Fall’s color story

February 17th, 2011
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Isaac Mizrahi send down dyed dogs as accessories during his Fall-Winter 2011 New York Fashion Week show.

I was amused by photos from Isaac Mizrahi’s Fall-Winter 2011 New York Fashion Week runway. Some of his brightly colored ensembles were accessorized with matchy-matchy pooches!

I felt a sense of deja vu when I saw a yellow coat paired with a yellow dog. Last October I was walking down the street in Kakaako and came across a little dog parked there waiting for its owner. It was so cute with its yellow ears and tail, dyed for Halloween, I found out later, that I snapped its picture and attempted to sketch it on my iPhone, using the SketchbookX app.

Just goes to show you, inspiration can come from anywhere!

Another look from Isaac Mizrahi’s Fall-Winter 2011 collection.

Speaking of color, it looks like it’ll be a beautiful fall. Pantone released it’s annual color report, timed to coincide with New York Fashion Week, and based on what designers have shown on the runways through today. And if you’re on a budget and shopping for spring in the weeks ahead, it’s helpful to know which colors/pieces will best make the transition to fall. Here are the colors:

Continuing a trend from Spring 2011, designers are combining bright colors with elegant neutrals to create an intriguing balance, with influences from the art world’s old masters, old Hollywood, Chinese opera and countryside.

Bamboo: A surprising warm hue for fall, like a sunset on waning days, yellow with a subtle green undertone. This shade pairs dramatically with several of fall’s top 10 colors.

Emberglow: The traditional autumn hue has the warmth of a glowing fire. It can be paired with Coffee Liqueur for a classic look, or with Honeysuckle for a vibrant retro look.

Honeysuckle: Continuing from spring, this reddish pink works with any other color in the palette.

Phlox: This deep purple adds drama, with a hint of mystery to outfits. Combine it with Cedar, Deep Teal or Coffee Liqueur for an extraordinary look.

Cedar: This versatile, mid-tone neutral green is a natural with Deep Teal.

Deep Teal: A strong, blue-toned green, suggests ocean depths and the color of the sky as daylight descends into darkness. It’s a unique counterpoint to Honeysuckle.

Stability comes in the form of such neutrals as rich Coffee Liqueur as an alternative to basic black; warm camel tan Nougat, the unique blue-gray of Orchid Hush; and reliable Quarry, a practical medium green-gray.

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