KMAC Couture. When Art Walks the Runway

 

With a dedication to exploring the meaning of art through fashion, the Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft will present the fifth annual KMAC Couture: Art Walks the Runway show on April 15, 2017.

Since its inception in 2013, KMAC Couture is a fashion presentation dedicated to showcasing handcrafted, wearable art from emerging and established regional artists that include costumers, milliners and designers. Every year, there is a unique theme for the event. This year, KMAC artists will explore the idea of color and how it has been utilized to connect people throughout history.

According to the KMAC website, “Color theory connects us to centuries of creative expression seen by artists using vivid colors as texture and narrative, like Sam Gilliam, Helen Frankenthaler and Dan Flavin, or artists who use lack of color as texture, like Eva Hesse or designer Alexander Wang. Color can be a symbol of beauty and power, as well as a political tool used to divide and isolate. This year, KMAC Couture artists will challenge the vast spectrum of color as a subject matter by adding layers of creative interpretation that evoke emotion.”

Through the creation of handmade, one-of-a-kind pieces that are composed of unconventional materials, local artists like Gunnar Deathrage (former contestant on Project Runway) will explore the distinctive relationship between art and fashion for KMAC Couture. The unconventional materials that are used range from human hair to candle wax, and even match sticks.

The event will take place under a tent outside of KMAC Museum. Proceeds from the show support educational and exhibition programming for the museum throughout the year. To find out more and purchase tickets, click here.

Ph: The Chic Street

Trend to Try. Metal Details Come Full Circle

 

Mango Metal Ring Bag (other options here and here)

When it comes to embracing trends, I find that subtle is often better. One such trend that I am excited to incorporate into my spring wardrobe is about as subtle as it gets, yet it was seen on dresses, handbags and jewelry during the spring presentations.

This spring trend, you ask?

(Well, even if you didn’t, I am still going to tell you. hehe)

Metal ring details, of course.

J.W. Anderson adorned bags with the circular detail, and Mugler added a metal circle to zippers on many of his recent creations. I am currently getting my fix by carrying a handbag that boasts a metal ring on its front flap and matching chain strap to boot.

Who else is ready for a lot little heavy metal action this season?

My New Ear Bangers. Seeing Things Clearly

 

Mango Lucite Earrings

There are many ways to make a statement this spring, but oversized earrings seem to top the list after they were incorporated into the collections of fashion heavy hitters such as Rodarte, Proenza Schouler and J.W. Anderson (Anderson’s mis-matched take on the trend was my absolute favorite of the season).

Shoulder dusting earrings have slowly made their way back onto the fashion scene for several seasons. Raf Simmons lead the charge when he resurrected the idea of the one ear banger in his fall 2013 collection for Dior. Many designers duplicated the trend for several seasons after by incorporating the solo earcuff, single chandelier and mono hoop options into their own collections.

However, this season we are seeing the mate return to the other ear, and the idea of oversized earrings taking on a whole new meaning. Rodarte created connecting chains to adorn their model’s earlobes, and Proenza Schouler added three layers of dangling metal to some of his earring designs for spring.

I am making an effort to embrace the new more is more trend when it comes to adorning my own earlobes, but I still find myself gravitating towards minimal designs that are smaller in size, yet high in impact. The lucite and silver option I have photographed above is perfect for the minimalist who is gearing up to embrace the statement earrings trend this season, but needs a little warm up before they fully enter the game.

One could pair their statement earrings with a cocktail dress for a night out on the town. However, I am most excited about pairing my newly-adorned ears with a crisp button down and jeans for a fresh, yet understated look this spring.

How will you style yours?

From the Runway. Elizabeth and James Fall 2017

 

Phs: Via Vogue

It looks like the Olsen sisters are getting back to basics when it comes to their fall collection for Elizabeth and James. However, don’t let the word basic fool you. Their recent offering is anything but.

The shirt dress got an update with the addition of the exaggerated sleeves that accommodate the year’s biggest fashion trend, while the classic trench coat was redesigned with a slightly asymmetrical hem and military-style buttons. These two items weren’t the only staples the duo tweaked though. Even the little black dress was given a makeover when the label added a drop waist to the silhouette and styled it with a crisp, white blouse.

Although Elizabeth and James stayed true to its roots with minimal design and styling, the greater attention to detail, expansion of technique and use of color show just how much the label has grown since its launch in 2007. Cherry red was strategically placed on knitwear, and a wool coat was even painted in a bold orange hue.

Style mavens looking to give a serious update to their basics should take note of this recent collection. The label’s fall selection is so beautifully-crafted in an understated way that even I’m considering the idea of hanging up my favorite black, wool coat and replacing it with a tangerine-hued option instead.