All pink-on-pink and all white-on-white. Blue-on-blue, even. Monochromatic looks are the new uniform, as is a return to the basic white t-shirt. From INA Soho, we're wishing all a spirited, Happy Memorial Day today, with our picnic spirits painted in swaths of solid color.
All merchandise INA Soho: Dries Van Noten pink silk dress, Miu Miu pink leather gloves, Manolo Blahnik pink pointed pumps; Rachel Comey white paint-splattered jean jacket, Margiela flower-printed sneakers, floral vintage shirt, white denim One cut-off shorts; Balenciaga blue and white floral dress with center tie, Roger Vivier blue suede purse, Pony sneakers with Colette Collaboration, blue suede italia independent glasses; Red Valentino white t-shirt with black netted bow back, Chanel patent leather pump with ankle strap, Etoile Isabel Marant leopard jacket, Marni metallic flower purse, Temperley sunglasses; Thom Browne red lace turtleneck, Armani spider brooch.
With INA Nolita Women located directly next to INA Nolita Men on Prince Street, shoppers and clerks meander between stores back and forth, back and forth. Male employees donned sportswear items from the women's racks today, including a certain favorite sportswear item to be found in the women's boutique: a Celine gold bracelet with I-D tag, an accessory to the identification of any meandering clothes horse. In the midst of our shoot, stylist Gali Barraza dropped in. She suggested leaving a summer jacket unzipped, baring chest underneath and two gold accessories on either wrist. Gali, herself, wore an Iro olive leather jacket, suede boots, and an Isabel Marant silk leopard skirt, all sourced from INA Union Square.
All merchandise INA Noilta Women: Novice black and white zip-up jacket, J Brand white trouser; Helmut Lang white mesh sweater, Acne silk pleated pants; Black Denim white tuxedo jacket; Chanel silver quilted backpack with chain-link straps; Jil Sander grey windbreaker jacket with hood, Tibi black silk pants with stars; Celine gold chain-link bracelet.
Floor length ensembles are traditionally suited for winter months, but Union Square fulfills our desire for a long straight line in May. Not a far cry from a catsuit, Torn's spandex leotard fits over tights of another color, changing the body into a single exclamation point. The revealing thigh of another evening dress elongates the figure with occasional cut-away moments from carwash fringe, and the dotted marks of an Anna Sui flower form a throughway from the waist of a floral skirt to mirrored Balenciaga toes. Look no further than Gucci for a summer wedding dress, lifted a few inches, and still gracing the ground.
All merchandise featured INA Union Square: Jumpsuit with lace insert by Torn, Chrissie Morris geometric pumps; dress with fringe thigh by Torn, Arden Wohl glass heel slippers; Gucci white evening wear with ruffled sleeves; Anna Sui embroidered flower skirt, Balenciaga mirror toed zipper platforms.
April is over, and with it, the necessity for a backpack of sweatshirts and nighttime pullovers. In every corner fruit stand, the signs of a season change are apparent. Passing strangers follow suit by substituting one thing for another: stomach-baring leopard print replaces shearling zip-ups, taking a cue from the substitution of strawberries for apples.
All men's merchandise found in INA Chelsea: Comme Des Garcons polka dotted blazer, Marc by Marc grey backpack, A.P.C. navy felt hat, D.gnak By Kang.d black pant, Margiela painted canvas sneaker; Tom Ford plaid bucket hat, Balmain aviator shades, Bally burgundy slip-on loafers, Damir Doma black silk blend jacket; Marc by Marc tropical ball cap, Adam Kimmel grey sweatshirt, Pierre hardy silver sneakers, Marc by Marc leopard shorts.
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.