New York City, one of the most populous cities in the world, exerts a significant impact upon culture, finance, commerce, entertainment, technology, art, and fashion. It was a great pleasure to journey here in summertime, endless interesting places to visit, lots of entertaining events, festivals, activities and more.
We took the chance to engage the most anticipating and inspiring annual exhibition in the fashion world, the Costume Institute exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the theme of this year is called Heavenly Bodies - a dialogue between fashion and medieval art to examine fashion's ongoing engagement with the devotional practices and traditions of Catholicism.
Throughout the galleries, you will find papal vestments shipped from the Vatican, religious artworks and couture pieces from the early twentieth century to contemporary haute-couture and ready-to-wear designs, including original pieces from Gianni Versace and Cristobal Balenciaga featuring Catholic iconography, also the most influential designers and fashion houses in the world: Chanel, Valentino, Yves Saint Laurent, Dolce & Gabbana, Lanvin, Christian Lacroix and Alexander McQueen.
Magical night views in Manhattan
New York is so fascinating, one of the reasons is its ethnic and cultural diversity and vibrant mix of world influences, with immigrants making up the majority of the residents in some neighborhoods, all five boroughs illustrate this melting pot through music, activities, shops and restaurants, and the most appealing part for us was being able to sample exotic cuisine and products!
Another exciting event that we attended was Macy's 4th of July fireworks. We decided to watch the show from Gantry Plaza State Park in Long Island City where we could have a panoramic view of the captivating Manhattan skyline. The venue was totally packed hours before the show started, but the overwhelming fireworks display was absolutely worth it!
Despite all the fun and pleasure, the main reason to travel to NYC is to visit AIMEEKU stockist in SoHo - Dreams On Air, such an adorned boutique store with vivacious representatives and acclaimed designer brands which is located on the absolute prime block with Chanel and Balmain luxury fashion shops.
Our last day in NYC happened to be Manhattanhenge which is a circumstance that occurs twice a year, during which the setting sun or the rising sun aligns perfectly with New York City’s street grid, creating a glow of light across Manhattan's brick and steel canyons. It's a pity that it was a cloudy evening, so we didn't capture a radiant sunlight, but still a beautiful memorable moment!
Frankfurt is the largest and the most important financial centre of the European continent. It is one of the few cities in Europe that has many high-rise buildings in the city centre, forming the Frankfurt skyline.
Before World War II, Frankfurt was globally known for its unique old town with medieval timber-framed buildings. The Römer area, the largest timber-framed old town in Europe, is popular with visitors and for events such as Christmas markets
With its Skyscrapers and well-preserved aged buildings, the new-meets-old, modern-meets-classic scenes are ofttimes seen in the street views of Frankfurt, this enchanting contrary assuredly enlivens many inspirations for art and design!
street views of Frankfurt
How can you not love the bohemian allure and fairytale features of Prague - a city that often appears on the list of must-see places in a lifetime. With the historic Bohemia region and unique medieval architecture, Prague is inscribed in the World Heritage List.
unique decorations inside a Bohemian cuisine restaurant
In addition to the romantic atmosphere, the beauty of Prague is also involved in the most pristine and varied collections of architecture, from Romanesque, Gothic to Renaissance, Baroque and Rococo. The historical center of Prague, the Old Town district is a must visit area.
fascinating medieval buildings and street views in Prague
romantic night view
Strolling across Charles Bridge is the favorite activity for tourists in Prague. Accompanying with the exotic scenery, Baroque statues on both sides, the monumental Gothic towers at both of its ends, and the fairytalelike silhouette of Prague Castle in the background, the bridge itself is an open-air gallery, with no doubt that it is one of the most beautiful places in Europe.
day and night view from Charles Bridge
According to the Guinness Book of Records, Prague Castle is the largest ancient castle in the world, since the 9th century, it has been a seat of power for kings of Bohemia, Holy Roman emperors, and presidents of Czechoslovakia and now the official residence of the President of the Czech Republic.
The Berlin Wall, constructed by the German Democratic Republic (East Germany), was a barrier that divided Germany from 1961 to 1989. During the post-World War II period, the Berlin Wall came to symbolize the "Iron Curtain" that separated Western Europe and the Eastern Bloc during the Cold War.
In the 1980s, graffiting on the wall became popular for artists from all over the world, the Berlin Wall turned into the largest canvas in the world. The East Side Gallery consists of 105 paintings by artists throughout the world, French artist, Thierry Noir, who is claimed to be the first street artist to paint the Berlin Wall while many of the artworks were not claimed by artists and remain anonymous.
The fall of the Berlin Wall began the evening of 9 November 1989, more than 2 million people from East Berlin visited West Berlin that weekend to participate in a celebration that was, one journalist wrote, “the greatest street party in the history of the world.”
After the collapse of the Berlin Wall, the graffiti artists marched straight into East Germany, all of the areas that the military had occupied became a new playground for the Western artists and a new world for the Eastern artists who joined them, from then, the development of the Berlin street art has started and it has also become a place where tourists would go and admire the artwork.
Berlin street art scene
Louis Vuitton, one of the world's leading international fashion houses and most valuable luxury brands, presents the exhibition “Volez, Voguez, Voyagez - Louis Vuitton” at the Grand Palais, Paris, which retraces Louis Vuitton’s great journey from 1854 till today.
The Louis Vuitton label was founded in 1854 on Rue Neuve des Capucines in Paris, France, which introduced the first flat-bottom trunks with Trianon canvas, making them lightweight and airtight that allowed the ability to stack with ease for voyages.
One of the most fascinating parts of the exhibition is the decorations and installations are inspired by Louis Vuitton's past and present collections, which makes it feel like a time tunnel that travels from the past to the future. Let's continue to break it down for y'all!
This section of the exhibition was decorated as in a cabin of a moving train which reminds us Louis Vuitton's advertising campaigns of Fall/Winter 2012
The avion scene is a deja-vu of the 2010 advertising campaign featuring Bono and his wife Ali Hewson.
The theme of this section is "Celebrities' Life", it manifests glamour Hollywood celebrities traveling with Louis Vuitton trunks, cosmetic cases and costumes which seems to be a beautiful reflection of Fall/Winter 2010 collection.
This desert venue at the exhibition makes the Spring/Summer 2004 advertising campaigns come alive!
And there's also a section to demonstrates the delicate craftsmanship of Louis Vuitton.
Since we attended the Louis Vuitton exhibition in Paris, we certainly couldn't miss to visit Louis Vuitton Foundation in the 16th arrondissement of Paris. Louis Vuitton Foundation is an art museum and cultural center sponsored by the group LVMH, the unique asymmetry building was designed by the architect Frank Gehry, started in 2006 and has been completed and opened in October 2014.
Another thing can't be missed in Paris - beautiful sunset by Tour Eiffel, ultimate romance!