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.
A casual Sunday in New York looks like a cotton vest worn unbuttoned -
a leather jacket in coordination with eyeglasses and a newspaper -
a tote bag thrown over a bicycle handle.
Store your cufflinks for the middle of the week, locked with combination inside a vintage Gucci briefcase.
All merchandise, Union Square: 45 RPM white button-down shirt, Gucci silk, tan scarf with logo, Polo navy vest with back buckle; APC black leather bomber jacket and Tom Ford black eyeglasses; Ann Demeulemeester black, silk and wool vest, Rag & Bone black waxed cotton tote; vintage Gucci tan briefcase with Sonia Spencer cufflinks
A plaid constructed from the faces of Shanghainese women and men and drawings of hands: these are textiles from the world of Jean Paul Gaultier. But not this world, this time. Instead, this is the time of Jean Paul Gaultier in the 1980s, relics of which are currently to be found in the INA Soho racks. Faces - portraits really - and parts of the body, are the terms of expression. The blazers, skirt, and pants are made of cotton illustrations. And what better to accent an illustration than a bow, especially a silk Saint Laurent detachable one?
All merchandise, INA Soho:
Look 1: JPG vintage hand print dress with zipper neck, Rebecca Minkoff metallic clutch, vintage Alaia wool beret, Karen Walker black sunglasses, Sass & Bide headphones.
Look 2: JPG Cotton multi-colored faces blazer, Alena Akhmadullina leather striped miniskirt, Malo ribbed turtleneck, Lanvin patent leather boots, Zac Posen chain-link purse.
Look 3: Carven cropped light blue button-up, JPG cotton multi-colored faces miniskirt, Hermes relaxed mouse gray kelly bag, Marni slate and lime sunglasses, Louboutin pumps.
Look 4: Miu Miu black suede t-strap wedge, Rag & Bone ivory silk blouse with black piping, Saint Laurent silk bow, JPG cotton patchwork jeans, vintage alligator Jacomo maroon purse .