Last weekend, I headed out to Long Island City to attend one of MoMA PS1's Warm Up parties, and if you haven't been, I highly, highly recommend going. Housed in a former public school building, MoMA PS1 is a prime destination for modern art lovers, and its Warm Up series adds live music and DJs into the mix to create a full-on sensory overload. During last Saturday's Warm Up, the lineup featured a bunch of hip-hop artists, including performances from Bangladesh and J. Cole.
Before heading out to LIC, I was struggling to find that elusive outfit that could go from modern art museum to crazy courtyard concert and still be comfortable enough to wear for hours on end (doors to the Warm Up open at noon, and the party goes 'til 9pm). So I did what I normally do during a major wardrobe crisis, and created a mash-up of two favorite, previously-worn looks. I took the yellow Ladakh skirt ($15, at the Ladakh sample sale) from this cocktail party ensemble and paired it with the top ($4) and necklace (free) from one of last week's workday looks to create the perfect summer concert outfit for just $19. For footwear, I went with some super-comfy sandals ($11.99) from Crossroads Trading Co. in Williamsburg, and added an old Nine West faux-leather crossbody (cost unknown), resulting in a head-to-toe look for just around $31.
At the event, we checked out some cool art installations, and after wandering the museum we checked out the museum's retro schoolhouse-themed M. Wells Dinette restaurant, where I picked up a bright red "Slushy" cocktail made with Pernod absinthe and raspberries. Finally, at around 7pm, we crowded into the crazy-packed courtyard to watch J. Cole's set and soak in the perfect summer evening. If you're looking to attend an upcoming Warm Up, there are still a few of them running through September 7...you can check out the schedule and performance line-ups here!