Thursday, January 22, 2009
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!