Thursday, December 9, 2010

ACHROME (and my first giveaway!)

After the first snow this week, I was suddenly thrust into panic mode after the realization that Christmas is right around the corner. If you've put off your shopping until the last minute like moi, see the end of this post for a giveaway that might just help you out!

Once I realized that it is, indeed, the Christmas season, I thought it was time to pull out my Tartan plaids and Abominable Snowman jacket.

This jacket isn't very warm, but it always makes me think of Piero Manzoni's Achromes, and that's reason enough to wear it.

Piero Manzoni (1933-1963) was a Conceptual artist whose work was a response to post-war Italian society.

In his Achrome series, he used all manner of multidimensional substances to evoke the white paintings of artists like Kasimir Malevich, Lucio Fontana, and Robert Rauschenberg.

Although the Achromes appear to be white, they were actually clear and colorless.

These works were originally intended as a response to Yves Klein's monochrome paintings (remember the bright blue squares?). Manzoni eventually created works with pigments that changed color over time.

The Achromes are beautiful studies in texture and the effects of light on a clear ground.

I decided to pair the jacket with leather leggings to contrast the fluffiness, and flannel shirt for warmth.

I'm wearing an H&M flokati jacket, mens' vintage flannel shirt, H&M leather leggings, BCBG booties, and Ralph Lauren leather driving gloves.

As I mentioned earlier, if you're a bit behind on your holiday shopping, you may want to check out CSN stores. They have loads of gifts from sparkly heels to leather messenger bags and they're giving one of my readers a $35 gift card! To enter, follow Artfully Awear with Google Friend Connect (click on the Follow tab in the left sidebar) and leave a comment on this post. The contest will be open to U.S. and Canada readers only through Tuesday, December 14 at midnight. I will announce the winner here on Wednesday. Good luck!

[Manzoni images from,,, and, respectively.]


  1. Love love love the white and red accents!

  2. I follow you on GFC! I would love to win this :)

  3. fantastic outfit!! Love your style!

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  4. I really love the boots and socks, and the jacket's lovely too! A great outfit!

  5. Unfortunately I can not participate in this giveaway!

    Thanks for the comment dear!

  6. Great pictures! If you like vintage clothing at all you should come check us out!


  7. LOVE your red gloves, such a pretty touch to this outfit!

  8. great outfit, love the texture clashes and the red gloves :) i need to get trousers like these too!

  9. I follow with google friends.

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  10. I love the jacket...looked like Buddah only white!

  11. Ahhh, I love your red gloves! And these pieces make me think of the artwork that would be hanging on the walls in some perfect high-class modern abode.

  12. hey :) so I saw your first giveaway... I started following you awhile ago ;) does that count for an entry? I know I didn't "just" start following you. I might do a giveaway sometime on my blog.... hmmm, it's been in my head recently.

  13. Love your red glowes -perfect! Eva

  14. I follow! P.S. those boots are amazing!

  15. Oh those red gloves are hot! I would love to have a pair. And you have no snow you lucky girl.

    Maryjane xoxo

  16. Those booties made me shoe-gasm.

  17. I am your follower! Thank you!
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  18. I love your jacket; kind of surprised to hear that it isn't very warm. Those leather leggings look amazing on you, the zippers at the bottom are my favorite part. xxoxoxoo

  19. Great style. love the colors!

  20. what a fantastic outfit with the unexpected pairings.
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  21. I am amazed by your stylish play with patterns and textures. So cool!


    -La Copine


  22. love this jacket! i have one very similar :D
    hope you're having great weekend! i wanted to thank you for your last comment on my blog! it made my day, so i hope you will stay in touch with my blog - it's easy with k come karolina on bloglovin, facebook and twitter :)

    xoxo from rome

  23. you got reason and style!
    the achromatic idea in the post leaves me stunned after all the girly oohs! about red accents before.
    you are a wise styler - take it from me!

  24. i follow you, great post. i am also freaking about christmas... yikes! beautiful pieces, too.

  25. i like all the comments that come out of the woodwork when you post a giveaway haha.

    I liked the first achrome piece; it looks exactly like the fur on your jacket! Are you going to start taking pictures indoors? how are you not freezing?

  26. I love love the red and the tight black and the shaggy white together. just lovely and daring!
    jorossi AT gmail DOT com

    Lena- giveaways are a great way to encourage new readership. I've found some of my most beloved blogs via giveaways or blog hops!

  27. Seems that you have an effortless way of putting together an outfit. I am envious of that talent! Please count me in for the giveaway.
    Thank you!

  28. The Abominable Snowman- hee! I am now following you. You have great fashion sense!
    tiedyefrog at gmail dot com

  29. I love this your jacket is so fun!!!! btw I am now following you on GFC!

  30. You have a great sense of style.

  31. love love love your jacket!

    xx, Sabinna and David

  32. the shoes and the gloves r to die for...fab outfit

  33. Thanks for the giveaway! And I love that outfit!

    eemoody77 at gmail dot com

  34. loove your coat!!xx

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