Well, now that the Rapture has been delayed till October (don’t you hate it when that happens) you might as well consider getting out a bit. After all summer officially starts on June 21.
In NYC summer means street festivals selling the same junk at every “fair” and doing nothing but making it more difficult for your driver to get you to the chopper. Like every city there are good jewels just waiting for you. While there are plenty of jewels at Cartier, there are others just sitting there in the middle of the road. You just need to find them. Two recent fairs I attended include the Hester Street Fair (every Saturday 10AM - 6PM) and the Japan Block Party. For me the best of both revolve around food.
Regardless of how long you are in NYC definitely check out the very local Hester Street Fair. I loved the potpies from The Fat Radish, the empanadas from La Sonrisa Empandas, and the amazing macarons from The Macaron Parlour! But there is more than that. It’s a small fair but I recommend coming early, bringing your hunger along, and plenty of small bills. The small bills are not for cutting lines but for helping out the cashiers, as everyone seems to pay with 20’s.
Last weekend was the Japan Block Party. In classic Japanese style there was flower arranging, okonomiyaki, teriyaki balls, rice balls, and Japanese curry. But this fair had a cultural element that really transported me back to Japan. Young children in yukatas, health issues disguised as toys/candy, and the cleanliness that is Japan thanks to the guy they had going through the crowded street picking up all the trash lest it dirty.
Now what festival will you go to? Why not pick an interesting festival nearby (or far away) to inspire you to visit your dream destination or help you reminisce about that trip you took with the on again off again billionaire. Not those silly festivals where you watch redneck jump in the mud and after the "minor" issue you created at Burning Man you probably wont be allowed back.
Why not go simple and go Greek? This June 3-5 is the Annual Greek Festival By the Bay in Perth Amboy , New Jersey . It’s complete with Greek Dancers and Greek Food and Pastries as well as games and prizes for the children.
Or if you're trying to forget about what happened in Mykonos last year why not head to Gloucester on May 28th and 29th for the Cheese Rolling Festival? www.cheese-rolling.co.uk
But knowing you I’m going to say your palette is more complex than that. Then why not jump in the jet and go to Paris for the Gastronomy Festival? It’s June 6th & 7th. www.gastronomyfestivals.com
Sick of wine? Yeah, me neither but if you are tired of wine festivals switch to something strong the World Barista Championship this June 2-5, 2011 in Bogota naturally. www.worldbaristachampionship.com/
You’ve already missed the World Championships for Rocky Mountain Oysters but there is always next year. www.worldchampionshiprockymountainoysters.com
Or you could give in to the fact that sometimes life is for the dogs and go to Woofstock. www.woofstock.ca
You're not still allergic to dogs are you? If so, then wait for the early Fall when the clothes will fall at the NY Burlesque Festival www.thenewyorkburlesquefestival.com
Regardless, summer is coming so get ready to have some fun.
_It's that time of year when people start to panic that they don’t have a summer vacation plan yet and this year you're in a bit of situation. You’ve already rented out your beach house to cover the new mega yacht you ordered but you really want to get away and have a little break in a beach cottage, nothing flashy, just a simple yet very chic place with all the amenities.
Well, it might just show up in your neighborhood. The Hilfigers cottage is currently sitting in The Meatpacking District of Manhattan right next to the Hotel Gansevoort. If you are thinking of dropping by to pick up your new beach tote and deck shoes you'll have to hurry up as it is only in town for the weekend…after all beach rentals do go quickly. And don’t worry you don’t need to jump in the G6 if your not in NYC this weekend. The Cottage is in London’s Covent Garden until May 15. The cottage is heading to other destinations too. June 10-12 the cottage will unfold in The Grove in LA.
OH and don’t worry, if you really want a bit of Hilfiger space all to yourself you will soon be able to stay at their new Hotel. The Hilfigers have bought the landmark Metropolitan Life clock tower for a reported $170M and are converting it into a hotel.
So don't panic, grab your loafers, pop that collar, and put the top down on the SL and get ready for a preppy summer.
_UPDATE: Due to the popularity of this exhibit the Museum is extended the exhbit from July 31 to August 7. They will also open the exhibit on Mondays, when the rest of the museum is closed, from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. for visitors willing to pay an extra $50 fee.
“I don’t GET it!” You’ve either said it or heard it while sitting in the front row at those wild fashion shows that seem like the creation of a deranged human that was released from the institution before they had been fully "cured." Some have said that about Alexander McQueen. Don’t say who! By now there are very few people on Earth who have not heard of Alexander McQueen. He is certainlya household name after the fashion house that bears his name was selected to create the wedding dress for a little girl named Kate, or Catherine, or the Duchess of Cambridge depending on your perspective or position.
If you’ve ever seen a show by Alexander McQueen and said “I don’t GET it” there is now help for you. Jump on the nearest mode of transport and get yourself to the Metropolitan Museum to experience Savage Beauty. This is probably the best exhibit the Met has put on…EVER. OK, that might be a bit much since the Museum was founded in 1870. But it will heighten all of your senses and make you signifantly more informed about couture. Visually stunning with some of McQueen's most dramatic pieces that showcase his dark glamour. Auditorially enlightening with sounds and music but also incredibly informative if you smart and opt for the $6 audio guide (A MUST if you really want to GET it). Tactility…well don’t touch but it will be hard to resist because the items in the collection draw you in and you start to wonder what that horse hair skirt feels like. Are those beads or slim? Of course you are guaranteed to touch two things.
Nowness has put together this great video:
But the Met’s website has amazing video that will further intrigue and inform you. Then you’ll want to go back to where it all began so you can explain to other how you always understood he was a genius. But stop by AlexanderMcQueen.com to make sure you have it all down and perhaps pick up those chic new Iris Platform Sandals. At $3,495 they will probably be gone quickly.
And let’s not forget Anna’s little party that launched the entire exhibit. As you know every year Anna Wintor host the Oscars of the East. This year she chaired the event with Francois-Henri Pinault, the CEO of PPR, which owns the McQueen label, and his wife, Salma Hayek, and co-chairs Colin Firth and Stella McCartney. Daphne Guinness got dressed for the event in Barney's window...the below video is a must see.
_For a look at the glitterati who attended Anna's little party see the below.
_Or the images hosted HERE. The after party looks like it was a full on celebration. The NYTimes also put together this good little slideshow.
So break out your Aramdillo shoes, put on your favorite Lady Gaga song, and march over to the exhibit so McQueen can be remembered, admired, and hopefully better understood.