Ad Nauseam: “In New York, I Can’t Get Anything Done Without a Car”

Meet Erin Walsh, Manhattan fashion stylist. In a video series, Vogue follows Walsh around New York as she visits celebrity clients preparing for a gala. And because the videos are sponsored by Cadillac, they relay an important message: Walsh could not function if she weren’t being driven around the city in a large Cadillac SUV.

“I think in terms of working in a city like New York, especially in New York, I can’t get anything done without a car,” Walsh says shortly before the 30-second mark, as the video shows her typing and texting in the back seat. “I might be in the car with my computer prepping for another job while we’re en route to the next one.”

Her SUV, which the videos miraculously never show stuck in traffic, also shields her from the hustle and bustle of the city — you know, other people. “My work demands as much and as many moments of concentration as you can allot. You need that quiet amidst the chaos,” Walsh explains.

But the chauffer-driven car offers more than just a stress-free work space. Walsh gets her inspiration by looking out her car window at pedestrians. “Even between appointments, my eyes and my ears are always open because you’ll see the way a certain woman walks down the street and the way she carries her handbag,” she says over gauzy shots out the window.

It looks like Veronica Moss has found her stylist.


Ad Nauseam: Tiki Barber and His Cadillac Escalade

While reading the NY Times essay about the woman who drives back and forth across the Brooklyn Bridge the other day, I was reminded of the Tiki Barber ads for the Cadillac Escalade. The spot that premiered during the Super Bowl is a moody, impressionistic montage that shows the former New York Giants running back […]

Ad Nauseam: What “Cash for Clunkers” Hath Wrought

The government’s Cash for Clunkers program officially begins today, but car dealers have been running ads like this one for a while already. They have to keep the public informed: Now you can trade in your old car and buy a brand-new SUV or pick-up truck with a hefty assist from Uncle Sam. Here we […]

SUVs Are Not Cool, Unless They’re “Hybrid Hybrids”

 Here’s a pretty repulsive ad for Ford’s Escape Hybrid SUV. In it, a middle-aged father and his middle school-aged daughter are strolling from their leafy suburban home to the family truckster — a green one, natch — when the daughter asks to be dropped off a block from the theater where, we’re to assume, her […]

Ad Nauseam: General Motors’ Flying Cars

After receiving a heavy dose of car commercials during the New York Mets playoff run last month, I decided that it was time to start a new feature on Streetsblog called Ad Nauseum. Below is the first installment. Commercial: General Motors’ "Elevate" Created by: Deutsch, Los Angeles Narrative:Morning has broken across a smoggy, yellowish, post-Apocalyptic looking […]

Ad Nauseam: Antisocial Thuggery From Pioneer

We’ve published a couple of items lately on how noise from motorcycles and booming car stereo systems continue to diminish quality of life in Inwood and Washington Heights — not that these problems are by any means unique to Upper Manhattan. The Queens-based NoiseOFF website has compiled a fascinating case against the manufacturers of car […]