Thoughts on colour


“The reason I don’t use many colors is that there is color in the world. I’m not thinking of my clothes in a white room. I’m thinking of them in the world, and there are enough colors out there. I don’t need to do colors in collections. I’m more worried about shape. Whenever I see a lot of color, it just seems ambiguous to me.” - Rick Owens on why he doesn’t use a lot of colour in his collections.


Being from Scandinavia, I suppose it’s in my DNA to dislike bright and bold colors. My wardrobe – and apartment for that matter – only consist of white, grey and black. Alright, I admit I have one pair of denim blue jeans, but I only wear those when I feel particularly brave. It’s not that I despise colors – I study Art History so that would be very schizophrenic of me; but when it comes to fashion and clothing, what turns me on is the shape and cut of a garment, and I suppose I play with different textures the same way others play with colors when putting on an outfit. I get bored so easily with colors, but pairing something rough such as leather with a delicate fabric – see, THAT, to me, is interesting. (And, of course, I will have to add that you, Alicia, do this to perfection!)

Anne Sofie shared this comment on 28 April 2013 at 6:24 PM

I’ve never been a ‘colour’ person. As I have gotten older I thought maybe I should start ‘dressing my age’ but I it wasn’t me. I have a certain style and while I can’t get away with what and how I wore things years ago, I can get still get away with a toned down version. Your blog has inspired me to to go back to the style I’m comfortable with, not what others say I should be wearing. I’ll leave the colours to me teenage daughter….

Robyn shared this comment on 28 April 2013 at 8:08 PM

RO quote is so true. As I get older and feel much more comfortable with myself the more I’m keeping distance from the colorful clothes. It’s a process of growth…there are indeed enough colors around and I’m willing to appreciate them as an anonymous being.

Gigi Guerreiro shared this comment on 28 April 2013 at 9:38 PM

It’s an interesting concept, not using (much) colour and focusing more on shape. Rick Owens is one of my favourite designers, and upon reflection it’s because of the shapes and the cut of his clothes that I appreciate his work. The lack of colour really forces you to see the shape of a garment where a print can disguise or hide that. Having said that I also have a real appreciation of the prints/colour of Peter Pilotto and Mary Katrantzou, I find their work incredibly interesting.
I’m one of those people with a foot firmly planted on either side of the colour divide, and I’m happy with that.

Kirbybee shared this comment on 28 April 2013 at 11:49 PM

I get what he says about color and can now relate. I’ve always loved and worn a lot of black and neutral monochrome, even when my style was all over the place, black was my one true love.

ODYSSEY shared this comment on 30 April 2013 at 5:16 AM


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