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  • Color Week Day 6/ Purple

    October 14, 2012 | 3 Comments »

    Purple gets a really bad rap. Over years of working in fashion, I've never seen so many people express so much dislike for a color as they do with poor poor purple. Who knows why? Maybe people think it's too new age-y or eccentric (that might explain why I like it). Lately, purple reminds me the most of the character Marie on Breaking Bad, who has a fanatical love for purple. She would definitely think, as would I, that purple deserves a second chance.

    Lavender by Thomas Giddings

    on left: Daria Strokous shot by Francois Nars for Vogue Japan June 2012    on right: watercolor by Luli Sanchez

    Du Juan by Miguel Reveriego (Enter The Dragon - Vogue Spain September 2012) 7
    “Operación Dragón”  with model Du Juan  for Vogue Spain September 2012 shot by Miguel Reveriego

    I think purple…
    looks like:
    an over the top baroque dinner table set with candles, grapes and wine/ a dark and stormy night
    smells like:
    lavender fields/ the intoxicating scent of lilac
    tastes like: plums/ port/ truffles/ violet candies
    feels: royal/regal/ decadent
    sounds like:  Siouxsie and the Banshees/ Bat for Lashes

    image by Sania Pell

    on left: Isabel Marant Spring 2013 collection     on right:


    on left: Natalia Vodianova shot by Steven Meisel (and styled by Grace Coddington) for Vogue   on right: Vanessa Bruno's Paris apartment

    Francesca lancisi
    Watercolor and ink piece by Francesca Lancisi

    Color Week Day 4/ Green

    October 11, 2012 | No Comments »

    Oh green, how I love thee! As a city dweller, I have a deficit of green in my life so whenever I get a chance to see some green life, I take it. Green reminds me of my home in New England, and my husband's home in Oregon so overall, green feels comforting and lush, like a big hug.

    on left: Vertical garden in Madrid  on right: stylist Linda Bergroth's apartment

    composed color collections by Kontor Kontor

    on left: Burberry Prorsum Spring 2013  on right: photo from Fine Little Day

    I think green…
    looks like:
    the forest/ the jungle/ a garden abundant with vegetables/ lounging under a palm tree/ the wings of a dragonfly
    smells like: a rainy day/freshly mowed grass/Christmas trees/mint
    tastes like: a mojito/ lettuce picked from the garden
    feels: lush/peaceful/soothing
    sounds like: the wind rustling through trees/lying in bed listening to the rain

    Jungle with Tigers and Hunter by Henri Rousseau

    on left: Sonia Delauny watercolor  on right: Orientalism by shot by Pascal Chevallier for Elle Serbia

    Charlotte Taylor Spring 2012 lookbook

    on left: painting by  Georgia Gray      on right: illustration by Maira Kalman

    on left: illustration by Danielle Kroll   on right: photographer David Slijper for Elle UK

    Color Week Day 2/ Orange

    October 8, 2012 | 1 Comment »

    It's Day 2 of Color Week! Orange is a tougher color for me than red. I love it but I tend to think that a little bit goes a long way. On one hand orange feel like summer to me: it sunny, warm and a little bit retro, like the juice Lily Pulitzer made before she became the doyenne of Palm Beach fashion. On the other, orange is the color of fall leaves, pumpkins and the flame of a campfire. One thing that's always been curious about orange is that there are shades that pretend to be red. More often than not, when people disagree on the shade of a color, it's "is it red-orange or orange-red?". It's all in the eye of the beholder.

    styling and photos by Dietlind Wolf for Sweet Paul magazine

    on left: Suno shoe from Spring 2013  on right: Confetti System photo with color palette by Color Collective

    Ken resen
    Acrylic painting by Ken Resen

    Mad menThis amazing chevron coat, the orange sherbert and the orange roofed-Howard Johnsons, all from the Far Away Places episode of Mad Men, via Tom and Lorenzo

    Orange mixed with blue is one of my favorite color combos. I also love it with pink and yellow for a summertastic floral print.

    on left: still from Moonrise Kingdom  on right: Clements Ribeiro Spring 2013

    Just a liiitle bit of orange in the dining area of my last apartment photo by Jen Causey

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    Still Life with Apples, Peaches, Pears and Grapes by Paul Cezanne

    I think orange…
    looks like:
    a farm fresh egg yolk/Hermes boxes/fall in New England/ pumpkin patches/'60s shift dresses/ eating mangoes with abandon that year I lived in Brazil
    smells like: citrus fruit/marigolds/saffron
    tastes like: creamsicles/ orange marmalade/
    feels: warm/happy/playful
    sounds like: Stereolab/ Dent May

    on left: Marni Spring 2013  on right: illustration by Ashley Goldberg

    on left: Rose Smith in Prada by Emma Tempest for Vogue Russia   on right: weaving by Sheila Hicks

    detail from Proenza Schouler show, photo by Tommy Ton

    Color Week Day 1/ Red

    October 7, 2012 | 2 Comments »

    It's Day 1 of Color Week! And we're starting with a personal favorite: Red. Colors spark intense emotion and memories in people, from the taste of a ripe summer fruit to the shade of your grandmother's favorite dress. That's why I don't like to say that I dislike a color: color isn't just visual, it's something more. Each day I will be sharing inspiration, memory and feelings about the colors in the rainbow, ending with rainbow!

    on left: photo by Benny Horne Numéro Tokyo #22
    January 2008   on right: Louise Borgeois Spirals

    Jaroslav Sura Illustration: Poster for a performance of Yugoslav songs and dances in Prague.

    Photo by Roland Bello
    on left: Twiggy, on right: my "red hued" manicure

    Photo by Roland Bello/ styled by Maggie Ruggiero for Gourmet

    I think red…
    looks like:
    Revlon Cherries in the Snow lipstick, worn by my grandmother, my mom and
    now, me/ My favorite dress, a black
    and red polkadot number with a peplum/ Poppies/ French girls with top knots and striped sweaters
    smells like: Roses/ Ripe Apples/ Cinnamon and Sandalwood
    tastes like: The jeweled seeds in a pomegranate/ Cherries and chocolate/the best summer tomatoes
    feels: Rich/ Sultry/ Powerful/ that first dizzy month of dating someone knew
    sounds like: Billy Holiday/ Little Dragon


    on left: Moroccan vintage rug from Nazmial Collection  on right: Red midi skirt in Milan by The Sartorialist

    on left: White over red by Mark Rothko, on right: Scent of Madness by Cy Twombly

    on left: Josefine Vandt shot by Olivia Frølich, June 2012  on right: Kelly Mittendorf by Ellen von Unwerth for Lula
    on left and right: Creatures of Comfort S/S lookbook

    What memories and moods does Red stir up for you?

    Get Ready: Color and Print Weeks!

    October 4, 2012 | No Comments »

    Paper Magazine: Get Busy, Get Dizzy, photo by Emily Shur

    I've never met a color I couldn't grow to love. Same goes for a pattern. Even when I think I don't like a certain color (I once proclaimed that I didn't like yellow only to be proven wrong a million times over), I work hard to like it. It seems like a dis-service to hate on a color, you know?
    Anyway, in honor of color-love I thought I would bring back an old favorite: Color Week! And that seemed so fun that I added Print Week too! Starting next Sunday, I will feature inspiration and thoughts on every color of the rainbow on every day of the week and then after that I will do the same with prints. Oh, and feel free to play along and host a color week on your blog too. Let me know if you do, of course!

    ROY G BiV

    June 28, 2012 | 2 Comments »

    Do you listen to Radio Lab? Have you heard the episode about Color? If not, listen right now! Seriously, it's totally fascinating. In the first segment, the guys discuss the seven colors that humans can percieve (that's ROY G BiV to you!), illustrating the spectrum with a choir (!) then go on to talk about creatures that can see many more colors, including the winner, the mantis shrimp, which has a whopping 16 color receptors!
    In honor of this brilliant episode and the oh-so colorful 2013 Resort collections, I thought I would highlight some favorites, rainbow-style.

    Clockwise from top left: Temperley, Marc Jacobs, Fendi, Christian Dior, Valentino, Mara Hoffman.

    Clockwise from top left: Reed Krackoff, Zero by Maria Cornejo, Redd Krackoff, Chris Benz

    Clockwise from top left: Lanvin, Antonio Marras, Bibhu Mohapatra, Suno

    Clockwise from top left: Chanel, Band of Outsiders, Matthew Williamson, Monique Lhullier

    Clockwise from top left: Altuzzara, Oscar de la Renta, Erdem, Thakoon

    Clockwise from top left: House of Holland, Gabrielle Colangelo, Marc Jacobs, Zak Posen, Tory Burch, Oscar de la Renta

    All runway images from Style.com and NY Magazine

    Color Week – Blue and Purple

    July 7, 2007 | 8 Comments »

    First off, I apologize for how dreadfully late this is, and on the last day too! I didn't work at home today, so what I should have done was write this last night but instead I got stuck in a heroes marathon. Man, that's a good show.
    Anyway, enough about my television habits, today is Blue and Purple day! I love all shades of blue. Actually, one thing I learned this week is that I never met a color I didn't like. I felt like every day I was thinking, "oh yay! my favorite color!" Another thing I learned is that I need more purple in my life. How is it that I have every color in my house but purple?
    Ok, let's look at some pictures!

    A detail of an installation by artist Devorah Sperber. Yes, those are spools of thread!

    I walked by this door on my way home from brunch one day and had to take a picture!

    The foyer of style icon Tifanny Dubin. There are so many things I love about this picture: how the girl's dresses echo the colors of the room, how a wall treatment that could have gone in a bad way looks so fresh and modern, how shiny the floors are. I think it's safe to say this is my dream foyer, and I am nerdy enough to dream about foyers.

    An image from one of my favorite John Galliano seasons ever. If you're wondering, that would be Spring 2003. I'm sure the models did not enjoy being airbrushed with blue paint but it makes for a gorgeous picture, no?

    Another great use of complimentary colors from designer Carolyn Quartermaine.

    One more pic from Dale Chihuly's show at the Botanical Gardens.

    I'm going to be off thrifting in the country all day tomorrow and then I'll be back on Sunday to do a little Color Week wrap-up! And one more thing: I was so blown away by all the people who joined in that I am going to randomly pick one of you lovely bloggers to get a little gift from me!
    It's really the least I can do. Seriously, you guy are all so awesome.

    Color Week – Orange

    July 5, 2007 | 13 Comments »

    Sorry for the delay today; i'm trying to get all sorts of un-fun things done-invoices, cleaning up my computer folders, organizing the pile of fabric on my craft room floor.
    Now on to the fun stuff!
    Today is orange day. I have to say, growing up, I was never a fan of orange then suddenly, I owned six midcentury orange dining chairs and was painting my living room the color of a papaya. Go figure! Orange goes amazing well with blue (they're complimentary colors!) so if you have a blue room (or a blue kitchen table like me!), it's a great idea to pop a little orange in there.
    I also love orange with dark browns, charcoal grey and hot pink. What about you? How does orange fit into your life?

    See what I mean about orange and blue? I love these Orla Kiely patterns all together! She uses orange so well, don't you think?

    Yesterday, The Mr. and I made peach pancakes and I served everything on orange dishes. I think that Mr. Loveforever thinks I'm a little nutty. I bought those hot pink and orange napkins at a hospital thrift shop in Connecticut. What a find! The plate and mug are from Anthropologie.

    Someday I will have a gorgeous orange bathroom like designer Todd Romano.

    A photo from last year, when glass artist Dale Chihuly was at the Bronx Botanical Gardens.

    I saw this sign whle walking around yesterday. Orange and grey certainly look lovely together. Can you read the sign in white that someone tagged over the orange one?

    Color Week – Red and Pink

    July 2, 2007 | 15 Comments »

    Welcome to the first day of Color Week! I am so excited (and slightly intimidated) that so many people are getting involved.
    Red and pink are two of my favorite colors. I love that they can convey so many things in their different tones and shades, from a sugary sweet pink to a dramatic powerful red.

    A vintage suitcase hanging from a red coral hook holds embroidery floss, red and white containers are good for sewing supplies.

    Rolls of red and pink tape holding up pretty china on a ladder. What a cool image from Elle Decoration UK.

    Wide red and white stripes are so dramatic in a foyer.

    Ooh, they are also gorgeous on a dress. This one is from France circa 1780, from the Fashion in Colors show at the Cooper Hewitt Museum.

    Diana Vreeland's over-the top house designed by Billy Baldwin is just so amazing. It's like a fabulous red cave.

    So many pretty shades of pink from Martha Stewart Magazine.

    Giant rose wallpaper.

    My pink bedroom in the morning light.