Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Marc by Marc Jacobs Has Arrived!

Finally Marc by Marc Jacobs opened. Last week in fact. It is located in Piazza del Carmine as mentioned before, and my suspicions about a possible Café turned out to be right. So cool!

So of course I made plans to go and investigate (...part of my new weekend-blogger-dutties!). It was a warm and sunny Sunday afternoon in Milan and my friend (L) and I were having delicious fragola ice-creams while walking there. Yes, Spring has arrived!. So.... I sorta kinda forgot to take pictures of the outside of the store! But I'll be going back with friends this week. Not to worry.

The store is about 3,132 square-feet, and was designed by architect Stephan Jaklitsch. It was packed on Sunday (both the store and the Café/Bar areas), and it's definitely a fun place. It has of course apparel on the racks in the back, but that's just a small part of it. I think about 70% of the stuff in there consists of fun and cute cheap little things. From hair accessories, to heart-shaped purse mirrors, plastic metallic purses for about 20 Euros....and rain boots that cost like 26 Euros as well. I think it's genius. You might not be able to buy a pair of MJ jeans (around 200 Euros) that often..... but you will for sure be coming back for a cute umbrella, a bracelet, a silk-screened beach tote or a dvd.

So I feel like the idea here is not to be just another fashion shop. They could have found a location closer to via Montenapoleone for that, but to be a weekend destination. People hang out around Brera (not necessarily for shopping- which takes me back to how smart it is to sell cheap fun thingys).... and what is more typical Italian than having drinks or coffee (weather permitting) out in the piazza? I think it is a more unique proposition, simply because they are acknowledging and including the local culture. It is not only a Marc by MJ store, it is Marc by MJ in Milano.

When you are inside, well the design of the store is very much like the one on the West Village in NY. Of course, it has to follow the same retail identity. But when you are outside, this villagy store is surrounded by an Italian Piazza, next to (maybe Reinaissance period?) Italian Chiesa (...as in church) and located within a naples-yellow Milanese Palazzo (...as in building). I like the contrast! and I promise to take and post more pictures later.

The Lola perfume ring. When you open it there is the solid version of the fragrance. Cute!...and it costs around 20-something Euros. By the way, I also like the little book-shop area there! You can find photography/design/art/ fashion books, DVDs and a few other random thingys.

Fun cheap things:

For the time being, I only bought this lipstick-shaped pen. Perfect for carrying it around in your purse.....and it only costs 1 Euro! lol!

Sunday, March 28, 2010

MiArt. Art Now!

MiArt is a n International Modern and Contemporary Art Fair here in Milano. It takes place every March in fieramilanocity (...also the place for BIG Fashion Week shows) and it is now on it's 15th edition.

The bottom floor included more established art/artists, while the top one had younger ones. Meaning: More fun! It was definitely a great way to spend my Saturday afternoon, specially because I have been a little MoMA-sick (...as in home-sick) ever since I left New York.

So let me give you a tour of some of my favorite moments:

But first: I didn't really write down the names of the galleries, artists or art pieces, so I cannot include them with the photos (hey I was having fun!). But non of them are done by me. Obviously.


It's huge right?!...and there were 2 floors like that... (It is in the space where Salone del Mobile takes place. I can't wait!!)

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Dirty Dirty Dancing

Miami's WMC is this week, so I am a little sad and little pissed and a little annoyed that I had to stay behind this time around. I'm trapped (or stuck?) in Italy for now. Well I guess I can't complain...

But there will be no early-morning dancing or special party-outfits-planning for me this March. Boohoo. I do miss (GOOD) electronic music. So i'm there in spirit these days : )

... and all this party thinking got me to remember this great Club Photographer: Alistar Allan. I discovered him back in the day (circa 2007)... during the cool and crazy days of London's BoomBox Parties. This is around the time when Agyness Deyn appeared on the fluorescent-multicolored cover of POP magazine that read: RAVE (I have been addicted to POP ever since!). An issue that included an interview with the club's promoter Richard Moritment and an entire editorial dedicated to Cassette Playa, who was just on her way up...

I was a club kid myself in NY back then... and minimal-techno was still new and exciting, oh and who can forget about Justice and later on Hercules and Love Affair?!... ahh those where the days!. But back to what I was saying- You can find Alistar's super cool club photography on his website: dirtydirtydancing.com

The people. The makeup. The clothes. The parties!!. If I was in charge of creating an ad campaign for some cool fashion brand, I would sooo give the guy a call. In a heart beat.

I'm adding a few photos here. A mix from different parties. From Ponystep in Paris to older ones from BoomBox, which sadly ceased to exist sometime around the end of 2007 or the beginning of 2008. To bad, but as my mom would say: "De lo bueno, poco"... Not that I necessarily agree with that : P

...I wonder where those club kids are now? And I will definitely be crossing my fingers and opening up my schedule for the Conference next year!

Monday, March 22, 2010

Magazine Massacre Part Due

Continuing with my getting-rid-of-a-year's-worth-in-Wallpaper*-magazines-because-I'm-moving, here are some more spreads I loved and saved:

Wallpaper* December 2009. Issue 129:

Remember last year's CDG ad campaign? It's so so cool! [of course it is]. I still NEED to find out who's the illustrator....

Rocket Yule: Photos by Henry Bourne. Food by chef Mark Hix

I would so LOVE to blow these images up and use them as wallpaper! How cool would that be?!

Wallpaper* September 2009. Issue 126:

Collage!... Just like Polyvore. But WAAAY better! : )
Paper Doll: Photography by Arnaud Pyvka. Styling by Arabella Mills. Collages by Patrick Waugh

...I totally threw away the rest of this Issue so I don't know who the stylist or the photographer of this shoot are.... But I had to include this spread anyways since it is such an incredible shot. It has this Dutch-painting quality.... a chiaroscuro. With the light coming diagonally from the side, it brings to mind the work of Vermeer (Girl With a Pearl Earring anyone?). Except the girl in this image is wearing an ultra-edgy and almost neon-colored outfit (and makeup). No pearl earring- just pearl heels. I also love the hot-orange lipstick. I've been obsessing about that color for months, so seeing this photo finally inspired me to go and pay a visit to the nearest MAC store. It's name is MORANGE. It's awesome. You should try it some time!

I'm inspired!...are you?

PROOF!... Me tearing and segmenting away pages from this and last year's magazines (It got messier as the night went on):