18 June 2009

A Softer Touch

Music - Pink and Blue II (1919)
"Nobody sees a flower, really, it is so small. We haven't time - and to see takes time like to have a friend takes time."
Georgia O'Keefe


As I was seated in the reception room awaiting a check up with one of my doctors yesterday, I found myself almost hypnotised by a framed print of Pink and Blue II by Georgia O'Keefe. When I had first entered the room, from the corner of my eye, I saw a welcoming wash of delicate colours on the wall. I decided to sit opposite the frame and take the time to really look at piece. I quickly found myself lost inside of the painting, yet it was not lost in the sense of being confused, but rather having wandered through the piece to be surrounded by an immense beauty.

My eyes first followed the curves, taking note of the beautiful colours and soft washes. Each brushstroke formed a gentle slope, down which I seemed to glide into an abundance of warmth and colour. I fell deeper into the painting and it was as if I were standing in the middle of a pink and blue landscape, surrounded by giant petals. Those petals seemed to sway and slowly dance to some beautiful unheard melody. I found myself watching them, entwined with one another, moving with such intimacy, it was if they had danced together their entire lives.

When I awoke this morning, the painting was firmly imprinted inside my mind. When I closed my eyes, I could still it as if it were right in front of me, as if I could reach out and touch the colours and feel the welcoming warmth upon my fingers. I could not tell you why the painting had the impact on me that it did, but it brought a sense of calm and innocent wonder to my mind as I sat there. I felt like I was the first person in a long while who had truly seen the painting, not simply in the sense of recognising what colours and textures were there in front of me, but really seeing it. I therefore decided to form my outfit today around that beautiful inspiration.

I wanted to create an outfit that was delicate like the painting, but with something that was slightly more vivid and direct. The colour combination obviously had to be based on pink and blue, and I chose to pair my dyed blue trousers against a pink fine cashmere sweater. I felt that the lighter colours allowed for a more subtle, yet still impactful contrast. Trying to break up the colour contrast slightly, in order to allow the eye to follow the colours more naturally, I went with a washed yellow t-shirt. I was tempted to go with a white, however I felt the stark contrast may have made the outfit a touch too cold, whilst I wanted to retain a warmer look. I did however opt for black and white footwear, simply to allow a clearly defined and contained end to the look.


P.S. oki-ni are currently holding their 30% secret sale, click here to sign up. Here are two outfit ideas created from a few pieces in the secret sale. If you have the resources, be sure to buy a piece you love before it is gone...


1. Haversack Four Button Sweater
2. Haversack Single Pocket Shirt
3. Vans Sk8 Hi Lx
4. Folk Slim Trouser
5. Folk Stills Belt
6. Jil Sander Suede Colour Boots


1. Rick Owens Ls Washed T-Shirt
2. Raf Simons Thread Boot
3. Rick Owens Ls Crew T-Shirt
4. Raf Simons Silver Astronaut Boot
5. Martin Margiela Washed Down Grey Jean
6. Timex 80 Watch


69 comments:

  1. Your smiling, and you look so cute, do it more often =.] Oh and I absolutely adore the picture where you've shown all three colours together; the blue jeans, the pink sweater and the yellow shirt. Perfect colour coordination. ♥

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  2. Hi,

    Ur watch is hooooot!

    Have a great day!
    XoXo

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  3. i see the inspiration, well done.

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  4. I love that you got the inspiration from a painting, it looks fantastic. I love being almost overwhelmed by great art :) you look wonderful!

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  5. loving the colour reference to a painting

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  6. perfect color combinations!!!

    I love Georgia O'keefe, I remember choosing to recreate one of her pieces in elementary school!

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  7. love ur smile
    and that cute yellow watch
    I want that
    hahahah
    nice to found ur blog

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  8. I think that looks great. I don't wear a lot of pink, but I do like it.

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  9. I like the primary color scheme! And that watch, that watch is so perfect!

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  10. the painting is simply beautiful and i love how you based your outfit around it (which is very nice, especially the watch)

    http://fashionhandglide.blogspot.com

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  11. What a fantastic interpretation of O'Keefe's work!

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  12. Some beautiful colors you put together there. Very cool..and so summer too.

    Thanks so much for the note.

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  13. Now that is a very sexy flower. Glad it inspired you.

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  14. Love your watch very very much! Glad to see you stayed dapper while I was on a blogging hiatus

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  15. wow that is a great way to get inspired ..
    mine are pathetic compared to this :)


    love it .. and your doctors office sounds nice

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  16. You're lucky your doctor has such great taste in art... mine merely hangs all his diplomas on the walls. But I do adore Georgie O'Keeffe's work. I remember once trying to recreate a painting of hers (the name escapes me, but it showed a long winding path) and it was so difficult to capture the lightness, shadows and flow. I have no idea how she did it, but it was one of those pieces I couldn't stop looking at... because it just drew me in. I think you did a great job with that outfit though... love the colors and the watch :)

    By the way, I have an award for you on my blog. I'm sure you've been handed tons of these in the past, but it's just my way of saying how much I've enjoyed reading your posts :)

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  17. I absolutely love Georgia O'Keeffe. Almost all of her paintings have that delicate fluidity to them that you can't help but fall in love with. It's so beautiful :D

    You can definitely see the inspiration from the painting in the outfit :D You did a marvelous job!

    xo,
    hk

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  18. I like Georgia O'Keefe's paintings. Funny actually I'm off to the Phx Art Museum for a private showcase for art majors at AI. I get free admission for the rest of the day, and I'm going to have to use that to visit some of the O'Keefe's we have resident here. I really do like her work.

    Mmm love the colors. Especially the very blue jeans. My favorite pair is an electric blue :D

    Ah. The sale sounds good. Even as a girl I'd wear some of those items...if they came in a small enough size.

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  19. Oh' all the colors make me happy :]

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  20. i've always said real men wear pink! :)

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  21. I put a link on you in my blog !!! I said that you was a real dandy !!!

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  22. cheers...more men should be brave like you! Adore Georgia O'Keefe...would love to visit her museum & home one day! ~XO*

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  23. Love your outfit, the colour combo is just amazing and your inspiration is fabulous!!!
    Love that picture!!!!!

    xoxo

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  24. thanks for your comment! love your watch, it's great!
    xx

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  25. I love that O'Keefe was your inspiration. Her paintings are so beautiful. I really like how you're not shy of wearing colour! If only more guys dressed like you!

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  26. I started to smile when I saw this post! I love the painting, your outfit and your smile :-D I think the combination and the colours are perfect. Aww!

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  27. Thank u once again ! :) your comment always brightens my day !! :)
    and yes, all these things going on with cards can be scary, and pretty dangerous if it ends up in the hands of the wrong person... We gotta be careful, really!
    I absolutly love the way you write, it's just such a pleasant way to write !! ;) And how fun you dressed to match the painting you saw. Great idea, and it turned out looking awesome as always ! Love the watch ! how cool is that one hey :D

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  28. lovely outfit inspiration..
    and i love secret sales..shshsh
    xx-LJ from SOS!

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  29. I like the colors in the painting. And your outfit matches so well. Artwork is one of the most creative ways to draw fashion inspiration.

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  30. I'm pretty sure I just love everything about your outfit! That is one awesome watch you've got there. The colours are exquisite!

    - I shall add you to my blog list x

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  31. Yay! You look so FAB. I love the colors. Nice watch too :)

    monday is the day, p.s. Sound good??

    And yes, the bad-ass is back!

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  32. hi dapper!
    huh! i'm sorry i haven't visited your blog awhile, i've been busy. u know, being a mom to mr. freddy.

    o'keefe's is really a great artist.
    i've seen some of her artworks here in Boston Museum of Fine Arts.

    ey, i love your whole outfit ha.
    it's so colorful and the swatch watch too!

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  33. Thanks so much for the note. Lov'n the colors that inspired you.

    Love that watch too.

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  34. love the colors, and they do look great on you!

    where did you see pics of narciso's resort line? i saw it in his showroom and it was really beautiful.

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  35. I loved the story behind the inspiration. You look like summer. Cool. Hope you have a fantasitc weekend.

    Thanks so much for the note.

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  36. I definitely see what you mean about your eyes following the curves--it's a very dynamic image! I love the color of your sweater :)

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  37. I love all the colors of your outfit and Georgia O'Keefe.
    P.S. I very much recommend 'Fruits' it is based on the images of the Japanese street fashion mag by the same name.

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  38. You look great in color, you can really pull it off! I like that four button sweater, too. It's very classic.

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  39. Ohmygosh! That watch is adorable!

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  40. Oh, how I LOVE color. And you look great in it!

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  41. What a lovely story! It's a beautifull painting, but I do think that it would have been forgotton, that happens alot with paintings in public places, we look.. but we don't see.. How dorky does that sound:P
    Your outfit is amazing, more guys should dress like you, pff.. That watch is soo amazing!

    ooh, and do be sure to let that notebook see rainy holland.. Can't wait to hear about it!

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  42. Hi Dapper, you look gorgeous. What an inspiring fashion story. Georgia O'keefe's work is beautiful and you look just as gorgeous in her colours, they suit you. I bet you stopped traffic in this outfit. carla

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  43. Hi there-love your outfit, the colours work great together!!

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  44. LOVE!!!
    colours are superb :)

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  45. i love the sharp contrast btw both colors and i esp love electric blue.

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  46. You kinda look like candy floss - OMG, can I just say that I never knew that was how the English called cotton candy?? It's too cute. I love it.

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  47. Oh this is so awesome! Sister Wendy would be so proud!
    Even a former art history student, I don't do this enough. You are making me really wish Atlanta had better museums!
    Love your O'Keefe outfit.

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  48. The pastel palette really works on you. :) Here's to a fun-weekend, enjoy yourself!


    x

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  49. Gorgeous color palette in your outfit, DK! And I love how you drew a parallel to Georgia O'K! (I did an art post today too ~ great minds?)

    The collages are fabulous too. Loving ALL the timepieces in this post, especially yours!

    xoxox,
    CC

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  50. It is over safe to say that you are by the sweetest, most gentlemanly (is that a word?), most stylish guy I have ever not met haha. Your style is effortless, the way you describe things so eloquently (my sister (hearts bows & kisses) says, and appreciate the best things in life that so many people take for granted. Darling, I'm in love hehe :)

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  51. Very cool colors. Nice how this post all fit together so wonderfully. Have a super weekend.

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  52. Just came across your blog and i'm in love!! seriously such a great read, plus its always awesome to see a guy who knows how to wear pink.

    Linking you for such awesomeness!

    Meho xx

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  53. oh i adore georgia o'keefe. love your color combo. have a great weekend.

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  54. wow this is the shit
    cool combination

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  55. ahhhh this is cute, you're so corlourful! and still love your hair and glasses!

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  56. You really captured the essence of O'Keefe's painting in your outfit. Her desert paintings are really fascinating as well.

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  57. i love your writting. it has a melody and smooth flow! you have made my day!!

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  58. i do love Georgia O'Keefe ! her style is best even she got a old woman! so cool!

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  59. Oh my these colors are so becoming to you! Excellent salmon hue.

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  60. Guys in pink are my fave :) Love the color combi!

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  61. I don't think any guy can pull off that pink sweater better than you! Well-done! I really enjoyed reading that post where you talked about what you look for in a partner and your romantic "philosophy". It was great! xxoxoxoxoxoxoxo

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  62. I absolutely love this outfit on you...such a great choice of colors :-)

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  63. I love...love...love the Watch...sigh

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  64. This outfit is so dope. I love the watch and the colors you picked.

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  65. That looks like a lovely painting. It's cool how you got outfit inspiration from it. Thanks for the comment on my blog:)

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  66. Great colour combination and they suit you both so well!


    With love Jessi

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  67. really love the color of the sweather!

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