28 April 2009

Colour + Colour


Three Chairs with a Section of a Picasso Mural (1970)
David Hockney

"Anything simple always interests me" - Hockney


Following a rather beautiful week of blue skies and gentle sunshine, the weather decided to mix things up with a sustained downpour of rain yesterday. As I was curled up inside, reading to the lyrical rhythm of rain drops on the window, I imagined the vast sea of black umbrellas and dark rain jackets outside. Whilst the majority seem to feel that the dreary grey days of rain require equally sombre outfits, I always find that the best outfit for me is a colourful one. This is especially the case during spring days of rains, where one would otherwise be donning quite a bright colour palette.

Whilst thinking through the colour combinations I could achieve with my wardrobe, I also tried to picture the more unusual colour clashes and complimentations I could possibly try. I am a definite fan of colourful clothing, however I rarely go the full step, for example including brightly coloured trousers also. As such, when I vaguely remembered the rather colourful Spring '05 collection, by Christopher Bailey for Burberry Prorsum, I decided to go back and look through the bright Pop inspired colour pairings.

What I found so beautiful about the collection was Bailey's unapologetic use of colour and the clear sense of joy in his designs. There was a wonderful cascade of vivacity, with his clever use of grassy greens, blazing oranges, fluorescent yellows, hot pinks and more, presented on canvases of ice whites in order to give them all a greater visual boost. The simplicity of the designs and elegance of the cuts allowed the loud colours to have a more refined nature, and indeed that is one of the reasons that the collection worked so well. Rather than being overpowering on the eye, the collection managed to be wonderfully colourful yet well coordinated.

Another point of intrigue for me was also the treatment of fabrics. The garments were crafted from cottons, leathers, and in the case of the last look, paper, yet all had a softness and light weight look. Indeed the colouring of the pieces, and visual weight of the fabrics, lended the looks to seeming as if they could have ostensibly been cut out of a bright Pop painting. Yet the crafting of the garments allowed the clothing to create a visual depth that one would perhaps have not thought possible with the use of block colour.

There is something wonderfully reassuring about the collection that for me shows that colourful clothing is perhaps not as scary a thought as many believe it to be.

Currently playing: Who Knows ft. Mike Posner - Big Sean

xxxx

41 comments:

  1. These colours just look so fantastic together! Guarenteed to brighten up the gloomiest of days :) x

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  2. These are some great colors. I definitely think they are wonderful for this time of year. We've had some very hot and sunny weather here, but I know the rain is just around the corner again.

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  3. ahhh...cheerful & bright colors! Mood picker-upper darling!! ~XO*

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  4. Great bright collection! Wonderful choices! YAY!

    XoXo

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  6. those last outfits has gotten chuck bass written all over them!

    x
    karla

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  7. I love the plaid pants! i want it.

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  8. i could totally see you rockin' these outfits

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  9. I don't know how I feel about plaid pants. My friend once bought a pair, and he was so excited about them. I didn't have the heart to tell him that I hated them. (I am a bad friend.) But those white pants look CRISP.

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  10. hockney.. so genius. I'm excited to see a resurgence in menswear with colors. its way overdue.

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  11. this collection is so gorgeous! the clean lines, the colors... it's perfect.

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  12. you need those pink pants...love the vibrant look.

    thanks for the note. yeah, unfortunately, prom isn't all its cracked up to be. in my 'ellie' story..well, something goes bad.

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  13. OH WOW. i absolutely adore this! it's genius.

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  14. Wear the pink trousers! Wear them!

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  15. Those Chairs! <3

    I am loveing the outfit with the red suit jacket and pale plaid pants. :]

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  16. Lovely post! I don't wear that much color must admit but now I'm dying for a red trench or a sky blue blazer!

    C.

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  17. I fell in looooove with that Red-Flowers-T-shirt, so gonna bye it for my Nephew (He's my little Ken-doll :P ).. really cool colour-palet..

    xx

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  18. i've always been an advocate for men wearing more colors its fun and interesting as long as they r well balanced :o]

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  19. If I were a guy, I think this is exactly what I would want to wear every day.

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  20. Wow those colors are fabulous. I love how fabrics can be so creative!! =) That's why there's so many!

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  21. very crisp and classic, with that little colorful twist. i'm still not very adventurous with my color mixing, but this makes me want to experiment!

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  22. Oh man, I love all this bold colour. I do love colour blocking.

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  23. Oh wow...I love all these. If I can find a man cool enough to rock pink pants I will marry him on the spot. I have a weakness for preppy with a little kick.

    I absolutely ADORE your blog. Consider yourself stalked on a daily basis :)
    XO,
    liz

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  24. wow i defintaley see all tghose colours in that collection in the Dvae Hockney painting.
    I think the fun thing about colour in fashion is the exploration. You look amazing in colours.
    Muah x
    Marian

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  25. With color, sometimes more is better.

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  26. Thanks so much for your comment.

    Oh..what a rainbow of color. Love it!

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  27. I wish I could tell you some of my most amazing moments I've spent ..were at the Prom..but they weren't. My boyfriend broke up with me at the Prom. & all I can say I'm glad I had my 12 year old cousin to go home to at the time. We had a great night of watching SNL together.

    Love the colors in spring.

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  28. Ohhhh, you KNOW that I LOVE color!

    But I have to admit that I am loving the plaid pants, too----so great!
    With the color---it just ties it all together.

    So refreshing.

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  29. oh i love it! the colours are amazing together. they're so bright and lovely. and aside from the colour i really like those checked trousers haha.

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  30. Haha, you should seriously consider writing as a profession - "presented on canvases of ice whites in order to give them all a greater visual boost." Your blog is one of the few that I enjoy reading - along with looking at the pictures. Keep up the great work.

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  31. i love the way you describe this. i only see pink pants and cool colors, you see an array of words!

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  32. Very good post! I have always thought of color by color! But the shades must work out well!

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  33. I really love how these colors were mixed together rather carelessly but so chicly. I do love each an every runway look!

    Bisous,
    La C.

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  34. What great comninations. I love colour clahs, but I never really wear it, Im to scared I mess up and look like a clown!
    I love the tullip shirt, too cute!

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  35. a colour splash in your wardrobe is all you really need to put a smile on your face!

    nice song too.

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  36. for some reason, i'm so drawn to that picture with the chairs! color is the best!

    http://pinkchampagnefashion.blogspot.com/

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  37. I love the image of the chairs. It kind of reminds me of the part in Knocked Up where they get high and line up all the chairs in the hotel room. I love that film.

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  38. I'm seeing Chuck Bass everywhere lol

    I absolutely love all the colors and patterns :)

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