Finally the time has come - the time to expose skin. Let lines and contours lead the way. Our favorite lines and contours at INA Soho are the lines of a Comme Des Garcons color blocked cardigan, the sweetheart neckline of a Thierry Mugler dress, the cut-away hem of a Tom Ford pencil skirt, and the delicate eyelet of a Luca Luca jumpsuit.
Turning heads up and down Thompson Street and briefly monopolizing the swing set (in the name of fashion), model Pauline Saltzmann even caught the attention of a passing reporter who stopped to inquire, "Are you a professional?"
Just another day at the playground...
All merchandise INA Soho: Comme Des Garcons neon knit cardigan, Marc by Marc Jacobs silk track short, Comme Des Garcons orange pressed leather clutch, Dior shades; Thierry Mugler white cotton dress, Sophia Webster clear pump with fuchsia metallic toe, Luella grey sunglasses, Marni python clutch, and purple Marc Jacobs bangle; Tom Ford ivory and black skirt, Chanel clear plastic wedge sandals, Balenciaga lavender silk clutch, Valentino open weave black cardigan, and woven Eugenia Kim sunhat; Luca Luca sky blue eyelet jumpsuit, Kenzo yellow leather purse, Roger Vivier red leather open toe pump, and Maison Michelle straw visor.
April is the month of the fiery, whirlwind driven Aries. An enthusiasm symbolic of the ram classifies this sign. And although given over at times to fits of stubborness, the Aries is only too pleased to sweep you away. This Aries might otherwise be known as Ella Fitzgerald. Counting down to April 25, we celebrate the birthday of Ella with a short re-cap of one of her best love songs (also re-purposed into a children's rhyme).
A tisket, a tasket, a black checkered woven basket...
A tisket, a tasket, a black and tan tassel...
I wrote a letter, and on the way, I dropped it, I dropped it...
A tisket, a tasket, a silver beaded basket.
Featured merchandise in INA Noho: Karie Laks basket-weave sheer dress with velour undergarments, Eddie Borgo black fringe earring, Marni short-sleeved stone cotton jacket with belt closure, Jil Stuart metallic pink and gold platform, Eddie Borgo tan fringe earring; Alexander Wang ivory silk jumpsuit, Roberto Cavalli neon silk scarf; Jil Stuart floral bustier, Renee Rivera black jeweled headband; Mary Frances silver beaded pouch.
Anchor stitched pinstripe trousers, and why not? Miniature anchors lay on top of navy and white in a strict grid, like ruler paper. A mathematical reminiscence of drawing measured angles led me to search for checkerboard patterns. Meanwhile a few other garments surfaced within the INA men's boutique, including a t-shirt printed with the name David. I found a Prada jacket envisioning pastel printed swimmers. And a perforated white Dior shoe, hole punched, not unlike the traditional checkered pattern hallucinated in spells of dizziness.
Above, all merchandise INA Men: 45 RPM navy wool cardigan, Gianni Versace vintage brown suede boots, Black Fleece logo gridded button-down, Thom Browne navy jeans stitched with anchors; DEERDANA David printed t-shirt, Saint Laurent black leather motorcycle jacket, Thom Browne black & white checkered jeans, Barker Black leather white sneakers; Prada pastel blue zip-up with beach-goers, Marc by Marc sherbet shorts, Dunhill baby blue checked polo, Steven Alan putty yellow sunglasses, Balenciaga white, forest green and black sneakers; Thom Browne pastel pink and white pocket square, Dior black wool zippered jacket with buckles, Dior white leather perforated loafer, Margiela white cardigan with shawl collar, Chanel reflective black clutch with white crackle (INA Nolita Women).
Last Friday night, March 17, INA Union Square opened its doors to a bevy of local businesses in celebration of 110 East 13th Street, on the birthday, so to speak, of INA's latest outpost. Among shoppers, Cut Masters Brooklyn barbershop buzzed side burns. New York photographer Humza Deas hung his cityscape photographs on the walls, surrounding the display of beard and mustache oils courtesy of The Barba NYC. Voradi NYC was on hand to answer questions about their sunglasses and spectacles, currently sold at INA Union Square year round. Discounts of up to 10% were offered to revelers, and a cocktail was served amidst it all.
Are billowing Celine pleats and flung Bottega Veneta fringe a preamble to Spring? After a blustery afternoon in Nolita, and gusts of wind on the mind, I came across this, from Great Expectations:
“It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold: when it is summer in the light, and winter in the shade.”
- Charles Dickens
All merchandise in INA Nolita: White and black pleated skirt, Black Bottega Veneta leather fringe purse, Asprey patent leather trench, Marni yellow and black platform sandal with wooden heel; Ines Figaredo gold foot clutch; Comme Des Garcons plastic shell, Matthew Williamson neon bustier, Marni cotton skirt with asymmetrical ruffle, Chloe wrap-up leather platform sandal, Balenciaga straw motorcycle tote; Chloe beaded purse with silver balls.
In a long line of album covers, Debut pictures Bjork in a mohair sweater shot in black in white. Debut is the album where it all began, and the Bjork Retrospective currently installed at MoMa is a documentation of her many costume changes. Top-knotted braids soon followed mohair, and the latest music video from the Icelandic pop icon features the singer stumbling through volcanic rock and ash dressed in iridescent insect wings. As Bjork disappears into the horizon line of the landscape, the sewn wings alight and drop back into place on her dress, reminding of her past lives as a cyber geisha and a black headed swan.
Featured items from INA Chelsea: Ivan Grundahl beaded, linen floral tank; Yigal Azrouel cream silk tunic with open shoulders; Miu Miu pale yellow zip-up blouse with iridescent discs; Lanvin sequined dress; Alexis Bittar winding snake ring; Helmut Lang blue viscose floral blazer; Prada floral silk dress with floating legs; Prada lime silk blouse featuring two women and Adam Lippes pants; Marni teal necklace with stones.