September 1 2014

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12 posts tagged "Recessionista"

Recessionista: A Stephen Jones-Inspired Paper Hat


What: A paper hat from the newspaper of your choice, made by you.

Why: The Guardian has an interview with master hatmaker Stephen Jones today, who, besides providing headgear for Rei Kawakubo and John Galliano, has outfitted plenty a posh head in his day—Gwen Stefani, Beyoncé Knowles, Dita Von Teese, etc. The accompanying DIY video got us thinking: Why should good millinery be the first thing to go in a down economy? We can’t think of anything more uplifting than a beau chapeau. And plus, did you see the fringe on this thing?

Where: At the bodega nearest you.

How: Watch the clip.



Recessionista: The Laptop Yoga Retreat


What: The good people behind website Yoga Today, based in scenic Jackson Hole, offer a new one-hour yoga class every day at a very nice price: free. This week’s innovative offerings include “Yoga for Skiers and Snowboarders” and “A Connection Between Star Wars and Yoga.” However, I’ve got my eye on “Energizing the Body, Relieving Fatigue.” The Grand Tetons soaring majestically in the background are a nice touch.

Why: Because since having my first baby in April, my two-times-a-week yoga practice has been all but obliterated. It’s been five months since I’ve stepped foot in a studio.

Where: At, streaming on my laptop every Saturday morning when the babe and his daddy are at swimming lessons.

Photo: Courtesy of Yoga Today

Recessionista: Waris Advocates Celluloid Escape


What: The double- (and occasionally triple) features at independent downtown theater Film Forum.

Why: “For economically restrained times, there’s no better escape than cinema,” says jewelry designer and actor Waris Ahluwalia. “Film Forum sometimes presents double features, meaning one admission entitles you to see two films. Go ahead. Take a day off. Tell your boss I said it was OK.”

Where: $11; Film Forum, 209 W. Houston St., (212) 727-8110.

Photo: Photo: David X. Prutting/Patrick McMullan

Recessionista: Your Closet Vs. Barneys


I can’t remember exactly how or when I first heard the phrase “shop your closet” (it was relatively recently), but it’s becoming an increasingly common part of my fashion writerly patois. The expression refers to the practice of diving deep into your closet, storage space, or perhaps parents’ basement to uncover your own fabulous clothing from seasons past—so long past, in fact, that they somehow feel new. It was the subject of Bill Cunningham’s “On the Street” audio slideshow yesterday titled “The Keepers.” (If you haven’t experienced one of these, I suggest doing so soon. You’ll fall into deeper love with the O.S.—Original Sartorialist, natch.) Cunningham tracked one woman who dug into her expansive armoire and revived a series of fabulous coats. She was clearly once a world-class shopper—which seems to be a necessity in making this a successful phenomenon. But we all probably have something hidden away that deserves to see the light of day. I, for one, have a black Helmut Lang coat from 2002 with a knit hood (pictured here on a fresh-faced young girl named Erin Wasson) that’s both superwarm and chic and makes me wonder why I ever put it away. Actually, those old Helmut goodies really stand the test of time. My closet “purchases” so far also include a fantastic slouchy pair of Helmut Lang pants that I tweaked slightly, having my tailor cuff them to an slightly more au courant above the ankle length. And a taupe wool double-breasted Louis Vuitton coat from 2000 that was an assistant-era splurge may well show up in 2009, too. What are you going to “buy” from your closet? Tell us what you think is worthy of revival—and what no one should bother dusting off.

Recessionista: Vanessa Seward’s Urban Obsession


What: The secretly very excellent selection of costume jewelry at Urban Outfitters, including this metal mesh bow necklace, which Azzaro designer Vanessa Seward picked up on her last trip to the States.

Why: “I fell in love with the necklace,” says Seward. “It’s very Azzaro—discreet and chic at the same time. Whenever I’m in the States, I always shop at Urban Outfitters. My team are all big fans too.”

Where: $28, available at an Urban Outfitters near you or