New York is a fabulous city. The architecture is awe inspiring whether you are on the ground level or on a the top floor with a view. I use to design wallpaper for The Gloria Vanderbilt brand and their offices were on the 40th floor of a building. The view was fantastic and I realized that people don’t always see all the architectural detail that is high in the sky.
I walked right past The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, a massive structure of white forms framed by a clear blue sky creating a bold statement of form, function and art.
Photo: The Solomon Guggenheim Museum by Jaima Emmert
At the same time, the New York Mercedes Benz fashion week just finished for the 2011 collections but one designer comes to mind from last year, Herve Leger. His designs felt like they were inspired by architecture. The wrapping curves of The Guggenheim are reflected in the visual banding on his dresses, both emulating a similar bold look with a graphic representation.
Window shopping is always enlightening in New York City. I noticed a few themes which seem to be re-occurring throughout the window displays. Ralph Lauren was all about roses, gardens and birds. Of course, it was so sunny, that my camera caught the architectural detailing of the buildings across the street. I actually like this blending of images, it almost looks surreal. Ralph Lauren is trying to portray a peaceful, outdoor summer garden ambiance but here we are in the heart of New York City… a town of well walked concrete and sky high buildings portraying how opposites attract. Another theme were birds and bird nests. I believe you will see more of this trend evolve and grow for next year, so it isn’t just a spring theme.
These images are making this years styles more romantic, softer and more feminine. Floral themes were everywhere from being on display as well as in fashions featured throughout various stores, especially roses and leaves. Banana Republic windows were full of tropical floral fabrics creating a softer, patterned color story. While flowers are growing back into trend, so are birds coming back into style. Here at the Cashmere Shop, they had a fabulous bird nest on display.
It was wonderful to be in New York just after Easter. The Rockefeller Channel Gardens were full of topiary rabbits, lilies, brilliantly colored hydrangeas and eggs of course!
Other delights centered on unusual shops and more colorful window displays like this Alice and Olivia Shop by Stacey Bendet.
A great spring weekend was had by all and especially by me. If you happen to go, enjoy all the eye candy as there is lots of it to go around!
Next I will share with you some of my favorite items from the Van Cleef and Arpels “Set in Style” show I saw at the Cooper Hewitt Museum.
Photos: By Jaima & Co.