Thursday, March 03, 2016

Building a Capsule Wardrobe by Starting with Art: Galaxy by Ibe Kyoko

I saw this Sunday at the Art Institute of Chicago, and I knew immediately that I wanted to show it to all of you:


Galaxy by Ibe Kyoko

The contrast between the strong, almost wood-like grey top and bottom, and the cloudy and beautifully color center caught my eye and held it for a LONG time...


Career Enrichment?


Actually, she really does want to go to the training. After all, it's in New York!

Earrings – Nine West; jacket – L.L.Bean; nail polish – Nails Inc.; loafers –  
Naturalizer; shirt – Uniqlo; pants – L.L.Bean; scarf – Armani Collezioni
watch – Anne Klein; backpack – Romwe; suitcaseTumi

Not just any place in New York, but at the VERY prestigious NYU... Having this on her resume can do nothing but good!

grey shirt – Uniqlo; blue polish – Essie; yellow polish –Smith & Cult; square-neck
  top – L.L.Bean; moonstone bracelet – Neerul Goel; blue tee – L.L.Bean; yellow 
cardigan – L.L.Bean; seaglass earrings –Warren and Robbin; labradorite earrings –
 Khun Boom; grey cardigan – Uniqlo; dress – Lands’ End; lt blue tee – Paige; grey 
 v-neck sweater – Uniqlo; yellow tee – L.L.Bean; floral top – Liu Jo; pale grey
 scarf – Armani Collezioni; grey pumps – Calvin Klein; yellow scarf – Manila Grace;
 small bag – Amici Accessories; flannel shirt – L.L.Bean; labradorite necklace–  
Nareerat; skirt – Uniqlo; green scarf – Hinge; jeans – H&M; boots – Romika

So when her employer offered the chance to go - at their expense - she was filling out the application forms before the email had cooled in her in-box. (metaphorically speaking, of course!)






When they confirmed her acceptance into the training, they also let her know that she would be staying in the NYU dorms for 18 days...

Oh heck, it's 2 free weekends in Manhattan! She can do this; youthful but not young, energetic but not manic, she's going to be wonderful.

She can't wait...

love,
Janice


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18 comments:

  1. I love the colours in this post. You are such an inspiration. Thank you.

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  2. Now you've done it! I was all in with yesterday's colors and on seeing the painting thought, ah, she's going for turquoise with grey. But no, you teased out the range between seafoam green and sky blue. And it's gorgeous. Luckily my budget prevents me from trying to do it all.
    I adore your little stories that accompany the clothes. They are so fun. Like a painting, just enough brushstrokes for our mind's eye to fill in the rest.

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  3. Love, love, love the colours in this wardrobe. They feel so me! I feel a wardrobe shift coming on - one piece at a time! :)

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  5. OMG. I just LOVE this. I'm planning a trip to NYC in June and these may be my colors! I was planning on the yellow, blue and aqua with navy, but I may just have to pack the grey instead. I have a gut reaction to the color schemes, sometimes good, sometimes not. This one just spoke to me. Then I can't wait to see the rest of the wardrobe. Thanks so much, Janice. You've helped me refine my color choices without expensive shopping! And I may just have to buy that backpack. It's lovely and reasonably priced.

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  6. This is another atypical colour scheme that distinguishes the wearer from the flocks of others. I am curious...do you have a picture in your mind of the person who will collect and wear this? Does that picture include hair, eyes and skin colour or do you think most people can wear most colours? I restrict myself to colours that I think are better on me than others.

    Deb from Vancouver

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    1. What a great question! I don't usually picture the woman as having certain coloring, but more a certain temperament and personality. This woman was in my mind as someone smart enough and important enough to merit a lengthy training trip, but still gentle, self-aware and responsive to her environment. She's actually going to make friends in the dorm, despite the age differences...

      I'm luck enough to know, and to "virtually know" (all of my Internet friends) enough women that I have a wide variety of personalities and characters in my mind. When I work on a wardrobe, sometimes an archetype of you all will emerge.

      So you're all part of this project, in more ways than you can imagine!
      hugs,
      Janice

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  7. Lovely colors! I wish I could wear yellow! It has always been a favorite color of mine. So springy. What a great trip! 18 days is a long time for only 3 bottoms. I think I would have to add another pair of pants. Other than that, sign me up!

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  8. I love your choices and look forward to reading you every day. I was thinking about what paintings I would like to see and have just finished reading about a new Georgia O'Keeffe exhibition to be held at the Tate Modern in London and the 2 paintings illustrating the article are both gorgeous (O’Keeffe’s Jimson Weed/White Flower No. 1, 1932. Photograph: Edward C. Robison III and Georgia O’Keeffe’s Autumn Trees-The Maple 1924 Oil on canvas. Photograph: Georgia O'Keeffe Museum). Do you like them? The article's in the Guardian.

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    1. Irene, thank you. The Jimson Weed/White Flower No. 1 is a great inspiration for me. Blue is my favorite color, but I have green eyes. I would use black as my neutral. Between your suggestion for a painting, and Janice's suggestions about putting things together, I'm on my way.

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    2. I love the White Flower too - think I might try it for summer. The other one is also gorgeous but it's probably more wintry. I have grey hair, hazel eyes so blue neutral it is for me!

      Just wondered, how do you put the colours of your palette together? By that I mean, once you've decided on the palette, where do you get the colours from to make a wheel? Or maybe that's a question for Janice?

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    3. I make my color wheels in PowerPoint - they're basically a pie chart in which I've used data that represents to various proportions of each color that I'm targeting, and then I have infinite ability to adjust the colors using RGB or HSL standards.

      And thanks for these painting suggestions - they've been duly noted!

      hugs,
      Janice

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    4. Thank you so much for your reply re the colour wheel and I'm blown away this morning to see that you've used the White Flower as your inspiration. I'm so happy to have found you on here and am a definite fan. Hugs. Irene

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  9. I'm always drawn to your gray-as-base posts but there's something especially lovely about the spring hues you pair gray with here. Sigh.

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  10. Helpful ideas to take gray into spring! I have all the accents but never thought to combine them this way . I'm printing this out for spring inspiration , maybe adding pale pink.

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  11. Thank you for introducing me to this painting! It rewards close looking, even online. And what a pretty, unusual set of colours to draw from. It would be fun to choose from this wardrobe each morning.

    BTW I read that the latest Gucci collection has elements of the thrift shop look. Oh bother, I thought, bang go the thrifty prices in the thrift shops ... Fortunately the news doesn't seem to have reached my favourite op shops here on the other side of the world. But generally, aren't the young people doing lovely things with their eclectic mixes?

    Robyn in Tasmania

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  12. This is so pretty, I may just adopt the colours as a theme for spring. It would combine well with the previous post - a lovely capsule to transition from winter to warmer weather.
    Alice

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  13. MY colors! I love all your posts, but this one especially makes my heart sing. It's ME!

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