July 2, 2012

Summer Hues

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Banana Republic Eyelet T-Shirt,  Behnaz Sarafpour Lace Skirt & Tiffany & Co. Bracelet


“And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer.”

― F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

There’s something about summer with its longer days and carefree spirit that makes me reach for a few of my favorite summer hues. We all know I rely on neutrals- navy, gray tones, black, touches of ivory and burgundy, but I’m not averse to injecting a bit more color into my wardrobe.  

I love deep coral, persimmon, and poppy on sun-kissed (SPF protected) skin. It’s quite apropos, given the predominance of deep coral everywhere… I particularly liked Monique Lhuillier’s Resort 2012 collection (looks 26, 32 and 34 are perfection) – a fresh approach to evening with bright poppy dresses in silk faille and silk organza with pockets. Upon walking into Carven’s Resort 2013 presentation I was instantly drawn to the deep coral skirt suit.

Like salmon pink in the autumn and winter, I have a penchant for deep coral, persimmon and poppy in the summer. I still haven’t figured out all of the colors that work for me, but I can humbly say that these hues flatter my skin tone. They’re uplifting colors that consistently garner the sweetest compliments. Deep coral can easily be paired with navy, white, and gray to anchor it a bit. I’m already picturing it with my pale blue cotton voile bespoke shirts that are on the way. 

On a trip to Behnaz Sarafpour’s studio, I fell for this lace skirt. The details are exquisite while remaining subtle. I tried on the skirt while the designer herself looked on approvingly, which is always a humbling experience. In addition, to the intricate lace design the skirt has a proper lining.

Last weekend, I wore this skirt for the journey out to Coney Island (hence the T-shirt) with the gentleman, for a wonderful dance recital that one of the students I mentor was in. After all, how can we possibly help shape a younger generation of leaders if we don’t support them? That alone was motivation enough for me to make the long trek out. 

Hope you had a beautiful weekend. What summer hues are you reaching for?

20 comments:

  1. Coral is definitely a very beautiful color to wear in summer! I think it is nice to have a little seasonal color change, it is one of these little seasonal joys to take the colorful pieces out of the closet as summer comes in...

    Personally, the color I like to wear in summer is more a terracotta/ochre - a color playing between orange and red that flatters my skin complexion...

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    1. Kali- Seasonal joys- I love that! In theory, I really love having distinct seasons for this reason, although it seems like we're getting less and less of that.

      Terracotta/Ochre is pretty even if orange makes me a bit nervous.

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  2. What a wonderful looking skirt! Would love to see a close-up shot of the detail.
    In Delhi, with temperatures hitting 48 degrees Celsius, I am very ready to see summer go. Unfortunately we are still waiting for the monsoon!
    My summer wardrobe has involved a few cotton dresses - in off white, lilac, or light grey, with accents in turquoise or burgundy. Paired with a bright Belen Echandia bag, in glossy red or pearlised mustard, and either a pair of Melissinos sandals or my beloved Varas.

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    1. Ammu- Thank you! I love the intricacies of Behnaz's details. She does such a great job with making every detail luxurious. The lace is mosaic-like, which is really pretty.

      You must be ready for summer to go with those temperatures.

      Cotton dresses are essential for dealing with the heat. It's already a hot summer- and throwing on a dress with a bun and lip gloss is an easy way to look pulled together in the heat. Love the Melissimos:)

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  3. Lately, I've been drawn to yellow. Thanks to the constant grey skies, I decided I was going to pick the color of the sun just to brighten my day. Or perhaps to remind me that the sun still exists. Unfortunately the yellow shorts I'd ordered from J Crew didn't fit all that well so I guess it's back to the drawing board again.

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    1. Chocolate, Cookies & Candies- I hope the skies clear soon. I'm very sensitive to gray skies, rain and cold, so I feel you there. Paris really is the only city where I'm thrilled even when the weather is awful.

      Yellow is such a nice cheery color. I can picture a pair of yellow shorts with one of your striped shirts.

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    1. Amy Shaughnessy- Thanks Amy! That's very sweet!

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  5. As always you look nothing less than perfect. I love this color on you. I can only imagine that you must have been the chicest girl on Coney Island. What is the waistband made of?

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    1. Anonymous- Thank you! That's very sweet of you. In this heat it's hard to look chic.

      The skirt is cotton lace from France with a silk lining.The ribbon is grosgrain ribbon, which I love.

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  6. You look great. I don't think you could ever not look immaculate. It's in your bones.

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    1. Issa- Thank you! I'm truly humbled.

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  7. thanks so much for your comment!

    love your blog and new follower :)

    xox

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    1. Minnie Seibt- Thank you!

      I'm very excited to see your coverage of MBFWB. There's some really interesting things going on there. Hope you have a wonderful time!

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  8. I'm definitely reaching for the coral tones like you! And mint :)

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    1. littlemissandrea- Coral woud look great on you! Mint is so pretty- so fresh and calming.

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  9. during summer i tend to change my color mood.. lately i've been wearing colorful blue, red, white and of course stripes :)

    xoxo, Haus of Gala

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    1. prettymeggy- I love the striped shirts in your Italy posts- so nautical. I like stripes year round. Blue, white and red is perfect for summer.

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    1. ijackofalli- Thank you:) You know I love a great skirt.

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