Silver Lines

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A raw, refined aesthetic combined with the layering of textures and materials make up the surrounds of Jason Gringler’s studio. His glass paintings are at once minimal and complex, solid yet evanescent. The perfect place to go and clear my head and to create my next Gap Styld.by session. Playing off the existing dichotomies, I threw this Gap oversized western plaid shirt over my favorite Helmut Lang leather leggings. To add a kick I finished the look with my new Saint Laurent glitter boots, the silver lining to these pared down basics.

Gap shirt, Helmut Lang leather legging, Saint Laurent glitter boots

Jason Gringler, Studio

Photographs by Jason Gringler

Lush Volumes

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For my first foray into styling another for an art fashion pairing, there could be no better subject then my stunning friend Athena Calderone aka EyeSwoon. I met up with Athena not far from her summer home at The Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill. Within the walls of Herzog & de Meuron’s monumental barn structure lies work that focuses on the artist colony of Long Island. Drawing upon the dense volumes and reflective materials of John Chamberlain, the lyrical abstract shapes of Caio Fonseca, and the lush colors of Howard Kanovitz I decked Athena in Delpozo and we swirled through the galleries. A fellow former architecture student, Josep Font, the creative director of Delpozo is everything to me right now. I couldn’t help but pair his voluminous tunic and chiffon culottes on a style icon such as Athena. All about the visual feast, EyeSwoon is a haven for all things creative. It was a surreal moment to style someone I’ve looked up to as I develop my own visual language.

Delpozo tunic, Delpozo culottes, Azzedine Alaia sandals

The Parrish Art Museum

Photographs by Tylor Hou

Splashing Color & Light

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Always one to fall for a casual cool basic, this post marks the first of a series of four looks I’ve created for the Gap styld.by campaign. For each look, I’ll put my own twist on a simple Gap piece using my environment as a point of styling inspiration. I started here within Spencer Finch’s kaleidoscopic installation at the Morgan Library. Washing the four-story Renzo Piano designed atrium with color and light, Finch’s site specific work conceptualized from the Morgan’s collection of medieval Books of Hours is captivating. The 365 squares of color based on each day of the year are organized to have shifting effects throughout the season as the angle of the sun changes. I chose to add another layer of interest to my Gap black skinny jeans and carry the color-block through onto this Roksanda Ilincic bright-blue, apple-green and ivory top. Playing on proportions and splashing color adds a hint of vivid into my styld.by story mix.

Roksanda Ilincic top, Gap skinny jean, Maison Martin Margiela leather wedge sandals

Spencer Finch, Morgan Library

Photographs by Tylor Hou

Mod Collage

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Fantastical collage sculpture meets fresh and feminine silhouettes. Enter into the dreamy world of design collaboration between artist, Dustin Yellin and designer, Misha Nonoo for Nonoo’s Spring/Summer 2015 collection. A brilliant pairing for a designer known for her modern takes on traditional cuts and reinterpretation of painterly prints. Surrounded by the surrealist romance of Yellin’s life size glass, collage, and acrylic series Psychogeographies, my art & fashion fantasies came to life as I debuted the collection alongside the works in which they were inspired. Mod forms and delicate unexpected details brought another layer of artistic influence to the collection of pieces splashed with elements of eccentric pop wonder. In the midst of Yellin’s sweeping studio space a violet and white mini dress with flower bombs reflects through a piece of floating digital geometries and kaleidoscopic bursts. Beaming amongst the ethereal glass soldiers is Nonoo’s flirty galactic printed wrap dress with kimono belt. A lover of print on print, lastly is this limited edition top and matching skirt mirroring the turquoise blue sediment glass layers that hold the magic of Yellin’s work. Marked by flirty artistic pops and delicate detailing, Nonoo’s pieces are otherworldly as the art.

Nonoo Spring/Summer 2015, Alexander Wang sandals

Pioneer Works, Dustin Yellin

Photographs by Tylor Hou

Neon Lights

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Perhaps the most magical discovery of my summer was the Dan Flavin Art Institute in Bridgehampton. The renovated firehouse and former church is home to Flavin’s breathtaking nine works in fluorescent light. Conceptualized as a space where the light sculptures and architecture could become one unified whole, the installation truly embodies the phenomenal power of Flavin’s work. Around each bend is a surprise bold geometric gesture of fluorescent light where you could almost linger forever watching the effects shift and change. Surrounded by a series of attention provoking contrasts I pulled on my own bright yellow neoprene jumper by Jacquemus, that too begged to be seen. The onesie of my neon dreams was culled from the downtown New York gem, Maryam Nassir Zadeh. Color, light, and form upon me from every direction, here my senses were enlivened on high.

Jacquemus jumper, Maison Martin Margiela platform sandals

The Dan Flavin Art Institute, Dan Flavin

Photographs by Tylor Hou

Mystical Expression

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Gestural, free and brimming with emotive energy are Joan Mitchell’s Trees at Cheim & Read. Her works, rooted in abstract expressionism are a lyrical blend of looking inward and outward and in the moment finding one’s own way. Moving across the canvas with her richly hued, paint saturated brushwork Mitchell attempts to capture a feeling while alluding towards the form and structure of the trees, which she abstracted throughout her career. Encapsulating the same sense of modern bohemia is this intricately embroidered tone on tone silk crepe maxi dress by Calypso. Elegant and fluid this dress is a dreamy accompaniment to Joan Mitchell’s minimal forest. A line that is rooted in all that is spirited and free radiates grace in the midst of Mitchell’s uniqueness of being.

Calypso dress, Gianvito Rossio sandals

Cheim & Read, Joan Mitchell, Trees

Hair by Cosma De Marinis, Photographs by Tylor Hou

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Organic Geometry

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Set on a hilltop in the Santa Monica Mountains is one of the most visually compelling spatially alluring built environments I’ve ever experienced. An afternoon at The Getty Center is like escaping to another planet where all the beauty of organic assembly and geometry come together in harmonious balance. Richard Meier’s masterpiece fulfills me on every level; lyrical curvilinear elements are offset by the structural composition of a perfect travertine grid. The light is magical, bouncing off the stone into the lush vegetation. Completing my California dream is this Zac Posen pool blue party dress; the silhouette and seamed paneling flirt with the architecture set against the summer sky. If you could leave me anywhere it would be here.

Zac Posen dress, Alexander Wang sandals

The Getty Center, Richard Meier

Photographs by Jason Gringler

Saffron in The City Palace

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In the heart of the pink city of Jaipur was my last enchanting architectural encounter at The City Palace. Still the residence of Jaipur’s Royal Family, the complex echoes with opulence and some of the most exquisite craftsmanship I’ve ever laid eyes. Open and airy each ornamental gateway leads to one divine courtyard after the next, a true feast for the eyes. The most lovely is the Pitam Niwas Chouk, the peacock courtyard. What lies within are four adorned gates representing the four seasons and Hindu Gods. Peacocking myself, I chose this long saffron silk dress by Isabel Marant complimented with the most exquisite Lovegold find, the jewelry designer Azva. This intricately handcrafted gold medallion pendant is to die for and I fell for these lustrous gold dangle bell earrings. The perfect end to the most dreamy trip and adventure with Lovegold. India, I hope we meet again soon.

Isabel Marant dress, Azva medallion pendant & bell earrings, Mui Mui sandals

The City Palace, Jaipur, Sawai Jai Singh

Photographs by Chris Roman

Gem Paradise

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In India it is believed that a stone is living material, an entity unto itself, which is partly divine and endowed with supernatural powers. It is this heart and precious appreciation that goes into every piece of jewelry made by The Gem Palace. A family business for over eight generations, The Gem Palace is now run by Siddharth Kasliwal after his legendary father Munnu’s passing last year. After spending a few days with Sidd and his brother Sam their enthusiasm for an ancient family tradition so rich and spectacular was infectious. On this unforgettable day in Jaipur with LoveGold, my dream of being iced in the most exquisite way was realized. An afternoon at The Gem Palace revealed a dedication to craft and attention to detail that is at the core of the family’s dynasty. I experienced this process as we watched the in-house craftsmen work by hand to cut, polish and set the stones for these heirloom pieces. I was touched not only by the joy that went into the creation but by the inspiration documented beautifully in a book I could not part with, Munnu Irresistible Jewels. A man after my own, in this book Munnu’s most stunning creations are pictured next to elements of inspiration from Indian architecture and art, elements that I incorporated in my imagery. Jewelry that truly is art, I am so grateful to have experienced The Gem Palace firsthand with Lovegold and the family who keeps their fairy tale pieces timeless and fresh.

Tome dress, The Gem Palace rose-cut diamond & gold necklace, rose-cut diamond necklace with emerald drops, cuff bracelets set with rubies, emeralds & diamonds, diamond & gold ring, ruby, gold & pearl tikka headpiece

The Gem Palace, Jaipur

Photographs by Chris Roman collaged against architectural imagery from Munnu Irresistible Jewels by Eric Deroo

Dove Grey & Amber Light

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Set high upon the Arawali Hills right outside of Jaipur is the majestic Amber Fort. Built by Raja Man Singh I in the 16th century the fort is known for its exquisite blend of Hindu and Mughal architecture. Ascending the hill on painted elephant the procession into the historical palace is something I’ll never forget. Within the main gate is the stunning complex of red sandstone and white marble with intricate carvings and painted motifs. I am struck by the airy colonnades framing surroundings that seem trapped in a different time. The layout of the palace is marked by the process of discovery, each gate revealing more splendors. The most dazzling of which is the Sheesh Mahal or Mirror Palace. Covered with mirrored inlay, the hall was made to reflect the light of a single candle so that it would give the effect of a night filled with glittering stars. I glided through the space in this drapey and elegant dress by Rick Owens. My time in India with Lovegold is like a fairy tale that I never want to end.

Rick Owens dress, LoveGold feather pendant, Mui Mui sandals

Amber Fort, Jaipur, Raja Man Singh I

Photographs by Chris Roman