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EMERALD The colour for 2013

Hurray!  Pantone, the world-renowned authority for colour as a standard language for communication from designer to manufacturer to retailer to customer, has declared EMERALD as their 2013 colour.  Thank-you Pantone.

In Colour Me Beautiful-speak, Emerald is a universal colour which means that it is a colour that suits all colourings, whether you are a pale blond or a dark brunette. 

Emerald is of course associated with the most beautiful green precious stone that no girl will turn down!  But when looking at emerald as a colour for a garment, you will need to pay a little attention to the shade, and  also to the fabric.,

The key thing here is to choose the right Emerald.  Even on their website, Pantone shows many variations of Emeralds.  Often the fabric or material used will make the Emerald look different.

A shiny silk, brocade, or velvet – in fact all fabrics which reflect light and sparkle – will show Emerald at its most brilliant.  Clears (that’s you if you have a high contrast between your hair, eye and skin tone) will look simply fabulous in bright shiny Emerald.  Just visualize Ditta von Tesse in Emerald – it would be electric.

Emerald on a linen, cotton or wool will appear matt and therefore will suit Lights (pale blondes), Warms (the red-headed) and Softs (the muted high-lighted woman à la Kylie Minogue) who will all look up to date with Emerald in their wardrobe – albeit a softer version of it.

Of course Emerald is not exclusively to be worn head-to-toe.  Whether for work or leisure mixing Emerald with other shades from your palette will allow you to achieve a look with is personal and current.

The Cate Blanchett lookalikes (blond, pale, blue eyes) can wear their Emerald with other pale shades – think with Pastel Pink or even Cocoa.

The Halle Berry and Penelope Cruz of this world (dark hair, dark eyes) can wear their Emerald with lime, bittersweet reds and even black!

Christina Hendricks and Tyra Banks, with their golden skin tone and red hair, will look gorgeous in Emerald and could create some interesting looks when mixing with Primrose yellows and tangerine shades.

Those of you with pinky or bluey tones to the skin and with hair with natural highlights (i.e.: going grey) and blue eyes (think Jamie Lee Curtis and Dame Judi Dench) will look wonderful in Emerald which they can mix with pale greys for an elegant look.

Emerald is made for those women with bright, sparkly eyes and dark hair.  Think of our own Duchess of Cambridge, (Aishwarya Raj or Ophra Winfrey) who will look striking wearing the sparkliest of Emerald.  If they want to introduce another colour to wear with it, they would be better off looking a Mint shades, or for contrast white or black.

Finally, if you are Kim Cattral, Kate Winslett or Beyonce with their highlighted hair and soft muted eyes your Emerald will need to be less sparkly and more muted so that it does not to take the shine off you.  If you want a blended look to match your colouring, wear it with Sage or Jade Greens.

If you are planning a wedding, Emerald is a great colour accent particularly when you are thinking of what colour to choose for your bridesmaids when they differ in colouring.  Emerald will suit them all.  Now it only remains for you – and them – to decide on the shape of the dress!

What colour make-up to wear when you are wearing Emerald ?  Please don’t wear a green eyeshadow to ‘match’ what you wear! Unless you are 16 and have never seen the 60’s and 70’s, you’ll want to stay clear of the matchy-matchy of eye make-up and garment.  You are much better off using neutral shades of shadows with a hint of green as an accent, or even better an eye pencil in a soft Moss (if you have warm undertones) or Teal (if you have Cool undertones) to define the eyes. 

If in doubt, an Emerald handbag, or even an Emerald scarf tied to the handle of a neutral shade handbag will bring you bang on time with our Pantone friends.

Make Emerald your new black.

Happy shopping x W

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