses...but not the boring old kind.
Brighten up your look, and even your dog's hangout.
Hand yourself a bag. Fendi and Dolce & Gabbana do some of the best ones. Embroidered, appliqued or printed. Perk up a plain look with a feminine addition.
A face full of flowers from Comme des Garcons has unexpected punch. The Marni magpie mixes geometrics and florals perfectly. And Gucci delivers with a head to toe look. The colors are vibrant and the scale makes an impact.
Monochromes look good too. The scale is still there, Dries does a muted gold demure dress and Stella McCartney sculpts hers with asymmetric panache.
Even Off White/Virgil Abloh endorses the trend. His jean jacket even gets the floral treatment. Say it with lilies.
Flowers come out at night. Delicately embroidered and demure from Valentino or faded and flou from Alexander McQueen. Or add a coat like this one from Libertine. These statement pieces are not sugary.
A contemporary take on flowers mixes them up. A casual luxe Fendi bomber jacket works with jeans, as does the floral intarsia sweater. Tropicals are spliced and pleated, paired with cool jackets.
Heels, boots and sneakers spread the floral news. The Off White collab with Jimmy Choo stands out. Transparency added. As do the Dolce&Gabbana rosy kitten heels. Get your kicks from Giuseppe Zanotti.
Maybe you want some more traditional florals...The patchworks from Alexander McQueen blend old and new. And nothing can beat a vintage Prada dress.
Take your pick and stay in trend.
AN INTERESTING TAKE ON EXPLORING FASHION TODAY
Heavenly Bodies, Fashion and the Catholic Imagination opened this week at the Met on Fifth Avenue and at the Cloisters. Having only seen the show on Fifth Avenue I am indeed curious to explore the exhibit at the tip of Manhattan.
The start of the show is a very small trove lent by the Vatican itself. The workmanship and richness of the objects is stunning, The intricate embroidery and labor that went into the pieces is superb. Not being a Catholic, I am not conversant in the actual terms for the items, not their exact use, but I can appreciate the artistry that went into making them. It is exciting that the Vatican lent pieces for the first time. The items are mainly from the 19th and early 20th century, and makes one hope that the Vatican would present a show of the many, many earlier treasures that are hidden in their archives. That would be truly historic. We see many of these magnificent garments and accoutrements in paintings done over the centuries. Historically art was commissioned by the Church and the rulers of the West, and the subject of religion was the focus of art until the Renaissance opened new doors. Did it inspire designers? Yes.
While the pieces lent by the Vatican are grouped together, the more modern pieces are scattered all over the Byzantine and Medieval galleries, and Robert Lehman wing on the ground floor. The 2 pieces above from Versace and placed in hidden spaces in the Byzantine Galleries, show where the image inspiration was drawn from. The jewelry from Verdura and Chanel, who also famously wore Verdura, are tucked into a cabinet with real Byzantine jewelry.
Also placed in these galleries a Lacroix jacket and a Dolce Gabbana dress. The 2 corridors leading through the Byzantine are lined with spectacular Dolce Gabbana and Versace floating above the gallery. The inspiration is Byzantine.
As one moves into the Medieval Galleries the clothing is displayed with great imagination. Two pieces from Mugler and a Jeanne Lanvin are installed in inspiring ways. The installation of the show both highlights and takes advantage of these galleries. To the benefit of the amazing art in the galleries.
Brides? Of course. Galliano for Dior, St Laurent and Lacroix offer different couture visions. Study the level of workmanship.
Statement pieces? You need to come investigate for yourself. Galliano for Dior and Alexander McQueen embody different kinds of artisty.
Jewelry and body art from Chanel and McQueen. Heavenly indeed.
Gaultier, McQueen and Yves Saint Laurent have different takes. All amazing.
Dreamily beautiful couture by Christobal Balenciaga and Valentino extol elegance and inner peace.
More somber clothes are lined up in the Great Hall.
Americans are represented as well. Rodarte is in the Lehman Galleries.
The show is a must see. The clothing is beautiful, there is no doubt about that.
The installation is genius. In your face as well as hidden. One needs to explore and search for the garments. How many of you have looked at or cared about Medieval Art? Now is your chance to appreciate it surrounded by another, younger type of genius.
Designers take inspiration from everywhere. They always have been cultural sponges and magpies, reflecting and interpreting. Should they take inspiration from earlier centuries? Please do. On through September 9, 2018.
One of the best things about shopping in New York is turning a corner and finding something that will make you smile. Everyone in New York has an opinion. Some artists work on the sides of buildings and in doorways. Street Art, Wall Art, or call it what you will. Now that it is spring, the artists are back at work. Thank you to the artists who have enriched our shopping experience. You can find street art all over the city, but take a look in these hoods.
Soho artists pay tribute to inspirational figures, Warhol, Gandhi and Picasso.
Wouldn't you rather look at works like this instead of an advert?
Sometimes it's a bit snarky...White Girl Rose? Ok- but doesn't everyone drink rose? A point of view is a point of view in any case.
Every artist works in a different way, and medium. Paper paint and crocheted wool. All bring personality and their story to the city.
Had to the East Village, and the delicate visions of Bunny M meet the car that's a Model Cat. Talk about a customized car.
Hit Williamsburg, and you find even more.
One artist works in the same space. Her previous work was being started on the left, and a second more recent one is completed. The artwork on the right gives us something to dream about.
Prada and Dolce Gabbana have picked up on the street vibe. Prada commissioned 8 female illustrators to to images for the new spring line. The artists spoke in the windows of the Soho store, and Ms Prada used more images as prints on clothing and bags.
Dolce Gabbana opened a new Soho "experience" store and filled the first floor with their take on street wear. The new store has scores of fans.
Nice to see that life is imitating art... In any case, come take a look.
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