I really enjoyed New York artist Sara Rahbar’s Flag Series – a powerful, beautifully-titled collection of re-imagined U.S. flags made from textile and mixed media:
Erykah Badu, The Roots, and others performed at the Hennessy Artistry event in New York this week. I had to look twice, like, is that you Erykah? And wanted to share her dopeness:
With record-breaking heat in New York over the last few weeks and caution from Con Ed to avoid city-wide blackouts, I thought it would be appropriate to look back to the blackout of 1977 on its July 14th anniversary.
It has been DISGUSTING in the city. Walking out of my apartment doors at 8:30am, I am instantly smothered in the kind of air that surely would circulate a crowded mens’ locker room after team practice in the Mojave Desert. Last summer, during heat like this, a blackout spread over my neighborhood with a cataclysmic boom for twelve hours. In the early evening, everyone peacefully congregated outside while the local grocer hocked its fast-thawing stock of frozen foods. By night the whole neighborhood seemed asleep, blanketlessly wrestling the heat in their beds. Coming home the next day, we threw away meats and milk from our fridges. It was eventless. Nothing like ’77.
In the spirit of New York’s decline into the 1970s (with help from the MTA Doomsday Budget Plan), I will be celebrating the style of a girl gang, The Lizzies, in Walter Hill’s 1979 classic, The Warriors. For those not familiar with the plot, the movie follows a gang, some real tough guys (dig those vests!), The Warriors, on an epic journey back to their turf in Coney Island from an all-gang meeting in the Bronx after being framed for a controversial murder. Between The Bronx and Coney Island, The Warriors encounter a slew of neighborhood gangs trying to kill them. One of those gangs being the Union Square Lizzies.
Trying to pull off the quintessential late 70’s girl-gang look can be tough. Luckily, The Lizzies keep things simple. Weapons of choice: knives & an occasional handgun. Clothing of choice: jeans, tees or button-downs, something with a hood. If a Lizzie has hair, she keeps it big, a Lizzie rocking a short cut, keeps it slick.
As a young woman in Doomsday-Budget-Era New York City, you might find yourself skulking around the Union Square station on the weekend, endlessly waiting for a train. While you are probably at the station for a ride back to your outer-borough apartment, and The Lizzies were there to shank some Warriors, the station is the same – why not rock the Lizzies style?
First things, first: being a girl on the move, you’ll want a good fundamental layer – you never know when things will cool down or heat up, fast. Try Insight’s What’s the Story tee– it’s relaxed-fit, scoop neck and has a snap at the back that lets you cinch-in the shape.
Next, you’ll need to cover up, and if you’re like a Lizzie, you’ll go for comfort & style. Like this Marc by Marc Jacobs ‘Stellar Dot’ Jacquard Hoody.
Then, of course, you need a little bit of sex appeal. Look slim & dangerous in these Members Only Liquid Leather Leggings.
To cop the style of other gangs from The Warriors, click here.
Okay. TopShop has finally landed on Broadway & Broome. On April 2nd, London’s TopShop opened its first U.S. store in New York, after nearly a one and half years of build-up and hype. TopShop was founded in London in 1964, over 250,000 shoppers go through the doors of 214 Oxford Street every week, 40,000 pairs of jeans bought weekly, 30 pairs of panties sold every minute. The Debut of Kate Moss for TopShop sold out in three minutes. This. Ish. Is. Crazy.
While I did not brave the opening day like some of these nutsos:
I could not resist taking a visit today, with an equally eager friend, the day after the big opening. I had no idea that what we would find was a practically two-block-long line around the corner of Broome Street. There was no way we were going to wait 2 hours to spend money we didn’t really have, so defeatedly we peered into the window displays and lingered in front of the entrance. All of a sudden, I found myself chatting with a lovely older security guard with kind, kind eyes. With no shame, not knowing what had come over me, I found myself asking if he had any women in his family, and if he did, if he might, perhaps, allow those women to skip ahead in the line. He was receptive to my shamelessness, so I persisted, saying “we could practically be cousins!”, when out of the blue, the manager to the DJ performing in-store approached and was escorted directly inside. Without flinching, our new best friend said with a wink “are you ladies with the band, as well?” and ushered us in. It happened, we were inside the mythical TopShop.
To begin, the New York TopShop is 25,000 Sq. Feet. The security guard told us they are only aloud to let 300 people in at one time. There are three stories of women’s clothing and the basement is reserved for TopMen. Here are some of my thoughts:
-The crowning glory has to be the jewelry. Gigantic, glorious, jewelry.
-Free Shit: this weekend they are giving away free tote bags, coin purses, free makeup-applications from
Makeup Forever, free hair-doing by Brooklyn salon Woodley & Bunny, free manicures by Valley NYC.
-Many of the clothes were beautiful, edgy, cute, and colorful.
-The girls working this weekend, despite being worked to the bone, were super helpful & sweet.
-There is a 10% discount for students…or for people who just might happen to still have a student ID and have just maybe scratched the date stick from the back…
-Despite the shoes being artful and exciting to look at, most of them had what seemed to be 6-inch heels that most people could not and would not ever wear.
-It is EXPENSIVE. Not expensive compared to some designer diggs, but most of the dresses were from $65-110, the t-shirts from $35-65, the jewelry from $25-60. This is no H&M.
-The fitting room lines were ridiculous, 20-30 minute wait time.
**All said and done, at the end of the day (or by the end of the month) TopShop is a phenomenon worth checking out.**
Below are some of the pics from the TopShop Premiere on Wednesday night, via Style.com: