I grew up at the Marine Air Terminal in New York City. At the time I was unaware of the unique perspective it afforded me—how few children gestated in the belly of a great, round terminal, nourished by ephemera and the hollow, high-topped sound of cavernous spaces carved in marble.
Examining my love life is a bit like overturning a large rock in a damp, dark forest. There are all manner of squishy, squirmy, eyeless horrors wriggling in the mud, things I could dissect and bisect that would still live quite contently, however horridly, in all their undulating halves. There is simply no microscope strong enough, no section small enough, to arrive at the nucleus of why we love whom we love, but oh, do we try.
After a few decades of scanning the runways for the hottest and newest looks, I’ve become quite sharp and eagle-eyed regarding the latest trends. Patterns quickly emerge, and you just as quickly absorb them into your personal fashion vocabulary. From there, it’s a short step to imbuing Tahki Stacy Charles knitwear collections with au courant details and fresh, inspired silhouettes.
One of my all-time favorite trends suffused the Spring 2017 runways with skin-baring silhouettes. This trend happens to be a particular favorite because of how well and easily it translates to knitwear. From Alexander Wang to Valentino, Rodarte to Alexander McQueen, Dolce & Gabbana to Chanel, it seemed everyone in fashion was in love with “open minded” garments.
Batman: The Animated Series left television over 20 years ago (has it really been that long?), but for its most devoted fans, its artistry is as relevant now as it was in the mid-90s. New fans have long been exasperated over its absence on all streaming mediums (currently, you can only watch BTAS by purchasing the DVDs), but it seems we’ve been thrown the smallest of bones.
Depending on yarn weight and needle size, it can take quite a long time to craft a knitted sweater. While knitting may be your favorite past time and the best means of relaxation, it is not a meager investment—of time or resources.
And yet, there are still instances—with even the most practiced knitters—when a garment doesn’t live up to expectations. Whether it’s a sweater that ate one of Alice’s teacakes and grew six sizes larger in the wash or a shape that looked so flattering on the model but so frumpy on our form, there are plenty of things that can go wrong.
It’s impossible to properly encapsulate Bowie’s deep and abiding influence on fashion. Like his song, he was all Sound and Vision—wonderful to hear, and a sight to behold. He was relentlessly chameleonic, yet somehow steadfastly authentic—a feat difficult to achieve. Bowie transcended genres, redefined them, embraced then sloughed them off for bold, new skin. He was one of a select few artists who never felt like a caricature of himself; he created a brand without ever feeling branded.
Every year around this time, I struggle to find new words to offer to our loyal FlyingTypers’ readers. I am not immune to the warm responses inspired by our annual Christmas story, and I would be posturing if I said it doesn’t feel good to know it is so well received. However, the pressure mounts to say something new; to not rehash the things you already know; to provide some meaningful insight into our holiday gathering.
You know we are a family business in an age when most companies yearn to proclaim that simply for the feel-good cachet it affords them. People love a good legacy story. We just celebrated our 40th anniversary and no, you can’t put a price on that. In a world where everything has been commodified, you still can’t buy time or experience.
Getting stuck at the airport is often an interminable experience. It’s enough to pass through the welter of airport security, losing shoes and sometimes dignity to an impassive TSA crew, only to find oneself with few options for food aside from boiled-in-a-bag offal or questionable, plastic-entombed sandwiches.
The culturally bereft limbo that exists between security’s point of no return and one’s boarding gate is a difficult terrain to navigate. It can be quite restorative, then, to discover something of value in that liminal space. Enter the art exhibit.
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