Before it was Manhattan it was known as Manahatta to the Lenape. Unfortunately, what once meant land of many hills has since become a flatten grid filled with some of the tallest most expensive skyscrapers in the world. Now I’m not saying that what we have there now is not a wonder to behold especially when viewed from the neighboring land across the Hudson (I mean Scheyichbi, I’ll get to that later). I’m simply saying we should learn how things once were and how they got to be the way they are in the first place.
I have always had a fascination with rustic, vintage, and classic things. Things of old still with us are venerable and will typically outlast us. It is why I love vintage shops, rustic environments and why I chose the South Street Sea Port for this shoot. It is one of the few places with some of the oldest architecture in the entire city. You get the feeling that you are stepping back into the 17th century when the Dutch first built their trade ports. To add to the scene, there are large boulders scattered throughout accompanied by dilapidated barrels sitting above the unevenly placed cobble stone. Anchors and large rusted metal objects lay on the sidewalks of the narrowed streets. The weathered brick three story buildings show their age as their windows and doors appear to be tilting. This was the perfect place for my look!
The classic scene was set now for the classic look. I always have a piece that typically inspires the rest of my outfit. In this case the classic silhouette of the pants served as my muse. The dyed moleskin gave the flared trouser a worn-in but luxurious look. I knew that adding a soft feminine top would add balance. As much as I love a great classic piece I can’t help but adding a little modern edge to give my outfits a relevant and fresh look. I cinched my waist with a black elastic belt with a patent leather accent. My look was complete and ready to take on the past, present, and future. The feeling of nostalgia didn’t end there as I decided to take a trip and a new look across the Hudson to a place the Lenape called Scheyichbi – “the place bordering the ocean” or as we call it: New Jersey. Stay tuned for Part 2!!!
-Slightly Flirty c/o Gina Papa xoxo
Top: Isabel Marant Etoile - Similar here & here
Moleskin Jean: Billy Reid
Shoes: Dries Van Noten - Similar here & here
Shades: & Other Stories