It’s time for my interpretation of this Style Imitating Art (SIA) challenge! This go-round, it was my time to curate, and I came across the lace designs of Isabella Catanea Parasole (1565-1625), an Italian lace designer and wood carver. She was the first lace designer to create a lace instruction manual for women, a manual called Il Teatro delle nobili et virtuose donne. There’s a brief bio and samples of her work here, plus many more pics of her lace instruction manual here at the Met website.
From inspiration to interpretation:
At first, I focused on the round lace designs, as they had first caught my eye when I came across Isabella Catanea Parasole’s artwork.
But then I spied my black-and-white paisley tunic in my closet, and the lightbulb went off! Here’s a collage of one of Parasole’s more ornate designs (top) and my paisley tunic (bottom):
Since my tunic was doing most of the work, the rest of my outfit came together very quickly. Again — and I’ve been saying this a lot! — I kept it simple with black skinny jeans tucked into my black high-heeled boots.
I’m trying out my new lipstick color, a deep wine color called “Cabaret Blend” by Milani. The lipstick smells really good — like grapefruit?– and I loooooooove the color. However, the staying power of the lipstick is admittedly not as good as my long-lasting lipsticks and lip stains from Revlon and L’Oreal.
I wore pearl earrings and a pearl pendant necklace — white pearls this time — in order to keep with the subtle ombre effect of the tunic. I also chose a delicate silver bracelet with black beads, as seen below, for the way it echoed the scroll design that separates the two different paisley prints in the tunic.
I liked this outfit for its striking simplicity. Plus, it’s pattern-mixing all on its own! 😉
Weather: Warmer (50s) and dry
Where: Behind-the-scene day at work
- Tunic: White House Black Market, old
- Skinny jeans: Banana Republic, last winter
- Tall boots: Rampage via Nordstrom, old
- Pearl earrings: Gift from colleagues in UAE, old
- Pearl necklace: Wedding gift from Sam, old
- Bracelets: Gifts from Sam, old
Still time to participate in SIA!
There’s still time to participate in this week’s challenge! Everyone — bloggers, non-bloggers, all genders, all ages, even pets! — is welcome. Just send a pic of an outfit inspired by this week’s SIA artwork to me at firstname.lastname@example.org by 10 p.m. PST tonight, Jan. 30th. I will then post the SIA round-up on my blog tomorrow.
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