Monday, July 08, 2013

Building a Capsule Wardrobe by Starting with Art: L'Estaque by Georges Braque

This painting was suggested by a reader, and I'm so happy to have been given the chance to study this in greater detail.  I love the contrast of warm and cold colors, the blues and purples contrasted with the acid light green and warm tans...

Hermès scarf- A cheval sur mon Carre – vintage,  Sweater – L.L.Bean,  Earrings – YooLaSuede skirt – Stouls,  Boots – Frye,  Sweater – Kenzo, Jeans – Burberry, Canvas shoes – Tretorn 

Tunic  - Missoni, Capris – Philosophy by Alberta Ferretti,  Bracelet – byrufina, Sandals – Diane von Furstenberg, Sweater – J. Crew,  Scarf- Anne Selby,  Jeans – Alice + Olivia, Silver loafers – Hush Puppies 

DressAttic and Barn,  Silk necklace –  Saako Design, Camel shoes – Geox, Violet dress- Diane von Furstenberg,  Scarf – Yuh Okano, Pumps – StuartWeitzman 

Earrings- Tiffany, Dress – Maison Martin Margiela, Shoes – RSVP,  Sweatshirt- Cotton CitizenRing – Pilgrim,  Roll-bottom trousers – HopeYellow athletic shoes – Keds 

18 comments:

  1. Stunning. Are there any tips for pairing warms and cools?
    Bookbutterfly

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  2. Janice, this is amazing. Braque is one of my favorite painters (I own two colored lithographs), and to see his palette studied and translated is such a pleasure to my eye. A color lesson indeed!

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  3. Gorgeous ! I love looking at all your posts. I do have a question. It has been high 80s to low 90s with 100% humidity where I am. It's the kind of weather that makes you sweat even in air conditioning. Any hints on what to wear when you can't wear much but still want to look chic ?

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  4. Very nice. You do have a keen eye.

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  5. good morning Janice,

    Thank you very much for this. I love your start with art approach and this painting as well as this one http://www.lessingimages.com/viewimage.asp?i=40120231+&cr=725&cl=1 really speak to me. It has the feeling I want to portray for myself, the lines and shapes and the colours.I am an autumn with light blue eyes. You have really helped see how I can combine warm and cool. Plus you have used his lines in the clothes, fabulous. AND you answered my request for a Hermes scarf. I really like that one. Do you know its name?

    thank, thank you

    Deb from Vancouver

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  6. Hi me again,

    Can you give me a reference for the last scarf...everything is so appealing to me.

    Deb from Vancouver

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    1. That's an older scarf - it comes up often on ebay,as well as Malleries, etsy, itsallgoode.com, and rubylane.com. Be careful NOT to buy from ioffer, or any of the other sites selling fakes.

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  7. (a different Anonymous!)

    Two quick questions and one suggestion:
    Questions:
    1) Did you ever compile the list of favourite/least favourite words referred to in the Feb 22nd post? I didn't see it.
    2) You said there to mail you with lists - but I could not find a mail address - am I being obtuse?
    Suggestion:
    In addition to (and quite different from) my earlier Kiffin Willianms suggestions, how about Franz Marc's Blue Horses: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Franz_Marc_005.jpg

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    1. I never got enough lists of adjectives to be able to do a valid compilation of them - I was disappointed. My email is theviviennefiles@gmail.com...

      And I love the painting - I'm putting it on the list!

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    2. Thank you!

      One list coming up - but it'll take me a little while. I hereby encourage others to join in.....

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  8. This is stunning - so sophisticated, so varied, and yet it all hangs together.

    I have a request for a post... I recently bought an a-line, knee-length lined chiffon skirt, navy with off-white polkadots. I love it! I love the way it swirls - it makes me want to dance! Can you make some suggestions for how to wear it - so that I look like the ALMOST-40 year old I am?

    Thank you for the daily inspiration!

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  9. Am I the only person on earth who actively dislikes purple? I admire how you have drawn the colors from the painting, but I guess I would have skipped the purples. Of course, the purple lovers are doubtless thrilled with how you have incorporated it into the capsules. Again, I admire how you manage to have something for everyone.

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    1. Many of the colors I like make me look awful. For example, the rusty brown here is gorgeous, but would not be a good choice for me. Purple, in almost any shade is very good on me. It's lucky that I like it. My Chicago friend, who wears black almost all the time, admits that she doesn't care for purple either, but that it's great on me. With any color, I put my arm next to it, then put it up next to my face and look in a mirror. It has to pass those two tests before I bother trying it on.

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  10. What delights me is that you not only picked up the colors of this beautiful painting but captured the mood as well. The outfits are muted, soft and gentle. This woman is elegant and tasteful but approachable. She doesn't appear to be trying too hard but has a very good eye for color and style. Yes, I know she's pretend but that's what her clothing choices are saying about her! Linda

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    1. Thanks so much for pointing out the not "trying too hard" bit. Thanks to Janice for showing how all those accessories that I used to think were trying too hard can avoid being overdone.

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    2. If you're really comfortable in your choices for clothing and accessories - if you feel like yourself in your clothes - you'll never feel like you're trying too hard. Knowing yourself, and finding your own comfortable style, is always the key. The really HARD key, but the key.

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    3. But how does it happen that the confidence and comfort in the changing room evaporates by the time one takes said item out of the closet at home?

      Also, I quite often try on things that are quite a long way out of my normal range and that I know will likely not suit me, just to confirm my judgement and make sure I am not getting stuck in a rut (as someone or other once told me, "The only difference between a rut and a grave is the depth of the excavation"!). Sometimes, though not very often, I am surprised. Sometimes, it makes it easier tomake more modest evolutions in style. (And it is not usually those things that I lose faith in when I get home!)

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