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.

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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 Musings. The Art of Finding the Perfectly-Pleated Skirt

 

pleat skirt trend

If you are like me, my style mavens, then you probably spend way too much time perusing the latest offerings and trends in your favorite magazines, online blogs and even fashion apps. If you are like me, then you also probably swoon over the designer duds presented in many of them, but often end up searching for wallet-friendly options instead. This ongoing quest for a cheaper alternative is actually what led me to create a section of my blog called the Chic, Yet Cheap Find, and is also what keeps many of you readers coming back for a regular dose of fashion-related pearls of wisdom. However, once I spot a trend and start the hunt for that perfect item to complete it- in this case it is a pleated skirt- I find sometimes find myself engaging in a long process that leads to complete and utter frustration.

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