Fashion & Art

“Fashion & Virtue” at the Met Museum

It’s print week in New York, meaning that these days are all about celebrating the art of prints in the city. So I decided to join the party and write about the most recent exhibition by the department of Drawings & Prints at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Fashion and Virtue: Textile Patterns and the Print Revolution, 1520–1620.

Sultans of Deccan India—Met Museum

Sultans of Deccan India - The Metropolitan Museum of Art

I went to see the exhibition named Sultans of Deccan India, 1500-1700: Opulence and Fantasy a few weeks ago at the Met Museum and couldn’t have loved it more! The words “opulence” and “fantasy” in the title are perfectly appropriate to describe the magical world that this sometimes forgotten part of Indian history hides. I particularly loved the metalwork—not just in the jewellery, but also in the decorations—and the romanticism that the careful crafting of each one of these pieces seems to evoke. Oh, and the diamonds! Of course, some of them have been retouched by our Western jewellers—and Harry Winston is one house to know how to make diamonds marvellous—making them a little different from what they might have looked under the sultans’ eyes back in the time… But that doesn’t mean I have stopped dreaming of them all. I think I’ve found my true passion: diamonds everywhere!

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Sultans of Deccan India - The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Sultans of Deccan India - The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Sultans of Deccan India - The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Sultans of Deccan India - The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Sultans of Deccan India - The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Sultans of Deccan India - The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Sultans of Deccan India - The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Sultans of Deccan India - The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Sultans of Deccan India - The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Sultans of Deccan India - The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Sultans of Deccan India - The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Sultans of Deccan India - The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Sultans of Deccan India - The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Sultans of Deccan India - The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Sultans of Deccan India - The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Sultans of Deccan India - The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Love,
Laura
Photography: Laura Beltran-Rubio

A Day at The Cloisters

A Day at The Cloisters

As I mentioned earlier this week, I spent Memorial Day very calmly, enjoying a very sunny summer day at The Cloisters. It was an absolutely wonderful day, during which I saw the most inspiring architectural pieces in this beautiful place, I had a delicious and fresh salad for lunch while overlooking the Hudson river, and read almost a full book under the sun. And, of course, I took lots of pictures! So rather than talking about how I felt, I hope I can share it, somehow, through my pictures.

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A Day at The Cloisters

A Day at The Cloisters

A Day at The Cloisters

A Day at The Cloisters

A Day at The Cloisters

A Day at The Cloisters

A Day at The Cloisters

A Day at The Cloisters

A Day at The Cloisters

A Day at The Cloisters

A Day at The Cloisters

A Day at The Cloisters

A Day at The Cloisters

A Day at The Cloisters

A Day at The Cloisters

A Day at The Cloisters

A Day at The Cloisters

A Day at The Cloisters

A Day at The Cloisters

A Day at The Cloisters

A Day at The Cloisters

A Day at The Cloisters

A Day at The Cloisters

A Day at The Cloisters

A Day at The Cloisters

A Day at The Cloisters

A Day at The Cloisters

A Day at The Cloisters

A Day at The Cloisters

A Day at The Cloisters

A Day at The Cloisters

A Day at The Cloisters

A Day at The Cloisters

A Day at The Cloisters

A Day at The Cloisters

A Day at The Cloisters

A Day at The Cloisters

A Day at The Cloisters

A Day at The Cloisters

A Day at The Cloisters

A Day at The Cloisters

A Day at The Cloisters

A Day at The Cloisters

Love,
Laura
Photography: Laura Beltran-Rubio

Visits to Christie's

Visits to Christie's

Two weekends ago, right before all the auctions started taking place at Christie’s I visited their NYC building to take a look at the amazing works of art they had on view. Although I am not—yet, I hope—able to actually get any of those for my apartment, I did love being able to spend a calm afternoon looking at all those beautiful pieces and dreaming of the day I can call something like that mine!

Visits to Christie'sVisits to Christie's

Visits to Christie's

Visits to Christie's

Visits to Christie's

Visits to Christie's

Visits to Christie's

Visits to Christie's

Visits to Christie's

Visits to Christie's

Visits to Christie's

Visits to Christie's

Visits to Christie's

Visits to Christie's

Visits to Christie's

Visits to Christie's

Visits to Christie's

Visits to Christie's

Love,
Laura
Photography: Laura Beltran-Rubio

Frieze New York

Frieze New York

By this point is absolutely no surprise that I’m writing about art. It’s one of the things I love the most in this world, and I don’t seem to get enough of it. Ever. So you might imagine how excited I was when I got my invitation to the VIP Preview of Frieze New York. Not that I wouldn’t have gone anyway… But being able to see it before anyone else—yes, I’m a little bit competitive sometimes—and not having to face the crowds—which is something I truly dislike—made my day month.

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Frieze New York

So yesterday, after working pretty much all day on my last final, taking a long shower and—finally—putting on the Valentino studded sandals I got for my birthday, I went out of my apartment ready to have a fun evening off. Since I was determined to make this my celebration for having successfully completed my first year of Graduate School, I decided to take the ferry ride all the way to Randall’s Island and enjoy the view of New York in what ended up being a wonderful spring afternoon.

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Once I entered the art fair, I walked all around it several times, trying not to miss anything. I don’t want to spoil the surprise for those of you who will be going at some point this weekend—and you should totally go—but I can’t avoid sharing some of my favourite pieces…

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Frieze New York

Frieze New York

Frieze New York

Frieze New York

Frieze New York

Frieze New York

Frieze New York

Frieze New York

Frieze New York

Frieze New York

Frieze New York

Frieze New York

Frieze New York

Frieze New York

Frieze New York

Frieze New York

After walking for quite a while, drinking a glass of wine, and greeting a few friends, I was more than ready to head back to Manhattan. But before I did, this wonderfully calm evening got even better when nature surprised me with the best sunset I’ve seen in quite a while—and I guess that’s a lot to say from someone who lives in the West side and sees the sunset pretty much every day.

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Frieze New York

Love,
Laura
Photography: Laura Beltran-Rubio

Give Me Love: Yayoi Kusama at David Zwirner Gallery

Yayoi Kusama: the Obliteration Room

As I mentioned yesterday, Yayoi Kusama’s Give Me Love is currently on view at David Zwirner Gallery in Chelsea and, to me, it’s a must-see this month. I had the chance to visit on Saturday and had lots of fun in the Obliteration Room. So if you love art, dots—because that’s what Yayoi Kusama is all about—and have some free time, you should totally visit. It’s worth it!

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Yayoi Kusama: the Obliteration Room

Yayoi Kusama: the Obliteration Room

Yayoi Kusama: the Obliteration Room

Yayoi Kusama: the Obliteration Room

Yayoi Kusama: the Obliteration Room

Yayoi Kusama: the Obliteration Room

Yayoi Kusama: the Obliteration Room

Yayoi Kusama: the Obliteration Room

Yayoi Kusama: the Obliteration Room

Yayoi Kusama: the Obliteration Room

Yayoi Kusama: the Obliteration Room

Yayoi Kusama: the Obliteration Room

Yayoi Kusama: the Obliteration Room

Yayoi Kusama: the Obliteration Room

Love,
Laura
Photography: Laura Beltran-Rubio