Monday, January 12, 2009
It's funny how looking at a random object for long enough can make you look at lots of other things differently. One of my favourite parts of the NY trip was the Museum of Modern Art.
A new obsession with finding the perfect camel coat (like THIS ONE from Max Mara) was born when I stared at Warhol's 'Campbell's Soup Cans' (1962) for a little too long. It just happened. Everyone else was ooh-ing and ahh-ing, "it's iconic", "such a defining piece". I was thinking, "I have a cadmium-red wool blend scarf, it's that exact soup can shade. It's perfect, perfect red. Now nothing will be right until I own a camel coat, sandy beige (like the light to the left of the picture).
The (sorry) flavour of an era... condensed (again, fuck, I can't help it!).
Then there's Josephine Meckseper's 'Knee Highs' (2006) part of a series that aims to expose the links between politics and the consumer worlds of fashion and advertising. I didn't entirely ignore the message, but the 50's lingerie backdrop grabbed me, then white and brown patent took over, what a contrast! Slightly seventies, but in a different context, what a combination. What can I do with white and brown, God, where can I find brown patent pumps?
Finally it's Roy Lichtenstein's 'Girl with Ball' (1961). Never has a line drawing looked so happy. The lips, the hair, the suit, nearly fifty years old and still so fresh. Looking at her isn't enough, I want to be her. Is she were a word, she'd be 'Woo!'
That's me then, navy, red, mustard and white for summer. 2009's predicted neons and tropical brights don't suit me anyway... this year, I'm channeling 'woo!'