Glorious Fusion

The use of color in interior designer and antiques collector Dirk Jan Kine‘s home in Mexico is gloriously inspiring. I just love how the modish pieces of furniture and objects in yellow, orange, fuchsia and cobalt blue pop against a neutral toned, old world background.

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Mario Testino’s Alta Moda

Alta Moda is a personal project for fashion photographer Mario Testino. It brought him to his home of Peru to capture the Peruvian culture and traditional dress – the Mario Testino way. “So much Peruvian history lives on in these clothes,” said Testino. “I have become aware on my travels that when a country loses the connection between its history and its traditional dress, something truly precious is lost.” Some of these gorgeous garments are costumes for the Carnival of Ccatca, Qhapaq qolla dance costume, and traditional women’s dress from the Province of Espinar, Cusco. As I’m planning my trip to Peru this fall, these images absolutely excite me. The Alta Moda exhibit is at the Dallas Contemporary Museum from September 21- December 22. This is a must see!

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Spring 2015: Braids, Braids, Braids

It’s officially time to step up my braid game. From Suno’s herringbone braids to Vera Wang’s discreet braids to Giamba’s braided parts to Donna Karan’s lanyard style braids, 2015 is certainly the year of the not-so-average braid. The easiest to replicate and most wearable looks have to be the lived in and tousled plaits spotted at Michael Kors and Mara Hoffman. Just knead a normal braid loose and set it with lots of dry shampoo. However the rest of the braided looks we love will require a bit more practice . . .

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