Silence. Artist and Muse.

Silence. Artist and Muse.

Model Wanted. That is what the notice said on the wall of the gallery. Must have the ‘right attitude.’ What attitude is that the little voice in the back of my mind says? The right attitude towards art? Towards puppies? I didn’t ask. I got comfortable.

Coltons Couture, Ciao Aixa, Wande, The Art Lab, Yared Nigussu, Richmond Centre, Oakridge Centre, Metrotown, Vancouver, BC, Vancity, BC, YVR, 604, Phillip Lim, Alexander Wang, Danse Lente, Hermes, Live and Addie, Helen Siwak, EcoLuxLuv

As I think it over I observe his artwork. It is bold and vibrant. Tempestuous. I feel comfortable about my attitude in my Alexander Wang crepe jersey top and reconstructed denim skirt. I don’t know what my attitude is but I know how I feel as the brush moves over the canvas capturing my eyes.

Coltons Couture, Ciao Aixa, Wande, The Art Lab, Yared Nigussu, Richmond Centre, Oakridge Centre, Metrotown, Vancouver, BC, Vancity, BC, YVR, 604, Phillip Lim, Alexander Wang, Danse Lente, Hermes, Live and Addie, Helen Siwak, EcoLuxLuv

Show me your serious side. I do and I am all legs at this angle. These 3.1 Phillip Lim boots are the definition of serious yet playful. Two rows of pearl studs tease their way down each sides of the zipper. Wear up or down. Change looks. Change moods. Perhaps adjust the attitude?

Coltons Couture, Ciao Aixa, Wande, The Art Lab, Yared Nigussu, Richmond Centre, Oakridge Centre, Metrotown, Vancouver, BC, Vancity, BC, YVR, 604, Phillip Lim, Alexander Wang, Danse Lente, Hermes, Live and Addie, Helen Siwak, EcoLuxLuv

He speaks passionately of Amedeo Modigliani. Reminded of a painting entitled ‘Nu couché (sur le côté gauche)‘ from the early 20th century. Assume the pose. My Hermès bracelets keep slipping on the jersey of my sleeve. Perhaps you should place them in the bag? He says. Bobbi, the Danse Lente bag, is with me on the couch as I adjust my look but not my attitude.

Coltons Couture, Ciao Aixa, Wande, The Art Lab, Yared Nigussu, Richmond Centre, Oakridge Centre, Metrotown, Vancouver, BC, Vancity, BC, YVR, 604, Phillip Lim, Alexander Wang, Danse Lente, Hermes, Live and Addie, Helen Siwak, EcoLuxLuv

Finally, I believe we have found the pose. It feels right. I could hold this for hours. Now, as his brush travels over the canvas, my thoughts drift away. Today I am a model. Tomorrow I am immortalized.


Multicolour Bracelet by Hermes $655
Black Bracelet by Hermes $510
Bobbi Bag by Danse Lente $550
Crepe Jersey Dress by T Alexander Wang $580
Skort with Sleeve Ties by Alexander Wang $570
Hayett Boot by Phillip Lim $1,040
Moto Jacket by Liv and Addie $375.00

All items are available at Colton’s Couture boutiques in the Lower Mainland.
Pricing is approximate and may change due to sales.
Model: Wande | Styling/Images: Helen Siwak
Location provided by Yared Nigussu at The Art Lab.
All images property of Colton’s Couture.