Admiring the Snow…From Afar
It’s all bright sun and blue skies here in LA, but I can still appreciate the beauty of fresh snow back east. These are a few of my favorite Instagrams from last weekend. I’m endlessly inspired by the artistry people share through this app from different pockets of the world.
(Sources, top to bottom: samhorine, chrisozer, _frommetoyou, murphys_law, pauloctavious, sannalinn, chrisozer, ohhaiitsmee, 13thwitness, sofiasternegard)
This Is Happening
I’m In LA now! And I need to meet everyone…
Ann Hamilton: The Event of a Thread
Ann Hamilton: The Event of a Thread at The Park Avenue Armory is really as beautiful as you’ve been hearing. I didn’t know much about the installation before going last month – and I’m still not entirely clear on some of the particulars. What I do know is that it is a mesmerizing participatory art experience that should not be missed in New York.
The view upon entering the Armory: two cloaked attendants at a desk stacked with caged pigeons. They are writing feverishly and do not look up. It’s a curious start, but most visitors are simply taken by the soaring beauty before them: 42 large wood-plank swings interconnected and suspended from the ceiling. And a huge white silk curtain flapping gently amidst the easy breeze from the swings.
Beneath the beautiful billowing silk curtain. So serene.
Couples reading, couples swinging. I surreptitiously captured this quartet enjoying the show in different ways. Turns out one of the women swinging is a mutual friend. And when the Armory retweeted this photo, the newspaper-reading couple got in touch with me. It’s for this sort of reason that I love social media – connecting and sharing with people in meaningful ways.
This was the littlest swinger at the show. The soothing rhythms of the swings and curtain cast a spell on visitors of all ages. All the kids there were entranced and so well behaved.
At the end of each day, the lights dim and shadows are cast on the last of the swingers. The Event of a Thread is a nice reminder that sometimes good lighting and some swings are enough to inspire one for days.
Happy New Year!
Top to bottom: Copacabana Nightclub, New York, 1946; St. Moritz, France, 1941; Grand Central Station, New York, 1961; Studio 54, New York, 1978.
Radio City Christmas Spectacular
One of my fave family traditions is seeing The Radio City Christmas Spectacular the weekend before Christmas. We’ve been doing it for years. First we hit the Grand Central Oyster Bar, throw back a couple martinis and indulge in oysters (actually, don’t tell, but I dislike oysters and opt for the mouthwatering lobster roll instead). Then we traipse on over to Radio City for the late show.
The Rockettes’ exact line formations and dazzling costumes are always a thrill. Their routines haven’t changed much over the decades, but that’s precisely the point. The entire show is a throwback to times when show girls, variety acts and primping in the art deco women’s lounge were de rigueur in this town.
The toy soldier number is the ultimate crowd pleaser. Marching in unison with their eyes concealed by top hats, the soldiers fall like dominoes after getting shot with with a canon ball at the end. The way they link their arms and slink onto one another is high drama! I’m always terrified one of the Rockettes will mess up and the orchestra will have to keep playing. But alas, it always works out.
If you haven’t been to the iconic Radio City Music Hall in a while, do drop in for a little visit. It’s one of those New York gems we too often take for granted, oozing history, charm and more than a little nostalgia.
Christmas in New York
Nothing beats it. A few snaps from my Christmas shopping earlier today…
30 Rock never looks more majestic than at Christmastime.
Last night, before the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree was lit for the season.
Back in New York and it’s blizzarding. This town is off the rails lately.
[Source: samhorine Instagram]
minimalist portrait tees have been on our fashion radar for some time. But when Jay-Z broke out their Basquiat for his now-famous subway ride to Brooklyn
a couple weeks ago, we knew the NYC brand had hit the tipping point. Featuring a mötley crüe
of iconic characters hand-
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to Frida Kahlo
to Maggie Smith’s Countess
on “Downton Abbey,” their subjects transcend pop- and sub-cultures, and can only be qualified as, quite simply, cool.
I caught up with founders Dana Veraldi and Kevin Tekinel to learn a little more about the line, including what their actual criteria is when emblazoning those tees. Read my Q&A here at Lo’s List.
I’ve been in New York since I was 17 but never take this town for granted. There is so much to see, even a quick visit to one of the city’s world class museums can turn a slow day into a suddenly inspiring one. Last week I stole some time between meetings at MOMA and The American Museum of Natural History. Below are a few snaps…Looking down, beautiful light in MOMA’s atrium.
Between New York Fashion Week, the weather and catching up with so many friends, this past week was one of the best and most beautiful I’ve ever had in New York.
Tommy Hilfiger Spring 2013
Go big or go home! That seemed to be the sentiment at Tommy Hilfiger’s Spring 2013 show. The iconic American designer swung for the fences with a collection exploding with red white and blue like fireworks on the Fourth of July. Read my full review of the designer’s patriotic outdoor affair here at Olivia Palermo.
(Source: Sonny’s Photos)
Alice + Olivia Spring 2013
Envision early “Mad Men’s” Betty Draper propped on her fainting couch, indulging that sweet tooth: a darling 1950s-style day dress in bright primary colors, demure hair, classic candies at the ready. Then imagine her post-sugar scramble to get gussied up for a night on the town: a shimmering frock with a flattering silhouette and beading that sparkles like city lights. That, friends, was the feel of Alice & Olivia’s Spring 2013 collection – and the energy was definitely that of a good old fashioned party.
Some Fun from Fashion’s Night Out
No, not “Night At The Roxbury,” it’s the Shops at Target party on 14th Street! They always bring the goods.
Hey what’s up! This is what a Fashion’s Night Out party looks like when you’re having fun. Fresh of her Michelle Obama DNC dress, Tracy Reese hosts a humdinger at her Hudson Street store.
Spilling onto the street, St. Lucia performed at SCOOP.