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On Blue

Blue is becoming my favorite color lately. It has amazing ranges and is clearly represented in home fashions to apparel and accessories this season fall 2016. It’s not new and it’s not a surprise. It hung around last season too and through the summer it shined. I think its appeal lies in its versatility. Maybe it’s the reputation for loyalty, something that resonates ”hope” in many of us during this political fiery climate. Maybe it’s the peaceful tranquility we can draw upon as it takes us from the oceans view to the skies limits. Forecasters everywhere cite blue is here to stay.

COLOR HOUSE WOOL 06 is a tweak on the classic navy as they say and it pairs beautifully with smoky neutrals or clean whites whether warm or cool.

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Benjamin Moore holds true to blue in many shades and nuances. I love Lucerne Blue through their Affinity line for its touch of green yet calm anchoring capability. While bold it’s oddly calming. Even if a
large wall holds it, rest assure in the background it will stay. It pairs well with any white as tribute to the color of the year and partners nicely with gray in any tint or shade but. I love its ability to play neutral and support vibrant pops like in this room.

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With hints of green to cast a teal or hidden red to read a bit more towards purple or periwinkle, blue is fascinating this season and on through winter.

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Colors like Adriatic Sea CSP-660 create a rich saturated hue with a
hint of freshness. Pantone sees it clearly in the hue they call Riverside with its denim appeal that reads right in every instance. Lush velvets evoke a sense of casual comfort in this powered yet rich blue, watch for it through summer 2017 in home décor, apparel and more.

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Gale Force by Sherwin Williams and Marea Baja part of their cornflower hues are lovely blue colors that are grounded with earthy appeal. A hint of green peaking through both; they share a moody somewhat emotional vibe that anchors color to neutral.

Sherwin-Williams Marea Bajapicture4 picture5Zuhair Murad’s gorgeous blue Baroque inspired dress in this rich regal blue is a mix of Bohemian Rhapsody coupled with a funky fedora creating this drama along with a satin damask.

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Nike shouts blue in the air max moiré style sneakers for a bold retreat for quick feet.

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From Paul Smiths chic one button ladies blazer to his leather wing tips which exist even for ladies a variety of blue hues come to life. Bring your inner mermaid to life with curious blends that feel esoterically playful. Wigs or real locks, hair color hues are a trend that blue is taking over.

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I like blue for all it stands for and notice it safely and reassuringly showing up in our apparel and home furnishings for some time now. A color that stays fresh but not too overwhelming plays an accent or tosses in some drama, l I say take a chance and go blue. Could it be a better option than basic black? Perhaps it’s true. I know I am enjoying what this color brings to the table.

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WESTMINSTER & FALL 2012 RTW ?

THE COLOR CORNER

Question: WHAT DOES THE WESTMINSTER DOG SHOW AND FALL 2012 RTW HAVE IN COMMON?

Answer: COLOR BLOCKING.

Color Blocking Westminster Dog Show and Fall 2012 Ready to Wear NYCWondering where designers get ideas for Fall 2012? The neutral color blocking going on in New York’s Fashion Week and continuing in the European shows, have a lot of similarities to the Westminster Dog Show. Martha Stewart’s dog won the First Prize (see ribbon). We are seeing lots more faux and real fur, textural knitted accessories and lots of fringe in the colors of these naturally beautiful pedigreed dogs.

Barbara Arlen is a color and product consultant living in light-filled Santa Fe, NM and works globally.

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