Are you in New York or coming to New York?
Christmas is hard to miss. And why would you want to? The Tree, the Star on 57 Street, and all the wonderful store windows among other things...
The amount of thought, imagination, hard work and talent that comes into producing the Christmas windows is staggering. Artful, over the top, expensive, tongue in chic, extravagant, heartwarming. Brave the lines and crowds and head out to see the windows.
Barney NY teamed up with the Haas Brothers. The artist twins created an imaginary world that mixes fantasy with irony. Tag lines included. Here you have HAAS FOR THE HOLIDAYS.
Can't Have Rainbows Without Rain Boulder and Wiser Sunbody Loves Me Snake Love, Not War
Love Snakes the World Go Round The Future is Your Present Cloud and Proud
Several blocks away Bergdorf Goodman celebrates the institutions of New York City.
Museum of Natural History - Museum of the Moving Image - Central Park Zoo
or simply Break Dancing
Stroll around and your will find Dior, Fendi, Bulgari and Saks each adding their visions.
Or take a look at the feast at Dolce Gabanna.......
ANd this is just the start... if you head downtown, catch the fun at Moschino or the festive Williamsburg look
Photos thanks to #philde_photo... ENJOY
It all has to start somewhere. Some will say that ground zero might be the Nike and Adidas flagships.
Corporate and coveted. But who makes these decisions? Perhaps it is the customer and the unique niche stores that they flock to that start the conversation. The new Kith store opened last month. want the coolest and best of the best? This is one of the places to start. Ever seen a sneaker sculpture before? Or an art gallery in a kicks emporium? They're all here.
Around the corner, you can find a quirky "mall" with a machine that dispenses the chance to get sneakers.
Designers and the super-Brands have realized that there is a new world out there. Sneakers have been spun to within an inch of their life. Nike and Adidas might spend oodles of money on scientific R&D, so you can run faster and perhaps jump higher, designers have worked hard to make sure that all eyes are on your feet.
What follows is only a very small sampling of the what a lot of money can buy today.
Do you want the unique and limited edition? Try the Valentino Rock Stud in their Soho pop-up, or the flowered special for Bergdorf's. If you don't like that, how about the Vuitton Kabuki? Put a face on it.
Maybe some Chanels ( high or low top) in a signature Chanel fabric.
Or if you want bling....try Giuseppe Zanotti. Very creative bling at that. Trendy? You bet.
Even the bros are not left out....Louboutin, Zanotti and Dolce Gabbana have your back.
But take heart....Margiela and Simone Rocha rock a more delicate vibe.
If you really want Adidas, but you want something totally different....try these. The art of the sneaker.
Fall is finally here. As the temperatures fall, it is time to pull out all the cool new things that have been sitting in the closet. Velvet, satin and pearls-check. Flares or super-skinnies, sequins and sleeves- check.
There is one fall trend that can pull everything together. It's a mix and match world, so take a look at what can pop all your looks.
A Canadian nod to winter glamour with lumberjack plaid booties from D 2, to butterscotch school girl looks mixing plaid, sequins, tweed, velvet and leather from Marc. Add a hat for maximum attitude.
Who would have thought that plaid and feathers could work so well together. Miuccia Prada throws a beaded and studded leather mix jacket over the . How clever to give the jacket an extra punch by pairing it with a touch of plaid- lifting the look a chic melange of textures and context. Trendy? Yes, but also sophisticated.
Mixmaster perfection from Gucci. Start with an embroidered hoodie, and pop on a plaid coat that
is BLIND FOR LOVE. Spaniels and stars.
The plaid is the perfect foil for the appliques.
Need to perk up a black dress- why not add some plaid kitten heels with a major buckle statement. These Miu Miu shoes will lift your look. Polite but perky.
Or if you are going for a 70's countryside vibe rock a Chloe jacket. Add a stripe rib sweater to complete the bobo boho mood.
Last but not least- look to street inspired plaids. Punks knew how to play plaids. Follow their lead to put your hard edge look together. Pants, skorts, skirts, shorts, blouses... mix them with denim and punky prints.
What you can't leave out though is the boots. A riot of color cannot over power the plaids. It only makes them look better.
Plaids are the perfect mixer. Just add plaid to your basics, and you have an on trend look that will set you apart.
One enters the galleries at MoMA to find an array of the usual suspects found at most fashion exhibits. This show opened a few weeks ago. The theme of the show is a big question mark.
The first gallery has little black dresses from Chanel with an overload of text , and goes on to include Versace and Mugler, in the same space as a Wonder Bra. interesting, but groundbreaking? Many of the vignettes of couture or high end ready to wear are on the more experimental or futuristic end of the fashion spectrum....including Courreges, Issey Miyake, and Comme des Garcons. This is the past. Not the now.
A range of footwear is shown, starting with some of the more interesting items, Elton John's platform boots from an unkown London cobbler that friends of mine could easily identify and the infamous
MacQueen Armadillo shoes.
The show then goes on to feature some sneakers, but interestingly does not seem to understand the modern obsession with "kicks", celebrity or otherwise. It wobbles back and forth from the banal- single string pearl necklaces and Tiffany engagement rings, Breton jerseys and Aran sweaters and Levi 501's that really had very little to do with "fashion" even though the show tries to "update" them- to some of the controversies currently making eyes roll around the world- like what used to be known in the business as "knock-offs", but are now politely called "appropriations" - case in point the very recent copying of 80's uptown designer "Dapper Dan" by the current Gucci designer( who made absolutely no mention of the knock off status before the recent catwalk show.) Dapper Dan in his turn had copied the Gucci and Vuitton logos way back then. Since the new Gucci jackets have been not yet been delivered for public consumption, there was an attempt to explain the reason for the double appropriation. Interesting that they cobbled this bit together so quickly, as Dapper Dan and his hot pimp style had long faded from the public eye.
The exhibit covers a number of world cultures, including saris and burkinis ( why burkinis??) that could use a show all their own. But it then dives right back into politics by featuring a hoodie, that is rather haunted looking and some "Team Jerseys" that are available to buy in stores around the country. One of the choices was pointed and stood out from the more banal examples.....but again- why this one?
There were some interesting pieces such a a 60's paper dress featuring Bob Dylan..... and a lot of items featuring technical materials- Moon Boots, and other pioneering materials. And new futuristic versions of them.
Possibly the most special item in the show- the White T Shirt - the last item to be shown- was subjected to the most tortured genealogy...tying it back to the cotton picked by slaves in the south before the Emancipation. Does this mean Mr. Brando should have refused to be one of the many people to make it iconic and be made iconic while wearing it? Who knows what the curators meant by that one.
This was the first time that MoMA has tried to digest fashion since a show in 1944. While this one may be interesting and fill in many gaps in the history of items of clothing it has absolutely nothing to do with Modernity, and does not even begin to answer the very question it asks. Lists do not answers make, and looking back is not the future. You have until January 28th to ask your own questions.
September is always a busy and exciting month in New York. Everyone is back from their summer jaunts, and looking for something new. We welcomed Tom Ford, a New Yorker we miss, back to fashion week. His fabulous and hi wattage show was the perfect start to Fashion Week. From the hot clothes to the Studio 54 inspired after party, Tom brought glamour and humor (they can coexist) to the Armory.
September also saw the opening of several cool new French imports. Apt Sezane, a Parisian lifestyle destination opened to long lines. Offering a cool collection of affordable clothing, bags and shoes, books, home and beauty products was an instant success. The racks were nearly emptied in the first few days. New shipments are on the way. What's not to like?
Maman and Cafe Maman have the first collection of Frederic Fekkai's new beauty venture, Cote Bastide.
Provence comes to New York. All natural beauty products with the French touch. Maman itself mixes it up, a small cafe and a bar serving the most delicious sweets, fresh flowers, and other goodies. What a treat.
Close by you will find Maison Kitsune. Ultra hip clothes for men and women in a clean new setting.
Everyone says retail is dying. I guess "they" have not been looking around New York City. As landlords get greedy and push rents up, a new breed of designers and retailers are getting creative. Collective spaces and indoor markets are springing up all over the city. Shop Local is the byword. Jewelry and clothing, made locally or vintage, tees and teas, cosmetics, bags, home decor, sneaker exchanges, bags, record exchanges and even art. Don't leave out the Foodies either. No Brands allowed. Plant a seed and a new business will grow. See which ones you can find.
As Summer is moving towards Fall, designers are offering tempting new shopping options with cool clothes and visuals to match. Uptown or Downtown they are yours to experience in New York.
Calvin Klein is now Calvin Klein 205W39NYC. The artistic collaboration on the flagship store is as avant-garde as the clothing. Experience the new Madison Avenue store. The collab with LA artist Sterling Ruby is done in construction yellow to signal that it is a work in progress. Mixed among the clothes are some symbols of what Raf Simons has discovered in America and loves. Quilts, and a variety of interesting USA centric constructions. A big change from the oh so minimal Pawson designed store.
Should you happen to be in the Garment Center what used to be called 205 W 39 St the Calvin show space has been redesigned and rebranded. The duo conceived a similar minimalist pipe construction through the windows- this in a very deep grey, and the bottom of the outside of the building has been repainted to match, and renamed 205W39NYC. Maybe we can see more of the inside during NYC Fashion Week. Looking forward to seeing the defile.
The new Off White c/o Virgil Abloh store brings a fresh look to streetwear luxe. The designer, who cut his teeth as the creative director for Kayne West, opened his line in Milan. A New York outpost just opened in Soho. It is already buzzing with customers and gawkers. Named the EM PTY Gallery, the space is a concrete shell filled with fall leaves, chirping birds and a Home Depot decor. This is the first NY store- there are already stores in Asia, each with a different theme. There are finds for men and women. The clothes are are as cool as the design.
When you are shopping downtown it is always an adventure. You never know what you are going to find… Photo shoots around so many corners. Product shoots? Influencers? Who knows. But always fun to watch how images are created. Some are small shoots, and some come with large shoot teams. From streetwear to Gucci coats- you never know what you will find.