Monday, November 5, 2012

Mysterious Color Predicitions- WHY?!?!?

Did you know that there are people whose job is to predict what colors are going to be popular in the coming seasons? Did you know they are essentially fashion scientists? It is this elusive group of people that decides whether we are going to be wearing bright primary colors next fall or washed-out beachy tones. It's up to them as to whether or not I will be able to find a pair of fuchsia or ballet pink heels, whether I'm getting a forest green cardigan or chartreuse, whether it's mustard or lemon or amber that will be my go-to accessory color.

I have NO idea how they go about predicting what colors we'll love so that all the designers are sure to make lots of clothes and shoes and home decor in those exact shades. I do know that we do NOT agree. In 2004, I decided I needed the perfect pair of green heels. Not just any green- a rich, mossy, almost kelly green. Do you know when I found them? Last month. That's right- EIGHT years later, I found the right shade of green. Maybe I'm too picky.

Manolo Blahnik, Neiman Marcus, $595

Or not. In 2007, I was obsessed with all shades of coral. I loved the brightness of it and I just wanted to fill my closet with dresses and shoes and scarves and bags with that fruity, citrus-y color. Not orange. Not red. Not pink. Coral. When do you think I hit my coral stride? Last summer. Yup. I found a fabulous dress, an unbelievable handbag, earrings, a necklace- all in different, but perfect shades of coral. What year was that? Oh, yes- 2012. I had to wait FIVE years for the color I loved to become readily available. That's just obnoxious.

Ah, coral at last. 

It's as if Pantone is the Disney Vault of color and they tease us by keeping all our favorites in the vault, releasing certain shades and colors at their discretion. Will Disney release "The Little Mermaid" on Blue-ray in time for your niece's 7th birthday? Will Pantone release the right shade of red for me to re-decorate my bedroom this spring? Who knows?

What do you think of these color-predictors? Do you think it's a little bit dictatorial? Leave a comment. I want to know what you think!

1 comment:

Beth said...

I know! The other side of this color coin is that everyone ends up wearing the same thing. All of a sudden, everyone's in that shade of green. I do not like.

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