Spring 2018 Color Trends

spring-2018-color-palletteIt’s nearing the end of January, and I spent yesterday skiing with my family.  It was really a beautiful day with a warm winter sun.

Despite my fun in the snow, however, February is an absolutely rotten, no-good, horrible month in Wyoming.  There is nothing redeeming about February: it’s cold, grey, snowy and, usually, windy.  Which is why I relish the new spring arrivals at this time of year because they are a reminder to stay strong…spring is on the way.

Take a closer look at the Pantone color palate at the top of this blog post so you can see just all you have to look forward to this spring.  It includes Meadowlark yellow (which I love because that is our state bird), Cherry Tomato, Little Boy Blue, Chili Oil, Pink Lavender, Blooming Dahlia, Acadia, and Ultra Violet.  From earthy and warm to soft and cool, spring’s palate is sure to have you clamoring over at least one color.

My color crush for the season is Blooming Dahlia.  We just received our new Tribal Sportswear, and within our January collection are several pieces in Blooming Dahlia. It is such a wonderful, peachy pink.   It pairs beautifully with soft olive and navy blue, as you can see in the pictures.  Of course, it is always great with white too.  Best yet, it is a decidedly feminine color that just makes a girl feel pretty.

I would love to hear about your color crush for the season in the comments to this blog post, and in the mean time….stay strong.  Spring is coming!

Behind The Scenes: Treska

After being a women’s clothing store manager and owner for eighteen years, I was so excited to get to see the behind the scenes process of one of my favorite jewelry vendors – Treska.  On a recent buying trip to Dallas, Texas, my mom and I had the opportunity to tour Treska’s warehouse and get an up close perspective on the jewelry making process.  We also got to shop straight from the warehouse shelves – we were like two kids in a candy store!

The process Treska goes through to design their jewelry is meticulous and time consuming.  First they begin with inspiration.  I found this inspiration board outside the bathroom (probably because that is the place everyone would see it multiple times a day).  It was such a great example of how an idea blooms into something tangible.  Take a close look at the items included on the board.    IMG_4192You can see how it represents themes, colors and textures for a group of jewelry. This particular design is playing off earthy wood textures and the soft tans and pinks in sea shells.  What a beautiful combination that represents the soft pinks and neutrals so popular in fashion right now.   It also appears this group might have some feather accents as well.  Won’t it be fun to see the finished jewelry that arises from this inspiration board?

Even more fun than the board was meeting Treska’s chief designer.  She was a Bohemain mama, dressed in colorful cottons and a graphic tank and seemed right at home in a jewelry design office.  IMG_4207She took the time to show us some of the pieces they were currently working on and how every necklace begins in a box as a conglomeration of colors and textures that are then formed into a unique necklace.  IMG_4210

While we were in the design room, we also got to see a Treska employee doing appoxy on some pieces.  This process requires hand painting metal pieces with a cue tip to create a patina look.  As you can see in the picture, each one is done by hand.  IMG_4206

Once a design is finalized, two master copies are made.  One is then sent to China where Treska has their necklaces assembled.  A production sample is sent back, approved by Treska, and then that sample is used by the Chinese to make the individual necklaces which are then shipped to the United States.  It’s quite a lengthy process requiring Treska’s designers to work ahead.  While we were there, they were working on Spring 2018.

Outside the air conditioned design room, the warehouse sprawled.  There were rows and rows of shelves with boxes of beads and bobbles.  Readers,  I am telling you, there were hundreds of thousands of beads.  It was mind boggling.

As we made our way back, we came to more shelves with completed necklaces available for sale.  This is where all the fun began!  Up and down the isles we wandered, grabbing necklaces, earrings, and a few bracelets of beautiful Treska jewelry.  IMG_4194

In the end, we came home with a whole bag full of Treska priced with a special discount just for you!  It is out and on the floor, so you will want to hurry in to get the best selection! IMG_4258

2017 Spring Colors 

It is always an exciting time to look ahead to a new season and as I shared in my previous blog post, new beginnings.   Even though I get a peek at the prominent colors when I go to market, the season doesn’t fully take shape for me until the new spring merchandise begins arriving in the store.  Those racks begin to fill up with a burst of newness, and the whole store gets a color makeover.  

The colors for the spring 2017 season are grounded in nature.  According to Pantone.com, the dominant color for the season will be Niagra blue (third from the left on the bottom).  In this case, dominant means Niagra showed up the most on the runways of fashion week and will be prevalent in prints and solids.  Based upon my early shipments from Elan, I am finding this to be true.  We ordered several new tops in Niagra, as it felt fresh.  It is a soft blue but with plenty of pigment to keep it from being whimpy.  

Niagra is next to Kale(to the right) which, if you have ever eaten this good for you green, you will agree is an excellent description of the color.  Kale is a deep, almost dark, green.  Lapis rounds out the row and is placed at the end.  All three colors are somewhat muted and softened and remind me of the ocean and forest.  They are all calming colors and will be a joy to wear this season.  

On the same row, you will find Flame (on the end) and Pink Yarrow (second from the left).  Both are the colors of tropical flowers and make a beautiful contrast to to their more muted partners.  They also provide some liveliness to the color palate.  These are colors that you use to “pop” an outfit.  A Pink Yarrow jacket, for example, will look radiant paired with white ankle pants.  These are also the colors to use in accessories or as layering pieces.  

On the top row, we can begin with the left and work our way to the right.  Primrose yellow is the first color, and is vibrant without being bright.  It is a warm yellow and exudes the warmth of a sunny day.  Next to it is Pale Dogwood.  This, barely there, soft pink is the perfect compliment to sands and tans, giving them color but keeping them very neutral.  You can see how nicely it pairs with its neighbor, Hazelnut, for example.  The neutral shades in the palate ground it in earthiness and are contrasted to the last two colors on the top row: Island Paradise and Greenery.  The turquoise of Island Paradise conjures memories of island vacations and the intense blue of the Carribean ocean.  It is a universal color that compliments most complexions.  Greenery is the color of the year, and you can learn all about it in my last blog post.  

Keep checking back as I give more tips and tricks in the coming weeks on how to wear and pair these colors.  

Color Of The Year

 

As it is with New Year’s resolutions, so the fashion world begins the new year with a fresh start.  It is a re-set, if you will, on the color themes that will dominate clothing, accessories and interior decorating.  Just as in literature or art, the color of the year represents our social culture and what we are longing for at this time in our lives.

Last year’s key colors were rose quartz and serenity blue.  Both soft and inviting colors, 2016they offered a sense of finding peace and calm in a chaotic world. While they did invite contemplation, both had blue undertones and an icy feel that lacked warmth.

According to Pantone, this year’s color is quite different.  Called Greenery, it has a yellow undertone and is drenched in warmth.  Green is the symbol for new life and rejuvenation.  Speaking about pantone_color_of_the_year_greenery_pci_logothis color, the Pantone website describes it as “nature’s neutral” and goes on to explain, “the more submerged people are in modern life, the greater their innate craving to immerse themselves in the physical beauty and inherent unity of the natural world.”  So within this color is the recognition of a move in our society to seek newness but also to escape the cold, sterile city environments for the natural environment.

Coming from Wyoming, I have been blessed to grow up in a state that celebrates the natural and offers ample opportunity to experience it.  An avid backpacker, I have found that my annual trip with my husband offers a re-set to my soul that no other vacation can match.  There is something about exerting myself amid towering mountains and the smell of pine that cleanses my mind.  This is my “greenery,” if you will.

I recently read an article that shocked me.  We have a whole generation of children growing up who have never experienced the out doors.  New programs are sprouting up with the goal of giving children experiences in the natural world.  Many outdoors advocates are worried that if we sit by and do nothing, these children will one day be legislators voting about preserving our great outdoors with no knowledge of why we must protect them.  How sad.  Having grown up camping in the the Big Horn Mountains of Wyoming, I can’t imagine a childhood without those experiences.  At 45, I am not a child of the plugged in generation, but now more than ever, we need to get kids out in nature where they can separate themselves from their devices and remember what true imagination looks like.

So personally, I am so pleased to see that my industry is celebrating this very idea in the color that I will see gracing my store for the next twelve months.  I say, bring it on and implore you to get outdoors!

Why Say Goodbye to Serenity?

img_3799Serenity Blue was a key color for 2016, but with its denim friendly hue, why say goodbye?

Our last shipment of clothing for the year was a small grouping of this wonderful blue from Sweet Wanderer and Blu Pepper.  It was such a nice change from the dark colors of winter, and it got me in the mood to change my display to highlight this wonderful transitional color.

While harkening to spring, serenity blue is a year round hue.  If you imagine the soft blue of a summer sky at dusk, then you have captured the heart of this color.  As you can see in the three pictures below, this soft blue pairs well with dark, medium and light denim.  A dark denim will anchor it so it doesn’t seem too spring like in the midst of January and February chills while still allowing you to add some softer colors into your winter wardrobe.

I don’t know about you, but now is the time when my heart begins to long for the lighter colors of warmer weather, and it is amazing how wearing a little bit o spring can instantly lift my mood.  Why not try experimenting with this yourself?  I’d love to hear how it goes! After all, we can all use more serenity, right?

Celebrate Color

I love that this season offers two radically different color palates – soft and feminine as well as bold and bright.  We just received this new group from Multiples in lime and royal, and I could hardly wait to get it in the window.  I’m not sure any color screams summer quite like lime.  IMG_2662

I always feel a bit sad when a customer tells me they shy away from wearing color.  I don’t know about you, but in Wyoming when I am surrounded by brown, white and grey from November to March, I am ready for some color come April and May.  It literally brightens my mood to wear something cheerful, and, for me, cheerful means color.

If you are one of those people who feel intimidated by wearing bold colors, dial it down.  Wear one bright item and pair it with foundation pieces in a good neutral like grey, black or white.  Put your colorful item on the part of your body you like the best and wear the solid neutrals elsewhere.  My bet is you will have a million compliments from your co-workers who are used to you just blending in.

If you are comfortable wearing bold, then this is your season!  Get out there and get some color!  You have just 4 short months before the cool winds of September will force those summer colors to the back of the closet.  Make your wardrobe reflect your sunny disposition and how happy you are that warm days are just around the corner!

Making Rose Quartz Work In Your Wardrobe

With Pantone’s announcement of Rose Quartz as the color of the year, you may be wondering how to wear such a soft and gentle shade of pink.  I am dark haired and look much better in bolder colors.  As a result, I usually avoid pastels.  What I love about this shade of pink, however, is how well it pairs with darker shades like brown and olive green as well as with creams and whites.  

  
When pairing Rose Quartz with olive green, it is essential that you stay consistent with either warm or cool tones.  Rose Quartz it usually a slightly warm color, so you will also want to choose a color of olive that is also slightly warm.  Avoid strongly warm greens that have a predominate yellow undertone.  The other fantastic aspect of putting Rose Quartz and olive green together is that the pink adds a feminine aspect to the more masculine olive green, especially in utilitarian or military themed items.  Military continues to be a strong trend in spring so you should see plenty of military vests, tanks, and light jackets out there.  Try putting a Rose Quartz tank under them!

Rose Quartz is also beautiful with creams, khakis and browns.  Apply the same advice of matching the level of warmth, and you can’t go wrong with any of these colors.   You can also pair Rose Quartz with its counterpart color of the year Serentity blue.  This feels less earthy to me than the other choices, but remains a viable option.  What I’ve done here is to put an ice blue blouse under the Rose Quartz sueded vest and then pop the two with with a Serentity blue purse.    It’s a nice combination with both soft and strong elements.  

  So have fun this season exploring these new colors.  You may just find your new favorite !