Monday, April 4, 2011

Holly Andres Shops Xtabay

I feel so fortunate to have met Holly Andres right before she hit the big time.  Holly lives in Portland and is a superstar photographer whose work has appeared in Art In America, Art Forum and Exit magazine.  Rumor has it even Sir Elton collects her  photographs ! In my mind it doesn't get much bigger than that.  So you can imagine I feel pretty lucky to have had Holly take my picture....

Sorry--I digress....
So, the other day Holly came by the shop needing a dress to wear to her upcoming opening. She brought her delightful assistant Sarah along to help and take pictures.  Sarah and I were drawn to a floaty little watercolor chiffon number that was comprised of a color palette that resembled the colors in her work.  She liked it but wasn't convinced it was THEE dress she wanted to wear the big event.  I sensed she wanted a little more drama.  I perused the rack of little black dresses and plucked an understated early 60's crepe cocktail with a Chantilly lace collar.  The cut was fantastic on her and showed off her gorgeous legs and tiny waist.  She tried on a black fascinator but we decided it was a bit too morose for a spring opening.  
If you get a chance be sure to check out Holly's new body of work at Charles A. Hartman Fine Art in Portland, Oregon. Her opening is First Thursday from 5 to 8 pm. 
For more info on Holly and to view more of her work go to :


  1. The first photograph of Holly in the veiled hat is great! What's a "fascinator"?

  2. Hi Sue,
    Thanks for asking! I consulted wikipedia and this is what they said:
    "A fascinator is a headpiece, a style of millinery. The word originally referred to a fine, lacy head covering akin to a shawl and made from wool or lace. The term had fallen almost into disuse by the 1970s.[1]
    In the early 21st century, the term has made a comeback, but the meaning has slightly changed; it is now used to describe a delicate, slightly-to-very frivolous head decoration worn almost exclusively by women. A fascinator may be worn instead of a hat to occasions where hats were traditionally worn—such as weddings—or as an evening accessory, when it may be called a cocktail hat. It is generally worn with fairly formal attire.
    A substantial fascinator is a fascinator of some size or bulk. They have been mentioned in the press, due to Queen Elizabeth pronouncing new standards of dress required for entry to Royal Ascot.[2]
    Modern fascinators are commonly made with feathers, flowers and/or beads. They attach to the hair by a comb, headband or clip. They are particularly popular at premium horse-racing events, such as the Grand National and the Melbourne Cup. Brides may choose to wear them as an alternative to a bridal veil or hat, particularly if their gowns are non-traditional."

  3. that is soooooooooooo exciting! You loook fabulous and glamorous you look very mad men chic! congrats!