A Little Palette Cleanser

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Happy Weekend Everyone! Isn’t it wonderful that Spring has arrived?! (Although Winter barely made an appearance in many places this year)

 I’m finally getting back into the swing of things, though my holiday lingers in my thoughts like a beautiful dream that promises to last for a very long time.

 Still, it seemed it might be time to give you a break from travel posts and offer up a little colour palette cleanser as it were.

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As you can see in my photo above,  I arrived home to a lovely big spray of purple and orange tulips- how pretty are they?!

Hermes scarf, Chanel bracelet

 I don’t know if you’ve noticed it or not, but  I’m a little gobsmacked at the amount of orange and purple I’m seeing everywhere- a frisky combination to be sure, despite their relative proximity on the colour wheel.

 Of course what works in art & nature doesn’t always translate to fashion, but many designers this season are certainly giving it the old college try.

What do you make of it?

Personally, I don’t have the complexion to sport this bold duo anywhere near my face but I’d be happy to entertain them  in accessories and I love their pop of  colour in a room, especially for Spring and Summer.

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Prada Fall 2012

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Prada Fall 2012

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It works for Jennifer Anniston apparently.

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Prada

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Difficult lipstick shade to carry off, but imagine these three colours in a a floral arrangement. I have small Calla lilies in the garden almost the same colour as this nail polish so I’m definitely filing this away for future inspiration. 

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Even the runway rug at Prada was purple.

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Nature excels in the combo as always

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Prada

Got tired of contemplating on how many levels this wouldn’t  work for me.

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.Consider repurposing your scarves in your home. Chic recycling.

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.Slim Paley photo

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woops-lost credit. Don’t you love when I save you $ like that? 

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Etro

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Giambattista Valli Resort 2012

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Bottega Veneta Spring 2012

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“Rorschach” fabric or wallcovering from Timorous Beasties (Love them).

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I just know these shoes are going to grow on me…

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Let’s be BOLD in some way this weekend- Why not? It’s SPRING!

xx

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44 Comments

  1. You are a great editor with a great sense of colour – these fashion pix are always my favourite stories. Thanks for starting my day with hues of breaking dawn….

  2. Sigh……….if you walked into my apartment or my closet you would see the purple and burnt orange combo in abundance, so it has my vote. I’ve sent you some photos so you can judge if it works in a “real” setting.
    I know what you mean about lingering impressions……..I still can’t get the images from our recent trip to Cambodia, Vietnam and Thailand out of my mind’s eye.

  3. Hi Slim,
    Your tulips made my spirits soar this morning.
    The Prada clothes are fun to look at but I, too, know they would not be the least bit attractive on me. In fact, I’m amazed that the long vest with pants made even the model look a bit hippy.
    Who made the black dress with the Fortuny-esque pleats – now THAT I could wear beautifully!
    I love your photos interspersed with other inspirations in fashion and design. You’re the best!
    Ruth

  4. Bold, adventuresome, studied risk-taking: all great attributes. That said, I’m not too sure about purple and bright orange as close neighbors. Soft burnt orange and lavender, maybe. Have a great Spring week-end with your garden. Mary

  5. I’ve already looked at these photos a dozen times and love them MORE each time. My Easter table will definitely BE orange and purple. Watch out pillows…HERE I COME!!! Slim, THANKS! franki

  6. That image of Hermes scarves as wallpaper is beautiful! I’ve seen them framed as art, but that is so much more eye-catching.

    The only question is… How do they attach them to the wall? Surely they don’t glue them on? At $500 a scarf?

    Anyway, it’s beautiful!
    So glad you’re back. Hope the trip was magnificent.

    janelle mcculloch’s library of design

    • Dear Slim
      Have the same question. How do they? Have quite a collection of Hermes scarves that I bought to wear but would consider using them as feature wallpaper if it didn’t destroy them.

      Love the post and the colours. Especially covet the Etro bag. Would look stunning with all black, or all white or with orange or purple outfits.

      Look forward to your pics from Burma too. Hope that worked out as well as your travels in Sri Lanka.

    • I’m just guessing but I would imagine they would have to be attached to a very thin wooden frame- I’m sure a good framing shop would be able to do it. They would either have to use extremely fine nails, tacks or if you didn’t intend to wear the scarf again, glue.
      I might just take one down to my framer and see what he says.

      • My Mother in Law was a quilt restorer and collector. She would advise to hand sew the edges of the scarf to a piece of muslin (washed & rinsed well) larger than the scarf. Then gently stretch the “artwork” to a backing. Your not stretching the scarf but the muslin.
        At this point discuss with your framer if they advise foam core or rag mat board.
        To protect from dust and light damage you will need to put it all behind UV glass. Also use a spacer to prevent the glass from pressing against the scarf. (these can be hidden behind the edge/lip of the frame)
        You will be able to “use” the scarf again, but only with great effort to undo the art it has become.
        Maybe reserve framing for a collector piece or that extra Hermes you love to look at more than you may ever wear it?
        Hope you all share photos of where you display your collection.
        Cheers!

  7. BEAUTIFUL….thank you! I especially like the black dress with wonderful, colorful hem line.
    Happy weekend!

  8. Stunning post, love purple and orange together, and yes the tulips are simply
    exquisite. Happy weekend.

  9. Love the combo in decor & nature…not so much on people! But, I wouldn’t say “no” to carrying that great purse around, either. 🙂

  10. I absolutely love purple, orange not so much, but the combos you have here are brilliant, I wouldn’t think to put them together myself but when I see them displayed this way I love them. Glad you are home safe from such a wonderful trip.

  11. I am not a fan of orange, but I think mixed with purple it is fun and if I were to wear orange I would try it. I use to pair my peach with lavenders, does that count? Kathysue

  12. So timely Slim!
    As I am in Miami for the “Ultra Music Festival” with our youngest
    for his last high school spring break.
    Violet and Orange rules here.
    Palm trees filled with purple lights and cabanas adorned with tangerine pillows!
    xxoo!!

  13. I cant believe that that orange-coral (as I call it) would not look good on you! It is a great color on fair skin….and those shoes……I just bought another pair of Stubbs and Wootton. Shows which way I am headed. You deserve those tulips! I am sure your family is happy to have you back! We all are, here in blog land!
    M

  14. As Gareth in Four Weddings and a Funeral says to Scarlett, “…the ecclesiastical purple and the pagan orange…” 🙂 Not my color palate but you have to admit there is something about the drama of the color combo. My favorite image on this post was your tulips. I’d buy that combo in a second. Always fun and even palate cleansing.
    Karen

  15. Stunning colors–orange is one of my best colors-never thought to pair it with purple but will have to try it!

  16. So fun! I am reminded of that line in “Four Wedding and a Funeral” where Gareth comments on Scarlett’s orange and purple dress…it was something like “ah yes, that combination is perfect for a wedding…the marriage of the hedonistic orange with the ecclesiastical purple”. Her response: “Umm, yeah…”.

    For the longest time I thought I could not wear orange, but in recent years, I can. I think it is a matter of the actual shade of orange that does or does not work for me. Deeply saturated =’s good, pale =’s “are you feeling ok?”-type comments. I also love me some purple, but mostly in accessories. So maybe I’ll be trying this with one color as the base and the other for shoes, clutch, whatever. Or the prints on the bottom with a solid top. We shall see.

    Thanks for the colors for thought!

  17. Welcome back, Slim, and Happy Spring! I love Timorous Beasties wallpaper – I know of them through Ilse Crawford. Thank you for the stunning photos of Sri Lanka – you’ve inspired me to locate my childhood penpal, who was from Colombo, I believe…

  18. Love the colour combo. However I think they should take those chains/shackles off the model’s feet in the Giambattista Valli Resort 2012 picture and let her go and get some food – those thighs of hers won’t hold her up for much longer!

    Good to see you back and posting!

  19. Hi my sweet SP!

    Haven’t talked to you for ages!!! Missing you.

    I’m glad I saw this post… there’s a really good energy about it!

    Wishing you a very blessed week, my friend.

    xo

    Luciane at HomeBunch.com

  20. My Aunty had the most amazing purple and orange bathroom in the 1970s! It was decadent and bold and I loved it. She now has an emerald green kitchen. We are massively into colour in our family, in fact we all use qualifiers before the colour, for example, duck egg blue, scarlet red, etc nothing is ever really just blue or red!

  21. Not a fan of this color combo, not to mention that if I wore either, I would look like I had liver failure. Ironic, since orange and blue run through my veins (U. of FL. grad and legacy). However, I am using orange as both accent and secondary color in my master suite with a lovely chinoiserie that incorporates the orange.

    Love your site and the always lovely photos. Please let me know about the ‘memory/cool’ pillows. I need some relief at night!

    Joanne

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