En Plein Air
French is one of my favorite languages and though I am not a romantic, whenever I hear someone speaking in French images of Paris flit through my mind. In the open air is the English translation of En Plein Air the title of Pantone’s Spring 2015 Fashion Color Report.
The subject of color, as it relates to blind and vision impaired people can be a topic that strikes a nerve in some circles. However the outcome of an informal poll of my blind friends indicates that color is an important aspect of our world that cannot be easily dismissed. Since fashion, trends dictate garment styles and color palettes, these same friends reported that they enjoy being current.
Admittedly it is difficult explaining the abstract concept of color to someone who has never seen it but I think the opportunity exists for us to step up to this challenge. Another area where technology can help create a more inclusive environment would be on color identifier apps available on Android and the iPhone. While the apps aren’t perfect, in time I believe their performance will improve to allow people the confidence in knowing they’ve chosen the right color.
Minimalistic is the inspiration within The Spring 2015 Fashion Color Report. I like this intro to the report “This season, cooler and softer color choices with subtle warm tones follow a en plein air theme, taking a cue from nature.”
Over the next couple of weeks I’ll go into more detail on the 2015 colors but for now let’s talk about fall.
It seems like only yesterday we here on the east coast were yearning for spring to come after enduring a horrid winter. Not unlike the colorful, aromatic, budding blossoms of spring, the turning leaves of fall ushers in a symphony of brilliant warm, rich, oranges, yellows and reds. When I think of autumn I can almost smell delicious hot cider, pumpkin spice and my favorite scent of the season is a crackling wood burning bon fire.
In the autumn of 2013 I was very fortunate to snap some lovely photos of the landscape where I lived. Included in today’s post are the three pictures:
- Golden colored treetops against a puffy white cloud-covered, blue sky
- Radiant fuchsia bush
- Fuchsia bush next to a bright gold tree
The temperature is considerably cooler than summer yet it is welcome. I like to take advantage of autumn’s cooler weather to layer my clothing with a light jacket, sweater or wrap. I’ve included photos of an outfit I recently wore to the doctors and this time I remembered to include my white cane and Checkered Eye pin because I never leave home without them. Who says one can’t be stylish with a white cane? Following are descriptions of my ensemble:
- Kohl’s – Rock & Republic Racerback Henley Sleeveless Button-Front top in Cayenne. This top is a mixed-media design with a combined lightweight crepe front and jersey back. It features a raw-edge trim, 3-button placket, 2-pocket, trendy drop-tail hem and shirred racerback.
- Kohl’s – Vera Wang Mineral-Washed Skimmer Zip Leggings (similar HERE). Vera Wang leggings are the bomb. These navy leggings were originally $40+ but I got them on sale for under $20. The elastic waistband makes for comfortable wear and the zipper detailing at the ankle gives them that little extra oomph.
- Roxy Jean blue denim jacket. This jacket was given to me several years ago (thank you Margie) and it’s one of my favorite jackets.
- 6pm.com – Nine West leopard print synthetic snake-skin pointy toe mid stacked heel pumps (similar HERE). I love my heels and as long as there is breath in my body I will continue to wear them. The neutral color of these pumps lets me pair them with a multitude of outfits from beige & white, to navy, red, black or green, the possibilities are endless.
“Autumn carries more gold in its pocket than all the other seasons.” ~Jim Bishop