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