Cherry blossom pink hair: colour by Nature’s design for Spring 2015

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As the last of the winter winds blow through,

there remains still a chilly nip in the air.

Yet nature’s Spring colours bloom defiant,

heralding warmer weather to come.

 

Purple croci, yellow daffodils and pink-cherry blossoms

are gradually more in evidence:

the vibrant signs of approaching Spring.

 

Spring colours in full bloom

(image from crocus.co.uk):

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Purple croci

(image from the guardian.com):

spring colours, yellow daffodils

Yellow daffodils

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spring colours, cherry blossom pink

Cherry blossom pink

 

 

Say good-bye to Winter shades.

Take a cue from Nature and

welcome Spring hues.

Why not consider a cheery change of hair colour:

cherry blossom pink.

 

Now that should warm you up.

 

Make it a Spring Thing

 Cherry blossom pink, Hair colour statement

 

 

(images from style.com):

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On the runway

model, Fernanda Hin Lin Ly

(Louis Vuitton, a/w 2015)

cherry blossom pink hair

model, Marjan Jonkman

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Marjan Junkman

on the runway for Gucci collection, a ’15

(image from express.co.uk):

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Pink pixie cut

British actress, Dame Helen Mirren

(image from menshairstyle.com):

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Colour equation

pink + blue = hair + eyes

 

 

(image from the dailymail.co.uk):

 

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A subtle nod:  pale pink

American actress, January Jones

(image from style.com):

cherry blossom pink hair

With a blush of lavender

Patchy Cake Eater: serving up menswear fashion fun for a/w 2015

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Patchy Cake Eater

is a menswear label, launched in 2012 by Japanese designer

Shigeki Morino.

(image from francoiscavelier.com):

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designer Shigeki Morino (l) and his assistant Soichiro Nakagawa (r)

The label name is indicative of the collection presented

at Tokyo Fashion Week,  a/w  2015-

patchwork fabrication, emotive of a feel good from ‘cake effect’.

 

The design aesthetics is an unique interpretative of a gender focus on fashion:

“(creating) the masculinity that a woman wearing men’s clothes exudes,

and (applying) it back to men’s fashion.”

It is a modern label with a modern design vision

which manages to be readily translatable from

runway fashion to everyday wear.

When asked at interview if he had any advice for other emerging designers,

Mr. Morino offered insight from his observations of recent runway presentations:

 

“… if I had to say one thing, it would be that some men’s runway shows here are deviating too far from something wearable. There has to be a balance between entertainment and what is represented should be able to be worn on the street.”

(quote from aserica.com)

Patchy Cake Eater

chromatic, tailored, fashion fun

Tokyo Fashion Week,  a/w  2015

(images from tokyo-mbfashionweek.com):

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textural, colourful

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patterned planket

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carnation pink baseball jacket

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shrunken suiting

Accessorise me! : Ear chains

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Accessories add the culminating elements to a well-coordinated look.

Sometimes a unique item shouts as the main feature

with clothing as quiet background-

creating a signature look, which centres on a signature piece.

 

Accessorise Me

in the Spotlight:  Ear adornment

 

This gold ear link chain is definitely the stand out piece

 against an all black outfit.

(photo by Eva al Desnudo)

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All connected

and he wears it well

WeWood Watches: eco-friendly timepieces

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An unique accessory piece can define a fashion look

and even make a social statement.

 

Launched in 2010

Italian label,  WeWood  designs watches which

meets both descriptions:

beautifully crafted and eco-responsible.

The WeWood timepieces are made from bits of salvaged wood.

(images from we-wood.co.uk):

wewood, modelled

The company is in sentiment with

the sustainability in fashion movement which advocates for:

environmental and social responsibility in the production process.

WeWood partners with organisations such as

American Forests  and Trees For The Future-

pledging that for every WeWood watch bought,

a tree will be planted in the local of purchase.

 

 

There is both a ladies line and a men’s line;

though, for the most part, the pieces are uni-sex wear.

 

 

 

WeWood

 The Collection

For him

wewood waches, him, light colour

Metis beige

wewood, him jupiter, brown army

Jupiter brown/army

wewood, him, date, army

Date Brown/Army

 

we wood, him sitah chocolate

Sitah Chocolate

 

 

wewood, watch, back

wewood watch, front

For her

wewood, her, moon crystals, black

Moon crystals black

wewood, watches, her, kale beige/pink

Kale beige and pink

 

wewood, her, moon brown

Moon brown

 

we wood, her, mimosa army

Mimosa army

 

Over the top (hat) narrative: designer Takeo Kikuchi presents at Tokyo Fashion Week, a/w 2015

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With over thirty years of design experience ‘under his hat’

Japanese menswear designer

Takeo Kikuchi

expertly creates clothing for the man of

fashion daring, wit and whimsy.

 

(image from ajw.asahi.com):

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designer, Takeo Kikuchi

Mr. Kikuchi’s  a/w 2015 collection

recently presented at Mercedes Benz Tokyo Fashion Week-

was a study in fanciful suiting

topped off with statement , story-telling headwear.

 ‘Over the top’ Hat narrative

by designer Takeo Kikuchi

for Tokyo Fashion Week, a/w  2015

(images from tokyo-mbfashionweek.com):

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Broad-brimmed ten gallon Stetson

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Cool cowboy

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Dickensian character

  meet the Artful Dodger

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Marching off to the beat of a different drummer

military kepi

oversized peak, gold chain detail

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Summer tour on the Continent

the sunhat

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Gangster stripes

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At the masquerade

puff peak cap

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German stahlhelm take, WW2

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Mais oui:  the artist, the beret

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In black leather

wedding party pageboy

Musical Interlude: It’s officially Spring! and it “Feels So Good”, jazz instrumental piece by Chuck Mangione

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Flugelhornist Chuck Mangione

released his jazz album Feels So Good in 1977.

The instrumental title track was an immediate success.

It reached number 4 in the U. S. charts and

number 2 in the Billboard Albums Chart (1978).

 

(image from allmusic.com):

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Chuck Mangione

jazz musician, flugelhornist

 

During the Spring of 1978

the Feels so Good tune

wafted across many a U. S. college campuses.

 

Spring 2015 has sprung-

and once again, it “Feels so Good”.

Live performance

Feels So Good

 

 

Renaissance man, Matthäus Schwarz: the first fashion blogger

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Roughly chronicled on the historical timeline

as a period marked from the 14th to the 17th centuries,

the Renaissance amounted to a high point of European civilization.

Translated to mean  a “rebirth”,  it is considered a cultural movement

which commenced in Italy, eventually spread throughout Europe

and bridged the divide between the medieval period

and that of the early modern era.

 

 

The Renaissance seemed a time of energised activity and new perspectives:

of intense study of the past and innovation for the future.

It was characterised by keen enthusiasm for

knowledge of classical history of the ancient world

exploration of the New World

urbanisation and the growth of cities

manufacturing and invention.

It was a time of the established great and grand

as well as the rise of the social climber.

It was a time of magnficientia .

 

 

As commerce in cities steadily soared,

there were many opportunities for money-making ventures.

Prince, courtier, merchant- all had the means for displays of wealth

and went to some lengths to ensure that all knew.

Magnificentia was key to this Renaissance attitude-

that of conspicuous expenditure.

Some financed the construction of public buildings.

Others bought works of art for private collection and

 there were those who spent their acquired wealth on looking fabulous.

Matthäus Schwarz (1497 – 1574)

was a German accountant who worked for the Fugger family,

a prominent German mercantile and banking house.

From an early age Schwarz was captivated by fashion.

He spent most of his income on clothes

and on chronicling himself attired in his garments.

It would seem that Herr Schwarz was the first recorded “fashion blogger”-

an accountant by trade and a serious sartorial stylisto by vocation.

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Matthäus Schwarz

by German portraitist,  Hans Maler

For forty years, 1520 – 1560, he commissioned watercolour paintings

of himself in various fashionable outfits.

His first watercolour “fashion sitting” was at the age of 23.

Sumptuary laws,

(which dictated what a person could and could not wear

given their social rank)

put some restrictions on the range of Herr Schwarz’s ensembles.

Yet, he did manage to acquire an enviable wardrobe,

which reflected his sense of fashion innovation.

(image from tumblr.com):

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Matthäus Schwarz

At 29 1/2 years old

 

Herr. Schwarz had his his forty years of  “selfie” watercoulour fashion images

bound into a book, titled Klaidungsbüchlein (Book of Clothes).

It is probably the first book on personal style and fashion-

of an evolution of self expression and identity through clothing worn.

The book is of interest to scholars as source material to

images of Renaissance dress.

Matthäus Schwarz

An outfit for every occasion

(image from ttolk.ru):

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From the back

wearing fur and red tights

(image from medievalists.net):

matthaus schwarz, archer

As archer in a suit of yellow/grey ruffles

with colour alternating hosiery

(image from bbc.co.uk):

matthaus schwarz, lute

With lute in an embroidered lilac tunic with gold details

cinched at waist with matching hose

matthaus schwarz

In wide brimmed hat, embellished top, tiered breeches and solid tights

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In the nude

back and full frontal

(Body appreciation without the trappings of clothing.)

Matthaeus Schwarz
Red as go to colour statement

(image from notevenpast.org):

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Black/white coulour story:  a young Schwarz with falcon (l)

Black ensemble with a peek of red:  an older Schwarz (r)

(image from univ-paris1.fr):

matthaus schwarz on horseback

On horseback in an outfit of puff sleeves and full pleated skirt

(images from bbc.co.uk):

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With sword

matthaus schwarz

At work and play

Matthaus Schwarz

At the ready

in armor attire

 

Only two books of Klaidungsbüchlein (Book of Clothes) were made-

the original and a copy.

The readership was limited to a select few of the author’s choosing.

Through the generations, the books had remained in the possession of

Herr. Schwarz’s descendants.

The original is now in the Herzog Anton Ulrich-Museum

in Braunschweig, Germany

 

For further reading on Matthäus Schwarz and Renaissance dress, have a look at:

Dressing Up: Cultural identity in Renaissance Europe

by Professor Ulinka Rublack, Cambridge University

Denim dresses dilemma solved, Spring 2015

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Denim fashion has evolved well beyond

pairs of jean trousers as staple garment.

Total look denim-on-denim wear

has achieved full status as an on-trend sartorial choice-

and this does not seem to be abating any time soon.

With the advent of Spring 2015, why not consider

investing in a denim dress to suit a desired style objective.

 

A few DD (denim dress) options

(images from style.com):

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Denim hues, need not be blue

black, sleeveless, boat neck

flounce tier dress with gathering and at pocket

from Karen Walker, ss ’15

denim dress, stella mccartney, s15

The more pockets, the better

long sleeved, front pocket detail, gathering at waist culotte

by Stella McCartney, ss ’15

denim dress, veronique branquinho, s15

A new look on the prairie

maxi length skirt, deconstructed shirt

by Veronique Branquinho, ss  ’15

denim dress, s15, gucci,

Lace up

kimono sleeves, with lacing to front and sides

from Gucci, ss ’15

denim dress, ss 15 gucci

All buttoned up

top:  yoke detail with gold buttons

skirt:  stylized belt loops with gold buttons

from Gucci, ss ’15

(images from asos):

denim t shirt dress, asos

Denim t-shirt dress

calf length, front slit, body skimming

from ASOS

Favlook – Lookfav Focus Favourite

denim dress, from weekday,

Total comfort factor

loose fit, side slits, asymmetric hem, V-neck

from Weekday

Mark your diary! : the exhibition, ‘Inventing Impressionism’ opens at The National Gallery, London

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Impressionism is today, a widely recognised and celebrated art movement.

Developed in late 19th century France by then avant garde artists, including:

Claude Monet, Auguste Renior, Edouard Manet,

Camille Pissarro, Alfred Sisley-

impressionism depicts images of everyday life, of landscape, of the familiar.

It is this characteristic of ready accessibility which has proven

key to its lasting popular appeal.

 

(images from timeout magazine):

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The Galettes (1882)

by Claude Monet

The impressionists often completed their paintings

“en plein air”  (in the open air),

capturing an effect of natural light and colour

with bold brushwork of rapid, visible, paint application.

 

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The Bridge at Villenueve-La-Garenne (1872)

by Alfred Sisley

These features of subjects of the mundane, of textural paint techniques

and of study and painting achieved outdoors,

were considered quite revolutionary and harshly critiqued.

At the inception of the impressionist movement

the established art world was hardly impressed.

Yet one man, French art dealer Paul Durand-Ruel

championed these novel artists.

(image from timeout magazine):

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Portrait of Paul Durand-Ruel  (1910)

by Pierre- Auguste Renior 

An astute entrepreneur, M. Durand-Ruel

was unwavering in his support,

which eventually yielded  success.

(image from aacv.fr):

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M. Durand-Ruel

Utilising his galleries in Paris, New York and Brussels

and other venues worldwide-

M. Durand-Ruel organised numerous exhibitions

to showcase the works of his artists.

Even during bouts of personal financial difficulties,

M. Durand-Ruel routinely provided his artists with monetary assistance.

Amassing quite a collection of their works,

he was a staunch believer of the impressionist interpretive.

The National Gallery, London presently hosts the exhibition

Inventing Impressionism.

The show is a nod to the M. Durand-Ruel’s

steadfast belief in the eventual value of impressionist paintings

as both artistic merit and monetary worth.

The exhibition brings together over 85 impressionist paintings

which were once part of the Durand-Ruel extensive inventory

 and are now held in private hands or museum collections.

(image from the guardian.co.uk):

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Poplars in the Sun (1891)

by Claude Monet

(images from timeout magazine):

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The Thames Below Westminster (1871)

by Claude Monet

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Foxhill, Upper Norwood (1870)

by Camille Pissarro

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Music in the Tuileries Gardens (1862)

by Edouard Manet

(image from the guardian.com):
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Boy with a Sword (1861)

Edouard Manet

(image from timeout magazine):

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Woman at her Toilette (1875 -1880)

by Berthe Morisot

(image from artfund.org):

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Horses Before the Stand (1866 – ’68)

by Edgar Degas

(image from timeout magazine):

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The Ballet Class (1880)

by Edgar Degas

Inventing Impressionism is a show, which offers additional opportunity

to view beautiful paintings by truly masterful painters-

a sentiment  M. Durand-Ruel always believed of his artists and their works.

Inventing Impressionism

at The National Gallery, London

until 31 May 2015

 

For additional details, visit:

 

 

She said what?! : quoted from Dorothy Parker

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She said what?!’

a new item to meappropriatestyle

featuring statements from outspoken women:

opinions, outlooks, observations

which they were more than willing to share.

 

American writer Dorothy Parker:

poet, short story writer, satirist, activist

contributor to Vanity Fair Esquire, The New York (which she help found)-

was actively engaged in the social issues of her time:

equality, freedom, civil liberties.

(image from vulture.com):

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Dorothy Parker, at her craft

Known within the New York City literary circuit (and further flung)

for her scathing wit, sharp remarks and barbed retorts-

she was a woman of fierce talent and spirit.

She wrote and said what she thought/felt.

Admired by friends and critics alike, her writings/comments were

provocative, never sugar coated, sometimes bitter to swallow

and worth a moment to ponder.

 

 

A “She said what?!” quote by

Dorothy Parker (1893 – 1967)

 

 

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