“Blue is the only color that maintains its own character in all its tones…it will always stay blue; whereas yellow is blackened in its shades, and fades away when lightened; red when darkened becomes brown, and diluted with white it is no longer red, but another color – pink.” Raoul Dufy
This is another beautiful dress, an elbow sleeve sheath by Tahari (similar), still with tags, hanging forlornly in my closet waiting for the perfect jacket. Of course, I love the pockets and the lines of the dress are very flattering. The sleeves and the flare fit make it a bit more conservative and comfortable for me for daytime business outings, but I still felt it was unfinished without a jacket (and I hate to say it, maybe a little too much uninterrupted blue –– oh say it isn’t so!).
Another Nic + Zoe from my Bloomingdale’s outing and the dress is in the front of the closet sans tags!
The shoes are another great pair of oh so comfortable Clark’s Kendra Sienna heels in nude (my box says “rose pale”). They have a small platform so the heel doesn’t seem so high and they are super padded inside. Some of the comments say they run small (or large) so be prepared to change sizes. I bought my regular size and they fit like a dream. The clutch was a party favor from a recent golf fashion show by Mayva K. It has a cross body strap as well.
A little about Raoul Dufy from theartstory.org: It’s been said that Dufy never painted a sad picture, for Dufy’s particular brand of modernism was unhampered by doubt or strain. Rather, it expressed the most optimistic aspects of the twentieth century with wit and style. Dufy’s discovery of Fauvism in 1905 was a revelation, and helped him to free color and line from their mimetic functions….
Some of this is a little beyond the non-artistic me, but I do love that he never painted a sad picture and was unhampered by doubt or strain. Expressing the most optimistic aspects of our time with wit and style ain’t bad either. So, I shall look at blue and think of Dufy unhampered by doubt or strain and try to emulate his brand of modernism. Here’s to painting happy pictures and being our very best optimistic selves.