Monday, August 20, 2007

1st Quadrant 8/27 '07

The Approval Matrix: Week of August 27, 2007

Boston Fashion Week

Gawker opines that no one important will go to Boston Fashion Week, because as one reader states, it’s being held at the same time as New York Fashion Week, and that none of Boston’s most important buyers, editors, or fashion advertisers will even be in town.

From its website, Boston Fashion Week, “serves as a platform for both established industry professionals and aspiring newcomers to showcase the great wealth of local talent.”

Croc's Store in Soho

The Real Deal relates that in August, the company that makes Crocs signed a lease for a space in Soho; the store is expected to open in the spring. The company has so far grown through Internet sales and third-party retailers. The Crocs store at 143 Spring Street will be the company's first bricks-and-mortar location in the United States.

Crocs will be directly across the street from Chanel, where no shoes are priced below $500 and several styles sell for upward of $1,000. In contrast, most of Crocs' models cost between $30 and $40.

Crocs setting up shop three blocks west of Broadway can be seen as a sign of the changing face of Soho retail. While discount shoe shops and mainstream retailers like Banana Republic have dominated Broadway, the side streets west of Broadway have long been characterized by pricey, exclusive brands. also reports that Crocs has taken over the space at 270 Columbus Ave on the Upper West Side.

“John from Cincinnati” Dunked

Whitney Matheson at Pop Candy said,” HBO has canceled “John from Cincinnati,” which is a good thing, because I was tired of figuring out what the heck was going on. Seriously, what was the finale all about? Anyone?”

The Post reports that creator/producer David Milch said he was extremely proud of "John from Cincinnati" and unapologetic about the show's complexity, which likely played a role in depressing viewership.

“John from Cincinnati” was a HBO series about a community of southern California surfers who are visited by a stranger from another world.

New York - Haunted House?

Lexington Avenue was reopened at 41st Street for the first time last week since the steam-pipe explosion, but reported that two construction workers found themselves 10 feet underground during the same week after the sidewalk they were working on collapsed beneath them.

The ground gave in at around 1:15 p.m. at 148 West 36th Street, between 7th Avenue and Broadway. A Fire Department spokesman, Seth Andrews, said the two men were immediately pulled to safety by fellow workers.

Me and Mr. Darcy

Alexandra Potter writes in her review of Me and Mr. Darcy on that Emily Albright, a 29 year old single woman has been on a series of bad dates. But when she leaves her apartment and book store management job in New York City behind for a one-week tour of the English countryside over the New Year’s holiday she finds love in the most unexpected ways.

When she encounters a dark and brooding fellow during a tour of Jane Austen’s home, she can’t believe her eyes. She has come face to face with the real Mr. Darcy. Suddenly her fantasy is reality, as she gets to know the brooding and handsome Mr. Darcy and the charming world in which he lives, which consists of moonlight horseback rides, poetry, and flowers.

At the heart of the book, Emily must decide whether her fantasy is one that she really does want to live, or if her idealized view of men by way of Mr. Darcy is indeed too good to be true.

USA TODAY has an excerpt from the first chapter.

Karl the First

The Times reports the following: Karl Rove, President Bush's political adviser, intends to resign at the end of this month to return to Texas. His decision to step down, effective Aug. 31, follows major setbacks for the Bush administration, such as the Democrat's takeover of Congress last year, and the struggle in Iraq, which have led to dramatically waning approval ratings.

“It always seemed there was a better time to leave out there in the future,” Mr. Rove said, “but now is the time. “

The resignation is a major turning point in the Bush administration. Mr. Rove has been one of Mr. Bush's closest advisers for more than a decade. He has worked side by side with him since Mr. Bush first announced he was running for the governor of Texas in 1993.

The full Times article has a timeline, slide show, and video.

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