Monday, 7 October 2013
The Travel Diary
First Stop: NYC
Being the tail end of the Summer months in NYC, the berries were out and the sunset over Manhattan – from the vantage point of the Whythe Hotel – was a daily spectacle.
The trip to The Big Apple coincided with the mayhem of NYFW and the street style was out en force. Downtown trends were all about leather and structured tailoring contrasted with soft draped silhouettes.
True inspiration was discovered through art with Le Corbusier and Cut’n’Paste: From Architectural Assemblage to Collage City both showing at MoMA.
A trip to New York is not complete without a Soho stroll - with a couple of boutique purchases - and a visit to the shoe department in Barneys, recommended for people watching as much as for shoe purchasing.
The design team's NYC top pick:
Luke’s Lobsters in the East Village where "the lobster rolls are to die for".
Next Stop: London
First and foremost, let’s just say that London has at last figured out how to serve good coffee and it’s probably due to the Antipodean influence at the likes of Flat White in Shoreditch.
Similarly to NYC, the exhibitions in London were a main draw card. A must see was the V&A exhibition Club to Catwalk: London Fashion in the 1980s. Fashion boundaries were really pushed by the 80s club scene (think Boy George) and the exhibition showcased some great archive pieces from Vivienne Westwood and Jean Paul Gaultier.
The inspiration of art extended to the street, with the Selfridge’s department store window installation – ‘Bright Young Things’ harnessing the talent of young designers who practice across various mediums.
The design team's London top pick:
The Maison Margiela x Converse launch – check this out – and Ottolenghi’s, Nopi.