Wednesday, April 22, 2015

-WEDNESDAY WINDOWS-

Chanel gals at the cemetery

Fauntleroy, Plastic Beach and Gay Ponies Dancing in the Snow eclipse Essie's Ballet Slippers in my new springtime polish regimen. Created by Dineh Mohair, founder of 90's brand Hard Candy (since acquired by LVMH), Smith & Cult is the new kid on the cosmetics block. Defiantly devious, yet sharp and sophisticated, the suite of Smith & Cult nail colors lend to the duality of human nature--submissive and subversive sides. This week, glamorous gals in front of big black gates fill the windows of Chanel's Soho store, straddling the line between edginess and elegance. Colorful hues against somber silhouettes reveal rebellion while perfect pleats and textbook tailoring project the traditional sense of Chanel's style branding. These ladies embody the essence of Smith & Cult's  provocative polishes! Keep reading to see all of this Wednesday's windows...   

Sunday, April 19, 2015

EQUILIBRIUM @ MUSEO FERRAGAMO, FLORENCE, ITALY

Shoe forms at the Museo Ferragamo, most notably the royal baby (top right)

Podiatry and patents form the foundation of Salvatore Ferragamo's stylishly successful shoe empire. With an eye on anatomy and movement, Ferragamo incorporated balance between mobility and comfort for maximum support in the shoes he created. In an exhibit curated by Stefania Ricci and Sergio Risaliti (in collaboration with Emanuele Enria), the Museo Ferragamo in Florence presents Equilibrium, an exhibit emphasizing the technical prowess of Ferragamo's research and its ties between art, architecture, archeology, science and style. Keep reading for a look inside...  

Saturday, April 18, 2015

TASTES & TRAVELS : SPRINGTIME IN SEATTLE

Skagit Valley Tulip Season peaks in the month of April each year

This time last year, my honey and I were plotting our path around Seattle, Washington. Tulip season peaks each April in Skagit Valley, Washington, making it the perfect time to travel there. Sushi, shellfish and a slice of Sumner's rhubarb pie make for memorable moments. Keep reading for some of our favorites...

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

-WEDNESDAY WINDOWS-

Louis Vuitton 57th St. and 5th Ave.

"New" is the flavor of success this season at Louis Vuitton. A year since taking the reigns as creative director, Nicolas Ghesquiere has redefined 'timeless elegance' and modernized Vuitton classics. Sales are up an estimated 15%. Critics praise the brand, citing "However Ghesquiere works, he seems to be doing it right" [qz] and "Nicolas Ghesquiere is one of the few designers who can claim to set fashion's agenda each season" [fashionista]. Within the first two weeks of April, Louis Vuitton has already introduced a new watch, a new mega-store in Miami and a debut of its Objets Nomades collection in Milan. This week's windows present the brand new outlook of an iconic brand...

Monday, April 13, 2015

FOREVER NOW @ GUCCI MUSEO, FLORENCE, ITALY

Visit to the Gucci Museo in Florence, Italy 

Once upon a rags-to-riches experience, Guccio Gucci built a leatherworking business and transformed it into an empire with paramount recognition and multi-million dollar earnings. A trademark of Italian luxury, Gucci and its interlocking G's--the initials of its founder--reached a milestone anniversary in 2011. To commemorate 90 years of Italian pride, the Gucci Museo was established in Piazza Della Signora in Florence, both as a tribute to Gucci and as a means of interacting with the public. Emphasizing Gucci's philosophy of "Forever Now," the exhibit space articulates the history and evolution of the Gucci brand and its forté of "re-interpreting the creativity of the past as inspiration for future enterprise" [source: Museum brochure]. Though my closet does not contain Gucci, visiting the museum was a definite highlight of my trip to Italy (second, behind gelato and other consumables). Keep reading for more...

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

RALPH PUCCI: THE ART OF THE MANNEQUIN (PART 2)

Painted feather necklace on a mannequin form at the MAD's Tiffany Jewelry Gallery, part of the Ralph Pucci: The Art of the Mannequin exhibit

At the curatorial hand of Isabel and Ruben Toledo, a unique selection of accessories adorn busts,"Birdland" mannequin forms and assorted display pieces created in partnership with Ralph Pucci. An integral part of the Art of the Mannequin exhibit, the focus of the installation in the Tiffany Gallery turns to the jewelry, illustrating the utility of the showforms. A felt "moonscape" theme runs throughout the space, featuring abstract cut-outs. For a peek at the main mannequin exhibit, click here. Keep reading for more photos of the jewelry gallery... 

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

-WANDERLUST WEDNESDAY-

The Colosseum in Rome, Italy on a rainy day

Off to Italy for a week--stay tuned for exciting posts when I return! Arrividerci!

Friday, April 3, 2015

RALPH PUCCI: THE ART OF THE MANNEQUIN @ MAD (PART 1)

Ralph Pucci: The Art of the Mannequin at the Museum of Arts and Design

Conceptually creative or anatomically accurate? In fashion, made-to-order extends beyond garments to include the mannequins that showcase the designer looks. From shape to expression, mannequins adopt a sculptural quality that reflect trends the of the times. Monday afternoon's press preview of Ralph Pucci: The Art of the Mannequin at the Museum of Arts and Design, showcases the 30-year legacy of the Pucci Studio founded in 1950s New York City. Keep reading for details...

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

-WEDNESDAY WINDOWS-

Senses fill the windows at Bergdorf Goodman, 58th St and 5th Ave. 

Emotions emphasize physical experience as sight baits touch and smell stimulates taste. Feelings eclipse the soul as daydreams triumph over reality. This week, the windows of Bergdorf Goodman unite sense and style in picturesque presentation. Keep reading to see them all...

Sunday, March 29, 2015

WEDDING WONDERS by MAGNOLIA + FLEURSBELLA

Magnolia cakes + FleursBella arrangements 

Wedding bells and wedded belles bestow telltale signs of beauty, bouquets and baked goods on the day of noteworthy nuptials. With winter barely behind and matrimonial madness quickly approaching, service providers hasten to woo potential patrons with spirited guidance and expertise. In an intimate bridal preview, Magnolia Bakery and FleursBella assemble a showcase of sweet and sylvan. Bridal beauty is magnified with culinary bliss as floral arrangements by FleursBella mingle with familiar favorites from Magnolia. Keep reading for a closer look...