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Being a New Yorker is kind of like Fight Club. You don’t even have to talk about the sometimes-brutal nature of the best city in the world to a fellow subway straphanger, or sailor-mouth lady tossing back shots at the bar. Because we wear a certain look like a certified badge: “Oh, this shit again.” And, FYI, there’s no tapping out unless you plan on heading upstate for an extended vacay. 

As a fairly recent newcomer to NYC, artist Nathan Pyle observed the New Yorkers code and created a funny, informative series of GIFs, “NYC Basic Tips and Etiquette,” that describe the bizarre, albeit charming, bubble that is NYC living. We must confess, we too have gone "upstream" to get a cab.

 

Photo by: Gert & Uwe Tobias | Untitled (GUT/2055) 2012

One look at the artwork of Romanian-born twin brothers Gert and Uwe Tobias and we sense that they communicate via a secret code that no one else understands. And that’s what makes their huge paintings, woodcut prints, and drawings so captivating—a lush-colored folklore freak show of sharp, often symmetrical, graphics that meld the duo’s Transylvanian roots with deranged pop culture and sharp Constructivism.

Creepy ghouls with melting faces, jagged flowers, a color-blocked bed with a serrated saw wheel above—the works are slightly horrific, and yet utterly majestic. You can see all of these pieces and more at NYC’s Team Gallery where the Tobias’ exhibition, "Untitled ’13", runs through this Saturday, March 30 in both of Team’s gallery spaces.

Team Gallery: 83 Grand Street & 47 Wooster Street, New York, NY; Tue–Sat 10am–6pm

 

While gazing out of windows is considered much less creepy than gazing into windows, New York City-based graphic designer Jose Guizar has chosen the latter as a source of inspiration for his latest project. Part an ode to architecture and part a self-challenge to never stop looking up, Guizar’s "Windows of New York" project is a weekly illustrated fix for his growing—you guessed it—window obsession. “A product of countless steps of journey through the city streets, this is a collection of windows that somehow have caught my restless eye out from the never-ending buzz of the city,” explains Guizar. And while the designer has done an impressive job of illustrating the many windows of Manhattan, we’re hoping he’ll venture over to New York’s outer boroughs with the same amount of enthusiasm—and creepiness—in the weeks to come.

Oddly enough, it was a Chicago-based firm which issued the official Graphics Standards Manual for the New York City Subway system in 1970. The visual identity presented by Massimo Vignelli of Unimark International is in many minds the most iconic visual identity for a transit system in the world. Thanks to the efforts of Niko Skourtis, Jesse Reed, and Hamish Smyth the manual is now available to explore in digital form

The manual itself is small in stature, but exhaustive. It contains the elements you'd expect: the ubiquitous circular letters and numbers and nine chosen colors, but it also contains a few entries explaining Vignelli's beliefs about civic design. The best example is probably his "information tree," meant to simulate a rider's experience using the signage system. At the very top, Vignelli includes the surprisingly strict design guideline, "The subway rider should only be given information at the point of decision. Never before. Never after."

Learn more about Vignelli's vision at StandardsManual.com

Photo by: Hannah Thomson | Lauren Moffatt Fall 2013

Inspired by a recent trip to the Catskill Mountains, Lauren Moffatt’s Fall 2013 collection is a breath of fresh upstate air in the sea of bleak colors for which wintry season shows are typically known. We checked out Moffatt’s presentation at 94 Prince Street yesterday and felt as though we had just embarked on our first day of summer camp, or stumbled onto the set of Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom, in all its vintage, Kodachrome glory.

And now for the details:

The scene:

Models standing on large discs of lumber showcased Moffatt’s charming pieces—a quirky, indie touch that wasn't lost on us. A bearded musician sat in the corner of the room strumming an acoustic guitar. Next to him, a rustic wooden plaque engraved with Lauren’s name was mounted on the wall. The tiny space was packed with well-heeled editors, photographers, and likely a few downtown NYC socialites.

The collection:

Moffatt’s knack for pairing traditional silhouettes with intricate prints and patterns abounds. The dreamy, muted color palette is whimsical, with shocks of brightness sprinkled in to amp up the looks. Embroidered silk dresses, pintuck tops, chevron-striped dresses—even a gold sequin mini—are tempered by adorably cozy beanies and hand muffs, along with the occasional lantern. Can a tomboy be sophisticated? Absolutely.

Our favorites:

A chevron print mini-dress in red, white and blue, anchored by a navy coat with cream lapels. Incredibly feminine yet sensible, the look is comfy enough for an autumn night by the campfire.

A cream/navy pintuck top embellished with gold buttons, paired with silk floral pants. The effortless mix-and-match vibe is chic, yet restrained.

Hair/Makeup:

Simple vintage waves—so very Lauren Moffatt. Prim and charming, not prissy. The makeup? Barely there with a strong brow.  

Shoes:

Casual lace-up oxfords and ankle boots by Dieppa Restrepo in neutral tones of tan, cream, and gray looked polished yet practical.

Lauren Moffatt