My friend Stephen assures me that no one reads blogs on Sunday, so I thought I would write about something that has nothing to do with design, furniture, fashion, color & pattern, or anything that is expected from me! Rather, something that has been pressing on my mind all weekend, that I really need to muse about...the Apple iphone!!!
Thursday, my quasi assistant, Jill came over to update all of my technology. When she got to my I Phone....my "mind jog" began!!! There are 65,000 applications with 226 for electronic whoopee cushions alone!!! On Monday, I had read an article in WWD (my former fashion bible) about how Net-A-Porter had created an iphone application and that I could now shop on line! Well, of course we added that to my phone.....followed by iphone shopping at Christies Auction House and Amazon...then Fandango for movies....CNN Money....the NY Times..and now I pick can match paint colors from Benjamin Moore!!!!. The I went to dinner with friends, where I was told about the ultimate app.....Google, where I am able to ask questions in my own voice and have the correct answer in seconds! My mind was boggled and I was in a total panic! In the past eight months I have been endlessly thinking & talking about the "new world" that we have entered. I don't think anything will ever be the same as it was prior to this past October and the financial crisis that we are in. I think most frequently about my worlds.......that of retail & manufacturing, and of course my beloved magazine industry. The fashion business will never look the same, and in my view Gilt Group appears to have become the new retail genius. I now think shopping by phone is a monumental step. And after last week, my fear for magazines has become even greater!!! I am too old to read a magazine on an iphone!!! I am a magazine addict and have been reading, ripping & clipping for decades...I have files that go from bookshelves to Bangkok!!! How can that happen on the phone??? How can we going to save our magazines from iphone extinction, as well as from the computer nerds who want us to read online????? WHAT ARE WE GOING TO DO?????? HELP!!!!!!!!~