Taking cues from the great masters, sepia tones of old Hollywood, Chinese opera, cityscapes and countryside, designers are paying close attention to texture, contrast and color for fall 2011 – pairing menswear with feminine twists, warm prints with cool metals, incorporating both old and new influences, and creating an intriguing balance between colors.Let's get real. I don't think there's a single masterpiece in these colors. At least not for this dark-haired, dark-eyed, pale-as-can-be girl.
“Designers take a painterly approach to fall 2011 by artfully combining bright colors with staple neutrals, reminiscent of how an artist would construct a stunning work of art,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute®. “Much like a painter's masterpiece, there is a certain romance to this season's palette.”
The Bamboo, Afterglow, Cedar, Liqueur, Nougat? OUT. Not for me. I'll look as yellow as a jaundiced baby.
Pink is usually my color, but personally, I'm sick to death of Honeysuckle. Pantone declared it the color of the year this spring, calling it "Courageous. Confident. Vital. A brave new color, for a brave new world. Let the bold spirit of Honeysuckle infuse you, lift you and carry you through the year. It’s a color for every day – with nothing “everyday” about it."
Excuse me while I upchuck. As I said, Pantone loves to hear itself talk.
I guess I can wear Phlox and Deep Teal, but they remind me of the 80s and 90s when Lane Bryant made everything in purple and teal. If you dig in the bottom of my sock drawer, you'll find matching relics. Just add some linebacker shoulder pads to teal and it's back to the future.
I guess I like Quarry the best. As a Winter in Color Me Beautiful parlance, I'm supposed to be able to wear icy colors. But CMB also said I could wear taupe and boy, were they WRONG.
But taupe is closer to my personal nomination for color of the year. Considering our gloomy economy - is it the Great Recession or Lesser Depression? - the nail polish industry has it right. The color of the year is GRAY.