Hello LDV readers! Brendan here of (BAD) Blog About Design... The Architecture: New York City architecture is very diverse. Walking down one avenue or street you'll see styles ranging from Art Deco to Gothic. I find this diversity to contribute to the city's overall beauty. The best example of Art Deco architecture is the Chrysler Building which was completed in 1930, by architect William Van Allen. The building is constructed of masonry, with a steel frame, and metal cladding. The Woolworth Building is an example of Gothic architecture. It was completed in 1913, by architect Cass Gilbert. The building's Gothic detailing is concentrated at the top of the structure, which is massively scaled to be read from the streets below. If you travel downtown, you'll be greeted by brownstones and townhouses. These smaller structures, surrounded by tree-lined streets are popular in SoHo which boasts the greatest collection of cast-iron architecture.
Where To Visit: If you have never been to the city before, then stopping by Central Park is a must. (ABOVE 1) Central Park spans from 59th street to 110th street. The park is home to playgrounds, lakes, ponds and ice-skating rinks. I love Central Park as it's a relaxing place, perfect for taking in the city. (ABOVE 2) If architecture is what you want to see then going to the Guggenheim Museum is the place for you. Built in 1959, by architect Frank Lloyd Wright this building exemplifies the modern movement of architecture. The museum is home to a renowned collection of Impressionist, Post-Impressionist, early modern, and contemporary work. (ABOVE 3) If the non-tourist part of New York City interests you, then head down to Greenwich Village. The Village is full of small shops, quaint buildings, and great places to eat. (ABOVE 4) The High Line is a one-mile park, built on the former elevated New York Central Railroad. I love coming here on a sunny day, as there is usually someone playing the guitar, plus there is a section of grass where you can lay down on. (BELOW 5) Bergdorf Goodman, is a wonderful place to visit if you are strolling down 5th Avenue. During the holidays, the store is beautifully decorated and is a popular place among tourists and locals alike. I love walking past their window displays as there is usually something that catches my eye.
What To Wear: I love both of these New York inspired looks. A great pair of pants is crucial in the city, as long dresses will be stepped on and get dirty. The Floral blazer to the left is such a great choice. I love the color, match it with a great pair of Jeans and you have the perfect look! A Denim Jacket is necessary in the city. Instead of pairing the jacket with a rough pair of pants, pair it with a feminine floral pair to soften the look.
Look 1: (1) Nanette Lepore Girl Next Door Top, (2) Nanette Lepore First Dance Blazer, (3) Rag & Bone/JEAN The Legging Jeans, (4) CC Skye Gold Stud Hinged Bracelet (Similar Here), (5) Aquazzura Emmanuelle Snakeskin d'Orsay Pumps
Look 2: (1) Zoe Karssen Love Tee, (2) 7 For All Mankind Denim Jacket, (3) 7 For All Mankind The Skinny Jeans, (4) Clare Vivier Neon Stripe Flat Clutch, (5) Maison Martin Margiela Open Toe Booties
What To Wear: Matching a simple blazer with a wild pair of pants, creates a great street style look. I love the Manhattan blazer to the left paired with a Denim Shirt. The leggings to the right are so much fun, and such a perfect choice for a day in the city. Paring them with a solid blazer and top, are a perfect idea for the spring.
Look 3: (1) AG Adriano Goldschmied Dakota Denim Shirt (Similar Here), (2) Club Monaco Manhattan Tex Blazer, (3) Vanessa Mooney Fight The Power Ring Set, (4) Club Monaco Sophie Bracelet, (5) Pamela Love Arrowhead Ring, (6) Maison Martin Margiela Cutout Wedge Booties
Look 4: (1) Rag & Bone/JEAN The Pocket Tee, (2) Rag & Bone 42nd Street Blazer, (3) Rag & Bone/JEAN The Legging Jeans, (4) Rag & Bone Classic Newbury Booties (Similar Here)
What To Wear: Shorter dresses, are a great idea in the city as they do not get dirty easily. The dress to the right with its leather trim, paired with a brass necklace is the perfect New York look—polished with a little edge. I love the leather sleeve jacket to the right paired with a great pair of black trousers. Both of these looks are pretty, but have that rougher touch.
Look 5: (1) Kelly Wearstler Outro Basket Weave Dress with Leather Trim, (2) Kelly Wearstler Asymmetrical Chain Necklace, (3) Maison Martin Margiela Open Toe Booties
Look 6: (1) Helmut Lang Threadbare Tank, (2) Helmut Lang Leather Sleeve Jacket, (3) Helmut Lang Skinny Slouchy Trousers, (4) Alexander Wang Liya High Heel Pumps (Similar Here)