FAULT Reviews: ArtBaB Fair, Bahrain

The Kingdom of Bahrain may be small but it punches above its weight in the wealth and new tech stakes. It is now establishing itself as a leading cultural destination in the Gulf via ArtBaB.

Guests at ArtBaB

Guests at ArtBaB

 

FAULT’s sister publication, The Art Collector, visited ArtBaB (Art Bahrain across Borders) which is just in its second year. ArtBaB’s mission is to create a platform for both local and international galleries to engender a dialogue on how art bridges geographical locations by a shared aesthetic and artistic language. The incubation of high-quality home-grown artists juxtaposed against international ones created a fascinating platform for comparison of both the differences and the similarities.

There are several factors that contribute to making an art fair globally significant. The foundation is, as ever, great art; the structure is heavyweight collectors; the organisation is logistics, sponsors, media and invited guests.  This is what has made the Frieze Art Fairs a superbrand.

A spade of art fairs in the UAE means that ArtBaB fits nicely into the emerging rhetoric of the Middle East as a cultural hot spot that is shaping up as a formidable contender to the West.

The requisite art-collector-guest ratio that is needed for a successful art fair is beginning to coalesce around ArtBaB. The fair is still young, but it means that ArtBaB is able to cultivate high-quality artists and works whilst building a more substantial art platform. The fair has already attracted renowned Middle Eastern artists and a handful of high-end commercial galleries from around the world such as Maddox Gallery, London, XVA Gallery, Dubai, Project 88, Mumbai and Bait Munza, Oman.

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The artists

For the seasoned art circuit-hopper the art might come across as not edgy enough. At the same time, the works on show were underpinned by great skill and good taste. This is art that is not pandering to trends but has its own agenda. Some of the works had an iconic quality about them and will pass the test of time. It is, after all, the strength of talent that will place Middle Eastern (and Bahraini) artists into the cannon of contemporary art.

A good example are the works of  Lulwa Al Khalifa defined by her own mission statement:

“Today art is weighed down by pretension that defies its true purpose, to inspire, evoke, provoke and delight. I believe that art is for everyone, it should be shared and appreciated.”

A self-taught painter, her oil canvasses are a mixture of abstract expressionism and the figurative. The blend creates a mellifluous hazy texture in the background, which is often in stark contrast to the very real and very beautiful figures in the foreground. The result is a magical – filled with colour and emotions.

You can view a sample of her works here.

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Omani artist Ahmed Al-Shukali was one of the few Omani artists exhibiting at ArtBaB. His introspective portraits draw in the viewer who are confronted with a very raw and real view into the everyday life of the working man. The portrait photographs are intimate and, relatively uncontrived, show every human’s basic essence – with the only difference being the eyes, which, as the proverb goes, are the window to one’s soul. Equally impressive are the expansive landscapes which breathe new life into an often empty space.

Structure: the Collectors

The fair has already attracted a few patrons from the Gulf and a trickle of quality collectors from around the world, clearly aiming at becoming a contender to the well-established neighboring ArtDubai.

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The fair

With several well-known international galleries firmly entrenched at ArtBaB, it is evident that in a few years the fair will be booming with talent from around the world.

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In terms of juxtaposition between art from the West and that from the Middle East, the former was dominated by trendy styles that are recycled in a lively manner with an array of pop art, the conceptual and the abstract. The Middle Eastern art, on the other hand, appeared to retain its traditional roots all the while experimenting with contemporary ideas. The Middle Eastern rhetoric is supported by traditional motifs and references, and enhanced by contemporary ideas and styles. It is already both well-received and exhibits all the hallmarks of enduring relevance.

 

 

 

ArtBaB is evolving organically, striving to combine authenticity with quality, as it grows to join the ranks of international art fairs. Having already generated sales of over 200,000 Bahraini Dinars this year alone, it is already making serious strides in that direction – both in terms of the works on show and in terms of high-profile attendees.

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With thanks to sponsors Gulf Air for assisting with the flights and the Four Seasons Bahrain.


Originally posted on The Art Collector

Four Hot Designers Using Upcycled Materials

 
As more of us are looking for ways to reduce our impact on the environment, fast fashions have fallen out of favour. Instead, the style-conscious are turning to eco-friendly, fair trade styles that feature recycled materials. Upcycled products and materials give today’s designers a wide range of textures, colours, and finishes to play with, for truly timeless results. Here are four fashion brands out there working wonders with upcycled materials.

  1. Matt and Nat

Carried by the likes of Natalie Portman, Ellen Page, and Olivia Wilde, Matt and Nat handbags are the vegan accessory du jour. These fashion-forward accessories are not just vegan, however. Matt & Nat bags also feature a lining that’s constructed from 100% recycled bottles. The designers favour sustainable materials like rubber, cork, and nylon, which is upcycled into sleek eco-friendly designs.

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The name “Matt and Nat” stems from a combination of Mat-erial and Nat-ure, and the fashion brand works hard to find new ways to play around with these two concepts. Formed in 1995 in Montreal, the brand has only grown since then and you can now purchase fully recycled, animal-free designs that stand on their own as statement pieces.

  1. Titania Inglis

Fans of minimalist fashion won’t want to miss the latest looks from Titania Inglis. This edgy LA-based designer uses materials like dead stock wool and Japanese organic cotton to create raw, visually striking garments. Her designs are often sported by musicians, including Kim Gordon, M83, and Charli XCX.

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With a rock and roll aesthetic and dedication to sustainable material sources, Inglis snuggles comfortably into the niche between haute couture, fancy dresses, and environmental friendliness. You can choose from a range of complimentary separates as well as jewellery and handbags, all capable of taking you from day to night with a flattering flair. The pieces are designed to last from season to season, ensuring long life and durability.  

  1. Elvis & Kresse

One of the most creative forces in upcycling, Elvis & Kresse is an English brand that uses everything from coffee sacks to old parachutes in their accessory line. The fire hose is the brand’s signature material, which they save from landfills to transform into something new, innovative, and gorgeous. Parachute silk is another favourite material, turned into bags and wallets. Printing blankets, old leather scraps, and shoe boxes are just a few other raw materials of choice.

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While these materials would normally clog landfills, instead they’re recycled into practical pieces. On top of this, they donate a sizeable portion of their proceeds to charity.

  1. Charlotte Bialas

Based in Paris, Charlotte Bialas works with beautiful vintage textiles. Silk scarves from the 1950s are upcycled into completely one-of-a-kind designs. Bialas only sources the highest-quality raw materials, scouring vintage stock, mills, and auctions across the globe.

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If you’re looking for garments that are truly unique, it’s hard to beat the ethereal, sophisticated design of her pieces. Bialas’s garments are timeless in their silhouette, while retaining a contemporary flair. The timelessness of the garments and high quality of the recycled silk ensures that the clothing will be a long-lasting favourite in your wardrobe.

Essential Jewelry Every Fashionable Woman Should Own

Okay, so it’s a bit too cliché saying diamonds are a girl’s best friend, but who cares about cliché when you can own a perfect diamond devoid of all flaws and cut to perfection for that ring or pendant you are having designed for you? The fact is, jewelry can make or break an outfit and can actually define your style so much better than the clothes on your back. Why? Because there is no mistaking quality for quantity and that’s the one thing every woman should understand. If you are looking to complement your wardrobe with the perfect collection of jewelry, here are some tips. This is essential jewelry every fashionable woman should own.

No Collection Is Complete without One or More Diamonds

Although a diamond may not be your birthstone, every woman should have at least one high quality diamond in her collection of gems. Not only are diamonds a sign of breeding and wealth but they are also among the world’s most sought after and valuable gem stones. You don’t need to wait for an engagement ring to own a fabulously eye-catching diamond ring. The only problem is that most women buy off-the-shelf jewelry that doesn’t speak of who they are and what their personal style might be.

The first step is to choose a diamond and then let it speak to you as to how it should be worn. To get some ideas on how to pick the perfect diamond, click here. Once you’ve found it, then it’s time to decide if it should be the center gem in a multi-stone ring, a pendant, a brooch, or even a charm on an 18k gold bracelet.

A Matching Set or Two

There is almost nothing worse than seeing a woman dressed to kill but with jewelry that doesn’t work well together. Most of the top designers will gladly tell you that you should have at least one coordinating jewelry set where the earrings, necklace, bracelet and even brooches and lapel pins match. Oddly shaped and mismatched pieces can ruin the look you are trying to achieve, but with a high quality diamond jewelry set you just can’t go wrong. Diamonds go with literally everything, including jeans!

Why Earrings before All Else

One of the reasons why you should own a great pair or two of earrings is because of the fact that they are visible at eye level and can be seen immediately. A necklace, bracelet, ring or brooch will be noticed, but when you are speaking with someone and you maintain eye contact, your earrings will be seen in their peripheral vision. Your choice of earrings is vital simply because they are the only piece you can guarantee will get seen.

From rings to earrings, no wardrobe is complete without essential pieces of jewelry and it is imperative that you understand the importance of high quality gems. You don’t need a lot, but what you have should be flawless. Nothing defines you quite like the jewels you wear and if you want to portray yourself as a woman of quality and breeding, you can’t go wrong with 18k gold and diamonds.

Everything You Wanted to Know about The Balayage Trend

Hairstyle trends come and go with the times, but every now and then one takes hold and sticks around longer than usual. Stylists around the world work hard to keep up to date on learning and implementing new techniques to meet the demand that inevitably follows a celebrity or reality TV star debuting a new look. One such look, balayage has taken the hair styling world by storm in recent years, and for good reason.

What is Balayage?

Derived from the French language, the term means to paint, or sweep, a manner that implements color on the hair in a way that it blends in naturally. The end result is a soft sun-kissed glow that looks as though it was achieved by sitting out in the sun. Many establishments, like a luxury hair salon in Encinitas, offer the service in Southern California where the style is supremely popular.

How Does Balayage Compare to Foils?

Highlights are a great way to soften up hair color, particularly in the spring and summer seasons, and most people opt for either foils or balayage to achieve the look. The execution is different, however, as is the end result. With foils, the stylist separates strands throughout your head, layering them on a foil sheet, applying the bleach or color solution and then sealing the foil while the color goes to work. Foil highlights tend to start at the scalp and the color is evenly distributed on each strand.

With balayage, the solution is applied freehand throughout the hair using a brush and stroking motions. The main difference is that the color is lightly applied towards the upper half of the hair with more saturation towards the ends. This creates a look where the colors blend together throughout the hair for a more organic look. If you’re concerned about damage from bleaching, ask your stylist about using a protecting agent such as Olaplex to help mitigate any stress on your locks.

Is the Look Hard to Maintain?

One of the benefits of the balayage technique is that it’s simple to maintain and even easier to let grow out. With foils, the roots are apparent, especially if your hair is significantly darker than the highlights. Since balayage has a higher concentration of color towards the ends, it doesn’t create a stark contrast, and if you decide to grow it out, even after one session, the look doesn’t change much. This type of look also doesn’t require as much touch-up as foil highlighting does. You can go once every two to three months instead of every six weeks.

It is important, however, to care properly for your hair no matter what coloring technique you model. Heat and color protectants are essential to keeping your locks looking and feeling healthy. Make sure to invest in high-quality shampoo and conditioner, preferably ones that are free of sulfates. If you like to curl or flat-iron your hair, be sure to apply a heat protector and use appliances on the lowest setting possible to avoid scorching and damaging.

What Types of Hair is it Good For?

Balayage is a universal style that works on all types of locks. Whether you have fine or thick, straight or curly hair, you can easily embrace the technique and benefit from the look. It also works equally well on light and dark shades. If you have blonde hair, you can go lighter on the ends, and if you have dark hair, you can opt for a golden bronze tone instead of bright blonde.

The technique has been widely embraced by women around the world, as evidenced by the increasingly popular posts on Instagram and other social media sites. It really complements any look, making it a versatile option for nearly anybody. Pair the hairstyle with a natural makeup look, or go full-on glam and rock it like a starlet.

Kylie Jenner – exclusive shoot for FAULT Issue 20 front cover

FAULT Issue 20 front cover star Kylie Kenner was shot by Lionel Deluy and styled by Monica Rose.
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FAULT Magazine Issue 20 – the Faces Issue will feature reality TV star and global style phenomenon Kylie Jenner as its front cover feature this Spring. As one of the most widely followed personalities on social media today, Kylie is already a bone fide tastemaker at the tender age of just 17.

FAULT’s exclusive shoot with Kylie runs over 12 pages inside the issue (in addition to the front cover) and also includes the issue’s Style section cover – which is available as a special edition front cover edition in its own right.

Shot in LA to meet the ‘Faces’ theme of FAULT’s landmark 20th issue, renowned celebrity photographer Lionel Deluy captures the ‘real’ Kylie Jenner. Elegantly and simply styled by Monica Rose, the shoot showcases a side to Kylie that she herself admits in her interview is something “…that people don’t see” in her usual social media output or TV appearances.

In her interview, Kylie discusses her thoughts on ‘significant others’, the pressures of fame, how her public persona only shows one side to herself, her views on materialism versus spiritualism and how she deals with criticism of herself and her family.

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Interview by Heather Seidler, Production by Zizi Zarkadas, Editorial Direction by Leah Blewitt, Make up by Rob Scheppy for Cloutier Remix, Hair by Castillo using JOICO at TMG-LA.com, stylist’s assistant: Jill Jacobs

FAULT: At just 17, you’re already one of the best known personalities in the media today – and one of the most followed on social media. Do you feel that people look up to you in that respect? Is there any pressure or obligation that comes with that, do you think?

Kylie: I never feel pressure to be a good role model. I always try to do my best to inspire people to be good and do the right thing, but I just can’t live my life always trying to be a good role model. I try to be the best I can be, but it’s hard sometimes. We’re all human. I just like to live each day and just be me and be real.

I definitely always feel pressure to act a certain way, but I try my best not to let it affect me – although there are times where I’m not totally myself because of that. Even at the mall I feel like I can’t totally be myself. When I’m not in public, I try to always be with my friends, so I can totally be myself and not have to worry about people judging or watching.

Is there a difference between the person you are on social media as opposed to the ‘real Kylie’, that is,the person you are when you’re with your friends and family?

People are going to judge you no matter what you do. So now I feel like I haven’t been open as much as I used to be. I haven’t really been letting my fans get to know me a lot; I closed down a little. I love to connect with people, but it became just a bigger door for people to judge me. I feel like, growing up, I haven’t had a lot of room for error – I don’t have room to make mistakes. You need to make mistakes to grow and learn, but I’m just a little different because the whole world is watching me, every single thing I do. So I closed my door a little, just until I get a bit older and then I’ll probably get back into it. On Instagram I’m like a different person almost, I just show people what I want people see.

 

So what are you like behind closed doors then? What really makes you happy?

I have to feel like I’m OK with everyone I love in my life. I never want to have bad beef with anybody. I always want everyone to be happy. Also balancing work life and personal life so I never lose myself. Lastly, I don’t think I need a significant other to be happy because I always like to find that for myself, but I think that it makes me a lot happier when I’m sharing my life with somebody.

FAULT Issue 20 front cover - Kylie Jenner (Medium)

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On growing a thick skin:

“Being in my family, under scrutiny all the time… it affects the other people around me. My friends can get freaked out when they come into my world. It’s sad when you really think about it. There have been so many people that come into my family’s life that can’t handle it. And we handle a lot. The more people love you ,the more there’s going to be people who hate you. So I just feel like the girl who is an easy target to talk about. It’s definitely been crazy, but I feel like we all have trust that we’re in it together and we try to focus on the positive.”

On what people would be surprised to find out about her:

“There’s definitely a spiritual side to me and I honestly want the best for everyone. I’m not materialistic, I love clothes and all that stuff, but I don’t need it to live. I feel like, not that I’ve had everything, but once you feel you’ve had everything at a young age, you can either go down a path of being spoiled and self-centered, or you see it isn’t everything. I’ve found ways to really enjoy life. But people may get the wrong idea. Having a reality TV show, everyone feels like they know you, but that’s only 10% of my life. There’s a whole other side of me that people don’t see.”

FAULT MAGAZINE ISSUE 20 – The Faces Issue – IS AVAILABLE TO PRE-ORDER NOW

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FAULT Issue 20 – The Faces Issue – is now available to pre-order

 

We are pleased to announce that FAULT Issue 20 – The Faces Issue – is available to pre-order NOW.

Official release: 20/03/15

FAULT Issue 20 front cover star Kylie Kenner was shot by Lionel Deluy and styled by Monica Rose.
Issue 20 will also feature Jim Sturgess as its reversible cover star – with preview imagery set to be unveiled very soon!
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FAULT Magazine – the Faces Issue – proudly presents exclusive shoots and interviews with:

Kylie Jenner

Jim Sturgess

Iwan Rheon

Michelle Monaghan

Audrey Kitching

To celebrate a landmark edition, FAULT Issue 20 includes very special ‘Faces of FAULT’ section, showcasing some Behind the Scenes insight from a selection of our favourite features from our 19 issues so far, including the likes of:

Rupert Grint (Issue 5)

Tom Felton (Issue 8)

Ali Lohan (Issue 9)

Adam Lambert (Issue 10)

Kelly Osbourne, Shay Mitchell, Logan Lerman, 2NE1 (Issue 12)

 Richard Armitage & Billy Bob Thornton (Issue 13)

Zach Braff & Daisy Lowe (Issue 14)

Ben Barnes, Big Sean, Tyra Banks, Ellie Goulding (Issue 15)

The Jonas Brothers (Issue 16)

Little Mix (Issue 17)

Demi Lovato, Usher, Debby Ryan (Issue 19)

Plus our usual, FAULTless selection of the finest editorial and feature content from both sides of the Atlantic and beyond – featuring some of the most internationally recognisable Faces in the world today.

This is your FAULT

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Under the Influence of Edward Munch – Dag Knudsen’s FAULT

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Photographer (pictured above): Dag Knudsen
Models: Johanne / Lea Petrine / Jeanett / Heartbreak Models
Makeup & hair: Lillian Aasebø
Design & Layout: Geir Lysbakken

Porcelain Vice – Juli Molnar’s FAULT

Leather blazer by Dora Abodi

Leather blazer by Dora Abodi
Choker by PPQ

Leather bra - vintage Comme Des Garçons at Etsy.com Leather corset - Sveta Sotnikova commission Waistcoat with woven collar - Le Photographe? High waisted kincers - Intimissimi? Rubber knuckle gloves - Atsuko Kudo Silver spoon bangles - Gabor Spenger Leather braid cuff - Atelierbits at Boticca Rose bronze ear cuffs - Dreams of Norway at Boticca

Leather bra – vintage Comme Des Garçons at Etsy.com
Leather corset – Sveta Sotnikova commission
Waistcoat with woven collar – Le Photographe
High waisted kincers – Intimissimi
Rubber knuckle gloves – Atsuko Kudo
Silver spoon bangles – Gabor Spenger
Leather braid cuff – Atelierbits at Boticca
Rose bronze ear cuffs – Dreams of Norway at Boticca

Leather posture collar Choker by Melissa Tofton Swimsuit by Chic Freak? Rose bronze ear cuffs - Dreams of Norway at Boticca

Leather posture collar
Choker by Melissa Tofton
Swimsuit by Chic Freak
Rose bronze ear cuffs – Dreams of Norway at Boticca

Swimsuit - The Puss Puss Latex pencil skirt - Sacha Louis Gold double ring with prism and black diamond embellishment - Lai Jewellery

Swimsuit – The Puss Puss
Latex pencil skirt – Sasha Louis
Gold double ring with prism and black diamond embellishment – Lai Jewellery

Black chain top - Manuel Diaz Enamel plated "Robot" ring - Lion Studio

Black chain top – Manuel Diaz
Enamel plated “Robot” ring – Lion Studio

Leather waistcoat - Hide Enamel plated "Robot" ring - Lion Studio

Leather waistcoat – Hide
Enamel plated “Robot” ring – Lion Studio

Photography: Russell Higton
Styling: Juli Molnar
Hair: Chrysostomos Chamalidis
Make up: Philippe Miletto
Model: Sophie Drake at IMG Models
Stylist’s assistant: Kaz Yau
Hairstylist’s assistant: Elizabeth Arboleda Garcia
Make up artist’s assistant: Britta Tess
Shot in Over The Road, Shoreditch Studios, London