This, again from Unicorn would also make an interesting shirt. It's scarlet satin. Printed onto it are motifs which include dice, mermaids, hearts surmounted by "HELL BUNNY" scrolls, stars,
diamonds, the word "DREAMS" on scrolls, swifts (or possibly swallows), and butterfly-winged skulls.
As I mentioned, one of the motifs is a scroll bearing the words "HELL BUNNY". I searched for this, and found a lot of hits. I'd wondered whether the phrase was a generic description of the style,
in the same way as I'd thought of it as devil-dice, but it turns out to name Hell Bunny the clothing company. Who do indeed
sell a dress of this type, described as flocked satin 50's style, with a design-tattoo
of daggers, hearts, mermaids, and swallows:
Image search also found variants on the design. Not on Hell Bunny's site, but on sale at
Jackdaw Landing, is the same red with spider
print, described as a Hell Bunny red Mary Jane dress.
I was sitting with two acquaintances. One asked me
"Are you gay? You always wear bright colours."
The other replied, "No, he isn't. I am, and
I'd know if he was." But why did
the first assume that I have to be gay in
order to like colour?
"Primark and the Spectrum Suckers" was inspired by the Primark shop in Oxford's new Westgate shopping centre. Primark's decor brings to mind the inside of an industrial warehouse:
Now, I did like some things about the new Westgate. It completes the
west end of Turn Again Lane, which used just to peter off. And in the summer, it would have a nice feeling of being open to the sky, almost as if at the seaside. Other things are less appealing. Why a national-chain
Lebanese café at the entrance when Oxford has so many
independents: Al Shami, LB's, Le Kesh, Pomegranate? In fact, Westgate has no
independent shops at all.
And here's another less appealing thing. Next door to Skechers is a
picture of a thugulent yob grunting "I refuse to become what they call
normal." But he is. He has a black cap and shades and T-shirt, with
stubble to match. And he perfectly echoes the clothes in Westgate's shop
windows. Black black black; navy, beige, denim or
grey. The shoppers were no better: jeans, black coats, an occasional
dark suit. The brightest splash of colour was an orange Sainsburys bag. Just what I wanted when the centre opened last October, with the clocks gone back and five months of darkness due.
I asked the
assistant in one shop to find me some clothes that weren't drab. He said,
"I don't know the word." I asked, "You don't know the word 'drab'? Are you
English?". He said "I am, and I'm a qualified English teacher. But I've
never heard the word 'drab'."
Fish have no word for water.
This short-sleeved silk shirt isn't something I bought, because it was
too big. But the little cartoons on it are fun, so I decided to
show it anyway. It's labelled "Colorpoint", and is covered in cartoon
aliens wearing Roman plumes on their helmets. Once again, I found it in
Click on the aliens to see a picture of the design
This is a gold-on-black silk jacket from Unicorn.
Probably Chinese or Japanese, and
perhaps the flowers are stylised chrysanthemums?
The colours contrast nicely with both reds and blues, worn over or under,
and this top is useful as an extra layer in the spring. Like my
red Chinese silk top,
the fastenings are loops and Chinese balls rather than buttonholes and buttons.
You can see three loops to the left of the pocket in the second photo.
Unlike the red silk, the texture is glossy and almost rubbery. In
contrast, the red silk is matte and feels slightly cottony.
Morris dancers, Horns of Plenty, Pink People and Green Men: there was a lot of
colour on view during May Morning. Here are
on a separate page so as not to break the flow of these posts.