Isabella Blow: Fashion Galore!

The Halcyon Gallery on New Bond Street—always a contemporary treat when I visit London, most certainly satiated my artistic requisite last month in more ways than one.  The first: an impactful reminder about the upcoming exhibition in London for the indomitable fashion muse and Patron of British fashion and art: Isabella Blow.

On exhibition, amidst other artists, were a series of works by extrovert photographer David LaChapelle, but most specifically, the striking yet tragic iconic image of Alexander McQueen and Isabella Blow.  Who knew back in 1996, when LaChapelle shot this image that this fashion designer and his muse would be immortalized in death, both suicide, three years apart: Blow died in 2007, and McQueen in 2010.

Burning Down The House, David LaChapelle – December 1996.

Burning Down The House, by David LaChapelle – December 1996.

With the Met exhibition Savage Beauty in honor of McQueen in 2011, firmly imbued in the mind of every style-worshipping fashionista; now is the time to reflect on his muse.  On November 20, 2013 through March 2, 2014, Somerset House in London will present the exhibition Fashion Galore! in partnership with the Isabella Blow Foundation and Central St. Martins.

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Alive For 35 at Dallas Contemporary

It’s a HUGE birthday celebration for the Dallas Contemporary in November, now housed at the Glass Street location in the trendy Design District for about three years. So for those who think DC is new, guess what, it’s celebrating 35 amazing years with a non-stop party: over 35 hours of exhibitions, learning programs and community events with 35 local artists. This is no snooze-a-thon!

Dallas Contemporary Alive For 35

Completely solicited…yes! I am on the board for the Dallas Contemporary, and of course I am going to share details on this special event.  Art is for everyone—and Peter Doroshenko and the DC team are busy creating a masterpiece of contemporary programming just for you.

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Do you know Ana Khouri?

Well, I met Ana last month for a relaxed chitchat at the Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek prior to our fine-dining lunch at the restaurant.  Courtesy of Annelise Peterson from Net-A-Porter, and hosted by Snob authority Tina Craig I was invited to the elegant lunch along with a few of Tina’s fave Dallas ladies to meet Brazilian jewelry designer Ana Khouri. 

Jewelry designer Ana Khouri at Net-A-Porter luncheon.

Jewelry designer Ana Khouri at Net-A-Porter luncheon.

I prefer to reference Ana as a fine jewelry artist, a sculptor at heart and by training, she sculpts jewelry into mini masterpieces, rather than simply designs.  Ana’s cool factor is, in fact, super hot, with the fashion world’s savviest style icons donned in Khouri such as Anna Dello Russo, Carine Roitfeld, Alice and Andrea Dellal, and Giovanna Battaglia.

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Stella McCartney x Goop

Besties doing their best together makes perfect sense, and a little bit of Goop inspired McCartney is surely a no-brainer for success.  Gwyneth Paltrow and Stella McCartney have collaborated on a capsule collection that will be sold on Paltrow’s healthy lifestyle, foodie and shopping site: Goop.

Stella McCartney and Gwyneth Paltrow with models wearing Stella McCartney x Goop

Stella McCartney and Gwyneth Paltrow with models wearing Stella McCartney x Goop

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LUBLU by Kira Plastinina

A melting pot of International style hit The Plaza at Preston Center, Wednesday evening with Kira Plastinina celebrating the opening of her flagship boutique: LUBLU by Kira Plastinina—LUBLU means “I love” in Russian.

Kira Plastinina

Kira Plastinina

The young, talented Russian import, and SMU grad shared the evening with hosts: Nasiba Adilova, Anna-Sophia van Zweden, Jessica Nowitski, Laura Noble, Bradley Agather Means, Tanya Foster, and Lucy Wrubel—sans turntable, that rocking task was bequeathed to New York DJ Hannah Bronfman.

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Decades Collections at Forty Five Ten

A vintage dream team—Cameron Silver, and Christos Garkinos co-owners of L.A.-based vintage boutique Decades and Brian Bolke co-founder of Dallas’ renowned hub for haute finery, Forty Five Ten coalesce in vintage harmony.

Cameron Silver, Decades

Cameron Silver, Decades

I met Cameron Silver almost a year ago at a book launch party for his tome Decades: A Century of Fashion. The book resides on my coffee table—a prismatic parcel packed with pages of vintage regalia and signed by the debonair Mr. Silver.

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