This spring season is a tough one for me. Oddly, I absolutely love it — I can barely contain my desire to own every article of clothing I see. Yet it challenges almost all of my preconceptions about what I do not like when it comes to all areas of style and aesthetics. Prabal Gurung put me in my place with regards to large doses of the color purple. Right up there with my aversion to purple, is my discomfort with anything rainbow (already put to the test yesterday in ….’s photograph). My only explanation is that both are part of the same aesthetic for me. It includes rainbows, clouds, unicorns, angels and the color purple. And “My Little Pony”, which for some reason the tweenage kids seem to be really into now in a tongue-in-cheek retro kind of way. That was once my world. Picture, if you will, a bedroom. The walls are light blue. The ceiling is covered in wallpaper that is light blue with clouds (a la Kramer vs. Kramer). From hooks in the ceiling, there hang various puffy and satin objects: a unicorn, a naked little angel figure, a cloud with a rainbow of ribbons hanging down from it. On the wall above the bed there is an enormous puffy rainbow, three feet long, emerging from a cloud. This is my bedroom, I’m going to guess maybe age 11 or so. The saccharine sweet of it is so intense it almost burns.
And yet, two of my favorite designers — Mary Katrantzou and Christopher Kane — have taken the rainbow motif to the extreme, Kane with his resort collection and Katrantzou with her spring collection. I still can’t quite envision myself walking down the street in one of Christopher Kane’s little rainbow dresses. It seems like it would make such a ridiculous spectacle. But I’m tempted. It just might happen.
It’s not just the rainbows with Kane — Spencer Gifts and those trippy blacklight posters with the black flocking, it’s all coming back.
Okay, admittedly there is absolutely nothing rainbow about that last dress, but it is my all-time favorite dress this season, so I couldn’t resist. Isn’t it purrty?