Our Assistant Graphic Designer is fairly new to the company. She came on the scene with a giant smile and quirky style. To my experience, she showed up in a meeting one day with bright points to contribute and a dress that was to die. Graphically, her designs feel fresh. Fashion-wise, she has a cool vintage look and sticks too it. It’s full of tough to replicate, one-of-a-kind items that always come together perfectly. In Free People terms – the Molly style with its own spin – of this tiny, beautiful, and full-of-light character are freshly inspirational. Read on and see what I mean… Read more »
I love Friday nights… even if they’re low key, it’s a welcome break from the hectic workweek, but this past Friday was a particularly good one. After catching Sharon Van Etten’s free at noon show at WXPN, I finished up the workday, met up with a couple friends and hopped in a cab to the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Read more »
Our creative team made these unbelievably cute Valentine’s Day downloads and I figured I’d post them today in case you want to print them out and give them to people tomorrow! I love them all so much but I think the fox is my fave ;) Read more »
Yesterday after an evening of spending some time with my friends who are visiting New York from London I headed to the Mara Hoffman show. Her fall collection was inspired by “Shaman gauchos”. The ultimate bohemian bombshell sprung to mind as I watched meteorite patterns, tapestry motifs, and “third eye” symbols run down the runway with a jewelry collaboration with All For The Mountain! I left breathless and with a clear indication of how exactly I want to dress for Fall 2012.
Mid afternoon I made my way to “Pie and Thighs” in Williamsburg for a quick southern bite before departing back to Philly in the snow. Tomorrow I’m back to the Big Apple to take a bite at Street Style. I’ll also be checking out the Betsy Johnson show and after party!
Sinful. Gluttonous. Mouthwateringly delicious….
I don’t know exactly how I should sum up these works of cupcake art, but just know they’re one of the best things you’ll ever eat. Read more »
On Thursday February 16th our Brooklyn store is holding an event that will include an art exhibition and raffle with local artist Jennifer Contini! Jennifer does beautiful heart installation paintings, incorporating a multitude of mediums, so it felt appropriate to share some of her work today with the approach of Valentine’s day! At the event, customers who spend $150 or more will be entered in a raffle to win a piece of her lovely work!
Jennifer’s website speaks of her love affair with New York, about which she says “I live and work in a place that beats to the same drum as I do. The fast urban pace of Manhattan is home, and my vibrant downtown neighborhood defines and inspires my work. This is the space where my artistic vein finds higher meaning.” Her pieces have a distinct urban, street art feel, and are like artistic valentines to the city she loves.
See more on her website. We’ll have more details on the event next week!
Yesterday was a busy day, Free People was shooting our February look book at 5 Beekman NY; a beautiful derelict building built in 1882. Our model Martha Hunt danced around in pastels while her face and hair was decorated in bright powder pops and coloured yarns. Next week there’ll be more photos on this so stayed tuned!
Mid afternoon we headed to the Lincoln Centre to see the Charlotte Ronson show. The crowds swamped in, Dead Weather lyrics flooded the room and the spotlight shone on the celebrities seated at the front row – Nicky Hilton, Sky Ferreira… the list goes on.
Charlotte Ronson’s collection was an array of sophistication with a spontaneously cool edge. Colours of bottle green, oatmeal, navy and deep purple collided with quirky geometric prints. It was a collection perfectly executed. Not too old, not too young but, spot on right in the middle!
Now for Fall 2012 I’m all about bottle green and oatmeal!
DO: something today that will make your day easier tomorrow.
Let’s face it, we all want life to run smoothly. We want to get up, drink our coffee, go to work, get things done, come home to a clean house, and have time to enjoy ourselves. It’s much easier said than done, however. Problems arise when we’re scrambling to make lunch in the morning, can’t find anything to wear, forget to send our rent check on the day it’s due, and so on, and so on.
So let’s make it easier on ourselves. Let’s do something today that will make our day easier tomorrow, or the next day. When you have a spare moment, plan ahead and get things done. Make your lunch the night before instead of watching TV, do your laundry each weekend so that you don’t have to do it during the week, pay your bills in advance, whatever it is – get something done in your spare moments. The chores and work may be steadier, but the days will run smoothly. There will be less panic and anxiety surrounding what you need to get done and you’ll be thanking yourself the next day when something is already done.
I took a long lunch break today and hopped on over to WXPN to catch Sharon Van Etten playing the Free at Noon show. These shows are one of my absolute favorite things about XPN; they take place every Friday and feature some really amazing artists – for free. I mean, how can you not take advantage of that? Read more »
An outtake from the iconic shoot with John Lennon and Yoko Ono, which took place hours before he was killed.
When it comes to role models, one of mine has always been Annie Leibovitz. She inspired me from a young age to study photography, and to this day her work sets a standard that few others can live up to. From her role as chief photographer for Rolling Stone magazine in the 70s, to touring photographer with the Rolling Stones, to her more recent fashion editorials, she has a gift for capturing people and history through her lens – some of the most iconic moments in music have been brought before our eyes because of her talent.
Pilgrimage is a book of photos that are unlike her other work – they contain no people. It began with a trip to Niagara falls with her daughters, and plans she had made with partner Susan Sontag, who has since passed. They had talked about making a book of all the places they wanted to go, and years later Leibovitz returned to the idea, and thus came Pilgrimage. The photos are of spaces, places, things – heavy with the ghosts of the legends who lived in and used them, like Virginia Woolf, Thoreau, Elvis, Georgia O’Keefe, and so on.
“I NEEDED to save myself,” she says of the work contained in the book. “I needed to remind myself of what I like to do, what I can do.”
Emily Dickinson’s only surviving dress
Virginia Woolf’s Bedroom
Elvis’s Television, in storage at Graceland (he shot it).
Georgia O’Keefe’s handmade pastels
Annie Oakley’s heart target.
You can also see the photos on exhibit right now at the Smithsonian Museum in DC!