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Contemporary Art Gallery 12.26 Opens with Waters

You could say that Hilary and Hannah Fagadau are really twins, simply born years apart. But besides sharing the same stylish fashion gene, the ability to complete each other’s sentences, and similar voice intonations, they also share the same birthday — and that birth date 12.26 represents the name of their new contemporary art gallery.

Hilary Fagadau and Hannah Fagadau

Hilary Fagadau and Hannah Fagadau

At the end of the month, the sisters will debut their 12.26 business venture with an inaugural exhibition titled Waters. The show will present an artful conversation between two female artists, Alex Olson based in Los Angeles and Nancy Shaver from Jefferson, New York. Respectively, the paintings and sculptures combined offer a reflective dialogue encompassing the relationship of water in each medium. 

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Art as Fashion or Fashion as Art – Anne Damgaard

As New York Fashion Week calls it a wrap this September, Dallas’ style aficionados will experience fashion as an alternative form—like visual art. A first for art space SITE131, as Joan Davidow director and curator of the gallery, debut’s a fashion presentation titled How Fitting It Is, featuring Danish textile artist Anne Damgaard.

The Eternal Moment, 2017 by Anne Damgaard

The Eternal Moment, 2017, by Anne Damgaard

A visual artist based in Copenhagen, Denmark, Damgaard, graduated from the Danish School of Art and Design in 1997 and pursued her fascination with textiles as an artist and a designer. Utilizing the unique properties of fabrics as her medium of choice—Damgaard works with delicate gauzes, creating layers of movement in light and dark that transcend textiles into a form of expression. Never imagined as actual items of clothing, these works of art, architectural sculptures, are the assimilation between the form of the female body and textiles.

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As If, Scarlett Johansson and David Salle should meet!

A collaboration between a magazine, an artist and a fashion designer, defines a trifecta of fascination for me, add Ms Johansson into the mix, and this combination packs a powerful thespian punch! As If, Scarlett Johansson and David Salle should meet!

As If Magazine, Scarlett Johansson

As If Magazine, cover star Scarlett Johansson wearing David Salle print dress.

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Destination: Marrakech, Morocco – part three

TRAVEL: Most eagerly anticipated, our final destination in Morocco, the exotic Marrakech did not disappoint. Upon arrival from Essaouira, we stopped for lunch at the Grand Café de la Poste, a colonial-style restaurant with a très French bistro menu. A happening spot where Français is the prevalent language, as opposed to the Arabic and Berber conversations we had previously listened to in the High Atlas Mountains. The restaurant was buzzing with a film production crew, camera equipment, and lighting et al. covered the façade of the cafe (apparently filming John Wick 3 – Keanu where are you!). With the chatter of French around us, lunch was served, a delectable salad niçoise avec French fries and a refreshing glass of pinot grigio, I almost thought I was in the south of France. We loved this sceney little hot spot!

Balcony view, La Mamounia hotel

Balcony view, La Mamounia hotel

Onward to our hotel, we checked in at La Mamounia, situated inside the pink walls of the Medina. A national treasure and formerly a cherished destination spot for Winston Churchill after the war, hence the aptly named Churchill Bar. With its lush garden abundant in flowers, fruits, and birds, with the interior decor elaborately abundant in Moorish design, I’ve decided that La Mamounia is now one of my favourite hotels. The balcony view from our room overlooked the High Atlas Mountains, a picturesque reminder of where our trip began, and the early evening sunset was breathtaking with the soft singsong of birds juxtaposed with a call to prayer beckoning across the city.

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Books to Covet: Vitamin T, Emily Summers, Balenciaga

DECOR: One can never covet too many coffee table books, and I’m partial to table tomes that nurture my knowledge for art, fashion, and design. To wit, all recently published, this selection combines that requirement with Vitamin T, Emily Summers and Balenciaga.

Emily Summers, Distinctly Modern Interiors

Emily Summers, Distinctly Modern Interiors

Emily Summers: Distinctly Modern Interiors, by Emily Summers, publisher Rizzoli, February 2019

Art and design coalesce within the pages of this tome, a testament to the talents of Dallas’ very own AD100 interior designer Emily Summers. A current favourite, this tome reflects the cool subtle connection between art, interiors and architecture⎯a trifecta of modern marvels that typify the inspiration mantra for Summers. With a nod to minimalism and modernism both furniture and art alike, the title of this tome summarises the collective of client projects perfectly. Available in hardcover, price: $50.

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Destination: Essaouira, Morocco – part two

TRAVEL: From the High Atlas Mountains, our journey continued in Morocco last November as my husband and I travelled to Essaouira a small coastal fishing town on the Atlantic coast. The drive was entertaining, the highlight, of course, a gathering of goats perched in Argan trees. Ruminating for hours, these acrobatic goats are mostly situated for the enjoyment of passing tourists, although this is a fruitful life skill the goats have developed to nibble on their favourite Argan nuts.

Goats in an Argan Tree

Goats in an Argan Tree

Just under a three-hour drive from the mountains to the coast, we checked in at the Sofitel Essaouira Mogador Golf & Spa, for a two-night stay. Essaouira is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site, known for its mid-16th-century architecture, a fortified seaport with the town tucked away in the Medina walls. This photo below has a great view, taken from the fortress, with the port below yet overlooking the Medina.

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