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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
elaineperlov.com

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'
Awards

Daily Buss Feature

Luckymag.com Feature

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

more press...

inspiration
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.

 

 

 


1.08.2008

spinning class


I thought you might like to know, that resolutions-wise, I plan to keep my end of the bargain today by taking the 12:15 Endurance Spinning with Peter. This will be a new experience. I have never taken a spinning class with Peter. I hope he is not like a certain other instructor, we shall call A. I don't think she has ever ridden a real bike... The way she has us change gears going up a hill just doesn't make any sense. And there is no groove to the music she selects. I think it was Whitney Houston! An exercise class for me is all about the music timed with the exercise. If there is no crescendo, there is little point.

Now John. He is a sensitive soul, totally in touch with all his students as we pedal along together. You can tell by the way John choreographs his class that he is a rider. And the music he selects really makes you feel elated as you work harder to climb the imaginary hill. I can even picture the landscape. It is in Western Massachusetts, near where I went to college. Pretty tree-lined winding roads. I can smell the evergreens. I wish I was free tomorrow to take John's class. I hope Peter is anything like John.


the Specialized Dolce, click to enlarge


We passed by the TOGA! Bike Shop on 1st Avenue and 63rd Street last week, and I was lured in by all the amazing triathlon bikes in the window. I love looking at all the flat tubing. The Specialized Dolce in black with pink accents caught my eye, probably because I imagined riding it with my black and pink sneakers.

If I were to buy a new bike, I think it would be from this shop. They go out of their way to fit you properly on your bike. The only thing I didn't love about the Dolce was the bent top tube. To me it screams 'girls bike'! But the components and click shifting are certainly quite an upgrade from my current one-up-from-bottom-of-the-line mountain bike which I converted with slicks for the road.

My bike is too heavy. And not so high-performance. But I personally sawed down the handlebars with pipe cutters at the Broadway Bike School in Cambridge, Massachusetts. And added shiny anodized blue bar ends for more hand positions. In the end I love my bike, held together with stickers which I have collected from fellow fashion designers during the years of trade shows I have done. I just can't upgrade. My bike is my friend. Um. I can't find my key to unlock my bike from the railing. Well, off to spinning.


my bike. sure the tires are flat and it is potentially locked in the hallway forever,
but that doesn't mean I am going to upgrade.

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