Shawn Huckins, a Denver based artist, mimics the exact proportions, font, layout and hues of paint cards found at every home improvement store. His Paint Chip Series explores color choices and their meaning in our everyday lives. It just goes to show how people can find inspiration and beauty in the most mundane items.
The next stop after Cambodia: Northern Vietnam. We spent the first couple of nights on a privately chartered boat, traversing through multiple clusters of limestone islets that make up mystical Ha Long Bay and occasionally taking a break from the stunning scenery to explore cavernous caves, visit floating fishing villages, and kayak to hidden lagoons. Bustling Hanoi, a stark contrast to serene Ha Long Bay, was next on the itinerary. I took great pleasure in walking through the streets of The Old Quarter amidst the abundance of scooters, plethora of street food vendors, and boundless shops selling textiles and handicrafts. And the only way to keep up was to sustain oneself on deliciously sweet and fragrant Vietnamese coffee . . . lots of it.
The scene was set for Stella McCartney‘s pre-fall presentation at Americas Society Art Gallery on Park Avenue. While drinking champagne and playing games of Scrabble, models were sketched by artists at easels donning outerwear of exaggerated proportions, patterns of strips and jacquards, well-tailored separates in brilliant color combinations, and colorblocked eveningwear. Effortlessly playful and oh-so minimally chic, the collection indeed addresses the need of every modern woman’s wardrobe. Honestly, so good!