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During a residency at the Center for Photography in Woodstock, New York, the artist Endia Beal took a group of middle-aged white women to a black hair salon. There, they were given a hairstyle typically seen on black women. After being styled, the women were photographed in a traditional corporate portrait.
The idea for this project came to Beal when she was working in a computer lab at Yale. Sporting a large red afro herself, she heard that many men in the office wanted to touch her hair. Her art project originates from this experience and wants to open discussion about different race, gender and generations. Beal raises questions about how we see ourselves, especially in the corporate world, as the ideal corporate appearance remains, in most cases and even for white women, the white male with his power suits.
For this series, she specifically wanted to work with women at least in their 40s: “I wanted people that had a certain idea of what you’re supposed to look like in the workspace, because it would be a challenge for them to understand what I experienced in that space,” she said. “ And to a degree, many young white women have shared that experience, but for older white women it’s an experience they haven’t necessarily had.” She added that the project is all about taking a risk, stepping out of your comfort zone, and trying out a new experience. Besides the physical opposition between a white woman and her black hair, the most compelling aspect of this work are all of the complicated histories, assumptions, silences and transformations that make the viewer see this issue as a discrepancy in the first place.

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I just found my next favorite collection, courtesy of one Mr. Dries van Noten. He artfully juxtaposed opulent gold lace and embroideries with sportswear vests, let gold ruffles peek out under grey sweatshirts and cascade down the sides of simple cotton dresses or attached gold, super-sized rosettes to the hip of an equally ruched skirt. I asked myself, why do I like this so much? Well, the idea of playing with opposite aesthetics, with the feminine and masculine, combining decadent gold leather or lace with much simpler textures and colors is immensely appealing. And van Noten wasn’t the only one who did it (although for me, in the most original and interesting way). Haider Ackermann, the grand master of gender play, used  shimmering metallic fabrics on a boxy man’s jacket or slouchy shorts. Joseph Altuzarra put his model in a shimmering gold skirt and a simple white shirt. Alber Elbaz at Lanvin showed a thoroughly shimmering collection, not so much mixing the metallics with anything simpler. At Margiela, you had a heavily embelished, totally sequined gold top worn with man’s trousers. And of course, who could forget Proenza Schouler back in New York and their beautiful gold and chrome dresses and shimmery delicate pleated skirts. What do you think, do you like this as much as I do?

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MAISON MARTIN MARGIELAMargiela_Gold_2Margiela_Gold

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One of my favourite things to do in New York is to walk over the Brooklyn Bridge; breathtaking construction and gorgeous view.  As you can see, I’m not the only one:IMG_5531IMG_5433IMG_5428IMG_5427IMG_5565IMG_5522IMG_5446IMG_5445IMG_5455IMG_5569IMG_5422

I’m very much a morning and day person, so when night falls, I’m usually at home getting ready for bed (no, seriously!). But even I can see the beauty of dawn – as obvious as it is.IMG_5004 IMG_5006 IMG_5007 IMG_5008 IMG_5009 IMG_5014 IMG_5017 IMG_5022 IMG_5023 IMG_5025 IMG_5026 IMG_5099

I will always spend my last dollar on a pair of shoes, but I also have a serious sweet tooth, like, no-more-salty-food-for-the-rest-of-my-life-sweet, so I can’t really say if the confectionary at Dean & DeLuca is heaven or hell…  IMG_4729IMG_4730IMG_4734IMG_4732IMG_4736IMG_4739IMG_4740IMG_4741IMG_4742IMG_4743IMG_4733

Today, Williamsburg: Home to guys with Amish beards, girls with flower tattoos on their breasts and way too many things labelled home-made/organic/locally grown.IMG_5083IMG_5053IMG_5060IMG_5039IMG_5086IMG_5085IMG_5070IMG_5065IMG_5063IMG_5056IMG_5061IMG_5052