Kat is a graphic designer and a recent transplant to New York from some unspeakably boring place in the Midwest. Holds a BFA in illustration from Syracuse University (2011). Likes cooking, long solitary walks, Tom Waits, well-dressed humans, dirty martinis, cartography, and properly-kerned typography.
Fur coats and diamonds are well-established as Rich People Clothes, but what about a fur-trimmed coat with a diamond built right in?
Last weekend, I went for a walk around Central Park and into the Upper West Side. It was bright, sunny, and about fifty degrees, so it felt like the entire city was outdoors out of sheer gratitude that it wasn’t below freezing. Prime people-watching circumstances. (more…)
We all know what day tomorrow is. (It’s House of Cards Season 2 premiere day.)
Some might feel that the gross piles of dirty, garbage-strewn, yellowy-grey snow do not provide a fitting atmosphere to a celebration of love, affection, and variety-packs of candy hearts. And to that I say, turn your mind away from the modern trappings of romance and sentimentalism! Think about Romanticism instead. (more…)
In previous Art of Style posts I’ve discussed at length how much I appreciate some good goth and punk undertones in an otherwise socially-acceptable outfit, but today I’d like to cast aside subtlety. Halloween and Dia de los Muertos, the traditional holidays for skull-adorned clothes and festive creepiness, are long past, but darkness knows no season. Today we celebrate unapologetic spookiness.
I saw this gloomy young woman while waiting for the L train one cold night earlier this week. A pair of skeleton leggings would be eye-catching enough on their own, but when worn with a skull-printed scarf and a big, scruffy coat, they become the elements of goth armor. (more…)
The temperatures in the northeast have been ominously warm this week. New Yorkers have taken to wrapping themselves in false senses of security instead of overcoats, but the pragmatists (you might call us pessimists, but we’re just being realistic) among us know that the next pendulum swing of the weather is probably already in motion. We take precautions. We wear our light jackets on top of onion-esque layers of shirts and sweaters in case of sudden temperature drops, and we always wear scarves.
As you may have noticed, it’s like three degrees out today and a snowstorm is brewing. As my friend so astutely put it, “Why bother even having a temperature?” The truth is, I revel in blizzards and temperatures approaching the nonexistent. I’ve served my time in the winter wonderhell of Syracuse, so I’m familiar with the endless delights of slogging through snowdrifts and biking in subzero wind chill. Grey skies and naked tree branches fill my heart with gloomy joy! Every step I take over a patch of road salt is a crunch of jubilation! But New Yorkers love to complain about the weather, and one has to keep up appearances or else they make you move back to the midwest.
It’s the last Art of Style of 2013! I’ve had a pretty strange and interesting year, but today I’d like to examine the mundanity of everyday life. Well, not quite everyday, though certainly mundane. Leggings seem to be a popular travelwear choice for the feminine-identified, and what better way to put yourself at ease than to wear comfortable clothes with a cute print on them? These should be specifically marketed for air travel. Can’t bring your cat on your holiday trip? Bring a reminder on your pants! Let’s face it, they’re probably already covered in cat hair. Why not take it to the next logical step?