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Pop of colour

December 19th, 2012

Elisabeth

pop of colour 04Nothing like a pop of pink to chase away the winter blues… You might remember this one from here. Yes, Santa came already a wee bit early.

all pictures by elisabeth for aestheticshelter.com

It’s all in the details

August 20th, 2012

Elisabeth

I’m a huge fan of the 5 days|5 looks|1 girl feature on Vogue.com. The pictures are perfectly executed, styled, lit and I appreciate the detail shots in particular. Do you see how the combination of colours and textures could easily translate into interior details? Wall paint, sofa’s, cushions, duvets etc… My all time favorites are these of Chioma Nnadi (pictured above) and I completely fell in love with the style of Simone Tetteh, a true style chameleon.

How many can effortlessly go from sneakers and jeans to a bright yellow evening dress (by the way it’s H&M!)? For a great insight into how Chioma Nnadi started her career it’s here and to see the full feature on Simone Tetteh and how she rocks dungarees it’s here.

pictures by Marko MacPherson for Vogue.com

Ryan Pickart

July 30th, 2012

Elisabeth

They are named Odette, Ingrid, Diana, or June. They come across as fragile young women yet at the same time confidently look you straight in the eyes. Aware of their beauty but not blinded by it, somewhat mysterious and melancholic. These are the women who come to life in the paintings of American artist Ryan Pickart. I noticed his work during some late night wandering on Pinterest. This is why I love internet because you can discover genuinely talented people regardless of where they or you are located.

The influence of Gustav Klimt is obvious. To say I’m a fan of Klimt is an understatement. I stopped counting the publications I have about his work. I love how he painted women in all their glory in the different stages of their life and how he used colours and created fascinating patterns. The care he took to paint their attire keeps on surprising me.

Mada Primavesi, 1912, oil on canvas, 149.9 x 110.5cm, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, USA

Eugenia Primavesi, 1913/14, oil on canvas, 140 cmx 84 cm, USA, private collection

Like Klimt, Pickart pays great attention to detail the background and the garments his models are wearing. The first three paintings immediately reminded me of this Balenciaga collection and, more specifically, of this jacket which Charlotte Gainsbourg (pictured below) wore on the cover of French Vogue shot by Graig Mcdean for the December 2007 issue. I don’t know if this was his actual source of inspiration but my guess is I’m not far off.

You can purchase Ryan Pickarts work on U-gallery where he sells original paintings and some prints (if you are on a tighter budget). I strongly recommend you to follow him on Facebook where he frequently shares updates of work in  progress.

I’m eager to see this painting finished, looking at the inspiration I’m convinced it will, like his other work, be breathtakingly beautiful.

Shades of white

July 17th, 2012

Elisabeth

A friend asked me for advice regarding her freshly renovated apartment. When i came to meet her she was sitting with two huge piles of fabric swatches – the curtain maker had left behind – in front of her. She seemed stressed and overwhelmed. “I have to pick the colour today. Last time i made the mistake of picking raspberry for the living room!” Why raspberry, I asked (a question which honestly has been on my mind ever since I walked into her apartment). There was a long pause then she confessed: “My mother told me a pop of colour would do me good.” We bursted into laughter.

Rushing into design decisions or listening to well meant but unfounded odd advice has never really helped anyone. We talked it over and the words which kept on coming back while discussing the mood were light and calm. Sometimes all you need are shades of white…a great timeless backdrop in case you ever crave for a pop of colour.

Those breathtaking beautiful dresses are by Madame Grès. I posted about this exhibition before. Can’t wait to see the scenography at the Momu this autumn.

all pictures by elisabeth for aestheticshelter.com