New York Shopping List

Modacarta is heading to New York for a shopping and culture break next week. The blog will continue with live New York content.

Here is my shopping list:

  • 7th Avenue Junk Jewellery – I’m inspired by Iris Apfel so I will be challenging myself with a $30 junk jewellery budget to add some bling to my existing collection.
  • Dark Green Blazer – I have been looking for one for awhile and if I can’t find it in New York it doesn’t exist!
  • Boho Dress – I’m definitely looking for a runway inspired dress. This Chloe inspired dress at H&M is a must-have.dress
  • Century 21 – it is similar to Winners or TJ Maxx but with higher end designer merchandise. I always shop here when I’m in New York. On a previous visit, I purchased a pair of Burberry sunglasses and matching hard cases were out of stock. They asked for my address and a hard case arrived to my Toronto, Canada home 6 weeks later. Great service! I’ll be looking for designer reading glasses and silk scarves.
  • Frye Boots – this will be a splurge purchase if it happens at all. I’m hoping to find a pair on sale but size and colour preference could be a problem. So is the current $US-CAD exchange rate.

New York Inspiration

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It seems modacarta is not the only one obsessing about New York. Gucci and Miu Miu’s fall ad campaigns were shot in New York. Love the Gucci subway image. Really captures the moment the train races into the tunnel.

Ads taken from Vogue August 2015 edition.

Iris – the review

When I interviewed Toronto Styilst Annie Aldworth she mentioned that her style icon is Iris Apfel. I had read about Iris in Vogue (June 2015 issue) and was intrigued. I had to see what this “rare bird of fashion” was all about and I was not disappointment. The documentary “Iris” by Albert Maysles follows Iris around New York as she shops, gives interviews, attends events and talks candidly about her life.

iris-apfel3Iris started her career as an interior designer and then started a weaving company – Old World Weavers with her husband Carl. The film documents her rise to “octogenarian stardom” as she calls it but what makes this such a wonderful story is it’s also about the love story between Iris and Carl. Maysles captures their tenderness and adoration so beautifully.

Iris has one of the biggest vintage designer clothing and couture costume jewellery collections in the US. The film shows many amazing pieces from Iris’ collection that it’s easy to understand why it has been exhibited in many museums, including the Costume Institute at the MET. iris_dollSlowly, Iris is donating some of her collection to the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem Mass. She says in the film that “it’s better to know where your stuff is going while you’re still vertical.” The Peabody held the Iris Apfel exhibition in 2010. Click on the link and try the interactive dressing room. Check out modacarta’s Iris look.

Iris is currently playing at the Bloor Cinema in rotation with another fashion documentary – Mr. Dior.

Other Fashion Documentaries worth watching:

Valentino: The Last Emperor 2008

September Issue 2009

In Vogue: The Editor’s Eye 2012

Paper Art – IRIS header created with Japanese paper from The Paper Store , Toronto. There is no dress this week but I had a little fun turning the doll into Iris.barbie_1