All the colours of the rainbow

Hello and welcome to the 1st annual Polandian fashion show, sponsored by Polandian of course. We have a stunning lineup of the spring/summer collection with some vibrant colours for those looking to brighten up their lives, while some more traditional colours can also be seen as alternatives.

Let’s move on without further ado, and introduce our first model. Here we have Glorious Green. With such vibrant and confident colours, it’s no wonder that most passers-by stop and stare. The clever combination of the light and dark shades of verdant green show the slimming effect of stripes. And with spring around the corner, how better to welcome those shoots of growth than with with this gorgeous showing of green.Next up, we have Outstanding Orange. Against a strong blue background, the colour just pops out at you. With such shades, it’s easy to make a strong statement, as it ensures that all eyes will be on you. However, the interspersing of windows draws the eye away from the burst of colour enough to appreciate the brilliance of the blue in the backdrop. In such surroundings, it’s easy to welcome summer in with open arms.The following model, Pale Peach, takes a slightly more subdued tone using a combination of the more traditional grey and white colours with a splash of peach, but only in a light shade, so as to offset the neutral shades. The more subtle effect works here on the taller model as it allows the full height to be displayed as a key attribute. Standing on a key corner location, this ensures maximum exposure.The subsequent model also features paler tones with green making a comeback. This time the colour doesn’t shout at you, but rather whispers in your ear. And yet… there is still an injection of the sharp vibrancy with a trim of stronger green finishing off the look. Once again the deep cobalt blue of the background provides a stunning setting for our model to lay in.

Following quickly afterwards is Mellow Yellow, our penultimate model. Standing somewhat in the shade, this follows on from the earlier peach and pale green options – but still fits for the coming of spring. The soft yellow tones are reminiscent of the soft feathers of a new-born chicken, and this model mirrors the cuteness involved. The splash of colour in the accessories draws the eye to the highest point ensuring that all eyes drift skywards.

And finally, our last model is Old Gold. In this example, an ‘old-school’ sophistication has been retained with the original grey/brown look. However the use of the golden accesories is an inspired choice as it plays against the standard white and grey effect. This is a prime example of how anyone can update their look to modernise quite easily. While some might prefer the bright colours, there are also fashionable options for those wishing to maintain a more muted image.

That concludes the inaugural Polandian fashion show. Our thanks go out to all the models and we hope you enjoyed the show!

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9 thoughts on “All the colours of the rainbow

  1. Steve says:

    The last picture is part of a story all of its own, especially when seeing it in the large version.

    The standard process for renovating the outside of the old flats is to glue of polystyrene insulating blocks, rendering and painting them. This hasn’t been done here. If it wasn’t for the white lines having been painted, giving a more decorative look, I would have said that this work could be expected to be done as soon as the budget and weather allowed.

    Balconies are pretty much left as they are, provided they aren’t completely crumbling, even often leaving rather grotty side panels. In this case the balconies have been renewed – the walls show where the work has been done.

    Assuming the block is local authority or housing association owned, the flats are a combination of privately owned and rented. You can tell this by the windows. Many private owners proudly put in new windows first, but when the blocks are renovated, the renting tenants have their windows modernised with the latest versions free, with owners having to pay something. The older, lower quality windows therefore mark owned flats, possibly with more affluent tenants.

  2. odrzut says:

    Your examples are still conservative in their use of colours. In this season the cool thing is to use as many vibrant colors on one blok as you can. Best, if you can paint abstract geometric figures using these colors.

    Examples:

    http://lh4.google.pl/kszcz123/R8GoNjG8NJI/AAAAAAAABIY/QJHm66FQpc4/IMG_2748.JPG?imgmax=800

    http://bielskobiala.gazeta.pl/bielskobiala/51,88025,8741405.html?i=0

    PS what really unnerves me is some people renovate nice, old buildings (even kamiennice) that way. They use styrofoam (hiding all details) and paint it the most intense color they could find. It’s called thermodevastation.

  3. Wiktor says:

    Oh, marvel ye passer-by at the incisiveness with which the habits, the natures and the ways of life of the social strata contained in contemporary blocks of flats have been digested.

  4. Steve says:

    Sorry Wiktor, but I think you have a distorted idea of the way foreigners live in Poland.

    I have lived in a block of flats on an estate where this work is going on and only known people socially who live in similar blocks, so I tended to notice a few things. As we were purchasers of the family flat, where we had lived, I was also interested to find that, having paid all that money to the housing association, we paid more rent: there was a social benefit discount for people who rented.

    Referring back to Polandian’s previous post, “Advice for buying your housing estate flat in Poland – don’t, unless you intend to move or want to mortgage it to build your house. If you do buy, how long after you buy the flat can you sell it? Does it make a difference if the flat is owned by the housing association or if they just manage it for the local authority? (In our case, Warsaw City was the owner, although the housing association didn’t know this until they came to sort out the terms of the contract, so we had five years to wait.) How many people who have moved away do you think are still registered as living in their Mum/Dad’s rented flat so that they will be able to buy them at discounted prices? External commentators describe this as people ‘not bothering’ to register themselves where they now live, but I bet this is a primary reason – they will never tell you, though.

    There’s a lot to say about social strata, but I don’t think I’ve mentioned anything so far that isn’t really part of superficial general knowledge. Now, if someone wanted to compare the estates in Poland with English high-rise council estates …

  5. Waldemar says:

    I like this post. Check this out too: ;-)

  6. Paulina says:

    If there are 2 matching colours, they can be vibrant. The problem starts when you have 3 or more or/and they completely fail to match each other. My hideous block after renovation has old yellow balconies and is SRACZKOWATY.

    I recommend you a great photoblog of the worst architecture in Poland: http://raider55.blox.pl/html.

  7. Yana Yana says:

    Oh, come on, these are actually quite nice :) apart from the last one. Once, I saw a combination of gray with dirty brownish yellow and some rusty orange details.

  8. Jeannie says:

    Brilliant! But I wanted to know more about some accessories, you know, shutters or planters–just to complete the look! ;)

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