The theme once more is blue. But also chocolate, because this jacket is reversible. That seems to be common with these Chinese jackets: I posted about a reversible blue/gold silk jacket a week ago, and this red silk jacket is also reversible, with solid red on one side, and black with red circles on the other. When I posted about it, I remarked on the intensity of its dye. The colour here is if anything more intense. It makes anything else I wear it over look shabby.
Here's another kimono from Unicorn, decorated with paisley. It's slightly heavier than the two shown so far, enough to be used as a very light coat. The material is silk, and it was probably made in the 1930s.
In Chinese Red, I
featured a red silk Chinese top. I've worn this a lot: it's light, easy to carry,
is a striking vivid red without being garish,
combines well with lots of other colours, is reversible should I want a different
design, and can be worn under or over other layers. Now here's another high-quality
silk top, but green rather than red. Like the red one, it's from
Though the top is easy to wear, it's not easy to photograph. The silk is shiny,
and in strong direct light, the fabric looks washed out. These photos, taken
in the diffuse light of a library, are more like what I see.
From some angles, the designs look surreal: segmented biological forms undulating over a blue silk sea. Arp blobs, but with internal structure.
From other angles, they seem like floating islands.
Notice the details of the embroidery.
As a friend said, sometimes the patterns look like
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.
Here's another item from Iva at
Unicorn: a champagne-pink silk jacket.
It looks very nice when worn over turquoise.
I bought this wonderfully intense red silk top in Unicorn, Ship Street, Oxford. Notice that it's reversible. Iva, the owner of the shop, said that silk takes these intense dyes well: it would be unusual to find anything so vivid used on cotton or other fabrics. In spring, which I believe this weather is supposed to be, it's a good layer to have between a jacket and something inner such as a thin shirt.