A Punch of Colours, or A Colourful Punch?


July 26, 2013

by Gracia Ventus
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So there I was, experimenting with a completely new colour scheme and silhouette. Instead of an architectural upper half, the focus is brought close to the ground. This exercise proved to be rather challenging for someone like me who wears shades of black most of the time. I’m simply not used to looking this bright and un-melancholic. In an attempt to balance this almost-ecstatic outfit, I paired the dress with the passive-aggressive skirt from Issey Miyake that may or may not resemble the curve of a scorpion’s tail.

Honestly speaking I don’t shun colours, in fact I love them, but if I were to include colours I tend to go all out, eg. vibrant red (Haider) or deep purple (Yohji) or fluorescent pink (Jil), no half-arsed pale sickly baby blue. The urge to vomit colours all over myself doesn’t happen often though. It’s one thing to wear one or two dominant colours, no matter how bright, but to look like I’ve been doused by the content of an overturned Duluxe truck usually involves me fighting the inevitable urge to run back to the house to find solace in black. Perhaps it’s simply a matter of getting used to, quite like the theory of mere-exposure effect. Regardless, I love this Martina Spetlova‘s candy corn dress so much because it’s a proud celebration of all things vibrant and powerful – it’s so bright it’s almost an assault to the unsuspecting eyes.


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10 thoughts on “A Punch of Colours, or A Colourful Punch?

  • Mia

    by Mia on July 26, 2013 at 9:53 am

    You have paired such fantastic pieces together. I am especially intrigued by the Issey Miyake skirt, which I cannot stop looking at. Amazing look.

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  • Anonymous

    by Anonymous on July 26, 2013 at 10:24 pm

    This looks so amazingly wierd and I LOVE IT. The skirt looks fantastic. You are definitely one of my favorite bloggers of all times. Love from Stockholm.

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  • Anonymous

    by Anonymous on July 26, 2013 at 11:48 pm

    ok, this outfit is amazing! love love love!

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  • LBG

    by LBG on July 27, 2013 at 9:15 am

    A garment doesn’t come alive until it’s worn – and every garment is a perfect match with certain people. Bright colours? Right up your alley, you own them, no mistake.
    The Miyake skirt is a divine revelation – I am thrilled to see it in actual use. The Spetlova dress is one of those take-no-prisoners items which one tends automatically to coordinate with submissive second-tier items (the safe and reliable option); so I’m intrigued with your idea of assertively pairing it with the Miyake skirt – which holds up surprisingly (to me) well in the combination. They are an odd couple, the Spetlova and the Miyake – Feral Hornet Girl meets Space Princess- but this experiment really shows how Miyake’s pleating conveys oomph, as well as being feminine and elegant. It has made me think in a fresh way about what might be paired with pleats. Thank you!
    I only wish I had more time to comment on your posts – trust me, I never miss one. Your thoughtful ruminations about fashion in all its aspects are always interesting. And you have prompted me to look into designers that I didn’t know, which is so exciting; I have just finished looking at Martina Spetlova’s site – and I see she is doing pleats now too :).Another great find, thanks again!

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    • Gracia Ventus | The Rosenrot

      by Gracia Ventus | The Rosenrot on July 28, 2013 at 6:34 pm

      Dear LBG,

      I can only thank you for the kind words you’ve written. Sometimes I decide to venture outside of my comfort zone, but not necessarily succeed. I made the decision to wear two dominating pieces together in hopes that they will create an entirely new synergy, rather than opting for the tried and true method of pairing dominant/submissive pieces together. On that particular day I had the urge to create a new silhouette that will do justice this beautiful dress, rather than just to simply look ‘nice’.

      Again, it doesn’t happen often because it requires me to be in the right mood/mentality/emotionally-invested, and often the results can be very divisive. Regardless what’s important is that I can look at something in a different light, and possibly persuade others to do the same.

      I’m glad you like Ms. Spetlova’s works. She makes wonderful clothes and I hope by getting her name out there she’d be able to grow and sustain her business.

      Thanks again for reading!

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  • Mika

    by Mika on July 27, 2013 at 1:01 pm

    Love the shape and flow of the skirt! Reminds me of a conch shell.

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  • The Dutch Lady of Fashion

    by The Dutch Lady of Fashion on July 27, 2013 at 3:44 pm

    The skirt has such interesting lines and waves…can’t stop looking at it.

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  • ange

    by ange on July 29, 2013 at 11:54 am

    I love your skirt! Beautiful! I love Issey Miyake!

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  • Kstylick

    by Kstylick on July 30, 2013 at 9:10 am

    Ohh… That’s a very unique fashion design :) maybe we could follow each other on Bloglovin and/or GFC, Facebook?

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  • noirconcept

    by noirconcept on July 31, 2013 at 4:32 am

    The skirt is one of the most beautiful garments I’ve ever seen.. I think the outfit overall works well in it’s craziness, I don’t think anyone else could pull this off like you do.

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