In the Fall 2012 runway color wars, purple managed to be a clear winner. We saw the royal hue popping up in collections across the globe, from Zero + Maria Cornejo to Prada to Saint Laurent, and no matter the exact shade or intensity, it proved to be an attention-getting color palette for the season. While purple is one of those hues that looks great on everyone, it's understandable that you wouldn't want to go head-to-toe Grimace (ed note: we love Grimace). Get in on the trend in small doses with a pretty purple silk top, or a printed skirt that incorporates the color — then pair it with your favorite black basics. To get you started, we've rounded up 13 purple pieces that are sure to make you stand out this season.
The color purple has been in the mix of some of Hollywood's hottest closets lately. Everyone from Solange Knowles to Doutzen Kroes to Busy Philipps to Nina Garcia has been working the royal hue into outfits. Taking a cue from them, we should do the same for our daytime and nighttime ensembles. Step inside to get a closer look at five stylish celebs wearing the hue, then be sure to shop our favorite purple pieces for your own closet.
Editor's note: The following is a guest post written by Darcy Miller, celebrations expert and editorial director of Martha Stewart Weddings. Having just thrown her daughter's third birthday, Darcy shares the original — and sweet! — way she planned the entire party around the birthday girl's favorite color.
In our house, birthdays are not only a celebration, but also a fun activity for us to do as a family. We always start with the theme (of course it is a negotiation at times), but we end up with fun celebration that we enjoy organizing together. We have done everything from a Daisy Party for my oldest daughter Daisy's first birthday to Pajama Parties and Puppy Parties. This year, for my youngest daughter Pippa's third birthday, her sisters decided she should have a purple party since it's her favorite color. I will admit, although I love lavender, I can't say purple is my favorite color — but purple it was! As you might have already guessed, everything from the favors to the play dough stations was purple. There was purple icing on the cake and purple bouncy balls tossed around the room. I even set up a reading station featuring purple-themed books like Harold and the Purple Crayon on a purple blanket. At Martha Stewart Weddings, we love to start with a palette, and monochromatic is a color theme we've returned to over the years.
Pastel hues are a regular favorite of Spring wardrobes, but this particular shade of light purple is soft enough to emphasize a sweet, feminine sensibility and cool enough to balance edgier add-ons for a surprise twist. We've been enamored with all things lilac-infused since spotting it float down the runways of 3.1 Phillip Lim, Adam, Boy and Girl by Band of Outsiders, Jenni Kayne, and more. From lacy, boudoir-ready shorts to structured blazers, this color translates effortlessly into a variety of shapes and styles. While a pop of lilac may seem more cotton-candy friendly than downtown chic at first glance, we're here to prove that color theory wrong. It's sweet, sexy, demure, and dynamic all in one go. Click through to see how these street style setters show off new ways to flaunt this purple palette, then shop your favorite pieces.
When canvassing the Spring '12 runways, it can be tough to pinpoint the most complementary and standout hues, especially when you also take into account that most of us are not flaunting supermodel body types. We're not going to let that stop us from wearing the prettiest, brightest, and most flattering shades for our shapes. We've culled the most universally versatile and real-life wearable colors for you to try on for size. First up: pops of purple. The cool undertones of violets, lavenders, and mauves bring out the warmth of your skin tone and eye color, while the ultra feminine shade instantly injects a girlie vibe and slimming illusion. Click through to see more of Spring's color palettes and find out how they'll work their way into your wardrobe.
Last year, my mother sent me this set of purple Louis XV armchairs of hers, from the house that I grew up in, and I'm absolutely in love with them! I wasn't sure quite where to put them at first, but once I saw the rich color against my peacock blue walls, they were home.
The next task was to add more purple to the room to create a color theme. I began brainstorming how to decorate with purple way back in October, but I'm finally getting around to it now. I added a purple glass candelabra she'd also sent to the coffee table, which adds a little shine as well as color. Then I discovered this beautiful orchid at Lowe's; it adds much-needed height to the table, and the color coordinates perfectly. It won't be in bloom forever, of course, especially with my black thumb, so I may need to find another solution or replace it — have any ideas for accessories?
My generous mother also sent me two yards of the fabric used on the chair on the left, lucky me! The fabric is an out-of-print Manuel Canovas fabric, which cost more than $200 a yard, so it's a godsend that she still has some. My sofa is in dire need of some throw pillows, so I'm having a few square ones made from that fabric with basic piping.
Before there was purple, the room had a strong orange/persimmon color theme going. It turns out that I love these three hues together! (See the pillow on the chair? Looks good, right?) I actually have a few pieces of artwork with orange tones, and one more at the frame shop, so it's looking good so far. But I'm also thinking that I should break up the purple patterned pillows on the sofa with one or two solid orange ones. Perhaps velvet fabric. Do you have any favorite resources for fabric? Any suggestions?
Y'all probably think I'm absolutely nuts to use so much color! But the rest of the furnishings are neutral, including a linen sofa, Lucite nesting tables, a glass and chrome coffee table, and my vintage black leather wing chair. I don't usually go crazy for bold patterns, but color does speak to me.
Have any of you decorated with a similar shade of purple? Do you know of any accessories I should pick up for this room? Have you ever had pillows made? Let's chat in the comments below! I'd love to hear about your experiences with decorating with color and about what decorating projects you're working on!
Purple continues to be a popular hue on the red carpet, in beauty, and even for home décor, so why not incorporate even more of this sought-after shade into your workouts. Here are some fun pieces to spice up your fitness style.
Snake from top left: Lululemon Tee ($58), Nike Hyper Cool Tank ($35), Puma Racerback Tank ($30), Reebok EasyTone ($99), Gingham Tempo Shorts ($32), Nike Boycut Shorts ($28), Nike Rebel Sports Bra ($60), Nike Sprint Jacket ($55), Tanya-b Capris ($76), Nike Training Capris ($45), Lucy Yoga Mat ($20), Puma TFX Sprint Shoes ($65), Adidas Bag ($56), Relic Chronograph Watch ($35)
Purple eye shadow lights up brown eyes beautifully, and it's a subtle enough shade to wear day or night. To get a perfect-anytime look like Halle Berry's, a shimmery or semisheer shade of plum is best, and there are many options available. If you want a variety of color choices and some application guidance, check out the Maybelline Expert Wear Eyeshadow Quad ($5), and if you want a single, softer hue, try Stila Cosmetics Eye Shadow Pan in Barefoot Contessa ($18).
There are also plenty of other pretty shades you might want to try depending on your color preferences, eye color, and skin tone, so to look at any of the other product suggestions, just click on the images above.>