Hear No Color, Speak No Color, See No Color
Color for the totally blind is an abstract concept. Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary describes color as “the aspect of the appearance of objects and light sources that may be described in terms of hue, lightness, and saturation for objects and hue, brightness, and saturation for light…” So based upon this definition if one is totally devoid of light then they cannot experience color in the true sense of the word. I also think that it bears mentioning that even for sighted people, color is very subjective to a specific person’s taste. So how then can I get past this barrier to help my blind female friends understand color as it relates to current fashion trends?
I know it’s a thought-provoking question and it’s also a challenge to all of us to think outside of what we know from experience and develop a way in which everyone can enjoy this thing called color. In last week’s Trending Tuesdays post I talked about the color of the year which is Radiant Orchid, and I also provided Pantone’s splendid description of what this color represents. This week I promised to follow-up with additional information on 2014 color trends and how you can incorporate some of these colors into your wardrobe to add a little panache. I think the easiest approach would be to list the colors and then we can talk about specific items of clothing and accessories. Since there are 13 total colors I chose 5 for today and I’ll list the remaining over the course of the next two Tuesdays. I pulled the following colors and descriptions from Pantone’s Fashion Color Report Spring 2014:
- Placid Blue – like a picture-perfect, tranquil and reassuring sky, induces a sense of peaceful calmness
- Violet Tulip – a romantic, vintage purple, evokes wistful nostalgia
- Hemlock – Similar to the verdant shade of springtime foliage, Hemlock, a summery, ornamental green, provides a decorative touch that’s very different from the greens of recent seasons
- Paloma – serves as a quintessential neutral, interesting enough to be worn alone or combined with any color for sophisticated poise.
- Sand – a lightly toasted and amiable neutral, conjures images of the beach and the carefree days of summer. Try pairing Sand with Hemlock for perfect, natural balance.
Okay, there you have it, the first 5 colors for Spring 2014 and while I have some functional vision and I like the overall palette, there are at least 3 of the
14 13 total that I’m not crazy about as standalone colors. To be completely objective though, there definitely is a difference in viewing colors on a computer screen as opposed to seeing them in a store. Also, keeping my blind friends in mind, the colors mean little without outside guidance as to what colors works best together and for a specific person.
Out of the 5 I’ve listed, the color that really speaks to me is Hemlock and I would probably use it as an accent color in perhaps shoes, scarf and a piece of jewelry.
Next week I’ll list the next 4 colors from Pantone’s Fashion Color Report Spring 2014, and give ideas on how you can enhance your spring wardrobe. Until then I have one request and that is to think of more meaningful ways to describe colors for those who cannot see.
“The difference between style and fashion is quality”. ~Giorgio Armani