1. Art to See in NYC: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

    Every summer The Met features a fashion exhibit, called the Costume Institute Exhibition. This summer’s show is Charles James: Beyond Fashion. It profiles the exquisite post-war designs of the Anglo-American couturier Charles James. The exhibit incorporates robotic arms and x-ray technology that allow visitors to see how James’s incredibly complex gowns were constructed. This years exhibition also marks the opening of the Costume Institute Gallery dedicated to the “High Priestess of Vogue” herself, Anna Wintour.

    The other special exhibition for the summer is Dan Graham’s installation Hedge Two-Way Mirror Walkabout. Displayed on the museum’s rooftop gallery, the installation is set against the backdrop of the NYC skyline. 

    Hedge Two-Way Mirror Walkabout is on view now through November 2 and Charles James: Beyond Fashion is on view through August 10th. Go check them out!

  2. {Total Lunar Eclipse (2012), Sarah Morris | Dress by Lisa Perry | Photograph by Tylor Hou}


    Upon first glimpse at the blog Pari Dust, we immediately fell in love. Stunning photography (you can follow the photographer here), beautifully written posts, and one of the most inspiring marriages of art and fashion that we’ve seen on the web. Best-known for her art and fashion selfies (seen on the blog and documented on her Instagram), we invited Pari to take one in our office and give us the inside scoop on how she got started.

    Where are you from and when did you first get into art?

    I grew up in the Midwest, Southern Indiana. Every summer I would attend art camp and that is where I became obsessed with making. I also fell in love with art through travel and still identify a place with my favorite museum, the Hermitage, Uffizi Gallery, The National Museum of Anthropology in Mexico City. These museums sparked my desire to pursue architecture, which is what I studied in school. I now have my own interior design firm which I started about a year ago.  

    How did you come up with the concept for your blog, Pari Dust? 

    For a while I’d been seeking a creative outlet as an offset to the architecture and interior design work I was doing.  Art and fashion have always been my original loves so I began to think of different ways to explore the relationship between them.  At first I started doing a series of collages using magazine tear-outs of art or architecture paired with fashion editorials that evoked the same feeling then the idea evolved to me bringing the pairings to life, staging my own shoots and creating original imagery. This is my way of acknowledging that interacting with art is an essential component in my creative process and fashion is one of my ultimate forms of self-expression. I also love the idea of educating readers on art through the lens of fashion, the academia side is very important to me. 

    Tell us a little about the process involved with planning one of your art and fashion photo shoots.

    I try to go out and see as much as I can, once I see something most of the time I just intuitively know that I want to shoot it.  So the art comes first and then comes the outfit pairing.  I observe color, texture and form in the work and choose which elements I want to pull out and look for in the clothing.  I try not to be too literal, most importantly to emanate the same overall feeling and nod to the essential concept.  The idea is that art is shown in relation to fashion in a way where each one is able to hold its own while underpinning the other.  I love to bring exposure to emerging designers, as well as wearing more established lines whose approach is visionary.  Right now I love Tome, Delpozo, and Rosie Assoulin. 

    What type of art are you typically drawn to? What type of artworks lends itself best for your photos? 

    Personally I am drawn to more minimal works.  I cannot say I have a favorite medium or style it is more the essential qualities of work that appeal to me, I love sculpture that is a bit primitive or raw, sometimes the use of color can be magical.  As for art that lends itself to be photographed, scale is an important factor, larger pieces make for a more immersive experience.  Sculpture is very interactive and the act of moving around it can be interesting to photograph.  I try to put forth a mix. 

    How do you stay on top of new exhibitions in the art world? Do you have any tips for those who are new to discovering art on ways to stay connected with their local art scene?

    I’m a very visual person so I find that Instagram is a great resource for me to actually see what is out there.  My advice would be to follow your favorite local galleries and museums as well as search different hashtags of artists you love, sometimes this is a good way of discovering an art collector or appreciator who is tapped in and exposing new artists/art happenings.  I’ve also been looking at the ADAA’s facebook who regularly posts new exhibitions.

    If you could commission any artist to do your portrait, who would you choose?

    Elizabeth Peyton, I love the smaller scale, her portraits are very evocative to me. 

    **To celebrate Frieze New York, we invite you to get inspired by Pari and take your own art selfies. Whether in NYC or beyond, go to your favorite art spot and shoot an inspired pic. Share it on Instagram and tag it with #artselfie @artspace @paridust and we’ll pick our favorites and share them here next week!**

  3. **To celebrate Frieze New York, we invite you to get inspired by Pari and take your own art selfies. Whether in NYC or beyond, go to your favorite art spot and shoot an inspired pic. Share it on Instagram and tag it with #artselfie @artspace @paridust and we’ll pick our favorites and share them here next week!**

  6. Today’s trend: PASTELS

    From baby pink to lavender, strong pastels illuminated outerwear on the runways of designers, including Celine and Rodarte, for the fall season. Take those hues to your walls with today’s roundup of lightly colored artwork.

    #ArtspaceFashionWeek #Pastels

  9. Editorialist’s Stefania Allen and Kate Davidson Hudson shared their art picks over on Artspace, but we asked them to do a special round-up of what they truly know best: accessories. Here are their 5 must-haves that are sure to make you sparkle this summer.

    1. Natasha Cuff by Dannijo
    2. Rose Gold, Geode and Diamond Necklace by Kimberly McDonald
    3. Gold-Plated, Stone and Crystal Lotus Earrings by Lele Sadoughi
    4. Two-Tone Leather Sandals by Aperlai
    5. Anorexxxy Acetate Sunglasses by Theirry Lasry in collaboration with Miroslava Duma

  11. Diverting a bit from our usual color wheel, we decided to create our very first Pattern Wheel.

    THE PATTERN: Geometric shapes

    THE ART: Magnets by Elín Hansdóttir

    FOUND: 1. Clutch found on Nordstrom Rack / 2. Fendi shoe found on Shoe Snob / 3. Geometric Leather Necklace found on Etsy / 4. Multi Colored Geometric iPhone 5 case found on Zazzle / 5. Geometric Sunglasses by Miu Miu / 6. Geometric Pillow found on Etsy

  13. Floral is a favorite fashion trend that repeats every spring. When we saw this Floral Moschino dress on Elle, we couldn’t help but think of one of our favorite floral pieces by Todd Eberle.


    A History of Fashion and Art Collaborations

    Over the past decade the number of collaborations between fashion designers and contemporary artists has increased to a dizzying degree—in fact, the marketplace is now saturated with unique hybrid efforts of this kind. While the crossover of fashion and art is hardly a new phenomenon, the nature of these partnerships differs greatly from those of the past. To cast some light on this evolution, we took a look back at how the relationship between fashion and art has changed over time. [Read more on Artspace]

  15. "Fashion is architecture: it is a matter of proportions" - Coco Chanel

    (From Coco Chanel : Her Life, Her Secrets by Marcel Haedrich)

    A fashion quote to kick off fashion week!