I know I’m not alone when I say I would love to be able to go shopping at literally any time, and that might just become an option in the near future. The Mark hotel is definitely one of the most fashionable hotels in New York City, but its new partnership with Bergdorf Goodman could potentially make it the ultimate in the marriage between style and sanctuary.
The hotel and department store are teaming up to give guests 24-hour access to personal shoppers, while certain cases could allow them late-night entry to Bergdorf itself. Also, exclusive items would be more readily available. In summary, this collaboration between the Mark hotel and Bergdorf Goodman will essentially give people the chance to shop for any items at any hour. And my faith in humanity has been restored.
Tonight is one of the biggest nights of the year in fashion: The Met Gala. Although my upcoming finals ripped me away from the event in New York, I’m still just as excited. This year’s exhibit, Punk: From Chaos to Couture focuses on the spirit of punk rock and how it’s informed high fashion. Featuring over 100 designs for men and women, it will include original garments from the early 1970’s punk rock movement juxtaposed with contemporary fashion pieces. Much like the upcoming exhibit, the event will definitely be embellished, but with designers, models, celebrities, and other superstars.
Plenty of people are scoffing at the theme, while Cathy Horyn calls the exhibit “the sanitized and bloodless version of punk’s origins and influence.” However, the punk concept of D.I.Y. and the couture concept of “made-to-measure” can often go hand in hand; the established haute couture houses aren’t as different from the anti-establishment motives of punk as one might think. As looks are handmade and embellished to fit an individual’s own body, the craftsmanship of couture isn’t far off from the production of punk pieces. One of the event’s co-chairs, Riccardo Tisci sees this conversation as “two different approaches, but the same concept.”
More important than the gala or the exhibit is the ideology. Punk doesn’t necessarily have to be the image that the movement’s founders presented, as Tisci defines it as an attitude more than an aesthetic.
“It’s fighting for your rights. Not being scared of opinion. Freedom,” he says.
We’ve seen this ideology in fashion multiple times over the years, and I don’t just mean when a designer replicates certain punk-inspired elements for their collection. Riccardo Tisci embodied this attitude when he reestablished Givenchy against expectations and criticism, while he personally sees this spirit being revitalized by Hedi Slimane at Saint Laurent. In my opinion, someone working in the fashion industry who is truly original and unique can revive an aspect of this courageous movement.
With freedom of expression comes freedom of emotions. Tisci says, “people are so scared of emotion, and it’s a big part of life. Especially when you are creating in public. This is why I support a lot of artists that are not scared to show emotion…People that don’t—not in a bad way—but they don’t give a shit. They don’t give a fuck.”
Call it being punk or being a badass or whatever you want, but what’s really moving and inspiring is a sense of freedom and fearlessness. Especially in the rigid fashion world, it’s what makes a person and their work stand out from the crowd, and it shows where the most talent and intellect comes from. I can only hope to someday embody this spirit to some degree.
In the spirit of punk fashion, here’s to not giving a fuck.
Check out Riccardo Tisci’s full interview with Style.com here, find out some more info on the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s 2013 Costume Institute (which runs from May 9-August 14) here, and take a look at some of my favorite punk-inspired fashion looks below!
This is probably the most exciting post I’ve published so far. After a long night of partying in New York a couple weeks ago, my friends and I decided to have an impromptu photo shoot. I’m honestly really proud of the end result. This project involved myself and my two best friends, Mimi, whose previous modeling experience definitely shows, and Jackie, who is an unbelievably great photographer. All of the images were shot by Jackie, and the nightlife shots are from Riff Raff’s and Le Baron. There is no hair and make up or wardrobe for this piece (though if you want to know, I’m wearing a t-shirt by Givenchy, leather pants from Kenneth Cole Collection, and vintage boots). I want to keep doing projects like this, as there is nothing more gratifying than seeing a random burst of creativity come together for something so interesting. Expect to see more of these types of spreads in the near future, but until then, I hope you enjoy “Nocturne!”
Street style is a bit of a controversial topic these days. Certain people are famous solely based on their personal style or their depiction of style. Meanwhile, the concept of “peacocking” has been introduced, in which people basically get dressed to be shot for a street style blog. Nevertheless, there are always those who have great fashion sense without even trying.
Going off of my last post, I thought it would be appropriate to go into another detail of why I love New York: the city’s collective sense of style. I mentioned taste when talking about New York, and that’s certainly applicable in these shots. I would’ve preferred to have professionally shot these looks, but I’ll get there soon. I also would have loved to shoot more, but I was honestly kind of overwhelmed by the incessant great looks that kept coming at me. I’d like to do more of this street style coverage in New York, but for now, I’ll have to do with Boston. Regardless, take a look at some of the awesome ensembles I saw and share your thoughts!
There’s something about being cradled by skyscrapers that gives me life. I know it sounds cliché, but I’m literally obsessed with New York City. I’ve visited the Big Apple more times than I can count, and each time I’m always left wanting more; it’s easily one of the most addicting drugs. Whether it’s fashion, nightlife, arts, or literally anything else, New York is the absolute best.
Again, I’ve been to New York plenty of times, but each time reignites my infatuation. After visiting last weekend, I’m even more determined to be in the city in the near future. It goes without saying that it’s the elite location in the U.S. for anything fashion-related, which automatically appeals to me. Meanwhile, every time I go out in New York, my mind is blown by the limitless sources of fun and entertainment. It’s also nice that the promoters tend to be more generous to me than some of my coworkers in Boston.
New York is all about taste. There’s something for everyone’s taste, and whatever your preference, New York will have the most tasteful and influential form of that. I hope to see myself navigating the busy streets like the protagonist in a video game in the very near future (ideally with lots of success). My academic year at Boston University will end in less than a month, and even though I’m registered for summer courses, I will do whatever it takes to spend the majority of my summer in New York. Whether it’s interning, continuing to work in nightlife, or even working at a lower-level position just as an excuse to stay in the city, I’m determined to get my foot through the door and start building my network.
As I looked off of a friend’s balcony just moments before leaving for Boston, I saw the endless skyline of tall buildings. It was almost like the buildings were challenging me; it’s not uncommon for New York to chew people up and spit them out. Disposable, revolving door: a couple phrases that come to mind when I think of attempting to make it in New York, especially in the field I hope to work in. But the urban forest didn’t scare me. The jungle looks like paradise.