Condos may have multiple faces, brown stones, glass windows, lofts and/ or renovated factories, but the fact is Condos are Condos and they are popping up everywhere in the city, even in the most unexpected places. Not only Condos, but luxury condos, apartments and lofts. This is a rapid change along the urban landscape, almost like a new trend. Luxury living spaces in affluent neighborhoods is one thing, but in broken windows neighborhoods…is that productive change or hurtful change? Will that create new divisions in the community where people are going to feel as if they are going to have to stay on their side of the neighborhood, creating sub-communities.
Architecture Tailoring April 3, 2009
This is a comeback from the 80’s, the “structured shoulders jacket”, and the “architectural inspiration” in CLASS ACT Joan Collins in Dynasty. Shoulders in jackets are BIG again; they are structured and tailored to look like a triangle. Buildings are also “tailored” to a certain degree, some of them are very edgy just like this new Long Island City building; it’s tailored to look like a triangle, (instead of traditional square shape). It’s all about visuality…, what’s being advertised and sold to us, – the public. Then we desire and want to acquire some of the things we see advertised.
Clothing Accessories are shoes, belts, bags, watches, and jewelry. Art Deco is an accessory Proxy-Connection: keep-alive
a building, which was establish in 1925 in Paris. It can be found in the interior design or the exterior design of the building, for example in elevators or doors. Also windows are accessories to a building.
The Commercialising Effect April 2, 2009
“COMMERCIALISM”….That word alone has tremendous impact on Us! The clothes we wear and the things we buy are all evidence of how influenced we are by commercialism. It is really hard for many of us to accept that we have really been dragged into this mainstream, Pop Culture, but it is true!
Our youth and adolescents are the ones most affected by this commercialized pop culture. From Britney Spears to Beyonce, from the cheerleaders to the sports players, they are the Role Models. Adolescence is a hard time and our youth emulate those that they can’t help but see on tv. Shouldn’t commercialization be used for positivity and not to promote sex and promiscuity? Pop Culture for example, only encourages our young ladies to bare all and encourages the less fortunate to take a “by any means necessary approach.” We see and hear the bootylicious and gang banger, drug dealer all the time on the radio and tv. Shouldn’t our Role Models really take advantage of something as powerful as the Commercialization Effect to encourage and empower our youth. Or am I thinking ahead of myself…
Take a look at one example of the Commercialization Effect. This Youtube Clip is an example of how cheerleading has evolved because of commercialization.
Jazz Age fringing, feathers and tassels are in this season. Designers turned to the the Roaring 1920s for inspiration. The Jazz Age was an age of liberalism and flappers were known for their style. Flappers were a “new breed” of young women who wore short skirts, bobbed their hair, listened to the new jazz music and flaunted their disdain for what was then considered acceptable behavior.
Flappers generated a new look, which became fashionable in a toned-down form among even respectable older women. Most significantly, the flappers removed the traditional corset from female fashion, raised skirt and gown hemlines and popularized short hair for women.
This resurfacing of the Roaring 20s is symbolic to the current times. Similar to the Roaring 20s, we are living in a time of political and social change and new liberalism. Look at the 2008 presidential election!
This spring’s collection of Jazz Age inspired clothing symbolizes change, progress and the constant evolution of generations.
The Strong Shoulder April 1, 2009
Exaggerated shoulders, the once hated style of the past has made its comeback. The shoulder is the new sexy and is this season’s surprise focal point. These tailored blazers and jackets do more than just create a slimming effect. They are statement pieces, that convey strength, dominance, feminism, and equality. Women have made their entrance into the male domain successfully, with style and grace. In Demolition Man, Grace Jones, played on masculinity and femininity to convey the message that women can also be as aggressive as men and have a strong presence. The Strong Shoulder has made its comeback to accentuate “the sexiness of a strong woman.”
Minor: Creative Writing
William is originally from Colombia. He lived in California and currently lives in Queens, NY. His favorite store to shop in is Urban Outfitters. He calls his style Hobo/Urban. Today he has on jeans, a t-shirt, a hoody under a brown leather jacket and sneakers. He normally likes to wear browns and earthtones.
Hunter Look… March 31, 2009
This is Shanique, she is a sophomore, and she’s majoring in “adolescent education.” She is from all over…. Queens mainly, but currently lives in Long Island. She calls her style vintage & urban. She likes to shop at thrift stores, the gap, H & M, and her favorite store is American Apparel. Her outfits are inspired by her friends and on her mood. She grabbed my attention because of her look, her outfit and mainly her glasses. She’s very hip, looks comfortable, and says that the glasses are apart of her look. I also liked her because she has a style of her own.