Sunday, January 9, 2011

SHAPES OF STELLA



Now that the holidays are over, it's officially the "bleak midwinter". With little to look forward to until spring (read: my birthday), it's easy to get into a wardrobe rut. I'm of the opinion that it's possible to beat the midwinter blahs through a well-planned wardrobe.



Although it's still absolutely necessary to layer up, it's fun to experiment with color palettes that wouldn't normally be associated with the cold season. This ensemble was inspired by the colorful minimalist works of Frank Stella.



Stella (b. 1936) is an American painter and sculptor most closely associated with the Minimalist movement.



During his early career, Stella was interested in making pictures that were art objects in and of themselves, not pictures that depicted something else.



Stella's early works were very minimal: simple unprimed canvas with black paint, in some cases. These works are from the 1960s to 1970s and represent Stella's experimentation with color and shaped canvases, which further complicated the work's status as object versus depiction.



Minimalism like Stella's came to be a representation of the 1960s aesthetic, as seen in art, architecture, home decor, and fashion.



Although minimalism has lost some of its caché in recent years, it represents an important art historical movement that developed in response to Abstract Expressionism.



This vintage skirt was a recent thrift find, and I thought it bore a striking resemblance to the colors and patterns of Stella's paintings.



For me, the colors of this outfit (and smart layering) made a chilly midwinter day a bit more bearable.



I'm wearing a vintage skirt (which I will probably shorten and wear to death this summer), vintage cashmere/angora sweater, Betsey Johnson wool tights, unidentified wool socks, a necklace from Burlington Coat Factory, and Marni clogs. (Not shown: thermal undergarments--a necessity!)


[Stella images from kingfishers.ednet.ns.ca, waynethomasartroom.wikispaces.com, artistquoteoftheday.wordpress.com, and abstract-art.com, respectively.]

55 comments:

  1. Amazing picture! I love the colors on the skirt!

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  2. REL, when you shorten the skirt don't forget to re-purpose the extra fabric. I can just imagine it as a scarf or purse or even framed as art.

    LOVE ALL the COLORS!

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  3. this is great! Love the geo skirt and the shoes. I need COLOR in my life!!

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    -Stephanie

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  4. I love these colourful prints, and your header. Thanks for sharing the photos and drop by me too when you have time.

    Cheers.

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  5. don't try richard serra but maybe james turrell?

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  6. Wardrobe vs. Weather. I like it.
    A well-planned, well-executed wardrobe change is always the perfect way to cheer myself up. :)

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  7. Amazing Colors!!! I love wearing colors that are out of season. It makes it so much fun to get dressed!!!

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  8. Hey lady, thanks for checking out our blog. I'm new to yours and am already obsessing over all of your posts! You give such thoughtful consideration to all of them and I'm excited to go back and read previous entries. You combine two of my fave things: art + fashion. I'm so happy to have come across your site!! &heart;

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  9. Awesome post!
    Love your skirt and these paintings!

    xoxox,
    CC

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  10. most definitely love the last picture the most, and the skirt is BEAUTIFUL! love it all!

    kisses x

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  11. that skirt is beautiful and that last photo looks like something out of a magazine - so divine!

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  12. Love the punch of color! So bright and cheerful.

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  13. Sometimes I also do this kind of comparisons!
    So beautiful the one where you emulate Pollock! You steal my heart haha! Xoxo

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  14. Fabulous! I adore Stella, but frankly, I adore your shoes more! The skirt really does evoke his patterns, and I love how you create these comparisons all the time. A mini art-history lecture WITH fashion. If only universities let profs do that! xo

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  15. completely stunning and brilliant colors, form and textures..i love that skirt and the sweater... u did fantastic in finding the best stella inspiring print...

    i love it soooo muchhhh

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  16. Love how you collaborated this! Beautiful outfit!!

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  17. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE IT!
    Oh man, I really want to shop in your closet :p
    xx

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  18. I've decided one of the things I love most about your blog is finding out the artists' names and backgrounds behind works of art i've known and loved for a long time...perfect!

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  19. wow I'm so pleased I found your blog. Not only do you have amazing style, but you combine it with a love of art too. It's really great to come across a blogger who thinks outside the box! I can't not follow you :)

    The Flower Girl

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    X

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  20. those colors are phenomenal! love your eye make up too. your look amazing <3 thank you for your lovely comments on our blog! they always make us smile :]

    we'll be back to visit you soon!
    xo, camilla & valerie
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  21. tnx for folowing my little colorfull artist <3
    folow u on facebook also
    kissesss
    gabriela

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  22. UGH GOD I LOVE THIS! Your outfit is amazing, especially for the dead of winter. Very amazing incorporation with Stella's work, it's impeccable!
    xxAnisa

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  23. love that you're wearing a lot of colour - and those marni's, wooo!

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  24. i love the colors of your outfit! i do see his inspiration in the skirt :) your last picture is adorable :)

    xx
    heyrocketgirl

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  25. what an amazing thrifted skirt! i definitely see the direct influence!

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  26. These are such interesting prints! I like it. <3 The art is lovely!

    Thanks for following me. I followed you back!

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  27. Beautiful, beautiful skirt! I also love the shoes! I think reading your posts will help me impress someone one day, especially a cute artist guy, haha :-) xoxoxoxo

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  28. wowwwwww, I love all your outfit, it´s perfect!!!
    I follow from Spain :-)

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  29. beautiful pics!! thats such a gorgeous skirt!!

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  30. I love your skirt and Stella's artwork! So amazing ;)

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  31. Oh, that skirt! I love it! It's really just perfect. It has a southwestern-inspired feel to me and it would be so fun to build an outfit around it! So many different ways to go with a great piece like that!

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  32. Oh great colors and patterns :D

    Xoxo
    Sarah

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  33. I love the colors in your outfit.

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  34. I love all of the colors you're wearing- you really make them POP and they're beautiful on you! I love that color sweater!

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  35. the colors are so vibrant and beautiful!

    Leia

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  36. that last picture of you is the best! all those pieces are such great finds--those shoes are amazing! xoxo, laura

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  37. wow your skirt is amazing, the colors are so vibrant and it really does look like a stella piece of art

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  38. cannot wait for spring also!
    best time of the yearrrrr
    & loving outfitt!

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  39. This skirt is so cute and how smart to shorten it and be able to wear it all Summer also!

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  40. I adore your blog. I love going through all your posts and seeing how you've combined art and fashion, it's so inspired!
    This outfit is gorgeous. I love the skirt.

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    Xx

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  41. Lovely outfit!
    That skirt is insanely pretty
    I love your blog, the way you're inspired in fashion by art is genius

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  42. the colors of the skirt is beautiful, looks good on you!

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