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...

Saturday, May 14, 2016

THE "NEW" NAUTICA

 Candle holders (L + R) and vase (center) at the new Nautica Soho store

Sailor stripes strike ground in Soho as Nautica settles adjacent the Apple Store. Shying away from the "outlet experience," Nautica's newest showroom sports a digital "style bar" and custom tailoring services. Subtle hints of harbor heaven rest on wooden beams of natural oak, exemplifying the "essence of a boat and the architecture of the City" (source: Nautica press release).  Keep reading for a look inside...

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

-WEDNESDAY WINDOWS-

 Polo Ralph Lauren, Fifth Avenue

Dedicating a day to detox from a frantic first quarter, I head uptown to the Met Museum (Manus x Machina post forthcoming). Though feeling genuinely guilty for initiating an interim interlude, a day away gives me the chance to think and thank. In waiting for public transit (allowing time to write this Wednesday Window post), I weigh whether the overtime investment is worthwhile. Opportunity cost outlines the year I spent working, wincing and writing, showing the grass isn't greener on the other side--just a different shade. My conclusion? I work for the 'smartest guy in the room' and despite sidebars and 'special projects,' I am surrounded by a tight team, whose faults and flaws aside, present abounding elements of aspiration. A lifestyle of lackadaisical latitude isn't fully satisfying, nor an accumulation of constant chaos. My goal within the next quarter is to secure self-sustainability, somehow. Keep reading to see the laid-back looks at Polo, Ralph Lauren this week...

Thursday, May 5, 2016

-WEDNESDAY WINDOWS-

Massimo Dutti Fifth Ave. 

A year ago, my honey and I were traveling the twists and turns of Tuscany, on an idyllic  Italian adventure. The winding roads and frequent stops (for 1 Euro espresso) rejuvenated restless languor with a renewed sense of relaxation (that has been absent in the year since). This week's windows at Massimo Dutti and Dolce & Gabana remind me of Italy-- its charm and charismatic culture.  Keep reading to see the "Italia is Love" windows on Fifth Ave...

Sunday, May 1, 2016

THE MAKEUP SHOW NYC 2016

 Portrait by Linda Mason at The Makeup Show NYC Icon Gallery

Makeup is more than vanity--it's hard work! And so maintains the message from The Makeup Show's Director of Artistry, James Vincent. Returning to NYC for an 11th year, show staples NARS cosmetics, Make Up Forever, Kat Von D, Sephora and Ricky's join a slate of carefully curated indie beauty brands to offer professionals a wide range of products across price points and expertise. New this year, the 5th floor Icons Gallery pays tribute to the endearing contributions of Dany Sanz, founder of The Makeup Show and beauty brand Makeup Forever, and artist Linda Mason. Keep reading to see my show picks...

Thursday, April 28, 2016

-WEDNESDAY WINDOWS-

Bergdorf Goodman x Mother of Thousands Collective; Mrs. Noodle Pillow (Molly Findlay), Plant Chair (Chris Wolston), Pinky Boy (Chris Wolston)


Artistic intrigue pervades like a subjective scent. Standalone sculpture seems suspect, though--in context--even treacherous stone can surprise. This week's windows at Bergdorf Goodman feature works by the Mother of Thousands Collective. Molly Findlay's 'Mrs. Noodle' pillow and Ryan Schafer's 'Hottaman Seat' shows that funky furniture can fill a room with fun! Keep reading to see the other artscapes in #BGwindows ... 

Sunday, April 24, 2016

-WEEKEND WINDOWS-

 Bergdorf Goodman 57th St. and 5th Ave.

While Birthdays, Anniversaries and other memorable moments multiply with age, cyclical celebrations compound as an epidemic of Hallmark Holidays seep onto schedules. Did you know April 1st is both April Fool's Day AND International Fun at Work Day? The 3rd is Tweed Day, followed by School Librarian Day on the 4th. The 10th is National Siblings Day, 15th is Titanic Remembrance Day and the 24th is National Lingerie Day. Upcoming, the 26th is National Pretzel Day, 27th is Administrative Professionals Day (also National Prime Rib Day, Babe Ruth Day) and the 28th is Take Your Daughter to Work Day. Arbor Day lands on the 29th; plant a tree and consider National Shrimp Scampi Day while planning dinner. Cue up your calendars! While choosing cause for emotive energy (options here), have a look at this week's windows at Bergdorf Goodman, reminding all to factor fashion in every occasion...