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Where to Go, What to See and Wear for Art Fair Season

Photo courtesy of Frieze New York, 2018

A Guide to Art Auctions: Where to Go,
What to See, and What to Wear

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Whoever planned art fair season must have been very exacting about it: It’s always in the grey months of late winter and early spring that we want to surround ourselves with beauty the most. So, delightfully, auctions and art fairs are in full swing now through May. While you’re busy clearing your calendar, we’ve taken the liberty of organizing the itineraries: three art-focused destinations on three continents, a few key pit stops, and the clothes to wear while you’re taking it all in. (Peggy Guggenheim would be proud.)

VENICE, ITALY

Venice Italy

WHAT:

Peggy Guggenheim Collection


DATES:

Now open; 75th anniversary


WHERE:

Venice, Italy

Shuffling between Peggy Guggenheim’s famous modern art collection, raising a prosecco to its seventy-fifth anniversary alfresco at Gritti Palace (overlooking the Grand Canal), and exploring every cathedral, museum, and hidden piazza of this labyrinthine city—it all blends into one immersive fine art experience. All you need are pretty details, like Capri-style sandals, a glimmering necklace, and a dash of creativity with a Pucci-patterned wrap (head, neck, waist). A breezy tunic and Bermuda shorts are ready for anything, like when a day at the museum turns into a night on the town.

WHAT TO WEAR

  1. Lafayette 148 Artistic Kaleidoscope Mini Scarf Lafayette 148 Artistic Kaleidoscope Mini Scarf
    lafayette 148 scarf
    Lafayette 148, $98
  2. Laura Lombardi Isa Chain Necklace Laura Lombardi Isa Chain Necklace
    laura lombardi
    necklace

    goop, $136
  3. Lafayette 148 Gemma Cloth Jane Blouse Lafayette 148 Gemma Cloth Jane Blouse
    lafayette 148 blouse
    Lafayette 148, $348
  4. The Row Abby Cotton Twill Shorts The Row Abby Cotton Twill Shorts
    the row shorts
    Net-a-Porter, $790
  5. Sophie Hulme Large Swing Handbag Sophie Hulme Large Swing Handbag
    sophie hulme handbag
    goop, $895
  6. Lafayette 148 Selene Sandal Lafayette 148 Selene Sandal
    Lafayette 148 Sandals
    Lafayette 148, $428

NEW YORK CITY

New York City

WHAT:

Frieze New York


DATES:

May 2 to 5, 2019


WHERE:

Randall’s Island Park

When the focus is on the art, keeping your own look monochromatic and streamlined is an exercise in quiet elegance. There’s no chicer way to stroll around Randall’s Island than in neutral basics with a sculptural pendant and an arresting wristlet bag—whether you’re looking to make a cool statement tent-side or at the Peter Marino–designed Lobster Club. When you’ve had your fill of galleries and stalls, a good pair of comfortable slides will take you back over the river. (If you’re in town early, don’t miss the mystical, psychedelic works of Swedish painter Hilma af Klint’s Painting for the Future, at the Guggenheim through April 23.)

WHAT TO WEAR

  1. Lafayette 148 Large Stone Statement Necklace Lafayette 148 Large Stone Statement Necklace
    lafayette 148 necklace
    Lafayette 148, $378
  2. Officine Generale Thais Pigment Garment Dye Rib Top Officine Generale Thais Pigment Garment Dye Rib Top
    officine generale top
    goop, $120
  3. g. label jp workwear jeans g. label jp workwear jeans
    g. label jp workwear jeans
    goop, $295
  4. Regina Pyo Olivia Croc Effect Leather Tote Regina Pyo Olivia Croc Effect Leather Tote
    rejina pyo tote
    Net-a-Porter, $645
  5. ATP Atelier Alicia Sandals ATP Atelier Alicia Sandals
    atp atelier sandals
    goop, $330

HONG KONG

Hong Kong China

WHAT:

Art Basel Hong Kong


DATES:

March 29 to 31, 2019


WHERE:

Convention &
Exhibition Centre

With no shortage of blue-chip players at Art Basel Hong Kong (David Zwirner, Gavin Brown, Gagosian, Perrotin, Skarstedt), it’ll be tempting to go big in terms of getting dressed. But keeping it simple, with poplin and bright sneakers, is your best bet here. It will serve you well next to Kaws’s larger-than-life sculptures at the HOCA’s opening reception. Calder-esque earrings and a slick updo play up the femininity of a khaki pencil skirt. Before you leave, round out the day with oysters, frites, and martinis at the museum-worthy Bibo.

WHAT TO WEAR

  1. Kirstie le Marque Pave Diamond Bar with Hoop Earrings Kirstie le Marque Pave Diamond Bar with Hoop Earrings
    kirstie le marque
    earrings

    goop, $425
  2. Balenciaga Swing Printed Striped Cotton Poplin Shirt Balenciaga Swing Printed Striped Cotton Poplin Shirt
    balenciaga shirt
    Net-a-Porter, $950
  3. Lafayette 148 Vanguard Linen Milani Skirt Lafayette 148 Vanguard Linen Milani Skirt
    lafayette 148 skirt
    Lafayette 148, $448
  4. Victoria Beckham Camera Suede Crossbody Bag Victoria Beckham Camera Suede Crossbody Bag
    victoria beckham bag
    goop, $1,535
  5. Adidas by Raf Simons Stan Smith Sneakers Adidas by Raf Simons Stan Smith Sneakers
    adidas by raf
    simons sneaker

    goop, $300
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