October 25, 2011

Art Inspired: Matisse, The Red Studio

This luscious red painting is considered an important transition in art from representational to expressionism; the fiery color and naive flatness expressing more about the process of making art than the still life. I've always loved how Matisse used the blank canvas to outline the images and of course the peek into his studio, which he gave us long before bloggers were posting glimpses into work spaces.

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No doubt we're having red moment in fashion, but I have yet to see more than a handful of brave souls making the red from head-to-toe leap. One of the best ways to pull off this monochromatic look is by mixing textures.

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Clothes: Moschino Cheap & Chic Bow Neck Swing Coat $1,100; DKNY Tomato Red Button Through Tie Blouse $290; Fox Fur Hat $490; Ralph Lauren Collection Jenibelle satin-covered leather sandals $695; Moschino Cheap & Chic Double Jersey Cropped Trousers $409; Alexander McQueen Soft Clutch With Chain $1,125

34 comments :

Maria-Thérèse ~ www.afiori.com said...

Beautiful stuff!
And I love that Matisse kind of blogged :D
Not sure I would brave the red head to toe; I'm afraid it would make me disappear? However, I do have bright red tights along with a black coat and a new yellow purse and feel rather colorful that way! Hmm, should take some pics of that.

MM said...

OMG, how much I love this selection!! I don't know why but this season I am so into red clothing!! The fur hat is breathtaking! Today I saw a really really beautiful sweater at the store next to my office and I think I'll go buy it! :))


Have a great day, honey!!

xoxoxo

Cafe Fashionista said...

I absolutely love that red wool coat. It makes me think of the one Blair Waldorf wore on Gossip Girl - so pretty!

P.S. I have yet to invest in a fall hat myself; and am unsure of whether I will or not. Hats don't always work for me. :/

fashion and frank said...

I do not have a single red piece- shoes and a bag yes but nothing else and i love it and when i do get there - madly i think i will go head to toe xx

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Boye By Red said...

My favourite colour ever! It is always in fashion,in my opinion.
And i'm afraid i am one of those people who comfortably wears a red outfit, head to toe. Literally head to toe, red hair, red toe nails :-)

Red x

Jess said...

I think we're on the same page with the red inspiration (see my post today!) Love the coat!

The Blonde Duck said...

I would do it! I'd happily wear pink head to toe! :)

TERI REES WANG said...

Color is a complete cure-all.
Come around, I have some major color to share... something to share finally. It's been awhile.

Cheers! -Teri

Alexa said...

Need more red. Good tips on the textures. Would never have thought of that. And hello...that clutch is to die for!

classiq said...

To be honest, no, I'm not. I do admire those bold enough to wear red from head to toe and I've seen a few fabulous looks. I agree that mixing textures is one of the keys to pull off this outfit. :)
Ada

VIVA.V said...

I really like your blog hunny. I love the way you entwine fashion and art beautifully together. As for the red trend head to toe - hmmm I'll leave that to Santa...and at least he added a bit of black and ha!

C.ULT FRIDAY.

Alexis Grace of NorthOnHarper said...

I love Matisse. HOWEVER, I really don't wear red. I think I own one red skirt and a DVF dress that is red and white. That's it. And to add insult to injury, I am not sure when I wore the red skirt last....

THE ALTERNATIVE WIFE said...

I loved how he would give us a peak inside his world too. It is like what bloggers do nowadays :)

Love the red head to toe. I've never done it but will be this Saturday for Halloween. Let's see if I can pull it off some other time :)

xoxo

Angel Garcia said...

Red is such a hot color but like you said, all red is a bit tricky to pull off but I think it is all about mixing textures and you will nail the look...

Hugs! ~Angel

LenoreNeverM♡re said...

Admittedly, I don't have much red in my closet...
I adore Matisse!

Couture Carrie said...

Love the inspiration and these ravishing reds, especially the pants!

xoxox,
CC

Bonnie said...

Red is my favorite color. It instantly perks up my mood! That is why I always keep my nails painted red -- it cheers me up!

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Callie Grayson said...

no i am not, but I do love the whole outfit! I would love to see my sister in this outfit. She has black hair and she would look gorgeous in all red. I on the other hand, with red hair not so gorgeous in all red

also, love the textures of suede and satin.
xx
callie

Vicki Dvorak said...

Hi Mary Jo. :) I love Matisse. In fact, when I had a color consulting business a few years ago, I called it Matisse Color Consulting.

Beautiful collection of reds, Mary Jo! Sorry I've been so out of touch. I do think of you and wonder how you're doing. xo

quintessence said...

Love your segue from the Matisse to the fashion!! I could never do the head to toe red but would certainly admire someone who successfully could!!

Bravoe Runway said...

Hmmm I am not sure if I can do red head to toe. I supposed a red cocktail dress but definitely not a suit, I think it may be too overwhelming on me.

Bad Joan said...

great post! love red, it's such an amazing color if used well!

GTBB,
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http://cookingjoan.blogspot.com

Lee Oliveira said...

Love your inspiration for this. So many great things to choose from.

Lee
x

the nyanzi report said...

varied views of red reading through your comments box. i like red simply because of the power it gives you.

dimitri said...

I love Matisse, and red is one on my favorite color.
It's a beautiful selection Mary Jo.
Nice post as always.
xo

thenauticalwheeler said...

I've never seen red done head to toe before! I love layering pieces of the same color but in different fabrics and prints. Such a great look! ~jen

xoxo said...

Methinks you're having a love affair with the color red.
Nice furry red hat though.
Xoxo

Elle Sees said...

Red skinnies are my latest crush.

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Little Ms. Fun said...

I love red!! Being all Italian, it's my go to color. I recently when to an event wearing a hot, one shoulder strap red dress with red shoes. :)

Enara Girl said...

Hello!
I didn't know this picture.
I dare to wear red from head-to-toe but if I wear a dress, shoes... but with trousers no.
xoxo

Claire said...

i'm so in love with red! that jacket is especially amazing! i wish i could find me some red maternity pants!

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Diana Mieczan said...

I have a pair of red jeans that I adore wearing and this coat is totally calling my name. Amazing, darling. Muah

 
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