How Fashion and Art Collide

For the first time ever, London’s Frieze Art Fair landed in New York’s backyard, Randall’s Island. And for the first time ever, Refinery 29 featured me in their Street Style section. A couple of firsts for me in one day is definitely worth celebrating. Thanks Refinery for the shout out! I attended the fair on a Monday which was–so I overheard–much less crowded than the congestion during the weekend. Think part exhibition, part social scene, part runway, all put together in a temporary pop-up village in the middle of an island I barely ever even heard of. The commissioned artworks at the fair were showcased in this massive pavilion which created a totally hip and cool vibe. Hip and cool like the Fat Radish serving up delicious food, the style set strutting their stuff, and the outdoor Bier Garden was carefully positioned right outside the exit just in time for happy hour. At first glance, I am dressed in, I will call this one, a one-piece-statement dress that rocks. Yeah, I can mix prints like any artist. The Olsen twins might have popularized this (fill in the blank) look first, but in this day and age of stylists et al, I say follow your own instincts and do what works. BTW, I got dressed in a total running time of 10 minutes. Paired with my Chloe wedges, a huge ass yellow clutch, oversized sunnies, and smelly unwashed hair, it sells magazines.


Marni maxi dress, Asos portfolio clutch, Chloe wedges, Hache belt, get a similar one here. Tom Ford sunnies, Vince leather bomber. Photo credits: Refinery 29

After my brief walk-through of the bespoke exhibition, I was quite impressed. Having attended the Pulse, Nada, and Art Basel fairs, Frieze has a while to go, but as a first timer, it was anything but shabby. Based on the compelling art that I saw, there were some standout pieces. Chalked full of thought-provoking images, see below for some of the highlights of the show. Although I took over 100 photos at the fair, it’s safe to say, some of my first impressions of the galleries were the ones that made the difference. For comparison’s sake, in the fashion world and in life as well, first impressions are everything. And I consider that a standout success. Click through to peek at the fun stuff after the jump. Art and fashion?

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  1. Frieze Art Fair started in 2003 in London and is an offshoot of the art and culture Frieze Magazine which was first published in 1991. This year was the inaugural year for Frieze New York, so I would not call it a first timer. I wonder if they chose Randall’s Island as a venue because it felt a bit closer to Great Britain?

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