The Art of Storytelling: Havana and the Wrinkles of the City

Storytelling plays such an essential role in our lives because they create a level of connectedness that’s achieved through relatable or shared experiences.  Great stories provide the bridge between our imagination and reality in remarkable ways.  When I have a strong emotional response to art it is usually associated with a story that I immediately attribute to a piece. … Continue reading The Art of Storytelling: Havana and the Wrinkles of the City

Mike D X Clare V

My love for handbags and hip hop have been mutually exclusive up until this moment, but now these two worlds have collided in a collaboration that I had to shine a spotlight on.  As part of the release of their next issue, the Australian lifestyle magazine Monster Children has enlisted the editorial styling of Mike Diamond of the Beastie Boys. … Continue reading Mike D X Clare V

Cinderella Complex: The MOCA Gala and Zac Posen

So I’m kind of having a Cinderella moment.  The MOCA Gala is this evening and I’m not going.  To be honest the MOCA Gala hasn’t been on my radar since 2011, but I do love fashion, art and any opportunity where culture vultures can be viewed in their unnatural environment.  This year’s event is lacking the hype machine’s fervor this … Continue reading Cinderella Complex: The MOCA Gala and Zac Posen

Fantastic Voyage: Diane Von Furstenberg’s Journey of a Dress

“I created the wrap dress but then the wrap dress had a life of its own.”~DVF Forty years ago, designer Diane Von Furstenberg introduced the wrap dress whose timeless style has become a staple in many women’s wardrobes.  The simplicity of the dress’ construction coupled with Diane’s powerful graphic prints unite in a style that … Continue reading Fantastic Voyage: Diane Von Furstenberg’s Journey of a Dress

Umit Benan Pays Homage to Jackie Robinson in Historic PFW Show

The power of a Hashtag. As I was looking through my Instagram feed this morning, stylist Elisa Nalin (who prolifically captures Fashion Week on Instagram), posts a rather blurry picture obscured by a fence with a hashtag that reads #NOTORACISM. I honestly ignore 99% of hashtags (while totally being guilty of overusing them myself), but … Continue reading Umit Benan Pays Homage to Jackie Robinson in Historic PFW Show

Vintage Vanguard Unites Designers on Moda Operandi for a Worthy Cause

“Confidence is a suit of armor”.  The dignity and respect you gain when you radiate confidence is palpable.  While we all grapple with our confidence at some point in our lives, for women who are struggling with rebuilding their lives (from abuse, chemical addition, or a myriad of life’s challenges), the support network they require … Continue reading Vintage Vanguard Unites Designers on Moda Operandi for a Worthy Cause

2013 “Rewind”

Whew!  Before I look forward to 2014 (and I must say, it cannot come soon enough), I thought I’d take a quick look back on my digital footprints and share my favorite CultureShockArt moments of 2013.  So I picked 5 posts from Twitter, Instagram, WordPress and Pinterest that were either popular, or made me squeal, “Eep … Continue reading 2013 “Rewind”

DesignerCon 2013

I am forever on the lookout for new graphic artists and animators to follow, so we headed to DesigerCon at the Pasadena Convention Center on Sunday. DCON has been around for 8 years, and is a convention that fuses urban, underground, pop art with animation, vinyl collectible toys, and clothing. The result was a mass … Continue reading DesignerCon 2013