Monday, September 11, 2017

How to Pack for a Business Trip by Starting with Art: A Farm by Piet Mondrian

When I think of Mondrian I always think of those black and white grid patterns with little patches of a primary color or two, but in his earlier days he was much more traditional...

A Farm by Piet Mondrian
A Farm by Piet Mondrian

Colors are always what catches my eye - I loved the strong blue, the almost acid green, and then the much calmer neutral rust and grey...

A Farm by Piet Mondrian with style guidelines and color palette

"Uses of Color in Distinctive Branding"

Whoever names these conferences needs to get some imagination - how stodgy can you get? This doesn't sound at all appealing.... But she has been writing the book on distinctive color uses for decades; it will be interesting to see what these young people think they can teach her!

business travel outfit in rust and grey
cardigan – Marni; earrings – Mariana Llanes; watch – Triwa; dress - Lands’ End; scarf – Image Diary; handbag – Hobo; boots - Børn; travel bag – Longchamp

Her approach to color has always been to do the "wrong" thing, so the names of some of the upcoming sessions just make her laugh incredulously...

a six-pack travel capsule wardrobe in rust, grey, blue and green
grey tee – Lands’ End; green earrings – Neeru Goel; green cardigan - Blugirl; blue scarf – Image Diary; dress – Joseph; bag – Lodis; pumps – Athena Alexander; grey loafers – Vaneli; green scarf – Image Diary; pants – RED Valentino; blue tee – L.L.Bean; blue earrings – David Yurman; bracelets – Treasure & Bond; grey cardigan – L.L.Bean; rust loafers – Vince

"What are the risks and rewards of combining bright colors with muted neutrals?" She loves that...

a travel capsule wardrobe in rust, grey, blue and green

"Will the Conservative Consumer be Dissuaded by a Mix of Warm and Cool Colors in Print Advertising?" Seriously?

2 ways to style a grey dress from a business travel capsule wardrobe

"Are Your Logo Colors from the Wrong Decade?" Shakes her head...

2 ways to style grey pants and a grey cardigan from a business travel capsule wardrobe

"When is an Accent Color the Wrong Choice?" Can there BE a wrong color? she wonders...

2 ways to style a rust dress from a business travel capsule wardrobe

"How to Handle a CEO with Poor Taste" She can't WAIT for this one - she has some choice ideas...

2 ways to style grey pants and a grey tee from a business travel capsule wardrobe

Breaking rules has made her very successful - what will the people at this conference be able to teach her?

At least she'll be entertained!

love,
Janice

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15 comments:

  1. That russet color is gorgeous, as are the pieces you've chosen for it. And it looks surprisingly pretty with the gray.
    I saw an exhibit of Mondrian's works that illustrated his progression from traditional landscapes to the modular abstract works he became famous for. It was almost like one of those computer-generated morphing effects.

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  2. Goodness, this is fantastic in every respect and the text! Very funny and clever, brilliant!

    Mondrian's love of line is definitely there in the composition, but its the large curvy puddle that I particularly like x

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  3. LOVE the rust and gray!! Brilliant! The pieces you've selected are lovely. I don't often comment, but this is one of my favorite vigneittes - and no black!! I know you love it but it is not a kind color to some of us. I've always appreciated that you show a variety of color options.

    Hope you are safe in Florida - from the images I've seen, what a mess has been left behind. It doesn't sound like there have been many injuries... Chris from Indy

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    1. We're back from Florida, and my mother is here with us! All's well - thanks for asking!
      hugs,
      Janice

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  4. Love the color combination. For my coloring, I would look for a toned down green and rust with a slight pink cast.

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    1. I love the colour combination too. I would also opt for a softer muted green. Same value. Soft/greyed/dirtied limey/chartreuse green. Carol S

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  5. You are A DEAR! Love the post, colors, and scarves ;-)

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  6. So pretty! And the story along with this wardrobe is great fun too!

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  7. Camel and gray is one of my favorite color combinations! I have a Hermes scarf with those colors plus blue in one and amother with camel/gray and red. I have similar boots and earrings and watch, even that same Longchamps bag---thanks for these ideas for new combinations to wear what I already have!

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  8. Love the story; love the wardrobe.

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  9. I hope you had as much fun putting this together as I did reading it. Now, what I really want to read are the speaker's notes for the CEO with poor taste presentation. Ps, I really like the colour combinations and the painting is delightful.

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  10. You have to write a book. The text was as hilarious as the clothes were sublime.

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  11. An amazing piece of work Janice! They are not my colours but my husband loves russet and grey with green or blue and now i can see why.

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  12. Love the russet and gray. Those are the neutrals (along with navy) I am contemplating for Fall.

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