Inspired by Pantone: radiant orchid

25/01/2014

nne Vyalitsyna in Fantasie editorial, Numero #135 August 2012 (photography: Warren Du Preez & Nick Thornton Jones, styling: Franck Stambro)
“An enchanting harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones, Radiant Orchid inspires confidence and emanates great joy, love and health. It is a captivating purple, one that draws you in with its beguilling charm.”
Pantone official press-release 2014

Once upon a time purple was a very exclusive shade to wear. Only the most rich and powerful could afford the fabrics dyed in a solution made from the mucus glands of the murex. The tropical snail, according to the legend, was discovered by a dog that belonged to the beautiful nymph Tyrus. The dog bit the strange creature and his mouth turned purple. A true fashionista, the nymph declared that she’d only sleep with her dog if all of her clothes were dyed the same colour as the tongue of her beloved pet.  A slightly different story suggests that the dog was Hercules' and accompanied both him and Tyrus and since Hercules ask the nymph to marry him, she said she's only agreed to accept Hercules as her lover if he gave her a purple robe. Whichever one is true, everyone got what they wanted and the Tyrian dye was born.

It required 250000 molluscs to extract an ounce of dye, so the production process was very time-consuming and costly - by the third century BC Tyrian purple was worth more than gold and particularly admired by Romans, the murex shell even appeared on the very earliest Tyrian and later Roman coins.

For hundreds of years it was only the Emperor who wore the “the shade of triumph”, while senators were allowed to add a stripe of purple to their togas.

By the 15th century when the Ottoman Empire conquered Constantinople, the original recipe for the dye was lost until 1856 when a French zoologist Felix Henri de Lacaze-Duthiers noticed how fishermen dying their clothes with a shellfish ink, which prompted a few experiements. In 1909 the formula was finally discovered by Paul Friedlander, an Austrian chemist who not only recreated the original dye, but also noticed that it was similar to an extract from an Indian pea plant. The new shade had more blue undertones and was eventually named royal purple (and worn mainly by Royalty)

Similar to violet, purple isn’t, in fact, the colour of the visible spectrum, and despite its origins, not something created in nature, but rather a shade that exists in art and is a combination of red and blue in different proportions.

So mesmerising, purple has been one of the most fascinating colours of fashion. The designers including Alberta Ferretti, Anna Molinari, Frida Giannini, Diane von Furstenberg, Alber Elbaz, Peter Copping and John Galliano often used it in their collection and the purple trend has been topping the trend charts every other season.

In 2014 it came back in a shade of Radiant Orchid, a slightly softened hue with a touch of pink glow. It is said to suit sensitive and compassionate people, artists and free-spirited dreamers of the world who are able to inspire others without expecting much in return.

Whether it is the story that speaks to you or you simply adore the colour, here are some of my favourite things celebrating Radiant Orchid. Personally, I think I will start with a pair of shoes…

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Shop: 1. Cashmere V-neck sweater, Uniqlo (£49), 2. Colour Design Infinite 24-hour eye shadow in Vibrant Violet, Lancome (£15), 3. Shimmering lip gloss in Sparkle Fuchsia or White Gold Topaz, YSL (£18), 4. Purple hobo bag, Stella McCartney (£775) 5. Pure colour nail polish in Purple Passion, Estee Lauder (£14.50), 6. Nail polish in Cabaret, Ciate (£9), 7. Fracas de Robert Piguet perfume & roll-on gift box, Robert Piguet (£55), 8. Anna silicone & cubic zirconia bracelet, Natasha Goldenberg X EK (£180), 9. Amethyst, 18-karat gold and hand-woven cord polka bracelet, Astley Clarke Biography (£85), 10. Paisley-print summer dress, Zimmermann (£114), 11. Ltd edition nail polish in Grape Ice, Clinique (£10), 12. Pop rabbit key & coin pouch, Marc by Marc Jacobs (£65), 13. Pink topaz earrings, Nikki Baker (£162), 14. Serenity candlesticks, set of 2, Orrefords Totem (£27), 15.  Emilie sandals, Miss KG (£65), 16. Leather make-up bag, Jigsaw (£29), 17. Three-stone gold plated earrings, Isharya (£172), 18. "Glove" sling back sandals, Balenciaga (£303), 19. Milk chocolate coin, Harrods (£5.50), 20. Sophia sunglasses, Illesteva (£185), 21. Pashmina shawl, Forzieri (£133), 22. Converse in Purple Ox, Converse All Stars (£27), 23. Nuit EDP, Laughter (£45), 24. Woven crystal candle, Agraria (£42), 25. Pointed toe pumps, Alice + Olivia (£226)

Photo source: Anne Vyalitsyna in Fantasie editorial, Numero #135 August 2012 (photography: Warren Du Preez & Nick Thornton Jones, styling: Franck Stambro)

References: The secret astrology of the bible by Michael Ledo,  QI the book of the dead byJohn Lloyd & John Mitchinson

40 comments:

  1. Lovely purple color

    Kisses
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  2. Woooow...................!!!
    Fascinating color and also your post,Natalia:)*

    This is indeed absolutely special color to wear. And I can say,not one of the easiest color!
    I like this description above about purple:

    “An enchanting harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones, Radiant Orchid inspires confidence and emanates great joy, love and health. It is a captivating purple, one that draws you in with its beguilling charm.”

    Thankyou so much for always great,meaningful posts!

    Wishing you beautiful weekend,dear friend:)*

    ***Violetta***

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  3. When I was a teeny, I remember purple was my fav color and I owned many things in this shade. The Radiant Orchid is a fab hue of it, Im sure to use it a lot through the year. Id love to get a sweater and a pair of shoes. Kisses! xo

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  4. All these items are beautifuL! Im loving the color of the year ^^
    xoxo

    Novelstyle

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  5. The color is really nice and I love the heels! :)

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  6. Such a gorgeous color. I'm glad it's the color of the year!!

    xo Megan, Lush to Blush

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  7. Great post, very interesting story! I like this color!

    Viky --- MySecretFashionPoison

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  8. What a story about the colour of purple! I only knew it's a royal colour but unsure why :)
    Orchid is one of my favourite flowers and so is purple! Nice write up and summary about all things purple!
    Thanks so much for commenting on my blog 💜

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  9. great selection, I love to wear purple

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  10. So many fabulous picks here! I love 2014's color, it's so vibrant and energetic.
    Isn’t That Charming.

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  11. awesome ! :) love the pumps ! :)




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  12. Great post!

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  13. I wasn't super thrilled about the color at first but now it's growing on me!

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  14. what a fascinating history that i'm so glad you shared. learned something!

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  15. Those sunglasses, wow, wow, WOW! <3

    Sophie xx soinspo

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  16. When I was a little girl, I loved purple so much it was the only colour I ever wanted to wear - but my tastes always leaned towards the more blue varieties, particularly royal purple. Although radiant orchid is lovely, I cannot picture myself wearing it in the form of shoes or clothing... but I wouldn't say no to a good nail varnish :)
    xox,
    Cee

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  17. I've always loved purple but I think I love it even more now I know it's origins. I think I would do something similar and only marry my boyfriend if he dyed my clothes a certain colour
    X

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  18. I think the new "It-color" is really nice :)

    hugs
    Svetlana from Lavender Star

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  19. Interesting post! I never really thought about colours having historical significance before. I agree, I think the best way to do this is shoes (as always!) xxx

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  20. Мне тоже очень нравиться цвет розовой орхидеи, и это не дань моде. Мне просто кажется этот оттенок наиболее элегантен и благороден среди всей палитры розового цвета. Из твоей подборки очень понравились лодочки под номером 25. Они просто отличные! Может быть тоже начать с красивой пары туфель?))))

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  21. OMG so much good stuff to chose from here! xo Caroline

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  22. definitely a colour I'd like to be wearing this spring! ;) xx, Alma
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  23. so much beauty! I love those purple high heels!

    ❤Tallia
    Trending In Fashion

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  24. Adorable! Want the Bag <3 :)

    kisses

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  25. Of course Natalia this is not just one of the many posts on the colour of the year. Awesome board apart, I'm utterly fascinated by the origins of this royal colour, which in the show biz is considered everything but top-class. It's always such a pleasure coming here!
    Love,
    Coco
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  26. This colour is so interesting! I love to see it in collages like yours :D
    xx

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  27. wow♥ great post!:) it's so informative, I love the Sophia sunnies!♥

    www.Lorietta.cz

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  28. Great collection of orchid colored items!

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  29. #18 is pure gold. I want these heels badly!

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  30. those are some really great pieces and the color is just fabulous. I love the heels (number 25) :)

    xoxo

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  31. Natalia, I didn't know that story! How interesting! Ahhh! Love this color. All of these beautiful luxuries and somehow I'm entranced by the All Star Converse. HAHAHAHA O_0 They DO come in every color! HAHAHAHA Great post doll!
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  32. Ah the original super models, though I must say looking at this makes me feel old.

    Allie of
    allienyc.com

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  33. Very beautiful!
    http://www.fashionhypnotised.com/

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  34. Love this! It's a great color and you wrote a wonderful post! Thanks for all of the great information.

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