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!
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!
I didn’t get much sleep last night at The Jane Hotel… The excitement was running through me.
At 9am after a strong red eye I headed to the Lincoln centre for the 10am BCBG show. The fashion flock were swamping in and the adrenalin was sky high. Everyone was excited to see what the show had to offer. The lights dimmed and the music started pumping, the models sashayed down the runway showing elongated shapes, beautiful colors and a great use of geometric obstruction.
After the show we hunted outside the venue for style, I spied Alexa Chung and my heart started racing. New York is fast, one blink and you’ll miss a trick! my tired feet are now resting with thoughts on what Fall 2012 fashion will become. I wonder what tomorrow will bring…
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This week’s office style is dedicated to one of my favorite FP girls: Lou. The awesome thing about Lou is that she’s rough and she’s edgy, but she never loses a touch of sexiness. The look is for a girl who’s on the run and active. She doesn’t have the time to be high maintenance, and can’t stand things that will restrict the adventure. She loves to steal items from her man – bulky tees and grungy tanks never looked better. Pants and shorts are her go-to, and there’s nothing like a good pair of boots or sneakers. Once in a while, she’ll mix it up on you and throw in that feminine touch to remind you that, after all, she is a lady.
I first discovered Gemma’s blog Fade to Black over a year ago, and fell instantly in love with her style and everything she posts. We’ve emailed each other frequently, but finally the other day we got to meet in person when she came down to our office, or as she calls it, fairy land, for a quick little visit. I asked her to fill out one of our style file questionnaires, and she cracked me up as she did. Get to know a little bit more about Gemma, FP style!
Gemma is also quite a talented artist! Here are a few more photos from her blog…