The Art: There’s this song by Corrine Bailey Rae called Paper Dolls that I’m positively in love with. It’s the kind of song that makes you want to stop in the middle of the street and start dancing. With Corinne’s melodic, raspy vocal talent this song isn’t just a good listen, it’s also a bit inspiring. No one ever expects much from a paper doll, they’re beautiful faces and bodies but nothing else – as this is the story of the retro toy some of us used to play with, such is the tale of the song. While it may be true that ‘nobody told me I could be something’ – that surely doesn’t mean I won’t be something. (check out the video below)
The Pieces: Paper dolls were popular in the sixties and this Tea Cup Fifties Dress with its divine floral print and corseted bodice – Mad Men – paper doll chic is alive and well. Adding a little contrast for a kick, the paper like texture of this Suno Tie Front Jacket is the perfect sort of literal take on the paper clothing that would have been attached to a paper dolls frame. I need not say anything else but the fact that I love these SUGAR Apricot Patent Mary Jane Platforms, they’re a classic silhouette in an amazing on-trend apricot hue.
The Art: I love this oil slick painting, it’s totally grungy, but captivating. The pigments fascinate me, and the way they blend and curve around each other makes this Theo Altenberg piece striking in a way that you can’t take your eyes off of it. It combines almost all of my favorite colors in this mad scientist kind of art expose that intensifies all of the colors you’d probably find in oil slick. I feel like I’m staring at a sort of inkblot oil painting that lets me discover all of these different shapes and manifestations.
The Pieces: This strapless floral print pencil dress from Karen Millen is so beautiful and some how what’s meant to be a floral print looks like the artistic strokes of this oil painting from Theo Altenberg. It’s sort of delicate, yet unkempt in a figure flattering silhouette that emphasizes the curves of the female body. Ever stare at the way rain interacts with the oil on the pavement? It’s kind of what the Theo Altenberg piece reminds me of and this Coach oil slick bag is just like it.
The Art: I love the color composition of this image from Nuvoledimusica. Green is my favorite color and the shading goes all over the map, from pastel to emerald and so many facets in between. I picture this shot being taken in a rural European area, the piece is called ‘Missing Green’, but with all the green in this picture I think the name is an ode to all of the green we’re missing in our everyday lives. I want to print it, frame it, and hang it on a wall that extracts one of the many shades of green. I wish I could take pictures like this, and I wish my surroundings were this rich in color.
The Piece(s): After staring at this image for a while I couldn’t help but want to pull out my favorite colors from it and play with putting them together. I absolutely adore emerald green and this tie waist blouse is a little bit vintage with a carefree air that I’d treasure almost as much as real emeralds. I think only Phillip Lim could pull off constructing these fringe pocketed safari shorts, and they resemble the almost golden beige tone of the walls in Missing Green that melds so well with the green. The thing that’s really great about this Pippa Small textured leaf and green tourmaline necklace is that it captures the humble aura of the image. The green tourmaline is as rough as the golden stones and the golden leaf is as natural as the lush green shrubs in the necklace and image respectively.
The Art: I’m obsessed with Laura Fung art, I’m partial because she’s Jamaican, but I don’t think it makes her any less of a prodigy. Her way of capturing an island sensibility on a canvas or in a print is positively magnificent, and it’s kind of crazy that she’s younger than me. This piece is called Midnight Bloomand it’s probably the little abstract spatters of green that really capture my soul in it. The only downside to this mixed media on canvas piece is that I’ll either have to pay an arm and a leg to ship it, or take a trip to Jamaica to get it (which isn’t a bad idea now that I think of it).
The Dress: ModCloth calls this one the Blue Rhapsody Dress, and it’s almost an uncanny interpretation of the Midnight Bloom piece from Laura Fung, although I doubt the designer and the artist have ever met. The dress is the perfect spring piece but it’s mysterious and ultra-flattering. It’s whimsy and sweet, and the only thing this dress is missing is a few accents of purple.