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The Tents: New York Fashion Week, Parte Deux

The fashion, styling and off-the-wall beauty tips have magazine editors swooning, but being a spectator at fashion week is all about the show: lights, cameras and music.

Sam Ronson DJs the Charlotte Ronson Fall 2011 show at New York Fashion WeekSam Ronson, Charlotte’s sister, is famous all on her own for her skills with a turntable. Her best move? When a model with hot pink hair emerged from the backdrop, she made the seats shake with The Strokes’ first single from their new album. The song, “Under Cover of Darkness,” was released February 9th.

And then there are the bloggers.

Adryan and Bryan Boy at New York Fashion Week, Fall 2011

Bloggers are always happy to strike a pose. Bryan Boy (left, obviously) is pictured with my fashion week date, Adryan of La Bird Boheme, by Tara for TKGO

Yes, bloggers. Bryan Boy, who splits his time between New York and the Philippines, found himself with front row tickets to multiple shows, including Charlotte Ronson’s. His neon lime green fedora and matching fluorescent lime green fur anklets may have been photographed as frequently as what was actually on the runway.

The sponsors were equally flashy. To promote the new Pepsi Slim, Pepsi built a bar in the middle of The Tents to hand out samples and erected seven-foot aluminum high heeled shoes around the courtyard to amuse anyone waiting in lines.

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The Tents: New York Fashion Week, Parte Un

New York Fashion Week Fall 2011 Charlotte Ronson

As you enter Lincoln Center on your way to New York Fashion Week, the first sign that greets you demands that you have an invitation to enter. The second sign (below the first) explains that by entering The Tents, you agree to allow anyone to take a photograph of you. These two notices exactly describe the people and the attitude you’ll find inside.

Charlotte Ronson makes her after-show appearance, New York Fashion Week Fall 2011

Charlotte Ronson makes her after-show appearance, New York Fashion Week Fall 2011, by Tara for TKGO

Designers, models, journalists, bloggers and rovers there for the free Kim Crawford wine in plastic stemless glasses meander around the lobby. Between glancing at their free copies of New York Magazine, Women’s Wear Daily and T Magazine and posing for photos, they’re kept busy until the next show begins (or they tire of the scene and leave).

Tickets are given to individual shows, so store buyers and the press attend the vast majority, while people like me and my friend Adryan (of the fashionable La Bird Boheme) scored tickets for one show. We stayed for two laps around The Tents stalking men in feathered hats before high-tailing it to a bar. Tres chic, I know.

Without further adieu, I give you a preview of the Fall 2011 collection from Charlotte Ronson. (Keep your eyes on the spectators. It’ll pay off, I promise.)

Charlotte Ronson Spring 2011 New York Fashion Week

Charlotte Ronson New York Fashion Week Fall 2011

And the finale…

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Come back Thursday for Parte Deux, featuring fashion blogger Bryan Boy in a neon lime fedora and a high heel made of Pepsi cans!

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What Argentines Love

Argentines do enjoy their red wine and steak. Many do tote around their mate gourds and thermoses and, for a night out, will mix up Fernet and Cokes. Perhaps a couple Argentines can slide through a few tango steps. Some of the stereotypes of this country can be true, same as for any other country or culture.

What I am always drawn to discovering when somewhere new is the more nuanced cultural affinities of the place; things beyond what first comes to mind when people hear the name of the city or country. They’re the tendencies and favorites that take some time to notice, and they’re often more insightful as to how people live their lives and what they enjoy than any stereotypes could be.

I’ve listed out some of what I find to be the most interesting, funny or unexpected Argentine favorites I have noticed over the course of my months in Buenos Aires. I’ve limited it mostly to physical objects, because I could go on forever about Argentine cultural phenomena, such as the proclivity to making and taking national holidays as much as possible, (ie: Immaculate Conception Day on December 8 when everyone puts up their Christmas trees) or the all-pervasive grungy look in vogue here right now.

rollerblading

Blissful in my first time in rollerblades in years; at Parque 3 de Febrero

The coolest, fittest way to get around is rollerblading. People rent blades for hour increments in parks, or strap on their own high-tech, aerodynamic pairs. Rollerblading lives far beyond the 90s in Buenos Aires, and I am definitely not too cool for it. One of my favorite Sundays in the city was spent blading laps around Parque 3 de Febrero.

tang

Tang, courtesy of Rejon on Flickr

Similarly, that crazy orange powder drink oh-so-inventively represented with an orangutan enjoys its popularity well past the ’90s in Buenos Aires. One common way to enjoy it is to pour it in with mate to cut the caffeinated drink’s bitterness.

stella artois

Stella Artois billboard at Humboldt and Paraguay, by Karina for TKGO

While we’re on the subject of drinks, people love their Stella here. Argentine beer Quilmes is a prideful favorite, but imbibers who want to take their drinking a step classier go for the Stella.

delivery

Volta helado delivery, by Karina for TKGO

Want to stock your departamento with Stella but couldn’t get to a market to pick some up for the night? Call delivery! Alcohol delivery, ice cream delivery, McDonald’s delivery, even one-cup-of-coffee delivery; it’s all coming right to your door.

wifi

Mama Racha, one of many Palermo establishments with free WiFi, by Karina for TKGO

Lacking WiFi (pronounced “wee-fee”) really undermines an establishment’s legitimacy, because in Buenos Aires the majority of all cafes, restaurants, bars and pretty much all enclosed indoor spaces, including the Buquebus station, offer free WiFi. I’m not sure why someone would go to a bar with a laptop, but the service is there—and not necessarily secure—if you want it.

speed

 

Speed Unlimited advertised at Club One, by Karina for TKGO

Back to the subject of drinks, Speed, an energy drink similar to Redbull or Rockstar, is a favored Argentine mixer. Speed with vodka is a frequently ordered drink for girls or guys, and people often order cans of speed with a bottle of champagne to mix together. (The champagne-Speed combination is a taste my friends and I are still trying to force ourselves to enjoy, but still just don’t understand.) Four Loko managers reading this, have you considered a foray into South America?

sushi

Kaiseki sushi, by Karina for TKGO

Sushi is so chic in Buenos Aires, just as it’s a ‘trendy’ food in many parts of the world. I am not much of an expert on sushi, but from what I have gathered from friends more knowledgeable in the field, it seems the sushi here is not all that inventive. Many of the more daring fish, like eel,  are missing from most menus, and for some reason, rolls with salmon almost always come with Philadelphia cream cheese. Still, you have plenty of options if you’re craving sushi in Buenos Aires, from the sleek SushiClub to one of the three delivery places on your block, like Kaiseki near my house and pictured above.

american skate and surf clothing brands

Billabong, courtesy of Karola Riegler photography on Flickr

Rip Curl, Billabong, Quiksilver and similar skate/surf clithing brands are everywhere, from the gyms to the clubs. Teenage boys through male 30-year-olds sport shirts with the brand names emblazoned on, usually accompanied with some artsy design.

American brands are pretty coveted in Argentina in general, as an iPhone (or any Mac product) is a status symbol and Nike sneakers are a must-have for many.

This could easily continue for paragraphs, to include things like rugby and field hockey (the former is one of the most popular sports for guys, the latter for girls), Mafalda, pool parties in the summertime and bands like Red Hot Chili Peppers, but for now my list of Argentine remains curated to the items above. Been in Buenos Aires and noticed something por todos lados you’ve found interesting? Please post it in the comments!

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Welcome to my Neighborhood

I currently am writing this post from Baraka, a bustling café in my current corner of the world, the neighborhood of Palermo. Palermo is one of the most populous and largest neighborhoods in Buenos Aires; it’s also considered one of the most well-to-do (especially the subsection of Palermo Chico) and trendiest areas. Parks and plazas, designer stores, restaurants with coveted dinner reservations, art galleries, boliches (clubs) with long lines and cafés prime for people-watching fill Palermo.

Map of Palermo, Buenos Aires

Photo courtesy of BuenosAires54.com

I technically live in the section of Palermo called Palermo Viejo; other bite-sized areas of the neighborhood include the aforementioned Palermo Chico, as well as Palermo Soho and Palermo Hollywood, the latter two of which are considered trend central. With all of the amenities, entertainment and happenings, it could be easy to get comfortable and never leave this neighborhood. It is important to remember Palermo is only one part of the city, something I hear even some locals who live here forget sometimes. Still, exploring the neighborhood is a must when visiting Buenos Aires, though any guidebook or recommendations from friends as far as shopping, dining and nightlife go will most likely lead you here at some point.

I’ve compiled a slideshow of photos I’ve taken (with the exception of the first map shot, of course) to introduce you to my new home zone, a lovely little place I’m still exploring street by street.

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What’s Next

A year has flown by since we started Tara and Karina Go Out! Thank you for reading, passing along our link and offering feedback. We appreciate it all immensely and have much planned for the future, including a redesign, city guide updates and, of course, plenty of excursions.

It’s about time we shared what’s going on in our post-college lives! You can expect plenty more from us on here, even though for now, we will be updating from separate hemispheres.

Tara

 

New York City skyline, by Karina for TKGO

 

It’s back to New York City for me! I’ll be exploring not only NYC, but also the world of social media consulting, from the helm (read: bottom of the totem pole) of an agency in Chelsea. Expect plenty of city guide updates while I’m here — the first round of which are already in the works — and frequent weekend jaunts toward fresh air. (I’m crossing my fingers for East Hampton, but I won’t turn down the beaches at Far Rockaway either. It’s getting cold too fast to be picky!) Drop me a line at Tara[at]TaraAndKarinaGoOut.com with recommendations and requests!

Karina

 

El Obelisco in La Plaza de la República, Buenos Aires, by Tara for TKGO

 

As of today, I am in Buenos Aires, Argentina. I’ll be spending some time living here, attempting to make my way as a freelance journalist and learning the city Tara lived in and loved. I am lucky to be living with a couple other recent American college grad expats, as well as to have our own city guide to go off when exploring. I will be posting updates and insights on TKGO, as well as a blog in the Huffington Post Travel section. (I’ll share the link here as soon as my first post is up!) In the meantime, please send me any Buenos Aires recommendations not yet included in our city guide and I’d love to check them out: Karina[at]TaraAndKarinaGoOut.com.

Welcome to the next phase of TKGO, now reporting from two major world cities. Happy New Year, from both of us!

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Italian Style Tips

When I wasn’t marveling at a picturesque piazza or impressive remnants of the Roman Empire while in Italy, I spent much of my time ogling and analyzing what Italians were wearing. Everywhere I visited, Italians had it: that fashion-forward yet seemingly effortless personal style.

I know I am one of many wannabe emulators of European — especially Italian — style, so I jotted down some observations while traveling and have attempted to pare them down into doable tips for all of us back home. I include myself in the “us,” seeing as I’m still working to incorporate much of the below into my closet. And I did leave out one wistfully obvious Italian style pointer: A Vespa is the ultimate accessory.

Colors

Much of the Italian wardrobe color palette is relatively subdued, but one of my favorite trends (which I saw mostly men working)  was a strong color pop, especially below. Red jeans, sapphire pants and the green trousers in the following photo made stylishly impressive statements. All the men rocking bold pants had it totally figured out, too, and kept the outfit’s other colors low-key.

 

I spotted this guy in Rome and loved his pants so much I stealthily shot a photo from across the street

 

Sunglasses

You don’t need to spend a ton of money — I doubt the majority of Italians do — but a stylish pair of sunglasses that fits your face and personal style goes a long way, especially for guys. In fact, being in Italy made me realize I see so few guys in the U.S. wearing non-sporty (aka Oakley-like) sunglasses. It’s a shame, because I largely credit fashionable shades for how put-together many Italian guys looked.

Sneakers

My non-workout sneaker collection is limited to a couple of predictable pairs, such as Converse. In Italy, however, people took sneakers to a new level. Stylish pairs were everywhere, especially on women. I loved the looks women were pulling off, like a pair of dark Pumas with a nice pair of jeans and a top they’d wear out at night. I’ve never seen sneakers look so dressy!

Tailoring

After my trip through Italy I’m convinced I’ll never wear pants right off the rack again. I saw too many people wearing pairs that fit them perfectly — pairs that must have been tailored — and it changed their look entirely. The truth is, clothes are made for a prototype size, and most people don’t fit that exact shape. I plan to start shopping for pant almost exclusively at stores with complimentary tailoring, such as Nordstrom and my personal favorite store, Uniqlo.

Investment Piece

Italians know their luxury style, from homegrown brands like Gucci and Salvatore Ferragamo to Prada and Furla. Even if your budget prevents you from outfitting fully in any of the aforementioned labels (I’m with you there), it pays to shell out for an investment piece. Perhaps it’s a well-crafted messenger bag or a sleek leather jacket you choose. As long as it’s versatile and classic, you’ll use it forever.

I’m still searching for my one investment piece, and I’m starting to think I might have to return to the markets of Florence for it. I’m OK with that!

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Chicago Fashion at NightWalk 2010

This past weekend I accompanied my friend Adryanna, fashion maven and blogger extraordinaire, to NightWalk 2010, the School of the Art Institute’s parade of student design talent. The event was held in the Modern Wing at the Art Institute, and the high-ceilinged, long space was ideal for the flashy runway event.

Though most regard New York City as the U.S. fashion capital, Chicago is a hotbed for design talent. The School of the Art Institute in particular is largely to credit for this nurturing atmosphere, and the SAIC design program counts Cynthia Rowley, Gary Graham (who was honored at the event) and Halston among its notable alumni. Most designers, however, choose to move elsewhere after graduation — particularly New York, but that’s another story. Regardless, many influential designers spend their formative years training and learning in the urban heart of the Midwest.

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Between the imaginative geometric getups and whimsical gowns that passed on the runway, I am confident I’ll be boasting, “I saw that designer at NightWalk 2010!” in a mere few years. Perhaps they’ll be the names of Bonnie Alayne, Robin Nygren and Shruti Kirti, who I jotted down as producing looks that wowed me most.

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