Tuesday, 4 May 2010
Rain drenched blossom
Spring blossom! Oh wait, I feel like Mary Poppins - about to launch into song about some of my 'favourite things'. But really those little blooms are like signposts saying "Haaha winter, begone! You are hearby banished and will not face parole until at least, ooh, November."
I bought this dress last year, but waited until blossom time to feature it. I found it in a little vintage shop in a nearby town, and was immediately attracted to the intricate pattern and classic shape.
I'm not sure of the origin of this piece as it's handmade, but I'm assuming it may be sixties. Looking at it conjures up a picture of Japanese blossom (surely some of the best in the world?) and exquisite landscapes.
Talking of spring flowers, whilst doing a little research online I discovered the wonderful concept of Japanese regional 'Cherry Blossom reports' - a little like weather forecasts. Japan is near the top of my 'places I want to visit' list, and I can imagine it being stunning at this time of year..
I puzzled for a while over what to put this blossom dress with as I wasn't sure whether I wanted to keep it simple, or give it some kind of persona. (I often choose a character to be inspired by when dressing, it makes the whole process more entertaining!)
In the end, I felt it was kind of a mix between a gardener and the blooms she tends. A dark olive cardigan and a straw hat were the cultivator/ practical side, contrasting with the 'flowery' dress and necklace.
The cardigan is my mum's (It's more of a woollen blazer) and I borrowed both the straw hat and long pearls from my grandma - thanks Babi!
The olive belt is Jaeger, the white brogues make yet another appearance as do the old favourites - the grey Topshop boots!
This was photographed by my dad in London - while we were visiting my grandma for the weekend. The picture locations are a mixture of Primrose Hill (another of my favourite places) and a communal garden.
Unfortunately it rained for a lot of the time we were there, but we managed to hurry out during a brief, dry interlude.
While we were in London we went to the British Museum - the Mummies weren't really my cup of tea, but I really enjoyed looking at the clock exhibition. From jewel encrusted pocket watches to grand father clocks, the fact that they have continued keeping time long after their creators passed seems extraordinary to me. Real inspiration!