Sunday, September 25, 2011

Girls Club

This year, my school announced my grade’s outdoor ed trip would be visiting Governors Island. At first, I found it funny that our outdoor ed trip was still within the boundaries of NYC. Actually going there though, I found it to be a pretty cool place.  Beforehand, I didn’t know much about Governor’s Island other than that She & Him had performed there. One of the main attractions of Governors Island is all of the tandem bikes that are available for rent. My friends and I took a 4-person bike around the island until we stumbled upon a string of buildings that had signs for the Governors Island Arts Fair. Evidently, as I am writing this, I just remembered that the fair ended its season today.
The program, started by 4Heads Collective, was inaugurated in 2008 as a way to gentrify unused spaces in New York, by filling the empty space with works that celebrate over 100 independent artists from around the world.  Each artist who is a participant of the program is given their own room to fill in one of the buildings in the Building 12 compound, where the arts fair takes place. Who knew Governors Island was fostering some of the coolest artists ever?

The room is designed by The Lower Eastside Girls Club, an organization which is devoted to providing services to girls and young women on the Lower East Side. The women behind the organization are kind of obsessed with Coney Island and attend Coney Island’s Annual Mermaid Parade, so the room combines both of these wonders. 

While scoping out lunch, my friends and I came across this tree house that was like no tree house I had seen before. It had ornate chairs, dressers, mirrors, and even French doors within it, yet in every nook and cranny there were kitschy painted details like peace signs, kitty cats,“Ethan + Evan” forever, etc, to be found. 

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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Samantha Pleet Spring/Summer 2012 Presentation

My love for Brooklyn designer, Samantha Pleet was first ignited when I watched a video of her talking about her wardrobe on StyleLikeU. In the video she cites J.D. Salinger’s Franny and Zooey as a major influence for her Spring/Summer 2010 collection, which brought me such joy as it’s a favorite novel of mine. Since then I’ve been a follower of Samantha’s career.  
I was excited to attend Samantha Pleet’s Spring/Summer 2012 collection during New York Fashion Week. The presentation was held at The Highline Loft and throughout the presentation models stood on pedestals making them looking more like live artwork in a gallery than models. I thought this went with the ethos of the collection and the surrounding artsy Chelsea neighborhood.
Samantha never fails to produce retro silhouettes with fresh prints. The color palette of this season’s collection was predominantly colors you might find in a painting of the Grand Canyon; everything from terracotta  to charcoals. Part of what attracts me so much to the Samantha Pleet line is the interesting textiles. When I asked Samantha about where she sources her fabrics she said: “me and my husband---he’s an architect---we design all of our textiles ourselves! We sit there after I’ve sketched the clothes and then design prints to go into the collection or vice versa. Sometimes the prints inspire the silhouettes. Textiles for me are just as important as the actual clothes.”

The diamond motifs as featured in the adorable dress above were also sprinkled throughout the collection. I especially loved this look because it was accessorized with this triangle necklace by Black Sheep and Prodigal Sons (they designed all the jewelry used in the collection) that reminds me of the Deathly Hallows symbol from Harry Potter (I’m always down for a Luna Lovegood moment).  
The music that echoed throughout the presentation was by Caroline Polacheck of Chairlift. It was pretty and yet eerie, almost like the collection itself which Samatha describes as “telling more of a mythical legend…Something that could happen in the far off future or even way in the past. The line has more powerful characters and soft characters that are characters telling a distinct story of history.” I definitely got a Neolithic or post-modernistic wandererluster feel when I saw the collection, which was especially evident in the textiles and bone jewelry pieces. The compass/cosmo print in this dress was subtle and yet ethereal and fit right in with the aesthetic.  
The diamond motifs continued as cut-outs on the twist-knot romper and dresses. I thought these were especially clever as the twists looked so seamless and chic.
Can we talk about Black Sheep and Prodigal Sons' horsetail jewelry? How cool? I just hope it didn’t hurt any animal to get this…
I love making up stories when I watch collections. I always think to myself about who the girl is etc. The rough edges of this skirt brought to mind a modern play on The Flinstones.
The beige shoes were very 1930’s dancer shoes and contrasted the mythological feel.
The cape for the swimsuit was quite cool. It reminded me of bird’s wings.
Overall, I thought the collection was cohesive and had a good balance of dresses, tops, and bottoms to offer in earthy tones.

At Samantha Pleet’s showing I also met Christina Culver. If you want to get your nails did this is your girl. Check out these banana-print nails inspired by Prada’s S/S ’11 collection!
My grandmother’s vintage embroidered floral blouse, thrift plaid kilt, French Soles polka-dot flats

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Friday, September 16, 2011

Fashion's Night Out 2011 Part 1

I really can’t stand the Upper East Side, but Lisa Perry's store makes hanging around there bearable. The store itself is totally stark white; everywhere you turn is punctuated by an array of powerful pop colors on her mod clothing, accessories, and home interiors that remind me of the inside of the spaceship in Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey.
Lisa Perry was stop #1 on this year’s Fashion’s Night Out agenda. For her FNO soiree, Lisa and co teamed up with the cast of Pan Am, a new show premiering on ABC on Sunday, September 25thPan Am glamorizes the life of flight attendants in the 1960’s who work for Pan Am airlines and follows them through their relationships and such. The show essentially seems like Mad Men in the sky, so it made so much sense that the master of mod, Lisa Perry, would collaborate with them for Fashion’s Night Out. Along with the in-store debut of Lisa’s A/W 2011 collection, guests mingled with the cast of Pan Am and the first 50 people who arrived that night even received a signature Pan Am bag. 
From left to right: Lichtenstein's "No Thank You," "Light On," and "Spray" painting dresses.
Last year, Lisa did a line incorporating some of Andy Warhol’s most iconic pieces which made my heart flutter a million times over. Following her art-inspired collection, Lisa’s latest body of work sources some of Roy Lichtenstein’s most well-known art for a limited edition Lichtenstein collection at Lisa Perry's Madison Avenue store, from which a portion of the profits will also go to  benefit the Parrish Art Museum.

Paparazzi in da house

Lisa Perry; 976 Madison Avenue (between 76th and 77th streets); 212-334-1956.

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