We’re pretty excited at Babesta as we are starting to settle into our new office! There are desks, new flor tiles, orange and grey paper storage/filing bins and even an architectural archway that has been painted underneath with totally groovy dry-erase paint. It’s still a bit of a work in progress but we’re nearly there! A tiny peek: More pictures coming soon!
I’m totally psyched to have Tannhauser in the house! These awesome grey and neon green clogs had me doing backflips when I first saw them. I remember having clogs as a kid – there is just something about the retro slip on that rocks & with the day glo detailing, well, we’re sold.
Dig em? Come in to see ‘if the shoe fits…’ These will start in the store before they hit our site, so either pop in or give us a buzz if you can’t live without! 212 608 4522 / Babesta 66 West Broadway NYC.
I was pretty psyched this past weekend to bring the girls to the Claes Oldenburg exhibit at the MOMA. After a failed attempt at culture at the New Museum (the 90s exhibit is interesting, but definitely, definitely not for kids), we made a plan for the MOMA (with my older grinning, “Are you sure it’s going to be appropriate, mom?”).
We started on the 2nd floor with the Mouse Museum and Ray Gun Wing. Big black distorted Mickey silhouette shaped mouse walk-in traps housed a combo of knick knacks and art experiments, blurring the line between art and tchotchkes. The second “trap”, Ray Gun featured 253 “ray guns” fashioned from combs, water guns and even bent nails that replicated the basic shape. The girls loved both for their cave-like appeal and the unexpected every-day objects and foodstuffs within.
Then we moved to the 6th floor and checked out “Street” and “Store,” Oldenburg’s other two collections. It’s pretty cool that the artist ran a LES “store” in the early 70’s that sold these art pieces that mimicked comestibles and clothing and storefront fare. Most memorable of course are the slightly deflated bean-baggish hamburger and ice cream cone. I recalled the Whitney Museum a few years ago, which also showed this artist, where I had to grab my little one and carry her out of the room as flailing for the giant “art” French fries. Now old enough to keep presence of mind while face to face with giant hamburgers, I assured them that their compulsions were very normal—surely everyone in the room, me included, desperately wanted to sink into the burger like the world’s most comfy chair.
A little bit of yummy culture at the MOMA
But resisting the call of food was short lived, and we soon found ourselves at the street hot dog vendor outside before heading home.
As a former metal head (if you blur the line at Bon Jovi, Poison and Cinderella), I got a kick out of today’s culture spotlight on the front page of the WSJ. I guess it makes sense, as there are experts on everything, but there is something so compelling about the academic pursuit of heavy metal, and scholarly works about GWAR’s social context and significance. My heavy metal days, big hair and big crush on Axl Rose are behind me, unless and until, that is, I head to karaoke, where it all comes tumbling back like a badge of head-banging honor.
I’ve been watching the 80s on Nat Geo this week, with the girls. They loved to see the beginnings of Apple, and Steve Jobs’ vision in the early days (Funny that this is what they connect with!). I was moved by the Russian/U.S. “Miracle on Ice” and was stoked to watch the early days of Tony Hawk and the start of a skateboarding revolution. The 80s is definitely “my decade” –the one that influenced me the most for better & for worse . It occurred to me as I was watching, that I haven’t introduced A&C to the movies of the time. This week, my goal is to snap up Back to the Future and E.T., two of my absolute faves. I wonder how they’ll like them or if they’ll stack up to today’s blockbusters. Who can argue with a cell phone the size of a handbag and an alien who craves Reeses Pieces?
Ready to step back in time?: here’s the lineup – http://channel.nationalgeographic.com/channel/schedule/daily/?source=NavNGCHome and the site is full of 80s gems!
So I was lucky enough to go to F.I.T.’s 7th Annual Conference on Sustainable Design today and got to listen to D.J. Spooky speak about the his art and music exploring the intersection of urban culture and the environment; where nature, art and design converge. His new book, “The Book of Ice,” is based off of a 6 week trip he took to Antarctica where he was clearly struck by the vastness and the depth of “archival” material nature has provided. With a whirlwind of swipe (yes, lots of ice & penguins, photos, inspiration, movie clips & music, he danced around some very interesting topics. He even ’sampled the landscape’ using an algorithm based upon the fluctuation of temperature during his trip…
Part of what was interesting, especially for us city folk, is his demonstration that hip hop, traditionally urban, is affected by and is not worlds away from the natural world. At the end of his very interesting, pretty heady, a bit disjointed but definitely thought provoking presentation, he declared: “It’s the Era of the Remix.”
–>A Bob Dylan concert tee by Rowdy Sprout in front of a gorgeous deep green door surrounded with white stone detailing. That door opened when we were taking pictures. A sweet little dog emerged (accompanied by her owner) much to our delight! We know that petites chiens are the rock stars of the Parisian streets.
We just got back from a sojourn from the city–Spring break in Paris and the Loire valley. As I lived in Paris years ago, it’s held a big place in my heart and I was so excited to take the girls there. It’s a hoot to bring city kids to the country – There was a distinct topnote of Paris Hilton/Nicole Ritchie in their reaction to the natural creatures that live in the country and the unfamiliar environs.
Spilling out of the car, a Citroen Picasso that “fits 7″ (but Enterprise squished their face at us when they saw that we were not just 7 but were 7 with luggage! (mais non!)), the girls ran as fast as they could across the lawn toward two horses who were on the property. Out of the city they’re always blown away by the space and freedom.
Our “gite” was located outside of Tours – something I found on mrandmrssmith.com – which has some great properties especially nice for larger groups, and I highly recommend. It was a old French country house on a property with stables and a gorgeously dilapidated chateau that would be stunning renovated but was still beautiful. You could just imagine it in its heyday.
We made a fire every night in the fireplace and every day set off to the many chateaus in the area–gorgeous. We even went on a hike around the 500 acre property, wearing tall boots to protect against the mud, led by the property caretaker, an outdoorsman, and his dog “Escape” (who the girls fell in love with!)
On one of the days we took advantage of the property and snapped some pics with the latest collections.
–>The markets in France are chalk-full of fresh fruits and vegetables. I thought this Bobo Choses dress with leggings was adorable and really popped off the outbuilding behind. But then, again, she was drawn to the horses. Every girl wants a pony!
–>The geometric tee by Munster Kids with strong pastel colors felt right next to the chopped wood in every shape next to her. Although she looks like a homesteader staring off with deep thoughts of work and life, she’s really looking yonder at her favorite horse!
–>Lastly, both girls put on their furniture-tassel dresses by Mini Rodini - one in pink and one in green (which was topped with a opaque raincoat by A for Apple) and played at the once stately doorstep of the old, unkept chateau (and then all over the lawn, under the 200 year old trees, chased enthusiastically by Escape, the dog. The tassels conjured up the classical French furniture and tapestries that likely once dressed this grand estate.
I couldn’t get enough of all of the amazing styles and inspirational designs at Playtime NYC, which started yesterday. The trade show that attracts a host of domestic and international “indie” brands was held in the West Village, a hop and a skip from Petite Parade, Kids’ Fashion Week. Bouncing between the runway and the show, it was definitely a very fashionable kiddie weekend! Here’s a taste to whet the back to school appetite!
We’re super excited to welcome Nununu to the Babesta store! We love this brand with its bold stars and pops of neon. It’s perhaps the coolest layette I’ve found in a long time! The funky toddler styles, from tees and onesies to dresses and shrugs are amazing as well. Made in Israel. Shop Nununu here!