Stellar Style vs. Joseph Stella

Mara Hoffman Fall 2011 via New York Magazine and “Battle of Lights, Mardi Gras, Coney Island” via USC.

Seeing the fun-tastic Mara Hoffman design at left, I was hurled back through the carnival of my mind to the dark and–at times–soporific auditorium where my college art history classes convened. It was there that I learned of Joseph Stella’s painting “Battle of Lights, Mardi Gras, Coney Island,” and the ensemble from Hoffman’s runway show yesterday reminded me of it instantly. Colors crashing like cymbals on a black background, the predominance of curves, the similarities are so thick, you can almost cut them with a pair of kiddie scissors.

What do you think of Hoffman’s design?


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    Jo 02/11/2011 at 11:18 pm #

    I think it’s gorgeous! I think I’d want to wear it with a turban! x

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    Lex 02/12/2011 at 7:55 am #

    beautiful! and definitely very fine art inspired. feels as though it were a painting converted to textile. love the color scheme as well xo

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    C 02/12/2011 at 4:15 pm #

    I think it’s really unflattering.

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      Joy 02/12/2011 at 9:39 pm #

      i agree. the colors are neat and stuff but its unflattering.

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    Klara 02/12/2011 at 4:19 pm #

    Wow! I think it’s imaginative but don’t know if I would wear it

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    Elyse 02/13/2011 at 2:00 am #

    I think it’s beautiful!! Not sure about the hip area, but I would probably wear it regardless. =)

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    christina 02/13/2011 at 7:48 pm #

    she is always an inspiration and a genius

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    PAINTISNOTDEAD 03/23/2011 at 9:04 am #

    Joseph what a painter! Stellar did a exquisite design from that.

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