What were you doing today at 3 o'clock in the afternoon? While most people were working and being productive, I was sitting in my living room doing some very important research of my own. I was scrolling through the new J.Crew Fall Lookbook and I spotted a jacket that I just had to have. I went to the website and I flipped through my catalog but it was nowhere to be found. So I found myself wondering, when the hell can I get this amazing cropped tweed sweater peacoat bomber jacket? Then the most amazing thing happened. A little box popped up on my screen telling me that if I see something I like (I did), then I could use their live chat feature to speak with a personal shopper and find out more information. Before I knew it I was corresponding with Danielle (she's no Laurie, but she did alright) and she answered all of my burning questions. And to think, just a few years ago I would have had to pick up a real life phone to find out this kind of information. Welcome to the future.
PHOTO CREDIT: NITROLICIOUS
Oh yea, and the jacket will be in stores August 28th.
Last night I went to the Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros concert on Governors Island. I first heard about Ed Sharpe 6 months ago from "The Hipstercrit", a blogger who talks all things hip, emo, and Jeff Goldbloom. She posted this incredible video of the band performing their now hit song "Home" and the caption read "They're not mentally challenged, they're just really into it." Besides being completely accurate and giving me a huge laugh, the song was...well, catchy, and pretty damn good at that. I bought the album and for the past couple of months have been listening to it on repeat, so you could imagine my excitement to finally see them live.
I have never been to a concert at Governors Island before and from the moment we arrived, we knew it was the perfect venue for a fun folksy band. The band got off to a rough start as they had some sound issues as well as an indescribable "we're going to take a break" after only 3 songs, but they made up for it in the end. The concert was filled with energy as everyone in the audience danced with the strangers next to them, chanted lyrics, and drank $14 beers.
As the show ended and all of the know-able songs had been played, I debated on leaving before the encore, but luckily I was talked into staying. The band continued to play a few upbeat songs and then I noticed that the lead singer, Alex (not Edward Sharpe, as you may have presumed), suddenly disappeared. It wasn't until the entire crowd seemed to push towards the right that I realized he had actually come into the audience. Alex slowly moved through the massive amounts of people and said, "I feel like sitting. In fact, I think we all should sit down. Will you all sit with me?" So sit we did, 1000's of people on each others laps with arms, legs and various body parts entangled. The funny thing was nobody seemed to care, in fact, everyone loved it. The prime example being that when we were told to clap, someone actually offered me their hand, because I could not find my other one. We sat there for five whole minutes as Alex serenaded the crowd and every single person relaxed, laid back and soaked in the moment. When the song ended people began to stand, lift one another up and talk about what we all just witnessed. I've never seen anything like it in my life, not in New York, not anywhere.
Appropriately so, the show ended with a huge dance party as people huddled in "tie dance" style circles and they cheered when each took center stage. The crowd was having so much fun that they barely even noticed that some of the band members were just chilling on the stage watching us. The dance party eventually died down and we boarded the ferry and watched as Governors Island disappeared behind us. It was over, and all I kept thinking was- did that really just happen?
"They're not mentally challenged, they're just really into it." - The Hipstercrit
This weekend was pretty much like any other. Food and beer was consumed, music was listened to, and sunshine was absorbed. The only difference being that instead of sitting in Tompkins Square park listening to my ipod and eating take-out Westville market sides, I was at the ALLSAINTS Weekly Jelly Pool Party at the Williamsburg waterfront.
If you aren't familiar with ALLSAINTS, they are an uber hip British retailer specializing in women's and men's fashions with a dark and edgy twist. A few months ago they took downtown New York by storm when they opened up their gorgeous new flagship in Soho. Flash forward a few months later, and ALLSAINTS is popping up everywhere, most notably in Brooklyn where they have partnered with the Williamsburg Summer Concert series, which is celebrating it's fifth year anniversary.
This past Sunday I decided to go check out the scene for myself and it didn't fail to disappoint.
Despite the fact that it was 96 degrees and sunny, the fashion savvy hipsters, bartenders, and celebs dressed in their Sunday black and came out to party. The event, consisting of live music from the Murder City Devils, Obits, Jeff the Brotherhood, and Silverghost, is free and there are tons of other activities to keep you preoccupied as well. From the food (homemade tacos, fresh pizza and organic meats) to the drinks ($3 Dark and Stormy's and free beer, if you're V.I.P.) to the make-your-own photo flip books, this awesome waterfront event is the perfect way to spend the afternoon. Lucky for you, the event will continue every Sunday through August 29th, so gather your best buds and put on your favorite pair of black denim cut offs and come join the party. Don't have anything to wear? Well then head on over to the ALLSAINTS store and get up to 50% off of their signature drapey dresses and buttery leather boots. Problem solved.
PHOTO CREDIT: ALLSAINTS
For more information on ALLSAINTS and their upcoming events, please go to their Facebook page.
I decided last night that for the next few months I am going to concentrate on my Spring 2011 collection and see where it can take me. Also, I am in the process of putting my Fall/Winter 2010-2011 up on my website so I see no better time then to give you a little sneak peak of what you can expect from the new collection:
HAND CREDIT: JACK GERMAIN
Laser cut metallic silver lambskin with a subtle snakeskin motif. Gold pyramids and gold hardware.
Inspired by the movie 500 Days of Summer, I decided that if I stay in my apartment for more than a year (and don't move for the 5th year in a row), I will have a chalkboard wall. Here are some great new ideas I've stumbled upon while perusing through this thing we call the internet:
In the past couple of years I have gotten to know a lot of really creative people, but every once in a while you meet someone special who makes the rest look like a bunch of talentless hacks. Enter Taylor Moore: designer, artist, painter, graphic designer, stylist, photographer- this kid can do it all, and manages to look fabulous during every second of it. I have been meaning to write about Taylor for a while now but it's hard to sum up the talents of such a multifaceted human being. So when I saw Taylor's latest "creation", I knew I had to take the plunge.
Note: I put creation in quotes because this is what happens when you put a sharpie and a white tee in the hands of a kid who doesn't need to find inspiration, the inspiration/perspiration just comes to him.
For more of Taylor's work, and I insist you check it out, go to:
I am not going to rant and rave about Givenchy, because you have already heard the speech here, here, here, and here. BUT I will say that I may have stopped breathing a bit when I saw this collection. The collection was about half the size of the last couture collection as to put an emphasis on the exclusivity that is high end couture. Even though there is no use of black, a rarity for Givenchy, the collection still has the dark and gothic undertones that have made Tisci's work so laudable. Ostrich feathers, rhinestones, lace and tulle took this glam collection to a whole new level and secured its place in our red carpet future.