Aminaka Wilmont a Serendipitous Selection

Style: I am always on a quest to find a new designer, some unknown brand or emerging talent—these calculated points ensure you’re not wearing the same dress as someone else at a party.  My most recent search for a stylish ensemble revealed a most serendipitous moment.

As co-chair for the Fashion Group International of Dallas’ annual event, a Night of Stars this past month—I really needed a dress that wasn’t formal, (this was not a black tie gala), yet not cocktail, but a gown that carried its own understated persona.


After much deliberation, and drooling—it was a question of print over matter, and specifically the desire for black and white only. I loved the Lanvin prints from the heavily publicised advertising campaign, regal in a very girly way, Phillip Lim fit my narrow profile, but after many clicks, I found my perfect dress.

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California Turk Style

Chat: This September Trina Turk arrived in Dallas at Highland Park Village, ready to establish her Californian mid-century style upon such favourable Dallasites. Inspired by interior design, architecture and art, it’s no surprise that this articulate combination fulfils the preppy, perfect precision that Turk adheres to. I visited the new boutique on its opening day, to chat with Trina about her latest Dallas abode.

MAX: Tell me about this Dallas boutique – it looks very different than your other store’s, and the emerald is very striking. What was the inspiration behind the design?  More →

Lady Dior Shimmers with Anselm Reyle

Accessories: Modern, abstract and colourful, the new accessory collection by Christian Dior is well suited for a thoroughly modern Miss. And needless to say, I love this! Art and fashion merge perfectly with this latest collaboration between Berlin-based, abstract artist and sculptor Anselm Reyle and the House of Dior.

A visionary couturier Monsieur Dior began his career in the late twenties at the centre of the French art scene—owning a small gallery that sold artists such as Picasso. Fast-forward eighty plus year’s, and Dior continues the deep tradition of mixing art with fashion—my favourite combination.

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Anna Dello Russo styles Giorgio Armani Boudoir Collection Film

Style: Directed and styled by Anna Dello Russo—this short film of the Giorgio Armani, Autumn Winter 2011/2012, Boudoir Collection is sexy and sultry.  Titled Back Damon—Karolina Kurkova cavorts between scenes seducing every outfit; well she is modelling the Boudoir Collection after all.

Personally I love the silk dress emblazoned with the face of Mr. Armani!

Dallas Contemporary is Nuts About Jennifer Rubell

Exhibition: Blonde, brunette, red head – take your pick! The Dallas Contemporary is not ‘Bananas’ its absolutely nuts about the latest exhibition Nutcrackers by artist Jennifer Rubell. I met the artist this past Saturday at a brunch hosted by the Dallas Contemporary – naturally I arrived fashionably late, in fact one hour late (so much for thinking this was buffet style – a breeze in, breeze out, kind-of luncheon), only to be seated next to Jennifer at a wonderful seated lunch – how embarrassing!


So the kinds of nutcrackers that you’ll find at the Dallas Contemporary are the superwoman kind, quite literally. Eighteen life-size mannequins preferably described as sculptures showcase the dichotomy of highly-sexualized nudes versus strong, powerful nut-busting females.

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Margadita Von Teese Chats Costumes, Corsets and Cointreau

CHAT: The diminutive Dita Von Teese is a glamorous package of loveliness, and I had the wonderful experience of chatting with this unique style icon about Hollywood, costume design, corsets, Jean Paul Gaultier, and of course Cointreau last week. The Queen of Burlesque was in Dallas to perform her variety show  “Burlesque: Strip Strip Hooray!” at the House of Blues, and promote the launch of her second signature cocktail – The Cointreau MargaDita. The launch has already been a success in New York and Los Angeles, and now Dallas meets Dita.

Dita Von Teese

Dita Von Teese

MT: The Golden era and Hollywood have been a huge influence in your career – why?
DVT: When I was a little girl my Mom loved antiques and to watch old movies, so that’s where it started. My biggest influence is the WWII era and Technicolor musicals, and particularly, at that point in time Betty Grable was the number one box office star, so my favorite films starred Betty Grable and Carmen Miranda – I love the big song and dance Technicolor musicals, which are a big inspiration for my shows. There weren’t that many movies that portrayed authentic burlesque, so really I based my shows from these few films and photographs from the 1940’s.

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