Burning Man is an annual gathering that takes place at Black Rock City—a temporary community erected in the Black Rock Desert in Nevada. The event is described as an experiment in community and art, influenced by 10 main principles, including "radical" inclusion, self-reliance and self-expression, as well as community cooperation, civic responsibility, gifting, decommodification, participation, immediacy and leaving no trace.
Just thought these images were incredibly interesting especially since they are not photoshopped!
Friday, September 23, 2016
Tuesday, September 20, 2016
Last weekend I was able to attend the acclaimed 29 Rooms, Refinery 29’s art and fashion interactive funhouse. My friends and I woke up early on a Sunday morning, grabbed our coffees and headed over, knowing that the wait time for the past two days of the exhibition had been on average 3-4 hours. This event is only open for 3 days, once a year, and is known for having the capability to take enough pictures to last your Instagram account for a year. Last year was the first year Refinery 29 created 29 Rooms, celebrating their 10-year anniversary, and there was less press about it but it was such a big turnout that they decided to make it 9 times bigger this year.
Arriving at 10 AM, for an opening at 12 PM, we sweated in the heat and distracted each other for 2 hours. Before the installation even opened they had to close the line because of the crowds. We were told that because of our promptness we would be included in the first wave of people allowed to enter the installation. As we were walking toward the entrance we saw rows and rows of people on line glaring at us, with the ominous sign next to them saying 7 HOURS WAIT AT THIS POINT. Ouch.
Monday, September 19, 2016
After losing someone she loved, artist Candy Chang painted the side of an abandoned house in her neighborhood in New Orleans with chalkboard paint and stenciled the sentence, “Before I die I want to _____.” Within a day of the wall’s completion, it was covered in colorful chalk dreams as neighbors stopped and reflected on their lives. Since then, more than 1,000 Before I Die walls have been created in over 70 countries and stenciled in over 35 languages by passionate people all over the world. Filled with hope, fear, humor, and heartbreak, Before I Die presents an intimate portrait of the dreams within our communities and a chance to ponder life’s ultimate question with the people around us.
My gravitation to this work (and works like this in particular) is solely due to its attempt in connecting a disconnected society through a common element (life/death/pain/success). Outside of the lens of our computer monitors, the more personalized guerilla-styled approach has always been the most influential to neighboring parties.
Thursday, September 15, 2016
Phyllis Korkki, an assignment editor at The New York Times, visited the garment district in Manhattan to interview designers as part of a story for the newspaper’s Snapchat account. Credit George Etheredge/The New York Times
How on earth did I become an “older worker?”
It was only a few years ago, it seems, that I set out to climb the ladder in my chosen field. That field happens to be journalism, but it shares many attributes with countless other workplaces. For instance, back when I was one of the youngest people in the room, I was helped by experienced elders who taught me the ropes.
Now, shockingly, I’m one of the elders. And I’ve watched my industry undergo significant change. That’s why I recently went searching for a young mentor — yes, a younger colleague to mentor me.
Friday, September 9, 2016
On Labor Day, I had the pleasure of seeing my favorite rapper, Kanye West, at Madison Square Garden. As my friends and I entered the arena, we saw the infamous floating stage (talked about on social media from previous shows) surrounded by theatrical smoke. As the stage descended for Kanye to climb onto it, the crowd's energy began building up more and more. During the show, the stage began moving across the crowd in the floor seating section. I have seen Kanye on his two previous tours, and in comparison, this show had the most simplistic production design. Usually, he is known for doing huge stage productions with an array of graphics: an outer space theme for his Glow in the Dark Tour and an elaborate mountain/Jesus theme for his Yeezus Tour. This time around, the only graphic elements were his illuminating stage, oscillating light fixtures (see video here), and TV screens that showed a somewhat distorted picture of him.
In a nutshell, the concert was an amazing experience.
(c) Britany Pratt, September 2016
Thursday, September 8, 2016
Remember when fashion was fun? Nowadays all the talk of show-now-shop-now-this and direct-to-consumer-that has threatened to sap whatever glamour New York Fashion Week had left. Then along came .
Tuesday, September 6, 2016
Style blogger-turned-lifestyle guru Chiara Ferragni is relaunching her website to reflect the multi-pronged, multi-million dollar business she has developed over the past seven years.