The Pantone Color of the Year is Emerald, If You Keep Track of These Things

Design junkies, rejoice (or recoil). Pantone hath spoken, and in the wake of the bright, “spirited” Tangerine Tango that served as the chromatic marker of 2012, they have announced Emerald as the Color of the Year for 2013, chosen to promote “insight” as well as “balance and harmony.” And green is usually associated with calm with these things, right? That might be good. Everyone could use a bit of calm right now.

In the announcement from the Pantone Color Institute, Executive Director Leatrice Eiseman noted that in addition to its place in the natural world, “the human eye sees more green than any other color in the spectrum. She adds:

"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."

For color trend junkies (is that a thing if you’re not in the design world?), Pantone will be collaborating with Sephora on a beauty line and jcpenney on emerald-tinted home-wares and linens, and in the fashion world the color will appear in some works in the spring spring collections from Tracy Reese, Nanette Lepore, Barbara Tfank, NAHM and Marimekko.

So, there you go. Emerald is the new “it” color. It’s been a good run, Tangerine Tango. Ride off into the sunset, where you will probably blend in quite well and be difficult to distinguish. 

Two Sample Sales to Get Excited About

So many sample sales, so little time. Tracy Reese is also holding her sample sale this week starting December 1st. It’s two days only and most samples are well under $100. Brands include Tracy Reese, Frock & Plenty. RSVP on Facebook here. Where: 260 Fifth Ave. 2nd floor. When: December 1st and 2nd, 9am to 7:30pm.

The Theory women’s sample sale is next week! Blazers, dresses, blouses and skirts, oh my! All deeply discounted and ready for your closet. Stop by early for the best selection and don’t forget to bring a cart (or your boyfriend) to carry your goods! Where: 261 W. 36th Street, 2nd floor. When: December 1st-December 5th, 10am-7pm Wed.-Fri. 10am-5pm Sat.& Sun.


Runways Get Inspiration from ‘Lost’

Whether it has seeped into the subconscious of fashion’s elite, or they’d readily admit to their addiction to Doc Jensen’s Lost blog on, it seems pretty clear to me that fashion designers have been heavily inspired by Season 6 of Lost. Like hella inspired. And I’m not talking about the designers that screen print “I’m One of Oceanic’s 6” onto American Apparel T’s. I’m talking high fashion, award winning and industry recognized fashion houses. Evidence that Vogue-heads are actually Losties after the jump.

Claire Littleton Inspired: Christian Dior Fall 2010, Tracy Reese Fall 2010

“I really wanted to take an existential look at who Claire is and perhaps more specifically who she’d be if she knew how to braid her hair while still embracing evil in an equestrian way,” Christian Dior’s director John Galliano said. I’m just kidding- he never said anything like that. But isn’t he saying that, really? The wind-battled curls? The devil-may-care teasing? Artists don’t have to open their mouths to say where their inspiration comes from. image

“Up until about age 8, I had a mass of unruly ringlets. I remember being thankful when my hair spontaneously straightened out (no more getting teased for having “messy” corkscrews). But in recent years, I’ve found myself craving Lost curls—which is why I was completely mesmerized by the look that TRESemmé hairstylist Jeanie Syfu crafted for the Tracy Reese show” said’s Associate Beauty Director Emily Hebert. (Ed. note: She actually said she was craving “my long-lost curls.”) image

Kate Austen Inspired: Alexander McQueen Spring 2010, Ohne Titel Fall 2010

Is it just me, or is Kate looking pretty beat these days? Sure, she’s pissed off about finding out that the mother of her adopted son is a psycho, but that doesn’t mean she should be washing her face with dirt. I think the M.A.C makeup director behind the dirty-faced girls of McQueen’s Spring show were heavily inspired by Kate’s island sweat and dirt soaked pores. Either that, or girl needs to find a better self-tanner. image

“Beach waves have been en vogue for awhile now thanks to the Oceanic 6, so it was refreshing to see a different version of tousled tresses at Ohne Titel’s show. ‘It’s very rough-looking, very urban—like a New York girl getting out of a taxi,’ says hairstylist Jimmy Paul, who used ‘copious amounts’ of Bumble and Bumble Thickening Hairspray and Bb. Surf Spray for a ‘ropey, sea-salt ocean texture.’ But instead of reaching for a waver after blow-drying, Paul opted to ship the girls off to a strange deserted island. The result: Textured hair with whiney, Kate Austin-esque faces.” —Emily Hebert, Associate Beauty Editor (Ed. Note: Again, to make Hebert’s statement true, omit everything about Kate and islands). image

John Locke Inspired: The entire Burkman Bros. award nominated line, Alexander McQueen’s Spring 2010 shipwrecked bald-ish man’s wardrobe.

Have you noticed how everyone is suddenly really into backpacks? Ever notice how Locke never takes off that backpack of his? What the hell is in that thing? I think Locke is using it more to make a fashion statement than to carry important items. Unless those items are vials of evil and other objects dead men need in their possession. (Off topic, but did you notice how his backpack changed from green to black this season? Color choice, or symbol of the man in black?) Similarly, Ben and Doug Burkman behind Burkman Bros are nominated for the Best New Designer in American award and their line happens to be entirely inspired by the casual threads of backpackers. And how did some rugged balding man star in McQueen’s one-man spring show? Looks like Locke isn’t only manipulating his group on the island. It seems like the man in black made it off the island and into the minds of fashion folks. image