Friday, January 30, 2015

Start with Art: Winter Photograph by Kris DaPra

I love winter, and sometimes a perfect photograph will convey what my feeble words never can about the beauty to be found in this austere, crisp and bracing time of year.




Sweater – Band of Outsiders, skirt – Uniqlo, blouse – Velvet, trousers – Windsmoor

Draped cashmere cardigan – Iris and Ink, sleeveless dress – Uniqlo, Henley – Uniqlo, jeans – 

I strongly suspect that either of these button-front shirt would look quite nice under the grey dress. It's a look that a little bit gamine for some women, but for others it can be charming.

Blue tee shirt – Cotton Citizen, white shirt – Uniqlo, grey and white striped shirt – Equipment, 
blue sweater – Iris and Ink

Square scarf – Hermes, coin pearl earrings – Majorica, pearl stud earrings – Lagos, pearl and 
silver bracelet – Majorica,  labradorite earrings – Henri Bendel, seven-strand necklace – Saks 
Fifth Avenue, paisley scarf – Etro, loafers – Rockport, pumps – Bella Vita




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Thursday, January 29, 2015

Start With Art: Reverend Walker Skating by Sir Henry Raeburn

When this painting was suggested, I wasn't sure it would even be possible to build a wardrobe, because I thought the painting was drab and monochromatic. Shows what I know, eh?



Corduroy skirt – CC, sweater – Equipment,  jeans – Canali, blouse – Theory

Cardigan – Vince, black boyfriend jeans – Golden Goose, ponte tee shirt – Jaeger, tapered wool 
trousers – Jaeger

Duck egg blue sweater – Iris and Ink, peach silk blouse – Loro Piana, white tee – Lands’ End
duck egg
blue top – Mary Portas

Ombre scarf – Donna Karan, square scarf – Hermes, cuff bracelet – Alexis Bittar
taupe dangle earrings – Alexis Bittar, ocean green earrings – YooLa, link necklace – 
Shingo Matsushita, pendant – Alexis Bittar, black loafers – Vince, boots – Aquatalia




                        Alexis Bittar

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Start With Art: Wildlife near the Gosse Range - Albert Namatjira

There's really no question that I'm going to be looking at warm weather clothing!


Although the overall look of this painting is very light and bright, I always feel more comfortable anchoring a wardrobe with a few pieces of dark neutral, so I took advantage of the birds to work a dark brown into the scheme. The rosy beige of the sky is my 2nd neutral, and after that, the sky's the limit - pastels taken from the grass, the trees, and the distant mountains are all possibilities.  What lovely colors...


Brown shirt jacket – Persona, jeans – Mango, tee shirt – Majestic, mid-calf skirt – Eastex

Shorts – Closed, short-sleeved top – Diane von Furstenberg, cropped wide trousers – Douuod
linen cardigan – Majestic

Dress – Dosa, apricot tee – Majestic, lavender tee – Nougat, aqua tee – Majestic


 I would start collecting pastel, bone, earthy accessories...


Multi-colored bracelet – Eddie Borgo, bone teardrop earrings – Devon Leigh,  pearl necklace – 
Majorica, crystal earrings – YooLa, lace earrings – Tita Bijoux, scarf – Mosaique
sleeping Mother Earth earrings – Buana, purple bracelet – Chuleekorn,  espadrilles – Vince Camuto




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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Start With Art: The Apparition by Gustave Moreau



The reader who requested this was particularly interested in the black, olive and camel parts of the painting, so I've taken the liberty of cropping the top third in order to focus on the colors in question. I'm sure Moreau will forgive me, since I'm such a big fan!



Any Moreau painting cries out for an exotic and Byzantine wardrobe, but I wanted to keep things in the realms of the wearable, so I've opted for velvet, silk and cashmere in order to express the more exotic and sensuous aspects of the painting.

Pants – Etro, black silk tee – Piamita, velvet skirt – Nina Ricci, silk v-neck blouse – Hugo

Trousers – Etro, cardigan – Ralph Lauren, corduroy skirt –Viyella, sweater – Weekend Max Mara

Olive tee – Uniqlo, corduroy pants – Uniqlo, rust sweaterMarc by Marc Jacobs, silk blouse – Haider Ackermann

Accessories are where you can really express the ornate impulses that seem to spring from this painting (and what that character in the painting is wearing!) - silk, or paisley, with suede, and some beautifully detailed jewelry. Alexis Bittar jewelry seems to suit this aesthetic particularly well.

Black bracelet – Alexis Bittar, black earrings – Alexis Bittar, aventurine earrings – Allurez
necklace – Alexis Bittar, paisley scarf – Etro, ring – Heidi Daus,  rose gold bracelet – Kohl’s
long scarf – Hermes, short boots – Munro, suede boots – Taryn Rose




                        Alexis Bittar

Monday, January 26, 2015

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo

available here

Just one quote, which I thought was worth the price of the book (emphasis mine):

"When you come across something that's hard to discard, consider carefully why you have that specific item in the first place. When did you get it and what meaning did it have for you then? Reassess the role it plays in your life. If, for example, you have some clothes that you bought but never wear, examine them one at a time. Where dd you buy that particular outfit and why? If you bought it because you thought it looked cool in the shop, it has fulfilled the function of giving you a thrill when you bought it. Then why did you never wear it? Was it because you realized that it didn't suit you when you tried it on at home? If so, and if you no longer buy clothes of the same style or color, it has fulfilled another important function - it has taught you what doesn't suit you. In fact, that particular article of clothing has already completed its role in your life, and you are free to say, "Thank you for giving me joy when I bought you," or "Thank you for teaching me what doesn't suit me," and let it go."

love,
Janice
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Saturday, January 24, 2015

White Outfits with Grey, Turquoise, or Celadon Green Accessories

For now, I'm finishing up this idea of monochromatic outfits and "accessory families" with some summery white linen items. (yes, they look sort of beige or ivory on the page, because white on white would be an incomprehensible blizzard...)

Since the available linen white shoes are limited in January, I decided to grab some shoes that match or tone with the accessories - always a fun option! And for the elusive celadon, I chose some gold sandals; metallic are always worth remembering when you're struggling with a shoe color choices.

Cord and jewel necklace – John and Pearl, grey moonstone earrings – Vivien Frank Designs,  ribbed 
scarf – Haider Ackermann, graduated pearl necklace – Majorica, grey floral earrings – hring eftir hring
lace scarf – Faliero Sarti,  rectangular gray agate druzy earrings – Dara Ettinger, leather bracelet – 
Gag and Lou, infinity scarf – Missoni, square Lucite ring – Alexis Bittarflat sandals – Juli, loafers – 
Nicholas Kirkwood



Turquoise and citrine pendant – Neeru Goel, 3 strand bracelet – Oscar Figueroa, ring – Kenari
abstract landscape scarf – Kathkath,  oval stud earrings – Lagos , flower drop earrings – Chen 
Fuchs Jewelry, floral scarf – Valentino, mixed print scarf – Etro, lily and turquoise earrings – 
Maria Belen Nilson, six strand necklace – Matta, flat sandals – Bernardo, kitten heel sandals – 
Manolo Blahnik



Striped scarf – Armani Collezioni, station chain aventurine necklace – toosis, sliver earrings – Alexis Bittar
stud earrings – Alexis Bittar, floral brooch – Alexis Bittar, round drop earrings – YooLa, horn bracelet – LeJu
fringed scarf – futabaya(sold out), pleated scarf – Cathayana,  pendant – Alexis Bittarflat sandals – Ipanema, wedge sandals – Jimmy Choo



shirt – Vinceskirt – Michael Kors, tee shirt – Hoss Intropia,  sweater – Maison Ullens, pants – Forte Forte, dress – Bagutta

I'm starting to work on some more "Start With Art" wardrobes - anybody have some suggestions? I put together a hundred colors schemes drawn from art works in the file "Images and Color Schemes: 100 Works of Art", which is available under the tab at the top marked "Vivienne Files Documents". If you're struggling for inspiration, you might find it there!

love,
Janice
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