Alan Cumming Is in a 'Platonic Affair' With The Glamour of Bloomingdales

Alan Cumming

We may avoid “I Heart New York” shirts like a plague of locusts, but deep down, we’ve all got a love affair with the city and one of Manhattan’s most iconic retailers knows that.

As part of their new spring campaign, Bloomingdale’s 59th Street has announced The Heart of New York to celebrate the company’s “deep connection to the city and its heritage since 1872 as the place where the city comes to shop be they natives, newcomers or tourists.” To help launch the campaign, they’ve enlisted the help of some of New York’s biggest fashion icons, including Alan Cumming, Sarah Jessica Parker, Christy Turlington Burns, Didi Gregorius, and Elaine Welteroth.

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As Cumming takes a break from his busy schedule of acting on Instinct and running the Lower East Side mainstay Clum Cumming, we caught up with him to see what he has to say about the city he calls home.

“I think being a New Yorker is a state of mind, really. I think it’s about your spirit, your spirit of adventure. Also, it’s a feeling that most people who come to New York are different from wherever they’re from, they’re thought of as different. And when they come here, you realize, well I realize, anyway, that everyone is different here. So, in a way you belong because you’re different.  That’s what I think of as the true spirit of a New Yorker is. It’s being different amongst other different people, and being respected for that.”

He continued: “I think New Yorker’s don’t need a reason to get dressed up, every day is. I find it incredibly liberating. I love when at 3 o’clock in the morning in a pizza bar there’s like people in ball gowns and skater boys. I love the combination of styles because people are so on top of each other and also, everybody understands that we’ve all got busy lives going on, so if you have to wear a wedding dress on the subway, so be it.”

 

 

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