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Artist Sorolla


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Inspiring trip to Madrid, Spain…to see one of our favorite artists, Joaquin Sorolla.

Tranquil garden, artist studio inside his museum-home filled with his artwork and collectibles…you can see still the artist’s paint brushes and easel.

Time stood still.


Toulouse Lautrec of Albi


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Our train pulled into the Albi station.  Birds chirping from a small and quiet town not far from Toulouse, Southern France. I didn’t know what to expect from Albi, a charming, pink hued city with narrow streets and the majestic Cathedral of Sainte-Cécile…but my only mission is to visit the Musee Toulouse-Lautrec.

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec was one of the French Impressionists whose work I admire a great deal.  I love his unusual mix of color combinations on his canvas, prints, and illustrations.    Explore his choice of provocative images; the non-traditional subject matter in his world.

Source:  Toulouse Lautrec Foundation, Trip Advisor


A painting is worth a thousand nails – Artist Chen Chun-Hao


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WOW! What are they?

That’s our reaction when the first time we read about the Taiwanese artist Chen Chun-Hao’s amazing artwork…using “mosquito nails” (small headless pins about a third the size of a toothpick) to create an unique way of traditional Chinese ink landscape paintings.  Prior using nails, Chen’s medium were thumbtacks for his sculptures, wall pieces and installations over a decade ago.

Chen Chun-Hao’s exhibit at the White Rabbit Gallery,Australia.

Source:  Zagg Pepper, collabcubed, White Rabbit Collection

The Awesome Olsen Designer Twins


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The CDFA (Council of Fashion Designers of America) 2012 Award Show took place on June 4th at the Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center NYC. It also marked the 50th anniversary celebration; hosted by actor, Seth Meyer of the  ‘Saturday Night Live’…who happened to ‘flash’ his underwear à la Marc Jacobs at the Met Ball last month.

Is it a shocker that the Olsen twins (Mary-Kate and Ashley) beat Marc Jacobs for the top award: Womenswear Designer of the Year?

Here is the full list of the winners.

Womenswear Designer of the Year:

Nominees: Marc Jacobs, Ashley Olsen and Mary-Kate Olsen of The Row, Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez of Proenza Schouler

Winner: Ashley Olsen and Mary-Kate Olsen of The Row

Menswear Designer of the Year:

Nominees: Patrik Ervell, Billy Reid, Simon Spurr

Winner: Billy Reid

Accessories Designer of the Year:

Nominees: Alexander Wang, Reed Krakoff, Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez of Proenza Schouler

Winner: Reed Krakoff

Swarovski Award for Emerging Talent in Womenswear:

Nominees: Joseph Altuzarra, Chris Peters and Shane Gabier of Creatures of the Wind, Max Osterweis and Erin Beatty of Suno

Winner: Joseph Altuzarra

Swarovksi Award for Emerging Talent in Menswear:

Nominees: Antonio Azzuolo, Todd Snyder, Phillip Lim

Winner: Phillip Lim

Swarovski Award for Emerging Talent in Accessories:

Nominees: Tabitha Simmons, Pamela Love, Irene Neuwirth

Winner: Tabitha Simmons

Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award: Tommy Hilfiger

International Award: Rei Kawakubo

Founders Award, in honor of Eleanor Lambert: Andrew Rosen

Media Award, in honor of Eugenia Sheppard: Scott Schuman and Garance Doré

Fashion Icon Award: Johnny Depp

Source:  NY Times, Harper Bazaar,Telegraph, Huffingtonpost

Photos: Loud & Clear Media, Inc.