Sunday, June 26, 2016

#BR99 BLEACHER REPORT + KITH NYC

Community Tag Wall inside the Bleacher Report + KITH #BR99 popup

What do Wayne Gretzky, Warren Sapp, George Mikan, the corner bodega and rapper Papa Joe have in common? Shopping, sports, social media and street style synergize in #BR99, a Soho popup between digital media outpost Bleacher Report and streetwear brand KITH. Born to be a 'brand experience,' #BR99 represents Bleacher Report and the 'branding' of fashion; the number '99' honors the jerseys worn by jocks and points to the savings spent at 99 cent bodegas. Keep reading for a looking inside the popup... 

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

-WEDNESDAY WINDOWS-

Club Monaco, NYC

Patriotic proportions of red, white and rambunctious fill the windows at Club Monaco in Soho and Fifth Ave. Paper poppies backup pinstripe and poplin, as sentiments of Americana overflow. Red and white-- the colors of "loyalist"--are also evident in Syrian Didashah, Chinese Qi Pao and fashion finds on Fifth Ave. Keep reading to see...

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

-WEDNESDAY WINDOWS-

 Fraternal fashion frenzy @Bergdorfs

Plant print and fancy floral are fashion's feature flaunt this summer. With Father's Day upcoming, this week's windows at Bergdorf Goodman on Fifth Ave. present a playful spin on paternal presence. While khakis, neckties and all things conservative make up a generic impression of "dad," Bergdorf's candid cuts and patched pants remind us that most men have endured an awkward stage of angst. Keep reading to see the full set of windows and when you have a moment, Netflix Touch for a feel-good episode of the father/son experience... 

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

-WEDNESDAY WINDOWS-

Kleinfeld Bridal 20th St, between 6th and 7th Aves

"Yes" is a powerful syllable, yielding existential excitement, most heartless of heartbreak and confirmation of concession. Whether decision or confession, semantics become a lever of emotion. From admittedly cheating spouse to decisive acceptance, "Yes" is the double edge sword that affords freedom. This week's windows at Kleinfeld Bridal highlight the newly appointed fiancé and her studio debut. Keep reading to see their latest windows...

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

MANUS X MACHINA PART 2

Alexander McQueen [L] and Iris Van Herpen [M, R] dresses on the Ground floor of the #ManusxMachina exhibit at the MET Museum

Not to be dismissed as merely "cute clothes," the sculpturesque specimens of #ManusxMachina commingle concepts of man-produced and mass-produced through the lens of design, process and technology. Using "x" instead of "vs" to marry (and not separate) man and machine, taxonomy is key in creating contextual clarity. At the recent press preview, show curator Andrew Bolton notes, "We're in a really troubling moment. Designers seem to be dispensable and fashion seems to be disposable. I hope that the show reminds people of the geniuses of our world and of what they do." Keep reading to see more from the ground floor of the exhibit...

Monday, May 30, 2016

MANUS X MACHINA @ THE MET: PART 1

Karl Lagerfeld's  Spring '14 wedding ensemble, created for Ashleigh Good; opening piece at the Metropolitan Museum's Manus x Machina exhibit

Tides turn as creatively cloned elements become "cooler" and "more couture" than wholly handmade clothing. Where high fashion was once categorized either "commercial" or "custom couture," distinguished designers Sarah Burton, Iris Van Herpen, Issey Miyake, Karl Lagerfeld and others prove that talent and technology have inevitably become intermingled. At the Metropolitan Museum's Costume Institute, Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology presents a dissenting opinion to the decades-old distinction between man and machine. Andrew Bolton's curated masterpiece suggests "a spectrum or continuum of practice, whereby the hand and the machine are equal and mutual protagonists in solving design problems, enhancing design practices, and, ultimately, advancing the future of fashion" [source]. Keep reading to see more...

Thursday, May 26, 2016

-WEDNESDAY WINDOWS-

In honor of the MET Museum's Manus x Machina exhibit

In a world of cloned and curated, digital dominates. Devices deliver dreams and dangers; dependencies dull the divide between Man and Machine. The Metropolitan Museum's latest Fashion exhibit illustrates the perfection when "Man-Made" and "Handmade" approach equilibrium. This week's windows at Bergdorf Goodman honor  Manus x Machina and amplifies the synthesized style Technology has enabled designers to create. Keep reading for more..

Sunday, May 22, 2016

PICK, PLAY, PIRCH-ASE

 Tub as big as a mini pool in the Lower Lobby of Pirch, Soho

A full chicken roasts atop freshly grilled vegetables in Patio,while warm steam seeps into a corner shower two floors below in Sanctuary. Children wrestle an iPad to alternate operation of 40 different shower heads as newcomers order caffeinated beverages at Bliss. Elevating the try-then-buy experience, luxury home furnishings retailer Pirch opens in Soho this weekend. Dominating the corner of Broome and Lafayette Streets, the new flagship is Pirch's 9th store. Occupying 32,000 square feet of retail opportunity, Pirch NYC features over 30 interactive vignettes. Keep reading for a look inside...

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

-WEDNESDAY WINDOWS-

Louis Vuitton on Fifth Ave.

It's time! This weekend, impulsively indulge in those "once in a blue moon" activities. On Saturday, stare skyward to see the third of four full moons this season. Dubbed a 'blue moon,' its next return will be January 31, 2018! Sunday evening, Mars will be visible from dusk to dawn, shining 80 times brighter than usual as Earth wedges between the Moon and Mars. A week after "opposition," Mars will approach Earth--closer than any point in over 10 years. Apropos for the occasion, Louis Vuitton's Fifth Ave. windows digitally display the shifting stages of the Moon and Mars. To celebrate the solar system, my Honey and I have rezzies at Chef's Club by Food and Wine and brunch plans at Calle Ocho. How about you? Keep reading to see the week's windows...

Sunday, May 15, 2016

#ELEVATESUMMER WITH EVERLANE at SHOE PARK

Everlane's Shoe Park, a 10-day pop up in Soho featuring #ElevateSummer shoes and sandals

Shoes off. Try On. Fall in Love. Walk Out. The rules are rudimentary at Everlane's makeshift 'stomping ground' (some may opt to purchase and "Bring Home" their favorites as a last action). Over 10 days (from May 13-22nd), Everlane invites the public to partake in Shoe Park-- an interactive pop-up designed by London-based Robert Storey. Complementing minimalist shoe design, the Storey Studios team instills an equally unassuming 'play' theme through "sculptural installations that both display and engage" [source]. Keep reading for a look inside...