Saturday, November 17, 2018

-WINDOW TO MY WORLD-

Lima, Peru -- White House equivalent

Every country boasts unique foods and cultural customs lesser known to tourists. For me, the thrill of travel invites adventure in discovery. This past weekend's day-cation in Peru includes a Procession of Saint Martin de Porres (on his feast day). Starting at the Parroquia Inmaculada Concepcion, many men lift a shrine with a statue of St. Martin and proceed on a 12+ hour pilgrimage through the town of Callao. Keep reading for a look at the festivities...

Friday, November 9, 2018

JEWELRY: THE BODY TRANSFORMED @MET MUSEUM

Necklace elements (found near BĂ©rchules, Alpujarra late 15th -16th century), part of Jewelry: The Body Transformed @METMuseum

Pretty and purposeful, "jewelry is defined primarily through its connection to and interaction with the body--extending it, amplifying it, accentuating it, distorting it, concealing it, or transforming it" [foreword to Jewelry: The Body Transformed]. No matter material or medium, sentiment is embodied in adornment. Opening November 12th, the MET Museum's Jewelry: The Body Transformed dissects the bejeweled significance of history, function, conviction and design in relation to ornamental pieces. Keep reading to see snaps from Monday's press preview...

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

-WEDNESDAY WINDOWS-

Agent Provocateur, Soho, NYC

HAPPY HALLOWEEN! Hope your day is filled with more treats than tricks! On this Hallows Evening, enjoy the window at Agent Provocateur in Soho, NYC.

Saturday, October 27, 2018

L'ECOLE, SCHOOL OF JEWELRY ARTS presented by VAN CLEEF & ARPLES

 Daniel Brush's Cuffs and Necks, Private Collection: Through the Eyes of a Collector and more at L'Ecole, School of Jewelry Arts

Winter weather has arrived. Halloween is on the horizon...and school is in session at Van Cleef and Arple's L'Ecole, School of Jewelry Arts. Nested in luxury on the Upper East Side, Van Cleef transforms Academy Mansion, hosting a series workshops, classes, panels and exhibits from October 25th to November 9th. Gemologists, jewelry enthusiasts and the general public alike have equal opportunity to catch a rare glimpse of Daniel Brush's "Cuffs and Necks," 20 replicas of extravagant diamonds owed by Louis XIV and 40 items from the private collection of a New York based collector. Keep reading to have a look inside...

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

-WEDNESDAY WINDOWS-

Prada at Bergdorf Goodman

Revisiting the slogan "Good design is good business," IBM, Apple and other top tier corporations swear by design's strategic value. Beyond creative conceptualization, augmented aesthetics are the ultimate drivers of success. "Design" broadens the horizon of inclusion--whether via a-gendered bathroom icons, handicap friendly-products (like this) or branded slogans that incite reaction from both supporters and opposers (like this). Most consumers are naturally woo-ed by "pretty" things; add an element of practicality and a well marketed message to create prime products. This week's windows at Bergdorf's continue the conversation Prada started all down Fifth Avenue--from the Prada Store to Saks and Bergdorf's! Keep reading to see more...

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

-WEDNESDAY WINDOWS-

 Junya Watanabe on 5 @Saks , Fifth Ave NYC

Unexpected breakthroughs potentially power the most rewarding successes. On Tuesday, I attended the viewing of Clavadista, a short film sponsored by Dove and Refinery29 around the "pursuit of pleasure." A twist on the theme "pleasure," Meredith Danluck presents the story of Ava Alvarez, a young femme who develops a secret passion for cliff diving, after years of watching her father and brother. When Alva takes the plunge, she experiences the associated trials and triumphs (won't spoil the end). What passions and pleasures do you pursue? While you think, keep reading to see this week's windows at Saks Fifth in NYC. Click here to watch the 30 minute short... 

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

-WEDNESDAY WINDOWS-

"Peru" themed windows @bergdorfs

First world glamour patronizes ageless glory, as another birthday passes. "Adulthood" brims of unrelenting trials and unthinkable perks; this past weekend marks a milestone in heuristic nirvana. Beyond a credit card clone crisis, a stampede at the Global Citizen Festival and lost belongings, Libra-esque fortune procures an equally balanced fate. I confirmed adulthood with $8,000 worth of designer products (paid only a small fraction of cost), polished off one of every dessert on the menu at LRooM Cafe with 4 besties and seriously considered a $2.7MM NYC apartment. Despite a double decade of drama, life is finally good... mostly. And You? Have a look at Bergdorf's Peru-themed windows and start settling into Fall....

Thursday, September 13, 2018

#NYFW2018: SANIA STUDIO @INDUSTRIA STUDIOS

SANIA STUDIO NYFW presentation at Industria Studios as part of the CAAFD showcase Monday Night

Monday evening, Pakistani womenswear designer SANIA STUDIO drapes the runway with swaying silks and expertly tailored brocade. Known for innovative prints and artisan crafted fabrics, Sania Maskatiya channels a unique design ethos through an "interplay of colors, depicting imagery inspired by nature and her environment, often juxtaposed with a darker twist" (Sania). With expertly structured pieces and loose-fitting luxury, SANIA STUDIO presents the best of both worlds as one of four designers in the CAAFD's emerging designer showcase. Keep reading to see more...

Monday, September 10, 2018

#NYFW 2018: JUN JIE S/S 2019

Jun Jie at Pier 59 Studios

'Retrofuturisim' powered by colored furs and abstract prints dominate Jun Jie's 70's lounge at Pier 59 Studios Sunday afternoon. Rocking a retro vibe, the S/S 2019 collection combines Mod colors + patterns with candid, sci-fi silhouettes in a "modern interpretation of a retro trend" (Jun Jie). Wavy coifs, bags by CUTO and slick, square-toed chaussures complement the layered looks. Keep reading for look at the overall aesthetic...

Saturday, September 8, 2018

#NYFW 2018: REBECCA JUSTH S/S 2019

Opening look at Rebecca Justh, presented by Art Hearts Fashion at the Angel Orensanz Event Space

Haute hats and metallic jacquard rock the runway at Rebecca Justh. Christened "Madam de Pompadour of the 21st Century" Justh's S/S 2019 collection boasts exaggerated asymmetry and curiously high necklines. Gold and platinum headwear paired with like-hued handbags complete the looks. Keep reading for more photos...