Thursday, 18 March 2010
I think the pictures speak for themselves....
Artist Jan Vormann took a team of volunteers across Brooklyn and Manhattan as part of the VOLTA artshow.
The result was a striking reminder of how worn down so many New York City buildings are. With limited resources to fix the buildings facades the cracks and dents become a part of the city scene.
Posted by cupsofem at 10:52
Tuesday, 16 March 2010
Thursday, 11 March 2010
Wednesday, 10 March 2010
The arcticle reads...
'His clothes are channeling Bob Dylan's Identity. When your'e young it's OK to take inspiration from style icons you admire. He looks cool because a well-groomed suit is so chic, yet the loose collar and tie and shaggy hair tone the outfit down.'
Posted by cupsofem at 14:39
Tuesday, 9 March 2010
Sunday, 7 March 2010
After coffee and muffins at our hotel and a little extra stop at 'dunkin donuts', we 'hitched a cab' to the delightfully pleasant Meat Packing District. It seemed to be a really modern, suburban area. It was unusually really quiet as we strolled the streets, but that was because the shops didn't open till' 12pm (Sunday Times). We started looking at all the really high end designer shops like Moshino and Chanel. I especially remember Moshino, as it had the most adorable door with this huge red heart on it and even though it wasn't open we had a peak inside and it looked gorgeously feminine!
The pictures above were taken in this all american diner we went to, which I sadly don't remember the name (was on a corner opposite the road where Mochino etc were on), We got milkshakes and spoke to the waitress who worked there for a good hour. She was such a typical New Yorker - a stuggeling actress who worked at the diner just to pay her bills & rent. Sounded like a hard life, but yet I'd trade any day to live in the CITY THAT NEVER SLEEPS.
We then walked to Urban Outfitters and Anthropologie to do a little reasearch on the american retail stores. The window displays and visual merchandise in Anthropologie were amazing!
Then we got the subway too Lower East Side. Spent most of the time walking around looking for anything that caught our eye. I was particularly interested in finding 'Moby's' Vegan Cafe, as I simply adore the guy. However, on the way there we were able to go round little back streets and find little nuances and individual small shops...so cute & kitch! x
Above ^ above was 'Moby's' cafe, which we found out when we reached it had been burnt down...how very sad! Although, Moby apparently lived above it, which was very cool in my stalkerish head...so it was worth the two hour walk!
Posted by cupsofem at 07:10
Saturday, 6 March 2010
We started the day off by walking from our hotel to 5Th Avenue, which took us about 30 minutes because we were walking slow, taking in all the New York hustle and stopping in a convenience store for a good 10 minutes, picking up numerous American 'candy'! ummm...
Our first stop was the up market 'Bergdorf and Goodman' full of expensive designer brands and numerous glamour grannies draped in fur head to toe. It is the only one in america and is highly exclusive, I couldn't help but feel slightly out of place, we were the youngest in there and it was a Saturday morning. It was also unusually quiet when we were there, however this added to the Ora and atmosphere of the stately building (eight floors tall of designer wear.) Its the type of place to take your mother for a spot of lunch, in the hope she might treat you with her credit card!
After this we explored more designer shops that were all up the road, such as Chanel, Burberry & Louis Vuitton. All fabulously fashionable, with beautiful window displays and
advertisements. They all seemed similarly minimal in visual merchandising and interiors inside, with the main colour being the clean cut white look.
Next stop, the more artistic less touristy spot...the upcoming Williamsberg area. This picture below was the first thing I saw outside when I came up from underground by the subway...
Willamsberg was nothing like what I imagined. It was as if it almost didn't fit in with NY, not the bits I had ever seen anyway. Perhaps it was just because it was not full of tourists, mostly locals or people trying to make a living by making their own individual hand made crafts. Most of the shops were just owned by regular New Yorkers, the only brand/ shop name I remember recognising is a 'Paul Smith' shop, which looked almost out of place, because of its well known name.
We walked round for about four hours round Williamsberg, torn between where to eat later on. We found the diner that the legendary 'Milkshake' song was filmed for the video. We really wanted to eat a proper greasy, fried American meal, as we had been preety good so far at finding perfect little Vegan cafes.
Posted by cupsofem at 08:18