Transcendental Power

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Created for the modern visionary woman, Faike’s new line of accessories may help you become something greater than yourself. With a fresh angle on formal functionalism Faike’s cornerstone Non-Conformist briefcase is a divine unity of symbolism, material luxury and lasting impression. A distinct counterpoint to the conveyed scatter of a multi-function carry-all, a Faike bag exudes power and specificity. The design is in the details and artful touches, classic luxe Italian black leather meets the lyrical curve of a lucite handle and a neoprene lined interior surprise. The Faike lifestyle extends into ingenious curiosities such as the leather transcendent plant and an elegant embossed/debossed leather throw pillow. Finally a line of accessories that emit the level of intrigue you possess.

Faike is Real

Above left: Sarah Dornner x Faike softcore scrunchie, Sally LaPointe sheer top, Fleur Du Mal leather triangle bra

Above right: Tatiana Kronberg x Faike non-conformist briefcase, Faike softcore scrunchie, Sally LaPointe sheer top, Fleur Du Mal leather triangle bra, Fausto Puglisi leather skirt

Lower right: Denise Kupferschimidt x Faike transcendent plant

Lower left: Faike editor tote, Zana Bayne peplum bustier, Sally LaPointe skirt

Hair by Cosma De Marinis, Photographs by Tylor Hou

Future Alchemy

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Once again Tara Donovan has alchemized the familiar into the strange, this time in the awe inducing setting of the Parrish Art Museum. The new works on view were created for the museum’s ongoing Platform program, an initiative that prompts artists to create work in response to the context resulting in an ongoing reimagining of the museum’s architecture and landscape. Donovan invites you to detach from your integral former brush with the Slinky and be carried away to its shiny new future as free standing sculpture, wall relief and monoprint. Emitting a similar fresh relevance is the luxe athleticism of Paco Rabanne’s new chainmail slip dress perfectly edged with a a glossy white stripe. Shine on and sacrifice your ear to Ambush Design’s statement jewelry mash-up of surrealist future tribalism. After all an experimental summer glimmers with growth.

Paco Rabanne chainmail slip dress, Ambush Design multi orbit earrings, Fendi metallic sandals

Parrish Art Museum, Platform: Tara Donovan

Makeup by Samantha Jozic, Photographs by Vicente Muñoz

Spare Affection

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Infused with a sense of poetry and symbolism, the Parrish Art Museum is an inexhaustible subject for me. Elegant in its simplicity, a golden field surrounds a barn-like structure constructed from a limited palatte of concrete, wood, metal and glass. Drifting through the site in Water Mill, the link between the natural organic world and humanity is heightened and felt. Drawing upon these sensibilities, paralleling the Arte Povera school of thought as well as Andrew Wyeth’s style of Magic Realism a series of portraits were born in collaboration with Lucas Lefler and Richie Talboy. After the divine gift of experiencing Jannis Kounellis’s re-creation of Untitled (12 Horses) at Gavin Brown earlier this summer a pure and honest place, creation or encounter could not mean more to me. To lie transfixed in the field in Protagonist is an embodiment of this and perhaps my own elemental spirit.

Above center: Protagonist open-back dress, Manolo Blahnik heels

Lower right: Protagonist textured wool flare skirt, Protagonist crew neck shirt, Protagonist suede opera glove

Lower left: Protagonist open-back dress

Parrish Art Museum, Herzog & de Meuron

Art Direction by Lucas Lefler, Photographs By Richie Talboy, Makeup by Dana Bosco

Fresh Strokes

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Under the tonal shifts of the coastal sky and amongst a meadow of native grasses one can imagine entering New York’s East End of Long Island for peace and contemplation. Honoring and illuminating art and place, handsomely stretching along The Montauk Highway in Water Mill is a space that holds particular meaning to me, the Parrish Art Museum. I feel that it is no accident that I spent a summer in 2012 living in Water Mill across the street from the museum while it was under construction watching as the undecorated shed came to form. Honest architecture that is spawn from the natural beauty of its context was my ominous reminder to return to self. The idea is straightforward, to play off of what is ever shifting around you while stripping down and stepping into your own truth in pursuance of originality. A series of three very different posts, each representative of the dualities that exist and the ironies at play. In collaboration with two people whom I admire and whose creations I find exciting in their subtleties, with art direction by Lucas Lefler and photographs by Richie Talboy, I’ll start with a splash in the middle, with Roy Lichtenstein’s Tokyo Brushstroke I & II. Sweeping skywards and standing as a symbol of something it isn’t Lichtenstein’s primary colors and Ben-Day dots boldly mark the entry curiously drawing you in. An essential pairing with Versace, the OG creator of the fashion alphabet, and always one to celebrate heroic individualism, J.W. Anderson. At some points dramatic, my desire to achieve compositional unity ensues.

Above left: J.W. Anderson lurex dress, J.W. Anderson belt, J.W. Anderson boots

Above right: Versace turtleneck sweater, Versace flare pants, Versace suede sandals

Lower center: J.W. Anderson patent leather top, J.W. Anderson napa leather skirt, J.W. Anderson corduroy leggings, J.W. Anderson boots

Parrish Art Museum, Roy Lichtenstein, Tokyo Brushstroke I & II

Art Direction by Lucas Lefler, Photographs By Richie Talboy, Makeup by Dana Bosco

Celestial Transport

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Minimal and arresting, Liz Deschenes advances photography’s material and experiential potential throughout her work. Here in the sun soaked space at MASS MoCA she has created five self reflexive sculptures that produce an almost mind altering state. In a world where art is more often than not viewed through a camera lens, Deschenes’s work draws viewers into the present moment as the panels become the lens in which we observe ourselves in space while alluding to a future where existence is embedded in image. In a constant state of flux digital pigment prints on acrylic shift from cornflower to celestial blues and purples, forever coming back to the history of image production. Positioning myself in this meditative space I reflect back the ethereal layering of texture and color in my storm blue semi-sheer Gucci blouse under a mod grape Giulietta dress finished with martian pompom Miu Miu mules. A transportive environment to lose and find myself in.

Gucci silk blouse, Giulietta grape tunic, Miu Miu pompom mules, Larkspur & Hawk topaz earrings, Larkspur & Hawk amethyst ring

MASS MoCA, Liz Deschenes: Gallery 4.1.1

Hair by Cosma De Marinis, Makeup by Samantha Dametta, Photographs by Jason Gringler

Visual Waves

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Color, pattern and texture combine for my sublime collaboration with Barneys as they document a day in my process of creation. Given a playground of Missoni pieces to express my visual vocabulary, new compositions come into maximal form. The journey, never linear, is part of the multisensory experience, one in which I feed from. Art and fashion for me are a fix, each realm in origin are personal and unique. Maintaining an air of mystery in his technique, the pairings begin to interweave at John Miserendino’s exhibition of dye injected marble slabs at Louis B. James. An aesthetic dream, the color is suspended from within creating an inherently alien field of gradations. Miserendino’s rhythmic placement of the panels and book matched diptychs dance well with Missoni’s slices and cascading lines. Left wanting to play more, the narration skips uptown for Haegue Yang’s environmental installation at Storylines: Contemporary Art at the Guggenheim. Throwing on a lavishly patterned Missoni mini dress I am immersed in Yang’s, Series of Vulnerable Arrangements — Voice and Wind. Here, complex formations of Venetian blinds form moire patterns while industrial fans and wind machines swirl on intermittently as scent emitters spray Ocean Mist into my hair. As the signature Missoni waves fold into the layers of colored lines these elements are suggestive of the new meaning that can be held in what is known. Just a taste, an eye into the way stepping outside myself and dissociating from my original context has become my way into expression and more is revealed on Barneys The Window.

Barneys The Window: Take a trip to the Guggenheim with Pari Ehsan

Above left: John Miserendino, untitled (here but hanny), 2015 x Missoni Mare Zigzag Knit Caftan, Miansai screw cuff bracelet

Above right: Haegue Yang, Series of Vulnerable Arrangements — Voice and Wind, 2009 x Missoni Mare Zigzag Knit Cover-Up Dress

Lower right: John Miserendino, untitled (mattias and junga), 2015 x Missoni Mare Zigzag Knit Cover-Up Dress

Lower left: John Miserendino, untitled (here but hanny), 2015 x Missoni Mare Zigzag Knit Caftan

Louis B. James, John Miserendino, your pores smaller

Storylines: Contemporary Art at the Guggenheim, Haegue Yang, Series of Vulnerable Arrangements — Voice and Wind

Hair by Cosma De Marinis, Makeup by Samantha Dametta, Styling by Jasmine Snow, Photographs by Jason Gringler

Extra Bold & Glossy

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Initiating the myriad of feelings associated with a bombardment of visuals and information that is more often than not the story of my life, is Olaf Breuning’s vivacious installation at Metro Pictures. Anxiety gives way to excitement leads to enchantment and all over again but to become one of them. Breuning’s oversized bubbles of photo collage, portraits he staged of friends and otherwise, communicate what it means to be human, all the billions of particles that influence us. Amidst this are the reflective sculptures, versions of ourselves perched on metal scaffolding contemplating whether to observe the party or join it. At the end of the day and in need of some freewheeling liberation I put on my best bear suit and enter in. I turned to Jeremy Scott’s irrepressible Moschino, grinning teddies and heart emojis for something extra bold and glossy. Breuning’s work is joyful without being needy, in it I find my most fun self lost in an endless dream world of interpretation.

Moschino bear mini dress, Moschino letter bomber jacket, Moschino glossy heart sunglasses, Clover Canyon platform shoes

Metro Pictures, Olaf Breuning, The Life

Hair by Cosma De Marinis, Makeup by Rouge New York, Photographs by Tylor Hou

L’ECOLE Van Cleef & Arpels: The Art of Jewelry Making

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Set in a jewel box like environ at the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum I had the pleasure of attending L’ECOLE Van Cleef & Arpels, a glimpse into the spirit of creation that defines the iconic French jewelry house. Here I was immersed in the savior-faire which takes a design from concept to the first steps in creation. Taught by L’ECOLE’s impassioned artisans, each who posses an exquisite skill set that make up the process of turning designs into dreamlike confections. A lover of drawing and painting I was overcome with a new appreciation for the level of precision and detail required to execute the initial design drawing and gouache rendering. Today’s subject and what I consider a long time muse of Van Cleef & Arpels is the ephemeral butterfly, the gouache painted stones representative of the diamonds to be inlaid on the wings. In my course Explore & Create 1: From Design to Mock-Up I move from the drawing table to the jeweler’s bench as my two dimensional design takes the form of a pewter mock-up. I try my hand at cutting, setting and polishing honing in on the gesture of the artisan. What I’m left with is the beauty of an experience that is genuine, and admiration for all that the storied jewelry house stands for and has created.

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, L’ECOLE Van Cleef & Arpels, Explore & Create 1: From Design to Mock-Up

Photographs by Jason Gringler

Frida Blossoms

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Nature, art and fashion may be the ultimate at this moment for me. Presenting just that vibrant portal of escapism is Frida Kahlo: Art, Garden, Life at the New York Botanical Garden. A path of tall lanky Sunflowers, magenta Fuchsia blossoms and tear shaped Elephant-Ear leaves gives way to an atrium with cobalt walls, terra-cotta brick, and a pyramid of cactuses, a recreation of the lush courtyard garden that was a source of inspiration and a constant subject in Frida’s art throughout her life. While walking through the garden you experience the full impact of nature where the rich smell of blossoms, damp earth and decay permeate the air and delicate, lacey plants drape themselves over fearsome, spiky succulents. Exit Frida’s magical garden, cross the green acreage to the north side and find the Library where you will discover an intimate gallery of Frida’s work. The stylistic hybrid which can be seen in Frida’s paintings, a mix of western Vanitas and Still Life traditions together with Surrealism, portraiture and symbolism specific to indigenous Mexican culture is also evident in her iconic persona and unimitatable style. A true embodiment of her art, an impression to me that is rare and meaningful. Here I create a Frida twist providing a glimpse of designers whose work is spiked with a confection of influences but is something very much their own, a flounced brick red top by Vika Gazinskaya, a vivid mixed-print skirt by Doro Olowu, the spice of Charlotte Olympia sandals, decked in jewels laden with nature’s symbolism by KC Sukamto, and topped with a custom Cosma De Marinis exotic collage headpiece. Nature and signature is clearly sentiment in Frida’s world.

All jewelry: KC Sukamto Magdalena Collection, Madia Earrings, Flora Ring, Majeste Ring, Espine Ring, Madia Bracelet, Vika Gazinskaya flouncy top, Doro Olowu patchwork skirt, Charlotte Olympia sandals, Cosma De Marinis collage headpiece, Face Stockholm lipstick in Matte Sangria, Jin Soon nail polish in Pop Orange

New York Botanical Garden, Frida Kahlo: Art, Garden, Life

Hair Collage by Cosma De Marinis, Makeup by Samantha Jozic, Photographs by Jason Gringler

Treasure Garden

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The air, heavy and fragrant wraps around you like a blanket and transports you to a different time, location and climate. You are in the subtropical terrain of Mexico, the lush courtyard garden of Frida Kahlo’s house, known as Casa Azul by way of the New York Botanical Garden’s new exhibition Frida Kahlo: Art, Garden, Life. In part one of my romp through Frida’s garden we are given a glimpse at the elemental bliss contained here through a special collection of heirloom jewelry pieces by KC Sukamto. Drawing inspiration from Frida’s life and work KC’s intricately detailed and refined yet wildly exotic pieces contain the unique stylistic hybrid of Frida’s iconic body of work. Each piece is a brilliant reflection of Frida’s symbolically rich garden through stone selection, color and form. Columbian emeralds evoke the lush greens and majestic cactuses, pink sapphires and rubies the fuchsia blossoms, the opal speaks to the water moments and the onyx the black lagoon. The attention to detail is exquisite, prongs holding the Australian opal are spiked mimicking the succulents and the tear shaped amethyst evoke the Elephant-Ear leaves. Imbued in the designs is the long tradition of nature used both symbolically and allegorically throughout art history. The culmination is a magical mix of cultures, aesthetics and ideas, rare treasures that contain the source of inspiration art and life.

All jewelry: KC Sukamto Magdalena Collection, Madia Earrings, Flora Ring, Majeste Ring, Espine Ring, Madia Bracelet, Vika Gazinskaya flouncy top, Face Stockholm lipstick in Matte Sangria, Jin Soon nail polish in Pop Orange

New York Botanical Garden, Frida Kahlo: Art, Garden, Life

Hair Collage by Cosma De Marinis, Makeup by Samantha Jozic, Photographs by Jason Gringler