Saturdays of Sophistication

9 March 2010

There comes a time when you realise that after two months of being away, familiar weekend drinking/sleeping patterns are emerging, and a kind of wake-up call happens.  I feel like time is speeding up and have visions of being back in England with this New York lifestyle as but a mere memory, so I definitely don't want to regret not spending my time wisely.  I was aware the Rodarte exhibition at the Cooper-Hewitt gallery had started last month but only just realised it was part of a quick, month-long series of installations and would finish on March 14th.  There was to be no more procrastinating; it was time to drag myself out of bed and hotfoot it to the Upper East Side sharpish.
The Cooper Hewitt is located on Museum Mile, a stones throw away from Central Park

Rodarte is the show that I'm always curious to see when fashion week hits.  Although they are comfortable in their signature style of material manipulation, each season the story develops and there's always a small detail or new texture that fills you with awe.  The exhibition provides a brief look into their design process, highlighting key collections throughout their five year career, situated in an authentic setting reminiscent of their work.


The exhibition was small and these pictures cover two of the three main areas, but quality over quantity was the lesson of the day

Getting these snaps wasn't easy as taking photos is banned throughout the gallery (as you know, I thrive on covert photography) but I just had to capture what my quick sketches could not express, namely the surroundings.  I jotted down as many notes as I could; the materials used in combination such as rope, yarn, leather and enough techniques to fill a textiles degree curriculum.  It was amazing to see the pieces previously admired on computer screens in reality and to have a glimpse into the numerous ways of construction used by the untrained designers.  Freedom and experimentation is the message I took from seeing the sisters' work and I continue to admire the way they find inspiration in the unexpected, such as the building and destruction of homes.  If you're in New York at the moment then it's best to hurry as the exhibition finishes this Sunday (March 14th) but don't fret if you're not around, as this video offers a glimpse of the works.



The Design USA exhibition was the focus of the ground floor, showcasing the works of product, landscape and graphic designers and provided some abstract inspiration.  Even though the above piece by the Rockwell Group is an idea board for musical set design, don't you think the colours would be perfect for a collection? 

A short stroll through the Upper East Side took us back to the Subway; I wonder who lives in a house like this?

Now there's a billboard to get excited by; Liberty for Target is hosting a Bryant Park pop-up shop and I could see myself going crazy in there and buying a teapot purely for the print


The guy who sold us the tickets said we were ten rows from the front...of the mezzanine that is; still the view wasn't too bad

My friends and I were in a spontaneous sort of mood so we decided to queue up and get tickets for West Side Story on Broadway.  I didn't really know the plot as I'd only seen bits of the movie and heard songs like America, so it was interesting to see it with no expectations and to purely be entertained by the fabulously talented cast.  We've decided to try and see more musicals during our time here, to get the full cultural experience; I'm thinking Wicked should be next...

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15 comments:

  1. fab post; I cant believe it has been two months!

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  2. OMG you just had my dream day right there-- a stroll to the Rodarte exhibit (or any museum) and then a little West Side Story action. Been dying to see that musical as I'm a nut over the movie ;)

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  3. thanks for taking those pictures of the rodarte exhibition. it must have been a terrifying scary experience! actually i do it all the time and normally its actually quite good fun! it makes me feel like a spy! x

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  4. Sounds like you had such a fun day!

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  5. New York looks amazing...I can't wait to go back!

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    x

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  6. west side story AND rodarte? wowwww...

    I know I always say this - but I'm VERY VERY jealous!

    your life in NY is so dreamy :)

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    xx

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  7. Good on you for being productive. I know I'm always so so so so lazy on the weekends. That rainbow dress at the exhibition looks like something I would ideally want to wear to wash the dishes. Gorgeousssss!

    - Anna Jane xxx
    (PixelatedBlonde.com)

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  8. Ohhh I love this post! I want to go back to NY so bad. The Rodarte exhib looks like it was amazing, so stunning and go you with your undercover photography!

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  9. Aw, I am exceptionally jealous of you - how glamorous and fun to be exploring NYC. And being able to see the Rodarte show, beyond jealous...sigh.
    XOXOX
    Libby
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  10. Love this post..i need to go there someday

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  11. I just wanted to say thanks for your sweet comment about my aunt, it meant a lot to me :)

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    xx

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  12. have u been to the Metropolitan museum of art?
    i recommend u go i had such a good expirience going there.
    u should definetly check it out

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  13. Great post! I love fashion-related exhibits and I can relate to how tricky it is to get shots while you're in there (I almost got caught once). I've really been enjoying your NYC pics. I actually think NYC is more interesting to capture than Paris, because it's a little rough around the edges (as is London). Paris can be a little too perfect and shiny and lacks a certain grittiness.

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  14. I want to dress like you, act like you, be you!

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  15. sorry for late commenting, behind on google reader as usual! that liberty advertisement is epic! and not sure if you're a fan but if i was in ny the first thing i would do would be the sex and the city tour! kind of lame but a must!

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