Wednesday, September 17, 2014

-WEDNESDAY WINDOWS-

 Bergdorf Goodman, 5th Avenue between 57th and 58th Streets

Like clockwork, the mechanics of day-to-day pursuits become a homogenous blur. How replaceable is a repetitive routine? Bypassing emotion and exhaustion, robots replace inefficiencies in human activity. Awkward automation mimics an all-encompassing adeptness and we are left to wonder whether robots can rule the world. This week's windows at Bergdorf Goodman feature larger-than-life robots mingling with models á la mode. Have a look at the bunch--which is your favorite?

Sunday, September 14, 2014

KILLER HEELS: THE ART OF THE HIGH HEELED SHOE @ THE BROOKLYN MUSEUM

Introductory wall welcoming guests into the 'Killer Heels' exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum of Art 

Shoes strike a delicate balance between the creator and consumer, both of whom use the human foot to showcase an outpouring of self expression. Over time, shifts in style and sensitivities account for experiments in height and heel. In a survey spanning 4 centuries of ingenuity, the Brooklyn Museum's curator Lisa Small has assembled an exhibit of over 160 pairs of chausseures alongside objects and paintings that complement or have inspired their construction. From crazy to conservative, Killer Heels, The Art of the High Heeled Shoe documents the evolution of shoes as "fashion's most provocative accessory" [source]. Six specially commissioned short films by artists Ghada Amer, Reza Farkhondeh, Zach Gold, Steven Klein, Nick Knight, Marilyn Minter and Rashaad Newsome complete the showcase. Keep reading for highlights… 

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

-WANDERLUST WEDNESDAY-

Costello Tagliapietra SS 2015 at Milk Studios (Teal grain plaid split neck blouse w/ navy back + petrol blue broadcloth pant w/ leather detail)

Late nights at the office leave little time to trot around town this week. In place of the weekly window display, enjoy a few shots of Costello Tagliapietra's Spring 2015 show at Milk Studios. Fortunate to secure a front-row seat, I'm excited at the prospect of resting on the runway. A speedy 7-minute sequence quantifies the many months spent on a single show (generally speaking)… Is it worth it?  

Sunday, September 7, 2014

NYFW SS '2015: CLIMATE CHANGE by ANN YEE

(L) Dennis white combo jacket + opal white geometric dress // (R) Stan white folded top + Cleo white jogger

Mother nature makes memorable moments, surprising us with spells of variable and minimally repeatable delights. In flux with the weather, many manage to find fashionable fixes to endure every forecast. This September, seasonal sentiment by way of snowstorms, sun showers and other familiar forces of nature form the foundation of Climate Change, designer Ann Yee's Spring/Summer 2015 collection. Have a look at her interpretation of next Spring's hot looks….

Friday, September 5, 2014

AOL BUILD + KINVARA BALFOUR = FOCUS ON FASHION

AOL Build Speaker Series kicks off NYFW with a fashion series featuring Zac Posen, Public School and the duo behind Saturday Brands

CDFA winners Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne of Public School and multi-tasking multi-media marketing duo Jens Grede & Erik Torstensson of Saturday Brands share a suitable commonality--strong partnerships with compelling achievements in fashion. Kicking off NYFW 2015, AOL BUILD focuses its spotlight on fashion, inviting a handful of industry leaders to share their success stories. Host Kinvara Balfour moderates two conversations Wednesday evening, charming her subjects and addressing topics central to the BUILD program, which encourages viewers to "Build your mind, your network, your knowledge, your perspective" [source].

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

-WEDNESDAY WINDOWS-

Digital backdrops at Diesel, Soho NYC

Content becomes an acceptable alternative for euphoria; its stability enforces ease in an ever-changing emoto-sphere. Where happiness defines an accelerated apex, "content" neutralizes negativity. Put a pause on the provisional and revel in the promise of permanence. This week's windows at Diesel Soho feature a collaboration with influential innovator and digital mastermind Nicholas Formichetti. While the black mannequin form remains stationary, the backdrop becomes a digital kaleidoscope. Have a look through the morphing medley... 

Thursday, August 28, 2014

INOX: UNDENIABLY INDESTRUCTIBLE

One of 130 durability test at the Victorinox INOX watch launch

A collective gasp echoes through the 13,600 square foot event space as a bright red firetruck rolls over a shiny silver watch, leaving it unscathed. The 40-ton FDNY truck, a carafe of boiling water and a high-impact sand-blaster are no match for I.N.O.X, the new watch collection by Swiss brand Victorinox. Surrounded by secret testing stations, scores of firefighters and press, and a live band, Charles Elsner, CEO of Swiss Army brands and Rene Stuz, CEO and President of North America brands, introduce the "quintessence of Victorinox expertise" [source] Wednesday evening.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

-WEDNESDAY WINDOWS-

Multi-cultural mannequins at Robin's Jean in Soho NYC

The season of fall fashion and fanfare is upon us. Summer sales have subsided and soon, the catwalks of Lincoln Center, Milk Studios and other happening' hotspots will flourish with NY Fashion Week festivities. Despite my increasingly onerous day job, I'm excited to be attending select shows in the next couple weeks--stay tuned! In the meantime, have a look at the spread of styles in this week's windows--from Robin's Jean in Soho to J.Crew at Rockefeller Center and beyond...

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

-WEDNESDAY WINDOWS-

The 80s make a comeback in the windows of American Apparel's Howard Street Store

Bouncy babydoll dresses and 80s daisy theme make a coordinated comeback in the windows of American Apparel's Soho store. This week, the ladies of 429 Broadway reach back to the days of high hair, Trapper Keepers and Lisa Frank to compound the cadence of casual chic. Add a bit of Brooklyn for high waisted bottoms and cropped tops. What were your memories of the 80s? Let us know in the comments… 

Saturday, August 16, 2014

IFB LINKS A LA MODE: WEEK of 8/14

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Dressing up can drastically debunk a drab day. Pick up a new pattern or put on a vibrant pair of pumps. Toss aside the tiredness and take transformation to a new level. Fashion fuels confidence and fosters positive feelings... What will you be wearing today? While you're thinking about it, have a look at this week's IFB Top 20 posts--including my interview with the fashionable fellas of Costello Tagliapietra….