Sunday, August 16, 2015

Pastel Perfect

Pastel tones are often embroiled in the tacky, immature and artificial. However, while highly artificial I think like pop music there can be substance behind these sugary colours. Susie Bubble's 'Plastic Candy' and accompanying works by a plethora of artists largely influenced this moodboard as well as The PowerPuff Girls (hence the blue, pink and green). There's also reference to the (unnamed) movement of artists working with resins, ceramics, plastic, silicon and enamel using a Wes Anderson palette. These pictures are a slight exaggeration on The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) and more fixated on ideals of femininity and intersectional feminism. As is my custom I am more interested in women rather than men, especially concerning fashion. That's not to say men cannot embrace pastel tones without wearing perfectly tailored suits but it is more difficult to find clothes which embrace the same bulbous silhouette. These shapes aren't curvaceous in that they do not accentuate the bust, waist and hips that we are accustomed to seeing, but primarily embellish the body in a variety of motifs and textures. I can't wait to immerse myself in more pastel clothes in celebration of spring. 

1- Ammerman Schlösberg SS14. 2, 4, 7 & 8- Arianne Wilson. 3- Mila Kunis (unknown). 5- unknown. 6 & 15 - Christian Dior Couture Spring 2015. 9- Photograph by Pieter Hugo. 10- Hometown Hero. 11- Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975). 12- Kailey Flyte shot by Berta Pfirsich for Ruby Star magazine. 13- unknown. 14- Sister Pact by Nafisa Kaptownwala for Rookie Mag. 16- via. 17- The Supremes in Paris, 1965. 18 & 20- Plastic Candy at Style Bubble. 19- Marie Antoinette (2006).


  1. Even though, like you said, pastels are seen as tacky and immature, I tend to view them with a strength of sorts, perhaps ironically. (And a lovely curation of photos, as always)

    Ahh Susie's wearing the Meadham Kirchoff skirt and I love the still from Marie Antoinette. I remember I was obsessed with those cakes and then I found out they were from Laduree. I went to one in London and had the Saint Honore and cried. Great moodboard x

    This Kid Is Alright

  3. This is one of my favorite collections of yours- pastels are my favorites! This winter, I'm planning on completely filling my closet with a mix of black clothing and pastel colors.

  4. Ahhhh We wish we could dye our hair nice pastel colours but it would break off :-( waaahhhh nice inspiration tho! x