Sunday, March 19, 2017

VISIONAIRE PRESENTS #TOILETPAPERPARADISE

 @Visionaire presents Maurizio Cattelan and Pierpaolo Ferrari's 'more is more' installation based on Toiletpaper Magazine

Everything is grab-able, moveable, patterned and pose-able at Visionaire's #ToiletPaperParadise. Tucked in the back corner of a conservatively curated Cadillac House, saucy spaghetti, flying fish and a popcorn-studded solar universe compete for space on the floors and walls of Maurizio Cattelan and Pierpaolo Ferrari's gaudy, trippy and innately immersive universe. The photographers of Toiletpaper Magazine apply unconventional print to conventional decor, creating a borderline irreverent, yet hugely insta-worthy aesthetic. The 'More is More' installation personifies the surrealist world presented in Toiletpaper Magazine and "attendees are invited to touch, play, move, sit, recline and position themselves in the physical manifestation of the minds of the artist" [visionaire]. Keep reading for a look inside...

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

-WEDNESDAY WINDOWS-

Jetset worthy jeunesse at Harney & Sons Soho, NYC

Where are you headed? That seems to be the million dollar question of the moment. Professionally, 'success' has evolved, becoming industry and function agnostic. Conceptual innovators shrewdly balance the "who" and "what," molding them into the perfect combination of career achievement. Cleaning toilets isn't terrible, when it's at the Queen's Palace. Even for market pay, access to daily conversations with the longest leading woman Monarch is worth the menial labor. For me, the "who" = working for someone who is morally astute, is respectable, commands a level of intellect, gives a d@mn about his/her day job and staff, and can LEAD. The "what" = empowerment to think, ability to impact and leeway for creativity. The tradeoff is opportunity and payoff is impact. Sometimes it doesn't pay to be picky about your paycheck; sometimes you take the reigns and make 'it' what you want 'it' to be. Keep reading to see some colorful flips from the past week...

Monday, March 13, 2017

LAUREN KALMAN: BUT IF THE CRIME IS BEAUTIFUL...

Front Installation view of Lauren Kalman: But If the Crime is Beautiful ( #LaurenKalmanPOV ) +MadMuseum OpenStudios 

Over 2,000 brass Kudzu leaves snake along stark showcases like an uncontrollable ivy at the Musem of Arts and Design (MAD) Tiffany & Co. Foundation Jewelry Gallery. In direct defiance of Adolf Loos' 1908 essay, Ornament and Crime, metalsmith and performance artist Lauren Kalman commits a noble "crime" by upending minimalism. The second in a series of 6 MAD Transformation Point of View ("POV") exhibits, Lauren Kalman: But If The Crime Is Beautiful focuses on 60 gold pieces from the Museum's permanent collection framed by metallic adornment. Keep reading for a closer look... 

Sunday, March 12, 2017

MARIMEKKO ARCHIVE COLLECTION LAUNCH

Designs from the Marimekko Archive Collection

True to its core values and joyful spirit, Marimekko re-introduces 5 iconic pieces capturing the powerful lines and bold patterns of the 60s and 70s in its Spring / Summer 2017 Archive collection. Paired with a thought-provoking ad campaign celebrating "women on their own path," Finnish photojournalist Meeri Koutaniemi and artist Paula Vesala present a series of images and personal reflections on courage. This weekend, Marimekko celebrates its Archive collection launch and 100 years of Finnish independence with festivities at its Fifth Ave. flagship. Keep reading for a look inside...

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

-WEDNESDAY WINDOWS-

Color of the year in Chanel's Soho NYC windows

"It's not the same"--the thought crosses my mind as I look across the Hudson at the office I moved from last week. Trading Tribeca for Newport, commercial coffee and chain restaurants replace local coffee shops and boutique bar-restaurants. "But it could be worse"--I am aware. This week's windows at Chanel in Soho, NYC are not quite the same as the blockbuster Paris Fashion Week closer (click here to watch), but makes for a quick click nonetheless. Keep Reading to see all the windows...

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

MAN REPELLER'S MR BAZAAR

Leandra Medine at the opening of her MR Bazaar pop up inside Canal Street Market [photo source. credit: Nicole Cohen for MR]

Taking the "Capsule Show" concept to the streets of Lower Manhattan, micro-communities of cautiously curated stalls peddling bespoke fashion and chic home furnishings are sprouting up. An orchestrated meld of street-side vending in the coordinated look and feel of upscale boutiques is cultivating a niche of rotating purveyors and increasingly talented couture artisans. In keeping with trend, Man Repeller Leandra Medine pops up with MR branded wares at Canal Street Market. For the month of March, MR Bazaar joins Mast Brothers, Rallier, Jill Lindsey, Upstate Stock and others in a creative display of consumerist craft and community. Keep reading for a look inside...

Sunday, March 5, 2017

COUNTER COUTURE: HANDMADE FASHION IN AN AMERICAN COUNTERCULTURE

Daily Outfit ('72) made of stitched doilies by Scrumbly Koldewyn / [R] Background panels by Marian Clayden / #Countercouture @MADMuseum

Channeling a counter-conformist sub-culture, 'style' converges on self-expressionist craft through creative conceptualizations of clothing and accessories.The first in a triumvirate of spring exhibits focused on fashion, Counter-Couture: Handmade Fashion in an America Counterculture at the Museum of Arts and Design (MAD Museum) exposes the experimental pursuit of personal style in the 60s and 70s. Originating at the Bellevue Arts Museum in Seattle in 2015, the exhibit boasts a culmination of 15 years of research by guest curator Michael Cepress. Keep reading to see how the hippie movement presents a fundamental shift in fashion from consumerism into hand-crafted couture...

Thursday, March 2, 2017

-WEDNESDAY WINDOWS-

Moschino windows in Soho, NYC

Incidental irony fuels the impulsive idealist. Since the election, a movement has surfaced. Reaction to the new regime has been caustic, with clever slogans and outbursts by an outspoken generation. This week, mice model expensive items at Moschino while the windows at Barneys New York share sentiments of the showcased designers. Keep reading to have a look... 

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

PARIS REFASHIONED 1957 - 1968

#ParisRefashioned at The Museum at FIT // Trench coats by Yves Saint Laurent (YSL) and Courregès 

Striving to rival stylistic counterparts London and New York, Paris reinvents "fashion" in a post-World War 2 economy. Between 1957 and 1968, an emergence of fresh designers capitalizing on pop culture's influence--and answering the demand of prêt-a-porter--begins to alter the Parisian trademark of haute couture. Coinciding with Paris Fashion Week, the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) fêtes the opening of its latest endeavor Paris Refashioned: 1957-1968. Reaching into collection archives, FIT Museum curator Colleen Hill conjures a surprisingly respectable exhibit of clothing by French designers changing the fashion climate at the time. Keep reading for a look inside...

Thursday, February 23, 2017

-WEDNESDAY WINDOWS-

Saks Fifth

Contrary to the Fashion Week "flaunt," a collective of anonymous designers ravage the runway with an air of mystery. Of 8 covert contributors behind Section 8--Akeem Smith of Hood by Air--confirms, "we just lived through an era in which getting too much attention made someone the actual president, so we're like, we don't want attention." As "fashion" becomes bundled under a brand, creativity is often obfuscated by reputation or expectation. This week's Fifth Ave. windows at Saks mingles a multitude of merchandise in an aggregate anonymity. Keep reading for more...