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Minimalism and East Asia

The first picture is Jil Sanders by Raf Simons 2009, I will happily put the reference for the second picture if you give me the reference.

If we apply Four Seasons Color Theory in respect of  countries, I mean aesthetics of  countries, then Japan will be definitely a Winter type. Just read this beautiful short essay “IN PRAISE OF SHADOWS” by Jun’Ichiro Tanizaki . You will find that all epithets which characterize Winters are applicable to the traditional Japanese aesthetics –  purity,  color blocking , clear lines and minimalism.

Minimalism sounds as a very simple style concept, however it is quite complicated:)

Practically speaking when wearing a minimalist style the focal point is your body or parts of your body. Minimalism does not tolerate lots of accessories because  it is your body, which is the major accent.The colors used in clothes are mostly neutrals, those repeating the colors found in your skin or hair. Purity, clear lines, well thought proportions.  It  has a lot in common with the Japanese aesthetics. That is why Jil Sanders, one of the founders of minimalism, and Uniqlo was such a successful  alliance. 

Jun’Ichiro Tanizaki in his  “IN PRAISE OF SHADOWS” wrote the following:

“Were it not for shadows, there would be no beauty. Our ancestors made of women an object inseparable of darkness, like lacquer-ware  decorated in gold or mother of pearl. They hid as much of her as they could in shadows, concealing her arms and legs in the fold of long sleeves and skirts, so that one part and one only stood out – her face. The curveless body may, by comparison with western women, be ugly. But our thoughts do not travel to what we cannot see. The unseen for us does not exist…..

Our ancestors cut off the brightness on the land from above and  created a world of shadows. and far in the depth of it they placed woman, marking her the whitest of being. If whiteness was to be indispensable to supreme beauty, then for us there was no other way.

 

Jil Sanders for Uniqlo 2011

 

 

Palette – Skin Tone – Your Intimate Color

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Portrait of A Lady As Evelina by John Hoppner; Photograph of Angelina Jolie from “The Tourist” 2010

Intimacy is defined as a close, familiar, and affectionate personal relationship or a close association with or deep understanding of a place, subject or person. So if you wish people feel intimate with you – dress yourselves in yourselves:).
We continue with the description of your most important colors in clothing, in other words your color harmony according to the theory of Suzanne Caygill. We have already discussed your eyes related color, your rose or romantic color, your hair related color. Today’s post is dedicated to your skin tone or beige.
The two variations of your skin coloration represent both the melanin or predominant beige tone of your skin, and the hemoglobin or red tone of your skin. This elegant beige color is the one that we chose from many shades found in your skin as being the most related to the overall look of your skin. We touched upon the red tone while we discussed your romantic color. The beige and rose are ones of the most important colors as they play the major role in creation of your color harmony.
 
You must have noticed the variety of beige in the market, I uploaded a picture with some examples. Finding the right one is quite a challenge. There are people with a “simple” skin without any sub-tones and there are people with a complicated skin. You may be swarthy, dusky, brown and at the same time your sub-tone could be a cold rose, which results in cooler types of beige and anything, which is burnt sugar, toasted almond or any other warm beige will be killing for your look. Well, I am sure you have tried on many things in beige and you understand …
While wearing the right beige you will feel yourselves calm, approachable and elegant. If your skin tone is lighter than your hair, wear your skin tone in combination with your hair related color, like in the Portrait of a Lady as Evelina in the beginning of the post.
Few examples of Skin tones

Few examples of Skin tones

Palette – Your Hair Color – Your Casual Neutral Color

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Louise Élisabeth Vigée Le Brun (1755-1842) Portrait of a Young Woman; Photo from The Sartorialist, courtesy of www.thesartorialist.com

The soul and appearance of each person have a unique individual set of parameters, which may be compared to the shapes of snowflakes, always unique. This individual characteristic frequency represents the essence of an individual human soul and body. I will not elaborate further on that, I will just say that I adhere to the following philosophy – it is better to wear colors, lines and prints inherent in our looks, in this way our essence will be brought out and shine.

I started a series of posts dedicated to the description of the palette, i.e. color harmonies that we create for customers. It is a fan consisting of various swatches (see an example here). The effects of your eye related color and your “rose”, in other words your romantic color were already discussed. In today’s post I would like to discuss your hair color.

Hair color is a name for your casual neutral color, which in many cases should not reflect hundred percent the true color of your hair because  often case your hair color is not even, there are variations and highlights. Your hair color should be also in accordance with the rest of your palette. Remember, we are creating a color harmony where every color works with each other.

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