So feeling inspired by the muse of our upcoming AW12 collection, ‘the weekend girl’, who takes strolls in the park and wafts around museums on free afternoons, I decided to soak up fewer margaritas and more history.
Having been in New York over a month now, I couldn’t have my colleagues back in London under the impression all I’ve been doing in my spare time is shopping by day and cruising parties by night!
Saturday was a scorcher, an extraordinary 97 degrees, and there was only one way to take the heat! I set off to Manhattan to meet a fellow Reiss New York gal at the Metropolitan Museum of Art for a little culture and a cool down!
Walking along the eastern edge of Central Park and 5th Avenue the Metropolitan Museum is unexpectedly nestled on the cusp of 82nd Street. It’s so huge it would take months to view everything on display, so if you are in New York and planning a trip to this hub of history, be precise about what it is you want see!
We perused the museum's outstanding collection of Egyptian textiles, European paintings, sculptures of the Renaissance and vast number of drawings and graphic art works.
However, being two girls with a love of all things clothing and accessories, we were drawn like magnets to the Schiaparelli and Prada costume institute exhibition: Impossible Conversations.
Impossible Conversations explores the striking affinities between Elsa Schiaparelli and Miuccia Prada, two Italian designers from different eras.
The exhibition features orchestrated conversations between these iconic women to suggest new readings of their most innovative work.
Iconic ensembles are presented with videos of simulated conversations between Schiaparelli and Prada directed by Baz Luhrmann, focusing on how both women explore similar themes in their work through very different approaches.
After walking through a showcase of approximately one hundred designs and forty accessories, early evening was upon us and what better way to see in Saturday night than taking to the elevator which opens out to the roof top garden of the museum.
An oasis in the city that still has a sense of exclusivity and of course one of the most spectacular 360’ views of verdant green Central Park with Manhattan’s cityscape in the distance.