Posted on December 29, 2010
Easy to do, considering pink's traditional provenance: Pepto-Bismal, bubblegum, young girls' bedrooms, princess ball gowns, toilet paper, Angelyne, Paris Hilton, Miami Vice, supermarket bouquets, and splayed road kill. To use pink without conjuring any of the above requires certain skill.
Though, in the right hands pink can become the new frontier.
Pink is best when it comes to us as a surprise.
As it veers toward the hotter end of the scale, pink is a color with both hot and cool properties.
Below, something we don't usually associate with pink: Subtlety. It floats lightly over a green jacket and yellowed hair like a cloud at sunset.
Just a lampshade's worth in a white room. Imagine the scene with the colors reversed: A color with the power to go from graceful to Graceland in a stroke.
Below, a pink dream world reflected back in the mirror's image. A physicist might explain this as the optics of mismatched vibrational frequencies, reflected energies, color transmissions or the like. Then again, maybe it's just a radiating hot pink pillowcase. Whatever, the effect is stunning.
The reflected light of the above is recreated to similar effect below through a painting and chair cushions. Bluish shadows on the walls and floor subdue the animal from going alpha.
Below, pink adds drama to a dark palette. Suddenly, there's more Feng Shui and less Pepto-Bismal.
Photo from the David Hicks Archive
Upon returning from a trip to India Gloria Vanderbilt may or may not have said "Pink is the new black."
This, on the other hand, is from Vogue editor Diana Vreeland's 1984 memoir, D.V., weighing in on pink this way:
Actually, pale-pink salmon is the only color I cannot abide. Although, naturally, I adore PINK. I love the pale Persian pinks of the little carnations of Provence, and Schiaparelli's pink, the pink of the Incas. And, though it's so vieux jeu I can hardly bear to repeat it, pink is the navy blue of India.
It appears the culture of India has braved pink for centuries.
Above, in the work of great designer David Hicks (ca. 1970s) pink and bright green joust for the eye.
Above, pink and gray continue their longstanding relationship. Though, here, the pink may be a little hotter and the gray a little warmer.