welcome to the emerald city

welcome to the emerald city

For the uninitiated, Pantone declares one hue the color of the year.  In 2013, it’s all about the green–specifically emerald.

As someone who contemplated a career writing theory about fashion (like my academic idol Dorinne Kondo), I’m fascinated by how Pantone’s assertion of a color being on trend can result in seeing the shade everywhere.

From 3.1 Philip Lim Fall 2013
From 3.1 Philip Lim Fall 2013

Soon we’ll notice the trickle down effect of the use of this emerald tone: the company’s pick often widely embraced by graphic, interior, and (naturally!) fashion designers.  Even those who are decidedly anti-fashion or shrug at the idea of choosing an item tinged with the green pigment eventually become unknowing participants.  (My mind always references THAT scene in The Devil Wears Prada when Miranda Priestly schools Andy about the origin of her Cereulean sweater…)

Spanish based brand Skunk Funk (those quirky Europeans!) designs eco-friendly fun fashion
Spanish based brand Skunk Funk (those quirky Europeans!) designs eco-friendly fun fashion

I propose a sartorial game: in the coming weeks, tally how many shops, ads, people you encounter that have a hint of the jewel tone…

Watch out Manolo Blahnik and Louboutin!  Up-and-coming shoe designer Charlotte Olympia is nipping at your (sky) high heels
Watch out Manolo Blahnik and Louboutin! Up-and-coming shoe designer Charlotte Olympia is nipping at your (sky) high heels

To book an appointment with Miramar Dichoso, personal fashion stylist, email her at miramardichoso@gmail.com.

(Images courtesy of 3.1 Phillip Lim, Skunk Funk, and Charlotte Olympia.)

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