DIY or Die! Arrives at Milk Studios

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Thursday night a hip crowd of gallery spectators mixed and mingled amongst each other at the private preview party for the DIY or Die! exhibit that opens today at Milk Studios. The place was packed with a large assortment of characters– hipsters, Wall Street, fashionistas (some I’ve bumped into at Fashion Week), and skaters alike filled the room. Many stepped up their fashion A-game for the gallery opening night. Each person was interested in the punk to reggae vibe that the DIY or Die! exhibit was celebrating; the thumping DJ beats + open bar didn’t hurt either.

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The exhibition was a collection of record covers, fanzines, and posters that stand as a true testimony to the punk rock culture of “making it work” (thanks, Tim Gunn!), even if money is sparse. Bands would get friends and family to help put together their album covers. The blank canvas of a record sleeve had endless opportunities to be personalized and gave an opportunity to share their own individual voice to fans and the public. The show had pieces ranging from the late 1960’s when the punk scene exploded in New York’s gritty downtown, to present day art, curated by Johan Kugelberg, founder of Boo Hooray. It is a great show and was a unique, very New York experience! Click through the slideshow to see the party pics for yourself.

Pop in and check out DIY or DIE! HANDMADE ZINES, RECORD COVERS AND POSTERS FROM PUNK TO REGGAE on display at Milk Gallery from July 17 through August 10. After you go, stop by The Tippler for a sweet libation– it’s right across the street!

Trickponi Pop-Up Shop Hits the Bowery

Last night I was lucky enough to get a sneak peak of the Trickponi pop-up shop at the Open Gallery. Trickponi, a highly acclaimed fashion boutique that pops up in the Middle East seasonally, is launching its first-ever highly anticipated retail experience in the United States.

Today marks the opening day to shoppers for their goodies displayed at the Bowery in NYC. Founded by Sara Al-Ajroush, Trickponi  is showcasing Middle Eastern designers, such as Noura Al Shaik, LaSuna, Arwa Jewlery, and more, and New York based designers, such as Katie Gallagher, DEGEN among others, for a mix of fashion influences from across the globe. This East meets West experience is both eclectic and beautiful. The curated pieces of the event are perfectly on point, as it mixes whimsical designs, pretty prints, in addition to modern sleek cuts. There’s a little something for every woman in this quaint little venue.

My partner in crime, a.k.a. my roommate, joined me to discover the gems hidden around the store while we jammed out to the DJ’s music and sipped on champagne. Take a look through the pictures to see the treasures we discovered. Better yet, pop-in to the pop-up shop this week before it closes! Trickponi is open starting today (go now!) through April 27th at 355a Bowery (between 3rd and 4th street), NYC.

For a great meal afterwards, stop by Gemma at the Bowery Hotel which is right next door– the prosciutto pizza and tiramisu are to die for!