Monday, August 11, 2008

Purple Haze

Not since Prince hit the stage in 1984 to praise Purple Rain have varying shades of violet, eggplant, and aubergine held so much allure.

It became clear in the first few days of Fashion Week of New York designers are giving this season the Royal treatment. At Michael Kors, a knee-length saffron gardenia print in a true grape hue was the standout of a monochrome ensemble, while silver accents brought out the true depth in another plum look. Erin Fetherston, Nicole Miller, and Yigal Azrouel all saw fall through a bit of a purple haze, as well.

Purple is a color rarely found in nature - a fact that instantly draws attention to anyone wearing it and sometimes makes it appear artificial. It has traditionally represented luxury, royalty, wealth and sophistication; this color of power also has a feminine and romantic appeal this Fall season.

From lilac, magenta and violet to lavender, pomegranate and plum - whatever you want to call it Purple is coloring the world of fashion.

Pulling off wearing this bold punch of color means selecting the right shade for the occasion and time of day. Let your passions shine through for a night out on the town - go glam by swathing yourself in deep, rich jewel tones paired with metallic details and accessories. Opt for less pungent shades such as lilac and lavender for a feminine daytime ensemble. Add just a dash of the purple trend to any outfit with a purple sash, belt or shoes.

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