Georgia O’Keeffe’s Style Still Casting a Lasting Impression on Fashion

Georgia O’Keeffe was a source of inspiration for Maria Grazia Chiuri’s first cruise collection for Dior as the label’s ads featuring Jennifer Lawrence can attest. After the Brooklyn Museum’s heralded run of “Georgia O’Keeffe; Living Modern” last year, the Peabody Essex Museum outside of Boston is taking another look at the artist’s disciplined sense of style with “Georgia O’Keeffe: Art, Image, Style.”

For the most part, the Massachusetts exhibition features most of the major designer pieces owned by O’Keeffe including looks from Pucci, Balenciaga, Zoe de Salle, Ferragamo, Marimekko and Claire McCardell, as well as pieces the bespoke tailors Emsley and Knize. And Estrellita Karsh, the wife of the esteemed portrait photographer Yousuf, believes her husband mentioned how the artist wore couture made by Christian Dior. In 1956, Karsh traveled to New Mexico to shoot O’Keeffe. That portrait hangs near the entrance to what used to be her Abiquiu home, which is now a museum run by the Georgia O’Keeffe Foundation.

“She really presents herself in many areas — in women’s rights, women’s independence. Taking herself to the desert and the fact that she was a schoolteacher who came to New York to a gallery that was in itself revolutionary. That was very, very push-the-envelope,” Karsh said. “She crafted her own image and the clothes were part of it. In this sense, the clothes not only made the man, they made the woman, or she made the clothes [making] the woman. So no stylist dressed her.”

Karsh added, “She didn’t have to do this. If she had worn slippers and a nightgown, her art would have been wonderful. But look at what she did with her clothes. Her clothes seemed so carefree, but they weren’t — they were calculated.”

Estrellita Karsh once caught a glimpse of the artist years ago during a salute to Pablo Casals at Carnegie Hall, where “100 cellists from all over the world had dropped whatever they were doing to come in his honor.” Karsh said she told her husband, “Look at this woman. She’s so beautiful.” He said, ‘That’s Georgia O’Keeffe.’…She was beautiful as a person, not a movie star but this was a presence — great energy.”

PEM has reimagined its own version of the artist’s style with a capsule collection. Cape Cod-based designer Brenda Lee created a Georgia O’Keeffe-inspired pleated dress, a wrap style, a black-and-white jacket and a swirl scarf. Lee is owner of the design company Cupcake International and a Barnstable, Mass. boutique called OZ. Lee’s husband Peter O’Keeffe has a distant connection to the artist.

Meanwhile, Karsh through her late husband’s work has a more direct connection to another prominent figure that is back in the popular vernacular – Winston Churchill. Gary Oldman’s Oscar run is helping to reintroduce the younger generation to the former British Prime Minister. Karsh’s 1941 portrait of Churchill is iconic on its own, even appearing on the British five pound note. The image is aptly named “The Roaring Lion.” Karsh described the scenario to Morley Safer of “60 Minutes” how he politely removed a cigar from Churchill’s mouth after Churchill had declined to do so. Harsh then recalled how Churchill told him, “You can even make a roaring lion stand still to be photographed.”Read more at:bridesmaid dresses online | formal dresses brisbane

A doze of high-end glamour

It’s been a week to the New Year but the party fever doesn’t seem to die down anytime soon. While you plan to head out to party all night long, make sure that your fashion game is on point. Ditch those predictable sequins and glitters this time, and make it avant-garde, with interesting silhouettes and styles. From vintage-inspired looks, oversized outfits, to men wearing mantyhose, this shoot has all that takes to turn one into the center of attention. It’s high time to ditch the regular partywear, and gear up in unmatchable style to rock the party season.

Being genderless

A jumpsuit with exaggerated sleeves is ideal for an out-of-the-box look. Model Veda Hrudya Nadendla looks ready to groove to the beat in this rust-coloured jumpsuit. A high pony with gothic eyes rounds off her look.

Layer it up

Let the spotlight be on you as you step out wearing a trenchcoat teamed with turtleneck and pants. Model Anand Dixit shows how to rock the look with his prim and proper pompadour hair.

The modern metador

Supermodel-turned -actor Karan Oberoi is wearing a 3D jumpsuit with a jacquard overcoat. The asymmetrically cut short pants have been teamed up with mantyhose to enhance the look. The experimental eye makeup perfects the look.

The powersuit

A bright pantsuit is all you need for a chic addition to your party line-up. Model Apeksha Verma is wearing a satin emerald-colour pantsuit with wine coloured kitten heels. Sleek hair with a quiff will add oodles of glamour to the look.

Boxy silhouette

This easy breezy look should be embraced. In this monochromatic shirt teamed with bombers and cropped trousers, model-turned-actor Karan Oberoi looks dandy. And that mantyhose adds a fun element to the style.

3D effect

Model Preeti looks pretty as a picture in this 3D floral skirt teamed with a leather brassier. With her hair done neatly in old Hollywood-style curls, she looks ready to be the showstealer of any soirée.Read more at:green bridesmaid dresses | blue bridesmaid dresses

The Globes’ powerful fashion statement

Hollywood’s women wore black to last night’s Golden Globes ceremony and created in effect a red carpet “blackout” in honor of the new “Time’s Up” initiative, which aims to end sexual harassment and gender inequality in entertainment and other industries,

While this is far from the first time red carpet fashion has been used for social and political messaging, the Time’s Up protest may be one of the most wide-reaching.

The message was reinforced further by looks that conveyed fashion with authority. With power-dressing continuing to trend on runways and the pantsuit more popular than ever, many stars evoked strength with their looks, whether it be a strong silhouette, a bold architectural shoulder or sleek suiting that commanded attention.

“Wonder Woman” star Gal Gadot’s ruched gown worn with a cropped tuxedo jacket could have easily been worn by the Amazon heroine in her summer blockbuster film.

“Lady Bird” star and best actress in a musical or comedy winner Saoirse Ronan chose a one-sleeved, slim-fitted gown with bold silver accents that made her look as thought she were ready to step into a superhero role of her own.

“The Crown” nominee Claire Foy (who portrays another woman with authority, Queen Elizabeth II) chose a flared pantsuit and embellished the sleeve of her jacket with a “50/50” button advocating for equal pay for women.

Tracee Ellis Ross accented her halter gown with a dramatic matching Stephen Jones turban that literally increased her stature at the award show.

Golden Globe winner for best supporting actress in “I, Tonya” Allison Janney chose a gown that formed a black and white butterfly across the bodice, an uplifting fashion message that made the actress look like she could take flight following her win.

With award show season now officially under way, perhaps more red carpet activism is waiting in our future at the upcoming Screen Actors Guild Awards, Grammy Awards and Oscars.Read more at:plus size formal dresses | short formal dresses

Fashion trends embraced by Pakistani celebrities that won’t make it to 2018

CORSET TOPS — Sana Bucha’s ensemble will make you want to buy a corset top. It’s flattering on her curvaceous body and breaks up her blush-toned look. It’s a must-have. And, a lot of celebrities have it. Now that it’s had its moment, it’s time to put this constricting accessory in our fashion past.

NO PANTS DANCE — no pants? No problem, according to celebrities like Rabia Butt. But hey, if the T-shirt is as long as a dress, who needs bottoms. Paired with stilletos, this look has travelled through concerts, A-list events and parties with ease. Now, it’s expected and thus ready to be retired.

SUPER DEEP V-NECK — how low can you go? Necklines are continuing to take a dive, making fashion tape for influencers like Rachel Gill a wardrobe necessity in 2017. It’s an attractive cut, but we’re thinking necklines will be on the incline come 2018.

UNWEARABLE SUNGLASSES — do these glasses look amazing with Saba Qamar’s black outwear? Yes. Does this picture make you want to shop online? Probably. Here’s the thing: In real life, for everyday, many of this year’s popular sunglasses just don’t translate. Our advice: Try them on before you invest, because in this instance it’s more like “one size fits a few”.Read more at:celebrity inspired dresses | cheap formal dresses