#2018 The facts of life

Photo: Men In This Town

1. A couple of streetstyle photographs of me have recently popped up on the internet, and, just in case anybody was wondering, the answer is yes: I did wear the same outfit for every day of New York Fashion Week.

2. No socks with Chuck Taylors is officially my jam, but the question is this: What am I going to wear once it starts getting freaky cold? I don’t know if I’m a hiking/bean/combat/gum boots kind of guy.

3. My Dad owned a secondhand bookshop for about five years in the 1990s and it was a tough slog and as a result I cannot walk past a guy selling books without supporting the cause. Yesterday I was walking down one of the main streets in Brooklyn when I came across a middle-aged man with an array of paperbacks lying in neat rows on the footpath. For seven dollars I picked up a copy of Lunar Park by Bret Easton Ellis. I started it on the train home, and finished it about an hour ago. The first chapter was one of my favourites of all time and the rest spiralled downwards into crazed ridiculous oblivion. Or maybe it was just too deep for me. Regardless, it was a frustrating ending to what could have been the greatest read of my entire life.

4. I’ve spent an inordinate amount of time with females over the past couple of months, and here’s what I’ve discovered: men are from Mars, and women are from Venus. Guys will sit around talking about things like movies, partying, menswear and hot women while intermittently bragging, verbally sparring and quoting rap songs. Females will sit around talking about other females, or, more often, males, in conversations that start with a line like this: “Okay, so read me what he wrote to you, word for word, and don’t miss anything out.” There’s a reason Sex and the City was so successful – it was a god damn reality tv show.

5. Because quite a few people have been asking over on my Tumblr, I should probably address the question of whether or not I’m coming home. The answer, at this stage, is no. I haven’t talked about it mainly due to a fear of not wanting to fail, but the truth is, my intentions have always been to move overseas and work in a city where I can try to compete on the same level as the people who are the best in the world at what I do. This is that city, and now is my time to try. I love New Zealand and I am patriotic as all hell, but if I really want to try and succeed at the top level, it has to be here.

6. The good news is that the Kiwi contingent in New York is so, so good. I’ve been getting together regularly with David Dallas, Leilani Momoisea, Gala Darling, Olivia Fleming and heaps of others and laughing for hours with people who understand everything I’m trying to say. It’s the best.

7. Have you seen the Cinemagraph website? Noah Emrich of NOVH fame showed it to me the other day and I am obsessed. He even made a couple starring my hands and computer. Check them out here and here.

8. Remember that girl Katherine Lowe I used to hang out with nonstop? Well guess what: She’s coming to New York tomorrow! And bringing a few of those items of clothing that I’ve been missing so badly! The moral of that story is that she is seriously good to me. Thanks for carting my junk all the way around the world for me, Katherine. You are awesome (dot com).


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  1. Sarah says

    just out of interest what kind of visa do you have or are you going to get?
    i would love to work in the US too, but it seems extremely hard and difficult to get a work permit…

  2. Marie Marconnet says

    Isaac! So glad to hear you’re enjoying living in New York. I am moving to Washington DC in about a month, and will probably be going on week end missions to NY regularly. It would be great to catch up with you there – I know I’ll be missing the NZ accent and humour lots too!

  3. Leonie says

    Funnily enough, before reading this and just looking at your photo, I was thinking you seem to fit in well there. You look like you belong. Good luck Isaac.

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