Monday, June 30, 2014

RUN to the Kara Walker Exhibit

Kara Walker has created something monumentally brilliant and if you are in New York, you simply must not miss it! Her latest exhibition at the Domino Sugar factory in Williamsburg, Brooklyn ends on July 6th - and is free.  New York has had many amazing art exhibits - those etched in my memory are Jacob Lawrence at the Whitney, Basquiat at The Brooklyn Museum, The Motorcycle exhibit at the Guggenheim, Kara's silhouttes also at The Whitney, and now A Subtlety, Kara's disturbingly beautiful homage to slaves during the sugar trade from the Caribbean to this this country.  The sugar factory, which is slated to be demolished shortly after the exhibit ends, is in itself a stunningly raw and rustic marvel.  Creative Time, a non-profit art organization, could not have selected a better artist to create something for this venue - it's as though the building would not be destroyed without an acknowledgement of its rich history.  Kara delivered, and we found ourselves not wanting to leave because we knew that once we did, we would never experience anything quite like this again.  On our way out, I spoke with two older wise women who said that this exhibit will live on in our memories and images taken - and so it shall! 



All images by: Trae Bien

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Join The Club

Around the Holidays, I went for a walk in my work neighborhood and discovered the newly renovated Club Monaco.  My senses immediately went into overload - beginning with, which door to enter - do I go through the coffee shop first - no, I went through the front door with it's beautifully decorated entrance - besides, there was a huge Christmas tree right in the middle of the floor.  Club Monaco has come a long way since it first opened.  Ralph Lauren, the American fashion visionary, clearly had a vision for  this store's potential, he acquired it in 1999 from a Toronto based company and has strategically down-played his ownership - that is until now.  I worked for Ralph years ago and this store has all of the stylish upgrades that one would expect of his brand and a few clever additions.  Ralph included some of New York's finest establishments and gave them a shop within his shop - thus making this store an experience that goes far beyond clothing.  The expected visually smart and stunning decorative elements are throughout the store.  This includes Polux Fleuriste flower shop, that delivers your flowers in a beautiful hat box, the Toby Estates coffee shop, a Williamsburg, Brookyn favorite, and the NYC iconic Strand Bookstore with a fireplace that lures you to take a book and sit.  Ralph nailed it with this one and may I suggest that you join the club.



Saturday, February 1, 2014

Super Helmets

I used to rollerblade all around NYC and Brooklyn without a helmet.  One day while visiting my dad, he asked if I was wearing a helmet when I skate and I looked at him like - "really?"  What he said next made me realize how well he knew me,  he said, "I'll get you a designer helmet" - :),  I LOVE design - especially good design and it was the only way that he could get me to potentially save my life.  
Perhaps the NFL, Bloomingdales, and The Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) heard my dad as they have partnered and solicited the help of designers to create designer football helmets just in time for the Super Bowl.  These fun helmets are being auctioned off  through February 4th and all proceeds will benefit the NFL Foundation. Of the 48 helmets, these are my faves - proof that good design does save lives.  
Happy Super Bowl Weekend!
Dannijo
Eugenia Kim
Alice & Olivia
Cynthia Vincent
Pamela Love

Diane Von Furstenburg
John Varvatos
Richard Chai

Monday, October 28, 2013

Lou Reed's NY - A Walk on the Wild Side

A few years ago we had an opening event at The Brooklyn Museum for The Black List project created by Timothy Greenfield-Sanders and Elvis Mitchell.  It was there that I had the unexpected good fortune of meeting Lou Reed.  Lou was as cool as his songs suggested - he was unassuming, low key and yet had a powerful presence.  He was a part of an exciting era in New York's art scene that seems to be vanishing every day.  The lyrics of his songs paint an accurate portrait of life in NYC.   I remember when walking through the Bowery, Tribeca, the Meatpacking District or even Time Square was indeed a "Walk on the Wild Side".  Lou's music told the story of New York as one who knew its secrets.    His spirit will remain alive in his beloved New York.

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Three Days of Autumn

It has been a busy year and I have had little time to do some of the things I love the most.  However, I refuse to miss out on my favorite season of the year - Autumn.  As this is a three-day weekend, I am doing everything to embrace the crisp, cool weather, seasonal foods, and fun activities.  Here are a few things that I will be doing, eating and wearing this weekend...

Grabbing my favorite sweater and boots
Eating dessert before dinner - Macarons (Pierre Hermes
Cooking Cider Brine Pork Roast with Potatoes and Onions - Bon Appetit Magazine
Hopping on the train and seeing some colorful foliage,
going apple picking & getting coffee at my favorite cafe...
Have a great weekend!