Mother's Day is this Sunday, and while many of us might have complicated relationships with our mothers (and, I guess, many of us might not), it is still a nice thing to, once a year, celebrate your mother. Or your grandmother. Or anyone, really, who raised you. Celebrate your pack of feral dogs, if that was how things were for you. I don't know! But definitely celebrate. And because everyone's mother is a little bit different and, as JD Salinger once said, everyone's mother is "all slightly insane," I've come up with a comprehensive list of different things that you can get that will delight the mother in your life. Or, as the case may be, the feral dog pack.
Designer David Stark is not only one of the most renowned event producers in New York City, he's also a contributing editor to Martha Stewart Weddings and the creative force behind both the Whitney Museum Gala and WWD’s 100th Anniversary event. Out of the twenty-one years Stark has spent in New York City, Brooklyn has been his home for nineteen of them. Stark grew up in Princeton, New Jersey before attending RISD and eventually arriving at SVA for graduate school, and has since dabbled in all facets of design and entertainment. He has even seen a career as an accomplished author, with his fifth book, The Art of the Party, coming out this month.
When it comes to buying local, organic goods, beauty products have always sort of been the final frontier. Sure, that oilier, all-natural shampoo is great in theory, but when it doesn't do exactly what it's supposed to? Well, most of us will switch back to the chemical version, thanks.
Even with the current ubiquity of anything and everything that can reasonably be called DIY, when most people think "handmade," their minds don't necessarily jump right to "heavy machinery." To Max Hazan, though, it makes perfect sense. "When you build from scratch, you don't have to compromise," he explained last week in the shared Greenpoint workspace that now houses his one-man company, Hazan Motorworks. "You can create something really unique and clean."
In your daily unexpected feud news (and Yoko Ono news and Bushwick news), Ono is being sued by Bushwick-based designer Haleh Nematzadeh, who claims Ono stole designs from her "Gonna Walk the Night" collection and used them for her own collection at Opening Ceremony. The signature look in question? Giant handprints over the genitals, obviously.
Here's a breakdown of the most popular pushchairs in the breedier neighborhoods.
Because if you did, it would maybe be worth it (or at least justifiable) for the pun value alone. So that was pretty clever on ModCloth's part. Everyone (I think?) loves a good pun. But you know what everyone doesn't love? A denim dress. Universally unflattering, but also, for dress fabric, denim moves really weirdly and is pretty uncomfortable. It's understandable, given that there aren't a lot of good fabrics that rhyme with "Dunham," but still. Maybe gingham? I don't know. The point is, denim is the worst. Which, when you think about it, is exactly why Hannah Horvath would wear this in a heartbeat.
So, here's something. Actress and Brooklyn resident Michelle Williams is on the cover of the latest AnOther Magazine and she looks...different from how she usually appears. How does she look different exactly?
Kalen Kaminski and Astrid Chastka design and are the creative force behind Upstate, a line of shibori-inspired women’s clothing and accessories. Shibori is a Japanese tradition of dyeing cloth, which relies on the folding, binding, and compressing of fabric in order to create an infinite variety of patterns, each piece unique from the next. Both women came to Brooklyn in 2006, and both came for reasons that resonate with anyone who has thought about coming to New York. Basically, they came for work, for inspiration, and for love, which Kaminski is quick to point out is “a little cheesy, but true.”
Death confers upon its subject a gravitas impossible to achieve in life—it clarifies that which preceded it. Death is the beginning of history. And if life is short and art is long, the death of an artist is longer still. Isadora Duncan, Francesca Woodman, Paul Thek, Sylvia Plath, Jean Michel Basquiat: famous in life, mythic in death.
Behold the children of paradise, before they fall to Earth.
Brooklyn designer Katie Kiechel seemed almost predestined for a career in fashion. Although she now lives and works out of a high-ceilinged loft-like space in DUMBO, Kiechel hails from Ohio. While the Midwest might not automatically seem like the most fashion-savvy of places, Kiechel tells us, “My mom was a jewelry designer and a metalsmith and was uber-creative. She designed lamps and sculptures, just very talented. The amazing thing was that since we were in Ohio and very isolated she actually ended up starting a fashion line with my grandmother, who went to Pratt. It was just a very artistic family. My grandmother was super-stylish. Always in black leather pants, totally done. And this was in Ohio.”
Founded in 2008, by Katherine Krause and Skye Parrott, Dossier Journal is a biannual publication which serves as a beautifully curated place for fashion, writing, photography, music and anything that falls under the aegis of arts and culture. Definitely a trendsetter, Dossier has always called Brooklyn home and continues to draw from and be inspired by the resident cultural scene.
Vaute by Leanne Mai-ly Higart is a line of environmentally-conscious and vegan clothes that are totally manufactured in New York and sold out of a store that was constructed in as ethically-aware of a manner as the clothes themselves. Located on Grand Street in Williamsburg, the interior of Vaute was built and decorated using repurposed items like discarded Abercrombie & Fitch mannequins—"that explains why they're so tan," Higart tells me, laughing—and also contains "the mantle from Lady Gaga's Barney's exhibit painted with recycled paint." The clothes are made of "organic plant based fabrics with cutting edge weatherproof performance fabrics made of recycled and recyclable closed loop fibers" which are designed to withstand cold and wet New York winters without sacrificing style. I visited the store and had the chance to talk with Higart about her background, inspirations, and why starting a line like this was so important to her.
So, it still sort of sucks outside, and we've all exhausted our sweater collections. I could spout platitudes about the weather for days (no really, for days), but the point is, there's no time like the present to cheer yourself up with some truly insane, one-of-a-kind nail art.
Buying vintage is already something pretty much everyone can feel good about. It's sustainable, aesthetically interesting, and a way to avoid dropping money at giant chains. But pristine, locally-sourced vintage from a vendor who actively works to give back to the community? Well, it's essentially a perfect storm of good excuses to spend money and regret nothing.
Not too long ago, Vogue paid a visit to the stunning—really, it's difficult to look at the pictures without going into a state of envious shock—home in which Miranda Brooks and Bastien Halard live with their two daughters and some bunnies. Vogue does this type of home-pornography spread quite often and, because it's Vogue it always features the homes and lives of the very rich and very beautiful. Or, you know, the wife of the Syrian dictator. But so anyway, this particular profile has engendered a lot of rage on the Internet, to the point where it seems kind of excessive. I mean, is all this hatred warranted? Is the Brooks-Halard family really the worst family ever to live in Brooklyn? Should we collectively drive them back to Manhattan, chasing them over the bridge with pitchforks and flaming torches?
I mean, I'm not really kidding here! They smell like poop and vomit kinda often, right? I hear people say that there's also a really nice "baby smell" they sometimes have, but people don't hand me their babies particularly often, so I can't verify that. As far as I'm concerned, douse them in Dolce & Gabbana perfume.
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