June 28, 2009

The Fashion crowd loves these season’s colors, brought to you by trendsetters internationally

Goodbye Black, Goodbye Gray

It comes naturally to be in awe of beautiful colors, especially when one can appreciate a color. Black is still in fashion as in - that little black dress that every girl should have in the wardrobe. However, as much as black (and gray for that matter) might be a safe color, this season it is all about colors. At least that is what’s coming from Europe and Asia this season.

(LF Markey, Josh Goot, Richard Nicoll and Sinha Stanic)

Most likely you’ve already taken a notice of the most beautiful color creations being paraded in and around your town, and you just can’t help but want to try it on yourself. Even if it’s just at the comfort and privacy of a store’s fitting room.

Zooming On Colors

I guess what I’m seeing is exactly what every color fetishist wants to see – zooming in on the colors this season. Sometimes a pair of color gloves or shoes, a color scarf, or a color clutch is all it takes to add that hot color in the trend now. Color is like statement jewelry, it’s very happening right now and can convert a simple, even boring, outfit into something that becomes perfect for an outing with friends at night, a date, or a client meeting over a drink. You can be wearing jeans and a t-shirt and a color clutch or a Hobo bag in bright color (forget black, white, gray and brown) will completely change your ensemble.

Fashion is constantly reinventing itself, and this season is all about color – true colors! How one knows what color is so right, and another so last season? Watch people on streets, see experts’ runaways, or skim through pages of fashion magazines not only from your country, but from other parts of the world (we are lucky in USA to get magazines on newsstands and book stores from around the world.)

Color Fashion Bring Positive Back

Both the catwalk and the street are alive with experiments in color. Brand new trend colors are on the way in, and hues that have been out forever are the height of fashion. How does a particular color become trendy? Sometimes street fashion pushes the color trends. For example, are the eighties neon colors suddenly hot again? Or hot pink? Certain designers are so powerful they can start a trend and popularize a particular color all by themselves. In 1947, Italian designer Elsa Schiaparelli sent a shock wave through Paris when she introduced shocking pink, now it’s Zac Posen, Sonia Rykiel, Christian Lacroix, and Esteban Cortazar (Emanuel Ungaro) who brought back tropical and bright colors to our work and leisure lifestyles.

(Teal at Carolina Herrera, Lacoste, and Lela Rose. Photo Credit: NYMag.com)

At the Parisian catwalk, Cortazar, whose father is a painter, showed a collection of vivid palette of emerald green, fuchsia pink and deep turquoise. “I k now that this type of work shows a lot of enthusiasm and a lot of positive energy, and I think that that’s what we need to have,” he explained. And we should agree with the fact that in these economic times we have enough of “black and gray” in our lives to wear it on us as well. We need color in our lives.

And one of my personal favorite designers, Stella McCartney's Fall Trends:

It Takes One Fashion Trendsetter

It takes only one fashion influencer to mention a color in the collection, and the effect of a wind mill takes over, and the next thing you know this color shows up in the collections of other designers. And then it filtered down into the department stores, and then it trickled on down into some tragic casual corner where you no doubt fish it out of some clearance bin.

(Canary color. Left to right: looks from Junya Watanabe, Hermes, Paul Smith, and Hermes)

As is often true, colors evolve from season to season, and this year it is no exception: blue - from classic navy-to intriguing purple and lavender, yellow - from tangy super lemon to friendly salmon rose to summery glow, red - from sensual fuchsia to seductive lipstick red, and green - from vibrant green, revitalizing and sophisticated citrus-inspired dark citron green to reflective clean Lucite green. And there are more colors this season.

All in all, colors are celebrated around the world: France, United Kingdom, Russia, Japan, Italy, Brazil, USA – you name it. Just check in with The Sartorialist’s Scott Schuman whose passion (and profession) is to spot street trends, and this season – it’s all about color hues. Perhaps Schuman also believes in colors to revive our spirits.

Check out Top Fall 2009 Fashion Trends below:

Please send me a comment about the colors (and city where) you spot it the most.

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