Lavender on the horizon

Updated: Apr 11, 2019

One of the hot colour palettes this Spring is said to be Lavender and Purple with strong showings from Rodarte and Marc Jacobs collections, but what do we know about these colours...

Purple, a true unique colour that combines the calm stability of blue and the fierce energy of red. The colour purple is often associated with royalty, nobility, luxury, power, and ambition and can be traced all through history from as far back as the rise of the Roman empire when Alexander the Great in particular would adorn himself in epic purple as a sign of his royalty and nobility.

The colour Lavender is associated with the youthful, untamed growth found in nature during springtime. Lavender represents the part of the psyche that, untouched by the weary and troubles of years, retains the vigour and vitality of youth. This encompasses such emotions and mental thought processes as imagination, creativity, and because of its association with springtime, the optimistic beginning of new stages in life.

The colour purple originally came from a dye made from mucus glands of a tropical sea snail.

The snail is known as the murex but its Latin name was purpura, which gave us the word purple.

Carrots were once purple. Orange carrots were bred by the Dutch in the 16th century to honour the royal House of Orange.

"To make a perfume, take some rose water and wash your hands in it, then take a lavender flower and rub it with your palms, and you will achieve the desired effect" ~ Leonardo da Vinci

"He wrapped himself in quotations - as a beggar would enfold himself in the purple of Emperors." ~ Rudyard Kipling

"Seek to be the purple thread in the long white gown." ~ Epictetus

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