Actress Victoria Monfort Shares Her Fashion Tips & Tricks

Good morning contemporary art and fashion lovers!
Check out the interview of my dear dear friend Victoria. She is an emerging actress, her career is exploding and her fashion tips are super useful.
Victoria Monfort is a French actress and blogger—with a killer sense of style. We sat down together to chat about her fashion and beauty tips, her travel experiences, and her exciting film career.

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Fashion Designer Georgine Ratelband Dishes About the New Trends of the Season

Good evening contemporary art and fashion lovers!
When I met Georgine a few years ago, I fell for her design at the first sight.
She is a wonderful woman, very talented. Her clothes are chic, elegant, timeless and I am blessed being a part of in her inner circle. 
Dutch born Georgine Ratelband graduated from Milan’s Istituto Europeo di Design in 2011 and created her eponym brand Georgine three years ago. Her Spring 2015 collection, which is inspired by the ’70s, received much acclaim during New York Fashion Week.

Check the whole interview we did for Haute Living:

‘Extra Virgin’ Star Gabriele Corcos Dishes About Food & Romance

Good evening contemporary art lovers!
Gabriele Corcos is not only a great cook, but also a great writer. The Florence born chef currently stars with his wife,Debi Mazar, in “Extra Virgin” on Cooking Channel. Throughout the show, the duo has given viewers a ringside seat into their inner circle—from running a farm in Tuscany to hosting dinner parties at their Brooklyn home.

I got the chance to meet him and Debi last Spring through of good friend of us and I asked him about doing this interview. We chatted about his unique cooking style, his must-have kitchen gadgets, and his ultimate dinner party guest list.

Gabriele, Debi, I thank you both so much for having did it and I looking forward to go to one of your dinners :)

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Fashion Night Out : Abolitionita Benefit

Good afternoon contemporary art lovers!
The Set NYC started from an idea. Personally witnessing that rising talent in New York City lacked a supportive network and structure, The Set NYC was founded by R. Lai, L. Mordis, R. Taliver, and Pim in February 2008 to build a positive community. The Set has achieved this goal by providing these creative personalities a platform for promotion, a relaxed and unique atmosphere to showcase talent, and entertaining productions to build connections within the industry. 

A few days ago, I went to this great benefit The Set NYC organized in order to help and support to stop child slave sex trafficking. Guests were invited to attend runway shows by designers Joy Hu Collection and Reverie NY. They wandered around several booths such like the one occupied by emerging artist Kate Wasserbach. 

Art lovers, fashionistas, as well as philanthropists were welcomed to interact with others, eating artisanal chcolates and cocktails by NYC finest chocolatiers. They also admire art exhibitions by East Coast.




Stir, Splatter + Roll Charity Gala 2014

Good afternoon contemporary art lovers!
Publicolor hosted their annual benefit, Stir, Splatter + Roll on April 22, 2014 at Martin Luther King Jr. High School. Following cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, guests were invited to showcase their own artistic ability! We covered our festive outfits with jumpsuits provided by Tyveck and designed our own tote bags alongside notable artists and designer. At the end of the event, attendees were able purchase their totes at the suggested price of $50 to $100. Artist Rashid Johnson’s table raised $2,300 and one tote bag sold for $400.
The event also honored Michael Kaiser, President of the Kennedy Center. Actress Bernadette Peters presented him with his award. Publicolor also honored Benjamin Moore and Gary DeBode of Edison Properties. Simon Doonan presented both with their awards.
The evening raised just under $1 million dollars. All proceeds go towards Publicolor’s mission to engage students in their education, while teaching them strong and transferable work habits so that they are prepared to be productive in both college and career.


Free Arts NYC X André Saraiva Limited Edition Prints

Good afternoon contemporary art lovers! 
To those who might don't know this non-profit organization yet let me speak to you about it. 

Free Arts NYC's mission is to help children and their families to foster self-confidence and resiliency through the arts. Educational arts and mentoring programs allow children to express themselves and let their imagination and creativity run wild. Free Arts NYC team give support to children from early childhood to teenage years.

French artist André Saraiva created a special limited edition Mr. A print for Free Arts NYC. The prints are individually hand touched/splattered and are signed by the artist. Mr. A 16″ x 16″ Hand touched screenprint Edition of 50 $250 each. 

For more information about the Free Arts NYC and buy a Andre's limited print please click on the link below:


UN Women For Peace 2014 Luncheon

Good morning contemporary art lovers!
On Friday, numerous celebrities and socialites gathered for the annual UN Women for Peace luncheon. The event was held in the breathtaking Delegates dining room at the UN in celebration of International Women’s Day.
Uma Pemmaraju acted as the master of ceremony. The Co-Chairs were Muna Rihani Al- Nasser, Deidre Imus and Sheikha Paula Al Sabah and Cindy McCain. Since its founding in 2008, the foundation has provided social, cultural, educational and empowerment programs as well as scholarships to benefit underprivileged women to study at the University for Peace. After the luncheon, attendees marched from the UN Headquarters to Dag Hammarskjold Plaza at 47th and First Avenue.


Naked Heart Foundation for Children

Good morning contemporary art lovers! 
Dear friends, 
As most of you know by now I am an art lover and there are a few charities and foundations I support. As I wish you would help me in my work, I warmly encourage you to go the next event organized by the Naked Heart Foundation on May 13th at the Grand Palais in Paris. Founded ten years ago, the foundation's mission is to ensure that every child has the two things they need for a happy, fulfilling childhood – a loving family and a safe and stimulating place to play. You will find attached all the details you need.

Thank you very much for your help and feel free to directly contact the foundation if you have any questions.
I look forward to see you there.

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Fashion Photographer Pauline Darley Shares Her Definition of Beauty

Good morning contemporary art lovers!
I got the chance to meet French fashion photographer Pauline Darley a few weeks ago and to discover her work. After studying communications and completing several internships in the world of art and image, Darley progressively became a professional photographer creating ads for fashion magazines and portraits of celebrities. She has lived and worked in Paris since 2010.                             

 What is your story?                                                                         I started taking pictures when I was 17 years old simply because I was passionate about it. As far as I can remember, I never really wanted to become a professional photographer. When I moved to Paris (I am originally from Bourgogne), I took more and more pictures, shooting friends and friends of friends. Then I was asked about my rate and I got a job for a French magazine. In 2010, I decided to take up as a professional freelance photographer.                                                             
What camera do you use?                                                             
A Sony alpha 99 with a 24-70mm, a 50mm and a 85mm.

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Paula Crown Shares Her Journey from Wall Street to the Art World

Good morning contemporary art lovers!
I am pleased to introduce to you through this interview a new artist I just met: Paula Crown.
Paula Crown became a successful artist very recently. She served as Vice President of real estate finance at Salomon Brothers in New York and worked for a family-owned investment firm in Chicago. In 2012, she opted for a new artistic career and received her MFA in painting and drawing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Crown was previously appointed to President Obama’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities and also served a member of the board of trustees of the Museum of Modern Art in New York. She currently heads the museum’s education committee.

What made you decide to become an artist?                              
I am not sure one ever has a choice to become an artist. I asked my parents what I did before I was aware that anyone was looking…and I was always making and creating. They brought me to an adult studio at the age of 8 or 9 where I learned to paint with oils. Although my journey was indirect over the decades, it became clear to me that art was something I had to pursue full time in the last 10-15 years. I organized my life in a way to orchestrate that shift. As my four children grew older, I assembled a portfolio, took art classes at the School of the Art Institute and Anderson Ranch in Colorado with established artists and applied to art school. I reduced my for-profit work and community volunteer activities unless they had a direct relationship to my art (for example MoMA and the Presidential Committee for Arts and Humanities).

What is your background?        
I received a BA degree from Duke magna cum laude in management science where I did a concentration in Italian renaissance art with the Titian scholar Rona Goffen. In 2012, I received my MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in painting and drawing.
The road became clearer as to how I was going to find my way to a full time practice. I was accepted into the MFA program at SAIC in painting and drawing and graduated in 2012 and opened a studio the following year. Fortunately, my work has had a positive reception and I have been able to show my work at the Aspen Institute, Chicago Expo, and currently at the Dallas Contemporary Museum. More will be announced for 2014 and 2015.

What is your favorite medium and why?                                          I have a mind that is associative… I rarely see an idea in one medium or another. I think of myself as a trans-media artist for that reason. Often ideas can start with a pencil sketch that can translate into a 3D sculpture via scanning, and manipulation of that image in multiple planes. I might then animate the sketch and add audio or invert the coloration. I definitely feel more comfortable with tools of the trade that give me the satisfaction of direct mark making (i.e. brushes, markers, pencils) but I also love the image mediating power of Photoshop, processing and high resolution scanning. I paint primarily with acrylics due to allergies now.



Fashion Photographer Pauline Darley

Good evening contemporary art lovers!
Me, myself, and I by fashion photographer Pauline Darley. What an adorable girl and so gifted! Thanks to one of a very good friend of ours, my "wifey", Solweig, I got the chance to discover Pauline's work. She lives and works in Paris since 2010. After studying communication and doing several internships in the world of art and image, she progressively became a professional photographer doing mostly ads for fashion magazines  and celebs.

Copyright Pauline Darley


What must not be said to an artist!

Good morning contemporary art lovers!
Funny quotes and advices:

One of the hardest parts of being an artist is courting the seemingly endless barrage of awkward, inappropriate and downright rude comments hurled your way. Whether it's an intended compliment or an ignorant gaffe, some statements about l'arte are better left unsaid.
Thus we've compiled an unofficial guide outlining what you definitely, positively should not say to an artist, whether friend or foe. We called out to some of our favorite artists, bloggers and beloved readers for their input. If you're an artist, odds are you've heard one or more of these statements before. And for this, we apologize.
Study the egregious statements below, coupled with appropriately absurd stock photos. (Is anyone this happy while they're painting. Really?) Let us know your own most reviled statements in the comments.


art/fashion in the 21st century

Good afternoon contemporary art lovers!
Here is a great book that you will enjoy reading this winter. Also as there is only a few weeks left before fashion weeks, it might be time to review fundamentals!