30 Mart 2010 Salı

Blue-Brown colour harmony and Karen Mulder in furs

The harmony of feathers in blue and brown tones! If your eyes are stuck at the blue feathers, you may consider the brown-earthy colour-black feathers as the foreground, but if you consider the blue as a backdrop like the sky it could just be the reverse! Here lies the secret of a beautiful combination.
Although I generally talk about women's fashion, with a special emphasis on fur fashion, I am interested in men's fashion, especially the "classical" men's (gentlemen's) style that does not change from season to season. On this topic, I strongly advise you to have a look at Simon Crompton's blog named Permanent Style, from England. I have taken the first photo showing the blue-brown harmony with feathers from Crompton's blog post on "unusual colour combinations", and the photo showing the jacket-shirt-tie-handkerchief harmony from his post on Domenico Vacca. The first post has a few other very nice colour combos, you must check them out!

Last month I gave examples to the fur-blue jean combo that had been so much in vogue in the 90s, in a post titled ""Fur and jeans" or "blue-brown" colour harmony (unfortunately that post does not feature in the English version of my blog, but will hopefully be soon!) and moving from that point forward, I talked about a more general issue, that of the colour harmony between blue and brown. I shall continue with this topic and this time have a look at the outfits modeled by Karen Mulder, who was one of the unforgettable models of the 90s. I have written about Karen Mulder in this blog a few more times, as you might remember from the posts about her "hands on hips" poses and about DIY inspiration examples.

I will be talking about four extraordinarily beautiful photographs, which were featured in an editorial titled "True Colors" that appeared in the August 1991 issue of the US Vogue magazine. Karen was then at the pinnacle of her career. The photographer of this wonderful editorial is Patrick Demarchelier.
The main theme of the editorial is announced in large type under the title as follows: "First it was stuffy, then it went wild-printed, quilted, or dyed. Now fur is showing its natural side, dressed down over jeans and a T-shirt." In this first shot, we see Karen Mulder dressed "casual" with Guess jeans, Gap T-shirt, J Crew baseball cap, and "loafer" shoes. The Chanel belt and necklace, in golden metallic chains remind the legendary rapper of the 90s, MC Hammer. The silk jacket in a natural, earthy colour Karen is wearing is lined with mink fur. This way, we move from the dark mocha brown of the mink to the neutral colours, and then to the light blue of the jeans and finally in the pure white of the T-shirt. The blanket Karen is holding under her arm may not have a function, but it complements the look with its soft texture, tassels, but most importantly, colour.

What makes me an eternal fan of Karen Mulder is her incredibly confident looks and stance, just as she displays in this picture...

We see that Karen graced the cover of that Vogue issue in this outfit.
Now, regarding the image above, if you are asking yourself, "I remember this from somewhere, but from where?" look no further, and simply direct your attention to the logo of this blog, "Fur and Fashion" above. Indeed, this is it, and it is this pic! Karen Mulder's outfit is an immaculate combination of colour harmony. The colour blue is supplied by her blue jeans, her cap, the blanket she is carrying under her arm, even the collar of her anorak. Her magnificent fur coat, designed by Valentino from Alaskan sable is gorgeous, with its rich colours including every shade of brown, its texture, its collar and turned-back cuffs.
Here is another shot in which Karen Mulder shines brilliantly with her makeup, hair style, and black sunglasses. This is an über elegant combination, which is casual at the same time, consisting of light blue jeans, white T-shirt, coffee latte coloured cashmere cardigan, and finally, a reversible Fendi coat in sable and cashmere.

In the meantime, we observe the skills of the photographer in highlighting the colours of the editorial in his selection of the backgrounds. Here, if you look at the collage above, in the zoomed section at the top right, the browns of the coat are emphasized thanks to the saturated and out-of-focus blue of the foreground.
Pay special attention to the texture of the fur in this photograph, which consists of short haired and dense furs. This fur is known as sheared beaver. The natural form of beaver fur has a characteristic appearance that is a bit rough. The long guard hairs of beaver are trimmed, or "sheared" and then the shorter underfur is left, which are very soft and dense. This way, a wholly different appearance is obtained. Nowadays, similar processes are applied to mink, resulting in "sheared mink" or "plucked mink." About five to six years ago, a certain type of faux fur, especially in black and brown colour, was very popular, and they were frequently called as "plush" fur. Those faux furs were trying to imitate this sheared beaver look and texture.

Karen Mulder laughs in such a wholehearted way that she is radiating liveliness! Her makeup and hair style are perfect. The use of leather and fur together is noteworthy, and the belt she is wearing is just beatiful, with its black leather and shiny golden metallic parts. I especially love the way the belt is tied around her waist twice.

1 yorum:

  1. Exquisite post and blog!
    Love these furs and the blazers too!