Color Me Dyed

5 March 2008 at 10:59 pm 7 comments

Who says “Dye is dead” ? Tell that to Nicolas Ghesquiere!

Balenciaga’s FW07 collection not only saw big scarves and the amazing Utility heel but batik-printed and tie-dyed garments, too! It sounds like the epitome of eye-sores, but in reality it was a collection that was put together excellently and saw huge success. Thank you, Nicolas, for redeeming the dye.

Now, do not misread here, my little style-protegees. There is still a big difference between this (tie-dye as your hippie parents knew it) and this (tie-dye as Balenciaga knows it)! Do not fall fashion victim to the obscenity directly below this sentence!

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I think what Nicolas drove home was that tie-dye, or any dye for that matter, is decent, acceptable and even attractive in small quantities. None of this Grateful Dead/Bob Marley business.

Faded dye colors made a red carpet debut last year with Louis Vuitton and Prada, and while it took a while for them to grow on me I was won over in the end.

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One of my favorite renditions of the dye trend is popping up all over the blogworld: dip-dying, particularly tights. Susie_Bubble and Flying Saucerhave both posted multiple posts on the highs, lows, love and hate of hand dip-dying your own garments, but I have only included two links… you are just going to have to explore these two wonderful fashion blogs for yourself to see the others!

As of late, I myself have been incorporating a tiny bit of dip-dye into my own wardrobe courtesy of the lovely blue scarf the father of a friend found for me in Bangladesh. Suffice it to say it is my new favorite thing, and it is all I can do to keep myself from wearing it every day.

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The moral of the story?

Die is not dead.

And as long as you enjoy it in moderation, neither is your style.

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Entry filed under: accessories, always questions, colors, do it!, fashion philosophy, fashion=fun, musings.

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