NEXT Style

Posted on April 25, 2011
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On Saturday night, the Corcoran had an opening for its major spring exhibition, NEXT at the Corcoran: BFA Class of 2011. I may be biased, but the work is really, really good. The opening Saturday night found the Gallery FULL of pretty young things — and pretty not young things, and cool children, and cool grandparents, and a performance artist or two….

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Artist Sara Winston with her work.

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Hamiltonian’s Jackie Ionita looking Easter-cute….

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Tell your subjects to look like they are in a band, and you get some good results.

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Looking at work by Pauletta Palacios

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An assemblage of ceramic objects by Victoria Shaheen, for the taking….

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Work by Sila Dizdar

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Artist Casey Goldman in her grandmother’s very special dress…

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Carolyn, Easter Sunday at the Florida Avenue Grill

Posted on April 25, 2011
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Top Artista!

Posted on April 22, 2011
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Last night was the ArtJamz “Top Artista Challenge” at Bloomingdale’s I mentioned the other week and despite being a little intimidated at first – that first stroke of paint is the scariest, I discovered – I won! The event paired each of us with a mannequin dressed in (very covetable) spring dresses and accessories and asked that we paint a complementary canvas while attendees shopped and voted for their favorite work of art.

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I used a scalpel-like tool instead of a paintbrush to really layer the paint on and create texture.

A portion of the proceeds of clothing purchased during the event went to Becky’s Fund (if you go today or tomorrow to shop, bring your receipt to customer service and ask that they give it to Heather Guay, and it’ll count); and then two generous supporters/art enthusiasts offered to purchase my painting and the painting Holly Thomas – a close second – did. Growing up and reading Babysitter’s Club books, I always wanted to be like Claudia Kishi, (the “artistic” one) or Stacey (the “fashionable” one) – how fun to have had the opportunity to make that happen!

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I spoke to one attendee who, having watched me work, said he thought that he could do it, too. It was really inspiring to watch someone get so excited about letting loose, getting creative and trying something new. Remember when we were little and we painted with abandon? Hey ArtJamz…how about finger painting next time?

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On Elegant Brides

Posted on April 21, 2011
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As the anticipation surrounding the royal wedding gets to the fever pitch stage – What will she wear?! Who will attend!? – one thing is a pretty safe bet: the bride will not go sleeveless. For years, the trend has been for brides to wear strapless gowns, and while the look is pretty on some, I tend to not love it. It can just look so…prom. Both Nicole Ritchie and Ivanka Trump opted for sleeved gowns recently, but it will be Kate Middleton who turns this trend around.

I found the bride above in the piles of $1 vintage photographs at Miss Pixie’s on 14th Street, one of my favorite places to pop into on weekends. Look at her beautifully made dress and gloves, and how the spray of her bouquet makes her waist look even tinier than it is. This dress would look just as right – just as special and grown-up – on a modern bride. Elegance never goes out of style!

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