Having been home for the holidays and returning with a fashion and music fiend friend in tow has opened my eyes to the creativity that this city has to offer.
If you’re a musician, writer, actress, fashionista, artist or designer you’ve come to the right place.
Right below my apartment there’s a small art collective which is funded by the vintage clothes and accessories that they sell. They even have vintage Playboy magazines on sale.
Step a little further into the dark basement and there’s an art studio, a dark room and a stage/white screen for aspiring photographers and musicians. They have a Jeff Koons on the wall to inspire, a gallery night on Wednesdays and regular open mic nights where the talented, weird and wonderful gather to cheer each other on.
Where in Ireland would you ever find such a thing?
A few blocks away in Soho there’s a specialist bookstore that sells every art, architecture, fashion, and music magazine and book you can imagine. There’s no need to wait months to order in that book that you read a review about and just had to have. They will have it. Why? Because the demand for creative fuel is beyond anything you would experience at home.
When you step back onto the streets of Soho and stroll to the Lower East Side you will see both men and women wearing outfits exploding with expression.
My favorites have been a women in a huge orange hat that I would see fit only for ladies day at the Galway Races; a man in a big puffy full-length pink skirt; a girl wearing heels almost as tall as the length of her legs with nothing else but a long knitted sweater and of course all the hipsters with perfectly groomed hair and skinny jeans.
A trip to one of the many vintage stores on Orchard Street will inspire even the most unimaginative dresser to up their game.
The Irish like to do creativity on a more low key scale. Maybe it’s time to take a leaf from New York’s book on inspiring the creative arts.
Electric Picnic is a resounding success with its mix of mind, body and spirit in a creative hub for one weekend in the year and now it’s time to take it to the streets.