This time of the year, gallerists, art collectors, museum directors, art enthusiasts and the artists themselves start to get in motion for Frieze London, FIAC in Paris, the Istanbul Biennial, the Contemporary African Art Fair in London and TEFAF in New York – to name a few.
With the art crowd being notoriously discreet, it’s no wonder that the wardrobes that can be spotted at the fairs are often discreet as well – but no less lavish for it. Key elements are rich fabrics, neutral colours, hints of jewellery, exclusive handbags and impeccable footwear.
Blend in by trying these three variations on a theme: silhouettes that are both introverted and extroverted, draw attention to themselves in ways that are either slightly eccentric, but always very personal, or slightly under-the-radar with directional detailing.
It’s hard to go wrong with the classic wardrobe staples – and it’s a surefire bet when trying to shop for art incognito. But no true aesthetics obsessive would be caught dead with just any plain trenchcoat or trouser suit. Exaggerated proportions betray knowledge of the masters, while pops of colour communicate insouciance.
Add interest to simple cuts and conventional fabrics and prints with little quirks or sensuous cut-outs. Chunky knits let the breeze in through a circular opening at the back, spruce up a pinstripe suit with cerebral glasses or insert classicism in unexpected places.