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Extremely Wu

February seems like a bygone era, once a fleeting moment of New York fashion week hysteria, hindered by the drudgery of blizzard Nemo.  But, one cannot complain too much, with a schedule of shows saved on my iCal, stiletto boots switched out for sensible ice-breaking, slush-stomping Burberry wellies, I was not going to miss a show.

Jason Wu Fall 2013 - Pamela Martin Duarte and Max Trowbridge

Its hard to get into shows, it’s virtually impossible to attend with a friend, but as luck would have it my good friend Pamela Martin Duarte invited me to attend the Jason Wu show as her guest.

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Chadwick Bell: To Fall Upon A Midnight Rose

Chat: The Rosewood Crescent Hotel lobby set the scene for my interview with emerging designer Chadwick Bell and his business partner Vanessa Webster. Both visited Dallas for a trunk show at Stanley Korshak last month, showcasing the Fall 2012 collection, which debuted at Lincoln Center during New York Fashion Week in February.

When I think of this collection, one dress comes to mind—a jade green gown, with polka dots, feathers, and slim long sleeves. I had previously saved it on Pinterest and was excited to meet Mr. Bell—a designer I’ve been interested in for a while.

Chadwick Bell Fall 2012

Max: Fall 2012 inspiration is Midnight Rose—tell me about this kind of women?

Chad: As designers, we all have this idea of our perfect woman, and who she is, but what happens if she gets a little messy. For some designers, she might already be messy, but what happens if our idea of the perfect women breaks out of her box and maybe tries to do something a little avant-garde? What if she is this perfect woman, who is put into an imperfect situation? Like, what if she fell asleep at an opium den? It was interesting to see our silhouette become sexy; our hemlines were higher than they’ve been before, and we had more fun with the embroideries, but in a kooky way, which we mixed with oversized coats and tailored dresses.

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Pop Goes The Panda

Exhibition: This past chilly Saturday evening in Dallas, if you were not staring at glitter panda paintings, then you missed the opening celebration at the Dallas Contemporary featuring New York artist Rob Pruitt.

Rob Pruitt Panda Exhibition at Dallas Contemporary

Rob Pruitt Exhibition at Dallas Contemporary

Executive Director Peter Dorenshenko brings forth yet another amazing artful feat—made specifically for the Dallas Contemporary, this is Pruitt’s first major institutional exhibition in the United States, and his largest.  With so many pandas under one roof I wanted to eat bamboo!

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