Fashion Over Reason: Bright Lights, Big City

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Bright Lights, Big City

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There is a place in New York City that is avoided at all costs by locals unless they must absolutely frequent it for work, meetings or the theatre. That place is known as hell on earth Times Square. There are way too many people, it's filled with tourist traps (and the tourists to be trapped), people walk slow, the intersections are giant clusterfucks and on top of it being plainly annoying, it's rather abrasive.

Most people who are on a visit in the Big Apple stay around this area and proclaim "they could NEVER live here!". Neither could we. This is why no one lives there. Sure, the extremities of midtown comprise a periphery of semi-habitable neighborhoods like Hell's Kitchen and Kip's Bay, but the bigger part of that geographic area is peppered with hotels, bad restaurants, office towers and Broadway theatres. The residential abodes in between are short-term apartment leases and international businessmen-owned "investment properties". So no, no person in their right mind actually lives around there.

That said, no matter how you cut it, how irritating navigating the meeting point of Broadway and 7th Avenue may be, there's always an element of utter marvel that strikes when you actually take a moment to look up and take in what you see: larger-than-life billboards, enough lights to make it look like daytime at any given hour of the night, giant displays of American megalomania. Unless you've been to Tokyo, nothing in the world compares to the magnitude that is the heart of midtown Manhattan.

While I'm shitting all over this place, you undeniably need to see it at least once in your life. Ignore the tour guides hounding you to get on a bus, the creepy man-size Elmo mascots and Batmans (they're either meth heads or heavily inebriated (#justkidding #notreally)), the fanny packs resting on gunts attacking your eye-sight. Ignore the fact that you would lose a race with a snail and plop yourself in the middle of the pedestrian zones or on the TKTS staircase, look up and take it in. And remember that not even 20 years ago, what seems now like the center of the universe used to be one of the biggest dumps known for criminal activity.

But in all honesty, it's always an impressive sight, especially by night.

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Photos by Ian Rusiana

Jeans - ASOS
Shirt - Vintage Louis Féraud (this one is on sale and super similar)
Knit - Ça Va de Soi (try this one)
Jacket - Gap men's (basically the same)
Bag - Bottega Veneta
Scarf - Vintage Liberty of London (this beauty will do the trick)
Boots - Zara (same idea)

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It's About L.A said...

Great photos! I love this look, the scarf is really nice, and I love those heels, they are perfect!!!


behindmyheels said...

Love this outfit. The shoes are killer! Great photos!

Rea Lemnusha said...

Lovely post.

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A Very Sweet Blog said...

You look so good! Oh how I love your outfit! Great photoshoot! I definitely want to see it once! I know it's helter skelter crazy! HaHa

JANICE G said...

great photos!

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Samantha Mariko said...

you got some great shots despite Times Square being an always-busy place in the city!! Would love to make my way there one day..! the one of you walking up the steps is really cool!

Debbie said...

Yeah, maybe the most touristy place in NY but I travelled with you

Natalia | Look-A-Porter said...

Ah, it's such a special spot one can't help but get excited :) And I love the photos very much. Beautiful! x

hidden dreams said...

Great look dear!

ALLIE NYC said...

Yes you are so right!! Yep tourist trap for sure and yes way to noisy to live there but it is quite the site. I use to walk right up to the edge of it and then head east on 5th through Bryant Park on my way to work.

Allie of ALLIE NYC

Alexis Grace of North On Harper said...

I think you summed up Times Square pretty perfectly--- almost as perfect as these photos! I bet this was a fun shoot to make happen:)

Trudy Danso said...

Stunnin shots! I love TS, I would love to go back asap!

Elle said...

this is actually a brilliant post! well done xxx :)

Sam said...

Your photos of Time Square are electric and so animated, you look incredibly chic hun. Its always great hearing your opinion, have a creative week ahead.

Lisette Pool - 24/7 STYLISH said...

Love the pictures! You look stunning :)

Unknown said...

Wow! Those pictures are amazing! I love NYC so much and I am obsessed about your hair!
Good job

Coco said...

I love the contrast between the casual outfit and the sophisticated foulard!
Coco et La vie en rose / Bloglovin / Facebook

Unknown said...

Nice jacket and Nice city ;)

Johanna said...

These pics are amazing and your booties - I am coveting big time!

The Adventures of a Shopaholic said...

You look amazing!


The Adventures of a Shopaholic said...

love it!


ilovetrends said...

Wow!! All those pics are amazing! And cool outfit ;)

Allie said...

Beautiful photos! Lovely outfit <3

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Alexis Crawford said...

I love your blog! I'm a new follower!
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Unknown said...

absolutely great photos


Great photos, I love your style!
Amazing shoes! xxx