From couture and the red carpet to fast fashion and everything in between, the fashion industry as a whole has come a long way in becoming more ethically and environmentally conscious in the development and distribution of their products. Starting in the early nineties when Giorgio Armani began implementing hemp into his collections to now a fully disposable and recyclable shoe and clothing line from Puma, fashion, accessories, home and beauty brands and retailers around the world have come to embrace sustainability in their products from the initial designing of the product all the way to the selling floor.
As we the consumer become increasingly more educated and socially aware of how our favorite party dress is made, those behind some of the world’s most well-known labels have learned how to not only redirect the way they create their products but have initiated a full systematic change by altering every step of the process in achieving their end result.
Spring is all about expressing ourselves and all the different sides of us. Although Americans love colors, their palette isn’t traditionally as strong as Europeans or Africans for fear of getting it wrong. The fashion zeitgeist have changed so much on the past years as we see color and print (and sometimes both), mixed in gleeful abandon from high end designers to street style. Don’t get me wrong; it takes panache to work the fashion color-wheel, but it’s not as daunting as one would think. When in doubt, buy separates so you can create color blocking effect or pair it with neutrals.
Spring 2013 is not only about color but also about florals, and if you’re the edgy type, the graphic bold effect of black & white in a very modern mod way. Pair florals with stripes or ikat with other ethnic prints for a bold move, or global prints with khakis to create a sort of Peace Corps preppy look. For those who love the neon trend, play it up with this season’s minimalism trend like crisp whites.
The Color Crush is not only limited to Spring fashion but it’s also hot in beauty from makeup, hair and nail color trends. Light up your eyes with bold eyeshadows of chartreuse or shimmering shades of aqua, brighten up your lips with luscious lipsticks or stains in coral or hot pink, and go for pop nail polish of orange reds and fuchsias as they are universally flattering and sophisticated for both day and night. Color is a mood enhancer and instant updater so kick it up a notch this season with spring vivid colors of feel good hues.
So don’t hold back, dare to be high voltage and express yourself!