22 April, 2012

Wu exotica

Right from the very first glance, I could see Jason Wu's Fall collection befall on the street with the stunners  wearing this collection's jackets and on the red with stars donning the seductive slit dresses. The military jackets got me excited, it was an instant seller. I enjoyed the juxtaposition of quilted armor, lace and epaulet on the jackets. The dominatrix ponytail looks sleek and disciplined, creating the right amount of seriousness to the whole look and the tassle accessories involve a hint of womanhood and balance the look.  
Inspired from his root and his culture, Jason Wu created this collection keeping in mind the Chinese military and Qing dynasty. The embroidery on the dresses mainly comes from the opulence of the dynasty and the tassled hats were worn by court official that denoted their rank (they'd be sixth in rank).    

Every look is very structured and fitted, very conventional, very strict. Jason Wu does not shy away from expressing the aristocracy of China during that era. The gold buttons, the use of velvet, fur on the sleeves and the hem of the jackets, and the use of rich brocade on the dresses - all speak of the last Chinese dynasty history has come to know that commanded instant power and respect.  

05 April, 2012

Flowers in my head!

The weather in NYC is so erratic that although the sun is mostly shining high up in the sky, the harsh wind spoils all the fun and takes away all the warmth and fun. And even though Spring officially began some weeks back, it was still so cold and windy and there's no way you could go anywhere without a jacket or a scarf hanging from your shoulders. Thankfully, the past few days have been blissful in NYC. Since this week, the wind has been a little sweet on us and took some days off. It was sunny and warm and less windy. 
To make the most of it, my friend Sumit and I took to the greener pastures and went off to Brooklyn Botanic Garden. It is such a beautiful place. It gave me a different outlook towards New York, the concrete jungle where all I had been seeing people hurriedly walking to God-knows-where, most of them carrying shopping bags from Macy's, Sephora, Aldo and Jimmy Choo. I fell in love with the place instantly, the only missing element was a picnic basket, a bright sheet of cloth to lie under one of the trees and munch on some sandwiches or anything delicious. 
We walked and walked and took a bunch of photos. I guess both of us had a mutual feeling towards the place. I felt at home (not that Nepal has any place similar to it) and Sumit couldn't stop pointing at flowers and trees and inform me how such and such were also found at his hometown. The next time I plan to go to BBG with him, I'll make sure I've educated myself a little on this field because he seems to know a lot about flowers like how he knows a lot about many other subjects. 

My hexagonal mini-bag from a thrift store at Sunnyside, Gifted. I adore them!

Some exotic flower. Forgot the name but I reckon it's super-duper expensive like the rest of the zillion of plants. 
Bonsai art which is some 800 years old. 

After our tour around BBG, we got excruciatingly hungry and went to Herald Square to binge on a Falafel wrap and bite a slice of pizza at Pronto. That hour, a very small part of Macy's had caught fire and one side of the street was blocked so we had to walk around the Macy's to search for much needed food. We NEEDED food!!! 
We even went to look at Macy's flower show. Boy, it was a day for nature, I tell you. So we walked inside the make-shift show and walked through the walkway flanked by more and more exotic flowers. The colours were ssooo rich, the leaves so shiny and green it almost looked fake. Beautiful it was! 


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