Yesterday my father and I went to the Queen Sophia Spanish Institute on 69th and Park to see Oscar de la Renta’s Joaquín Sorolla and the Glory of Spanish Dress exhibit, which celebrated not only the spanish dress but its culture and customs through dress. Bridal customs, farming attire, flamenco dancers, and matadors outfits were only some of the exquisitely designed 19th century pieces on display. I have never seen such attention to detail and fabric before. It was a sight to see especially when today’s everyday wear dully consists of jeans and sweaters. The exhibit further cemented in me that our culture today really only exists by cycling and recycling past looks and cultural trends like the mod dress for instance. There is nothing new. So once again once was old is now new again.Which brings me to my next point. Intertwined with the original spanish outfits were contemporary pieces made by design houses like Oscar de la Renta (who has always found Spanish culture at the root of his inspiration for almost every collection), Balenciaga, Ralph Lauren, Christian LaCroix, Eve Saint Laurent, and of course, Chanel. The dresses were all circa the 2000s.
I could only find two of the looks on display online, but if you have a chance to see the exhibit before it closes on March 10th, it could be neither a waste of time nor money.
Balenciaga Fall 2006
Christian LaCroix Spring 2006
Although there is nothing more touristy than seeing the big Christmas tree and ice skating at Rockefeller Plaza, you just have to do it. I didn’t go ice skating (the line was a 3+ hour wait) but I did walk along 5th Ave to go shopping/see the window displays at some of the most well-known stores in the world. Unfortunately, I didn’t make it up to Bergdorf Goodman’s or Barney’s, but I did make it to Henri Bendels (picture shown above). There’s nothing more American than converting a strong female icon, Lady Liberty into a sex symbol! Am I right? Wearing a one shoulder dress with a slit that reveals her entire leg, our Lady Liberty looks more like the sexiest most fashionable model than a woman that promotes freedom and democracy. It seems that Lady Liberty is changing with the times.
Europe is incompetent when it comes to making ice coffees, but ask for a latté and you’re in for a treat. Although the London cafes including Starbucks make down Americano on ice and if you ask for an iced coffee, they have perfected the lattés and flat whites (after ordering them several times I still don’t know why a flat white is so different from a latté) in London. Definitely worth the £4 (almost $7 coffee, and you think Starbucks is bad!).
As you can see from the picture, the froth has a detailed leaf created inside. I am not lying when I say, you cannot get a latté in London without a design on top. Maybe that’s how they get away with charging so much! And although Starbucks is just as highly demanded in London as it is any US city, many people still enjoy the ambience of a one-of-a-kind cafe. This photo was taken on one of my last days in London at a cafe in Soho called Flat White. It’s like a labyrinth getting there and the cafe is so small you will probably walk right by it a couple of times, but it’s worth the search. It could have possibly been one of the best coffees I’ve ever had. It is true, I’ve never been to Italy, but I would never steer you wrong.
I could use a Flat White coffee right now.
I’ve been in many boutiques, shops, and department stores with beautiful interior design and an exquisite set up of clothing on the racks, but I’ve never in my life seen anything like what I saw at Selfridges on Oxford Street in London. The shoe section is more like walking through a museum as you appreciate the design of a £1000 shoes than a place to just buy them. But what was most surprising was the larger than life shoes that were displayed throughout the shoe section. I know Carrie Bradshaw would just die.
Although vespas, to me, are synonymous with 1960s Italian lifestyle, they actually are one of the most popular modes of transpiration in Paris. The streets are tiny and avenues are tremendously overcrowded so vespas are both a utility and a fashion staple in the haute city. I wish I took more photos of the vespas of Paris, but I managed to capture three.
It was a cold rainy day in Upstate New York and I found myself yearning for the summer days I spent in Paris. While looking through my photo album I came across this photograph and thought I’d share it with you.