Odd (wo)man out.
An extra person or element.
This entire week, my lady friends Jodie, Nancy, Charlotte, and baby girl Eve, have been showcasing our interpretations of combining red with gold, plus a little somethin’, somethin’. For instance, on Monday, we kicked things off to a glam start with, well, a touch of opulence to our red with gold garments. This was promptly followed up with introducing print to the pairing. Yes, red with gold and a touch of pattern on Wednesday. And today? Well, this day, the fifth day of the week (can I get a YAY??), we’re showcasing red and gold with a certain odd fella. You know. The odd man (or woman) out. That third wheel, otherwise also known as the third colour into the mix.
THIS IS GOING TO BE A SUCCINCT POST
IT'S BEEN VERY HECTIC IN NEW YORK
Whilst I won’t be attending shows until Friday (wait, that’s today), since I arrived on Wednesday night, I’ve spent 3 hours with the Zotos team (working on a very special collaboration coming soon), experienced a blizzard and being snowed in, attended two meetings with separate agencies to review the possibility of being represented (so thrilled and hoping for only good juju), and met up in real life with someone I greatly admire on Instagram (Creative Director of The New York Times up until 6 weeks ago when he retired).
Don’t misunderstand, please. I am incredibly happy and blessed to be presented with these opportunities which, a year or two ago, I’d never in my wildest dreams ever even thought possible. I’m just a tired old lady ranting.
Also, up until now, I’ve always been fascinated by snow and loved the cold. I love low temperatures and cool winds but let’s be real. When you’re trudging through a foot of snow (and trying to not do an Atkins in the process), with snowflakes falling all around and over you, blustery winds doing their damn best to recreate a Mary Poppins scene, and you’re doing all you can to stay upright, it gets challenging.
Very, very wet.
Snow doesn’t look quite as appealing when it’s an icky shade of sludge gray. And if I’m being completely honest, it’s not the easiest thing in the world to look stylish when warmth is a key consideration. Respect goes out to those women who make it look so incredibly effortless. Bundled up and toasty without appearing in the least bit bulky and clumsy like a travelling wanton.
Like how I’m convinced I look on a New York Winter’s day.
G R I N
And now, behold before your eyes, the concluding part of our adventures in pairing red and gold with different elements. As mentioned in the beginnings of this post, today, we’re bringing in a third party. A third colour into the mix. Had I seen this prior to shooting the outfits for this collaboration, I would most certainly have attempted to infuse some measure of hot pink. You can be quite certain the palette of red + gold (or animal print in gold hues) + fuchsia will be making its debut on my blog and soon.
Eve, Teens (the world according to eve)
A classic composition of red with gold and some good ole rock n roll denim. This pair is pretty edgy and different, with the darker denim patch and top-stitching mimicking that of a Tim Burton raggedy doll. And I love how the sequins on Eve’s high tops come together to create a snakeskin pattern. So brilliant.
Sheela, 40s (sheela writes)
In the shoe department, it’s a like daughter like mother situation 🙂 my metallic gold snakeskin booties proffer the gilded element to this ensemble of red meets grey meets a Titanic scene. I was truly despairing when this photo was taken because I’d come to the harsh realisation that I have, in my possession, very few items of clothing in red and gold. A situation I must rectify and promptly.
Jodie, 50s (jodie’s touch of style)
Look at Jodie go. Not only has she introduced the third
wheel colour into her outfit, there’s not one but two elements of seemingly clashing prints. The shoes. The bag. Clever Jodie. And beautifully played too the textural contrast of that duster cardigan. I heart, Jodie, I heart. I do think this is my fave outfit from you for this particular project. Wait. I did also adore the one you wore for Monday’s post. It’s a very close tie.
Nancy, 60s (jodie’s touch of style)
Opting for a more casual, subtly athleisure look is Nancy in her red hoodie and darker gold top (look the texture of that) paired with the crispness of sleek white pants. And those adorable flats, with the embellished toes. I have a thing for embellished toes. They get to me each time. I really like how she’s kept everything clean and simple yet this is an outfit with immense potential for versatility. Do you see that too?
Charlotte, 70s (jodie’s touch of style)
What a stunning blazer, Charlotte, with its Chinoiserie vibe and riotous explosion of colours. I hadn’t noticed this before but are those sleeves lace? How cool is that? And the subtle hints of gold arising from her top (or is that a dress?) echo the glint of the necklace as well as those earrings. Perfectly complementary.
And there you have it. Five women taking red with gold by the horns. Which part of this collaboration has been your personal fave? With a touch of glam? Or a print? Or today’s as we each introduced a third colour into the story?
Which would you do?
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