Azulejo – خزف مطلي (az-zulayj)
It’s not that waking up to Fall leaves me blue, but today I didn’t just pass by my Blue Canton Collection as any other morning, something drew me to it, call it superstition but if the fashion gods want to tell me something I shall listen! So I leafed through my Vogue Collections in the search for the perfect blue look, and it guided me to Valentino’s FW14 collection, I couldn’t help but notice the resemblance with the Art of the Portuguese Ceramic Tiles, azulejos as they are so called, and that clad the streets of this little corner of Europe.
Considered National Art they are used to decorate everything from facades, churches, palaces, park seats, from Baroque to Art Noveau, making their way to the 21st century by the use of contemporary panels to adorn modern structures, these little glazed squares have been uninterruptedly produced for 500 years, and in 2014 they inspire creatives Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli who have embraced this traditional Portuguese aesthetic and brought it to the fashionshpere.
Now look at what happens when you mix up Blue Canton, Azulejos, Valentino and a splash of innovation, I’ll paint the picture for you: