Memorable Moments at Dallas Art Fair as it Celebrates a Tenth Anniversary

In celebratory commendation, the tenth iteration of Dallas Art Fair will once again garner attention from galleries and attendees from across the globe. With one hundred exhibitors in situ, at the familiar mid-century warehouse space: Fashion Industry Gallery, aka f.i.g., loyal legions of art patrons will descend upon the downtown arts district to peruse works of art represented from almost thirty cities to include, Antwerp, Bogotá, Brussels, Dubai, Florence and Tokyo.

At Dallas Art Fair - Genieve Figgis, Secret Lovers, 2018

At Dallas Art Fair: Genieve Figgis, Secret Lovers, 2018, acrylic on canvas, 39” x 31”, courtesy of the artist and Half Gallery

In these past ten years, the fair has transformed from its early days has a long dilatory weekend excursion, to a weeklong of artistic and cerebral debauchery: previews, exhibition openings, tours, conversations, and galas. To wit, no longer for the fainthearted—only the stealthiest, wealthiest, and most chic of art collectors can penetrate the VIP roster of festivities and survive in triumph.

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Fur-Free baby, it’s about time

A few years ago, I arrived at a cocktail reception wearing a lavender dress, with a fabulous matching lavender faux fur coat, a combination of Burberry and Whistles, an entire Brit ensemble. While I felt comforted by the fact that I was fur-free and not wearing a dead animal and patriotic in my selection, disapproving stares recoiled in complete indignation—oh my gosh she’s wearing a fake fur!

Perhaps finally, the stigma of a tatty-old faux (no, my faux was not tatty) that looks cheap and tarty (yes, Brit term for slutty with bad taste) is finally minimised. The most recent iterations of fur in their faux glory are praiseworthy imitable imitations—case in point below.

Fur-free, Givenchy, Balenciaga, Stella McCartney

Fur-free, Givenchy, Balenciaga, Stella McCartney

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British Contemporary Artist Tracey Emin Honored at MTV RE:DEFINE

An internationally recognised art star, British contemporary artist Tracey Emin, will be honoured at the annual MTV RE:DEFINE art auction and gala in Dallas next month. Pick a word to describe Emin’s work, or perhaps, pick an acronym, CBE, RA, and YBA—letters that tell a compelling story.

Kenny Goss, Tracey Emin and Joyce Goss at Emin's Studio

Kenny Goss, Tracey Emin and Joyce Goss at Emin’s Studio in London

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Just Cos Beauty Comes From a Bar

Beauty. Last December, a coterie of beauty devotees gathered at Grange Hall for a pretty little lunch hosted by Tina Craig, in honour of Lily Garfield founder of Cos Bar, a speciality cosmetics retailer.

On our introduction by Ms Craig, we chatted, and of course Lily was charming, demure and appropriately fervent about an industry she’s spent the last 40-years conquering. I shared with Lily that I frequented the Cos Bar every visit to Aspen; her original boutique offers a much-needed concept, situated so far away in the Rocky Mountains. Lily shared that she had wanted to break into the Dallas market for many years, but finally found a great location. Amidst a fine feast with friends, our beautiful chatter continued—Tina introduced Lily to Dallas, and Dallas to Lily, and we all bonded over creams, potions, lotions, fragrances and lipsticks and waited for the new store opening.

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