Today’s style story is inspired by the strong lines and shapes of Japanese design. The dress is from Tibi and is cut in a simple, lean rectangular shape. On the white silk fabric of the dress are bold abstract brushstoke-like shapes in brown and black. One moment, they appear to be birds perched on stalks of bamboo. Another moment, they are wings in flight. The shifting moments of time seem to be caught unaware….it is an abstract illusion of time passing by. For me, these qualities embrace the Japanese aesthetic and their artful ability to stretch a moment of time, live in it fully, and then let it go. The gift left to us is a cumulative gathering of beauty that builds inside our souls.
I have paired the Tibi dress with my Eileen Fisher black harem pants. I have used two obi belts at the waist layering one on top of the other. The Elk designed black ginkgo bead necklace was found at the Art Institute of Chicago gift store (modern wing) as was the artisan made wood and leather handbag. A stack of vintage Bakelite bangles in brown and black colors are worn on one wrist and vintage bone bangles on the other. They are used to accentuate the colors of the dress.
The handbag was a gift from my mother. She found it at the Art Institute of Chicago gift shop last summer. It was made from wood and the swirling organic shapes were created by time and nature. It is an artisan made handbag and leans toward the Japanese aesthetic using simple forms and designs inspired by nature….in the case of this handbag….actually created by nature.