Inspiration is not earned. Your investment of time and effort prepares you for inspiration, but inspiration is a gift that goes beyond anything you could have deserved. Inspiration is not something you can control. People who are inspired have lost some agency. They often feel that something is working thought them, some power greater than themselves. The Greeks said it was the Muses. Believers might say it is God or the Holy Spirit. Others might say it is something mysterious bursting forth deep in the unconscious, a new way of seeing. --David Brooks
New York shopping provides a superior experience in the facsinating world of fashion. I've made a list below for the ultimate tour -- to research, try on, play, dream and learn about your personal style, your favorite fashion designers, what gets you excited, and what suits your true intentions. Most importantly...what amplifies your personal power? Let's get going to explore a new expression of you.
Prada, Celine, Lanvin, The Row, and Proenza Schouler boutiques on Upper Madison Avenue are destinations for luxury. Five Story, on East 69th Street, is a multi-branded shop who's brilliant edit of upcoming brands is multidimensional. Next door is a favorite jeweler, Marie-Helene de Taillac at 20 East 69 street. Gather ideas while breathing in exquisite taste. Notice shapes, colors, fabrications so they will seep into your everyday choices.
On Madison and 61st, Barneys New York has a killer selection in a relatively calm atmosphere. Surrounded by their provocative buy, it's a great place for browsing, research, a delicious lunch and of course, shoes. Bergdorf Goodman, Louis Vuitton, Chanel and Dior on 57th Street will delight your aesthetic fantasies, but can be crowded. Head to these spots in the morning if possible. Dolce & Gabbana, Gucci and Bottega Veneta are all nearby on 5th Ave heading down to midtown. These Italian luxury boutiques will make your heart beat faster encouraging your most romantic self.
Dover Street Market on the East side at 160 Lexington Avenue is fabulous for their unique, yummy cafe and museum quality fashion including unusual people watching. Go there for a gallery experience that is heady, intellectual and otherworldly with Japanese overtones.
Bleeker Street in the West Village has Ulla Johnson, Marc Jacobs, Tomas Maier, Brunello Cucinelli, Albertine and Brit outpost Flat 128-- favorites for strolling in a mellow mood without crowds. The shady trees, historical architecture, groovy-chic cafes and local passerby's won't disappoint.
In Soho, pop in Alexander Wang, Isabel Marant, Acne, Saint Laurant and Balenciaga to see the coolest, most wearable NY looks for every occasion. To the East, Nolita is a treasure chest filled with vintage and niche boutiques waiting to be savored. I love Warm at 181 Mott Street and No.6. at 6 Centre Market Place.
The Lafayette Corridor, an area downtown that has wonderful places all on one street. Sant Ambroeus on Lafayette Street at Prince for lunch or a coffee break, McNally Jackson Bookshop also on Prince street, Matta, for a bohemian moment, Aurielle Biederman, for the best costume scarab jewelry, I Pezzi Dipinti at 270 Lafayette Street for sweaters, scarves and fur. And Clic Gallery for photography, candles, and special little finds.
In the East Village, XenoMania on 206 East Sixth Street has chic finds for the home – make sure you call first. Wednesdays thru Fridays 12pm to 7pm.