Monday, November 19, 2012

Abstract Expressionism

The bold brushstroke pattern on these pants brings to mind the artistic movement known as Abstract Expressionism. One of my favorite artistic styles, Abstract Expressionism became particularly prominent during the 1950's in New York City. Notable artist such as Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko and William de Kooning fall under the umbrella so to speak of this artistic genre. While it is difficult to articulate exactly what ties together artists from this movement, their work seems to be defined by a very revolutionary approach to painting that emphasizes the spontaneous application of paint to the canvas rendering bold brushstrokes that celebrate the physical act of painting.

The pants I am wearing are from H&M. I acquired them this week for the low price of $17.95. A similar pair can be found at J. Crew. The J. Crew pair, called the Collection Etched Plaid Cafe Capri pants are substantially more expensive at $248 and now on sale for $180. While the J. Crew version are clearly superior in quality and material (silk and wool vs. cotton) the H&M pair can be had on an "artist's budget" which made them my choice. To offset the brilliant blue tones I selected my Citron Epi Alma for another stroke of brilliant color. I think the Abstract Expressionist would approve of this palette! 

Sweater: Forever 21, Pants: H&M, Shoes: Christian Louboutin 70mm Simple Pumps, Bag: Louis Vuitton Alma


  1. Love, love, love the colors of this outfit! I'm still oh-so-hesitant with printed pants but I can foresee myself wearing this. Perhaps I'll make a trip to H&M soon!

    1. Thanks! I too was not sure I wanted to venture into the "printed pant territory", but I really like having fun pants instead of wearing skirts all the time. You should check these out, at the price you can sort of take the risk and not feel too guilty if you decided they're not for you.


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