December 20, 2010

2010 Colour Trend TURQUOISE!

Turquoise Odyssey – an observation by yours truly. (Originally posted in Spring)

The Spring weather is finally warming up in little Radelaide! Time to plan how many hours to spend at the beach, which gelati to have & being free without a care in the world! Until then, while you’re sitting at your computer waiting for the summer holidays, I’m going to share my observations on the colour you’ll be seeing even more of this year. Evoking a sense of excitement and escapism to soothing tropical waters, PANTONE® 15-5519 Turquoise brings about a sense of well-being, serenity & healing as the official ‘Colour of 2010’. One of my favourite colours too. J

“In many cultures, Turquoise occupies a very special position in the world of colour,” says Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute®. “It is believed to be a protective talisman, a color of deep compassion and healing, and a color of faith and truth, inspired by water and sky.”

In the realm of fashion, make up, interior decorating and more, Turquoise is flattering with an androgynous appeal. Having warm, cool undertones, it harmonises well with other colours. Try wearing it with neutrals and browns to keep it in the spotlight, or amp it up with some coral reds and pinks (my fave right now is a coral red/orange maxi and giant turquoise stone necklace). Or bring out a maritime look with deep ocean blues, or put some zest into your green clothes or trend-setting yellow-greens if you’re brave! ;)

Send an elegant statement in turquoise silks and gemstones or keep it casual in cotton and gym attire. I love wearing turquoise as an accent in accessories and jewellery, purses, shoes and especially WANT NAIL POLISH! For the guys, try a hint of turquoise in ties, shirts and sportswear.

Even in bridal, Turquoise is taking the lead in the top 200 Pantone Wedding Colours this year for bridesmaids, formalwear and flower girl dresses. My mother wore a turquoise fishtail bridesmaid dress in ruched taffeta at her best friend’s wedding (circa 1989). I kid you not, she still has it in her wardrobe, here’s hoping she won’t miss it, with a few alterations on my behalf! ;) Happy accessorising!

Belle  xx

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