Mic and Bianca Jagger at Studio 54, plunging necklines and suiting

Diana Ross at Studio 54, low plunging necklines and sparkly fabrics

Marc Jacobs FW 2012, same fabric as my final outcome

Waltz of the Flowers Costumes in motion, George Balanchine's The Nutcracker

Love locks in Soho

More layered stickers, Soho

Colorful lampost, Soho

Sunset over the Hudson and NYC, Le Bain at the Standard Hotel

Amazing political protest sticker against Trump spotted in Soho

Street art wall in pop up shop in Soho

Millenial pink cafe, Pietro Nolita

Great pink (slightly millenial) mural in NoLita

Millenial pink street art meets gritty NYC Chinatown

"Love and respect whichever sexuality, nationality, color, or religion people are"

Soho Audrey Hepburn

A common NYC sight: water vapor pipe linked to the subway system

Johannes Itten's Color Wheel

Andy Warhol, Calvin Klein, Brooke Shields, Steve Rubell at Studio 54 (1981)

Speculating about Studio 54 and Le Bain, NYC Nightlife Outposts

The mural of Andy Warhol on Spring street next to Sant Ambroeus Soho sparked the flame of interest towards Studio 54.

As I researched more, Studio 54 made perfect sense within the project context and provided some very good inspiration that informed my final outcome.

First of all, looking at the fashions worn by partiers at the club was so interesting, going from the exposed and plunging necklines, sparkly fabrics, carefree ensembles, smart tailoring for the men… All of these aspects came to into play with my jacket, going from the open front alluding to the women’s necklines, my fabric choice, the tailoring reminiscent of the men’s jackets…

Studio 54 exudes a feeling of mystery, at least nowadays, since the club does not exist anymore and was transformed into a theatre for Broadway productions. As someone who was born in 1998, I would have loved to attend a party here for one night- mingle amongst artists like Andy Warhol blending with normal people, wear a fun and carefree disco outfit for one night, listen to the amazing tunes, dance the night away, observe the promiscuous behaviors happening in the club like a sociologist taking field notes… The spirit is infectious.

Studio 54 also feels perfect within the context of visiting the rooftop of Le Bain at the Standard Hotel. In NO way is Le Bain Studio 54… But Le Bain is still an important outpost of today’s New York nightlife scene, and it exudes similar traits of promiscuity and late night drama that are associated with any night destination.  The walls by AIKO were such a fun treat (even fitting my color theme), and now I have researched more of her work and I am obsessed. And as always, the space itself is absolutely gorgeous and awe inspiring, with the sweeping views of the city that make you feel like the luckiest person in the city.

Marc Jacobs FW 2012, same fabric as my final outcome

About the Nutcracker

I spent my childhood performing all of the children’s roles in New York City Ballet’s Nutcracker as a young student at the School of American Ballet. This was honestly the most magical experience that every little girl dreams of when she goes to see the Nutcracker for the first time (this feeling happened to me, it is what inspired me to audition for SAB)

Hence, being in New York over the holidays always brings these childhood memories back to my mind… the 100+ performances, watching the show from the wings, knowing every step of every piece from the ballet, performing the adult roles in ballet school as I got older… Every ballet dancer can claim that whether we like it or not, The Nutcracker forms a part of our identity.

The costumes from the Waltz of the Flowers felt extremely fitting within the context of my project. The billowy and pleated fabric echoes the pleated silk appliqués that adorn the wrists and neckline of my jacket, and the colors feel perfectly tied to my final outcome and the research I picked up around the city. The performance aspect is also so intriguing to me, seeing how the fabric reacts to different body movements, becoming a performance in itself.

Waltz of the Flowers Costumes in motion, George Balanchine's The Nutcracker

More posters and stickers, Soho

Spreading love and positivity, Soho

Colorful lampost, Rodin's The Thinker, Soho

Pink sunset at Le Bain at the Standard Hotel

Raining love in Soho

Millennial pink bicycle, Soho

Predominance of millennial pink in NYC

Throughout my street art search in downtown NYC, different shades of dubbed “millennial pink” are extremely prevalent. Is it that artists, cafés, businesses are selecting to use this color due to its high traction on social media? I think yes answers this question to a large percentage.

But I cannot blame these people for this color usage- I personally am extremely attracted to these shades of pink, as pink has been my favorite color since I was little. These lighter shades of pink are not as offensive and in your face as say… a HOT pink from 2002 Juicy Couture tracksuit pants. This pink feels calming, yet bold and fun.

I collected traces of pink all throughout the city, and noticed this to a higher degree once I went through all of my photos; I actually did NOT go purposely searching for the color. The colors spoke to me through my photographic research process.

Artist painting over the pink mural !

AIKO mural on the walls of the staircase at Le Bain Rooftop, Standard Hotel

Colorful ATM, millenial pink making an appearance

Chance encounter with a polka dotted car in Soho

Katy Perry head interactive sculpture

Classic New York Corner in Little Italy

Pat Cleveland at Studio 54, fun and sparkly fabric

Partying at Studio 54, shiny and carefree outfits

Marc Jacobs FW 2012, same fabric as my final outcome

Waltz of the Flowers Costumes in motion, George Balanchine's The Nutcracker

Sharing knowledge, Soho

Sticker accumulation on door, Soho

Wonderful colored mural in Soho

Lift You Higher, Lower East Side

Sunset over NYC, Le Bain at the Standard Hotel

AIKO mural on the walls of the staircase at Le Bain Rooftop, Standard Hotel

Millenial pink exploited at ChaCha Matcha, Soho

Andy Warhol on Spring street next to Sant Ambroeus Soho

Millenial pink floors at Le Bain, Standard Hotel

Lombardi's Pizza, Soho- an iconic eatery

Psycho Roommate?

Johannes Itten and the Bauhaus

Johannes Itten pictured with his color wheel