NYFW 2012: A Color Story

Contrary to last season’s neons and spring’s upcoming pastel trend, this week designer’s are overwhelmingly channeling muted jewel tones and neutrals with scattered color punches.  Navy, black, grey, and shades of brown found their way onto most runways, but an overwhelming wild card has been burgundy. For me burgundy is only slightly bolder than a neutral, and depending on the undertones can overwhelm or wash out pale skin. Surprisingly, over the years I have collected a number of maroon and burgundy pieces in my wardrobe. While it pairs easily with other standard neutrals, I would rather play it against the rare brighter hues of the week for an easily wearable jolt of color.  

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The Girly Girl Revival Guide

There are certain outfits from my younger years that  I hope never again see the light of day. I’m thinking specifically of a neon green sweater resembling astro turf.  However, have you noticed recently, pieces dubbed juvenile are making a comeback? This could be the reason why I wish the majority of the the “Crew Cuts” collection was made in adult sizes.

My wheels started turning a few days ago when I saw these glittery toe caps on Louis Vuitton’s pumps (amazing!!) I lusted after glittery Mary Jane’s when my feet barely touched the ground, and weren’t these the original source of all the Suri Cruise controversy?

Colored Corduroy: These I know I wore many days in grade school- I hated the whistling noise! The boy’s first reaction to my dandelion yellow Gap chords? “Those look like little kid pants.” But now you can hardly get down the street without tripping over cobalt and cherry red pants…and I adore them for a jolt of color.

Tulle Skirts: This is the little girl party staple, and I will proudly admit that I wore this one on New Year’s Eve. It is still an ultimate party piece.

Hair Ornaments: What little girl isn’t wearing bows and ribbons in her silky un-highlighted locks? Now, (I’m blaming Gossip Girl) grown girls sport everything from glittered headbands to bouquets in their buns.

I’m not going to complain about any of these resurgences…with the exception of the aforementioned afro turf sweater. I love channeling these little girl styles in a grown up combination. Just don’t pair them all together as you likely did for a third grade birthday party. Are you reviving any of your favorite girly styles?

Coloring the Chill

Yesterday as I was waiting at the bus stop on a very brisk street in Brooklyn I realized: it is cold. Shocker I know, since it is the first day of December, but every year the first cold snap of air sneaks up on you only to smack you in the face when you least expect it (and when you are less than prepared with your cute, but not entirely wind proof, coat.)

There are certain things that will always pop into my head when making decisions. For instance before bed I can hear my mom telling me not to go to bed with a sink full of dishes. When embarking on a road trip, I can hear my dad tell me to include sensible shoes, water, flashlight, and a warm coat in the trunk. You know, in case you break down in the mountains and have to hike to the nearest gas station. Finally, when making a large purchase, I can hear a number of people telling me to choose a neutral. My grandmother used to constantly reiterate that if you get a crazy pattern, you can only wear it around the same people one time. I never really agreed with this argument, yet I still have predominately black and grey coats.

I am not a huge fan of black and grey as dominant colors, in fact I like to avoid wearing them at least a few days a week. However, my black coat is fairly new, has a fun shape, and key point, incredibly warm. So my new tactic is to down play a dullish color by framing it in eye popping accessories accented with bold colors and plenty of glitz. Here’s to keeping away the winter doldrums…
(P.S I didn’t intend to do this, but it seems Juicy Couture dominates the sparkly winter accessories category!)

Juicy Couture Vanderbilt Bow Arm Warmers
Kate Spade Ruby Ring Cocktail Gloves
Ribbed Directional Headband
Juicy Couture Sequin Scarf

Ugg Australia Sequin Earmuff
Juicy Couture Cable & Gem Fur Handwarmers

Juicy Couture Parsons Sequin Arm Warmers

Color Me Happy

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Gap dress, Predictions sandals, gift necklace, Fiercely Fiona by OPI nail polish

I strongly believe, and think most people know, that what you wear can totally alter your outlook for the day. While it is easy to brood all day in black and grey when you are feeling less than awesome, piling on something bright and colorful is often a more productive stance.

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Last week I wasn’t feeling bad, or awesome, and decided to take a colorful step in the direction of boosting my mood. My sister and I both bought this exact same dress several years ago. Luckily the linen fabric is nearly indestructible and I have yet to wear it out. Paired with a bright beaded bib and a fresh coat of Fiercely Fiona, I managed to stride out the door feeling one step closer to awesome.

A Coral Showing

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Painting by my sister

Somewhere between salmon and apricot falls the universally flattering shade of coral. Cooler than orange, it is gentler, and warmer to any complexion. It brightens the mood with the benefits of hot pink, but with a more sophisticated reputation.
I honestly don’t think anyone knows with certainty where the this pink/orange hybrid fits into the fashion color spectrum. But it has always been one of my, at times unknown, favorite colors.



On the runway at Mango

I tried three times to paint my previous room a girly, Mediterranean, eclectic shade. The counter personnel at Home Depot were ready to throw a gallon of paint on me as my mom and I shuffled between swatches of rose and burnt pumpkin.
I ended up with a warm, but overly brown, rose terracotta. I let the frustration settle until I was smacked in the face with this month’s magazines all boasting coral as the hottest shade of the season. Thank the color wonders that it is far easier to pin point the correct color on a rack than a color swatch.

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Juicy Couture ring
Lanvin ring
Herve Leger dress
Vivienne Westwood top
Nation LTD top
DV by Dolce Vita wedge