Trash or Treasure? Artist Created Roses Using Shirts

Over the last several years, New York–based artist Carlton Scott Sturgill has built an unusual collection of discarded Ralph Lauren shirts. But rather than dropping them at the nearest thrift store, he turned the haul into an eco-friendly project, creating realistic rose bushes at the Gowanus Canal in Brooklyn.

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Designed in collaboration with Arts Gowanus and the NY Department of Transportation, Carlton’s “faux garden” features pinstriped and brightly colored roses. The floral sculpture is a bit of a contrast with its surroundings at the canalwhich is famously known as an illegal garbage dumping ground. 

Now, I thought I was crafty when I turned a pair of old jeans into “jorts” last summer. After seeing this talented artist turn castoffs into works of art, I found some serious inspiration for my next DIY project. Watch out, Pinterest.

By Mairead McGonagle, Staff Writer

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October 20, 2014

Anna Wintour Answers 73 Questions in 5 Minutes

Vogue recently turned the camera on itself for the fifth edition of its “73 Questions” web series, asking Editor in Chief Anna Wintour a rapid-fire round of mind-probing inquiries. From Anna’s morning routine (5AM wake-up call, Starbucks in hand) to her biggest phobia (like many of us, it’s spiders), we get a personal peek at the famously guarded power player.

Among the predictable questions (Favorite flower? Tuberose.), there were plenty of style-related matters peppered in. The one word Anna wishes the industry would quit using? “Journey.” Thoughts on Brooklyn? “It’s the new Silicon Valley.” And contrary to the fashion stereotype, she would never be caught wearing head-to-toe black.

Spare five minutes this morning to see Anna answer the other 66 questions at vogue.com.

By Susie Kostaras, Associate Editor

What has you buzzing this morning? Tweet us at @ruelala.

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September 11, 2014

2014 Concert Preview: Justin Timberlake, John Legend, & More

Music is just better live. It’s a fact. And this year’s lineup at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center is the perfect opportunity to soak up all of that live-music goodness. Below, check out what’s in store for every genre.

2014 Barclays Center Schedule

John Legend – August
Head to Brooklyn on August 6 to hear this R & B singer croon “All of Me” (and more).

The Black Keys – September
Jam to this blues-rock duo’s hits, like “Howlin’ for You” and “Fever,” on September 23 or 24.

Justin Timberlake  December
On December 14, watch this pop icon rock your body (’til the break of day).

Elton John – December
Pop champagne as this British icon rings in 2015 with a nostalgic mix of old and new hits. 

Want tickets? We have something big in mind: suite seating for 16, complete with a $500 catering credit and parking.

Our Justin Timberlake Boutique is open now. The Black Keys: Suite for 16 at Barclays Center Boutique opens Tuesday, July 1, at 11AM ET, John Legend on July 2, and Elton John on July 3.

By Emily Ketterer, Staff Writer 

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June 30, 2014

Eye on Design: One-on-One with Workstead

Facebook. Natalie Portman. Wythe HotelBarneys CO-OP. Not only are these all infinitely cool (and a few of our favorite) things – they just so happen to be a small sampling of Brooklyn design firm Workstead‘s exceptionally prestigious (and rapidly expanding) roll call of clients.

Founded in 2009 by husband-and-wife team Stefanie Brechbuehler and Robert Andrew Highsmith – and joined by Ryan Mahoney – Workstead has quickly made a name for itself as an architectural and interior design powerhouse, with its reach extending across the U.S. to, literally, the other side of the globe (they’re involved in the design of the Levi’s flagship store in Tokyo). The oh-so of-the-moment Wythe Hotel in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, for example? Its entirely one-of-a-kind public spaces (The Ides bar included) were all their designs. And then, there are their totally unique light fixtures – the Industrial Chandelier, for one – that grew so popular so fast, they’re now sold in shops throughout New York City and Los Angeles (and, luckily for us, online).

We sat down with Stefanie for more on Workstead’s aesthetic, the firm’s trip to the top, and how exactly those amazing light fixtures came about (hint: utter necessity).

RLL: First off – we love your firm’s name. How’d you come up with it?

Stefanie: One night, we were eating dinner at Vinegar Hill House in Brooklyn, and their menu included a Farmstead cheese platter. I just loved that word, and mentioned it to Robert. I kept repeating it, then isolated the word “stead.” It felt like a very wholesome word, a word of depth and quality. He agreed. On a long road trip the next day, we passed time by thinking of words that would go with “stead.” Robert was the one who came up with “Work.” It was such an epiphany – we just loved it.  We then checked to see if the “.com” was available and, strangely, it was. Such a lucky thing, indeed…

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