My visits to the Met in NYC made me start thinking about a shift in style. I was inspired by a number of things that I saw at the Heavenly Bodies exhibit and elsewhere. In particular:

Chunky gold necklaces in shorter lengths with large pendants
Byzantine styles
Baroque patterns
Fleur de lis patterns
Coin and medallion necklaces
Jewel encrusted resin cuffs
Dark green combined with dark red (and gold)
White (often pearls) combined with gold
Blue tones combined with gold
Brown and red combined with gold

The patterns and colour mix in the table in pic 6 really speak to me. I was interested in the fact that it includes a large helping of black and white (which is a big part of my wardrobe). And it all works.

I am still processing this but I’d like to incorporate some of this inspiration in my style down the track. Not for Spring. I already have a theme for Spring (which is quite different from this direction) and I’m happy with it. But maybe for Autumn/Winter next year. I am thinking jewel tones, gold and bronze tones, ornate gold jewellery and more complex ye-olde-world inspired patterns (a change from florals, stripes and B/W geometrics). Kind of a natural progression from some of the combinations I tried during project dark romance. At the moment I am calling this proposed theme “Byzantine jewel”. It’s only a working title

In the meantime, I bought this Peruvian Connection dress for winter. It has a very muted, intricate pattern of deep teal, gold, light blue and rust. I am sure many forum members won’t care for it (bright colours rule here!). But it’s very much in line with the inspiration. Following my feelings, as Angie might say.

Back home, I wore the dress out to dinner on a cold night (for these parts). I added 3 necklaces (one is doubled over) and a brooch as a pendant. Rust scarf, burgundy boots, burgundy coat and burgundy bag to finish.

Your thoughts welcome

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