Tyler Durden: Fuck off with your sofa units and strine green stripe patterns, I say never be complete, I say stop being perfect, I say let... lets evolve, let the chips fall where they may. —Fight Club
Thursday, July 31, 2008
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Parlez-vous francais? No, I don't, but I love everything french, including food. I want to go to Bar Boulud, a fairly new restaurant by haute cuisine chef Daniel Boulud. I've been to Comme Ca in LA (below). I wasn't impressed. There was a large party and we had to wait for our table. I know, typical of new trendy anything. Luckily, we snacked on shrimp cocktail while waiting.
Monday, July 28, 2008
Friday, July 25, 2008
Like Mario Batali and Daisy May’s Adam Perry Lang, not to mention his boss Danny Meyer—who, you may recall, used to run a humble little hot-dog cart out of Madison Square Park before he turned it into a full-fledged shack—Tabla’s Floyd Cardoz has entered the pushcart business. He’s set up right outside his restaurant, across from the park, and within paratha-tossing distance of the dreaded Shake Shack line, hoping, perhaps, to steer some of that sweet action his way. On the brief takeaway-only menu: a chicken tikka roti roll with mint chutney, a Bombay bhel puri, and a chocolate kulfi pop dipped in more chocolate like an Eskimo Pie. — Rob Patronite and Robin Raisfeld
(Via New York Magazine)
Thursday, July 24, 2008
Called Mobile Art, the structure itself was designed by the renowned London architect Zaha Hadid and will occupy the Rumsey Playfield, midpark at 70th Street, from Oct. 20 to Nov. 9. (It is Ms. Hadid’s first New York building, albeit temporary, and has already made stops in Hong Kong and Tokyo and is headed later for London, Moscow and Paris.)
Yet beyond its artistic mission, the pavilion is a provocative advertisement. Chanel, the fashion brand, commissioned Ms. Hadid to create the traveling structure to house works by about 15 hot contemporary artists. Each was asked to create a work that was at least in part inspired by Chanel’s classic 2.55 quilted-style chain handbag, so named because it was first issued in February 1955.
Above: The artist Sylvie Fleury’s video installation "Cristal Custom Commando," inside a giant Pop Art-style handbag, at the Mobile Art pavilion in Tokyo.
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Italian Vogue has used only black models for the July issue of the magazine, in a statement against discrimination in the fashion world. More than 100 pages of the issue, including the cover, will feature images of black women taken by the acclaimed New York based photographer Steven Meisel.
The pictures will be accompanied by articles on successful black women in arts and entertainment.
The move is in reaction to recent anger over the reluctance of fashion magazines to feature black models on their covers. Many industry insiders claim black girls are not used because they just "do not sell".
Leading black figures, including models, designers and agents, have now formed a protest group in New York to highlight the problem of racism in the industry.
Italian Vogue's editor, Franca Sozzani, said her decision was influenced by the New York group, as well as by Barack Obama's success in the US presidential primaries.
Meisel photographed several of the black fashion world's biggest names for the issue, including Naomi Campbell, Iman, Tyra Banks, Liya Kebede, Jourdan Dunn, Alek Wek and Pat Cleveland.
Meisel said: "I thought, it's ridiculous, this discrimination. It's so crazy to live in such a narrow, narrow place. Age, weight, sexuality, race - every kind of prejudice.
"I have asked my advertising clients so many times, 'Can we use a black girl?' They say no."
Naomi Campbell has also spoken out several times on her concern that black models are "sidelined" by the major modelling agencies.
Italian Vogue's all-black issue is unlikely to be emulated by its US sister magazine, but American Vogue is planning to run an article about the lack of black models.
Thursday, July 17, 2008
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
The New Yorker is facing a firestorm of criticism over a caricature of presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle.
The cover of its July 21 "Politics of Fear" issue—hitting newsstands Monday—depicts the Illinois senator in radical Islamic clothing giving a so-called "fist-bump" to Michelle Obama, who is shown with a machine gun strapped across her shoulder. In the background, an American flag burns in a fireplace underneath a framed picture of Osama bin Laden. The cover was illustrated by Barry Blitt, who "satirizes the use of scare tactics and misinformation in the Presidential election to derail Barack Obama's campaign," according to a New Yorker press release.
"Satire is part of what we do," New Yorker editor David Remnick said in a statement. "And it is meant to bring things out into the open, to hold up a mirror to the absurd. And that's the spirit of this cover."
Monday, July 14, 2008
Thursday, July 10, 2008
I'm not a baseball fan. I find the sport boring and uninteresting. Last night a friend invited me the Mets/Giants game. I hesitated, plus there was the treat of rain. Reluctantly, I went and I'm happy I did. I loved the fun, spirited atmosphere. It did rain, luckily we were covered. The rain looked like mist with the stadium lights shining through, it was something I'd never seen before. It was beautiful and amazing. BTW, the Mets won 5-0.
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
I'm moving out of my apartment in August, and I can't wait to move into a place that's all mine. Lately all I can think about are things that I want to fill my new space. A home is a reflection of one's personal style. I believe that every item should be something that I love. And I love this Harry Allen Pig Bank! ($95, velocityartanddesign.com)
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
Since its debut last fall, “Gossip Girl” has always been more than a television series about its overt subject, the social machinations of Manhattan private-school students.
It has also presented a cavalcade of fashion, its primary viewership of teenagers and young women tuning in not only for the plots, but also to render judgment on the clothes. The extravagant wardrobes of the stars — a clash of piped blazers, tiny kilts, dueling plaids and festoons of jewelry — have inspired countless posts on fan Web sites, and magazine features about the female leads.
Now the show’s sense of style is having a broader impact, in the retail marketplace. Merchants, designers and trend consultants say that “Gossip Girl,” which is in summer reruns on the CW network before returning Sept. 1, just in time for back-to-school shopping, is one of the biggest influences on how young women spend. (Via NYT)
Thursday, July 3, 2008
Macy's 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular
It's just not the Fourth without it. More than 80,000 dazzling explosions—Flickering Butterflies, Glittering Gems, Giant Silver Swallows, and Bursting Comets—light up the sky over the East River while millions of New Yorkers catch the show from rooftops, in parks, along the river, at the Promenade, on boats, and on NBC.
• When: 9 p.m.
• Musical accompaniment: Bring a radio wherever you decide to watch for a synchronized musical program on 1010 WINS.
• More info: Call 212-494-4495 or visit macys.com
• Manhattan viewing: East River Park, South Street Seaport, FDR Drive (enter at 23rd, 38th and 42nd Sts.); the FDR between 14th and 42nd Sts. and from the ferry terminal to the Pearl Street exit ramp is closed to traffic from 7-10 p.m.
• Brooklyn: Greenpoint, Brooklyn Heights Promenade, Empire Fulton Ferry State Park Queens: Hunter's Point, Queensbridge Park, Rainey Park
• Jersey City: Liberty State Park
• Roosevelt Island: If you want to beat the Manhattan crowds, head to the other Island for the East River fireworks display. It's not free, but a ticket will get you a seat with a view, live music and entertainment for the kids, including clowns, jugglers and face painting. Grab a hot dog or hamburger from the food court, sit back in your folding chair (they're provided for all ticket holders) and watch the show. Leave the coolers, backpacks and alcoholic beverages at home; they're not allowed.
• 5 p.m.; adults, tickets $18 available at Manhattan Tram Station (2nd Ave. and 60th St.), online (rioc.com) or at the site on July 4; Southpoint, southern tip of Roosevelt Island; 212-832-4540 or rioc.com
(Via NY Magazine)
Wednesday, July 2, 2008
I love Christoph Niemann's blog entitled, The Boys and the Subway. Top caption: My sons Arthur, 5, and Gustav, 3, are obsessed with the New York City subway system. Bottom: They can barely sit through an episode of “Sesame Street.” But when we go for aimless subway joy rides on the weekends, they sit like little angels, devoutly calling out the names of every station for hours. Click here to read the rest of the story.