The LIM Fashion Lab has a class that put on a fashion show today. The theme was The Empire State of Oz, based on a mix of “The Wizard of Oz” and New York. Weeks in advance I knew the theme and every time I saw a flyer for the show I wondered how they would manage to mix the streets of New York with the yellow brick road in Oz. The show itself was quite boring, but I’m not someone who enjoys fashion shows to begin with. I won’t critique the models because they were students from other classes volunteering. However, I will critique the choices in wardrobe and the odd mixture of outfits. Each segment (separated by a movie clip) was different, but there was really no flow. With some outfits I could see the tie-in with the theme, but with others I was at a complete loss. When I got back to my class after the show ended, I listened as my classmates discussed all of the negative things about the show. There were definitely more comments criticizing the show than there were praising it. Many people seemed to feel that the shoes were the best part, but from where I was standing I could hardly see the shoes so I’ll take their word for it. When the show ended, the models all came back down to a cheering crowd. For the most part, it was a decent show seeing as how students were the ones who put it on. I feel that they tried too hard to fit the theme in when it just didn’t work. Perhaps they should have seen the clothes they would be working with prior to picking a theme.
Below is a picture of the crowd, from my very bad view. In the middle there is a pillar and on all 4 sides video clips were shown. As you can see here, I managed to capture Dorothy’s ruby red slippers. The crowd surrounded the square the models used as a runway, and to the right you can see the stairs the models descended to make their way onto the makeshift catwalk.
Below I’ve attached some images I took during the show featuring students as models.
Today my class visited the Jeff Koons exhibit at the Whitney museum here in Manhattan. Allow me to start off this post by saying that I saw Jeff Koons on the very first day I ever heard his name: the 3rd day I was here in the city. I scored a standby ticket for Late Night with Seth Meyers and Jeff Koons was one of his guests that night. Personally, I found him to be extremely boring. And not to my surprise his exhibit was equally disappointing. However, he must be doing something right because there are advertisements with his name and artwork (pictured below) all over the city.
After going through all 3 floors with his work, I didn’t see anything that really spoke to me. There was a piece that I liked because it was a cat, but I just don’t understand it.
The only artwork that really stuck out to me was a painting that makes no sense to the average person. The only reason I liked it is because it reminds me of Miley Cyrus (and I just so happened to be wearing my Miley leggings and had my Miley bag with me). The corn because we all remember that Instagram video she posted where she sang “We Can’t Stop” about corn and mentioned that she doesn’t like corn on the cob. Well, look here! The corn in the painting is not on a cob! I mean, her fans took this corn thing to the extreme. Everything from making corn the background in fan art to photoshopping Miley’s backup dancers as corn. The lips in the painting remind me of Miley as well, because she’s known for sticking her tongue out. Although the lips in the painting do not include an outstretched tongue, Miley is was I thought of immediately. What on earth Koons was trying to depict in this I have no idea. I know he certainly wasn’t thinking of Miley Cyrus.
Something I’ve also noticed about this piece, and many others that I haven’t featured in this post, is the pop art either reflected in them or that they were inspired by. Pop art is really big in the fashion industry right now, and I can somewhat see how it may have inspired some of Miley’s merchandise from her Bangerz Tour. (Below is the outfit I wore to the museum. The leggings and bag are both pieces of Bangerz merchandise.)
I took a picture of this giant balloon dog sculpture because images of it are all around the city, particularly on the windows of H&M. Apparently he has a collection with H&M featuring this piece.
The following two images are featured here because they were shown that night on Late Night with Seth Meyers while Seth was chatting about Koons’ work with Koons himself. A giant pool inflatable lobster made of aluminum…I’m sorry but I just don’t see the point or the artistry in this. As for the Michael Jackson and Bubbles piece, Koons said that he was supposed to meet Michael Jackson but that Jackson stood him up several times. He did, however, meet Bubbles. I’m sure you can find the clip somewhere on the internet.
I also took a picture of this Split Rocker because a much larger version is featured in Rockefeller Plaza. Again, you can probably find the clip of Koons’ interview with Seth in which he talks briefly about the larger version (warning: it’s boring). I also attached the description for the pictured version below.
Here is the split rocker outside of the GE building in Rockefeller Plaza. Seth also mentioned when he was talking to Andy Cohen (another guest he had the night I was in his audience) that he can see this from his office.
Remember that time when Jimmy Fallon and Brad Pitt yodeled to each other on the rooftops of NYC? Well, because Jimmy is my celebrity crush and because Brad is my mom’s celebrity crush and because we were on Top of the Rock (where the yodeling sketch was presumably filmed), we reenacted the bit for the most touristy pictures you can possibly imagine.
PS - Kesha was one of Jimmy’s guests on the show when my mom and I were in the audience so it’s only fitting that I titled this with one of her songs. And yodeling is basically saying “blah blah blah”, isn’t it?
By some stroke of luck I managed to get two tickets to see none other than Jimmy Fallon. I’ve been in the FalPal fandom for a couple years now and this was an absolute dream come true. I love Jimmy and his dorky yet adorable charm. I brought my mom and although we didn’t sit together we both enjoyed the show. I sat in the second row, so if you watch the episode from July 24, 2014 be sure to look for me! I even managed to score a cue card! As you can see from all of the following pictures, this was one of the best days of my life. I could not have picked a better way to spend my evening! And although I couldn’t really even see Jimmy because the monitor, camera, and camera man were all blocking my view, I had a wonderful time. Plus it’s kind of cool to know that the straight-on view seen on TV is what would have been my view if the camera wasn’t in the way.
I’m halfway through my third week in Manhattan. Although I’m sure my family is hoping that I’m missing them, I can’t say I am. Unlike so many people in the workforce I am actually missing my job. Not my family, not my house, not even my bed (although I probably should because the bed in the dorm I’m staying in is the most awful “mattress” I’ve ever laid on). I miss my work place. I miss my coworkers, the environment, the tasks. I can’t really place why I miss my job more than anything else. Probably because I am enjoying the city life so much. The subway, the streets, and even the constant noise during all hours of the night. I love the city! But the one thing that is missing is employment. I envy the people who live and work here. I suppose being here without having a job just makes it feel like a vacation. I want it to feel like home.
I’ve been spending my time for the past 2.5 weeks alone. I’ve been wandering the city alone, dining alone, shopping alone, and enjoying myself. In a city full of people it’s sometimes nice to spend time with myself and simply observe everything around me.
I’ve decided to title each of my posts with a song title that I feel is, for whatever reason, relevant to the post. Here We Go Again is the title of one of Demi Lovato’s singles. I chose said title because this is my third time having an active tumblr account over the past 5 years. This time is going to be very different though. Instead of reblogging images that I like, I’m actually going to make my own posts. The reason I’ve made this blog is because my professor instructed me to. Today marked the start of my third week in New York City, as well as the first day of my two week course. I was instructed to create a blog and make a post based on something I found inspirational today. Obviously with this being my first post, I had to give some background information. (But not too much; I have to maintain a bit of mystery, don’t I?) So there you have it. That’s why this blog exists and what this post is here for.
Although now you’re probably (hopefully) wondering what I found inspirational today and what I have to say about it, since that is the actual assignment. Well, it’s not so much inspiration as it is an observation that left me feeling curious about today’s young writers. When I walked into my classroom this morning the first thing I noticed was that it was not actually a classroom, but a computer lab. I found this incredibly odd. I had imagined desks with space for me to put a notebook down and write with a pen in hand. In my opinion, writing on paper should always be the first step in the writing process. Typing what you’ve written on the computer is the very last step. The final copy, if you will. I don’t know if that makes me old fashioned or if I feel that way simply because that’s how I learned to write in elementary school. Although now I do seem a bit hypocritical because here I am typing all of this as the words form in my mind, as opposed to writing it down.
I don’t have much else to say here. I would like to tell you what to expect in future posts but that’s the beauty of it: I have no idea! Let’s see if I actually stick with this blog and keep it up and running, or if I delete like I have all my other blogs in the past.