Still Waiting for Spring

When it comes to fashion I like classic lines and feminine details. Nothing over the top trendy. Clothing is supposed to flatter your shape not constrict it to suit every trend. If you don't get the foundation right you're going to waste your time and money every season. With that said, there's no harm in looking at designer goods for inspiration. You can always find similar items at a fraction of the price, buy used, or even add your own handmade touches if you're so inclined. The most important elements are the cut and the fabric. If you get that right your look will seem effortless and your style will be timeless.

1.  Givenchy Black Cashmere and silk top available at Montaigne Market

2.  Blue China Rose Umbrella available from Strathcona Stockings

3.  Awake trenchcoat available from Matchesfashion

4.  Altuzarra Xavier crepe skirt available from Netaporter

5.  Dolce & Gabbana Oranges scarf from Luisa via Roma (sold out?)

6.  Ann Demeulemeester cardigan available from Farfetch

7.  Carolina Herrera skirt available from Farfetch

8.  Haider Ackermann top available from Matchesfashion

9.  Etro cora pumps available from Matchesfashion

10.  Simone Rocha scalloped skirt available from Farfetch

11.  Kiki de Montparnasse available from Netaporter

12.  NLST Breton stripe jersey dress available from Matchesfashion

13.  Lisa Marie Fernandez available from Matchesfashion

14.  Simone Rocha pink dress available from Farfetch


A Look Back at Art Brussels 2016

Art Brussels had a little something for everyone. I wouldn't want to categorize the collection as anything specific except to say it was a pretty strong showing overall. I suspect that is precisely what was intended. I especially liked the works below which I think reflect the depth and quality of the fair. What more could you want?

1.  Armen Eloyan, Untitled, 2015, Timothy Taylor


Art Cologne 2016

Art Cologne was a mix of fun and humour, somewhat odd and cryptic but with bits of beauty peppered in between. Sometimes the smaller art fairs can be full of surprises:

1.  Grace Weaver, the tall girlfriend, 2016, Soy Capitan


Welcome to Milan

Here is some more great art, this time from Milan's contemporary art fair: miart 2016.

1.  Ecaterina Vrana, The Kiss, 2015, Nicodim Gallery


The Photography Show by AIPAD

Photography has never really achieved the same kind of status as painting. The art form may have more impact on the viewer but its technical nature makes it easy to dismiss. We take it for granted precisely because we know that anyone with access to a camera can eventually learn to take an arresting image. There is no mystery behind the process, only the subject matters. You can find beauty anywhere, so long as you have access to the right environment. Still, it's worthwhile to compare the ways in which photographers differentiate. Looking at these images below you can see how they highlight contrasting elements, they may even linger in your mind, but probably for not long enough.

1.  Andrew Borowiec, Little America, Whyoming, 2014, Lee Marks Fine Art


Sporty Shoes for Spring and Summer

Finding a pair of comfortable sneakers is just not as easy as one would think. It took me months before I could find a pair of New Balance shoes I actually liked. Their colour combinations are not what they used to be, even their comfort level has changed; the materials seem stiffer somehow. Although the sportswear market couldn't be more saturated, I still find it nearly impossible to find anything decent in the shoe department. Ordering online offers one solution, so long as you don't mind the onerous task of having to return a pair because of poor fit. In my mind, the best kind of sneakers are ones that are versatile. They should be casual enough for everyday walking but also good enough for taking you to and from the gym and everything in between. I like these ones below:

1.  Balenciaga Mixed Media Sneaker Nordstrom


A Peek at Magda Butrym Fashion

When the New York Times features your collection it's always a big deal but it is especially so when your label is barely two years old. With that in mind, Polish designer Magda Butrym has much to smile about. Already dubbed as a designer to watch, her clothes have been spotted on several celebrities and models recently. While her quick success may appear out of the blue, the designer did spend several years honing her skills at La Mania before starting her own label. Currently, the line is available at retailers across the globe, but for now the designer plans to continue working in her native land.



Exploring the Art of Asia at Art Central

If you have ever wondered about the contemporary art scene in Asia then the Art Central fair being held in Hong Kong this month is a good introduction. For many, art from this region continues to remain a mystery, with only a few artists having gone on to become well-known on the international stage. Although it would seem that Asia has a lot of catching up to do, it is certainly making a splash. Arguably, perhaps it is the West that has yet to fully grasp the strength of this emerging region. Whatever the answer, and whatever your expectations, you are likely to find yourself pleasantly surprised.

1.  Atsuko Tanaka, Untitled, 1986, Parkview Art Hong Kong


Highlights from the Armory Show

In case you can't get enough of art here are some highlights from the Armory Show:

1.  Lucia Koch, La temperatura del aire, 2015, Galeria Nara Roesler