Yes…I am cray cray for this yearly Santa Fe event, the Santa Fe Folk Art Market. This year my guy took me to the Gala, where one gets to eat and wine the night away while checking out, and taking home, the unique work of these amazing international artists.
Most everyone who came to the Gala had clearly stepped up their fashion game. I know I chose my wearables carefully, deciding on my beaded “wedding corset” purchased at last year’s market from Roots of South Sudan–a big shout out to them for their tremendous efforts to bring these artists here www.rootsofsouthsudan.org. And who did I happen to see again, but the same fun team of people from last year, who for some reason remembered me and my dancing in the aisle…go figure. Here I am with Winnie, who is Sudanese but hails from my very own birthplace of Brooklyn…sistas forever:
I’m the one on the right. People mix us up all the time, no worries.
This couple stopped me in my tracks. Must track them down and have that hand-painted action in my closet:
One of my favorite participants from years past was in attendance again…looking majestic in his coat of many hues, and that smile that has gone viral:
The men also upped their game this year…take a look at these two who side-stepped matchy-match with perfect coordination:
And what’s not to love about kittens peaking out of your boots? Balanced by a very grown-up mini, they just work:
This season has been named “the summer of color” by Santa Fe, and this group could be its spokesmodels. Their happiness was contagious. Won’t you be my neighbors?
And here’s to mixing it up with patterns and fabrics and accessories. Every time I go to Folk Art, I leave more determined than ever to stop being a baby about mashing up the bits. Some great examples of those who would never think of NOT combining…
And this beauty, proving leopard is indeed a neutral…
And can you say KILLA hat?
Gotta go put on some beads…