Thursday, February 19, 2015

Building a Capsule Wardrobe by Starting with Art: The Hunters in the Snow by Pieter Brueghel the Elder

I love this painting! And I still marvel at how many decidedly winter-themed paintings have been suggested to me in the last few weeks!

Any other paintings you want to see? Leave a comment, and I'll do my very best.

The Hunters in the Snow by Pieter Brueghel the Elder

You could certainly include a warm, dark golden brown here, and rust as an accent...


For these colors, I was thinking of someone who had to travel overnight for a special dinner. Not necessarily a work event - possibly a family fete? But this is definitely ideal for some cold travel in order to get to a lovely festive occasion. (note that in defiance of the cold, I included a floral-trimmed scarf, and floral earrings!)

Pearl earrings – Alok Jain, scarf – Faliero Sarti, watch – Skagen, coat – Jaeger, sweater –
T by Alexander Wang, jeans – Rag and Bone, boots – Acne Studios, tote bag - Coet

Sweater – T by Alexander Wang, jade bracelet – Zandra Lorena Sajbin, scarf – Chan Luu
trousers – Stella McCartney, pearl earrings – Komang Wijayana, dress – Day Birger et Mikkelsen,
clutch bag – Lacambra , sandals – Jimmy Choo



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26 comments:

  1. Rothko! Number 14 looks like spring to me http://media.journal.danielized.net/2014/01/2-Rothko_No_14.jpg
    or if you really want a challenge, Untitled 1953 http://www.gemeentemuseum.nl/en/exhibitions/mark-rothko

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  2. i saw this painting two summers ago. It is in a room with several Brueghels--including Children's Games. Truly, I almost passed out. And more on topic--beautiful scarves.

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  3. I love these colors. They seem to almost shimmer.


    As for paintings, The Lady of Shalott (John William Waterhouse) or Yellow Red Blue (Kandinsky) could be fun.

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  4. I love these posts! If only they would reach the entire traveling public. I am so tired of sitting next to people wearing pajama pants, t-shirts and flip flops. This shows that you can be comfortable and stylish.

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    1. I also love these posts and, along with many others, recommend the VF to women on a travel website as providing examples of ways to coordinate their clothing and pack light for European trips. However, almost all of us who tout the VF do it with the caveat that it's the ideas and concepts that are important, not the specific items shown. The reason for that is the extreme cost of many of the items shown. If we didn't do that, I suspect some who come here might be so turned off that they wouldn't get the points made and might never return, a big loss in my opinion. Out of curiosity and for the first time, I added up every item that is linked at the prices (often discounted) on this Brueghel posting. It came out to $4642, obviously before sales taxes and with a conversion from BP to USD for 4 pieces. That amount is 30%-40% of the cost for my husband and I to go to Europe annually for a month+ at a time, and we don't travel as cheaply as most. We are not part of the pajama pants, t-shirts and flip flops flying set, but I don't find them offensive. I just figure they value experiences over things and that they would like to be comfortable enough to sleep while flying over the Atlantic.

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    2. Dear Lo,

      I really sympathize with concerns about the prices of things, and I do try to find images of items that are less expensive. But I find, time and time again, that less expensive clothes come with lower-quality photographs! Photographs that are on models, that are twisted or taken at an angle, and that aren't at a high resolution, just don't look very nice when I put them into a collage. I always hope that readers here will understand that I'm delivering suggestions and ideas, and not a shopping list. Believe me, I could never buy these clothes either!
      thanks for sharing your concerns with me,
      and for doing the math!
      warmest regards,
      Janice

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  5. That scarf is gorgeous...I also love these posts! You might enjoy meeting the artist in my post today!

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  6. Brava. I've always loved this painting.

    Request/idea from a long-time reader? With spring coming up, I'm sure there must be other readers out there with the same dilemma: wanting to put together some fresh, pretty, spring-y ensembles when one looks awful in all those lovely fresh, spring-y colors. (Though hopefully others aren't quite as constrained as I am - very fair, prematurely silver-haired, hazel eyes, too pink-skinned to use all those lovely bright colors from the yellow/orange end of the spectrum, though I love seeing them on others. Even the more saturated bright blues and blue-toned pinks usually recommended for cool skin-tones don't work well for me.)

    For example, I've been trying to conjure a 4x4 where I lighten up my fall/winter flattering favorites of burgundies/greys/forest greens into brighter cranberries, lighter (but not too light) mossy green, and greys. (This is especially on my mind as I have the good fortune of a three-week trip to various regions of France this April/May - some city, no formal events, some hiking and bicycling, lots of walking. I'm working on putting together a 4x4 for the suitcase, and have found your blog and color charts very fun and helpful!)

    I've been inspired by you to browse through paintings looking for color inspiration, and would love to see any "pastel but not pastel" ideas of yours.

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  7. Hi, I am looking forward to your response to Lacrimae rerun above. This is such a real life situation. Each of us has to adapt all these beautiful ideas to our coloring, personality, hair etc etc.

    Deb from Vancouver

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  8. So stunning! I adore that subtle verdigris and gray combination!

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  9. I love this one. Casual except for the dress needed for the event. I would happily wear all of this.

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  10. What a very beautiful painting and wardrobe!
    I would love to see a post showing some packing ideas for Lacrimae's upcoming trip. The type of activities she mentions sound like what many would do while on vacation, whether in France (lucky girl!) or elsewhere.
    Mary

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  11. Gorgeous selections and pairing with the painting... so soft and elegant... I love your choices... and what a great, great bag :) xv

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  12. Since I am a blue-eyed brunette with olive skin who lives in NYC, I prefer to wear color near my face and black on the bottom. I adore the overall blues and whites in William Glackens, "Central Park, Winter" in the Metropolitan Museum of Art collection. Since you asked for suggestions of winter-themed paintings, do you want to design a wardrobe around this painting?

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  13. The Rokeby Venus, by Velasquez, at the National Gallery London. Seductive, beautiful, gentle. Classy!

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  14. http://www.sigsart.com/prez-cubed-3/ has some beautiful spring colours in it. It's really quite striking. Thanks for the effort you put into creating such striking capsules. Jazz

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  15. I like Saints Genevieve and Apollonia by Lucas Cranach the Elder.

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  16. Lovely clothes and beautiful colors. When I first look at Vivienne 'art' blog I try to guess what colors or themes there are to chose from. Only then do I scroll down and see the rest of the blog. It is an interesting challenge. Today I would have added a soft red to the mix which would have complemented the soft green. The coat is lovely (coming from an Aussie who doesn't wear coats!). Carol S

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  17. I love your eye and your attention to detail. This is just a beautiful post!

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  18. Perhaps you could be inspired by some of the dark Dutch still lifes. Or something by Chardin? We spent a lot of time with the Chardins on our last few Paris visits--that section of the Louvre is relatively deserted! My husband is madly in love with Proust , who wrote about Chardin's weird painting with the cat and the ray.

    Love the two suggestions above--Rokeby Venus and Cranach saints.

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  20. Love this colour palette, and as a greyhound owner I LOVE the painting :)

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  21. Very creative color study.

    Love the subtle nuances of shades.


    Jody

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