Tuesday, 15 February 2011

Julianne Moore as Face of Talbots

Julianne More © Talbots 2011
Julianne Moore © Talbots 2011

 Julianne Moore © Talbots 2011
Had to post this one, as the colour palette and styling of this catalogue is just divine. So soft and romantic, with hints of chinoiserie and vintage. Bang on trend for 2011,  I'm sold, doesn't matter what the clothing is like. Julianne Moore is exquisite and timeless as the ageless ambassador of the classic brand. Perfect casting.

Thursday, 10 February 2011

Chinoiserie - Chinese Style Through European Interpretation

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Wallpaper on canvas, handpainted, with
chinoiserie and rococo ornaments (around 1765)
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Chinoiserie is a French term, and signifies "Chinese-esque", referring theme in European artistic styles since the 17th century, reflecting Chinese artistic influences. Chinoiserie is characterised by the use of whimsical imagery of an imagined China, asymmetry in format and whimsical contrasts of scale, and by the attempts to imitate Chinese porcelain and use of lacquer finishes.

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Monday, 7 February 2011

Peonies - A Rose By Any Other Name... or Are They?

Called Peony, peony rose (although they are not related to roses), Chinese peony, the Chinese herbaceous peonies are among the world's oldest garden plants. Chinese boys and girls exchanged them as symbols of love in from the 6th century BC.

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"The peony is among the longest-used flowers in ornamental culture and is one of the smallest living creature national emblems in China. Along with the plum blossom, it is a traditional floral symbol of China, where the Paeonia suffruticosa is called 牡丹 (mǔdān). It is also known as 富贵花 (fùguìhuā) "flower of riches and honour," and is used symbolically in Chinese art.[11] In 1903, the Qing Dynasty declared the peony as the national flower. Currently, the Republic of China on Taiwan designates the plum blossom as the national flower, while the People's Republic of China has no legally designated national flower. In 1994, the peony was proposed as the national flower after a nationwide poll, but the National People's Congress failed to ratify the selection. In 2003, another selection process has begun, but to date, no choice has been made. The famous ancient Chinese city Luoyang has a reputation as a cultivation centre for the peonies. Throughout Chinese history, peonies in Luoyang are often said to be the finest in the country. Dozens of peony exhibitions and shows are still held there annually.
In Japan, Paeonia lactiflora used to be called ebisugusuri ("foreign medicine"). In kampo (the Japanese adaptation of Chinese medicine), its root was used as a treatment for convulsions. It is also cultivated as a garden plant. In Japan Paeonia suffruticosa is called the "The King of flowers" and Paeonia lactiflora is called the "prime minister of flowers."[12]" Source: Wikipedia

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