Posted on February 25th, 2012 in Behind The Designer
Boarding the plane out of Chattanooga, I found myself filled with excitement and much anticipation about what this trip had in store for me. All along this design journey I have had so many moments of surprise and awe that I was already filling it in my soul for this trip. It fully hit me when we arrived in Detroit to catch our next flight to NYC…INSPIRATION in the airport! I had never flown through Detroit and what I was greeted with was a clean line, modern airport design that was right up my alley. Check out these colorful images of my walking sidewalk experience:
On to NYC! Nighttime is so full of energy in NY. The lights, sounds and activity can’t help but stimulate the creative mind…so much to take in.
The only thing I was ready to do when we arrived at our hotel at 12:45am was to locate the bed and catch some zzzzzzz! After several hours of sleep I was glad to be starting DAY 1 in NY.
Zylo was the place for breakfast with my awesome Uncle Dwayne.
Reconnecting with family was great. It was a pleasant temp out and after eating we walked along the Hudson in the quaint, quiet town of Hoboken, NJ. Yes, for you Cake Boss fans
this is home for great pastries and cakes! After time at my uncle’s place and thoroughly enjoying Adelle music and conversation, we headed back to the city for the night. Avra was the restaurant of choice for dinner.
Amazing spanakopita, taziki spread and unreal roasted potatoes (hint of lemon)!! It’s no wonder we ate there 3 times during our stay in NY. With full tummies it was off to bed to rest for a big day on Friday.
Up bright and early
to hit the streets of the Fashion District for some much anticipated fabric shopping. With design ideas in my head, I was going to allow the fabric to inspire me in my design process for this next collection. First, I set out to hand select fabric and lace for a custom design bridal gown that I have been thrilled to be a part of. Now, this gown is not just any bridal gown. It is to represents character, tradition and uniqueness to the one wearing it. This gown will be worn by Girl’s Preparatory School May Day queen Rachel Kelly…a most amazing young woman who was chosen by her peers to hold this title because of her richness in character, service and a spirit that is truly inspiring to all she meets. This design represents her sweet & humble spirit, her amazing voice and her graciousness. I am so excited about this dress!
Next, I was off to find just the right fabrics for my next collection. First store, almost all fabrics found!
Not bad, but I love these fabric stores in NY so, off to look for more. It was in MOOD fabrics that I found the last fabrics for my collection. Let’s just say Chanel inspired with bold modern elements. Love, love!! One more stop for the day.
Wonderful individuals that I met who have just been incredible to talk with and learn from. Thanks to all of you!!
Fine textiles from Spain, France, India & Italy…gorgeous inspiration in colors & textures. You know I love both.
It was a wrap for Day 2 fabric shopping. My mom and I quickly got back to our hotel to change for dinner. We met up with my dad & sister and headed off to have dinner at what has to be one of the most amazing restaurants in the city. With an unassuming entrance next to Chelsea Market, you enter the most modern, hip, urban dinner spot that just takes your breath away with its decor and architecture. The touches of tradition make it quite comfortable and just simply AMAZING! Welcome to Buddakan, Asian Fusion…
The Edamme Dumplings are to die for!!!
After dinner & some time in Chelsea Market – Anthropology (more on that later) – we made our way back to the hotel to call it a night. Sleeeeeep!
So far my first 2 days had been great. What next? Time with my family. So, after brunch at Avra we spent the day at the Natural History Museum. Any “Night in the Museum” fans out there?!
Unbelievable museum, so much to see, not enough time.
Quick change and off to meet up with our dear friends Ms. Catherine & Ms. Carol. Every year my parents connect up with these ladies for the Westminster Dog Show and when my sister & I have been lucky enough to make it to NY for the show we get to visit them too. Fiorello’s was our dinner spot for Day 3.
It is great Italian dining across from Lincoln Center. Miss Catherine, a native New Yorker & proud of it introduced us to this great spot years back. It never dissappoints! What a tasty dinner…now across the street to the world famous Lincoln Center for an evening with the New York City Ballet Company.
Not only is the area home to the NYC Ballet,
but it was Fashion Week in NY and this is right where the action is. I love it here!
Okay, here I am in NYC and have just watched a great ballet, coming down the stairs into the lobby and lo & behold…WHAT??…it was my fellow GPS girls!!! And, my dance ensemble instructor Ms. Kashe and my sister McCall’s instructor Mrs. Zahrobsky too!!! How crazy is that?!
It was awesome…it truly is a small world & no matter where I go this amazing community of “sisters” I find…fantastic!
Perfect way to end the night…Day 3.
Days 4-6 next…