March 20, 2012
From David Hockney to silk pyjama bottoms
To anyone who hasn’t yet had the chance to go, I strongly recommend visiting the latest David Hockney exhibition at the Royal Academy in London. Yesterday, my husband and I were lucky enough to be invited to a private viewing (very Maggie in Downton Abbey)—and what a treat it was!
It was the most extraordinary experience to walk through the majestic galleries and realise that a 70 year old had painted everything over the last 3 years. A rough count suggested between 150 to 200 works of art that were so full of life that they literally transported you to Hockney’s beloved Yorkshire or to the Grand Canyon with equal force.
That night, I couldn’t help but dream of the colours I’d seen: blazing russets and irate raspberries, lashes of sunshine, blankets of soft green grass—where you and I see grey, Hockney sees pink or purple.
The main lesson that I took from the exhibition was to look everywhere for beauty and colour. So with this in mind, I jumped straight into my colour dictionary and came up with ideas for a new silk pyjama bottom range. I wanted them colourful, bright and full of humour for a happy ending every night and a brilliant start to every day. Not to mention a gentle reminder of Hockney's philosophy: look to see, appreciate to love and live to the full.
I hope you find a style you love – as much as I do.
- Stephanie Betts