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...

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

MOD NEW YORK : FASHION TAKES A TRIP

#ModNY @MuseumofCityNY

Born to describe a subculture of modern jazz enthusiasts in 1960s London, the term "Modernist" morphs into a movement encapsulating all things "believed to be popular, fashionable or modern" [wiki]. With growing affluence and an increasing influence of music and art, "Mod" style surfaces, breeding a new era of 'cool kids.' Between 1960 and 1973 a mixed genre of cultural and political stimulants, variable trends and a new generation of designers fuel thoughts that "fashions of the 1960s were legendary for their energy, their ingenuity and their enduring appeal" [MCNY]. On view through April 1, 2018, the Museum of the City of New York (MCNY) showcases evidence of "Mod" style in the US over a transformative 13 years. Keep reading for a look inside Mod New York: Fashion Takes a Trip...  

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

-WEDNESDAY WINDOWS-

Mulberry, Soho NYC

Off to an action-packed start to 2018, with daily adventures and a successful surgery; 1 week down of an unknown convalescence. As of now, my 'bikini-ready' bod has been replaced with bloat and bruise; mundane tasks have become major milestones. Funny how life intervenes, forcing the issue of healing and self-awareness. 2017 was spent "living Plan B" and to that end, I'm grateful to friends for their endless support and the readers of this blog for keeping me motivated! Cheers to an astounding 2018! In the mean time, have a look at Mulberry's Soho windows, laden with isolated contemplation as the holiday season draws to a close...  

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

GUO PEI: COUTURE BEYOND @SCAD FASH

Christened "Magnificent Gold," Rihanna's 2015 MET Gala gown, brimming with a 16 foot silken yellow train, exquisite embroidery and thick fur trim stirs a social media sandstorm, prompting memes from "Big Bird" to "poured omelet." Originally created for a 2010 runway collection, the ornate ensemble is the product of 20 months and 50,000 hours at the hand of a solitary artisan. For many, this and the "Danjin" ballgown--a centerpiece at the MET Museum's 2015 Costume Institute exhibit China Through the Looking Glass--is a first encounter with the designer Guo Pei. A year later (2016), the Beijing based couturier becomes the first Chinese member of the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture. Continuing the momentum in 2017, 40 of Pei's most impressive couture creations, associated footwear and accessories are on display in her first solo exhibition, Guo Pei: Couture Beyond. Keep reading for a look inside the exhibit at SCAD FASH Museum of Fashion + Film in Atlanta...

Sunday, December 17, 2017

-WEEKEND WINDOWS-

To New York with Love Holiday Windows at Bergdorf Goodman showcasing 7 local institutions; New York Philharmonic

In a surprising twist, management's favorite phrase--"sustainable competitive advantage"--migrates beyond the boardroom and into casual conversation on transformative marketing strategy. A couple weeks ago, my friend Juliana invited me to a talk hosted by Consumer Dynamics called the "Amazon Effect." In rapid pace, the tides of influence have turned, empowering small businesses in a world once-dominated by corporate commercialism. Where big brands can buy celebrity support, small ones directly reach individuals through manufactured "credibility" generated by bloggers, vloggers and social media. While completing last minute preparations this week, have a look at Bergdorf Goodman's holiday windows, highlighting seven NY cultural institutions. Inside, one-of-a-kind cultural experiences and exclusive gifts are on offer, with a percentage of proceeds donated... 

Thursday, December 7, 2017

SPECTACULAR : GEMS AND JEWELRY FROM THE MERRIWEATHER POST COLLECTION

"Marie Louise" diadem (1810) by Van Clef & Arpels, presented by Napoleon to his second wife; Altered 1954-56

Living up to its label, nothing short of "Spectacular" describes the jewelry commissioned and collected by Marjorie Merriweather Post. An exquisite assemblage at the Hillwood estate, Spectacular: Gems and Jewelry From the Merriweather Post Collection exhibits the extraordinary wealth and brilliant baubles of Post, who--at 27--reigned as the world's wealthiest woman. Housed inside Hillwood's rustic Adirondack Building, an impressive spread of 50+ gemological masterpieces from the world's premiere jewelers glitter in grandeur. Keep reading for a look inside...