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Well the world has gone China crazy, and I Love it! Yesterday I found out about the Chinatown Bus system ( WEBSITE ) which is a conglomerate of bus companies that transport people from one Chinatown to another in different American cities.. You can pretty much go from anywhere in America to another city for about $20â€¦ ATL Buford HWY to NYC Chinatown for $20 count me in!!
Everyone I speak to is also crazy about the Birds Nest ( WEBSITE ), and granted its an amazing building, but my favorite building is the Water Cube. Here are stills from an amazing slide show about the building up on NYTimes ( WEBSITE ).
We also have to talk about Olympic Fashion ( WEBSITE )
Polo Logo! Nicely Athletic Blazer
I know this is Awful, but if you already look like an OOMPA LOOMPA then maybe don’t dress like one. And as Matt pointed out one of them is wearing Crocs in the opening ceremonies.. This is just wrong.
HATS HATS HATS!
Look the Chinese Lady holding the sign took time to do her Hair!!
Everyone else? hmmmm… HATS!
Just about the most exciting thing I have seen in years! Dollyâ€™s musical 9-5 is heading to LA and is said to hit Broadway early next year.
Check out Dolly’s Desk ( WEBSITE ) and the 9 to 5 WEBSITE !
So I haven’t managed to really write about Paris since I’ve been here, it’s been a total mess of busy-ness. This is the week that Paris has the Haute Couture shows for Autumn-Winter 2008-2009 and let me tell you that I have been working. I managed to pick up a job as a personal assistant to the designer maRia aRistidou. She has shop in Cyprus and has managed to jump through some hoops to appear in this year’s shows. I’ve included a couple of pictures of pieces that I really enjoy.
I’ve also spent some time around in Paris, and for it being the fourth time in the city I must say that it’s finally changed my opinions for the better. I’ve always been disgusted by the city – the smells, the discomforts, the rudeness. But now I’m truly in love with the city being that I’ve managed to live somewhat as a Parisian might. It is a little overwhelmed with crazy drivers, aimless tourists, and at the moment it’s been pretty hot.
Anwyay, if you’re in Paris and you really enjoy clothes, you’ll have to check out the third district. Rue de Rosiers is a fun street to shop on – and I realized the last time it’s a bit of a gay district which makes it that much better, not to mention that Paris also had Pride this past week as well.
Yes to Viktor and Rolf. I am in London on business and holiday and recently went to a new exhibition by Viktor and Rolf and the Barbican. Which is quite amazing. There is a huge doll house filled with dolls meticulously hand crafted to represent exact pieces from V&R fashion shows.
VIDEO of Exhibition
In conjunction with the exhibit there was a lecture / discussion I attended entitled Exhibitionism: Does Fashion Belong in an Gallery?
Does fashion belong in a gallery? Join the debate on this hot topic with Professor Christopher Breward, Deputy Head of Research, V&A, Lou Taylor, Professor of Dress and Textile History, University of Brighton and JosÃ© Teunissen, Professor Fashion Theory at ArtEZ Institute of the Arts, Arnhem . Chaired by Penny Martin , SHOWstudio and the BBC2 Culture Show.
Well after all the discussion the answer was YES! On the condition that it was curated well and the show in question had a purpose other than to promote a brand.
Also while here in merry ole England, I have had the opportunity to see an exhibition entitled Skin and Bones at Somerset House. The exhibition was quite interesting and compares Fashion and Architecture. I was excited to see many of the pieces, which I lecture on at Georgia Tech up close and in person.
Discover the synergies between fashion and architecture from the 1980s to the present day. The exhibition explores how over 50 internationally-renowned architects and designers including Alexander McQueen, Vivienne Westwood, Comme des Garcons, Yohji Yamamoto, Future Systems, Frank Gehry and Zaha Hadid ‘fashion’ buildings and ‘construct’ garments.
After huge success in Los Angeles and Tokyo, Somerset House brings this exhibition to Europe to open the new riverside Embankment Galleries. Specially selected new exhibits for London include work by Boudicca, Eley Kishimoto, Martin Margiela and Hussein Chalayan.
The exhibition was designed for Somerset House by architect Eva Jiricna and features over 200 works including iconic garments, 3D architectural models and film footage.
At first I didn’t know what to expect. I was once in Belgium for a night before I had to fly out of Brussels back to the United States. I admit, I felt a little reluctant to come back after my first impressions. But that feeling’s way gone now.
If you’re in the mood for some stupid history, international languages central, or design, Brussels is definitely worth the visit. The first evening that I spent here I went walking with a friend, and found it funny as the road was turning the corner that so many people were stepping back to take pictures–but of what? My friend proceeded to tell me to pull out my camera so I gave it a good shot.
This is the peeing boy (Manneken Pis) who put out a fire. Okay…
On with the town. It seems that the best meeting place for the young and hip, living in the city center, is at Fontainas, a cafe friendly for all kinds of people. It’s a great atmosphere and it’s fun to look at everyone around you.
After Fontainas, make sure to go North on Boulevard Anspach and then make a left onto Rue Auguste Orts. This road will continue as Rue Antoine Dansaert and it is chockfull of design shops, bookstores, and other cool cafes that you can’t resist to stop into for another coffee or beer. Flemish designers are actually working on and around this road so it’s really easy to spot some original pieces as you continue towards the canal.
My personal favorite stops so far:
rue Antoine Dansaert 74-1000 Bruxelles
Make sure to come here if you’re in the mood for some exciting Belgian clothes. There’s an odd sense of character when you walk into this store–be it the sound of your footsteps on the creaky wooden floors and birds singing somewhere in the ceiling with the modern visuals superimposed with fabulous clothes that you’ve never seen the likes of. Phew, out of breath. So if you’re on a budget, hold on to your wallet because you might go broke.
rue Antoine Dansaert, 196-1000 Bruxelles
When I walked into this store, I was curious to ask whether it was a book museum rather than a bookstore. At this highly curated shop you’ll find varying artistry in writing, illustration, photography and music covering a broad range of unique topics. If you’re in Brussels for longer, they’ve also got the hookup for good shows in town.
You can’t resist it. Whether the atmosphere, the smell of food, or just purely the aesthetic draws you in, you’re going to walk in when you see it. It’s right across the street from Le Bonheur – so get something to read and come over. The people here are also really cool to talk to. There’s no need to worry, people here can speak English.
So it’s been a couple of weeks since I’ve last written, sorry! I’ve been on a whirlwind tour of Europe and I made sure to take a million pictures in order to provide some memoirs for you all. So keep on the lookout!
I recently stopped into Venice for a couple of days in order to check out what this city on water is about. If you’re not familiar with the geography, Venice is on an island. It’s a labyrinthine place filled with tightly fitted buildings, invisible alleyways, smelly water routes, and more bridges and pigeons than you can imagine.
The only modes of transportation throughout are either pedestrian or by boat – if you bring a car it’s going into the single garage on the island and staying there until you leave. Fedex even has something like a gondola for moving packages around in Venice. So with that said, it is an interesting experience to go the public transportation dock as opposed to a bus stop.
You may already know Venice for their beautiful masks – so if you’re looking for one this is the place to be. Venice has prepared a smorgasbord of traditional and modern masks for the millions of tourists inhabiting the city annually.
Speaking of tourists, the city is filled with them. You don’t even have to know Italian because everything is catered to you – at least what you can see; because the real city is just as hidden as you with your mask that you just paid ten euro for. But don’t be alarmed – if you step out of the tourist stampede circle using alleyways that you’ll never remember if you’ve taken or not, you’ll come across some wonderful food and coffee shops. Remember, if you’re looking for a cappuccino, go to Italy; and if you’re looking for the ultimate Italian pizza experience however, don’t expect a Papa Johns and leave your taste buds some room for new things.
Hey guys Iâ€™m in Londres! Just to fill you all in, I’m a designer living in the South but I’ll be riding the rails throughout Europe this summer, spreading some of Hotlanta around, sleeping on couches, bathing in cologne to stay fresh, visiting the sites, meeting the designers, and letting you all know what these foreign countries are all about.
So it’s been a couple of gorgeous days here in London, and some of the first things that I did was check out the stores to let loose some pounds (by walking, not spending because I refuse to do the latter). So check it out, we’ve got some gourmet happening right under our noses. I went to Selfridges, one of the hottest department stores here to see some of the posh buys. First of all, you must know that a department store here is the whole shebang – it’s got designer attire, designer home goods, and a designer food court with the top foods including fresh cuts, cheeses, desserts, and candies galore. And proudly displayed at any of these posh department stores you’ll find not only the foods you could only dream of, but you’ll see the imported specialties like JIF peanut butter, Oreos, the Aunt Jemima, and those good ole Lucky Charms. That’s all for no less than 5 pounds a piece – that’s $10 for a jar of JIF
With the wallet aside, it’s interesting to mention that there’s a huge awareness for design here in London. With world renown designers such as Alexander McQueen, Ron Arad, and Marc Newsson just up and down the street, people are looking good and living well. ICON, a design magazine hosted it’s first ICON Day Experiment at this year’s consumer show which I managed to go to as soon as I got here. It was a day full of tradeshow booths, design debates, design exhibits, and interesting people to talk to. One of the cool pieces on display was Albin Karlsson’s Hot Glue piece. It’s a clock with a turning hot glue dispenser on the ceiling that releases drops of glue as the day moves on; so when you’re looking at it you might not see time moving fast, but once you leave it alone for an hour or two the changes will surprise you. Make sure to check this Swedish designer out at his website, www.albinkarlsson.com.
If it’s getting warm there like it has been here and you’re thinking ice cream, check out The Parlour if you’re in town. It’s worth a trip and the extra dime for some awesome cold treats like you’ve never had before. It’s in a 50’s style ice cream shop close to Piccadily Circus, London’s equivalent to Time’s Square. I recommend the Beekeeper Ice Cream Sundae. It’s served proper-like with ginger, honey, praline, and vanilla ice creams topped with honeycomb chunks. If that’s tickled your taste buds make sure to hit up The Parlour, even if you can’t make it to London for this Mother’s Day.
On that note, make sure to remember that Mother’s Day is tomorrow and that you’ve planned to take your momma out for a swanky day – don’t just get her that oops-I-forgot-gift-certificate deal! See you guys soon! NiK