The Honolulu Academy of Arts

“No great artist ever sees things as they really are.
If he did, he would cease to be an artist.”
-Oscar Wilde

Back in April I had the opportunity to chaperone my little sister and niece for a museum tour (and art lessons) at The Honolulu Academy of Arts. 

“The Honolulu Museum of Art is dedicated to the collection, preservation, interpretation, and teaching of the visual arts, and the presentation of exhibitions, films and videos, performing arts, and public programs specifically relevant to Hawai’i’s ethnically diverse community.” – The Honolulu Academy of Arts

It was an inspiring, innovative and educational experience, (several great reasons to visit any art exhibit).  The Art Docents were marvelous-knowledgeable and passionate about the subject.  The girls got to learn basic art techniques and grasped the story behind some of the most talented artists and their world-renowned work.

Located in the heart of Beretania, across Thomas Square Park, the intriguing Honolulu Academy of Arts is a must-see. The museum offers a wide-range of docent and self-guided tours for students and adults. Scheduled guided tours such as Spotlight Tours, Tea + Tour, Book Club and Walk-In tours, just to name a few, are free (with paid admission).

900 South Beretania Street
Honolulu, Hawaii 96814
808-532-8700
http://www.honoluluacademy.org

Museum Hours:
Monday- Closed
Tuesday thru Saturday- 10:00am – 4:30pm
Sunday- 1:00pm -5:00pm

Admission:
Children under 4 years- Free
Children 4-17 years old- $5
Adults- $10

Sketching (pencil only, no ink) and still photography (no flash) are permitted in most galleries… yes, photo ops with famous paintings ARE available 🙂 Emphasis on NO TOUCHING any artwork please!

My favorite painting can be found in the “Orange Room”. I’d love to hang this on my palace walls one day 😉 😉

Some photos below:

If you have some free time and in the mood to be inspired, visit the Honolulu Academy of Arts! 😉

Love,
Honey

Alexander McQueen’s Victorian Dolls: Pre-Fall 2012

Oh how lovely. Feminine extravagance at its best.

We see a lot more Victorian inspired fashion on the runway with Alexander McQueen’s Pre-Fall 2012 Collection. Under the creative direction of Sarah Burton, McQueen’s Pre-Fall line maintains its museum-worthy couture lavishness.

A lush autumn palette with bustlingly full skirts and belted, cinched waist is the primary element in the collection. High-necklines and poplin shirts with cropped pants are incorporated, maintaining the Victorian era inspiration, with some off the shoulder peasant blouses, suggesting a Spanish influence. Fabrication includes rich velvet with intricate embroidery, floral detailing, frothy tulle and diaphanous fabrics as light as air.

Dramatic and theatrical, but still wearable.

Photos courtesy of style.com

Love,

Honey

http://www.style.com/fashionshows/review/2012PF-AMCQUEEN

Pre-Fall Collection: 21st Century Victorian Doll

Since I was a child I have always been fascinated with the Victorian era- lace, stationary, books, corsets, skirts, dresses, anything with bustles and ruffles, and of course, the beautiful porcelain dolls.

We’ve always seen Victorian inspired fashion on the catwalk, although besides making extravagant appearances, being worn by A-list celebs on the red carpet during award ceremonies, the trend haven’t really affected the mass population…..yet.

Victor & Rolf’s Pre-Fall 2012 Collection takes inspiration from the Victorian age, keeping the era’s elegance and sophistication but with a darker, more mysterious feel. The line, inspired by Victorian dolls is still relevant to the modern woman. Maintaining a warm color palette, the silhouettes are either flowy or structured, in luxurious fabrics such as tulle, lace, silk satin and velvet. Victorian elements like ruffles, fringes, bows and high necklines are prominent in the collection.

Below are some photos of my favorite ensembles from the collection, courtesy of style.com

What do you think?

Like it, love it, or leave it?

Love,
Honey