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Sunday, April 10, 2011

Top 10 Color Trends for Summer 2011

In case you're into fashion and colors, I wanted to share this info with you!

Lemon Yellow
London tones the bright Cadmium Yellow of the season into a sharp citric neon with a tangy bite. Neon Lemon is applied to silhouettes that are as fresh, quirky and upbeat as the shade itself. It is used to update classic old lady vintage style twinsets and skirts, and applied to double-layered sleeveless chiffon tailored jackets for looks that are surreal yet completely wearable. Bold lines cut through and across silhouettes, mirroring the acidic bite of Lemon Sour. Large laser cuts create webby fishnet holes, split yokes, arm holes, bodices and hemlines in chevrons and cobweb patterns, while bright neon highlighter bands bring floral or oriental silk satin prints to the 21st Century.

Shocking Pink
Unapologetically bold, saturated Shocking Pink punctuates the season with fiery femininity. Linear statement skirts give a neon kiss to the season's maximal minimalism. Fitted dresses or tops and pencil skirts heighten the statement effect through color blocking in bubblegum magenta, bright lipstick red and stark black. Encouraging exaggerated sculptural forms, tightly pleated top and skirt twinsets are emboldened by curving shoulders and tightly gathered micro pleating. Full sleeved tunic maxis are cinched in by obi tie belts and worn by opulent hippie gold chain and silk ribbon tie Jesus sandals. Standout detailing and bold costume jewelry add to the statement effect of Shocking Pink. Circular paneling in flat neoprene reads as minimalist retro futuristic, especially when styled with tubular rubber or foam accessories. Shining satin in exaggerated and bunched-up ethnic silhouettes, and combined with tonal indigenous prints and accessories tip the hue into world traveler territory with a modern assertion. Futuristic mirrored jewelry and oversized jewel-cut stones add to the feeling of hedonistic opulence. Stark black and white, bright turquoise, bright red and tonal pinks complement Shocking Pink. Schiaparelli would be pleased with how vibrant today's garment dyes can make her daring 1930's original.

Tangerine Coral takes inspiration from the heady appeal of summer sunsets with an Indian slant. The vibrant sub-tropical shade is applied onto uncomplicated modern shapes for a grown-up appeal. Add color-based impact to the minimalist revival through clean, fluid dresses and separates, as well as unlined envelope clutches and other understated accessories. Combining Tangerine Coral with vintage chiffon or lace overlays and demure feminine detailing results in youthfully elegant summer party dresses. Spots of futuristic neon orange or surgical white highlights keep the look fresh. Contrast Tangerine Coral with white and taupe block stripes for a fresh sporty look, but use girlish skater skirt and cropped blouse silhouettes to add interest.

Citrus Green
A neon infusion of fizzy, highlighter lime sees London's Neon Lemon emboldened in Paris. Lifting the prim and proper, slender tea dresses and spartan button-through blazers compliment the clinical bite of bitter lime when rendered in mid-sheen satins and lightweight silks. Deeper, olive infused hues temper angular eveningwear and would work equally well across fluid, flowing silks. Highlighter Citrus is a strong sportswear color either in solid bursts or woven into geometric stretch patterns for athletic bandeaus and running tops. Used to elevate simple shifts, the startling sherbet shade takes on a sci-fi futurism when applied to sunburst fold layers of fine net. Chic headwraps, contemporized Oriental silk prints and languid, iridescent tunics with Taoists fertility motifs in Highlighter Citrus have an ultra modern East meets West feel. Plaited rope platform wedge sandals have a World Traveler feel and play the tone off against exposed summer skin. Highlighter Citrus works well with crisp white, tonal highlighter green, shocking pink, fuchsia and stark black.