You’ve got to be seen…in emerald green

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The color gods have spoken: PANTONE 17-5641 Emerald, a lively, radiant, lush green, is the Color of the Year for 2013.

From Pantone.com: “Emerald, a vivid verdant green, enhances our sense of well-being further by inspiring insight as well as promoting balance and harmony.

Most often associated with brilliant, precious gemstones, the perception of Emerald is sophisticated and luxurious. Since antiquity, this luminous, magnificent hue has been the color of beauty and new life in many cultures and religions. Also the color of growth, renewal and prosperity, no other color conveys regeneration more than green. For centuries, many countries have chosen green to represent healing and unity.

“The most abundant hue in nature, the human eye sees more green than any other color in the spectrum,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute®. “As it has throughout history, multifaceted Emerald continues to sparkle and fascinate. Symbolically, Emerald brings a sense of clarity, renewal and rejuvenation, which is so important in today’s complex world. This powerful and universally-appealing tone translates easily to both fashion and home interiors.”

Who’s ready to inject this sophisticated hue into their wardrobes? I certainly am…and I’m loving J. Crew’s hothouse floral chiffon blouse, with its lush color and vivid pattern.  This top is listed as “bright aqua” but whatever: find a green that flatters your complexion (some tones make me look ill!). Paired with dark denim and leopard flats for play, or a sleek pencil skirt, black tights and pumps for business and I’m feeling like I just stepped out of Oz.

Color Me Chic: Emberglow

Fall is almost upon us, and the color gods at Pantone have decreed emberglow as the haute hue in its 2011 Fashion Color Report.  Emberglow is a “traditional autumnal tone, emanat[ing] the warmth of a glowing fire – the perfect panacea to the crisp air of fall.”  It reminds us of the burnished leaves that fell from our Mama’s sugar maple tree and made a satisfying crunch under our feet, or the blazing bonfires that warmed our high school Homecomings.

Peter Som - Emberglow

Ready to wear it?  We’re loving the simplicity of this classic wool crepe dress by J. Crew.   It’s just the thing to wear with leopard or cheetah calf hair or patent leather pumps and gold menswear watch.

J. Crew "Teddie" dress, $198

Peter Som design courtesy of pantone.com;  dress jcrew.com

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