Tuesday, September 3, 2013

The Art of Motoring

Dress (Worth New York); Clutch (Jack Rogers); Watch (Michael Kors); Sandals (Nina); Necklace (Tatty Devine)
Last week I had the good fortune to attend The Art of Motoring, a fundraiser for Art with a Heart that combined two of my favorite things:  art and automobiles.  The dress code for the event was another one of those vague phrases that is open to a wide range of interpretation, but I decided it was the perfect opportunity to wear racing stripes.  I paired my navy and ivory colorblock Worth sheath with pumps and pearls for work, but spiced it up a bit for Friday night cocktails with ivory and champagne gold metallic sandals and a snakeskin Jack Rogers clutch with champagne gold metallic leather whipstitch details.  In place of the classic double-strand of pearls, I had a lot of fun with a matte gold dinosaur skeleton necklace by off-beat British designer Tatty Devine.  I really can't explain why this necklace appealed to me so much, but I've loved it since the first time I saw it on a trip to London in 2011.  Tatty Devine is not widely available in the US, but Nordstrom sometimes carries the line, and online retailer Asos is also a good resource for hard to find British designers.

 The inaugural Art of Motoring was held in an airplane hangar that had been transformed for the festivities with dramatic uplighting and several enormous crystal chandeliers that complemented a fleet of automobiles that can only be considered works of art.  From a fully restored Duesenberg to a classic Corvette convertible to a Carroll Shelby autographed Cobra in British racing green, and every model of Aston Martin available, there was something for every enthusiast to appreciate.  Of course, the only thing better than admiring the sleek lines and creative styling of the beauties on display would have been to drive them!  I went to performance driving school a couple of years ago and loved every second I spent on the track testing both my car's limits and my own.   Chatting with other aficionados and hearing the roar of fine engines has me itching to get back out there!  
The crystal chandeliers and dramatic uplighting made an airplane hangar the perfect setting to display the Art of Motoring.
A few shots from performance driving school in 2011.  Track driving is one of the most exhilarating and stress-relieving things I've ever done, and  I learned so much about handling a car even in normal conditions.  
Fashion is why you buy; Style is what you do with it!

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