Wednesday, August 29, 2012
With the dark shades of fall arriving, it felt like the perfect time to look to one of Europe's greatest Old Masters, Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn. Famous for his incredible brushwork, rich colors and mastery of chiaroscuro, I couldn't think of an artist more perfectly matched to the black and gold trend emerging for Fall '12. When I first saw his work in person in Amsterdam, I fell in love with not only his technical brilliance but also the restrained emotions that he so beautifully captured in his work.
It's not often that Rembrandt's paintings come up for auction; in 2007, when A Young Woman in a Black Cap came up for sale, only nine other Rembrandt paintings had surfaced at auction in over 20 years. This particular painting, acquired by Hermann Goering during the war, was then returned to its rightful owners in 1947. Rembrandt's portraits of the 1630s are problematic because there are so many copies, but after thorough cleaning and advanced scientific analysis, the painting was reattributed to the master himself and sold at Sotheby's in 2009 for 9 million dollars.
Since it's not practical for me to rock the velvet and gold embroidered Dolce Gabbana frocks of my dreams, I love and appreciate the subtle pop of gold in small doses and always tend to have a bit of that going on in my designs anyway, but never more so than this fall.
So tell me, how are you adding black and gold into your wardrobe for fall?
Details: Cap by Burberry, $400; Mary Jo Matsumoto Baroque pearl and 18k Angel necklace, $2,500 by special order; Dolce & Gabbana Cape & Dress; Mary Jo Matsumoto Laguna Libertine Fold Over Clutch, $300 ; Mary Jo Matsumoto Bon Mots from the Laguna Libertine 4FREE Nail Color Trio, $14; Dolce & Gabbana Suede and Metallic leather heels $1,175.
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