Wednesday, 8 April 2015
What Kimberley Wore: DCA Exhibition Opening
Top | Primark
Coat | Warehouse
Shoes | New Look
Bag | Bailey & Quinn
Necklace | bespoke by Helen
I know, I know. monochrome again. In my defence I had to pack for a four day trip and couldn't risk bursting yet another weekend bag on the way. A simple pallet of black and white is the easiest way to ensure a multi-tasking minimal wardrobe. Tes chic, non? It's a great way to layer up in this weird March not-quite-Spring weather, especially if you aren't confident in doubling up prints. I personally have no fear of pattern- more is definitely more- and I don't mind making peoples' eyes ache. However, this outfit shows that different patterns easily work, as long as you follow the one simple rule. Mismatch scale. Small+small=no, large + large= no, small+large = ah yes yes yes (to paraphrase Ross from Friends). I've separated my narrow stripes from my narrow plaid with a chunkier patterned scarf. Plus I have the egotistical approach that I can get away with anything. That also works.
For Easter break I headed homeward to Arbroath to hang out with my family. And Helen. We spent Easter Friday in my old stomping ground- Dundee. It's often overlooked as a city to visit but is a total hub of art and music. With Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, and both Dundee and Abertay Universities, it has a great student culture. As a teenager I spent a lot of my spare time at Reading Rooms, Groucho's Records and Fat Sam's but my main haunt was always Dundee Contemporary Arts (DCA). The art centre has a gallery, cinema, cafe bar and print room so there is always something going on.
Helen and I went to the DCA for the opening of Spring Summer 2015 featuring Maripol, Clare Stephenson and Zoe Williams. The unbelievable photography collection of Maripol charting the pop party culture of the 70s and 80s is still exciting today, and the images are teamed with her collection of iconic fashion pieces. The videography and sculpture of the other two artists complete the experience of sensuality and glamour from her stills. It's a free exhibition open until 21 June and I highly recommend it. More about it on Friday!
Since we've had a lot of Edinburgh events of late, we haven't been spending a lot of blogging time in Dundee. Obviously we made sure we attended the #Scotstreetstyle Gathering Five held in our home city, and we are always popping into Spex Pistols or local fairs but not necessarily passing on the info. As we've already shared a lot of Edinburgh love, we're going to do our bit to share the Dundee details. There is so much good stuff on offer!
Keep your eyes peeled for more Dundee info, and creatives, popping up soon.
Do you have any Dundee recommendations to share?