Books to Covet: Vitamin T, Emily Summers, Balenciaga

DECOR: One can never covet too many coffee table books, and I’m partial to table tomes that nurture my knowledge for art, fashion, and design. To wit, all recently published, this selection combines that requirement with Vitamin T, Emily Summers and Balenciaga.

Emily Summers, Distinctly Modern Interiors

Emily Summers, Distinctly Modern Interiors

Emily Summers: Distinctly Modern Interiors, by Emily Summers, publisher Rizzoli, February 2019

Art and design coalesce within the pages of this tome, a testament to the talents of Dallas’ very own AD100 interior designer Emily Summers. A current favourite, this tome reflects the cool subtle connection between art, interiors and architecture⎯a trifecta of modern marvels that typify the inspiration mantra for Summers. With a nod to minimalism and modernism both furniture and art alike, the title of this tome summarises the collective of client projects perfectly. Available in hardcover, price: $50.

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Destination: Essaouira, Morocco

TRAVEL: From the High Atlas Mountains, our journey continued in Morocco last November as my husband and I travelled to Essaouira a small coastal fishing town on the Atlantic coast. The drive was entertaining, the highlight, of course, a gathering of goats perched in Argan trees. Ruminating for hours, these acrobatic goats are mostly situated for the enjoyment of passing tourists, although this is a fruitful life skill the goats have developed to nibble on their favourite Argan nuts.

Goats in an Argan Tree

Goats in an Argan Tree

Just under a three-hour drive from the mountains to the coast, we checked in at the Sofitel Essaouira Mogador Golf & Spa, for a two-night stay. Essaouira is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site, known for its mid-16th-century architecture, a fortified seaport with the town tucked away in the medina walls. This photo below has a great view, taken from the fortress, with the port below yet overlooking the medina.

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Creature Comforts at Home with the Haas Brothers and Little Monsters

DECOR: So I’ve had a little secret obsession with the wildly weird Haas Brothers for a few years now, which I would aptly describe as an oddly romantic infatuation for their otherworldly masterpieces. While I covet a quirky little creature, I mean sculpture, some weird eyeless beast that could be considered scary yet somehow seems adorable— now I can acquire their artwork as an object of décor!

Haas Brothers for L’Objet and Bergdorf Goodman

Haas Brothers desert inspired homeware collection

Last summer, while chilling in the cooler-than-Texas temperatures of Aspen I visited the Colorado base for the Marianne Boesky Gallery on South Spring Street. I was thrilled to see that the contemporary white cube space was exhibiting a show for the Haas Brothers titled, Stonely Planet.

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Christian Dior an Haute Exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum

Fashion and art simply oscillate in perfect harmony, and with respect to the master of couture, Mr Christian Dior — undeniably the combination resonated with him throughout this career.

Christian Dior Designer of Dreams

Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum

Departing his early career days as an art gallerist, Dior turned his artistic viewpoint to haute couture as a fashion designer infatuated with the female form, and Dior’s revolutionary “New Look” allowed women to finally dress feminine again. Postwar, a cinched waist with a curved figure became the epitome of the 1950s silhouette for women, a look that continues to echo throughout recent collections.

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Destination: High Atlas Mountains, Morocco

TRAVEL: Casablanca, Tangier, Fez, or Rabat; a hard decision but we decided Marrakech would be our first visit to Morocco, beginning at the High Atlas Mountains, then to Essaouira, ending our trip at Marrakech. And, there is nothing more exhilarating than planning a last minute vacation to a bucket list destination. Two weeks before departure, I curated a well-planned itinerary for a seven-day trip, which was also my first trip to the continent of Africa.

As everyone in America celebrated Thanksgiving with family, my husband and I soared across the Atlantic with a quick overnight stop in London connecting onto a British Airways flight where we flew three and a half hours to Marrakech. Easy!

Kasbah Tamadot in the High Atlas Mountains, Morocco

Kasbah Tamadot in the High Atlas Mountains, Morocco

Just less than an hour from the city, the drive to the High Atlas Mountains is breathtaking in a nomadic sense as the dusty road winds through Berber villages. The only inclination that this is a modern-day—villagers still have a smartphone attached to their heads.

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Christian Dior Celebrates Female Artists with the Dior Lady Art Project

Of course, Maria Grazia Chiuri, the first female artistic director to take the helm at Christian Dior is leading a new powerful moment. The Dior Lady Art project, which invites artists to exclusively custom-design the coveted Lady Dior handbag, has carefully selected an all-female collective of eleven artists.

Christian Dior, spring RTW 2018 and spring RTW 2017

Christian Dior, Spring RTW 2018 and Spring RTW 2017

Chiuri poignantly noted her debut collection of Spring 2017 with a literary nod to Nigerian novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and her essay, titled ‘We Should All Be Feminist,’ which Chiuri emblazoned on a t-shirt. For Spring 2018, the first outfit to hit the runway, styled with a striped t-shirt read, ‘Why have there been no great women artists? But the question is not why but where? So as the old adage reflects, ‘third time is truly a charm’, Chiuri follows up with an answer to that very question with a coterie of female artists that enamour the contemporary art market.

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