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#TheArtFairsBestDressed of 2019
Who wore it best this year? Art-fair-styles we fell in love with.
Feature 14 Nov 2019

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Sartorial art ladies and gents alike treat art fairs like the catwalk – although this comes to no surprise since they have a distinct feeling for aesthetics, textures, colours and shades. Artists, curators and gallerists from Paris to Tbilisi know a thing or two about putting a good outfit together, and here we show you our favourite looks from the art fairs of 2019.

EVA & ADELE
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Artist couple EVA & ADELE dress identically to each other at all times, often in loud, bright outfits, completing their look with bold make-up and bald heads. Both performance artists, they have never spent a night apart since they met in the 1970s, and have made a vow to never receive guests in their home without being fully made-up. Their eccentric outfits and larger-than-life personalities are impossible to miss!

JEN CATRON & PAUL OUTLAW
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Artist duo Jen Catron and Paul Outlaw don’t just make art and go to art fairs together, they look good while doing so. With Catron’s stunning red hair and Outlaw’s trademark beard, they’re hard to miss while out on the art-filled town. While Catron is often seen wearing long flowing dresses, Outlaw is always by her side looking cool in jeans and a statement tee.

MARIA BRITO
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Maria Brito is a leading – and one of the most popular – art advisors out there, requested by major celebrities including the likes of American rapper and singer Diddy (Sean Combs) and Hollywood actress Gwyneth Paltrow. Brito is also an award winning interior designer and was selected by Complex magazine as one of the top 20 Power Players in the Art World. When frolicking around art fairs with her A-List clients, Brito always makes sure to choose comfy yet head-turning outfits.

NINA CHANEL ABNEY
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Nina Chanel’s art is bright and colourful, and so is her fashion sense. Her work explores politics, pop culture, race and gender, and is in the collection of the Whitney Museum of American Art. Often wearing separates and hats, her style is simultaneously utilitarian and chic.

OLYA ANIKINA
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Model Olya Anikina is arguably a work of art herself. Strutting runways from New York to Paris, hers is a face you won’t be forgetting easily. And, it seems even when she’s off the catwalk, she knows one thing or two about fashion. Wearing looks that the rest of us would only dream of having the confidence of wearing, her style could be described as daring, one-of-a-kind and adventurous.

 
SAMMY KAPP
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Sammy Kapp founded his Philadelphia contemporary art gallery – Kapp Kapp – earlier this year, and only two exhibitions in, he is already making a big splash on the art world. His slicked back hair and laid-back style is both fun and relaxed – perfect for wondering around art fairs!

 
ALEX MOR
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French gallerist Alex Mor co-founded his Paris gallery Galerie Mor Charpentier in 2010. The gallery represents both established and emerging artists, with an overall focus on broadening the knowledge about the crucial debates of our times. Mor can frequently be seen at art fairs wearing classic silhouettes but with a twist, think glittery tuxedos and floral pants, this Frenchman’s got style in spades.

 
BETTINA BÖHM
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Bettina Bohm is the director of Outset Contemporary Art Fund Germany- Switzerland, an international, independent charity that pools donations from patron circles and partners to support new art for wide audiences. Also an art historian, and an advisor for Artnet’s AG Advisory Board, Böhm always looks chic in luxurious silk fabrics, elegant knittings and bold prints.

 
JAMES F GOLDSTEIN
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Best known as an NBA superfan, American millionaire James F Goldstein is also a fan of fashion, and of course, art, even promising that his LA home will one day become the property of Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Goldstein’s style is loud, in your face, and quite simply fabulous, there is no way that you’ll miss this character – or his trademark headwear – when he’s in attendance of an art fair.

 
WENI
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Cool-girl and working for renown Tokyo gallery Kaikai Kiki, Weni manages to pull off that street-style but cute vibe we’ve all been trying and failing to do for years. Founded in 2006, Kaikai Kiki works with both Japanese and international artists. Weni’s art fair look is fashion-forward, minimal and chic.


ELLE ICON LEE
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Chinese style blogger Elle Icon Lee is always impeccably dressed, dressed from head to toe in the biggest designers of the moment. Born in Shanghai, raised in London and now living in Hong Kong, the ex-fashion model has a charming and unique way of bringing international topics to her readers. Her style is elegant but sweet, wearing maxi dresses and jumpsuits with a pop of red lipstick or a choker to complete her look.

PASCALINE SMETS

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Co-Founder of Stems Gallery Pascaline Smets has style in her blood. Together with her family, she also runs Smets department stores in Luxemburg and Belgium which, under Smets’ creative direction, has introduced uber-cool brands like Balenciaga and Jacquemus with luxury stalwarts like Chanel and Louis Vuitton. In addition to all this, the Stems Gallery is another outlet for Smets’ arty pursuits. And her style is just as cool, with Smets often rocking streetwear styles and bright sneakers.
VALERIA NAPOLEONE
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Art collector Valeria Napoleone is famous for her contemporary art collection. A staple of the London art scene, Napoleone is well-known for both her feminist philanthropy and for collecting art made by women. Her style signature is platform heels and bright colours. Basically, she’s impossible to miss!

JULIE ALF
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Julie Alf is the director behind Copenhagen’s Enter Art Fair, an international fair that combines the well-known art fair format with a state of the art digital fair experience that is powered by an app called ARTLAND. Alf’s personal style screams glamour, as she is often pictured in gorgeous dresses, perfectly blown out hair and effortlessly complimentary accessories.

CAROLINA ALVAREZ-MATHIES
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Salvadoran arts professional Carolina Alvarez-Mathies has had an exciting career that spans both the US and El Salvador. Working to promote the arts climate in El Salvador and beyond, she has even served as the country’s Ambassador on Special Mission for Cultural Affairs. Alvarez-Mathies art fair fashion mixes and matches statement separates that allow her to move around in style with ease.

HALLY ERICKSON
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Artist assistant Hally Erickson carries off “cool girl” vibes in buckets. And, it’s no surprise, since she previously ran her own online vintage boutique called Total Pleasure. It’s a no brainer then, that she rocked our FIAC best dressed list in a cool, relaxed, chic look that few could pull off as effortlessly. Erickson has worked for Urs Fischer and Spencer Sweeney, and we’re sure they’ve given her plenty of style inspiration.

ISOLDE BRIELMAIER
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The cultural multivalent and curator just launched the global art program of the Peninsula Hotels and is not only known for her astute eye for art but also for her outstanding style. Featured in art and fashion mags alike, the former ballerina always proves a comfortable yet super-chic twist and matches perfect wardrobe staples for art world powerhouses like her.

KATY WICKREMESINGHE
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Founder of London communications agency KTW, Katy Wickremesinghe is a big patron of the arts. With a love for both art and luxury brands, it’s a given that Wickremesinghe constantly looks good. Always in floor length dresses that are covered in dense prints, Wickremesinghe finishes off her outfits with leather jackets, statement bags and sneakers.

TAMUNA ARSHBA
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Founder of Tbilisi’s Erti Gallery, Tamuna Arshba founded her gallery in 2015 after noticing a gap between Georgia and the global contemporary art scene. Since opening the gallery is making its presence known on an international scale, having participated at Art Dubai, Cosmoscow, Photo Basel and ViennaContemporary. Arshba’s art fair uniform is feminine and relaxed, mixing long flowing skirts, and coordinated separates with sneakers, making sure the art fair grind is stylish but comfortable.

About Talbot Runhof
“it’s all about knowing where to stop” – going too far can be as bad as not going far enough – a quote that dramatically affected not only the design philosophy of Johnny Talbot and Adrian Runhof, but their life credo in general. One of the first questions a designer is asked is “tell me about your customer” – well, you can learn a lot about the customer by just looking closely at the collection: cool, subtle, elegant, discrete … every piece has a detail, a detail that might not be obvious at first glance, but once you find it, it’s what makes you fall in love.

Images via Team, @Bryantlives, Peter Koloff

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