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In a New York minute

There is nothing like a clear, sunny beautiful day in New York City.  Wednesday was an 11 on a scale of 1-10.  These type of days don’t come along all that often here, so I totally enjoyed it.

I went to the Nanette Lapore show at 11 am.  I had been looking forward to this show because I personally like the line and buy it for myself.  It’s the type of collection that is fun but still sophisticated enough for 40 somethings and beyond.  I was relieved to find that Nanette did not use as many muted colors as the other designers I have been seeing.  I really like that she used a bright shade of melon, teal and turquoise.  The prints she used were very saturated colors with a festive feel.  She also showed short shorts and a cute mini jumpsuit.  What is up with these jumpsuits?  Since when does any self respecting woman wear a short jumpsuit?  Sorry, I digress.  Anyway, I loved Nanette Lepore’s flamenco inspired dressed with just enough ruffle to make it interesting, but not over the top.  This collection used more cotton and less chiffon which gave it a more casual feel.  The collection also paired striped shorts and pants with florals on the top.  There was a little leather in the form of a skirt paired with a silk blouse.  Lepore’s inspiration was lush gardens, paisley and stripes.  I loved the aesthetic and thought the line very inspiring indeed.

I was scheduled to see Milly and Mara Hoffman Wednesday evening…but in a New York minute I changed course and opted for some culture and philanthropy.  A friend in New York volunteers with an organization called “Bread and Roses”.  They sponsor a program called “unseenamerica”, which ‘gives cameras, lessons, and exhibits to the scores of people who have no public voice and little visibility in the larger culture’.  A group of Arab women were exhibiting their work at the Pomegranite Gallery in Soho.  Most of them were not in attendance because of cultural practices and not wanting to be in the public eye.  There was a wonderful performance artist who was half Arab, and whose performance was heartbreaking.  It was a very welcome change after all the glitz and glamour of the tents.  Sometimes you have to take advantage of a New York minute… 

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