So, this blogging thing hasn’t taken off with the fervor that I expected of myself. It’s been since Thursday morning since I last posted, and of course, in that interim I’ve seen so much.
Thursday afternoon, we went to see the Lux exhibit at the FIT museum. Swoon. As almost always, I was the last one to leave the exhibit, jotting notes in my spiral as they pulled me away. Fabulous quotes on professionals in the luxury industry, as well as enchanting designs by Maggy Rouff, Chanel, Dior, Charles James, Rodarte and Carolina Herrera and Yves St. Laurent kept me entranced for far too long.
Friday morning our class had an interesting trek through Second Life–I’m not nearly as thrilled with it as I expected to be, which says a lot. I usually can be easily sucked in to Internet time wasters.
Later Thursday afternoon, we headed out to the New York City Museum, which has been one of my favorites in terms of comprehensional museums so far. There was an interesting photography exhibit on the bridges of New York–sort of documentary of their construction that have in recent years come to be recognized as art. There was an interesting history on the waterways of New York, a fascinating exhibit of ships that held some great models, and an interesting film, much like those I remember seeing in Williamsburg, VA that outlined the founding of New York City, from the Dutch and their New Amsterdam, all the way through September 11th. The film contained a great quote by Duke Ellington about the city, which I didn’t write down and can’t seem to find anywhere online.
Also in the NYC museum was a history of New York interiors, which I devoured, two rooms from the Rockefeller mansion, donated after John D. Rockefeller’s death before the mansion was demolished; a sampling of Anne Lamont Flagler’s china, three sets of which contained each a different custom monogram; and a dollhouse by the Stettheimer sisters that contains miniature works of art from modern artists of the early twentieth century. There is actually a dollhouse exhibition and an FAO Schwartz exhibition that are currently undergoing renovations aren’t open to the public.
Friday, in class, we discussed the issues surrounding social networking applications like Facebook, Myspace and Linkedin, and how those could affect business in the future. Our instructor has been great about informing us on all business related topics, and made several copies of articles from business trade publications to review on our own time. Friday afternoon we went to the Forbes museum, which houses an extremely immense collection of toy ships, toy soldiers, early Monopoly games, Parian porcelain, a silver collection of engraved trophies, among other things. Friday evening we had the opportunity to hear Bliss Lau speak about the start up of her successful handbag line, and then Melissa Fleming spoke on her interpretation of art and science.
My flatmate Aliyah and I made reservations for Cipriani for the second week in a row, and headed to the restaurant around 9. It was packed, ever the place to see and be seen, and the maitre’d recognized us and said he would save a table for us for next Friday night. We feel, even for a couple of weeks, like NYC regulars. We met a charming couple vacationing from Germany, and swapped ideas on what to go and see. Tomorrow, we are thinking of taking the train up to New Haven, CT and seeing Phillip Johnson’s glass house, among other things. Sunday evening we have tickets for Legally Blonde on Broadway.