I was standing* in front of this larger than life print of Ruth Bernhard’s Young Gingko Tree, when I realized this was the solution to a colour challenge posed by Justine Leconte on her popular youtube channel.
Let me catch you up a bit. Justine Leconte is a young independent french designer, based in Berlin. She has a wildly popular vlog about fashion and design on youtube. Her episode on coming to terms with Greenery (Pantone’s 2017 Colour of the Year) was sadly unsuccessful, although fascinating to see her brainstorming process. And so, it got me thinking about Greenery and incorporating trendy colours into one’s handknit wardrobe.
My first instinct, was to slap some green onto a capsule outfit, like so
Top: Alice+Olivia Jazmine cropped stretch knit top (The Outnet.com); Trousers: Zeus+Dione Pleiades pleated Linen-chambray culottes (Net-a-porter.com); Shoes: Rag&Bone Margot Suede Ankle Boots (stylebop.com); Sweater: Opening Ceremony UMD X crew jumper (farfetch.com); Preowned Carved Green Jade earrings (1stdibs.com)
It isn’t a satisfying solution, because I wouldn’t actually wear this. You see, this green has a lot of yellow in it, and so it can be a difficult colour to wear close to the face. I would rather keep the green away from my face. In the form of accessories. So, I would look to handknits like belts, bracelets, fingerless gloves, socks to add that quick pop of green.
And so, this little Gingko tree inspired me to think of this combination:
Sweaters: Ready to fish Tilia concrete knitted T-shirt (shoplaluce.com) / Molly Ripped strik sweater (youheshe.com) / Tom Ford Asymmetrical Cashmere Sweater (mytheresa.com) ; Top: Striped T-shirt (Mango.com); Trousers: Marni cropped gabardine wide leg pants (net-a-porter.com); Sneakers: Sequin Full Kelly Green Canvas Converse Canvas Lowtop sneaker (Etsy.com) /Adidas Originals superstar boost silver metallic (Jade24.com); Ring: Pre-owned Antique Imperial Jade Platinum Ring (1stdibs.com); Pendant: Maori Jade Pendant (billythetree.com); Watch: Vernier Gold and Green Bangle Watch (Zulily.com); Bag:Michael Kors Jet Set Medium Saffiano Leather Tote (designerscentralstore.com)
Yup, when in doubt, Nature almost always has an answer. Or even more than one answer:
Photo: Northern Light over the Taiga by Olivier Grunewald; Rose Prickle by Thomas Wolf and Bernd Seydel
Would I wear either of these combinations? Red and green, or Purple and green? Maybe, maybe not, but I would definitely use these combinations for colourwork. Or other types of knitting. A green bracelet with red or even purple beads. An i-cord ring with a felted flower in green with a purple centre.
*The exhibition is called The Wonder of Nature and is running at the Gasometer in Oberhausen until November30, 2017. Quite spectacular photographs and video installations of plants and animals from all over the world.