It’s hard to find anything wrong with a parade float featuring vibrantly colorful sculptures of tropical fish, penguins and Shamu the killer whale. Then again, that’s what we have PETA for.
Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, traditionally controversy-free event, has incited the ire of PETA and friends, who have found issue with SeaWorld’s “A Sea of Read More
They say that everyone loves a parade but I’m guessing the people who say that don’t own property near the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade route. Honestly, parades are the worst. Read More
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The outside general counsel for the National Urban League has denied a rumor that Macy’s was heading to a 400,000-square-foot site owned by the Empire State Development Corporation on 125th Street in Harlem.
NY1 was the first to report earlier this morning that the massive department store chain was expanding to the storied uptown boulevard. The plan angered some locals, who said that the store would displace independent businesses–many of them minority-owned–in the historically black neighborhood. That article is currently not available online.
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New York Times metro editor Wendell Jamieson said he was “surprised they took such a personal swipe” after reading yesterday’s editorial in the Daily News, which slammed the Times for not promptly covering the story of racial profiling at Macy’s and Barneys that the tabloid has been pushing since last week.
The Daily News has thrown its editorial weight behind a new cause: racial discrimination of shoppers.
The paper, which strongly defends the NYPD stop-and-frisk tactic also accused by critics as profiling, has taken an unmistakable position of outrage.
Amidst the chicest clubs and restaurants of New York City’s Meatpacking District sits the bright pink home of an even bigger trend. Blow, situated at 342 West 14th Street, is just one of the many essential blow-out stops getting penciled into the overflowing schedules of Gotham’s hippest women. Blow-dry bars are taking the wash, cut, color and style hair-salon cycle to a one-stop, celeb-worthy style service.
“In New York City, there is always an occasion for a blowout,” Diana Pratasiewicz, a manager at Blow, says above the roar of blow driers and quaint music. “Whether it’s an important meeting, or you’re not feeling so great and you just want to give yourself an instant makeover, or it’s an event with the girls.” Put simply, there’s never a not good time for a blowout, except possibly when you’ve just had one.
It’s pretty common for social media managers to embarrass their employers by forgetting to cancel pre-scheduled tweets during national tragedies, and heaven knows targeted online advertising has embarrassed more than one brand. But what about old-fashioned newsprint? Doesn’t someone scan the ads for blunders? Apparently not.
Behold, an advertisement squirreled away in the corner of today’s Daily News: Macy’s is advertising a special 50-percent-off discount on a Casa Essentials pressure cooker.
Pressure cookers have been in the news this week, because that’s what the perpetrators used in Monday’s Boston Marathon bombing. That’s actually one of the few things we do know about the case.
The Eight-Day Week
Moving through Midtown Manhattan on a summer afternoon with Maryam Basir was an opportunity to walk a few blocks in someone else’s shoes—in this case, peep-toe oxford platforms with five-and-a-half-inch heels. As she passed down 38th Street on the way to a casting call, she carried a rolled-up yoga mat and pulled a small suitcase containing three changes of clothing. Men swiveled their heads for a second look. Women gave her outfit—sheer white long-sleeve blouse, spangled black bow tie, coral shorts—appraising glances. She didn’t seem to notice.
“Among young models, Maryam stands out,” said Scott Wojcik, a casting director who hired her for DSW’s national advertising campaign. “There are two kinds of models, ‘relatable’ and ‘aspirational.’ Maryam is both. That’s extremely rare.”
After the Runway
The era of the department store may be nearing its end, thanks to the rise of online commerce, but let’s focus on what they can fly overhead one day a year, not their high overhead on the other 364. Macy’s, per Thanksgiving tradition, celebrates the holiday with balloons of Hello Kitty, SpongeBob SquarePants and Spider-Man, Read More
As New York shovels up the Fashion Week embers around town after the onslaught, The Observer still has a few loose ends. One thing we wanted to know in all the ruckus was how the new comers had fared.
Kara Laricks, the winner of NBC reality show Fashion Star, is certainly a new face in the crowded sea of designers. Under the tutelage design mentors Jessica Simpson, John Varvatos and Nicole Richie, Ms. Laricks convinced the buyers’ judging panel from H&M, Macy’s and Saks Fifth Avenue that her creations were worthy of the $6m capsule collection award. The show was a hit: Nielsen TV Ratings Data reported 4.81 million viewers for the finale, and NBC has already renewed Fashion Star for a second season and begun casting. We caught up with Ms. Laricks after her first presentation at Runway@Pier 57 last week to get all the buzz about her début. Were her masculine-feminine-meets-1920s-Japanese matchbox looks a triumph or did she she fall flat?
What did it feel like to finally present your first bona fide fashion week presentation?
I felt vulnerable! In the past, if my collection was not well received, I was under the protective wing of The Academy of Art University, NBC, Saks Fifth Avenue, Macy’s, H&M … this time, the pressure was all on me. However, there was never any question as to whether or not I would continue designing post Fashion Star and I knew “sticking my neck out there” would be worth the risk no matter what the response. Now that my first collection has been shown at New York fashion week and the reviews are rolling in, I feel exhilarated, proud and accomplished. Can’t wait for the next!