As Spring gets into full swing, we find ourselves turning again and again to Pantone's color of the year, emerald. Elegant but earthy, this hue could pass as one of Mother Nature's neutrals, but we're imagining it popping against interiors accented with crisp whites and dramatic darks (think ebony, charcoal, or midnight blue). Keep reading to see the pieces we're eying in this year's hottest hue!
We've only got a little more than three weeks to go before Tangerine Tango becomes so 2012. Luckily, the color gods, aka Pantone, have spoken: emerald green is the color of the year for 2013. The lush jewel tone is most closely associated with sophistication and luxury, and according to its official color definition, it "enhances our sense of well-being by promoting balance and harmony." What's more, Pantone Color Institute Executive Director Leatrice Eiseman says it's "the most abundant hue in nature; the human eye sees more green than any other color in the spectrum." Aren't you the slightest bit impressed now? Pantone isn't the only source currently endorsing this stylish shade of green. Designers like Zac Posen, Christopher Bailey for Burberry Prorsum, and Nanette Lepore all sent emerald-hued wares down their respective Spring '13 runways. And, only adding to its colorful conviction, starlets and royalty alike have been donning the jewel tone on the red carpet and in their off-duty affairs. Kate Middleton was most recently spotted out in London wearing a playful printed emerald Mulberry dress. Need we say more? To herald in another year of color, we're celebrating with our favorite emerald-colored pieces. Click on to shop our picks now.
You took our intro course, now it's time to test your knowledge on the rest of the glittering birthstones. Remember, though there are mystical birthstones and traditional ones, I'm quizzing you on modern birthstones. Go!
Is it me or is there a recent shortage of show-stopping handbags on the shelves? As I was starting to loose faith, this Jill Stuart Valerie Patent Bag ($277, originally $395) came along. First thing that caught my eye was the gorgeous emerald hue (it also comes in black and espresso); it's so festive and rich. Carry it to your fabulous holiday parties and be ready for all the female guests to gush. Don't be jealous — it's only a bag!
I don't know if these ladies are in the holiday mode or showing their support for the green fashion movement, but there has been a red carpet return to oz. Jewel tones look amazing on pretty much anyone. You may recall that emerald green especially looks fantastic on pale skinned redheads, a la Julianne Moore in YSL at the 2003 Oscars. For whatever reason you choose to wear this regal hue, do so this holiday and do so in style.