Friday, May 21, 2010

new york new york

oh, hello there!

a few months ago, i was invited to an advcance screening of tilda swinton's new movie, i am love.  just yesterday i remembered that the film is set in milan...

ps: the stairs of the duomo she's walking up at 1:38? we walked to the roof of the duomo, too, and that was the one spot i was suddenly terrified. it really is the most incredible cathedral i've ever seen.

arriving back in new york, i felt this incredible thrill of living in a place with such a variety of tastes, personalities, shapes and sizes of people; and where so many creative people are doing things i'm really interested in. it was like i went all the way to milan and ended up looking for those things that i have a surplus of right in my backyard. there seems to be so much risk-taking here, and yet to take a risk seems not as daunting because you're surrounded by so many others who are trying new things. i've been in new york almost 10 years now, and my visit to my milan made me see more clearly why so many people come here, why so many choose new york over any other city. it reminded me of how i felt before i moved here. i'd forgotten that feeling.

now that i'm home, i'm determined to support those designers and shops that are making things that really speak to me. i feel a strange american pride for them, too; i feel like they represent the variety and newness and freedoms we have here.

coming home to see more pictures of jenny's amazing spring collection for wiksten, and to lena corwin's photos of caitlin mociun's home for design sponge - it was like, oh! yesss! exactly!!!!! i was hoping to be inspired like this over there, but it's all right here.
photo: dominic neitz - wiksten spring collection

photo: lena corwin - caitlin mociun's home for design*sponge

*if all this optimism has got you rolling your eyes, don't worry: i've been back a week now, and i've already got my "another day, another dollar" work face on when i'm riding the subway. but, in general, i absolutely love it and feel great gratitude for being here.

oh, ps: 10 corso como.
 i love love love the mosaic sign and the big plant pots that greet you on the terrace. i didn't get to take a picture of the plant pots, unfortunately.

 and i love all the circles, so much so that i considered buying a 35 euro canvas tote bag with their logo on it just so i could bring home some of those circles with me. they have sheets of fantastic wrapping paper and stickers with the circles on them, too, and that's really what i was drawn to, more than anything else in the store. there was one gorgeous dress (dries van noten, maybe?), but looking at such expensive clothes in person always makes me nervous; the sales associates seem to know i have no means to buy such things, and so they keep an eye out for me to make sure i won't steal anything.
upstairs, the galleria carla sozzani had a fantastic photo exhibition, and the adjoining bookstore is huge, crammed full of art, photo and fashion books. definitely worth visiting.

all i took home with me were the perfume papers and the gallery card...

and for some reason i kept photographing the paper out the window of the apartment were were staying in...

i hope everybody's doing well & enjoying spring!

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