Furla Handbags Previews Tones of Neo-Pop Collection for Spring/Summer 2015

Interactive Artwork
All Photos By Gail

Eye-popping colors. Experimentation. Painted effects. The new Furla collection for Spring/Summer 2015 plays with fashion, art and graphics, melding the worlds with a dynamic appeal, understated elegance and upbeat energy! And what better way to introduce this new line handbags than with a fun party at the Furla NY showroom?

Furla Champagne
“Ah, Proseco.”

Not only did we get to preview dozens of stylish handbags, but there were also all of the ingredients of a festive event, including free-flowing Preseco.

Furla Party Snacks

Also, delicious Party Snacks!

Furla DJ

And even a DJ (sporting a Furla Bag over her shoulder, of course)!

Random Furla Bags

CANDY FURLA VANILLA CARTOON MINI SATCHEL
Candy Furla Vanilla Cartoon Mini Satchel

Inspired by the Neo-Pop artistic movement, a post-modern interpretation of Pop Art, the new styles vibrate with lively colors, primarily festive shades of sunshine, hibiscus orange and ocean blue, counterpointed by gentler shades of white, gray and dove.

KELIS FURLA TOTE
Kelis Furla Tote

TWIST FURLA TOTE Display

Splashes of colors that with chromatic gusto are often combined together to form daring color-block effects, adding a distinctive personality to the new Furla Twist Bag, a versatile and labor-intensive buckets-shaped shopper, complete with a metal bar and a woven inner compartment.

TWIST FURLA TOTE

SPY BAG FURLA BACKPACK

For trendsetters on the go seeking a relaxed modern elegance from sunup to nightfall, Furla presents the season’s novelty shape: the soft-edged, user-friendly Furla Spy Backpack in soft nappa and suede that is adorned with either mini or macro flat studs in burnished metal that set off a graphic polka dot effect.

VERTIGO FURLA PAINTING TOTE
Vertigo Furla Painting Tote

OPERA FURLA CLUTCH
Opera Furla Clutch

In the iconic Furla Metropolis Bag, a small chain-strapped bag characterized by hand-stitched padded details that trace geometric motifs down the front, the clasp features a multi-color rubber coating, again in pretty color combinations.

ALICE FURLA TOP HANDLE with ALICE FURLA CROSSBODY
Alice Furla Top Handle, Alice Furla Crossbody

The same padded details also enhance the clean and sleek personality of the new Furla Alice Tote, an expression of contemporary casual class that reveals a painstaking artisanal expertise and distinctive details that transcend time.

CandyBags Ceiling Display

Pushing ahead with its ability to innovate and reinvent a longstanding heritage, anchored on impeccable Made in Italy craftsmanship, prized materials and an ever-evolving creativity, the latest version of the iconic Furla Candy Bag in soft PVC is a high-impact explosion of colors and opposing textures that add a touch of playful glamour to any day.

Blue Candybag

Yellow Candybag

CANDY FURLA PAINTING SATCHEL

Also of note is the version featuring resin brush-stroke effects that vary from subtle trickles to bold splotches, rigorously hand-applied to make each bag unique.

CANDY FURLA PAINTING SATCHEL

Candy Furla Bubbles Mini Satchel
Candy Furla Bubbles and Mini Satchel
Interactive Artwork By Maho Tonouchi

Further strengthening the brand’s bond with the art world is the collaboration with prominent Tokyo-based illustrator, Maho Tonouchi, who inspired the interactive artistic installation, starring the new Furla bags, presented during Milan Fashion Week.

For more information on Furla handbags visit US Dot Furla Dot Com!

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Up And Coming Designers Debut New Spring 2015 Fashions at Red Light PR Party!

Full of Secrets Zip Bag By Jac Vanek
Full of Secrets Zip Bag By Jac Vanek (All Photos By Gail)

Just as we’re breaking out the fall outerwear here in NYC, Fashion Designers are showcasing their designs for Spring, so we have something to look forward to! Red Light PR, one of Manhattan’s key players in Fashion PR, hosted a lively event in their showroom last week to give press a sneak preview of exciting new designs we’ll soon be seeing in stores. Please enjoy a selection of our favorite pieces!

Red and White Floral Print Top By Jac Vanek

We are just crazy about this simple Red and White Floral Print Top By casual wear designer Jac Vanek, a brand whose slogan is “Because Everything Else is Really Boring” — love it!

Layana Aguilar

Do you remember Layana Aguilar from Season 11 of Project Runway? Layana was at the party meeting fans and introducing her Spring line. Check out one of her jackets below.

Short Jacket By Layana Aguilar

Layana’s collection features lots of separates in pastel colors with lace details and cut outs. Very youthful and on trend.

Red and White Color Block Top By Alice's Pig

Alice’s Pig seems to favor a fun retro look that we were very attracted to. This bold Red and White Color Block Top goes great with the Red and White Striped Short Skirt pictured below.

Red and White Striped Short Skirt By Alice's Pig

Just add a pair of boots and a vibrant hand bag and you’re good to go-go!

Summer Long Dress By Designer Sofia Arana

This Summer print Long Dress by designer Sofia Arana would be ideal for a warm weather Garden Party!

Designer Sofia Arana

Here is Sofia posing proudly with her designs. This dress, which debuted on the runways at New York Fashion Week, was a favorite among party goers! See more of her collection at Sofia Arana Dot Com.

Short Pink Silk Dress By Darling
Pink Print Silk Dress By Darling

The Darling fashion brand is the vision of Nadia Moraes, a London based designer and entrepreneur who created the label in 2008. Darling’s very wearable dresses and separates are all about offering affordable luxury product with an emphasis on quality and attention to detail. Look at all of these cute dresses!

Navy and Creme Color Block Short Dress By Darling

Navy, Peach and Creme Color Block, Pleated-Skirt Short Dress.

Apricot Short Dress By Darling

Apricot Short Dress.

Red Lace Short Dress By Darling

Red Lace Short Dress.

Cropped Floral Motorcycle Jacket By Darling

Cropped Floral Motorcycle Jacket. This jacket would go with everything.

Red Rose Bustier from Durdoux

This gorgeous Rose Bustier is from Durdoux (dur-“do”), a NY based Womens RTW brand that’s based on wearability with an avant-garde sensibility. Designer Najla Burt is the creative force behind these “fashions for everyday Rock Stars” (our words). Check out her fabulous clothes!

Magenta Silk Brocade Skirt By Durdoux

Magenta Silk Brocade Skirt.

Magenta Silk Brocade Handbag By Durdoux

Matching Magenta Silk Brocade Handbag.

Silk Brocade Long Jacket By Durdoux

Silk Brocade Long Jacket. The collection features other separates in this same luxury fabric as well!

Bright Yellow Lace Bandeau and Full Skirt By Durdoux

Bright Yellow Lace Bandeau and Full Skirt.

Bright Yellow Leather Bustier and Narrow Skirt By Durdoux

Bright Yellow Leather Bustier and Slim Skirt.

White and Black Skinny Leather Pants By Durdoux

White and Black Leather Skinny Jeans. Rockin’!

Silver Leather Short Jacket By Durdoux

Silver Leather Short Jacket – so great! Special thanks to Cynthia (Najla’s mom) who assisted in this fashion shoot by holding the clothes!

Black and Gold Beaded Short Dress By Forever Unique London
Black and Gold Beaded Short Dress By Forever Unique

Forever Unique is a London-based luxury fashion brand, specializing in ladies occasion wear.

Blue Beaded Short Dress By Forever Unique London
Blue Beaded Short Dress

With a unique take on the trends of the moment, Forever Unique’s stand out silhouettes, body perfecting construction and premium embellishment offer everything needed to maximize your look for when it matters most.

Beaded and Sequined Skirt By Forever Unique London
Beaded and Sequined Skirt

Check out this showcase piece below!

Beaded and Feather Gown By Forever Unique London

This exquisite Beaded and Feather Strapless Evening Dress is really all-season appropriate for any formal occasion where you want to be the most glamorous woman in the room!

Thanks To Red Light PR for keeping us in the loop!

Mave Hotel NYC, Lobby Display

Mave Hotel Lobby Display
Photo By Gail

On the way from one event to another this past week, we passed by the Mave Hotel, located on Madison Avenue at the corner of 27th Street, and were instantly attracted to this display of inflated red and white balloons they have strewn across the floor in an inaccessible part of the hotel lobby, just off the main entrance from the street. Charming!

The Flag Art Foundation Presents Disturbing Innocence

Brittle House By Will Cotton
Brittle House By Will Cotton, 2000 (All Photos By Gail)

Like Paul McCarthey’s ill-fated Butt Plug Tree, I like art that pushes boundaries. That’s what I found in abundance when Geoffrey and I made the scene last Saturday at Flag Art Foundation in Chelsea for the opening reception of a group show they call Disturbing Innocence. It was definitely disturbing.

Mummified Barbies
Mummified Barbies by EV Day

Curated by Eric Fischl, Disturbing Innocence features over 50 historical and contemporary artists whose use of dolls, toys, mannequins, robots, and other surrogates forms a deep and powerfully expressive genre. The exhibition poses profound questions surrounding social constructs of youth, beauty, transformation, violence, sexuality, gender, identity, and loneliness.

Amy Bennett Property Line, 2007
Amy Bennett, Property Line, 2007

Inspired by Fischl’s own childhood in suburban Long Island, NY, and his early career as an artist working in New York City in the 1980s, Disturbing Innocence presents a subversive and escapist world at odds with the values and pretensions of polite society. Ninety percent of the art on display is not for the easily offended, but if you are open minded and appreciate stuff that is a bit — or a lot — twisted, then this will be your thing.

Let’s take a look at some highlights from the show!

Hanging Clown Snow Globe

This snow globe features the serene, wintery scene of one clown standing on the back of another clown in order to commit suicide by hanging himself. Because clowns are scary!

Nude Rapunzel

I call this one Nude Rapunzel, because none of the names of the art/ artists were posted adjacent to the works, which is just lazy if you ask me. Or, rather, it makes me feel lazy for not scouring the interwebs thoroughly enough to glean the name of the artist/piece.

Explosion in a Cage

Here is one of the less disturbing pieces in the show: it looks like an exploding plastic bag trapped inside a cage.

Explosion Close Up

Here is a closer look. I like it.

John Waters Playdate, 2006
Playdate by John Waters, 2006

Look! It’s baby Michael Jackson post-plastic surgery disaster. Let’s find out who his playmate is.

John Waters Playdate, 2006

Why, it’s baby Charles Manson! Oh, the cuteness.

Demon Giving Birth

This one is just insane.

Red Ho

Tower of Breasts

I did a Google image search of “Sculpture made of breasts” to try to find the name /artist of this piece and got about 100 hits, none which were this sculpture.

Video Head

This piece, which is a video of a talking head projected against a split sphere, really reminded me of the talking statues in the Haunted Mansion at Disneyland. It’s the same technique used to give the mannequins expressive faces at the Brooklyn Museum’s Jean Paul Gaultier exhibit last year.

Nut Cracker Doll
Jennifer Rubell, Nutcracker Doll

This functional Nutcracker Doll might be a bit big to keep on hand in your kitchen, but it sure would be a hit at your holiday party!

Siamese Twins

This sculpture of Siamese Twin Girls was the most disturbing piece in the show, for me. I wish I knew more about it.

One Armed Child

I think that all of these sculptures and tableaus, such as the one-armed child above, are perhaps meant to make us more comfortable with seeing and being around people that look different from ourselves. I don’t know that there are any definitive answers, but Disturbing Innocence at the very least aims to start a conversation.

Find out more about Eric Fischl and artists involved in Disturbing Innocence by visiting This Link.

Disturbing Innocence will be on Exhibit Through January 31st, 2015 at Flag Art Foundation, Located at 545 West 25th Street, 9th Floor, in the Chelsea Gallery District. Gallery Hours are Wednesday through Saturday, 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM.

Peter Drake Siege of Syosset, 2007
There Goes The Neighborhood: Peter Drake, Siege of Syosset, 2007

Roy Lichtenstein Times Square Subway Station Mural

Roy Lichtenstein Subway Mural
Photo By Gail

I pass by this cool mural nearly every time I take a train into or out of Times Square, but I just stopped to take a photo of it this past weekend, when I had a few minutes to spare on my way way to see Hedwig and The Angry Inch starring Michael C. Hall (which, by the way, is fantastic). Installed in 2002, Times Square Mural captures the spirit of the subway, its linear movement and dynamic energy. With a nod to both the past and the future- its central image is a futuristic, bullet-shaped car zipping through an underground station. And not just any station, this is Times Square, in the heart of New York City.

Roy Lichtenstein was born in New York in 1923 and spent his last years here. Times Square Mural reflects his career, with references to, and variations on, his earlier works. Lichtenstein also freely appropriated and incorporated images from the works of other artists and designers in his work. For instance, the hooded figure at the right of the mural is from the old Buck Rogers comic strips and the iconic 42 image is from a series of drawings of the architectural detail of the subway. It is a signature work that honors its creator and the place in which it is located.

Times Square – 42nd Street Mural is located on the wall of the mezzanine adjacent to the entrances of the N, Q, R, S, 1, 2 and 3 trains.

Sprayground Presents New Backpacks for Fall / Winter

Silver Pink Blue Trio
Backpack Party at Red Light PR! (All Photos By Gail. Click on Any Image to Enlarge for Detail.)

Here in NYC, you have to live like a Boy Scout and be prepared for anything at all times, so you really need a big, lightweight and comfy bag to hold all of your stuff. Fortunately, Sprayground has a new line of outrageously cool backpacks for fall and winter and there is surely a design that will fit right in with your personal brand. Check out some of these rad styles we saw at a fun party held at the showroom offices of Red Light PR!

Sprayground Backpack Display

Sprayground Embroidered Mayan Design

Embroidered Mayan Design.

Pink Camo with Wings

Pink Camo with Wings – WANT!

Ninja Turtle Grillz Leonardo

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Grillz (Leonardo). This design is available at Bloomingdales.

Great Escape and Spongebob

Great Escape and SpongeBob. If you ask me, Spongebob was born to be a backpack!

Backpack Themed Cocktails

The party also featured an open bar, serving refreshing backpack-themed cocktails. I had one of the Pink Mambas, which was delicious!

B&W Weave

Black & White Weave, very stylish!

Gold Mamba

Gold Mamba – Super fine!

These bags are all super lightweight when empty, are very roomy and have multiple zip compartments to keep your secret stash secret.

Stashed Money Leopard Fur Zipper View

Stashed Money Leopard Fur

Stashed Money Leopard Fur – check out the inside!

Stashed Money Leopard Fur Inside

Holy Cow! I’m Rich!

Price points on these must-have Sprayground styles range from just $40 to $95, so these bags are all very affordable. For more information on Sprayground accessories and to purchase any of these awesome Backpacks please visit Sprayground Dot Com.

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