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HL's decor editor Jeanne Botes identifies this reinvented vintage trend as spot-on for the season... The dip-dye or ombre trend is making an appearance in fashion and decor these days - we love how it works in so many different contexts. Ombre is a French word which means “shading” and is also termed colour bleeding – colour bleeds from dark to light using the shades of the same colour family. This has been a trend since the 1970s, so it has already been making waves for 4 decades. In the '70s it was the more sophisticated version of the hippy tie-dye trend that caught the world's attention. Ombre has a smoother transition between colours than the tie-dye trend. And so it became the new-and-improved version of tie-dye... More recently, ombre made it onto the runways in 2008 with designers like Alexander McQueen, Chloé and Diane von Furstenberg using it as a favourite in their shows. And now it is making its way into our homes with beautiful furniture like the dip-dyed Ercol bench (pictured above). In the past, the trend was most noticeable in fashion, but it now seems that it has seeped in everywhere – from perfume bottles and furniture, to dip-dyed hair and fabrics too. Captions: Ercol Love Seat in Half Blue, Trift Stool By Judith Seng, Taste Blue Plate by Paola Navone for Reichenbach, Cielo Lamp by Kazuhiro Yamanaka for Pallucco, L’eau d’issey Lune D’issey Perfume for Women, Kate Bosworth, Natural Indigo Tent and Cushions by Aboubakar Fofana, exhibited at St. Leger & Viney, Cape Town. Dip-Dyed Top, Country Road,