From all reports, if you hanker after blue, come Spring 2013 you’ll be a very happy camper. And I’m talking true blue – honest-to-goodness, full-pigment blue. It’s Fashion Week in New York right now, and the direction is clear.
A brief cultural digression, before we lose ourselves in fabric and frill. High WASPs wave a very blue flag. The hue works ever so well with our skin tone. There are regional variants, of course. In New England, navy and green piping. In Northern California, navy ikat with white and orange. In New York City, navy jacquard behind black skulls, breaking multiple rules as only New Yorkers can. But blue is our comfort color, and as a proponent of comfort above all, I’m happy to see fashion’s palette shift.
Here’s Tadashi Shoji, evolved past earlier Mother of the Bride offerings. This could be a great city dress. Should we call this shade “cornflower?”
And this could be a great, um, dress for a life I don’t lead but enjoy imagining? In, as Kathy Peck said in Pinterest, “peacock?”
Tory Burch, who makes clothes I actually can and do wear, has a great SS2013 line. Blue windowpane with a little contrast belt. Multi-tonal blue, my favorite.
And back to navy. Monique Lhullier did a great lace over blush number. I confession I’m a sucker for lace over almost anything – in my imaginary life of course.
Then we have The Row, Mary Kate and Ashley’s line. I know. Isn’t that just amazing, that those two grew up and produced a real fashion line? A brief aside. Did you see Tavi Gevinson’s interview here? Speaking of great young women and people who follow up on their talent? I love her.
Where were we? Oh yes. Blue. Was distracted by little things like optimism and hope for the future. Back to navy.
Finally, lest we become inured to blue’s charms, here’s a secret. Schiaparelli pink is blue’s kissing cousin. Yes. It’s blue in red clothing, if you will. This is from Chado Ralph Rucci.
Onward. One question for you all. Does true clear blue look good on everyone? Or at least good enough? Or, put another way and more overtly, is there a coloring that finds blue as toxic as I find the yellows?