Tuesday, 20 May 2014

Rainbow fish

I was out buying some things to make noodle soup when I saw these fish outside one of the Chinese market shops. I don't eat fish so I don't usually pay a great deal of attention to that section of the shop, but I was drawn to the colours when I passed them on my way in.

The scales have a really cool metallic sheen. The turquoise blue and emerald green ones look insane, but I also liked the lilac, slate, purple and silver tones. It's a similar colour palette to when petrol has spilled on the floor and leaves a green and purple sheen on the ground.

The fish reminded me of one of my favourite childhood books, The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister. The story is essentially a tale of socialism as one fish who happens to have been lucky enough to have been born with amazing scales gives them away in order to share these wonderful scales amongst all fish evenly. I used to love reading it to children when I worked in a library because not only do I have such fond childhood memories of the story but it is also a really good way to talk about sharing. Politics aside, the book is really beautifully illustrated and the watery-metallic colour palette has a really dreamy quality.

The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister
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I was inspired to try and use the iridescent metallics and watery colour palette in an outfit. 

Topshop chain drop earrings / Topshop metallic leather tshirt / Topshop Boutique patent leather a-line skirt (available here) / Masimo Dutti t-bar flat shoes

Topshop tear drop necklace / COS tshirt / Topshop Unique leather bag (customised) / Carven iridescent oil spill skirt / Zara brogues 

Topshop Unique iridescent lens sunglasses / Asos silk blouse / Cos peplum double layer top / Topshop textured cigarette trousers / Asos White perspex heel shoes  

 Topshop rope necklace / COS ombre sheet tshirt / Asos hologram clutch / Zara sequin skirt / Topshop mock croc sling back shoes

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