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A Room with a View

What Chris Saw:  Artist Tatzu Nishi has created a living room 70 feet above Columbus Circle for the statue’s namesake, Christopher Columbus.  Visitors climbing the scaffolding are rewarded with views down 8th Avenue to Greenwich Village, eastward across the river to Queens and a magnificent view of whole of Central Park to Harlem.  Looking inward, guests can browse the bookshelves where his reading includes Woody Allen, Milton and Aristotle.  The exhibit is free (our favorite 4-letter word) and is on until November when the scaffolding will be used to restore the statue.  Read more at NYTimes.

 

Posted in Arts, Culture, Design, Interiors, New York

NYC – ready for it’s close-up, Mr. DeMille

Before Sex In The City, New York City had many starring movie roles, showing the fashions and culture of the times.  Some of our favorites:

Breakfast At Tiffany’s:  Audrey, Givenchy and Tiffany’s – instant style guide set in a Truman Capote story.

Desperately Seeking Susan:  Pre-Material Girl Madonna and the downtown 80′s club scene.

Rear Window:   Grace Kelly and Edith Head provide the glamour, Hitchcock the suspense.

Black Swan:  Natalie Portman and Amy Westcott’s inspired costumes.

Annie Hall:  Woody Allen, Diane Keaton and the original “boyfriend” wardrobe.

The Godfather:  Brando, Pacino and great menswear from Anna Hill Johnstone (Oscar nomination for Best Costume).

 

See TimeOut NewYork magazine for their list of the top 100 NYC films.

 

Posted in Culture, Fashion, Interiors, New York

Surviving in Style – Best Deals from TONY

By popular request, we are curating NYC deals and discounts that make getting started and surviving in the city a little less painful on the bank account.

Manicures:  QQ Nail Salon offers 10 for $80 – that’s a $20 savings over the regular (and affordable) $10 per.

Theater:  Broadway Box offers up to 60% off Broadway and Off Broadway performances.  Get the free app (iOS and Android) or online.

Sample Sales:  The danger of sample sales are you buying it because you really want it or you think you must since it is a “deal”.  NYC SampleSales free app (iPhone) lists current designer sales and has a one-mile radius mapping feature.

Retail:  Club Monaco – 20%.  Madewell & J. Crew – 15%. Topshop - 10%.  For students with valid ID.

Film:  One of the best theaters in the city, the Film Society of Lincoln Center has a $35 yearly student membership that gets you $8 tickets to great indie and foreign films.  Or $9 for undergrad tickets without the membership.

Carnegie Hall:  Sign-up for their Student Insider newsletter and check their website early and often for the $10 student rush tickets.

Baseball:  Yankees have special student days for some home games – half-price admission, purchased same-day at the stadium.  Mets offer student-rush tickets on the Promenade Level for $10 (regularly $25).

Roundabout Theater Company:  If you are between 18 & 35, sign-up for the free HIPTIX membership and you are eligible for two $20 mezzanine seats.  The $75 Gold membership gets you access to orchestra seats. Either membership gets you access to the members-only HIPTIX evenings.

 

Posted in Careers, New York

Art & Fashion Collide – Yayoi Kusama & Louis Vuitton

 

The Whitney Museum of Art is showing the amazing, delightful and at times provocative retrospective of Yayoi Kusama.  Underwritten by Louis Vuitton in support of Marc Jacob’s collaboration with Yayoi and drawing on her own archive of early fashion designs and her more recent return to “dot” themes.  A must-see exhibit and worth queueing up early for the same-day-only timed-entrance tickets to the Fireflies on the Water installation at the Whitney, through September 30.  Or check out the Kusama inspired clothing and accessories at LV.

Posted in Arts, Culture, Design, Fashion

Tech Fashion – Not an Oxymoron

Silicon Valley is the newest fashion hotspot as women are breaking the glass ceilings in style. Read more in the NYTimes article “Breaking Tech’s Fashion Taboo”.

The Valley doesn’t have cutting edge boutiques, but the online shopping is. Favorite sites among tech women:
Gilt – Online flash sales.
YOOK – Designer clothing.
ETSY – Quirky jewelry and vintage clothing if you wade through.
Portero – Authenticated luxury jewelry and handbags.
The RealReal – Members-only consignment.
The Coveteur – Windowshop the favorite items of the fashion cognisanti.
Net-A-Porter &  sister outlet site The OutNet – Designer clothing.
Moda Operandi – Straight from the runway.
Modewalk – Online couture and French R-T-W.

Posted in Fashion

Kid Stuff: Interiors for Children

Rita Konig explores the unique challenge of designing kid’s spaces:  rooms that appeal to children and they won’t outgrow tomorrow.  “Silly Parent, Good Design Is for Kids”.

Posted in Interiors

Favorite Haunts of Four New Yorkers

The WSJ taps The Star: Chloe Sevigny, The Scribe: Gay Talese, The Chef: Gabrielle Hamilton, The Player:  Sean Avery for their favorite NYC shops and restaurants.  The Un-tourist in the Journal Concierge’s Insiders Guide.

Posted in Culture, New York

Tech Fabrics: Neoprene on the Runway

“Scuba Do”:  Neoprene is being used for more than wetsuits.  The WSJ covers this trend.

Posted in Design, Fashion

Submitting Your Resume Online?

The WSJ offers insights into how resumes are scanned by computer programs.  Read more on how to increase your odds in the online application process in the article “Your Resume vs. Oblivion”.

Posted in Careers

Books of Interest: Edward Gorey & Peter Neumeyer

Edward Gorey and Peter Neumeyer, illustrator and writer.  These letters provide a wonderful insight into the extraordinary mind of Edward Gorey’s genius.  See the WSJ for a review of the book.

Posted in Design