Saturday, August 2, 2008

Take A Walk To The Dark Side




I love the dark side, maybe thats why I get a kick out of fall/winter every year...days reduce to a few hours and nights stretch languidly across the world...fashion is free spirited, inspired by darkness, not bound by weather or practicality...I can layer on as much as I want or walk around in strappy heels happily...either way...textures are richer...colours smoulder...and the world is suddenly grown up and glamorous after the carefree frolic of a summer gone by.
Ive been inspired by quite a few things recently in putting together my key pieces for the upcoming season....old Hollywood glamour is paid homage to by designers all across the runways...in an act of rebellion towards the recession and credit crunch hitting the world, the creative world has decided to proact by behaving as one treats a tiresome child..not batting an eye and being in an oblivion to the persistant political insurgent angst that has been going on in the world over the past couple of years casting a depressing shadow over the stratosphere...and rightly so.
The majority of us need a creative outlet to vent and express our dissatisfaction at the daily mundane things we face and I believe most women would rather be damned than allow that to affect their sense of aesthetic.
The fashion world has always been affected by politics, recently since the begining of last century when most ateliers had to close down during the world war only to give rise afterwards to a new kind of fashion...haute couture was replaced by the swinging sixties and psychedelic flower children that emerged from the opposition of the vietnam war at the time and a new ode to peace, with the begining of the sexual revolution that lead to the rock and roll era of the 70's that brimmed with Andy Warhols and Led Zepplins, fashion ventured in a new direction wrapped up in an international glamour and sophistication like one wraps a plush mink around herself, denoted and modelled by women of the Studio 54 era, including the usually straightlaced Jacqueline Kennedy.
I feel this time around, history repeats itself...I look at the plushness of textures, Halstons liquid silk jersey fabrics and Lanvins decadence. Sensuous colours...jet black reigns once more (to my utmost glee) igniting a dark romance in the air, majestic deep purples, neutrals of grey...cream and coffee with splashes of teal, turquoise and bold reds. Sillhouettes and cuts appealing to different women...biased cuts and drapes over the body in casual nonchalance, or wide legged pants and form fitting tops with lots of belts and chunky jewellery...sometimes resistance gives way to creative genius.

Makeup goes uberglam as well with Lancome releasing their first vibrating mascara wand Oscillation (Im a bit dubious about this one) and Chanel sending out the most delicious smoky eye makeup range to add sultriness to the combination.

Until then do something utterly decadent tonight..Im going to light me some gardenia candles..play Adele's 'Fool that I am' on repeat and send a glass of pink bubbly wishes your way.

Sleep tight xx



8 comments:

nyxxie said...

Love the post.. Never though of it but you're sooo right! everything is so much more grown up in the winter <3

missn u luv

nawary said...

what a lovely post PC!!..if medicine fails you certainly have potential in fashion journalism ..etjanineeeeeen. this was such a pleasure to read. miss u gorgeous x

PinkChampagne said...

@Nyyxie...Thank you..miss you too babe...Im coming to move into the city with you soon ;) xx

@Fashyyyy...Thats an ubercompliment coming from you...It made my day..Im so glad you enjoyed it xx

Fastidious Babe said...

love ur fashion posts! I like how u took us through a time machine and brought it back to this seasons trends..


and i too love the sophisticated fall palette.. and am currently working on my list of must-buys xx

PinkChampagne said...

@Fastidious...Thank you gorgeous x I cant wait to see your fashion finds :) xx

Anonymous said...

I only like the music.

Ephemeral said...

Winter!! *squeals* no one ever believes me when i say i would kill to live in a cold feel it hit your bones weather all year round!! (with the exception of thawing in a warm place from time to time) seriously I absolutely love everything about that time in the year..the food the sweet warm drinks that have a completely different taste while I'm wrapped in a Pashmina sitting with the fam or a bunch of friends not to mention the increase of hangouts and mini parties that go on in that weather *wink wink ma birthday too!* the delightful faces i see (as opposed to the frustrated in the summer ones I'm used to lol) happy times! the clothes ah the clothes as much as i have come to love quirky colors, the fall and winter bring the most luxurious of fabrics textures and styles..aaand dark colors accentuate my natural skin shade :p gone with the tan in with the exfoilators! i enjoyed reading this post so much it got me hyped up for extreme credit card sweeping!!

PinkChampagne said...

Ephemeral...you took me to your winter wonderland envisioned in my head...I cant wait for the season to come already!
Im so glad summer will be over verrrrry soon...lucky you to have your bday in a festive season, Ive always wanted a winter bday...and you said it well, its time for pale skin to sparkle once more.
I hope you have a great time shopping for this season :D