5 Trends that Never Go Out of Style by BrandsExclusive

Some trends never go out of style. There are certain items in every woman’s wardrobe that are so timeless you can pretty much wear them all year round. Here are the five essential pieces that made our shortlist.

Skinny jeans
Skinny jeans are the ultimate failsafe in every woman’s closet. Constantly being reinvented and reinterpreted, a pair of skinnies is like a reliable friend that will always be by your side.  From jet black to vibrant prints, there are a wide array of colours and patterns out there to ensure you find a style that are completely your own. We’d suggest having at least one black pair, which you can wear with pretty much anything.

One of the most beloved classics, a rollneck is the perfect piece to opt for when temperatures drop. Whether you go for a lightweight style that’s ideal for layering, or a chunky design perfect for extra cold days, rollnecks can be knitted, thin or thick, and available in an array of colours and prints. A classic and timeless design, Audrey Hepburn, Marilyn Monroe and Jackie Kennedy were often seen sporting a rollneck. Doesn’t that say it all?

Little black dress
If there’s one dress that every woman needs in her wardrobe, it’s the LBD. Simple and elegant, a little black dress can be worn everywhere – from the office to a night out or on a date. No matter your shape, height or style preference, you’ll find one that suits. And whether yours is sleeveless, fitted, relaxed or featuring an A-line skirt, it’ll go with almost anything! Wear yours with everything from sweet flats to towering heels or even block-heeled wedges.

Trench coat

Another piece that deserves a prime place in your capsule wardrobe is the trench coat. Whether you pair it with heels or take a more relaxed approach and opt for sneakers, the trench coat is as versatile as it is timeless. There are endless different variations of this classic coat, in every colour and print that you can imagine. Looking for longevity? A traditional beige or navy trench will go with anything and remain in your wardrobe a lifetime.

Ballet shoes
Last but in no way least, a pair of ballet pumps will never go out of style. Super comfy and easy to team with anything, this renowned style of flats can be worn both at work and on the weekend. Whether you go for a classic pink pair or versatile black, ballet shoes will finish off all your looks with ease.

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A Pavilion Style House in the Noosa Hinterland by Teeland Architects

A Pavilion Style House in the Noosa Hinterland by Teeland Architects

The Tinbeerwah House is a modern family house in the Noosa Hinterland in Australia that’s designed as a glass pavilion clad in sliding hardwood screens. Designed by Teeland Architects, the rectangular residence opens up to the world around it with views of the bush, ocean, and sky.

By designing it as an elongated rectangle that’s only one room deep, all the rooms can benefit from the cross ventilation, natural light, and views of the Pacific Ocean.

The homeowners have the ability to control the exterior screens to adjust for privacy and the views. When the temperatures drop, the screens can slide open to let the sun in for warmth. Then for summer, they can close to provide shade without disrupting the views.

One side of the house rests close to the ground making it easy for the owners and their young children to just step outside to the garden.

Photos by Jared Fowler, courtesy of BowerBird.

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frauklarer’s Latest Collections Made From Jesmonite

frauklarer’s Latest Collections Made From Jesmonite

Austria-based Klara Schuster, who formed her label frauklarer in 2014, recently switched to the composite material Jesmonite for her latest work of household accessories, having previously favored marble. Two new modern collections, all made from terrazzo-like Jesmonite, include a series of vases and vessels, as well as modular jewelry trays.

freckled bowl – orange/blue

The Freckles in Stone Collection is a series of bowls, vases, and vessels in various colorways with fresh shapes and modern silhouettes. The angular pieces boast “freckles” of colorful fragments that really elevate each object. Along with smooth edges, the pieces have a jagged side that will increase your desire to reach out and touch them.

vessel large – red/black/white

vase high – violet/green/orange

vase high – red/white/black

Modular 17

The second series is the Modular Jewelry Displays that are flat, geometric pieces that becomes a sculptural place to hold your jewelry when you’re not wearing it. Each display features notched out lines for added visual interest.

Modular 7

Modular 44

Modular 44

Modular 6

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Meural Canvas Gesture-Controlled Digital Art Frame Goes Version 2.0

Meural Canvas Gesture-Controlled Digital Art Frame Goes Version 2.0

The Meural Canvas earned a place as one of our past Tech Gift Guide picks, an early prognosticator of the digital art canvas category explosion that introduced an entire world of both static and animated artwork intended to replace or supplement traditional wall art. The first Meural stood out for its unique gesture-based controls, and it’s now heading into its second iteration with several refinements and options.

Meural is offered in two versions: the 20 by 50.2 by 1.6 inches Winslow Canvas surrounded by a tasteful 1.5-inch natural walnut frame, or the slightly smaller framed Leonora Canvas available in either black or white. Both models use the same 27-inch 1080p LCD partnered with 8GB of memory (4GB for storing art, and 4GB for storing firmware and software updates). The only difference is the size and material of the exterior frame, with each capable of displaying a wide assortment of image and video files: JPG, GIF, PNG, BMP, and SVG. Looking beyond stills, users can even upload or manually install MP4 or MOV movie files. Note, the Canvas does set a 200MB limit per file and the display doesn’t include speakers, but it does open a world of possibilities for displaying silent videos.

Like the first Meural Canvas, the newest model comes equipped with motion sensors giving users the ability to swipe up, down, left, or right to navigate settings and selections. This updated model’s gesture efficiency has been notably improved in comparison to the sometimes sluggish first edition, especially while hung on the wall, but it’s still preferable to access the Canvas using an iOS or Android connected device, which is still quicker for reviewing artwork collections or changing settings. However, we discovered guests demoing our loaner unit nearly always preferred using gesture controls versus the app, revealing sometimes faster isn’t always as wondrous.

Gesture control is standard with both version of the Meural Canvas, but the optimized iOS app is still our preferred method of reviewing and selecting artwork to display.

Forgoing a 4K resolution upgrade, the Meural team instead focused on improving the Canvas’s viewing angle and color accuracy, which in combination with the display’s effective matte screen and an environmentally aware adaptive brightness system, gives artwork and photography a natural and pleasantly clear appearance from normal viewing distances. The result is a digital art frame emphasizing “art” rather than the “digital”, and thankfully so when considering gracing the walls with artwork benefitting from a subtle and nuanced approach.

Wall space and the room itself may dictate a preference for either a vertical or horizontal orientation, and the Canvas serves this need automatically by reorienting its display and switch to artwork intended for vertical or horizontal modes. Wall mounting hardware is included and is extremely easy to install even for a single person; we do wish in the future Meural team would develop a simpler option for adjusting the display to rotate between orientation modes, which would undoubtedly please indecisive types.

A sample of horizontal and vertical art made available to Meural users culled from a curated library of tens of thousands of licensed artworks made available via my.meural (available with subscription).

Although the Meural Canvas works as a solitary option, it’s best as a supplement mixed in with traditional wall art; integrated side by side with paintings, photography, or prints, the digital display offers a novel option to showcase curated collections of artwork of both a personal or professional nature, any which can be magically called up with a swipe of the hand – something no framed piece of traditional static art can yet do.

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Front’s Hoop Light Has a Globe Suspended Within a Cage

Front’s Hoop Light Has a Globe Suspended Within a Cage

Stockholm-based design studio Front recently partnered with Swedish lighting manufacturer Zero again on a new series of lighting that references a previous pendant fixture called Plane. The latest, Hoop, features a cage-like structure made of thin colorful wires with an elliptically shaped globe resting inside.

Rings of colorful wire create a simple, delicate form while the translucent diffuser emits light that softly illuminates the inner sides of the rings making the structure appear to glow.

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Friday Five with Derrick Adams

Friday Five with Derrick Adams

When New York-based Derrick Adams landed in the art scene he hit with a bang, bringing his multidisciplinary skills to performance art, video, painting, collage, sculpture, and sound. His thought-provoking work delves into popular culture and self-image, seductively drawing your eyes in to explore layered and fragmented subject matter that you’ll feel compelled to keep revisiting. The award-winning artist earned his BFA from Pratt Institute prior to receiving his MFA from Columbia University. Since then, he’s exhibited and performed at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Brooklyn Museum of Art, Studio Museum in Harlem, The California African American Museum, MoMA PS1, and many more, and you’ll find his work in many permanent collections, including the Studio Museum in Harlem, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Whitney Museum of American Art. Just recently, he joined Sugar Hill Capital Partners’ Studio Program, which is an initiative that provides much deserved studio space for free to artists in NYC, allowing them to focus on their work. If you want to catch Adams’ work in person, check out his Sanctuary exhibition of 50 works at the Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) until August 12, 2018 – it’s definitely worth your time. Now for his Friday Five picks, which are beautiful reminders that we should all be doing more, speaking up more, and championing more and giving voices to the sometimes voiceless, as Adams does below.

Colin Kaepernick (Courtesy of Getty Images)

1. Standing up for what you believe
…and those who risk it all to do so. Colin Kaepernick’s selfless fight against injustice done to others so completely motivates and inspires me. His simple gesture came from the heart and created a dialog that should never have been needed. It got twisted, and abused, and cost him his professional career, but he exposed many and hopefully empowered many more striving for social justice and equality.

BLM protest (Photo courtesy of Ted S. Warren, AP)

2. The young and young-at-heart
I’m completely humbled by the activism of young people and their commitment to equality. I associate young with any forward thinkers, especially on the subjects of race, gender, identity and the environment.

David Hammons, Bliz-aard Ball Sale (Photo courtesy of Dawoud Bey)

3. David Hammons
A longtime inspiration for me, his art practice and prolific output is the mesh I walk through in my daily life. His contribution to contemporary art is a source of motivation for artists operating in the shadow of giants. I’m humbled by the fact that he and his peers made work at a time when no one in the art establishment was looking at work from black artists. To make art as a career at that time took an incredible amount of bravery and confidence, and it shows.

Derrick Adams and Mickalene Thomas (Photo courtesy of Michael Chuapoco)

4. Mickalene Thomas
Mickalene Thomas and I went to undergrad together at Pratt Institute, and share an Aquarian birthday, and have been friends ever since. We are fans of each other’s work, but in addition to that, she has always been supportive of my art practice and pivotal in its trajectory by including or recommending me for projects, and being generous with introductions. Her inclusive attitude and fun-loving spirit lifts everyone in her presence but she also has an astute business side to her personality which prompts me many times to ask myself “What would Mickie do?”

5. Black Lives Matter
This movement, founded by three women, began as “a call to action in response to state-sanctioned violence and anti-Black racism,” hasn’t been getting a lot of media attention lately. Did the violence stop, is that why we haven’t heard anything? Wishful thinking. Focus seems to have shifted to other needed movements necessary to draw attention to sexual assault and gender equality. Media has a tendency to give all or nothing, or worse, recast, as in this instance, a protest group as criminal. Can we share the stage with the movement that was born out of the need to get justice for blatant, cellphone documented, video-surveilled, eye-witnessed, violence against black children in the park carrying toys #TamirRice, or black women on the highway shoulder with sass #SandraBland, among countless others? We should.

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