While in Oz I happened across this luxe gold and orange brocade skirt from Australian label Cue hanging on a sale rail at fifty percent off. Although it is completely out of character for me, I bought it. The colour, fabric, print and shape are unlike anything I've previously owned.
Maybe it was a side effect of the festive season with the all that tree decorating and present wrapping that made me more receptive to an item of clothing resembling a Christmas bauble or gift wrap. Or maybe it was because statement skirts in look-at-me prints were all the rage in 2011 and the idea of owning one had somehow filtered into my fashion subconsciousness. Or maybe following too many bloggers who would pull off these kinds of bold pieces with inspirational panache has given me Dutch courage (Hunting and Gathering and Oranges and Apples spring to mind).
The stylish sales girl cooed her approval of my choice all the way to the till declaring my find a wonderful statement piece. I secretly wondered if I should allow my fashion ego to be assuaged by her flattery or be deeply suspicious that she was just stringing me along and that actually, she was just imagining my head as a light bulb with this skirt hanging around it, laughing internally at my expense while she cinched her sale.
But no matter, I had already convinced myself of this skirt's high fashion merits having noted the sartorial nod to Jonathan Saunders in the print, as well as the influence of the Mary Katranzou school of design where interior decoration and print are combined to make high octane fashion statements in ready-to-wear - you know the type where you take the loudest, gaudiest flock wallpaper you can find, redecorate your most outrageous lampshade with it and then wear said lampshade as a skirt. Plus it presented a chance to inject some badly needed colour into my wall-of-black wardrobe and wear two colours that would normally drain my complexion should I wear them right next to my face.
I have to admit though, that upon arriving home and surveying what in my wardrobe I could work this skirt with, I've had a sudden crisis of confidence, and it is now in grave danger of becoming nothing more than something with which to actually decorate my bedside lamp as I'm struggling for ideas as to how to wear it. So I'm sending out a call for help on the style blogosphere! Suggestions anyone?
Brocade Skirt: Cue