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Thursday, January 22, 2009

Urban Outfitters 'Ecote' Watercolour Silk Skirt



I wish I were celebrating Chinese New Year this weekend dressed up in the 'Ecote' watercolour silk skirt ($58) from Urban Outfitters. The last two seasons have featured a lot of clothes and accessories inspired by the art world, but I do believe this is the first time I've seen a piece that reminds me of Chinese landscape paintings. Just look at those strong brushstrokes fading into gradients--so evocative of mist-covered hills! And those tree branches with buds on them in the foreground--can't you picture Li Po composing one of his Tang dynasty verses under such a tree? The cinched waist, flattering A-line silhouette, and scoop pockets on the side don't hurt, either. Staring at this skirt is bringing back memories of Chinese school and the many hours I spent writing "Happy New Year" and "Gong Hay Fat Choy" in Chinese calligraphy, a brush in my hand and an ink pot at my side.

Have a happy and prosperous Year of the Ox, everyone!

15 comments:

  1. haha aww what a cute post! =) wow it would be a nice gesture to wear that skirt for Chinese New Year. I really love that skirt. Urban Outfitters... why can't you be more affordable!!

    Are you excited about Chinese New Year? How will you be celebrating? There's a pretty big Chinatown in Vancouver right?

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  2. Surely the new year merits its purchase! When you wax poetic over a skirt, it really ought to come home with you. I'm just sayin'.

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  3. Tis Serendipity, there is indeed a sizable Chinese community in Vancouver. Aside from historic Chinatown, a lot of Chinese live up around Kingsway and in the suburb/municipality of Richmond. (There's some good shopping out in Richmond!) I'll probably just be having dinner with my family and maybe catching the lion dance and parade in Chinatown.

    Sal, I like your logic! Traditionally everyone gets new clothes around Chinese New Year...I may have to check out this skirt in person. ;)

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  4. i love that skirt :) it's beautiful!!

    xoxo,
    La C.

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  5. Thats a really nice skirt! I wouldn't mind a blouse like that either. -Tea

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  6. Oh, I see the landscape! It's a great skirt.

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  7. That is gorgeous! I love calligraphy and Chinese landscape painting :)

    xoxox,
    CC

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  8. You would look great in that skirt.
    Happy New Year!

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  9. You're totally right - this would be the perfect Chinese New Year skirt! I wish there were more celebrations in ATL.

    Happy New Year!

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  10. haha i have that problem too, dancing around in my seat!!

    xoxo,
    La C.

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  11. OMG I LOOVEEEEEEEEEEEE This skirt, thanks for sharing, Im going to try and see if I can still find it at Urban outfitters

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  12. Omg GET IT!!!!! That skirt is absolutely gorgeous!! I wish there were more painting-inspired items in stores around Van. It's odd, I didn't see any of your recent posts before, and then all of a sudden they popped to the top of my list today lol!

    Happy New Year!

    (apparently Obama is an Ox)

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  13. wow that skirt is gorgeous! i really want to go out and buy it right now!!!!

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  14. I stopped by UO today and they only had a 6 and a 12 left, neither of which is my size. Sigh. I shouldn't be too sad, though, because I bought gold vermeil earrings by local label Tashi. :P

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