Welcome back to your regularly scheduled culture. I trust everybody spent their long weekend carefully removing white from their wardrobes – lest you be caught by the fashion police. I hear they carry nail polish to brand offenders. And while fashion offenders may not be culture per se, fashion week is!
(Yeah, yeah, I like following the occasional trend.)
Runway Stuff: Fashion Week events
Everybody’s favorite Fashion Week 2013 is scheduled from September 5-12. SO while much has happened, there’s still much to come. Today’s shows for spring 2014 include Carolina Herrera at Theater (10:00AM), Tommy Hilfiger at Pier 94 (11:00AM), and Donna Karan New YOrk at 547 W. 26th (4:00PM). Tomorrow’s shows include Tory Burch, J.Crew, and Vera Wang. The 11th includes Michael Kors, Nanette Lepore, Betsey Johnson, and Anna Sui. Ralph Lauren has held out until the very end – he’ll take up the morning of the 12th, followed by Calvin Klein.
Non Fashion Week Enterprises: The New York Historical Society
New York has as much history as any other of the original 13 states, not always glamorous, not always brilliant – and the historical society is a deeply under appreciated museum in the city. Currently running is an exhibit of one of the less proud moments in that history – AIDS in New York: The First Five Years (closing September 15th). America’s response to AIDS was largely “lalalalalala not listening!”. People know generally about the epidemic now; they’re told not to share needles or do drugs; some people still try to push the idea that AIDS is a gay man’s disease out of their general idiocy. This exhibit explores the years from 1980 to 1985, which are largely unknown to history but are some of the most important years of activism.
Read a Damn Book: Chaperone, by Laura Moriarty
Louise Brooks is one of the most iconic figures of the 1920s, forever to be associated with glamor and the silent film, forever an enigmatic figure with striking features, draped in pearls. She was among the stars of the day who bucked societal propriety and championed the idea of the flapper. This is not her story. Not entirely. This book is an interesting look into a single imagined summer of Louise Brooks’ life, but it’s the story of her chaperone Cora, and Cora’s past, and a story of how two completely different generations influenced each other in ways neither would have expected. The words flow beautifully, powerfully, and will stab you when you least expect it. An excellent work.
Until next week,