Jazz Age Lawn Party


This year marked the 9th anniversary of the Jazz Age Lawn Party on Governor’s Island, and my first time attending. The event, a prohibition era inspired celebration, was first conceived by composer Michael Arnella of (Michael Arnella and his Dreamland Orchestra) as a small gathering, and originally produced by Governor’s Island. However, after three years, Michael Arnella took the reigns and grew it into one of New York City’s most memorable and enjoyable annual summer events.

For $37.50, you gain general admission where you’re welcome to picnic on the lawn in style. But the celebration is more than just a throwback party which takes place two weekends a year. Michael Arnella, as well as all of the performers and vendors, pay homage to the era by being as accurate as possible in their delivery and execution of everything from the music they play to the food they serve. And while dressing in the period attire isn’t mandatory, floating through a sea of people who look like they’re headed to a speak easy, makes the pretend prohibition era feel that much more real and magical.

Jazz Age Lawn Party 2014 Waiting on Line to enter the main event area    Jazz Age Lawn Party 2014 Entrance to event

Jazz Age Lawn Party 2014: HBO's Boardwalk Empire sponsored stage with performers    Jazz Age Lawn Party 2014 pink entry bracelet


What “soft S&M” looks like on a guy

Edwing D’Angelo Fall 2012 Collection Presentation: Beauty Attack at the Waldorf Astoria – February 19, 2012.



The starting point in Edwing D’Angelo’s Fall 2012 presentation continues with his search for the ultimate tailoring collection, where the line between masculine and feminine disappears. They are intertwined so closely that is difficult to define if it is made for her or for him. But still each gender remains strong in its own traditional aesthetics. D’Angelo proposes that women wear clothing with men’s fabrics and men wear clothing with women’s traditional details like French lace trimmings and jumpsuits with superb cuts.

However, the collection gives us a twist when it applies S&M elements, which draw inspiration from the ‘80s punk with the ‘90s chic, maintaining balance of softness by imposing ‘50s details and cuts.