Think Pink with Alice Longyu Gao and PERICURA During NYFW

What better way to celebrate New York Fashion Week than to dress up and envelop yourself in pink, glitter and fur?  According to Juliet (whose favorite color is pink), there is no better way!  Upon entering this pink, pop-up paradise, created by Alice Longyu Gao, she declared that she “never wanted to leave.”  Can you see why?nyc art installation, nyc pop up, alice gao, pink room pink party, pink art, harajuku girl photo credit Lumia Nocito

And yes, we had to dress up to match the space and celebrate all things PINK! pink room pink art, nyc pop up, art installation, harajuku girl, harajuku party, Alice Longyu Gao

It was as if we were hanging out with Alice in wonderland – a wonderland, entitled PERICURA that the performance artist/DJ describes as being “deconstructed me.”  Loving girly glam myself, I felt quite at home amongst the glitter wall and thought the room was simply delightful! Rolling around on the pink shag carpeting, it was clear that Juliet felt quite at home too.  pink party, times square pop up, harajuku girl, cool nycThe sparkly room, inspired by beauty and instant photo booths from Japan, reminded us of our time exploring Harajuku, Japan an area and culture that Alice obviously subscribed to. 

The stunning installation was not just a piece of art turned selfie station though.  Special events and offerings included the reception party which we attended, DIY accessory making tutorials, celebrity hair styling by Kahh Spence from Kahh’s Shojo Manga Hair Station, 3D nail art by Mei Kawajiri of Mei’s Princess Nail Station, and Japaanese celebrity styling by Etsuna Otsuka of Etsuna’s Harajuku Apparel Atelier.  For schedule and pricing information, click here. 

harajuku style, harajuku fashion, harajuku art, harajuku girls, harajuku nyc, new york harajuku, alice gaoAlice enchanted us so much and was genuinely obsessed with her new little friend, Juliet that we reached out for a quick interview with questions compiled from both my little one and me.

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?s from Juliet


NAME and age? Alice Longyu Gao 23
HOW LONG DID THE ROOM TAKE TO SET UP?  Over a month

IS PINK YOUR FAVORITE COLOR?  I REALLY LIKE PINK.  I LIKE A LOT OF COLORS.  MY FAVORITE ALWAYS CHANGES.
DO YOU DRESS LIKE THAT EVERYDAY? (Juliet wishes she could dress like that everyday!) Yea!

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?s from me


HOW DID YOU COME UP WITH THE IDEA AND THE NAME OF THE INSTALLATION?   PERICURA demonstrates the universe in my head. PERICURA is my response to people—what made me to be this Alice, what I am into and inspired by. Most
importantly, I collect and transformed my knowledge and creativity via everything inside PERICURA. PERICURA as a whole, I did it for myself and it is for everybody to explore.  The name and the concept of making PERICURA is #MeAnimated. I am inspired by the
traditional Japanese photo machine—“Purikura”. I see people’s obsession towards those overly beautified photo strips across different cultures as an inspiration. So, I want to offer people an opportunity to experience alternative aesthetics in real life. For people to experience
PERICURA, I collaborated with hair looks and nail designs with Miho Kawajiri and Kahh Spence.

YOU SAY THE ROOM IS THE DECONSTRUCTED VERSION OF YOU.  IF YOU COULD DESCRIBE YOURSELF IN 3 WORDS, WHAT WOULD THEY BE?  Tender, Wacky and True
HOW LONG HAVE YOU DRESSED HARAJUKU STYLE?  WE LOVED SEEING ALL THE FASHIONS IN HARAJUKU, JAPAN.  Harajuku is a spirit that’s been with me since middle school
WHAT DO YOU HOPE GUESTS WILL TAKE AWAY FROM YOUR ART INSTALLATION? It is important to be bold and brave. Life is not worthy living if you are not trying to discover yourself
WHAT’s YOUR NEXT BIG PROJECT? I am working on my song right now, hoping to debut in Japan soon

 

THANK YOU to Alice for taking the time to answer our questions!  We loved your energy, passion for art, and cute sense of style!

There is still time to see the exhibit from 12noon-7pm today and tomorrow at the Moxy Times Square hotel.

485 7th Avenue
New York
10018

 

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NYC’s Most Instagram-able Bucket LIst To Check Off Before the New Year

Wanna add some unique pics to your Instagram feed while traveling through NY but don’t want to limit your travel shots to the same, traditional stuff that everyone else expects from New York?  Or have you already seen all the classic Christmas hot spots and are now looking for something new and cool?  Well either way, you’ve come to the right place because here is a list of the top 5 spots in NY you won’t want to miss!  Plus I’ve packed in all the insider info. you’ll need!

  1. Yankee Candle Pop-Up yankee candle, soho pop up, nyc pop up, instragmable nyc

    WHAT:  It’s a fragrant pop-up that allows you to personalize a candle with your own photo, shop their entire collection and take selfies at 4 photogenic areas.  WHERE:  503 Broadway between Broome and Spring across from Zara.  WHEN:  until January 3, 2018 from 10 a.m. until 9 p.m. on Monday through Saturday and open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sundays.  TIP:  Study other people’s poses for the upside down room so you can best plan out your shot by researching the hashtag.  It’s a bit of a mind warp when you arrive and have just minutes to take the perfect shot and you’ll want to use your limited time wisely.  Click here for more info.  And make sure to have a high-res photo that you love and want to personalize your candle with on your phone.  They’ll ask you to email it to them and staffers on-site will walk you through the fun process of creating this cute gift idea for yourself or a loved one.  HASHTAG:  #candlepowernyc

  2. Google Pop – Up made by google, nyc most instagramable, nyc photo opps, ball pit

    What: a branded pop -up where you can play, shop and explore all things Google.  Highlights include a psychedelic photo station, virtual reality experience and an all-white ball pit pitched as a snowglobe that you get to play in!  WHERE: 110 5th Ave, (between 16th and 17th streets)   WHEN:  10am-8pm everyday  HASHTAG: #googlepopup  TIP:go after 6:30pm on a weekday to avoid the lines.  And if you have a furry friend, go this Saturday from 1-3pm for a photo of your special pet turned into custom gift wrap!  Click here for more details!

  3. Gingerbread House and Flatiron Art iconic nyc, iconic new york, flatiron building

    Within close walking distance to the Google Pop-up are two must-see stops in the neighborhood.  Take a picture with “Flatiron Reflection,” the shimmering, artsy tubes in front of the iconic FlatIron Building,  WHERE: North Flatiron Public Plaza at the intersection of Broadway, Fifth Avenue, and 23rd Street.  Nearby at Madison Square Park across the street, go find the Gingerbread House. WHAT:  a life sized, super-sweet gingerbread house featuring a real gummy bear wreath, a marshmallow snowman, and a gingerbread man (found on videotape (inside) all created by magazine, “Taste of Home.”  Being that it is set against the backdrop of a gorgeously lit Christmas tree and New York’s skyline, it makes for a stunning photo opp in the city.  WHEN:  Flatiron Reflection will be open to the public everyday through Jan 1 and the gingerbread house will be around through December 20.  If you want to go inside, the house is open 2-8 p.m. during the week and noon-8 p.m. on weekends through Dec. 20. HASHTAG:  #gingerbreadBLVD  TIP:  if it’s cold and there is a line, just opt to take pictures towards the back of the house and you won’t be missing much!gingerbread house, gingerbread house nyc, life sized gingerbread house, Bucket list to check off, nyc instagramable, nyc popup

  4. Festival of Life david zwirner gallery, david zwirner, yayoi, japanese artist, instagramable ny

    WHAT:  Modern artist Yayoi Kusama from Japan has brought her famously colorful modern art to Chelsea and has been received with 2-4 hour long lines it is so popular! People are even creating custom clothes to match her art to optimize the Instagram-able opportunity! You’ll see sixty-six paintings from her iconic My Eternal Soul series, new large-scale flower sculptures, a polka-dotted environment, and two Infinity Mirror Rooms.  WHEN: only open until the 16th until 6pm everyday.  WHERE:  525 AND 533 W 19th st. (2 gallery spaces at David Zwirner Galleries)  HASHTAG:  #festivaloflife  TIP: expect to wait  2 – 4 hours to enter into the exhibition. If the wait time exceeds 2 hours, they will post an update with the estimated wait time on @davidzwirner Twitter and Instagram Stories.  When wait times are 4 hours or longer, the line closures may occur as early as 2PM.  Flash photography, video cameras, tripods, and selfie sticks are strictly prohibited. Visitors may take photographs without flash.  Note that the gallery does not have public restrooms!  For more info click here.

  5. Louis Vuitton’s Volez, Voguez, Voyagez louis vuitton exhibit, bucket list to check off

    WHAT: If you like fashion, or enjoy history, this Monogrammed exhibit is not to be missed!  It retraces the brand’s heritage and follows its founders giving you a deeper appreciation of the iconic luxury brand while sending you down a fashionable path prompting endless poses.   WHERE:   86 Trinity Pl, in the Financial District  WHEN:  until January 7th, 10am-8pm Mon-Sat. 11am-7pm Sundays, limited hours on Christmas Eve, NYE and New Year’s day (check website for details).   TIP:  Book Reservations to minimize entry wait time.  Check website for guided tour times.  Audio tours are also available in English,s most Spanish and Chinese. Visitors with tickets will be given priority over ‘Walk-ins’

So which one of these Instagram-able options most interests YOU?  And if you’ve already been to one of these, what is YOUR best tip? I’d love to know – leave a comment below!

 

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