Weekend Links: Smart Art Edition

Friday, May 1, 2009

above: a still from Patty Chang's video installation
image via Arratia, Beer

In this non-swine flu edition of Weekend Links, here are a few activities and links to keep you busy this weekend.


Here's a question for all you social types and observers of etiquette. The Mr. just joined the board of a great nonprofit organization, which will soon be hosting an annual gala honoring a certain rising fashion designer. Since I will be meeting said fashion designer for the first time, do you think it would be impolite NOT to wear something designed by said designer? What do you think?


Ever wonder what a conversation between Anna Sui and Gabi Asfour and writer Guy Trebay would sound like? Such a talk took place at CUNY recently. Check it out here on 39thandbroadway.

This is What Adults Wear is an awesome blog about non-teen-centric fashion. This week, they shared this simple "how to" post about running from a conservative office to a cocktail party. And no, it doesn't involve a cardigan over a strapless dress...

For those of you catching up on Dream Sequins, I featured two talented emerging designers and one gorgeous Seattle blogger this week. Check out the designer profiles of Christine Rhee of CRHEE and May Kosaka of MOTHE. And be sure not to miss this Behind the Blog feature on blogger alixrose.


If you're in Berlin, check out this video installation by artist Patty Chang at the Arratia, Beer gallery, which opens tonight at 6 pm. The video involves a historic meeting between Walter Benjamin and Chinese-American actress Anna May Wong. Co-produced with Mary Boone Gallery, the piece will be coming to Mary Boone's midtown Manhattan space on May 21st. Check out details about the Berlin gallery opening here.

Refinery29's much-hyped month long pop-up shop, Save Fashion, opens today at Port Authority in Manhattan. Each week will offer shoppers a chance to save 50% and more on indie labels; this week they'll feature Elise Overland, Wren, Lyn Devon, Rachel Comey and more... See sneak pics here. And you can check out the official store website here.

Socialites and fashion's elite will be nervously prepping for the Metropolitan Museum Costume Institute gala on Monday May 4th for the exhibit "The Model as Muse: Embodying Fashion," hosted by Honorary Chair Marc Jacobs, and Co-Chairs Kate Moss, Justin Timberlake and Anna Wintour. Mere mortals can catch the exhibit starting May 6th.


Denise said...

Oh no, there's no website there and I'm dying to see, those are some of my favourites!

To answer your etiquette question, I don't think it's rude to not wear the designer. I would only wear him/her if you already have something and it's appropriate, you would buy something new because you want to not because you feel you have to, or if it's really important to you that you make an impression.

So, in short, it's more about you and I wouldn't worry about going out of your way for the designer alone. Hope that helps! x

Dream Sequins said...

Denise: Thanks so much for stopping by. Wow. You have such an amazing blog! And you just interviewed the lovely Garance Dore. So amazing!!! To response to your response-- I think I agree with you. I've been getting a mixed response so far. Some people say that I should absolutely buy something by the designer, while others say to wear something that doesn't look obviously non-designer-like.

We'll have to see what develops. Either way, I win, since I have an excuse to shop ;)

MarcyChen said...

I think it's far better NOT to wear something by the designer. It says you're not some supplicant or idol worshiper, but someone interested in her work from a more elevated perspective. Plus maybe your attention will be courted more if they see you as a potential customer or commentator, rather than a fan.

Dream Sequins said...

Marcy: Thanks for adding your two cents. I've decided to go with another designer, simply because, well, let's face it. My resources are not unlimited anyway. I do have to say that even if my resources WERE unlimited, I would not wear said designer's dresses, but I do admire his or her business savvy over his style...

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