Tuesday, December 28, 2010


In my last post, my outfit reflected the stark snowy landscape and its contrast of black and white. Yesterday, I decided to brighten things up a little for a different kind of contrast--bold color against a backdrop of white.

The colors in this outfit were inspired by Josef Albers' color studies. Albers (1888-1976) was a lifelong artist and teacher, whose students included Robert Rauschenberg, Cy Twombly, and Eva Hesse. Though he was skilled in many artistic disciplines, including graphic design, printmaking, poetry, and photography, he is most known for painting, particularly his compilation of color studies entitled Homage to the Square.

In the Homage series, Albers explored the complex relationships between colors, and eventually published Interaction of Color in 1963. The basis of his color logic was that colors are influenced by context, i.e. the same red will appear different when placed next to a different blue.

Albers' color theories are now the bases of many upper-level art classes. I remember slaving over my own Homage series during undergraduate painting class, and I am eternally indebted to Albers for my own deep love of color and its relationships.

For this outfit, I wanted to reflect the intense hues of the Albers works and the juxtapositions of dissonant colors. I thought the motif of the scarf reflected the theme as well, and the boots were necessary to keep my feet warm!

I'm wearing a sweater and skirt from J. Crew, vintage leather purse and vintage scarf, Topshop tights, and Sorel "Joan of Arctic" boots.

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


  1. Beautiful ensemble, Ariel, nicely accented by the your lipstick and nail color. The range of Albers' color usage is impressive, he made some beautiful choices in this series, esp.the slate-like blues and violets. The scarf is wonderful too. Thank you for posting!

  2. Love the yellow and the bright red together! And I second the warm boots! I don't leave home without them!

  3. LOVING the bold colors against the bland background.


  4. Love the contrast of your top, scarf and skirt!

  5. That red skirt is GORGEOUS girl!! Now I want one!

    Happy Wednesday Darling! xo

    I'm doing a perfume giveaway right now if you're interested!

  6. Love your look and Josef Alber's squares...
    Awesome post, darling!


  7. wow wow wow
    I looove these bright colours! Looks so fresh

  8. I love this post! i love the skirt and scarf!:)
    you have a great blog by the way!Im really happy i ran into it! It's a great read. your posts and style are amazing!
    Im gonna follow you!
    hope you visit me back and become a follower too:)
    that would be amazing!

    have a great day!!

  9. This is totally getting added to the inspiration file. I also love those boots and how they look with this look - so unexpected, but so perfect!!

  10. Beautiful combination of bright colors!! I love your red skirt!! And the scarf is so pretty!!xoxoxoxoo

  11. The snowy backdrop is a perfect complement to your fabulously bright ensemble! Totally diggin' those boots btw.

  12. que explosión de colores tan impactantes, me encanta!!!

    felices fiestas!!!


  13. Great art to outfit interpretation. Not sure if I would have been able to pull of those tights but you totally do.

  14. is really is not easy to pull out a bright colored outfit in the winter ! most times we dont have the mood to wear it out !
    i love how you took the artwork into the outfit !

  15. squares + albers ok. but my sight is blurred with curves,i must say.

  16. another thing that might interest you.
    this year we were contacted by the albers foundation.. my grandmother mara uckunowa was the girlfriend of albers around 1919 in munich(there are sweet commenting letters from albers about her..) .. both were students and followed up to the weimar bauhaus (together we dont know). she was later assistant to muche and befriended carl auboeckII my grandfather who had followed his teacher itten from vienna to weimar.
    look at ittens colours they are amazing..
    you might try to take also contrasting fotos of your fashion studies in closed spaces - the colours will look very different ,the contrast will be dramatic ithink.
    why? most of paintings were made under artificial light sources.. so the colours always look different under different circumstances.

  17. love the vibrant colours!
    hope your holidays were FAB! thank you for your sweet comment! you can reach me also on bloglovin, facebook and twitter :)so cu soon! and have amazing new year's eve!!!

    xoxo from rome

  18. You look gorgeous! I love the mix of colours, so wonderful!!

  19. I love this colors)))That is super nice!!! Your blog is lovely!!!

  20. Love the way you've pulled off wearing so many block colours! Plus, the scarf is divine! :D

  21. i love this! and what is funny is that if you took away one of the elements in the outfit, it might not work. but all together, it's great! plus, i'm a sucker for color. go girl. xoxo, laura

  22. The vivid colorblocking going on here is magnificent! I just adore the saturated colors and the scarf that (literally) ties it all together.
    And those Joan of Arctic boots! I tried the hot-pink-soled version of the same boots on in the store on Tuesday! They didn't have my exact size so I had to pass them up, but I loved them dearly!

  23. You are seriously beautiful! This outfit is so fun & so super cute!

    KF x

  24. I love your bold colorblocking - it speaks perfectly to the inspiration!

    Chic on the Cheap

  25. that scarf is just amazing!!

    and they way you put all these colors together is just perfection.

  26. your blog is so creative and intelligent-- and oh yeah, colorful! my new favorite. :)

  27. Simply perfect!!! Because there is nothing better than contrast! Happy New Years =)

  28. great colours!! visit me :)

  29. I love the colourful inspiration. The scarf and tights are perfect to brighten up winter days.

  30. hello, dear! i've listed you among my 15 choices for a Stylish Blogger Award! you may see the post on my blog if you like.
    happy new year!

  31. a perfect outfit!
    this is something that reminds my own style.
    anyway, love it.

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