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>>  Rorschach's famous ink blot tests isn't exactly a new motif or inspiration in fashion and in my very insignificant period of time as a blogger, I've encounted a number of collections that happily borrow from this somewhat iconic psychological test.  Knitwear designer Sandra Backlund and her engorged knitwear resembling the black blotches on paper, that mind searingly memorable Dion Lee collection with manipulated and coloured-in inkblot pieces and a recent Fifth Avenue Shoe Repair collection where wooden structures mirrored the butterfly-esque blots – these are just a few that come to mind.  

In this specific instance though, New York label Kaelen has taken the ink blots and applied it in a while so that from afar, it tricks the eye into thinking you're looking at a floral print.  A quick glance at the lookbook images and you'd think it all the pale blue satin pieces were printed with a cheesy rose pattern, mimicking uber-mumsy bedsheets or kitschy quilted tissue box holders.  Lazy watercolour florals and relaxed satin daywear would have been an easily digestible combination and would fit into Kaelen's easy-going, mid-90s, loose and free S/S 12 collection.  However, when you realise those blotches are Rorscach-esque inkblots, there's added wit to this satin blazer and matching tailored shorts.  Pyjama dressing can rely on the tried and tested floral print, but these Rorschach inkblot pieces make for an alternative version, making pale blue satin acceptable outside of a mumsy bedroom interior.

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(Worn with Tsumori Chisato cardigan and Nike Gyakusou trainers)

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The final questions to ask of course is – what do you see when you look at this?  The inkblots featured on the Kaelen print aren't exactly like any of the ten Rorschach inkblot formations to try and eke out expanations behind ambiguous thoughts.  Instead, Kaelen has tweaked them ever so slightly to form her own version of the ink blot test.  I'll leave it to them to deciper why I see the following then…

… two sausages dancing around with pom poms on their heads with a giant bat and its huge wing span behind the two bangers.  Then there's water reflecting part of this weird beast…  

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Then there's a bear's head mounted on to a crab, which happens to have two sets of claws.  I also see a lucha libre mask staring back at me from below the throat of this beastly creature.  Not sure what that means in the general spectrum of things.  Or perhaps I don't want to know…  

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P.S. This post has been subsequently edited after going live at 3am in the morning Mexican time with tequila induced typing errors.  I definitely saw some very strange things going on in these Rorschach ink blots….

 

Comments (29)

  1. Michael says:

    Is the human being is born with feet facing the inside? It is a sign of guilt or innocent falsehood?

  2. Serdane says:

    Gorgeous ! It looks like what my aunts were wearing when I was young !
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  3. Suzi says:

    A very insightful post Susie. Love your look here too. Come & check out my new blog post where I reveal my top five daily essentials: Things I cannot possibly live without!!
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  4. Amanda says:

    That is a very interesting print…

  5. Bri says:

    Great print! Looks to me like a tarantula with a platypus face.
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  6. I love the Rohrschach prints as well they make you think a lot… If you want to see some more, there is a brand called A FAULT by the Italian designer Giuseppe Codamo. You can check it out on my blog here:
    http://www.liligabbiano.com/?p=862

  7. Tian says:

    Those prints look amazing! I love the photos.
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  8. I love this print! It’s very intriguing. I seem something different every time I look at it.
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  9. Elisa Eymery says:

    I mostly see terrifying spider-like creatures that freak me out a bit, but love the outfit nonetheless. The pop of yellow makes all the difference.
    Elisa Eymery
    Wandering Minds fashion
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  10. I love this print. I couldn’t pull it off head to toe, but could definitely go for one piece, like that great blazer.

  11. GED online says:

    Amazing post and very interesting stuff you got here! I definitely learned a lot from reading through some of your earlier posts as well and decided to drop a comment on this one!

  12. Cassandra says:

    Interesting post! Amazing outfit, but I don’t think I can pull this off!
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  13. Emmy says:

    Oh Susie….I totally see what you saw in these inkblots…heehee….
    I really do love what Kaelen did with this:)

  14. becky says:

    Love the print its awesome!
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  15. genevieve says:

    why did you choose those trainers?

  16. susie_bubble says:

    I’m just really into wearing trainers right now…even more so with slouchy pyjama type things which the jacket and shorts are…. plus I love the Nike x Jun Takahashi collab….

  17. Olive says:

    what a lovely suit! i love the print :)

  18. Really cool suit, very unique style.

  19. nice dress collection.

  20. Love the print. I love interesting pieces that can have many interpretations.
    Christie

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