NYC Downtown Gems ....

And so my little trip to the Big Apple has concluded... I stayed in the best location right smack in the middle of fabulous Soho and spent the week exploring Soho, Nolita, Noho, East and West Village haunts. With no specific plan, armed with a map and a willing boyfriend we took side streets and wandered and wandered stumbling upon some amazing stores. All these neighbourhoods downtown have secret little gems of shops that will really inspire you. Each one unique in what they are doing.I love that really specialist places can exist here. These were a few of the most inspiring.

The Evolution Store

120 Spring Street, Soho
website:The Evolution Store

Right beside my apartment I found this store with a skeleton outside and a window display beckoning me to enter this weird and wonderful world. A cave of animal treasures this store would be ideal for natural history lovers. They had everything from jewellery made from insects (beetle wing earrings),anatomical models, skulls, taxidermy animals, shells and fossils and they even mount their own insects there (none endangered Species)in their entomology department. Now I am not a bit fan of creepy crawlies or stuffed animals but you can't but find a place as specialist as this inspiring. Seriously worth checking out.

storefront and taxidermy

framed butterflies and insect lollies yum yum!

Search and Destroy

25 St. Marks Place, East Village
Website: all in Japanese unreadable!

This is a great punk/ rock n roll style vintage shop with cute Japanese staff selling customised studded docs and motorcycle jackets, bondage gear, military gear, band tees and loads of accessories. Quite pricey with some studded jackets in the mid hundreds. Hanging around this area are lots of pockets of rebellious looking teens with multi - coloured hair and piercings.The decor of this store again makes it unique with scary clown faced mannequins and mannequins tied in bondage style hanging from the ceiling. Also seen were mannequins with sawn off body parts and faked to look mutilated. Kinda gross but again really creatively inspiring! Promise I will do a pretty place next......

GaGa's favourite studded jacket is from
Search & Destroy!

Pilgrim NYC
70 Orchard Street, Lower East Side Website: Pilgrim NYC

Co-owned by Richard Ives and Brian Bennet this store is part boutique and part art gallery. They have a collection of amazing high end vintage from designers such as Lanvin, Oleg Cassini and and Cacharel among others as well as their own Pilgrim line designed by Richard. This is all against a back drop of beautiful pottery and art with some abstract paintings by Brian the co-owner. They are renowned for their high end vintage pieces all from top secret Parisian vendors. On my trip they had an amazing vintage Chanel window with loads of beautiful jewellery and handbags.

And Finally you just have to visit this one......

Patricia Field
302 Bowery Website: Patricia Field

This is one I had listed as wanting to visit but accidentally stumbled upon it on my travels. Always a bonus! The infamous store of the infamous Sex and The City stylist Patricia Field is just incredible. Encompassing two floors you are hit with a birage of leopard print, bondage gear, feather boas, mesh necklaces, multicoloured fur tail clips, and rhinestone hat creations. It is a mecca for the fashion lover. Carrying mainly Patricia's own off beat whacky label and also TomTom. Prices are not scary here. Downstairs is menswear aswell as hair and make-up. You can meet anyone in there on a Saturday afternoon from a 6 foot transvestite to a downtown hipster or even a celeb.

Atalanta Weller and Blanaid ...

Loving the architectural shoes from this London based designer on the Asos marketplace site see here Atalanta Weller. This style is called "The Scottie". The Asos Marketplace is a new phenomenon with all sorts of sellers from vintage to independent designers. It is almost like a mini Etsy attached to Asos.
Also huge kudos to Blanaid Hennessy from who now has her own little boutique up there called Blanaid. Her boutique really stands out with really creative styling and photography to show her pieces. This attention to detail is what makes her stand out.
See below are a few images from her shop. I think she must be the only Irish shop there?

Vintage Diane Collection...

A pop up shop of the Diane collection, a collection of dresses, swimwear and accessories in reissued vintage prints of DVF's is now available in the accessories hall of Brown Thomas. Beautiful....

Japanese Spirit...

As threats of radiation continue the people of Tokyo are keeping their spirits up with many popular stores like Garter and Spank two shops in the trendy neighborhood of Koenji tweeting and blogging that they are open for business. Popular Japanese blogger Mamy posted some images today showing how strong the Japanese people can be in the face of adversity.
Hirofumi Kurino creative director of United Arrows and regular photographed subject of The Sartorialist says the company is staying open. He emphaised the need for the continuance of normal life in a time like this.“Fashion, happiness, fantasy…is what helps people. After every night, there is a bright morning.”

Japanese Fashion People photographed around Tokyo...

Tops: HAIDER ACKERMANN hooded nosleeve Jacket
Inner: Givenchy dress Shirt with emblem.
Bottom: Rick Owens sarrouel pants
Shoes: Pierre Hardy
Name: Hiro Yamakawa
Age: 32
Occupation: PressManager

Tops: Ko-enji Bubble
Bottom: H&M
Bag: American Apparel
Dress: nishe
accessory: SIRISIRI / BY BOE
Shoes: EMIRU
Gloves: ASOS
Name: immi
Ocception: singer-songwriter/DJ

Accessory: MACKDADDY
Occupation: DJ/works at MACKDADDY
Check ot his blog.

All images from Mamy's blog :

Danielle Scutt Jewellery....

Inspired by Frida Kahlo and Peggy Guggenheim Danielle certainly designed a collection with a difference. Bizarrely beautiful she connected lipsticks with teapots and even blonde hair. This Central Saint Martin's graduate who has shown twice with Fashion East and has collaberations with Topshop under her belt knows how to stand out with an affinity to fierce 80's style designs.

pictures via Trendland

Trending:Colourful fur

Prada Fur Stole from the S/S Collection.
Anna Dello Russo
See Alison Mosshart at the NME's
See my post Les Guerriers for lots of coloured fur inspiration.


Charlotte Dellal is mainly known for her shoe brand Charlotte Olympia and being the sister of Alice. I have been following her cool hat collection . She makes her 50's style look ultra modern by mixing her retro pieces with current on trend designers. I love the Marie Mercie leopard cat hat and also her spider web hat which is part of her collaberation with milliner Victoria Grant.

Camel and Flouro....

Update your winter camel coat with hot pink flouro seperates. Really lifts the whole thing and makes it instantly Spring......

McQueen Retrospective....

A retrospective of McQueen's work will be shown at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York from 4 May to the 31st July this year. Entitled "Savage Beauty" the exhibition will feature 100 pieces of work that spanned his 19 year career. A preview was presented by Anna Wintour and Samantha Cameron as part of London Fashion week.

Zombie Boy...

Rick Genest is the most talked about male model of the moment. The 25 year old tattooed boy in GaGas new video Born This Way was found by Nicola Formichetti (creative director of Thierry Mulger and brains behind GaGa's fashion inspirations) on the internet.Since appearing in GaGa's video he has also walked for Thierry Mulger in last weeks show and has become an overnight sensation aquiring 20,000 facebook fans at the same time. From Montreal, Canada Rick was well known in his native city having invested 7,000 dollars on his unique tattooing. He says he was always obsessed with zombies and horror movies as a kid and always wanted to look like one. His Mum has said that he comes from a conservative family but that he is the gentlest soul who always looks after his younger brothers and sisters and the family accept his uniqueness.
I think facial tattoos are always controversial but Rick's tattoos really do not offend me and I think he is quite hot actually. Does that make me wierd???!!

Yumiki Nagano....

Yumiki Nagano is the beautiful singer from the Swedish electro soul band called Little Dragon. Her stage presence astounds me for the little pixie that she is and her wardrobe always delights me. She has a voice that would melt the hardest of hearts. Yumiki also features on the Gorillas album. This is one of my favourite tracks called "Fortune" from their album " Machine Dreams ".

Mountain of pearls to sooth the soul
gold and silver and silk to cover the old
clocks and rubies crushing these hard bones Im going blind from to many shiny stones
fortune cast a curse I knew It would
fortune bury you
I knew It would
sleep on ugly dreaming wave
vivid life turn into grey , no friends want to stay around
so moving on to a different part of town
fortune cast a curse I knew it would
fortune bury you I knew it would

Steve Mc Curry Photography exhibition

A National Geographic photographer since the 80's Steve McCurry is known for his evocative use of colour photography. His career was launched when, disguised as a native he crossed the Pakistan border into rebel-controlled Afghanistan just before the Russian invasion. When he emerged, he had rolls of film sewn into his clothes of images that would be published around the world, the first to show the conflict there. His coverage won the Robert Capa Gold Medal for Best Photographic Reporting from Abroad. His images are truly beautiful and he allows you to travel back in time, to an exotic place, to that very second and learn the essence of his subject.
Please if you get a chance visit The Gallery Of Photography Meeting House Square, Temple Bar, Dublin where his work will be exhibited until the 24th April.

Orange Fizz....

This orange clutch by Marc Jacobs called the Bianca is on my wishlist at the moment. Yum Yum...


This is a fashion shoot my beautiful and talented Swedish friend Kristina Gustafsson styled and I assisted recently. Photographed by the amazing Malcolm McGettigan. Make-up by my other dear friend Gillian Rafferty and hair by Aideen Bates. We had such fun that day. Model Laura Keohane was such a trooper and didn't complain once even though her hands and feet were blue with the cold. The house we shot in was amazing, an old run down house off Parnell Street. It has been published on the Weekly Edit Really great day and hopefully more to come.....