On an evening in Williamsburg…
I spent this past Wednesday in Williamsburg, Brooklyn celebrating the evening with cold drinks, hot style and bumping tunes. My good friend Jaclyn Palermo (you might recall her style profile here) and I made a game-day decision to see cult-favorite Cleveland rapper Kid Cudi with opening act Chip Tha Ripper at the Williamsburg Waterfront – one of my all-time favorite venues. Afterwards, we headed down the street to Glasslands, a much smaller, kitsch-y venue to see some killer DJs Mux Mool, Shigeto and SBTRKT.
The Williamsburg Waterfront is an entirely outdoor venue consisting of an open-air stage, general standing area, and plenty of grassy spots for lounging. The venue also includes a beer garden, a small strip of artisan tents and tables, and an unreal view of lower Manhattan from across the East River.
Waiting in line for entrance to the Waterfront:
What a view, and so much better in person, I promise.
Our favorite part of the evening? Yes, Cudi…but I was SO excited to capture the street style of the evening. See who made the cut:
Young Jimmy of indie ‘hood rock’ band Young Jimmy & Super Tanz was first on our radar, rocking geometric patterns and some serious hardware. PS – check out his music, it’s actually really dope…these guys are sure to blow up this year….can’t wait to see ‘em live!
His super-cute friend Remi looked sweet and simple in a floral scarf and cowboy boots.
I totally caught this poor girl off-guard while she was eating a sandwich, but she looked so fabulous in her nautical top and red skinnies that I couldn’t help myself.
Adorable Aussie duo Andy and Emilio keep it casual in solid, neutral tones.
Megan McEwen of Bally Switzerland looking rad as hell in a fuchsia tank and tribal harems.
SO in love with this chick’s colorful getup….I think I need that bag.
Deep armhole tank? Check. Frye’s? Check. Cutoffs? Check. Perfect summer outfit? Check.
Such a simple but put-together look from these two….loving the leopard blouse and blush-tone blazer.
Some true BK hipsters stacking brews…what’s not to love?
How cute is this couple?? American Apparel Store Consultant Linze Mason embodies sartorial summer perfection.
This dude was dope….definitely enjoying the show. And efffff yeah YANKEES.
After capturing some great styles, Jackie and I couldn’t hold off much longer on perusing the row of outdoor stands. While Chip Tha Ripper took the stage, we simultaneously enjoyed some fine shopping and hip-hop.
Our first encounter was with the lovely ladies Meri and Jenna of Evolving Habitat (be sure to check out their Facebook, Etsy and Twitter), an eco-friendly line “combining organic materials, style, salvaged goods and originality.” We were absolutely salivating over the beautiful fabrics, unique designs and intricate constructions of the clothing and home-wares. After deliberating between a shredded scarf and tie-dye vest, Jackie and I chose to purchase ponchos, which the girls kindly packaged up in awesome Evolving Habitat canvas totes. I opted for the purple Navajo printed poncho worn by Jenna (on the right), while Jackie chose a neutral taupe tone.
Meri and Jenna looking fabulous in the Evolving Habitat tent.
We hopped over to the adjacent stand and were instantly sold on the selection of vibrant tribal dresses, crop tops and hotpants of Meghan Sebold’s sustainable Ghana-based brand Afia and the heavy gold necklaces intertwined with colorful fabrics by Ms Fitz. We both splurged on Afia shorts; Jackie opted for an aquatic hue and is it any surprise that I chose the Rastafarian ones? (to be worn to Nas & Damian this August at Central Park Summer Stage, so stay tuned). The ladies looked pretty blog-worthy themselves and obliged us to snap a few pics.
LOVING Meghan’s lime-green shorts….I literally could have bought these shorts in every color. Excessive? Whatever. Check out her awesome Refinery29 feature here to learn more about Afia.
Jackie and I in our new Afia shorts! We’ll definitely be rocking these all summer long.
Be sure to check out Evolving Habitat, Ms Fitz, and Afia at Brooklyn’s very own Artists & Fleas Market, open every Saturday and Sunday from 10am – 7pm @ 70 North 7th St. in Williamsburg. I know I’ll be there as often as I can!
After lightening our wallets and ditching our leopard shorts and floral widelegs for our tribal shorts, we headed back towards the stage to grab some brews, snap some more shots, and rock on to Cudi.
Cudi was killing it onstage, but he almost exclusively performed tracks off Man On the Moon II (I prefer his vintage tracks). While things were winding down around sunset, we snapped some waterfront pics and then headed down the street to Glasslands where SBTRKT, Mux Mool and Shigeto would be spinning. I’m somewhat of a newb when it comes to underground dubstep, but Jackie assured me that I would enjoy the show; and enjoy I most definitely did. Not only the was the music incredible, but the venue itself was surreal. Glasslands is a small but comfortable space with a very worn-in vibe. Graffiti-stained walls enclose a space with wooden accents, including two sturdy elevated bars and an upper-level that sort of resembles a tree-house. The best part? The ceiling above the stage was covered with hundreds of flowered napkins, dimming the overhead lights and creating a glowing, cloud-like effect which only complemented the music.
Opening act Shigeto had the audience in a trance while sippin’ on a Bud. I like his style.
Mux Mool took the stage next. His tracks were a bit more fast-paced, some hip-hop infused.
SBTRKT closed the show, performing in his iconic tribal mask. Unreal.
Graffiti decorating the bathroom walls….some insightful shit, no?
Check out SBTRKT’s hit “Wildfire” and I guarantee you’ll be hooked. Drake even remixed over the original (check it here).
After a long night of music, dancing, and drinks, we were naturally famished. While I was so hungry I literally would have been content with hitting up a gas station counter, Jackie insisted that Artichoke Pizza on the Lower East Side was the way to go. Despite my doubts, half a year of eating like a queen with this girl in Rome earned her my trust. After a quick trip over the bridge, we snagged a spot right in front of the pizzeria and grabbed the last two slices of their famous artichoke pizza. I was so hungry that the usual “food pic” was entirely out of the question, but it was cheesy and DIVINE. As much as it pains me to pass along this secret late-night food joint, I recommend you check out Artichoke Pizza at 328 E. 14th Street (btw. 1st and 2nd ave) the next time you’re plagued with some late-night hunger. I’ll probably see you there this weekend.
While I’ve always been a Manhattan girl, Brooklyn definitely holds my interest; I could SO envision myself living in a hub of continually evolving fashion, food, art and music…..not-to-mention, the big city is just a stone’s throw away. Who knows what the next year will bring?