“When I’m dead and gone, people will know that the twenty-first century was started by Alexander McQueen.”
- Alexander McQueen
If this quote seems outrageous upon reading, it will seem less so after seeing "Savage Beauty," the Alexander McQueen exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Tailor, designer, artist: McQueen's works were inspired by everything from Flemish masters, to gospel singing, to Surrealism, to Scottish history. In the exhibit you'll see dresses made of razor clams, jackets with antelope horns sprouting from the shoulders, epaulettes made of vulture skulls, and angel wings made out of balsa wood...to name a few. But what's most striking is how McQueen is able to make his fashion feel personal. Each dress and every headpiece was a mode of self-expression and self-discovery, so that you leave the show not only feeling that you've seen works of art, but also the artist.
If that didn't convinced you, maybe these pictures will...
“I’m not big on women looking naïve. There is a hidden agenda in the fragility of romance.”
“We’re not talking about models’ feelings here. We’re talking about mine.”
"I oscillate between life and death, happiness and sadness, good and evil."
Check out this video, shown in the exhibit, of a McQueen dress being created.
And if you can't see the exhibit (open through August 7th), check out this video tour!
SoulCycle is loving the new HUGO album "Old Tyme Religion." Louise, Kym and Clare have been been playing Hugo songs in their classes for months, especially 99 Problems, Bread & Butter (seen below) and, one of Clare's current favorites, Hurt Makes It Beautiful. Check out their performance on Letterman and their new album here!!
SoulCycle’s favorite art project of the moment comes from an unlikely source. On October 7th, LEVI'S (that's right, the jeans company) opened a ten-week photography workshop in Soho in the former Deitch Gallery. Coming off the heels of their print studio in San Francisco, the NY workshop is dedicated to “the democratic nature of photography and how it's interwoven into everything in the city.”
Roadways are the new runways for these style-obsessed cyclists, their bikes no mere conveyance but a racy adjunct to their look. More than a few are infusing what used to be an athletic, or purely practical, pursuit with eye-catching glamour and sex appeal. merchants.
- Via New York TImes
SoulCycle is all for the new trend of fashionable bike riders in NYC. Cycling is the healthiest way to get from point A to point B and if you can look good while doing it, all the better!
So for those of you who are looking for a set of wheels that's as fashionable as it is functional, we suggest taking a look at HUB (Hudson Urban Bicycle) in the west village and Adeline Adeline TriBeCa. The bikes are so pretty, you might be tempted to put them on your wall. And with the limited storage space in NY, you just might have to.
HUB (Hudson Urban Bicycle)
Our favorite bike accessory of the week! CyFi lets you make a playlist and hit the road, Soul-style. Just don't try to do push-ups on the handlebars. Some things are better left indoors.
For the cyclist who has everything, here’s the CyFi ($100), a compact speaker that fastens to handlebars (or backpack strap, or stroller). Your phone or music player, nestled in your pocket, transmits music to the speaker wirelessly as you ride along. The company argues that listening this way is safer than wearing earbuds. Considering its tiny size — the sound is surprisingly full.
-- via New York Times
Bike blocking your hallway? Books cluttering your coffee table? Or, better yet, looking for something sheik to decorate your wall? Kill three birds with one stone with the best looking bike shelf around! Sold at Knife and Saw.
Kid Rx offers flavored prescriptions and old-fashioned customer service. Once you try them, you'll never want to use another pharmacy again.
Introducing MESS KOLLECTIVE: The fastest delivery service in NYC.
The Mess Kollective reminds us how small this island really is. Owned and operated by bike messengers (many of whom are pro-cyclists), Mess Kollective promises to transport “anything that fits in our bag” within “15-20 minutes of scary fast speed.”
It’s happened to the best of us. You emerge from your spin class, walk down the street, and ride the subway home only to find that you’ve been sporting raccoon eyes, courtesy of your mascara. That’s why SoulCycle loves Imju Fiberwig mascara. The Japanese brand (famous for its lash-lengthening abilities) is resistant to oil, sweat and tears. A mascara that you can wear to work and a Laurie Cole class?
I think we're in love.