Color and Personal Fashion Impact
The stereotypical artist or designer dresses in black – think Donna Karan, Vera Wang and much of Manhattan. Black is chic. Black is easy dressing. And, as an image consultant who styles clothing and accessories for my clients, I can understand how eliminating color from my own wardrobe might help me focus on the gorgeous colors I am using with my clients.
Personal color analysis has come a long way since Carole Jackson introduced the concept to the public using a four seasons approach in her book, Color Me Beautiful, in the 80’s.
The skin, hair and eyes of an individual form the basis for an analysis of an individual’s personal color palette.
A sophisticated personal color system today, such as that of Carla Mathis’s Body Beautiful Institute, the system I use with my clients, goes well beyond a determination of cool versus warm coloration. Her system is based upon color resonances and a study and understanding of how pure pigments are lightened (washed or tinted), darkened (shaded), or otherwise modified (toasted or muted with grey or a color’s complement).
In considering how to demonstrate the power of color on an individual’s personal impact, I stumbled upon a mother lode of photos from the 2008 Cannes Film Festival posted on www.people.com. Let’s look at how different colors on the same individual make a difference in the impression that person makes.
Model #1: Cate Blanchett
In this first photo, she wears a purple and black dress (designer not identified) that completely overwhelms her delicate coloring.
Model #2: Eva Longoria
Model #3: Salma Hayek
Model #4: Natalie Portman
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So, now a question for you. How are you at determining which colors look best on you? When you wear a particular color shirt and get complimented on how nice you look, does it make sense? What works for you? Any idea why? Please share!