The Return of Colorful Denim

For years jeans and other garments made from denim fabric have been restricted to blue shades – at least the ones considered to be in vogue. The tide is turning, however, and trendy fashion is favoring denim made in a rainbow of colors.

Above, left to right: Victoria Beckham, Rihanna, Jada Pinkett, and Audrina Patridge.

Not since the early 1990s have we seen so much color in the denim market. The style started making a comeback, however, in 2007, when fashion icons like Rihanna and other celebrities started wearing bright-colored jeans. A front-runner color was the intense, lemony yellow seen below. It’s a beautiful color, but definitely not one to wear if you are trying to minimize the look of your legs! Read more »

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Market and Trend Report: Hot Holiday Hues and Decor Themes

While most people are thinking Spring those that are involved in making products or buying for retail are thinking Holiday 2011 and beyond. They are doing their best to figure out what customers are going to be looking for this year when the holidays roll around so I thought it would be the perfect time to share what’s hot at Holiday markets across the county.

My Color Consultant Certification program co-author and holiday trends expert, Kiki Titterud has been tracking this year’s trends for her clients and recently she agreed to put together what she has been seeing so that I could share that will all of you via a live webinar.

Join me today with for Kiki’s Holiday Market and Trends Presentation and discover the hot hues and themes that your customers will be clamoring for this year.  Even if you can’t attend at 4pm EDT sign up and I’ll send you the 2011 Market & Trends Report (25-page PDF) that accompanies this presentation and a link to watch the replay of the webinar at your convenience.

8 cool Christmas color directions with suggested schemes

Holiday 2011 Design and Color Trends

12 must have Holiday design elements

2011 Holiday Theme and Color Trends Market Report

Plus the newest collections of spooktacular Halloween décor

2011 Holiday Colors and Trends for Halloween

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Chanel’s Little Black Dress, 2011

How often do you hear some hot new trend being described as “The New Black?” Often enough, though truly there will never be a new black. At least not until many generations have past and culture around the world has been entirely transformed. So deep are our associations with the color black that wearing the color in your clothing immediately sets a tone for your look.

Black is authoritative and powerful; because black can evoke strong emotions, too much can be overwhelming. Black represents a lack of color, the primordial void, emptiness. It is a classic color for clothing, possibly because it makes the wearer appear thinner and more sophisticated.

Read more about the meanings of the color black at

Take a look at any list of wardrobe essentials for women and you will almost always see the Little Black Dress (also known as the LBD) among the recommended pieces. Yet the regular wearing of black wasn’t always the norm in Western culture. Prior to the 1920s women reserved the color for funerals and periods of mourning. The 1926 debut of Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel’s LBD (seen above), however, changed that custom and revolutionized women’s fashion. Generations later the famous Parisian fashion house is still making little black dresses. No matter the tone of the collection, each season at least one LBD walks down the Chanel runway. Have a look at 2011′s selection of Chanel LBDs in the photos below. Read more »

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March Birthstone: Aquamarine

In March those of us in the Northern hemisphere of the world are experiencing a collective sigh of relief as winter loosens it’s icy grip on our climate. This month, which heralds the start of the spring season, many of us begin to thaw out and get our first taste of warm sunshine for the calendar year. Accordingly, March fashion tip-toes into the warm-weather color palette with soft hues like that of the pretty aquamarine gemstone.

Those born is March are associated with this dreamy stone, which is the color of the clear blue sea. In fact, ancient myths about aquamarine stones are often associated with the sea. Among the old beliefs was that the gems came from the jewel boxes of mermaids and sirens. Legend has it that these sirens used enchanting melodies to lure sailors to their doom, so men at sea held the superstition that sleeping with one of these gems under your pillow protected from that danger and others on the water.

Metaphysical associations with aquamarine include that the stone can assist in mental clarity, meditations, self-expression, and emotional balance. Aquamarine is also the traditional gift given for the 19th wedding anniversary.

Aquamarine stones that are transparent blue are considered to be of the highest quality, and these types are beautiful set in fine metals and with big ticket stones, like diamonds. However, the translucent-to-opaque stones and those with a touch of green are great for adding color that’s rich, but not over-powering to your wardrobe. Read more »

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Did You Know St. Patrick’s Day Green Begins With Orange and Blue?

To celebrate St. Patrick’s Day Chicago turns the river green and many pubs turn their beer green but did you know that in both cases to create the color of Ireland (from where it got its name “The Emerald Isle.”)  the dye isn’t green?

The green river of Chicago

Turning the river a vibrant green to celebrate St. Patrick’s day has been unique to Chicago for the past 40 years.  When you see the color it turns you might be surprised to learn that the dye used to create this Irish-worthy color isn’t green.

Chicago turns the river green to celebrate St. Pat's Day

It turns out that the dyestuff used to produce this bright green (originally used to detect leaks that might be polluting the river) starts out the color Read more »

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