2017 Pantone Color Of The Year

We used to wait with bated breath for Pantone to release the Colors Of The Year.  Not because we couldn’t discern on our own which colors we saw most OF on the Runway (we are observant adults!)…but because it does get highly specific. When every other fashion company is following suit, we have to represent the same palette (at least in some close proximity.)  A lady doesn’t want to buy a variety of new pieces for the season only to find her footwear is way off the color mark…so the palette becomes our template, and the way in which we flesh out our collections.  Granted, our textures may be vastly different, but there will still be some crossover – leathers, skins, and fabrics will find a way to jive with their apparel counterparts. (To make money…they kind of *have* to!)

The same goes for the cosmetic industry, though – they follow the shades as much as they can, though I imagine it is a bit more of a challenge.  For those who produce nail polish, even lipstick (Lime Crime, anyone?) offbeat shades aren’t a stretch.  But it can be an exercise in creativity to come up with items that do speak to these hues for more companies that favor “wearable.”

For 2017, this is what we are looking at:

The top colors for Spring 2017 fashion are:

17-4123 Niagara
13-0755 Primrose Yellow
19-4045 Lapis Blue
17-1462 Flame
14-4620 Island Paradise
13-1404 Pale Dogwood
15-0343 Greenery
17-2034 Pink Yarrow
18-0107 Kale
14-1315 Hazelnut

The KEY color here, however, is Greenery.  

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Butter London, for one, has already hopped on the Greenery bandwagon.  I don’t LOVE the shade but…even as a Fashion Director, that wasn’t (ISN’T) up to me!  

If it’s in synch with the rest of your ensemble – or even the contrasting “pop” – you can be assured you and your Greenery are fully in line with the trends.  It might be the new-season jolt you (didn’t know you) needed.

And just in case you nail polish and your kale salad isn’t enough bang for your buck, you can embrace the “idea” – and stop a lot of traffic – with a new, leafy green Mercedes AMG GT Roadster…

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So like it or not, green IS in.  It isn’t everyone’s color necessarily, but there are ways to sneak in a hint here or there.  If all else fails, just point to your side of vegetables when you’re out to dinner – not only will you be on par with fashionistas across the globe, but healthy is trendy too.  Ahhhh.  Double whammy!

Autumn / Winter 2016 – MAC Redlite Strobe

MAC Strobe Cream is definitely one of those cult, “must-have,” go to products in the beauty world – it’s been used backstage at Runway shows religiously since it’s launch, and very likely will continue to be one of those fail-safe, backup glow-getters ad infinitum.

It took a while but MAC finally decided to expand on the product – there were posts about it months ago, but given that it is set to launch this November (for Autumn / Winter 2016/17, and indeed when this post is scheduled for), we’ve got more to say about it now.  

The one I was always most interested in was Redlite – maybe it’s the vamp in me, maybe it’s that the red lends itself to flushing cheeks.  Either way, I was psyched to see a review that focused on this shade in particular.  There will be others, not to worry if red is not your hue.  It total, the selection will be:

  • Silverlite
  • Peachlite
  • Redlite
  • Goldlite
  • Pinklite (a rename of the original)

These definitely are shade shifters, and that’s one of the reasons I love them.  They don’t appear to be glittery or garish, they just add a cool (or warm!) sheen to the skin, giving you a hyped-up highlight instead of the same old, same old.

Excited?

 

2016 / 2017 – Maybelline V, All About The Shading

I guess they’re still on the contour kick, along with a whole lot of shading (and fading)…  

Still a fan of the trend?  Apparently it’s going strong backstage – and in Asia (not surprisingly, since they tend to be ahead of the times.) 

Autumn / Winter 2016 – Dior Skyline

Another as-always-thourough post from ChicProfile on the newest from Dior (lost of photos!)  

As a tip…The backstage scene during runway shows are guaranteed to reveal some newness so I generally will check out those photos specifically when reviewing catwalk coverage.

I love Dior generally, and have always appreciated the quality of their products (cosmetic and otherwise.)  There is something to be said for flawlessness… 

Backstage – Dior Colour Filters

Dior has a ton of products masquerading in this package, one of which is my favorite balm in the world.  And generally, these snappy, back-knobbed sticks show up during the runway shows, sneaking their way into the backstage photos while models get prepped to show off the new collection (clothing and cosmetics alike!)

These two new “Fix It” products, available August 1st, come in four shades, all designed to mask imperfections and unwanted tones:

  • Apricot (great for dark circles)
  • Yellow (can tone down ruddiness, as well as help with circles)
  • Blue (good for sallowness or overly-orange that needs to be evened, as well as adding radiance)
  • Green (tones down redness)

The color portion of this 2-in-1 tool wraps around a “soft focus” core that supposedly helps to diffuse lines and creases (tons of blurring products out there, so no surprise.)  The great news is that for BritishBeautyBlogger, this actually didn’t settle into lines, so it delivered what it claims it will.  She also felt it was nicely pigmented (which you can see in her swatches – I was impressed with the color payoff also given the ratio of core to color.)  

These are meant to be used as a primer for the eyes, lips, and the face, so feel free to play around!

Flashback – 1990’s Runways

The 1990’s had their share of crazy Runway moments…I daresay even more than the last, pop-star laden decade.  I loved the recent Vogue article in which the publication featured “11 Antics-Filled Shows,” as it was an era I remember fondly.  

I was only 12 in 1990 but I definitely leaned to all thing fashion-related.  I was already a pro at doing “magazine tears,” a task, to the chagrin of my glossy publications, I’d later do in feverish spades as a Fashion Director.

The more renegade and goth looks got, probably the better, but I loved ALL of it – my taste level vastly exceeded my personal preferences, very much allowing me to land positions in my 20s with heavy hitters in the footwear sphere.  Hallelujah!

Vogue.com Thierry Mugler Spring 1992

Vogue.com Thierry Mugler Spring 1992

The 90s, though, were incredibly entertaining even for those who didn’t fancy what was “a la mode.” There was no shortage of drama, whimsy, and serious envelope-pushing, even with the most refined at the time.  I feel like people in the Industry were constantly asking what had happened, and how could the runway fashions possibly be translated into “wearable” pieces (as in, ones that we could actually charge money for and sell.)  

Whether you appreciated the avant grade or not, it was hard not be sucked in, reveling in the absurdity of it all.  Celebrities outright embraced outlandish looks, making them casually more mainstream (and you thought the 80’s were rough! 😉 )  

The 90s was an era of fun, intensity, and story-telling (on the part of a designer’s fantastical mind, of course.)  As Vogue says, there was a “certain freedom” on display here – shows were something we always looked forward to, almost with bated breath, because you just never knew what was going to happen.  

Vogue.com John Galliano Spring 2993

Vogue.com John Galliano Spring 2993

When working in the Industry, unrestrained creativity does make our jobs a wee bit more challenging – how do you translate chrome headlights into honest-to-goodness fashion that someone can wear, for example..?  

But then…that was kind of the fun in it – what could you take away?  Was it the mirror shine?  The jagged shaping?  Did it mean we should go bolder with color and lean biker-chic?  There was an art to deciphering the trends, and unwrapping the pearls that would become the “next big thing.”  I really loved that part about it – it was a challenge…and it was fun as hell while we were at it. 

 

Ageism in Fashion

I was really excited to see this post because…Ohhhh, how true this is!  

I grew up during the reign of ladies like Christy Burlington, Linda Evangelista, Claudia Schiffer, Cindy Crawford, Amber Valetta, Naomi Campbell, Paulina Porizkova, and Shalom Harlow – most of whom are in their mid to later 40s now.  At the time..they were all young and spritely, nary a wrinkle to be found (naturally no editor would have entertained THAT idea!)

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These days, those Fashion icons still look stunning…but they are no longer gracing covers, and haven’t for a long time.  Those who are anything older than teens, for crying out loud, seem to be airbrushed to oblivion – scarcely a realistic picture for the younger generations.  (I say younger because sometimes it isn’t as obvious to them just how much goes INTO creating a flawless image – no, your favorite celebrity did NOT show up to the shoot that way.  Once you have had any stretch of time in Fashion, you know just how MUCH is poured into the final images presented in your glossy.  *It’s A LOT.)

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As the above article mentions, “It isn’t uncommon for models in their 20s to serve as spokeswomen for anti-aging creams…”  Having taken Marketing as one of my college double majors, I fully recognize the angle cosmetic companies are aiming to take in order to make their products enticing.  But at the end of the day, no topical will have the more dramatic effect a filler or other injectable might.  They might help, absolutely, but the immense fine-tuning that’s often presented (once again, thank you, airbrush) is not likely the outcome of dutiful application twice daily.  

Kristen McMenamy Photographed by David Sims, Vogue, 2010, vogue.com

Kristen McMenamy
Photographed by David Sims, Vogue, 2010, vogue.com

So in my own my…a 20 year-old posing for a wrinkle serum?  Doesn’t make sense.  Should we start our skincare early?  YES!  But is it entirely fair to have these ultra-smooth faces sell us our anti-aging products?  Not so sure…  We are certainly intelligent enough to make educated, adult decisions, but how about being presented with something a bit more REAL?

I’m happy to see that the conversation includes Runway as much as it does other aspects of Fashion as a whole.  Back in the day, touting youthfulness was the thing – I get it.  But it IS 2016.  I feel like society should have – yes, I said “should have” – matured beyond these parameters.  I don’t really proselytize – I don’t feel pushing my opinions onto others is the right thing to do.  I’m not shouting from rooftops that this is “an outrage!”  

But. . .what I AM saying is…it is important to represent the wider array of beauty that exists in the World.  It’s helpful, particularly in a time overrun by social media, enhancement apps (that double as Adobe!), and the “flawless,” Insta-presentation of our “best selves” at all times…that we SEE, and learn to APPRECIATE, aging.  If…let me say…for no other reason than we aren’t broadsided one morning looking in the mirror in our 30’s thinking “wait!  What are these!? This doesn’t happen!  All those ads for these products…those ladies are so young and fresh and line-free!”

I’d kind of like to know I’m not alone, and have beautiful ladies decades other than myself to look up to.  Comparing our older selves to teens – even if subconsciously as we pass the magazine stand – simply isn’t healthy.  Hallelujah that some aren’t afraid to out the topic!