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 a 2 week 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... 

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

-WEDNESDAY WINDOWS-

 Holiday Windows @Kleinfeld

The spiral of sadness secures its share of survivors--cancer patients, Holocaust detainees, middle school bullying, forced slavery, domestic abuse. The Holiday season marks another milestone in logistical longevity and purposeful tenacity. Celebrate the reasons for this season with fervor, and in remembrance of those who have gone before their time. Take a moment to reflect and have a look at this week's windows at Kleinfeld Bridal...

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...