WIW: spring florals à la Warhol

I must apologise for being scarce here lately. Writing, designing and teaching are taking up a lot of my time and I'm trying to stay away from too many distractions. Plus I've been slack about taking photos of what I'm wearing, so there's that.

But generally, I've not found much to inspire me in the new season's offerings and anyway, I've been enjoying shopping my closet. Focus on quality essentials, I told myself. Work on some new designs. Develop a more streamlined persona. That sort of thing. And no more vintage. My wardrobe can do without any more objets trouvés.

Then I happen past my favourite vintage store and catch a glimpse of something hanging on the wall. I'm not usually one for florals, but there's this one iconic print and if I ever find it I'll happily make an exception for it. OK, OK, I'm going in. Just for a look, mind.


Nadine takes it down for the wall. Some Italian designer, she says, early 90's she thinks. Tag says Ferretti Studio. Would that be Alberta Ferretti, do you think? She's not sure. 

It fits, it looks good. But really, do I need another colourful jumpsuit?

Yes, yes you do, says Nadine. Not many people can wear this. It needs to go to someone who can rock it. If you don't buy it, I'm going to cry.

For all my efforts to be streamlined, sensible and minimal, I just can't seem to contain my colourful impulses, my magpie sensibility, my nostalgia for the rave years, a time when fashion was exciting, original, adventurous. I hand over the cash and my resolution goes up in smoke. 

Truth be told, they're not quite Warhol's flowers, more of an homage reimagined as camo print, which is quite alright for this military inspired garment. On brighter days it'll look good with the sparkly bomber and pirate boots, but today the weather calls for raingear, combat boots and the default hat.

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  • Elizabeth P replied 5 years ago

    Oh my goodness, yes... if anyone was meant to have this, it's you.   And totally different from the other one.  Can't wait to see it styled in other ways!

  • Mochi replied 5 years ago

    (Cue music)

    It had to be you....

    It had to be you....

    Seriously, wow. You all were made for each other. Unbelievable.

  • Roxanna replied 5 years ago

    I think Una had made a comment on another thread that if we always follow our good resolutions to be minimalist, follow our core style aesthetic, not deviate etc etc we would all have very boring wardrobes that would make us miserable int he end. i wholeheartedly agree. This clearly makes your heart sing and it was made for you!

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  • Style Fan replied 5 years ago

    Well this made my day.  Just perfect.

  • replied 5 years ago

    Well, if someone threatens to cry because you don't buy it - what are your choices, really?  This is an interesting piece, I'll give you that - and you certainly wear it well. Fit and length, and styling looks pretty European and chic to my tiny little eye :)  

  • Ledonna N. replied 5 years ago

    Yes you need that in your life. Screamers spring and nods of Warhol.

  • Xtabay replied 5 years ago

    Just in time for rave season!  Enjoy and be fabulous in that.

  • UmmLila replied 5 years ago

    SWAT fab

  • Angie replied 5 years ago

    *passes the shoulder pads*

    You're ready for an '80s music video. LOVE. Must get. Makes me smile. 

  • shevia replied 5 years ago

    Since we are in the 90s I will give say Get Out!, push you back, and say of course you needed that jumpsuit. You had no option.

  • BrieN replied 5 years ago

    That is great on you! I love the juxtaposition of the flower vibe with the military vibe. Very wonderful.  -- also it looks modern to me.

  • Maneera replied 5 years ago

    You look like the epitome of Spring! What a statement piece...if anyone can do it true justice, it's you.

  • approprio replied 5 years ago

    ah thanks ladies! It did feel somewhat inevitable and Nadine is such a sweetheart for saying so. But seriously, you will tell me if I'm looking like a superannuated raver, won't you? 

    Roxanna, them's some wise words. I think I need to come to terms with the fact that I will always want big, vibrant pop-art prints in in spring, particularly when the weather is grim. 

    lisap: now is that you looking at me sideways? :D Honestly, this would have been far too Eurotrash for me the first time around, but for some reason this year it feels OK. Length is a tiny problem - there's a gap to be closed. It can be worn around the waist as slouchy dropped crotch pants to add a few inches, but my friend told me I looked like "hangjongen" (trans: loitering youth). Very gabber. 

    And SWAT fab UmmLila? I'll take that. Maybe I need a machine gun and a dangerous dog to complete the look. Or a wooden spoon and a chihuahua.

    Thanks all. I'm glad it seems to be working. 

  • skylurker replied 5 years ago

    Hello, teletubby flowerchild :)
    Writing, designing and teaching are worthwhile pursuits, apologies accepted.
    And I see you're having the same marvelous sunny Spring we have here, no wonder you crave flowers.

    Jumpsuits are as streamlined and minimal as clothes go. Sensible? well, not sure what you mean by sensible, my own criteria are : affordable, practical, doesn't antagonize people against me.
    Besides, you have to remember what Angie says : wear what makes you happy.

  • catgirl replied 5 years ago

    Ten thousand thumbs up to this!  I struggle with my strict minimal androgynist/UWP vs. desi magpie personas all the time.  

    I thought you might be absent due to mourning for Prince.  I am wearing something purple all week in his honor, much like you honored Bowie.  

  • rachylou replied 5 years ago

    What an amazing jumpsuit!!

  • replied 5 years ago

    Awesome! What fab colours. Your story of how you got the jumpsuit made me smile too.

  • Chris987 replied 5 years ago

    Made me smile....very happy look. Absolutely agree that sometimes you just have to do what makes you happy. Wooden spoon and chihuaha? Is that  refernece to something? It's pretty funny even if it's not.

    I wasn't familiar with AW's flowers, knew him more for the Campbell's soup and Marilyn Munroe...but live and learn!

  • goldenpig replied 5 years ago

    I love this so so much! You are the coolest! Giant florals FTW!

  • Aida replied 5 years ago

    Happy and cheerful for such a gloomy day! And loving the sound of pairing it with the sparkly bomber and pirate boots. More is More, woohoo! :D

  • Sara L. replied 5 years ago

    Wow, it's great! I love your posts - always such interesting outfits and pieces

  • Sally replied 5 years ago

    That is really gorgeous and the fit is perfect. Well done on the find

  • approprio replied 5 years ago

    Thanks all. I sometimes feel I'm pushing the boundaries of good taste. You're always so very kind about my more eccentric choices.

    : since you put it like that, perhaps it's not so frivolous. I'd been thinking of making the jumpsuits a feature this summer after watching The Right Stuff last week. And believe it or not, that's not the first time I've been told I look like a teletubby :P

    Una: yes, I'm very bummed about Prince. Perhaps not in the same way as Bowie (who truly formed me) but he loomed large and I love his music. This is kind of Paisley Park don't you think? Rock that purple this week. And consider holding a wake - it's cathartic.

    Interesting that you mention desi... I had to look that up. There's maybe a little bit of "third culture" going on here. Am I playing the English lady abroad? Food for thought. 

    And Chris987: no significance, I just made it up. Seemed more apropos to an city with more tiny dogs and cookware shops than gangsters and ghettos. 

  • skylurker replied 5 years ago

    OMG, "the Right Stuff", I loved it when I was a teenager!
    (I had no idea it was adapted from Tom Wolfe).
    And yeah, keep that reference in mind...way more badass than Teletubbies :)

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