Friday, September 09, 2016

Build a Capsule Wardrobe by Starting with Art: Portrait of Marevna by Diego Rivera

This is another of those works that I often see at the Art Institute of Chicago. She's not exactly pretty, but I think she's rather handsome:

Portrait of Marvna by Diego Rivera
Portrait of Marevna by Diego Rivera


Portrait of Marvna by Diego Rivera with color scheme and design theme


Class Reunion/Homecoming

 

earrings – Kate Spade; scarf – Nordstrom; dress – Lands’ End;
 lipstick – Bobbi Brown in Uber Beige; cardigan – Miu Miu; bracelet – 
Robert Lee Morris; watch – La Mer Collections; nail polish – Chanel
 Le Vernis in Cavaliere;  shoes – Cole Haan; tote – Marni


"After looking at the RSVP list, I certainly hope SHE's coming. We're going to need a calm head in this crowd..."


six-pack travel capsule wardrobe in green, camel and black
Sweater – Jil Sander; cashmere tee shirts – J. Crew; ring – L. Erickson
necklace – Natasha; scarf Klements; jeansL.L.Bean; skirt – Lands’ End
 handbag – The Row; boots – Munro; flats – Vaneli; pants – L.L.Bean

"Yea, she always had the ability to see every angle of a situation, and find some way to calm down the worst arguments..."


eight piece travel capsule wardrobe in green, black and camel

 "Just a really level-headed, balanced sort of person, as I recall..."


black jeans worn with a camel sweater, and with a green sweater


black skirt and top, accessorized two different ways from a camel accessory capsule


black pants worn 2 different ways with a camel sweater


black dress with camel and black accessories - 2 different ways

Well yea, she works for the United Nations now... she'll be thrilled that you think she's qualified.

love,
Janice

 Editorialist

A travel capsule wardrobe in a blue, camel, green, and black color palette inspired by art
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20 comments:

  1. As soon as I saw the first clothes and that brown lipstick, I was reminded of many years (decades) ago when I took the Foreign Service Exam. I had passed the first stage and had to go to your fine city for interviews. There were individual interviews and group exercises and a lot of psyching out everybody. During a restroom break, I noticed an older woman (who probably wasn't older except to a 20-something) applying a brown lipstick. The thought had never crossed my mind, but it was perfect--it added color without looking "made up." It was serious. It was right for a diplomat.
    So imagine my smile when I got to the end of your story. (I didn't pass the cut but did get a career in Europe another way. As for her, I never found out.)

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  2. I would love to see more of this woman's wardrobe...I love the colors in this one and I have a feeling there is so much more to see.

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  3. What's the best way to send an email to Janice? I have a fun wardrobe problem that would make for a great Halloween season blog post.

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    1. theviviennefiles@gmail.com gets you right to my inbox!
      hugs,
      Janice

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  4. I too would like to see more of this wardrobe, including the lovely blue and accent colors. I was expecting to see some light wash denim, but maybe not for a diplomat. I love the browns and black.

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  5. When I first saw the color wheel, I thought that this is never going to work. But once again, you proved me wrong. I am beginning to believe that you can work miracles. :)) Happy weekend. ~ Cornelia

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  6. love this! I keep wanting to tuck a light blue or silver gray buttondown shirt into her suitcase... - nancyo

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    1. She has a longer trip in her near future... you could be spot on!
      hugs,
      Janice

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    2. Janice,
      And a black jacket or cardigan.

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  7. This post makes me wish I wore black....Just gorgeous.

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  8. Love this..my eyes immediately focused on the optimistic yellow,would like to see that brilliant accent in this wardrobe!

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  9. Love this..my eyes immediately focused on the optimistic yellow,would like to see that brilliant accent in this wardrobe!

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  10. The use of "masculine" colors in a feminine wardrobe was really creative. So much power and grace in one collection. Well done!

    Brittany
    Los Angeles

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  11. This would look lovely on my redheaded daughter with green eyes! I have always thought camel and black were a very polished combination, but never thought to add the muted green. Love it! The amazing scarf pulls everything together, and is nice near your face if camel is not becoming to your skin tone.

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  12. I agree about the scarf- it is perfect for this wardrobe.

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  13. Thank you for these recent posts with warm colours besides the neutrals. This combination today seems unusual at first, in the colour wheel, but also right. And then you make the combinations sing. I learn more every day about colour from you. Terrific heroine again too!
    Recently I bought a sage green shirt - right outside my usual colour range but it matches my eyes. And I'm finding it goes with both the neutrals in my wardrobe, so it's far more versatile than I realised. Now you're inspiring me to think about the lovely gold/camel you show here.
    Robyn in Tasmania

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  14. I think it's only fair we learn what events they'll be attending at their reunion. Dinner dance? Picnic? Tour of the old campus? Football game? Scavenger hunt? Boating? Jazz clubbing

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  15. :-) I never thought of a black, beige, olive combination!
    But this is great and I do have pieces that would work.
    Thanks for sharing your ideas and have a very HAPPY weekend .-)

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  16. Now that I have a chance to look at the artwork and the post more carefully, I am struck by the lovely black and camel pattern in the painting. I would wear a top made of that fabric in a heartbeat! I have one with similar colors that is a mainstay of my autumn wardrobe. I try to keep the solid pieces in camel/caramel for bottoms (and the black closer to my face), so if your heroine has (affordable) jeans in those brown tones, I will be very excited! - nancyo

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  17. I don't know how you do it Janice! One great wardrobe after another! You spoil us! I really love the black/camel combo! That two tone bag is awesome! I also love the watch! Can't wait to see what happens next at this reunion!

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