Friday, September 17, 2010

Art as Fashion, Fashion as Art

I come across a fashion quote every other week that speaks to me.  So, I tuck it away in my 'fashion quote folder' for .... a rainy day.  Wouldn't you know it, the last day of NY fashion week, NYC was soaking wet. And quite frankly, it was beautiful, the streets extra shiny, the traffic making that loud swish, and the umbrellas bobbing and weaving up and down 8th Ave, .... a really beautiful improv piece. To be fair, I was on the way to a fashion show, so I had on rose colored glasses.   There's nothing like the anticipation of Spring 2011 to put a girl in a good mood. But I digress. I've always wanted to use the quotes to go along with a beautiful set of fashion pics.... and I've made a few attempts at collecting high fashion pics, but.... I had an epiphany waiting for a taxi at 8th and 33rd..... Denise Fike!  I can illustrate my favorite quotes with a set of Denise Fike treasures. 

One should either be a work of Art, or wear a work of Art.
~ Oscar Wilde 

I'd rather buy a dress and put it up on the wall, than put a painting, wouldn't you?
~ Andy Warhol

Fashion is only the attempt to realize art in living forms and social intercourse. 
~ Sir Francis Bacon

He who always goes against the fashion is himself its slave.
~ Francois de La Rochefoucauld

If Botticelli were alive today he'd be working for Vogue.
~ Peter Ustinov

I have fun with my clothes onstage; it’s not a concert you’re seeing, it’s a fashion show.
~ Freddie Mercury

I dress for the image. Not for myself, not for the public, not for fashion, not for men.
~ Marlene Dietrich

My son has followed fashion since he was a punk. He and I agree that fashion is about sex.
~ Vivienne Westwood

For me, elegance is not to pass unnoticed but to get to the very soul of what one is.
~ Christian Lacroix 

Fashion is architecture: it is a matter of proportions.
~ Coco Chanel

Fashion is a tyrant from which there is no deliverance; all must conform to its whimsical.
~ French Proverb

Fashion is not frivolous. It is a part of being alive today.
~ Mary Quant

Who can live without some black clothes.
~ Karl Lagerfeld 

Know first who you are, and then adorn yourself accordingly.
~ Epictetus

Style is when they’re running you out of town and you make it look like you’re leading the parade.
~ William Battie

The finest clothing made is a person's skin, but, of course, society demands something more than this.  
~ Mark Twain
Just around the corner in every woman's mind - is a lovely dress, a wonderful suit, or entire costume which will make an enchanting new creature of her.  
~ Wilhela Cushman

I have heard with admiring submission the experience of the lady who declared that the sense of being perfectly well-dressed gives a feeling of inward tranquility which religion is powerless to bestow.  
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Clothes are never a frivolity:  they always mean something.  
~ James Laver


Thank you Denise Fike for this very generous gift to the Style Shepherd followers. 
Lady's and Gents, ..... Happy Girl, Denise Fike 
 This  original Denise Fike work (measures 15" x 15.5",enamel and vintage paper, ready to hang, no frame needed) is this week's Style Shepherd Giveaway! 
The contest is very simple, you must be a follower of The Style Shepherd of course and a follower of Denise Fike Designs on Facebook, and leave a comment about your favorite Denise Fike Design from her site ( or from her brand new Etsy Shop (!  The comment must be posted by October 2nd, 11:59 pm EST, and the winner will be chosen by and announced on October 3rd, 2010.  Good Luck!


  1. I LOVE the Alice Vintage Enamel Wallpaper!

    Like Denise Fike Designs on fb

    Anne Taylor or annectaylor1


    nancyrobster at gmail dot com

  2. I follow your blog and would love to be entered into your giveaway


  3. I "like" Denise Fike Designs on facebook

    Donna Hufman Warrington

  4. I Love the FASHION PLATE PINK PARFAIT from her ETSY shop.


  5. I am a current follower this blog Lyudmila as well as fan of Denise Fike Designs on Facebook (Lyudmila Sizova)
    lusizova at

  6. How great are these! I like the Inez one. and I really like the purple and gold one featured here. I'm a fb fan! Thanks for the fab giveaway Rhonda! xo stylistdiva (at)

  7. I follow your blog. Lubica
    lubaska dot k at gmail dot com

  8. I am a follower of Denise Fike Designs on Facebook (as Lubka Kotmanikova)
    lubaska dot k at gmail dot com

  9. I would choose ICE from "fashion II" as my fav. Thanks
    lubaska dot k at gmail dot com

  10. my fav is BELLE CARD!! awesome shop !! love it :)

  11. Enter me please! I'm already a follower via GFC.
    Following Denise Fike Designs on FB (Ana Belén R M).
    My fav design is FASHION PLATE PINK PARFAIT.

    Ana Belén R.M

  12. The "PETUNIA DOG CARD" from the new Esty shop caught also my eye.

  13. Already following you via GFC of course, and now also a fan of Denise Fike on Facebook (Kate Ryan)

    My favourite piece is the 'EVE FASHION COLLAGE PAINTING'

    Kate1485 at

  14. Following your blog as well as a fan of Denise Fike on FB ( :D

    My favorite piece from her web site is "Anemones on a sea of blue enamel, gold leaf" Beautiful!!!

  15. I am following your blog as well as Denise Fike on Facebook!

    My favorite piece is Sam & Del because the colors are vibrant and I love dogs!

  16. I'm following your blog & Denise Fike on FB.

    My favorites are the florals, especially the hydrangea enamel, Gorgeous!

  17. I LOVE EVERYTHING!! One of my favorites is "Ice Dream" though, it is like Tim Burton meets Miriam Haskell. LOVE.

  18. I follow your blog & like Denise Fike on fb

    My favorite piece is Fleur Fashion from her etsy!

  19. Hi! I follow you blog and like Denise on FB. Her art is awesome! I like Camilla Takes Her Leave.
    One lucky winner here!
    cathyguitarteacher-77 at

  20. Following this blog!

    I LOVE her new, Dirty Dishes series. I am a visual art Major at university, majoring in Ceramics and those porcelain dishes are SPECTACULAR! I love them and it is so interesting, the idea of eating off the plate then you finish and there is this intimate scene on the dinnerware.

    I love art, if I win I will treasure the piece forever. I can trully respect a work of art and I would be honored to own this giveaway piece. IT is amazing. I love it!

    Warm regards and good luck to the artist in the future!


  21. i follow your blog :)
    i like denis on FB as Casey Lee Flick
    i love the "Anemones on a Sea of Blue Enamel Gold Leaf"
    she does amazing work !


  22. I liked Denis on FB(Ivana Nikolova)
    I followed your blog.
    I love the "Alix and Shannon"

  23. Following your blog - ktkatherine
    Fanned Denise Fike on facebook - ktkatherine
    I LOVE FASHION PLATE PINK PARFAIT from her etsy shop!
    kkondek at

  24. (I'm a follower and I like Denise Fike Designs on FB, my username is wunderfraulein.)

    My favorite piece is the 'BELLE CARD'.
    so.kitsch at gmail dot com

  25. I love the Petunia Dog Card!

    I follow you both - you on G. Connect and DF on facebook.. :)

  26. My personal favorite is the Fashion Plate Inez.

    I'm liking/following you guys, as well. :)

    diamondsandspades [at] gmail [dot] com