Walter Van Beirendonck Installation at Traffic LA and Exhibition at Dallas Contemporary

I cannot believe I’ve been a board member at the Dallas Contemporary for just over 5 years, holding strong with a couple other long-term members I’ve supported the organization through thick and thin: tumultuous, controversial, sad, and super-exciting.  Whilst many in Dallas choose to focus on the negative of a fledgling institution, I only choose to reflect on the positive, and all the amazing triumphs and successes that this edgy institution has provided the Dallas community. Exhibitions by artists such as Robb Pruitt, Jennifer Rubell, Inez Van Lamsveerde + Vinoodh Matadin, Juergen Teller and Erza Petronio, Erwin Wurm, Gabriel Dawe, Joseph Havel, and K8 Hardy.

Walter Van Beirendonck, photo by Ronald Stoops.

Walter Van Beirendonck, photo by Ronald Stoops.

So, what’s next? During the Dallas Art Fair frenzy, next Friday the Dallas Contemporary will open its latest exhibition by Belgium menswear designer Walter Van Beirendonck—coined the Cultural Ambassador of Flanders.

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Dior Boutique Opens at Highland Park Village

Last Friday, champagne bubbles overflowed, white orchids softly scented the four salons and guests nibbled perfectly sized hors d’oeuvres served by the lovely Lisa Garza as guests—back from spring break, celebrated the opening of the Dior boutique in Highland Park Village. 

Lauren Hill, Thomas Mackie and Nasiba Adilova.

Lauren Hill, Thomas Mackie and Nasiba Adilova.

Honoring the Dallas Museum of Art Ball 2013 committee chairs: Jennifer Karol and Catherine Rose hosted guests at the boutique and at the temporary gallery space, showcasing the Dior Couture Patrick Demarchelier exhibition.

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Cindy Sherman Exhibition at the Dallas Museum of Art

Hot pink just rocks! This past Thursday morning, I listened to Maxwell Anderson— Director of the Dallas Museum of Art, Gabriel Ritter—The Nancy and Tim Hanley Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art, and Eva Respini—Associate Curator at MOMA articulate full disclosure on artist Cindy Sherman and her enlightening disposition, at the exhibition preview at the Dallas Museum of Art.

Cindy Sherman Untitled #96 1981

Cindy Sherman Untitled #96 1981

Ask for a character reference on Sherman, and you will become bemused with the utter array of eccentric characters that she has portrayed throughout her career. The exhibition, a huge success in New York is now exhibiting in Dallas replete with macabre and perplexing portraits of insidious characters that represent the very cultural identity of today’s pop culture.

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Kick Start Cykochik: Artist Series 3:10 Year Anniversary Collection

Nikki Duong Koenig, founder of Dallas-based handbag and accessories brand Cykochik designs socially responsible products, using eco and animal friendly materials such as vegan leather, and is a proud member of PETA. A cool chick with a good, honest ideology—now why wouldn’t you want to support that?

Cykochick Red Tote.

Cykochick Red Tote.

Koenig launched Cykochik, in 2003 when she created handmade bags from her SMU dorm room.  Since then she has collaborated with local artists, artisans and art patrons merging accessory design with art. 

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Oscars 2013: Red Carpet Glamour

It seems I had a full-blooded love affair with full-skirted gowns last night, given my favored red carpet gowns worn at 85th Academy Awards in Los Angeles.  In true personal style, Jennifer Aniston looked radiant in a classic red, strapless Valentino gown—truly glamorous, yet perfectly true to herself.

Jennifer Aniston Oscar 2013

Jennifer Aniston: Valentino.

Jennifer Lawrence scooped the Best Actress award for her role in Silver Linings Playbook, and looked picture-book perfect wearing a white Dior Haute Couture gown.  If winning an Oscar wasn’t enough to talk about, a slip on-stage certainly made up for conversation—or answering ridiculous questions. Fortunately Miss Lawrence has a sense of humor…

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Bunny Yeager Pin-Up Queen

During the Golden Era of Glamour in the 1950s, Coco Chanel returned to Paris after her post-war excursion, Hubert de Givenchy opened his own fashion house—dressing Audrey Hepburn in the movie Sabrina in 1954, and the ‘New Look’ created by Christian Dior—nipped-waist, with a full skirt and mid-calf length was the silhouette de rigueur.

Bettie Paige with cheetah

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Alice + Olivia by Stacey Bendet Fall 2013

Richly hued, and abundant with multifarious ornate textures, the Alice + Olivia by Stacey Bendet Fall 2013 collection, stated anything but wallflower. The Fantasy Street Style inspired collection, took the notions of an edgy gamine—sophisticated, whimsical but most certainly street smart.

Alice + Olivia By Stacey Bendet - Presentation - Fall 2013 Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week

“In a moment when street style influences fashion more than ever, I wanted to create a fantasy inspiration for how the Alice + Olivia girl dresses every day,” mused Bendet. Anything goes in this perfectly mismatched collection of leather, lace, floral brocade, with suited styles, a bustier, layers of knits and vests, adorned with short full skirts, coats, metallic jackets, and distressed denim. A perfectly curated hodge-podge of whimsy that just simply defines a cleverly orchestrated collection.

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