Who Are You Pairing?

41st Annual People’s Choice Awards

Untitled by Eva Vermeiren; Karina Smirnoff at the 41st Annual People's Choice Awards Red Carpet

Image above, left to right: Untitled by Eva Vermeiren; Karina Smirnoff at the 41st Annual People’s Choice Awards Red Carpet

Aaaah. Do you smell that? It’s a new year, my friend. Breathe it in. It’s the time for fresh starts and optimism. Good intentions and renewed beauty. And with the awakening of a new year comes a very exciting time at Westervin: awards season! I hope you’re as excited as I am to jump headfirst into more red carpet fashion and visual arts pairings! Because the fun. . . begins. . . NOW!

Universe Within by Shannon Rankin; Melissa McCarthy at the 41st Annual People's Choice Awards Red Carpet

Image above, left to right: Universe Within by Shannon Rankin; Melissa McCarthy at the 41st Annual People’s Choice Awards Red Carpet

Last night brought us the first major awards show of the season with the 41st Annual People’s Choice Awards. I have to be honest with you, though. I really struggled this time. Not only was I a little rusty, but I felt, at least at first, that last night’s red carpet looks were a little blah. Come on, celebrities! Where were you?!

Abstract Composition VIII by Jesus Perea; Kristen Bell at the 41st Annual People's Choice Awards Red Carpet

Image above, left to right: Abstract Composition VIII by Jesús Perea; Kristen Bell at the 41st Annual People’s Choice Awards Red Carpet

But after a cocktail from my trusty husband/live-in bartender and an embarrassing amount of time spent searching (the internet, my soul, the liquor cabinet), I found a few gems I could work with. From sweet and feminine to fierce and modern, the styles I picked for this set of pairings won me over in the end. For their fine art counterparts, I looked to some of my favorite artists (you may recognize Shannon Rankin, Jesús Perea, and Elise Mahan from previous pairings) for colors that complimented, compositions that mimicked, and, hopefully, a balance that made the whole greater than the sum of its parts.

Exotic Matter 2 - Cube Extracted by Zachary Dean Norman; Anthony Anderson at the 41st Annual People's Choice Awards Red Carpet

Image above, left to right: Exotic Matter 2 – Cube Extracted by Zachary Dean Norman; Anthony Anderson at the 41st Annual People’s Choice Awards Red Carpet

By the time I finished this set, I had realized a few things:

  1. I am the slowest blogger in the world. This post took me a full work day to create. I need to get faster at these pairings. . .
  2. My new motto: Pair drunk, edit sober. (See what I did there?)
  3. Fashion is fun and art is meaningful. I think the reverse is also true.
  4. I sure hope our readers like seeing these “Who Are You Pairing?” posts as much as I like making them.

Sea Glass Connections by Louise van Terheijden; Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi at the 41st Annual People's Choice Awards Red Carpet

Image above, left to right: Sea Glass Connections by Louise van Terheijden; Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi at the 41st Annual People’s Choice Awards Red Carpet

For future installments, I’m looking forward to drinking more fancy cocktails (maybe a little slower, next time), getting faster, discovering new artists, and practicing this very specific and satisfying creative skill — the art of the pairing. Look out for my next posts, including the Golden Globes, Critics’ Choice Awards, BAFTA Film Awards, and Academy Awards!

Throw 5031 by Tealia Ellis Ritter; Sarah Hyland at the 41st Annual People's Choice Awards Red Carpet

Image above, left to right: Throw 5031 by Tealia Ellis Ritter; Sarah Hyland at the 41st Annual People’s Choice Awards Red Carpet

Secret Universe 03 by Elise Mahan; Jillian Rose Reed at the 41st Annual People's Choice Awards Red Carpet

Image above, left to right: Secret Universe 03 by Elise Mahan; Jillian Rose Reed at the 41st Annual People’s Choice Awards Red Carpet

Title Unknown by Anja Zaharanski; Kelly McCreary at the 41st Annual People's Choice Awards Red Carpet

Image above, left to right: Title Unknown by Anja Zaharanski; Kelly McCreary at the 41st Annual People’s Choice Awards Red Carpet

Here’s a reader poll, just for funsies! Let me know which pair you like best.