Daily Archives: April 24, 2013

Week 10 :: of primary colors and Henri Matisse

The weatherman lied.


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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