A New York minute, a phrase so often murmured and so often expressed, and yet something few of us get to really experience. At least when you are a tourist that is like on my recent trip. Although I’ve visited New York numerous times before, I’m not sure I knew what that simple phrase meant until I spent a few days there this Summer and got a real sense of the heat and hectic pace of NYC that you see in the films. It is the city that never sleeps, never recharges, never stops – the quicker things are done, the better.
But regardless of the frenzied and panicked state that thrives in New York, we all seem to still flock there. Like moths to the flame, the city draws us in with it’s endless dazzling lights and opportunities. To me (and many past generations) it is a place of displacement and reinvention. It is a Mecca, a place of refuge and a platform for people looking to live the dream or to make a better life, a city where stereotypes are broken, new legacies forged and surprise and delights is cultivated.
And what better time or brand to find myself wearing in New York than Burberry as Riccardo Tisci debuts his first collection this season. Famed for his gothic and aggressive luxe athleisure designs at Givenchy, he isn’t exactly the first name that springs to mind for a brand that has built an identity on all things quintessentially British (that includes Kate Moss!). While maybe not exactly a natural pairing, the displacement of an Italian sportswear enthusiast at the helm of a house that has a Royal Warrant from the Queen of England will lead to a reinvention of not just the logo, but the humble check pattern synonymous with Burberry even if it isn’t right away. After all, somethings take longer than a New York minute.