Picasso Challenge: Charnel House

The outfit (worn to work):
Gray, black, and white geometric print knit angled sleeveless tunic (made by me) over black layering tee (Tees by Tina); charcoal skinny pants (Halogen); white angled front cropped cardi (Nic & Zoe); black suede booties with gray cuff (Paul Green, Barbara). 

I also tried the outfit with my charcoal long cardi (photos 3-4), which seems a more elegant, conventionally flattering look. But went with the white for a lighter look. I felt it reflected the picture more, and it feels more like spring. 

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  • Sara L. replied 3 years ago

    Great outfit!  I like the asymmetric hem and those are great boots.  The white topper really lightens up the outfit and adds interest with another layer and hem line.

  • jackiec replied 3 years ago

    Well done! The white looks great, but you know I have a soft spot for your long cardi so that's the one I love!! Good interpretation!

  • Angie replied 3 years ago

    Another amazing interpretation. Loving it. 

    I prefer the white cardi here - more dramatic - like the painting. Fun horizontally cutting lines - just like the painting. You are clever, Sharan. 

  • Suz replied 3 years ago

    This is such a great challenge and as usual, you are rising to it brilliantly! I love the subtle pattern mix here that echoes the lines of the painting. 

    BTW, I laughed myself silly at your radiant orchid joke. Thanks for that! :)

  • shevia replied 3 years ago

    I love it with the white sweater, both in terms of the interpretation and because is shows the lines of the gorgeous tunic. 

  • Tanya replied 3 years ago

    Amazing interpretation, love how the asymmetric hem if the tunic and light cardi reflect the painting. I also think that the lighter cardi version is closer to the painting color gradation.

  • rachylou replied 3 years ago

    Gorgeous. I do like the white sweater, lightening things up, as the picture lightens towards the top.

  • MsMary replied 3 years ago

    The asymmetric lines to echo those in the painting are just genius! Plus you look super fab!

  • Summer replied 3 years ago

    Another great interpretation, Firecracker.  So clever.

  • Carole replied 3 years ago

    Love this interpretation! I love the brighter white cardigan with this, but the darker one works too! Well done!

  • Ingunn replied 3 years ago

    You truly understand proportions. I love the white version both because of the interesting lines it creates with the tunic (which is fab), and because it picks up the drama in the painting. Great look!

  • Peri replied 3 years ago

    Hmmmm...is that tunic on my list already? I don't remember. Add it if it isn't! ;)

  • Joy replied 3 years ago

    Beautifully dramatic . I like both versions very much. The white cardi repeats the gradations of the painting from light to dark, as Tanya did. The long charcoal cardi is more moody and somber.

  • texstyle replied 3 years ago

    Looks great - I like it both ways but agree with your choice of the white cardi. What fun seeing everyone's interpretations!

  • Mona replied 3 years ago

    Great outfit! The tunic with asymmetric hem is so interesting.

  • Deb replied 3 years ago

    The way you have used the white, grey and black in # 1 & 2 is beautiful Sharon. You have remained true to your style, and your use of colour, shape and proportion reflect the light and dark of the artwork in a way that is very pleasing to the eye. Well done!

  • AM replied 3 years ago

    Oh I love these looks. Love the lines, the layers, the textures. The first is so playful and flirty -- while remaining modern. And the second has more drama with that super long line. Great work!

  • replied 3 years ago

    I'm getting so much inspiration from these posts -- and you're inspiring me on how to wear angles to perfection. The dipped front ends of the white sweater combined with the slant of the tunic. Wow. The way the white sweater hits in *exactly* the right place at the back. Wow. The skinnies with the boots. Wow. And the fact you made that tunic...well, now I'm speechless.

  • SarahTheWhite replied 3 years ago

    Oh goodness. This is wonderful! I totally agree that while the dark sweater is lovely, the white really adds to the texture and contrast that the painting showcases. I also agree with what the others said about the lines of the tops. They are brilliant!

  • tulle replied 3 years ago

    I agree with you:  the texture of the white cardigan is amazing over that geometric print and slanted hem--very Cubist!

  • Caro in Oz replied 3 years ago

    I love the texture in the white cardigan too - great interpretations.

  • Sal replied 3 years ago

    Lovely texture and shaping here....I would love to own that asymmetric tunic.  Thanks for sharing.

  • lyn67 replied 3 years ago

    You are the Queen of assimetric hems! Love the first one for the challenge! More dramatic and springy, too:-)

  • Neel replied 3 years ago

    I love the white cardi version best too. I think this is a super interpretation of this painting :-) The angles of the outfit echo the painting. Nicely done!

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