Wednesday, 4 April 2012
'Spring in the Vogue' by Steven Meisel
Elie Saab Spring-Summer 2011
Oakley Frogskins Spring/Summer 2012 "Acid Tortoise" Collection
Accessorize With The Sprightly Spring Palette
Spring definitely has its own ubiquitous color palette, and each Spring season we see similar fresh and cheery shades adorning the garments available on both the high street and in designer collections.
However, as with the winter season last year, many of the high street Spring collections are sticking firmly with the spectrum of beiges and neutrals, with only the odd garment offering anything in the way of stand-out colors. Even if you’re a fan of the these warm-tone neutrals you may still want to welcome in Spring with a touch of color.
You Are Your Best Accessory
A great design tip for introducing a true splash of color to your everyday outfit, whether it be for work or play, is to accessorize this season’s hottest shades.
Your accessories don’t necessarily have to be items of clothing, bags or shoes, you can use your nails and eyes to carry the alternative colors throughout your outfit.
Nails are the simplest way of adding the bolder colors to your outfit palette. Neutral and natural nails are most definitely in this Spring, however we’re seeing plenty of splashes of color in ads and magazines; the sweet and vintage Chartreuse green (named after the liquor of the same color) gives a fresh perspective on a bland work day outfit. Similarly we see a redux of the neon look, this time pertaining to only smaller accessories, and again nail color makes the perfect way to incorporate the colour in to your look; Hot Pinks and bright Corals can radically enliven a neutral outfit without looking too over the top.
Don’t forget to also try out the same Spring brights on your eyes and lips; if you’re keeping to the natural, neutral look for the majority of your make-up palette, a splash of Chartreuse Green eye shadow or Coral lipstick will really give you that “stand out from the crowd” look.
2012 - Time to Dance the Tangerine Tango
The Pantone fashion color report for 2012 is out, and as usual they’ve chosen a range of colors that go from utterly mouth watering to sophisticated and subtle, yet, all of which are unusual to say the least, in both aesthetic and name.
Bold and Breezy
The main predicted color choice of 2012 is “Tangerine Tango” (Pantone number 17-1463) – a juicy and bold orange that is massively reminiscent of the 1970s, and makes up a part of a collection of other bright and neon-esque shades, which include “Solar Power” (13-0759); an energizing and golden, sunny yellow, and “Cabaret” (18-2140); an alluring pinky red, sexy enough for the evening, luminous enough for the day.
The dawning of spring never fails to reignite the fashion lovers adoration for the nautical look, and the Pantone predictions of Sodalite Blue (19-3053) and Cockatoo (14-5420) shades are akin to the navy and sky blue shades most associated with the breezy seafaring style.
Subtle and Stylish
For those looking for a more subtle yet nonetheless quaint injection of color in to their Pantone wardrobe, also on offer are the soft pastels of Sweet Lilac (14-2808) and the sprightly Margarita green (14-0116), both of which are reminiscent of the dusky, floral fields of a summer evening. Neutrals come in the form of the dusty grey-brown of “Driftwood” (18-1210) and “Starfish” (16-1120), a honey-warmed light brown.
Combining juxtaposing shades from the Pantone 2012 palette are a sure fire design tip for the more brave color lovers, such as Tangerine Tango and Sodalite blue in vintage style secretary dresses and blouses.
Overall, the extraordinary and wide ranging colors available in the 2012 Pantone fashion palette are warm and optimistic, energizing and happy; and whether you like to go bold with your wardrobe palette or stick to softer neutrals and pastels, there’s definitely a color to fit your mood and style in 2012.