Wednesday, October 28, 2009

brights in the dust

Have you ever seen a box of old photos left in the corner to collect dust, maybe at a Junk Sale or at Junk in Williamsburg perhaps. I can say I've stop and rifled through a few of these discarded memories before but I've mostly overlooked them. It's not surprising that these dusty and forgotten snapshots are a perfect hobby for someone else. It just proves "one man's garbage is another man's treasure". A chance encounter with a google image search would lead me to this wonderful website "square america". It contains a random collection turned photo history of America. Captivating old photos categorized perfectly! I got lost in this website. With so many great photos it was hard for me to choose one to blog about. Then I found the photo below!
Somewhere caught between here and there, this dreamy highway photo speaks for itself.

Color names from left to right: Endless Sky, Rolling Hills, Dust, Mellow-Gold, Blue Horizon

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Death of "Evergreen"

Fall is a time of transition. Noticeable in the way we eat, dress and feel. Having lived in Florida for most of my life, I was not prepared for the temperature change of moving to NYC. That being said, moving from NYC did not prepare me for the foliage change here in the PNW.
The rich colors of the "Evergreen State" shift from their namesake roots and burst into a fury of color. As the temp lowers the Greens glow warm with vivid Yellows, Reds, Burgundy and deep shades of Plum before greying to a muddy low chroma tone of death. (heavy)
Luckily for me, a friend of mine from college has been capturing this change. Anton Legoo has been here (well Portland) for a little while longer. His travels and unique eye for color are evident from his photo portfolio which can be found on his website. I'll be talking more about Anton and his work over the next few weeks, since a single post would be an insult!

Since the leaves will soon be dead and gone, I've decided to post a picture that highlights this "end" and go backward from there.

Photo by Anton Legoo.

Color names from Left to Right: Blue Spruce, Moth, Bark, Grey Sky, Sand Storm

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Peaches and Patina...

My friend Joe travels all the time. Whether it's for work or pleasure he is always camera ready. Luckily for me sometimes they are actually good! (just kidding joey) In all seriousness, I couldn't stop looking at these peaches! YSL is thinking "strawberries"? I'm thinking peaches! When I started to pull a palette together I realized, I had my work cut out for me... It's no big secret I'm obsessed with Navys, so I pulled two Palettes from these Peaches. A multi palette and a Blue(ish) one.

Color Names from Left to Right: Derma, Mar, Pulmonary, Rhubarb, Prunus

Color Names from Left to Right: Deep, Storm Cloud, Fleet, Indigo, Uniform Blue

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

The Look! Resort & Spring 2010

I couldn't help but notice a recurring silhouette while surfing . Is this the New Casual? 
These looks have an ease to them, a curtain way of making you feel comfortable. The palettes are complementary, the fabric are interchangeable and the end result is similar. This "Look" feels classic while still achieving modern. Maybe it's the combination of the structured elements with the more fluid pieces? Either way, this is "Bricks and Mortar" to my up coming wardrobe!

I've compiled both Men's and Women's, Since I feel this "Look" translates for both genders.(minus a few elements)

Below Left to Right: Victor & Rolf Resort 2010, Dior Homme Spring 2010

Above from Left to Right: 3.1 Phillip Lim Spring 2010, Balenciaga Resort 2010, Marni Resort 2010

Monday, October 5, 2009

Pastel: mixed emotions- Part one

Pastel- an adjective, meaning pale in color.
It's no secret that I haven't been a big fan of pastels. Being raised around shuffle-board and palm trees left me a little scarred. Besides, what place do pastels have outside Resort towns and Easter anyway?

Surprisingly, my affection for this color family emerged from an unlikely place: The Street! 
Overlapped and sun bleached, on the street these colors seem new and youthful.
I'm not sure why we associate these colors with things of a delicate nature. I'm almost positive when someone says "you look a little green" that's a pastel.

I think it's time to start playing with Pastels outside the norm.

"Gum wall" Pike St. Market back alley

Above color names from Left to Right:  Sherbert, Lemon, Mint, Spearmint, Bubble-gum

"Untitled" Wheat-paste paper on building. Williamsburg, Brooklyn
Above color names from Left to Right: Aqua Paste, Orchid Sepal, Dirt Cloud, Oxidized, Turq Air

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Spring 10: Men's Wear "Marni"

When I think about Spring, It's always Color and Styling. The east coast is rather hot which leaves me in cut off's and T-Shirts. Don't get me wrong I love T's and cut off's, but sometimes you desire a little more...

Desire no longer!!! Thanks to Marni's Spring 2010 Men's collection.
This is fashion at it's best; clean, well made, and perfectly colored. I have never wanted to jump over fall so bad before! It's Oct 1, harvest is just around the corner and I'm thinking shorts. Yikes!

Here are a couple of can't live without looks I'll be rocking come Spring!

(all images are from