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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12 thoughts on “Week 10 :: of primary colors and Henri Matisse

  1. […] for me, the last time I wore this skirt was over a year ago today, so I feel safe throwing it on repeat for your consumption today. Of course, now you have proof […]

  2. […] – Ann Marino Eureka – Did I tell you I returned my Enzos (worn here and here)? They just weren’t worth the pain, myriad compliments from the blogosphere and in real life […]

  3. First of all, I’ve always admired your sense of style and this outfit exemplifies exactly what I admire about it – it’s bold and sophisticated. I love the combination of colors; it’s bold without being TOO much. AND THOSE ENZO’S! LOVE! Can I borrow them? haha Love what you’re doing with this blog!

    • mtsedwards says:

      Schroeder! Hullo! (waves) This is high praise coming from a fellow fashionista; I bow down humbly before you. No, seriously, I do appreciate compliments from you “young ‘uns” ‘coz that means I can still be current and relevant, if only in my sense of style. Come back and visit my blog, okay? It’s probably the only way you’d ever get to see pics of me. ;p

  4. I love bright primary and secondary colors. They look so cheerful. You are doing a brillant job interpreting the art work. I think it is just the right thing to capture the feeling of the piece. You use the colors and the shapes. On my reader the pictures come up side by side so I see the art work right next to your outfit. It is a big reveal every morning and a delight to see what you are up from that amazing closet of yours!

    • mtsedwards says:

      And much as I love and appreciate comments from my other dear readers, my day is not complete until I hear from the initiator and ultimate judge. Thanks for chiming in, Kim, and know that I do not take for granted your approval. I’m truly humbled and grateful that you belong to Team Love It on this one. Huzzah!

  5. jenortega says:

    I LOVE IT! Uh…did you know that piece was called La Gerbe before you read it? It seemed that way in your post, and I thought I was the art snob ; ) In any case, I don’t think I ever would have identified that as a Matisse let alone the title!

    • mtsedwards says:

      Huh. Reread my post and realized you’re right – it does sound as if I knew La Gerbe previously. Nope. Sorry. No art snobbery intended. I did not know of the work or its title until Kim sent it my way. Lol.

  6. Shane Suri says:

    I’m not sure what to think here (and you’ll have to excuse my absense, I’ve been concentrating on my yard of late and puter time has taken a hit). I kind of want to not like it, but I kind of do too. It’s odd. There is a part of me telling me that all that color just shouldn’t go together but when I step back and look at it, it kind of does. It’s bold, that is for sure.

    Now…while I’m waiting for my sprinklers to finish up, I’ll go check out some of the posts I’ve missed.

  7. mtsedwards says:

    Yay! One vote for Team Love It!

  8. Anna P says:

    Love this outfit because of the bright colors.

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