Daily Archives: April 24, 2013

Week 10 :: of primary colors and Henri Matisse

The weatherman lied.

Again.

It was butt cold all day yesterday (well, as butt cold as it gets in So. Cal. on an April day) and I could’ve worn my planned Tuesday outfit after all.  Lucky for me, I work in a controlled climate all day, so this egregiousness did not truly affect me as heinously as it could have.

Still, I think I’ll ignore weather.com from now on.  And, barring a Category 5 typhoon or, conversely, a soul-blistering 100+ degree day, I’m just gonna plan to wear whatever suits my fancy.

And today, I fancy Matisse.

La Gerbe © Succession H. Matisse, Paris / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

La Gerbe
© Succession H. Matisse, Paris / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Now, no offense intended toward Messieurs Koch and Gorky, but before this week, I wasn’t familiar with their work so I wasn’t as intimidated as I would have been with a master I know.

And I know Matisse.

So, needless to say, when one of Kim’s original challenge submissions happened to be La Gerbe, I was both excited and apprehensive.  I even cheated a bit and did a Google search for “la gerbe inspired outfits” which actually made things worse.  Everything I pulled up showed artists mimicking the shape of the leaves – in both jewelry and fabric print.  It was all very literal and didn’t help at all considering I didn’t own anything remotely Matisse-leafy.

So I’m going out on a limb here (see what I did there with the pun?) and I’m interpreting good ol’ Henri’s vibe rather than his visual.  And the vibe I get is both playful and aggressive.  Kinda like a gentle dominatrix.  Eheh.

Of course there’s no way I’m gonna channel my inner Lucy Liu as a Charlie’s Angel at work, so I’ve come up with this outfit instead.

WoA Wednesday

I love the numerous examples of dichotomous juxtapositions: the floral skirt is sassy but the black booties scream seriousness;  the hair is severe but the earrings are fem; the blazer is a soft ponte knit while the top is a crisp button-up (okay, it would’ve been crisp had I used the iron and some starch).  I think I managed to capture the essence I was interpreting and I hope I’ve done right by Matisse.

WoA Wednesday

Do the colors assault the eyes?  Absolutely.  Do they do so in a cheeky way?  I’d like to think so.  I have a feeling this outfit is going to be a love it or hate it for people, with no in between about it.  I am preparing myself for the worst but hoping for the best.

Kim?  Care to share?

WoA Wednesday

WoA Wednesday

:: Just the facts, ma’am ::
Top – thrifted
Blazer – Charlotte Russe
Skirt – Ross
Booties – Enzo Angiolini
Earrings – New York and Co.

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