Trendspotting: Artsy

Libertine S/S 2013 , via

Libertine S/S 2013, via

Marc By Marc Jacobs S/S 2013 via

Marc by Marc Jacobs S/S 2013 via

Now that New York Fashion Week has wrapped up, I think it’s high time to discuss some of the trends I saw at fashion week (from the comfort of my own home).

Other than the standard fanfare of floral, I did notice that there were a lot of artsy vibes going on at both Marc by Marc Jacobs and Libertine, which I really enjoyed. It shows that print isn’t dead yet with all the bright, vibrant colors juxtaposing the palate-cleansing blacks and whites of several other brands.

Since all of this isn’t coming out until this coming spring, here’s how to get the look now:

  • Add some color to your hair

This can be achieved by dying your hair in interesting ways, like bleaching your bangs à la Libertine, wearing turbans like Marc by Marc Jacobs, or even by just donning quirky hair accessories like Anna Dello Russo.

  • Keep a generally loose silhouette

If you’re going to be pulling this look off, you do not, I repeat, do not go walking around in itsy-bitsy teeny-weeny things. You’re going for artsy here, not homeless crackhead. Pick a part of the body to define, but leave all else loose. Artists are supposed to look relaxed (even when they’re not).

  • Color and prints are you’re new bffs

Color is fun. Do not be afraid of it. I would suggest keeping a generally muted palette and adding bits of color here and there for those who aren’t ready to dive headfirst into a sea of Pantone. Prints, like color are fun. Here, going crazy is completely acceptable, so long as you are following a color palette of some sort. You do not want to look like you just robbed spoonflower.

  • layers, layers, layers

That loose silhouette does not build itself. You need to layer it up to achieve that look. Take inspiration from Mori and Dolly kei girls, as they are the masters of layering.

Now let’s try to put it all together!!

artsy farsty?
What do you think of this (possible) trend? Do tell!!

Green is A Thing: Spring/Summer 2013

So, guys, what’s the probability some kind of green is going to be this year’s color of the year?

Really high, apparently, as Pantone’s Color Report (above video) seems to imply. Various shades of green have also appeared on the runway (see image compilation by below).

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I mean, there’s three different shades of green happening in the color report.

  • Emerald: It’s, kinda sparkly ( à la Sephora + Pantone Universe’s nail polish in evergreen?)
  • Grayed Jade: It’s jade, but gray. Apparently its secretly neutral.
  • Tender Shoots: It’s Fall’s bright Chartreuse in disguise, imho.

If it’s not green for 2013 color of the year, it’s blue.

  • Dusk Blue: It’s that sky blue that’s been all over the place since Chanel’s Nouvelle Vague nail polish came out. Also secretly neutral.
  • Monaco Blue: It makes me think of Van Gogh’s Starry Night and Sephora + Pantone Universe’s nail polish in Reflecting Pond. Possibly a contender for Color of the Year?

Other colors:

  • Linen: Some kind of nude. It’s a lighter, less pinky edition of Fall/Winter 2012’s Rose smoke.
  • Nectarine: It’s like Tangerine Tango after 2012? It’s okay, but I already have my fair share of orange for maybe five years.
  • African Violet: Similar to Rhapsody, but happier. Because its spring, and you’re like, obliged to be happy.
  • Poppy Red: I like red, and poppies. Poppies are happy, right?
  • Lemon Zest: My least favorite in the crowd. I just really dislike yellow. It’s too happy.

Word of the Day: Diaphanous – very sheer and light; almost completely transparent or translucent. (