Photo by Alexandra
EILEEN FISHER and COVER GIRL saved me from a sea of black, with pops of color to warm my day. I love wearing black and it’s a staple for sure but it’s also true that I tend to overdue it as the weather cools. It’s about this time of year that I begin to watch the amount of black I wear and the potential for adding to the winter blues. Ever since I interviewed Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone® Color Institute – I am aware more than ever of the psychological impact of color and how wearing color affects our mood. Can wearing color actually make you feel better? In a recent interview, Eiseman said that when other people see someone wearing a bright color, they, too, might feel happier: “It’s interesting that it can start a chain reaction that creates a more positive energy for the person wearing the colors as well as those who observe the color.”
Eiseman also said if you’re feeling like your wardrobe (and your spirit) is a little under-the-weather, the addition of a bright scarf, colorful jewelry, or even vibrant shoes can go a long way. It needn’t be bright color top to toe, either; a little pop of color provides benefit because you know you are wearing color.
My pops of color? Blouse, EILEEN FISHER; lipstick, COVERGIRL
Rosita Missoni: Photo credit Federico Ciamei
What I remember most from seeing mother and daughter from the fashion House Missoni interviewed a year ago at the 92nd Street Y was that the Missoni family literally designs their reality by living and working together in one beautiful spot near Milan, Northern Italy. This model that the Missoni’s have created is a rare thing in today’s world of fashion design. Now, one year later, Missoni matriarch, Rosita Missoni, is 85 years old and is still living and blooming from her family home and factory. Her love of color and vibrancy spreads well beyond her clothing designs, as she collects vegetables and flowers from her own gardens and shares them with family and friends. This is how she keeps herself vital. Says Rosita Missoni: “I’ve been passionately dedicated to my career, so it’s never worn me out. I live in the kind of beautiful place where my husband and I wanted to spend our weekends. I have my children close by, and friends that come visit on Sundays.” Rosita Missoni: living a life of true creativity, love, and inspiration.
A few years ago, I had the pleasure of meeting color expert Leatrice Eiseman, who works directly with the Pantone® Color Institute to forecast the color trends. In fact, when Pantone® introduced the color of the year for 2017, “Greenery,” I immediately thought of Ms. Eiseman and her vision and creativity. Green is not my color and I won’t be following this particular fashion color trend, but I am reminded of that conversation with Ms. Eiseman, and why she is called the “International Color Guru!” Here is Ms. Eiseman …
MKG: What is the Pantone® Color Institute?
Leatrice: At its core, the Pantone® Color Institute is a think tank for Pantone®; a place for people to go to find out about the psychology of color. I have been the Executive Director since its inception in 1985, when the (then) owner of Pantone® wanted to go beyond the technology of color. Today we are involved in color consulting, color forecasting, and we help our clients make informed decisions about color for their brands or products to gain a competitive edge.
MKG: How does Pantone® come up with its Color of the Year?
Leatrice: It is an interesting process. I and my team comb the world to investigate what colors we feel are on the ascending. When you travel as much as we do, we have a good idea where color is heading. We look to various indicators: the art world, entertainment, the film industry, social upcoming events (is it an Olympics year, etc.), and of course, the fashion industry. We ask where are the top designers going with the color family. There is no magic bullet; it takes a lot of homework and asking a lot of questions to find the Color of the Year. Continue reading
The weather warms. The clock springs forward. The legs and toes are bared. And I take a moment to ditch the black – at least, for a bit. I will always love wearing black – it’s so chic and elegant. But I reach this point in the season where I need a change from the expected: I need a pop of color. Purple does the trick. And pink. And red. And white. Always white.
Happy almost-Spring to you.
Blouse: EILEEN FISHER
Marimekko and Target
Target just announced that its latest collaboration with Marimekko launches on April 17. This partnership looks perfectly colorful – and just in time for spring. I remember Marimekko and its bright and bold prints. The Finnish design house has been in America since the 1960s and although Marimekko became known as a clothing brand it was still fundamentally a textile producer. In the late 1940s a Finnish couple, Viljo and Armi Ratia, bought Printex, a company that produced printed oilcloths and textiles – and Marimekko was born. Today Marimekko is staffed with talented designers and this new collaboration with Target should bring feel-good pieces as the weather warms.
Says Tiina Alahuhta-Kasko, president of Marimekko: “The Marimekko brand was created to bring color and happiness into people’s everyday lives. There are so many special pieces in this collection, and we are excited to share our storied prints and patterns with Target’s guests across the United States.”
This year, I felt a special connection when PANTONE® revealed its Color of the Year 2016 – because I had the pleasure of interviewing Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of Pantone® Color Institute last February on TFIO. In her comments, Ms. Eiseman said, “At its core, the Pantone® Color Institute is a think tank for Pantone®; a place for people to go to find out about the psychology of color.” It is clear that much time and thought went into the decision to select the soft hues of Rose Quartz and Serenity. For the first time Pantone® introduces two shades for the color of the year – colors with the purpose of bringing calm and relaxation – even during turbulent times. And if you’re not sure how to incorporate these colors into your wardrobe, I recommend starting with a nail polish color. I’m buying it!
‘Iris’ the documentary film
The life of Iris Apfel has been big and bold as I discovered recently when I watched the documentary film called, IRIS, by Albert Maysles. Ms. Apfel is as much a fashion influencer and icon now, at 93, as ever, and to hear her tell her story is as touching as it is inspiring. Outspoken, honest, creative, productive, practical, and authentic are some of the words I think best describe her. This one-of-a-kind spirit says she “likes to improvise” and is, in her own words, “a denim freak.” Known for her larger-than-life collection of couture accessories, it all makes sense when you hear Ms. Apfel say in the film that her mother “worshipped at the alter of the accessory.” Iris Apfel’s influence is far and wide and people love to hear what she has to say. One thing Ms. Apfel is saying is that she likes individuality: “Everything is so homogenized these days. I hate it.” Continue reading
Cindy and Rivka
Rivka: “Once you have the right colors on, everything looks better. You feel better. It’s undeniable … You just need to see yourself once.”
Cindy: “Your colors are unique to you. No two women are alike, so your own unique colors are really determined by you.”
My life changed color after I completed a color consultation with Rivka Grubb and Cindy Joseph as I noted in a recent post called, Embracing my Color Palette. Now, Rivka and Cindy want to offer my TFIO readers an opportunity to do the same with a summer sale: Rivka and Cindy are offering a $50 discount from the original price of $250, a total of $200, to get your own Forever Ring of Colors FROC to identify your personal colors that will guide you as you shop and go forward. And your FROC will be unique to you and you only.
To find out more simply email Rivka and Cindy at this link using the code TFIO50 (note: offer ends July 16, 2015). Rivka and Cindy will send you a set of instructions on how to take the best photos possible so they can hand select your Forever Ring of Colors.
A colorful gift you can give yourself! Happy Summer!
My Forever Ring of Colors! Photo by Lauren Hagerstrom
There is a quote from fashion icon Coco Chanel: “Dress shabbily and they remember the dress; dress impeccably and they remember the woman.” I think the same could be said about dressing with color: wear the wrong color and you notice the color; wear the right color and you notice the woman … Let’s talk color palette.
I thought I knew my best colors – the ones that bring out the best me. I know, for instance, that the moment I put on a cherry red, I feel happy. I see my eyes pop and my skin shine. I know that I have always loved wearing pink and have a long history with pink (my mother tells me I have been a fan of pink since I was three years old). And I know that I wear a lot of black and white and have come to love wearing brown – but I can’t tell you why. Because I realize that I don’t know it all. I still make mistakes with color – and more often than I would like to admit. And because I want to understand my colors and make good choices and fewer mistakes, I took matters into my own hands and had a color consultation with experts. Continue reading
The return of my local farmer’s market brings out the best in me. Sometimes I am dressed in shorts, other times dressed in my exercise gear as I come straight from a class. Today I am dressed up, in honor of the beginning of market season. The farmer’s market is a friendly, colorful place where people (and their dogs!) meet and great each other away from the stress of the work week. Performance artists play to captive audiences and everywhere you look it is alive with activity. This feel-good attitude at the farmer’s market only increases as the spring and summer plays out.
Photo by Alexandra