Scarlet Satin Devil-Dice

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.

Scarlet satin dress with printed 'devil-dice' motifs

Scarlet satin dress with printed 'devil-dice' motifs

Scarlet satin dress with printed 'devil-dice' motifs

Scarlet satin dress with printed 'devil-dice' motifs

Scarlet satin dress with printed 'devil-dice' motifs

Scarlet satin dress with printed 'devil-dice' motifs

Scarlet satin dress with printed 'devil-dice' motifs

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.

Westgate Drab

"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: Inside Primark, Westgate Shopping Centre, Oxford Dilapidated abandoned 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.

Colorpoint Roman Aliens

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 Unicorn. Click on the aliens to see a picture of the design surrounding them.

Colorpoint silk shirt

Colorpoint silk shirt

Black and Gold Silk

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.

Black and gold silk top
Black and gold silk top

Artesania Pop Wuh Embroidered Foliage and Flower

Here's an embroidered waistcoat from Unicorn.

Artesania Pop Wuh embroidered waistcoat
Artesania Pop Wuh embroidered waistcoat
Artesania Pop Wuh embroidered waistcoat
Artesania Pop Wuh embroidered waistcoat
Artesania Pop Wuh embroidered waistcoat

The brand-name on the label is Artesania Pop Wuh. I wondered whether this was anything to do with the Popol Vuh, a Mayan creation story from what is now Guatemala. According to French Wikipedia, "Popol Vuh" can also be transliterated as "Pop Wuh". And indeed, when I searched for "Artesania Pop Wuh", I did find this image on Pinterest (apparently copied from Ruby Lane), showing a purple Pop Wuh waistcoat tagged as from Guatemala.
Artesania Pop Wuh embroidered waistcoat

But the most similar to mine was this, offered for sale on a now-defunct page at the Department of Architecture in the Catholic University of Paraguay.
Artesania Pop Wuh embroidered waistcoat