December 5, 2012

Art Inspired: John William Waterhouse, The Annunciation

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There's something about the beginning of the holidays that always has a romantic feel it, so this Pre-Raphaelite version of The Annunciation by John William Waterhouse, felt like a good inspiration for all the holiday style choices cropping up as quickly as fall ended. With its rich colors and precise classical spacing, this sweet rendition holds a place in the realm of holiday art as well as captures the Romantic style of the early 1900s.

Gabriel's ethereal lavender and deep purples are one end of the spectrum, inviting a bit of sparkle and whimsy...


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On the other end of the spectrum is Mary's dramatic cobalt ensemble with red accents.


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Where do you fall this holiday season? Light and sparkly or bold and dramatic? 
Or maybe you're a little of both?



Lavender details: Tilo Viscose Lace Scarf in Thistle $65  eluxe.caLarkspur & Hawk Mary 22-karat rose gold, topaz and diamond necklace $4,900 - net-a-porter.comBottega Veneta Crepe dress $1,175 - net-a-porter.comMarie-Hélène de Taillac 22-karat gold spinel and tourmaline ring $2,170 - net-a-porter.comDKNY Lavender Silk-Cashmere Cardigan $185, stylebop.com; Mary Jo Matsumoto Laguna Shimmer Fold Over Clutch maryjomatsumoto.bigcartel.com $300; Bottega Veneta Cashmere and silk-blend scarf $680 - net-a-porter.comCOOL CHANGE Bloussant Full Hand Dyed Maxi Dress $250 - calypsostbarth.comPROVENCE LAVANDES Lavendar Boule Petite $56 (£35) - farfetch.com.

Cobalt details: Virgins, Saints & Angels San Benito Magdalena In Gold | Smoky Topaz $222 - ylang23.comVionnet Silk crepe de chine gown $2,116 - net-a-porter.comMallarino Violetta 24-karat gold-vermeil filigree earrings $273 - net-a-porter.comBurberry Beauty Lip Velvet Military Red No. 310 $30 - burberry.comChristian Louboutin Pigalle Spikes Fluorescent Patent Red Sole Pump, $1,195 - bergdorfgoodman.com; Mary Jo Matsumoto Wilde Mini-Wallet $215 maryjomatsumoto.bigcartel.com.









26 comments :

Blond Duck said...

I love that purple dress!

Little Rus said...

Absolutely gorgeous outfits, Mary Jo! x

classiq said...

I absolutely love the dramatic cobalt look, Mary Jo. I wouldn't say no to a cobalt blue dress for the night between years. :)

Alexa said...

Love the whimsical elements here Mary Jo. You always have the best eye for these things!

Rachel Jensen {Da Paura ♥} said...

That lavender color is absolutely stunning, and I love the cobalt with red! Brilliant combo!

xo
Rachel

Not Just A Pretty Dress said...

Hello Mary Jo! I hope I'll have a bit of both as the holiday will give me the chance to take some time off, so enjoy some comfortable clothes, but it's also time to wear a lot of nice dresses! I saw your leo-print accessory collection on Ada's blog...so nice!

Rowena @ rolala loves said...

I always enjoy how your translate art into fashion Mary Jo. I happen to be wearing lavender cords with a silver sweater today so I'm light and sparkly at the moment :)

Rowena @ rolala loves

FASHION TALES said...

I tend to be drawn to lavender colours, it's such a charming hue. Beautiful inspiration Mary Jo. xo/Madison

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

I love, love, love these color combinations - the first in particular!

Alexis Grace said...

I am always light and sparkly- and this is no exception. Love how your clutch works with the first collection!

dimitri said...

I really love John William Waterhouse. This painting is absolutely beautiful. It's a perfect choice.
Love these pieces too. These colors are so lovely.
xo

Audrey Allure said...

Loving the lavender pieces -- but for the holidays I'm definitely a mix of both light & sparkly and bold & dramatic :)

Ms. Dainty Doll said...

So stunning, just love both dresses & of course love this painting, one of my favourite painters..love the muted colours and those wings...amazing!! I hope you are having a gorgeous week so far doll, almost over ;) Have a sweet day xox

Boye By Red said...

That blue dress with red belt is so so so beautiful. In my mind, a perfect dress.

Weekend is coming. Hope you can get a good rest from hard work that you have been doing lately!

Red xx

Christine D. | The Plumed Nest said...

this is beautiful. that blue dress is absolutely stunning. i fall deeper in my leggings and trade in my boots for uggs. this is my most busy time of the year with work so no pretty dresses for me right now : )

Pamela RG said...

I love that painting. It is quite modern, very different from the Annunciation paintings. My favourite is the Lilac palette. So stylish.

fashionsensitive said...

Lovely Mary Jo! I would wear both the dramatic electric blue with red and of course the purple that is my first choice ever! I imagine we will find some purple in your collection, right? :* Have a lovely weekend

MM said...

I am speechless! Love everything here! You are such a great blogger, Mary Jo!!

Have a great weekend!

Hugs and kisses

vicki archer said...

Gorgeous Mary Jo... especially the cobalt blue... Happy weekend... xv

About Last Weekend said...

That cobalt dress is unbelievably beautiful, and especially with those red shoes. Purple and blue together is one of my very favourite combos.

yiqin; said...

LOVE the dress <3

Punctuation Mark said...

hello my friend! hope you're having a great december so far!!!

GLAM FASHIONISTA said...

That is a great inspiration.

Couture Carrie said...

Loving all the lavender!
And the red Louboutins!

xoxox,
CC

Allison said...

I love both ends! The pretty colors from the first palette appeal to me most but then those bright red Louboutins jumped out at me! So stunning!
:)
Allison

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Kimberlee said...

Very romantic! Love the cobalt blue with pops of red

 
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