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are you a fonts enthusiast? a typophile?
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find the beauty on your daily walk! take time to notice the details of your landscape.
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there is nothing like seeing a great handbag in action.
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plastics are our future. how can you resist plastic? it is so shiny and pleasing. I have a penchant for plastics.
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chronicling my quest for the one true
Greek Cup
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have you ever noticed the similarity between nyc fire call boxes and benevolent Kannon, goddess of mercy?
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every design, fashion and art magazine I read lately features some important directional artist making big contributions to their genre. and where do they live? brooklyn!
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who says there are no more 'new ideas' in art and design? the newness is in the juxtaposition.
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this is how I really get things done. with my little green co-worker/task-master.
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my clothing & accessories design
east-meets-west minimalism

my site

the look
dressy utilitarian

my concept
useful, economical, modular pieces that can be mix-matched in numerous ways (because why can't fashion be useful and lasting? I think it can!) So I say Maximize your Minimalism!

Satin Karate Belt featured in Dec 06 Real Simple

Voted Best Designer 2006 Style Bakery
'On the Rise'

Daily Buss Feature

Luckymag.com Feature

in the blog press
midtown lunch
the girl who ate everything
queens eats
(into) the fray
funky finds
style document
gowanus lounge
far too cute
ethereal bliss
couture in the city
independent luxe
decor 8
funky finds
urban socialite
lady licorice
high fashion girl

more press...

furniture (especially chairs from the 50s and 60s), uniforms, repeating patterns, menswear, Oscar Niemeyer, traditional Japanese architecture, the Rimpa School and Ogata Korin's 8-Point Bridge, Matisse, bromeliads, succulents and other waxy flora

particular loves
bamboo, coral, moss, woodgrain, silhouettes & other cut-outs, plastic, low-resolution images, the photo copier, off-registration prints, Max Ernst's Lunar Asparagus, NYC fire call boxes that look like Kannon, Fauvist color sense, the Noguchi Museum, pretty much all of Abstract Expressionism

magazines of current interest
Domino, Elle Decor (British), ARTnews, Art in America, Wallpaper

favorite heel style
the wedge, but a sleek modern interpretation

second favorite
the stiletto

current shoe obsession
alas, the sneaker. (because I live in nyc and walk a ton!) but not too sneakery of a sneaker. more of a sneaker disguised as a shoe, like a mary jane style or a high-tech looking black one with a metallic accent. how about Royal Elastics? I must go try some on. I really like the non-sneakeryness of their styles.





chanel, the store

I visited the Chanel store on E 57th Street this afternoon. It was fabulous. After seeing the Karl Lagerfeld documentary, Lagerfeld Confidential, two or so weeks ago, I felt compelled to explore the store. When I reached the third floor, I got the chills. Please don't forget, I am a big fan of Karl.

Karl Lagerfeld's creative presence is palpable in the design of the store. That Chanel remains a designer-driven brand today is precisely what appeals to me. Karl's distinct vision for the brand is well-translated on all three of the floors: in the products of course, in the black and white stairs (oh the stairs! it's like ascending keys on a grand piano), in the oversized Murakami-esque black patent camelia sculptures (so modern and strange and otherworldly), and in the lighting (the place was positively luminous like beautiful glowing skin).

But the third floor was my favorite translation of the specialness of the Chanel brand. The third floor captures the spectacle and excitement and headiness of the runway presentation. Which detail did my eye take in first? The cluster of black spotlights arranged in a long narrow row that runs the length of the store, as if to light a catwalk below? The 30 to 50 outfits that seem to float all around the perimeter of the spacious room? The stately seating area that is the room's focal point, aglow in white chiffon and looking like something from Mozart's Abduction from the Seraglio made modern and minimal?

I spent a rejuvinating thirty minutes walking around the store with a pleased grin on my face. Karl had breezed past me in Paris in 1994 when I was there for the Spring shows, and I spent the subsequent three hours calming down from being in his presence. And at the Chanel store on 57th Street, I felt like I was in his presence again.

9 E 57th Street
New York

The Chanel store on 57th, one November day.

At this large size, the signature Chanel camelias take on an otherworldly quality.

The oversized Takashi Murakami-esque black patent camelia sculpture.

The black and white stairs at the back of the store,
reminiscent of keys on a grand piano.

The seating area on the third floor is the room's focal point,
aglow in white chiffon and looking like something from
Abduction from the Seraglio made modern and minimal.

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Anonymous bon said...

I had tapas with Karl Lagerfeld the other night elaine....www.bonbonoiseaudesign.blogspot.com/2007/11/halloween-aftermath.html

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