In light of what happened last week, this post seems even more relevant now. You see, New York City has a lot of protected landmarks, spots with very unique pop culture relevance, as well as incomparable places with remarkable depth and soul, which are such rare commodities in today's authenticity void. Rare are areas that still have underground significance and that are beloved among appreciators and cult followers alike.
One of those spaces was 5 Pointz, an abandoned warehouse building in the Queens neighborhood of Long Island City. For 25 years, the owner of the structure allowed street artists to congregate there, making it one of those elusive venues that legally allowed graffiti to be showcased on the very canvas the craft was invented for: the streets. At 5 Pointz, spray can virtuosos bared their talent, honed their skill, displayed their creative mastery via the most mind-blowing, impressive, murals. Until now. Ian and I decided to explore that locale for our shoot last week, having learned that its date with destiny was a fatal one: it is to be torn down to build luxury condos by the end of next year. The ol' cliché. In an unanticipated twist, that ill fate was met sooner than anticipated, only a mere few days after our expedition (here is why). Our timing was more than perfect, it was lucky. See this as a final farewell, a special ode to what that place meant and a tribute to all the artists and fans that were touched, one way or another, by this amazing place.
Now, onto the sartorial details. I wanted to keep things simple in order to let the background shine and the cool factor at a certain level with a loose linen tee and a furry, cozy oversized cardigan. Another reason for why I wanted the canvas blank is because I was wearing these amazing earrings from Bauble Bar and I'm a big sucker for counteracting elements. Example: wearing something super masculine with a sexy pair of high heels, a baggy top with tight skinny jeans, a super casual look with a glam, bold lip, you catch my drift. So this ultra
Photos by Ian Rusiana
Pants - J Brand (these were waxed but the coating didn't last past a couple washes, sadly)
Linen tee - H&M (similar)
Furry cardigan - H&M (similar)
Earrings - Bauble Bar
Boots - Pour la Victoire
Leather jacket - Mackage (similar)
Rings - Saint Laurent & Chic Peek
Bracelet - Coordinates Collection
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