We are having a little case of the Mondays. Today, all we could think about is how at this time last month, we were enjoying our holiday break in St. Barths. Located in the northeastern Caribbean, this 8 square mile volcanic island is all about duty free shopping, sun, relaxation, reading, fine dining, more sun and then more relaxation. If you’re feeling adventurous, scuba diving, sailing and deep sea fishing trips all leave from the harbor, but in all honesty, we preferred staying close to our villa and lounging in the sand at all times. St. Barths is a perfect getaway for when your days start feeling monotonous, hectic, and you just need a stress-free break to press reset button. We’ll definitely be back soon!
It’s the first week of December, and that means it’s time for Miami Art Week, several days of high profile exhibitions, special events, and art sales in South Beach.
At the center of Art Week each year is Art Basel Miami Beach, which is celebrating its 10th year. Art Basel started in Switzerland in 1970 before expanding to the U.S. and quickly establishing itself as the art event of the year. With over 260 galleries showing work by more than 2,000 artists, this is Mercedes Benz Fashion Week, but for the art set. The show is expecting 46,000 curators, private collectors, tourists, and celebs. Previous attendees have included everyone from Brad Pitt to Jay-Z and Beyonce.
If you can’t make the event, Art Basel has put out a mobile app where you can browse galleries and selected works on an interactive map. You can also follow along on Twitter with the hashtag #artbasel or catch up on the Miami Herald’s Art Basel section.
As Art Basel has continued to increase its profile, so too has Miami itself as one of America’s premiere art cities. Now in addition to Art Basel, more than 15 additional specialty shows come to Miami each year to take part in Art Week. Our good friend Marco Zamora will be showing work in the Mallick Williams booth at Scope, a contemporary art showcase open from November 29th to December 4th.
Marco uses a pen and brush technique to create images of urban landscapes and the people who live in them, influenced by Los Angeles, skate culture, and people’s “awkard moments”. Marco has shown work all over the U.S. and also designed advertising for Vans.
We were in New York for Coterie this past week, a twice annual show attracting over 1300 high-end apparel, footwear and accessories lines to the Javits Center. On the racks this time was our Spring 2012 line, the first full collection by our Design Director, Jennifer Wojinski. Some of our favorite East Coast buyers, bloggers and editors got the first look at new styles and washes, including a brand new Italian “crackle coating” (Shhh! Don’t tell!), new colorways for our sold out “Color Coated Denim” from fall, wide leg trousers, colored denim in fresh, solid tones, and shorts in lightweight super soft cotton blends. We were completely thrilled by the reaction to the new styles and we can’t wait for you to see them, too!
But aside from work (and shopping), one of our favorite fringe benefits from a trip to New York is, of course, eating. After Coterie one night, we decided to see exactly what Michelin Star bar food tastes like at The Spotted Pig. This West Village gastropub, affectionately known as ‘The Pig,’ was started by British import April Bloomfield, formerly of Chez Panisse, who also runs John Dory Oyster Bar and the Ace Hotel’s Breslin, and serves seasonal British and Italian fare made with local ingredients.
Décor, assembled by co-owner Ken Friedman, is a mix of dark woods, even darker velvet drapes, walls of porcine artwork, and a pressed tin ceiling, which lends an air of British… intimacy. The place is always packed (the New York Times called it a gastromelee), and it certainly took us out of the airy, spacey comfort zone we enjoy in Los Angeles.
After sitting, we started with their oft-imitated Devils on Horseback – sweet, soft prunes wrapped in crisp bacon (pork seemed like the natural choice) – which are a nice diversion from the usual bacon wrapped dates you can find anywhere. Another famous dish is the fresh ricotta Gnudi, in heaps of butter and sage. For mains we picked skirt steak with summer veggies and chili, along with a juicy pub burger smothered in Roquefort. Even if you aren’t a beer drinker, wax nostalgic and try their true English-style ale, hand pumped from casks hidden behind the bar. Perfect after a long day on your feet.
Opened in 2005, this place is very likely the reason why “gastropub” has entered the food lexicon, and why casual bar meets comfort food establishments have sprouted on nearly every corner. We think it was worth the wait, and the people watching, one of our favorite pastimes, is superb. The “tight” atmosphere only means you get a front row seat.
The Spotted Pig
314 West 11th (at Greenwich St.)
New York, NY 10014
It’s time again for ENK Vegas, running Monday, August 22 – Wednesday, August 24. We’ll be there with our Resort and Spring 2012 collections, along with the brand new Men’s line. If you have plans to be there, be sure to stop by the booth, number 11015.
For media appointments, please contact Christina Zamarripa, Christina.Zamarripa@pmkbnc.com.
If you have had any doubt as to McQueen’s influence on the creation of fashion, look no further than this exhibit. Appropriately stationed at the Met, Savage Beauty is more art than anything else – no need to work in fashion to appreciate the gravity of these works. Guests wind through room after room of McQueen’s designs, spanning a career from his first collection as a graduate student, through his time at Givenchy, up to his final couture collection under the McQueen label.
The signature motifs of his work are on full display: inspirations from the natural world, unconventional materials, altered silhouettes and shapes, and the shocking techniques he used to make people “fear the women he dressed”. Also evident is the enormous pressure he created for himself, each collection setting an expectation of shock, spectacle, and beauty that kept the fashion community constantly wanting.
The curator, Andrew Bolton, has arranged the exhibit in 6 distinct sections, each with it’s own thematic feel and sound derived from McQueen’s frequent inspirations, under the through-line of Romanticism. In Bolton’s own words, “McQueen doggedly promoted freedom of thought and expression and championed the authority of the imagination. In so doing, he was an exemplar of the Romantic individual”.
The Romantic Mind - The first section of the exhibit showcases the impeccable construction and craftmanship McQueen learned while working as a tailor on Saville Row. Highlight: The “bumster” pants and gowns, which were lowcut in the back to exhibit what he considered the most attractive part of a man or women, the bottom of the spine (and the accompanying cleavage of the rear end).
Romantic Gothic – Murky mirrors bring you inside an Edgar Allen Poe poem (McQueen referred to himself as the Poe of Fashion). Perhaps the darkest section of the exhibit contains his elaborate leatherwork inspired by bondage costume, and extensive use of bird feathers. Highlight: The centerpiece of the show is the Cabinet of Curiosities, a room containing some of the iconic pieces of several collections, the most elaborate accessories, and filmed segments of his most famous runway moments.
Romantic Nationalism – Drawing on his Scottish heritage and British identity, his exploration of tartan is on one side and regal attire on the other.
Romantic Exoticism – It’s a walk into a life-sized music box to view the fine detailing of his embroidery, which stemmed from his exploration of Japanese, Chinese and Indian culture. Highlight: A Japanese inspired straight-jacket robe with a giant windowbox hat.
Romantic Primitivism – Largely containing work from the collection Irere, which told the story of a shipwreck and consequent landing in the Amazon jungle. Highlight: The film by John Maybury shown on a screen on the ceiling depicts a model swimming in silk and water, and originally played as the backdrop of this runway show.
Romantic Naturalism – Inspired by nature, a constant throughout his work, these pieces utilize everything from feathers to flowers. Highlight: Take special note of the iconic armadillo boots, made famous by Lady Gaga.
The Exhibit has been immensely popular, so consider going at an off time, in the morning or during a weekday. The museum cattles people through the exhibit during rush times, and you will not be able to take in the whole exhibit or see the pieces up close. Savage Beauty closes on August 7th. See more of the exhibit on the Met’s blog.
No matter where you are off to, have a wonderful Memorial Day Weekend, and be sure to send a picture to us at firstname.lastname@example.org! We’ll put our favorites up here next week.
Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial start of summer, where people finally pull out the barbecues, put the coats away, and maybe even road trip to the beach. It’s also one of the biggest travel weekends of the year. If you are headed out of town, there are lots of essentials to pack with you - tank tops, cardigans, a favorite pair of HABITUAL jeans, a maxi dress, platform sandals, sunglasses, and much more. But one item we won’t travel without is something that can be a part of any look. It’s a lightweight space saver and our very own “Linus blanket”: a quality silk scarf. In addition to wearing it the old fashioned way, a silk scarf can pull off double duty in a pinch. We have worn it as:
a head band
an eye mask (on the plane or for quick naps in the car)
a top (tie it in back to create a simple tube top underneath a cardigan)
a purse (there’s a great video with instructions for making a purse out of a scarf here)
While it doesn’t have to be Hermes, look for a square-shaped, quality scarf made of real silk, which will last longer and will always be appropriate. Bloomingdale’s has a great selection. We have used one scarf for the past 12 years on nearly every warm weather vacation, from campgrounds to the most cosmopolitan of cities.
It’s day two of the COAST Trade Show in Miami. We hear it’s raining back in LA, but Miami is 80 and sunny! COAST is an important fashion trade show started by ENK alumna Karen Bennett, and takes place in the Moore building in Miami’s design district each season. With only about 250 collections, COAST is a bit smaller than other shows, which gives it a more personal feel. The DJ is keeping everyone upbeat and we love when we get to have fun and work at the same time! Our booth is on the first floor in the front right when you walk in, and we’ve already seen our friends at Alene Too, Tupelo Honey and Post Blue Jeans.
Central park notwithstanding, New York can certainly feel a bit “urban” from time to time. When you need a green fix (or just some fresh air), our NY sales team recommends heading over to the Brooklyn Botanic Garden.
Since the plot was an ash dump in the late 1800’s, The BBG has developed into a lush 52-acre collection of over 12,000 different kinds of plants. From the Fragrance Garden to the Desert Pavilion, there is something for everyone. The Garden is celebrating its centennial this year.
Our favorite exhibits include the Cherry Esplanade, which is a dream during the spring blossoming season, a fascinating compost exhibit, and the C. V. Starr Bonsai Museum. With 350 specimens, it is considered one of the finest collections of bonsai trees in the world, and one of the largest outside Japan.
When you’re finished, don’t miss a sunny walk across the Brooklyn Bridge back to Manhattan.
The Botanic Garden is open Tuesday–Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m, Saturday & Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and closed on all Mondays except for Memorial Day, May 30th, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is $10. Hot tip: you can Follow the BBG on twitter to see what’s currently in bloom and plan your visit accordingly.
As the heat from Coachella has finally cooled down here in LA, we took a minute to select some of our favorite looks from the weekend. As predicted, denim shorts were the big winner at the festival this year.
Images courtesy of Stylesight
One of our blogging idols, Garance Dore, also took to the festival and posted shots of some of her top looks in diary form. If you have not visited her blog, her photos always have a casual sexiness with a bit of sunshine. She is also the girlfriend of blogging royal The Sartorialist, Mr. Fashion Blogger himself! Below are some of our favorites from her selection. We hope everyone had a great time!