Category Archives: New York

Underwater Inspiration…

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I am blown away by certain designer’s creativity… for instance Marchesa‘s designers Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig.  Their Spring 2012 runway show was straight out of an underwater dream:

…Sticking to a palette of mostly white, nude, cinnamon and black, the pair presented layers of tulle, embroidery, draped organza, and sheer mesh…As for their inspiration, the designers were influenced by nautical themes including the 19th-century Ilya Repin painting “Sadko in the Underwater Kingdom,” and Ernst Haeckel drawings of tentacles and jellyfish.

~via Catwalk Queen

The Inspiration…

{Ilya Repin painting "Sadko in the Underwater Kingdom" via fashion,art,interests}

{Ernst Haeckel Drawing via Sara's Blog}

The Creations…

{Marchesa, Spring 2012, via NY Mag's The Cut}

{Marchesa, Spring 2012, via NY Mag's The Cut}

{Marchesa, Spring 2012, via NY Mag's The Cut}

{Marchesa, Spring 2012, via NY Mag's The Cut}

{Marchesa, Spring 2012, via NY Mag's The Cut}

{Marchesa, Spring 2012, via NY Mag's The Cut}

{Marchesa, Spring 2012, via NY Mag's The Cut}

 …Fashion Week ends today, so I’ll leave you with this quote:
“Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening.” – Coco Chanel
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It’s all about pretty…

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I’m a little bit in love with the beautiful, lush looks from Zac Posen‘s Spring 2012 collection…as the man behind the gorgeous creations says…

“It’s all about pretty,” ~Zac Posen

{Zac-Posen, Spring 2012, via fashionologie}

{Backstage at Zach Posen, Spring 2012, via Vogue Tumblr}

{Zac Posen, Spring 2012, via NY Mag’s The Cut}

{Zac Posen, Spring 2012, via NY Mag's The Cut}

{Zac Posen, Spring 2012, via Fashion Gone Rouge}

{Backstage at Zac-Posen, Spring 2012, via Vogue Tumblr}

{Zac Posen, Spring 2012, via NY Mag's The Cut}

…Oh, yes it is pretty! Very. Very. Pretty!
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Color-blocking Craze…

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The color-blocking trend doesn’t seem to be going anywhere.  Sometimes bright & bold, other times muted & pale…the color-blocking craze has been hitting the runways once again for fashion week:

{Sophie Theallet, Spring 2012, via NY Mag's The Cut}

{BCBG Max Azria, Spring 2012, via Fashionista}

{Victoria Beckham, Spring 2012, via fabsugar}

{Christian Siriano, Spring 2012, via My Fashion Cents}

{Peter Som, Spring 2012, via fabsugar}

{Jill Stuart, Spring 2012, via media 25}

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Jenny’s Rainbow…

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Jenny Packham‘s Spring 2012 show is full of gorgeous, airy, light & colorful gowns that look straight out of a rainbow.  As Ms. Packham’s Runway Program states…

“…gleaming skies of opal whites and azure blues, painted with lavish glittering brush strokes and arresting vivid rainbow hues of geranium reds, sunset oranges, lemon drop yellows and citrus limes, ending with dazzling encrusted Swarovski crystals in radiant golds.”

~via Forbes

{Jenny Packham, Spring 2012, via NY Mag's The Cut}

{Jenny Packham, Spring 2012, via NY Mag's The Cut}

{Jenny Packham, Spring 2012, via NY Mag's The Cut}

{Jenny Packham, Spring 2012, via NY Mag's The Cut}

{Jenny Packham, Spring 2012, via NY Mag's The Cut}

{Jenny Packham, Spring 2012, via NY Mag's The Cut}

{Jenny Packham, Spring 2012, via NY Mag's The Cut}

 

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Bits of Yellow…

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“There’s an optimism that comes from yellow, or a sense of just, I don’t know, interest, or a kind of openness.” ~Alexa Adams

Here are some bits of yellow from Fashion Week to brighten your day:

{Carolina Herrera, Spring 2012, via Fashion Gone Rouge}

{Zero + Maria Cornejo, Spring 2012, via Elle UK}

{Christian Siriano, Spring 2012, via My Fashion Cents}

{Wes Gordon, Spring 2012, via sewmanstore}

{Monique Lhuillier, Spring 2012, via My Fashion Cents}

{Ohne Titel, Spring 2012, via NY Mag's The Cut}

{Jason Wu, Spring 2012, via Multiple Fashion Disorder}

{Helmut Lang, Spring 2012, via My Fashion Cents}

{Monique Lhuillier, Spring 2012, via My Fashion Cents}

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Fashion Week Lightened Up…

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Oh, my…here are some fun illustrations that have me thinking of Fashion Week.  First up, from Don Oehl:

This series is based upon Hollywood’s obsession with power couples by marrying names together.  I wanted to play with this by marrying power people in fashion with their power media counterpart.

~Artist Don Oehl

{Wintourfeld by Don Oehl via 20X200}

And…next is from the powerhouse Grace Coddington:

The Catwalk Cats, a visual diary introduced by the irrepressible Puff, gives us a window into four madcap seasons in the life of this fabulous furry brigade, with sections devoted to the Collections, the Campaigns, and, of course, the Catfights.

~Review on Amazon

{The Catwalk Cats by Grace Coddington via a lovely being}

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Reflecting on 9/11 through Literature…

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I just starting reading Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer this week and I’m already enamored with the characters and story.  At its heart it is a love story.  Between Father & Son.  And of course it deals with something that love knows all too well…loss.  And that loss is a result of 9/11.

I’ve had this book on my list for ages, but finally picked it up in honor of the 10 year anniversary of that fateful day around which the story is told.  Here is a snippet from the first page which begins to shed light on the author’s amazing writing style:

Does reading (fiction, non-fiction, poetry, etc) help you process your thoughts and emotions…especially surrounding grief & loss?  Reading has always been a passion of mine.  Sometimes it’s an escape.  Or an education.  Sometimes it’s as if it’s a page out of my own life.  Often times its cathartic.

Have you read this book…I would love to hear your thoughts on the story.  Hopefully I will finish the book this weekend.  I hear it’s being made into a movie with Tom Hanks playing the Father.  I better get the Kleenex ready.

**If, for you, reading is a way to reflect…here are some more 9/11 book recommendations**

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Remembering WTC in Films…

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The World Trade Center’s recognizable Twin Towers were featured in quite a few films from different decades…

The 1970s-

{Superman: The Movie in 1978 via WTC in Movies}

The 1980s-

{Splash in 1984 via WTC in Movies}

The 1990s-

{Men in Black in 1997 via WTC in Movies}

The 2000s-

{The Family Man in 2000 via WTC in Movies}

I just watched a video montage called Twin Tower Cameos by Dan Meth on My Modern Met, watch it here.  Meth had this to say about his tribute:

“From 1969 to 2001, the Twin Towers made countless cameos in Hollywood films.  Sometimes featured prominently in the foreground, sometimes lurking in the distance. This montage celebrates the towers’ all-too-short film career with songs that capture the passing decades. Man, I miss them.”

While it’s sometimes painful and sad to see those two, proud towers in films from the past…I do appreciate that we have countless proof of their impact on New York’s skyline and America’s culture.  There they are, documented…for future generations to see.

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10 Years On…We Remember

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{Tribute in Light via MAS NYC}

The Lights That Have Vanished by Michael Hillmer

Let us go then
Where we have never had to go before
Straight down into the heart of the horror
Of half-deserted, blasted, bloody streets
With the earth shuddering beneath our feet
We watch the memory of the lights that have vanished
From these Twin Towers of man’s belief
In humanity and world peace, fade…
Seeing as we’ve never seen before
Our transfigured anger redeeming our sight
The diffuse visualization of justice
Blossoming from that anger seeking the light
Our hearts of darkness breaking
From the sound of rolling thunder
Asking the eternal question
“What is wrong?” “What is right?”
Those who were living are now dead
We who are living are now dying
Moment by moment
With little patience for mercy or regret
Wondering, is the very air we live by safe
This is the end of innocence
The time for saving grace.

This coming Sunday is the Ten Year Anniversary of September 11th, 2001.

Ten years ago…I was a freshman at the University of Wisconsin—Eau Claire.  I had just turned 18, a legal adult.  But my pink duvet and flower lamp were an indication I was still very young.  It was my first couple of weeks living on my own, away from my parents.  I was in a bubble, right there in the middle of America, in that small college town.

I remember watching the television that fateful morning in my tiny, cluttered dorm room.   I had to ask my roommate where the newscast was…surely it couldn’t be in the United States.  Surely I was wrong.

That moment of realization, as I watched those chilling images, changed me.  It changed the way I looked at the world… my certainty of youth began to crack and I started to question all that I knew.  Of course this was an inevitable part of growing up, and a result of moving away from my parents, going to college and expanding my mind…but it came quite abruptly and painfully in an instant that day.

I can’t believe it has been ten years.  Ten Years.  A decade, come & gone.  Yet it has, for time marches on.  I hope you are able to pause a moment this Sunday and remember how fragile life is.  I hope you are able to tell those you love how much they mean to you.  I hope you are able to take a breath of fresh air and be thankful for another day of life.

My thoughts are with the victims of that day and their family & friends who were forever changed, with the brave citizens and rescue works who charged forth to help when others were running away…and with all the victims who have since perished as a result of that day these past ten years.

**Click here to explore the World Trade Center site and see plans for the 9/11 Memorial**

**Click here to read about the new Flight 93 National Memorial**

**Click here to explore the virtual version of the Pentagon Memorial**

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