Tuesday, January 25, 2011

SOUNDSUITS



Sometimes the best approach to getting dressed is throwing on a few favorite pieces and calling it a day. This ensemble was inspired by one of my most beloved contemporary artists, Nick Cave, and it centers around my favorite color, GREEN.


Nick Cave is a contemporary artist whose work simultaneously incorporates art, fashion, costume, performance, and dance. You may remember his work from the "Monsters, Inc." spread in the September 2010 issue of American Vogue.



His Soundsuits, made of a myriad of different materials, are studies in the movement and sound made by the person wearing them. These works are beautiful as sculptures, but take on a whole new meaning when worn (often by Cave himself) during a performance.


As an African American artist, dancer, and designer from a humble background, Cave explores the intersection of culture and consumerism in his strikingly gorgeous costumes.



The Soundsuits are meant to symbolize traditional African ceremonial garb and also reference the haute couture creations of avant garde fashion.

The central theme of these works is the simultaneous isolation and insulation of culture--particularly, for Cave, of coming to terms with his African descent in American society.

Cave is currently the director of the Graduate Fashion program at the Art Institute of Chicago. You can find out more about his work at the SoundSuitShop.


The Soundsuits are so quirky and kitschy, with their bright colors and fun textures, styling an outfit around them was quite a pleasure.



I started with the funky faux fur jacket (which looks like it could have been part of a Soundsuit in a previous life) and then added a few bright accessories.



I'm wearing a faux fur jacket from F21, Obey tee, boys' thrifted Levi's 511s, a vintage silk scarf, J. Crew anklets, Lisa F. Pliner Idelle platform sandals, a vintage reptile Nicholas Reich handbag, and my Grandmother's emerald ring.


Even though they have about a 50 year age difference, I think this bag and the shoes were meant for each other--see how the green arch echoes the hue of the bag? Together at last!



[Cave images from latimesblogs.latimes.com, artuga.tumblr.com, buamai.com, hypebeast.com, palmbeachillustrated.com, and blogs.tcpalm.com, respectively.]

76 comments:

  1. Color is the same thing as life to me.

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  2. I can't spill out enough compliments. The shoes! The bag! The ring! That glorious first picture! Seriously, this outfit is so delightful I'm *grinning*!

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  3. wow, that first pic could be in a magazine editorial! and i'm dying over that bag and those shoes--gorgeous! green is one of my favorite colors too (although i can never commit to just one!), xoxo, laura

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  4. great scarf! I absolutely love your blog from the first moment... your outfits are soooo colourful..it really improves my mood:)

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  5. Love the shoes!!! The first pic is cool! Not sure how I'm liking the art though...it's kinda creeping me out but hey, I get freaked out by clowns or anybody dressed up in those big disney costumey outfits so go figure ; )

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  6. talk about a statement shoe! those are fab!

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  7. I learn so much from your blog. Sadly, I've never heard of Nick Cave- the artist (shame on me!) and was confused at first (Nick Cave is also an Australian singer).
    LOVE LOVE LOVE your shoes and that green purse is breathtaking!!! Green is my favorite color as well :)
    xx
    maya

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  8. Amazing pics and look, darling!
    Loooooove those platforms!
    And the faux fur is awesome too!

    xoxox,
    CC

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  9. This outfit is so great. I love all the colors and I love your shoes.

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  10. wow, I love how colorful your outfits are, I love colors and happy mixtures of bright colors any time. =D

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  11. lovee that green bag & those crazy shoes! x


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  12. Your accessories are fabulous! I can't get my mind out of that lovely green bag!

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  13. I love all the green! And those shoes are amazing!!!!

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  14. I would kill somebody for those shoes.
    Damn.

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  15. Lovely post, Ariel. I love the first shot. Wasn't aware of Nick Cave and your ensemble (especially the silk scarf (!)) works wonderfully with this painting selection. Also delighted with the picture of you swinging the beautiful green purse, what a great color. Stunning ring and exceptional shoes, the pink with the heels. Great work, thanks for posting.

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  16. I remember reading about these! I like the soundsuits, I think they're very innovative, but if someone walked up to me on the street wearing one I think I would scream and run in the opposite direction. They would be cool to see if no one was inside them, but I think it would have the same effect on me that many people have with clowns. If someone's dressed up and I can't see their face, it makes me nervous, haha!


    BUT, you're outfit is fantastic and fantastically colorful. I agree with Bonnie above, I would *kill* for those shoes!! And your grandmother's ring is absolutely stunning, it reminds me of Edwardian-period jewelry :)

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  17. Those shoes are in and of themselves a piece of art. I love the soundsuits, they're wonderfully creative - if a bit scary! Their movement is beautifully captured though, and I love how you pulled the inspiration from them.

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  18. wow this is so cool, the vogue shots are incredible, reminds me of the grinch a bit but it si truly beautiful..in a strange way! having a giveway, check it out? xx

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  19. while being a fur-lover and advocate of dressing for yourself I'm completely inlove with this outfit

    and may I say that there is an error in your about me
    you ARE a work of art AND WEAR works of art :)

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  20. Just amazing. The shots, the outfit and oh my god the SHOES!!!! I am in love with it all.

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  21. Oh, wow, those shoes are fantastic! They were definitely meant for that bag (and that ring - holy moly, my grandmother didn't give me emeralds!).

    I laughed because I thought you meant the other Nick Cave (of music, of Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds)! But those soundsuits are incredible.

    Thank you so much for commenting on my blog - I really appreciate it.

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  22. thank you for the comment on my blog! the art is amazing and love how you've interpreted it in your outfit!

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  23. You have the most amazing way with colors, it always looks amazing on you! I'm so intently in love with your style and your love of art.

    xxAnisa

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  24. Oh and of course i'm now following you. I've added you to my 'blogs to feature' folder too. xx

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  25. awesomeeee! I want the shoes!

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  26. HELLO! WOW- that top photo is out of control--love it + love this whole post!!!

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  27. oh my gosh, you are amazing! i totally thought that first photo was from an editorial. i think i love your blog.

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  28. What a great post! I loved the spread in Vogue...I just kept staring at the pictures! Great jacket you have on, too!

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  29. I heard about those I think they sound so awesome!

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  30. AHH!! You bought the green jacket that I hemmed and hawed about and regretfully didn't get!

    It looks awesome on you, especially with those shoes!

    Following you too. :)

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  31. Gorgeous pics!

    Your blos is amazing! Following! Follow back? <3

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  32. this is so funny x
    www.thefashionmom.com

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  33. Thank you for your comment....
    I liked your post and even got some enlightement out of it, I had never heard of soundsuits.
    Ok, now for real, I cannot get those shoes out of my head. just fab.

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  34. Wow totally love how you have styled this and the colours are so striking and your shoes are to die for xoxo

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  35. Gosh, I love your posts!! So pretty!

    KF x

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  36. Wow, these soundsuits are amazing. I hadn't heard of him - off to Google more images!

    Thank you so much for your kind comment on my blog, too.

    Andrea x

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  37. Oh my gosh, I absolutely love where you got your inspiration! This outfit is so amazing! :)

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  38. OMG-you look absolutely amazing!! Love your poses- the bang and your shoes!! Where are they from?

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  39. This is nuts, I think this may be my favorite post ever! WOW!!

    Thanks so much for your comment, check out my new post if you like : )

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    -Stephanie

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  40. The first picture is so stunning! And the shoes?! OMG, it looks amazing with the all the colors in your outfit! I love that when I visit your blog, I learn about a new artist! xoxoxoxo

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  41. Ahhh! I ADORE those shoes!

    Your blog is lovely. You are lovely. The comment you left me is lovely.

    Thank you for following! I think I shall follow you too ;D

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  42. omg those shoes are amazing. such a great shoot!

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  43. Your energy and vibrancy in this post make me so happy! And those shoes are to DIE for.

    Leia

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  44. God, this is so cool! You look beautiful.

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  45. me encanta el abrigo, el bolso, los zapatos, vamos que me gusta todo

    besos
    feliz fin de semana

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  46. stunning outfit!! love that first pic :)

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  47. The whole look is so incredible. I love the fur jacket and love the scarf! Both are perfect. The shoes are gorgeous.

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  48. Wow!! Just when I think you can't top your last post you do! I love this post, probably my fav ever, the art work + your interpretation of it through your outfit is truly inspiring!

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  49. Oh how coool!!!!!!!!! I'd love to see these in person!

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  50. Wow you look awesome as usual!
    Love your creativity!
    STUNNING!
    x

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  51. I LOVE that you pair your outfits with art. Glad I found your blog!

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  52. amazing! Colorfull pics!!!

    XOXO

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  53. A Nick Cave show came to our school - the sound suits were amazing. Your fur coat sure comes close!

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  54. Hi there! Love your blog-check mine out if you have a minute!

    Absolutely love this post, you look amazing and I love your inspiration. The photography is fantastic too!

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    xoxo

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  55. OMG those shoes and scarf is soooo insane! You complement Cave's work so well.

    xoxo, http://zarnasrunway.blogspot.com/

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  56. again its great and inspiring what you do..
    you might also like wolfgang hutter, arik brauer,
    friedensreich hundertwasser all viennese painters, maybe aldo rossi, architect as inspirations..

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  57. Those shoes are amazing. I keep seeing that green jacket I swear it's calling my name. I should have bought it!
    My Heart Blogged

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  58. I can't explain how much I love the outfit and the pictures. perfect colors, very bold.
    Amazing.

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  59. How serendipitous - my boss and I were just looking at the Soundsuits website last week as inspiration for how we're going to show the costumes in our exhibit!

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  60. that fur coat is awesome! I love it! :) haha I have been looking for a fur coat this winter too, haven't found one yet but got my fingers crossed

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  61. This is amazing! Once again, you've perfectly translated a piece of art into a piece of art you can wear. Those shoes are perfect!!

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  62. wow those pictures are amazing! the outfit is so great too, i love the jacket

    xx http://madelineweber.blogspot.com/

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  63. FANTASTIC! just bloody fantastic!! this is my favorite post you've ever put up.
    <3 mode.
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  64. the shoes are quite unique, i should say. but i really like the handbag.

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  65. LOVE THIS POST...SIMPLY AMAZING!!

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  66. Your jacket is what I like to call Muppet Chic. FABULOUS!!

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