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The Woman With Flowers in Her Hair

“I don't paint dreams or nightmares, I paint my own reality.” -Frida Kahlo..

By Sinead Copley
Posted April 13, 2012

Frida Kahlo

Frida Kahlo was a Mexican surrealist painter born in Mexico City in 1907 and passed away in 1954. Frida was an open feminist and expressed herself, and the era she lived in strongly through her paintings. She did many self-portraits, including a portrayal of her inability to have children, and the drawbacks of her illness after a tragic bus accident.

Frida KahloI Recently had the pleasure of visiting the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) to see the exhibit called: In Wonderland: The Surrealist Adventures of Women Artists in Mexico and the United States. I saw many amazing artists, but it was Frida Kahlo who ultimately lingered in my mind after I left the museum. All of Frida's portraits, paintings, and famous quotes really moved me. Her use of color and bold lines are really inspiring, and help to define her as an artist.

When I left the museum, I felt very moved and knew her inspiration was something I needed to act on. In honor of Frida Kahlo, I channeled the mood of her paintings into my own style. Here is how I got the look:

SineadI decided to use a blue dress as my base. Blue was a color I saw consistently in many of her paintings, and it was also a color Frida stated as being a color of excitement, movement and creativity. My dress is vintage 50's style, and I cinched it at the waist with a bright red belt. Colorful belts are in trend right now, and help to add bursts of color to any outfit. The reason I chose a 50's style dress is because Frida, even though she pushed to re-establish the idea of a free-thinking woman, still stayed very conservative in her fashions.  Red was a very powerful statement for Frida, and many of her paintings showed her bleeding or portrayed blood in them. It was this strong use of red that inspired me to pick a red belt.

 Frida was well known for adorning her hair with flowers in many different beautiful arrangements. To mimic this, I wore a big black floral bow slightly tipped on the top of my head. I would have wished I could have found some fresh flowers to help translate her visions more accurately, but the hat seemed to update the theme of the outfit. And because Frida always celebrated her femininity while staying true to her identity as a strong woman, I finished up my outfit with a pink cardigan.

Luckily, Frida’s style echoes a lot of what is hot for this Spring or Summer. This season is hot with bright colors and bold statement pieces. For example, Dolce and Gabbana Spring/Summer 2012 Collection, is a great example of how Frida’s style lives on today.

This Spring/Summer is all about flowing fabrics, vibrant colors, decorative jewelry, and heavenly florals.  Don't be afraid to throw your hair up and put some bright flowers in your hair or other bold hair accessories! Channel Frida and celebrate your femininity!

This style post is by our Shoptopia industry insider, Sinead Copley. Read more articles by Sinead.


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